Nevada, Arizona & California Tour - Cosmos® Travel

Western Wonders (8510)

12 Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco

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This tour of California, Nevada, and Arizona begins in Los Angeles with a sightseeing tour that includes glamorous Hollywood. Next, head east and stop in Palm Springs, home to 90 golf courses, before reaching Scottsdale, where a sightseeing tour highlights downtown Phoenix and Old Town Scottsdale. From Scottsdale, travel north through cactus-studded scenery to Sedona and see the massive red-rock formations that make Sedona famous. Continue north to spectacular Grand Canyon National Park, where you’ll have an opportunity to explore the canyon rim and witness breathtaking scenery. Stay the night in nearby Williams, a town with Route 66 as the main street.

Let your hair down in Las Vegas before traveling to Mammoth Lakes (depending on weather) and Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Leave Yosemite and head to San Francisco, the world-famous city known for its steep hills and historic cable cars. On your San Francisco sightseeing tour, see the famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, and more. This exciting trip through the “Western Wonders” ends with a visit to Alcatraz Prison and leisure time in San Francisco—a perfect conclusion to this grand vacation!
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Alcatraz. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Yosemite National Park.

NOTE:
On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 continental breakfast

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Los Angeles

Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Los Angeles

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” including a drive through Hollywood and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The remainder of your day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Stroll down Olvera Street, the heart of the original Spanish Mission, or visit the Getty Center with its wonderful art collection.

Day 3 Los Angeles–Palm Springs–Scottsdale

Stop in the desert oasis of Palm Springs, an area sprinkled with Hollywood stardust. This afternoon, head to the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale. Later tonight, join the optional excursion to one of Arizona’s cowboy steakhouses, which, according to legend, was once a hideout for cattle rustlers.

Day 4 Scottsdale

This morning begins with a Phoenix sightseeing tour that includes downtown and Old Town Scottsdale. Afterward, free time to explore the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats, you’re sure to feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and swing-door saloons.

Day 5 Scottsdale–Sedona–Grand Canyon National Park–Williams

Travel to Sedona, a thriving center for New Age arts set in Canyon Country. On to the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel alongside the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation GRAND CANYON. Time to stroll the canyon rim—or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 6,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon.

Day 6 Williams–Las Vegas

Cross the National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to more than 40 feet in height and can live up to 300 years. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, the fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows. Be sure to explore some of the many themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Day 7 Las Vegas

The morning and afternoon are free for you to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or explore the varied casinos and shopping plazas. Your Tour Director will have more suggestions to fill your day. Consider a river float trip through the Black Canyon.

Day 8 Las Vegas–Mammoth Lakes

A day of striking natural contrasts as the journey continues across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California and ascending into the snowcapped Sierra Nevadas. Overnight in Mammoth, a popular alpine resort area surrounded by beauty and majesty—and within easy reach of Yosemite National Park.

NOTE:
Tioga Pass is typically closed from November to the end of May due to snow. Expect Tioga Pass to be closed for the following departures: 11, 25 March; 15, 29 April; 13 May; and 28 October. These departures will be routed to overnight in Tulare instead of Mammoth Lakes. Departures from the end of May through end of October are expected to overnight in Mammoth Lakes, however, weather may affect the routing of tours to Tulare during these times as well.

Day 9 Mammoth Lakes–Yosemite National Park–Modesto

Cross high Tioga Pass and enter National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Afterward, drive to Modesto.

Day 10 Modesto–San Francisco

This morning, head for San Francisco, crossing the splendid bay with vistas of the San Francisco skyline and its magnificent harbor. On your city tour, see the main sights, including the renowned National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Nob Hill. Tonight you may choose to join your traveling companions for an optional evening in Chinatown. Explore this vibrant historic section of San Francisco that houses the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy a lavish 4-course dinner at an authentic Chinese restaurant. End with a short walking tour of Chinatown, plus a ride on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 11 San Francisco

This morning, visit the famous and fascinating National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation ALCATRAZ PRISON. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to do some more exploring in the “City by the Bay.” Ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

NOTE:
The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is US$31.

Day 12 San Francisco

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included. Extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “City by the Bay” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

JOHN PLOSZAJ

Years of Experience: 17

My favorite things to do include travel and meeting wonderfully interesting people from around the world. Luckily, I get to do both as a Tour Director! What I love most about my job is the chance to be an ambassador for the United States. To see the smiles on my travelers' faces at the end of a tour and to know they had a great time and learned a little something about our country is priceless.

Tour Director - JOHN PLOSZAJ

 Accommodations

LOS ANGELES L.A. Hotel Downtown (D)
SCOTTSDALE Saguaro Scottsdale (F)
WILLIAMS Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
LAS VEGAS Harrah’s Las Vegas (F)
MAMMOTH LAKES Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa (T) / TULARE Best Western Town & Country Tulare (ST)
MODESTO Modesto Days Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Los Angeles
Scottsdale
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas
San Francisco

Los Angeles

Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission - client ID #1074

Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission - client ID #1074

No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show.

Approximate value: $95 USD per person

Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission weekend - client ID #1074

Universal Studios Hollywood - One day admission weekend - client ID #1074

No visit to the West Coast would be complete without seeing the world's largest motion picture and television studio. There's a chance to see live shows currently aired on TV, a screen test, comedy theater, and a daring stunt show.

Approximate value: $110 USD per person

Scottsdale

Western Dinner At Rustler's Rooste

Western Dinner At Rustler's Rooste

Tonight you'll experience Rustler's Rooste, Arizona's Legendary Cowboy Steakhouse, where legend goes that the original site, atop a butte in the foothills of South Mountain, was a hideout for cattle rustlers. Highlights of this evening's outing include a cowboy steak dinner with all the fixin's and country-western music. Make sure to visit the general store before departing.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing - North Canyon Tour

Explore impressive Dragon Corridor, the deepest and widest part of the Canyon, and one of the most remarkable panoramas of the Grand Canyon. The Tower of Ra, a 6,076-foot butte named in the 1800s after the Egyptian sun god, comes into view, as do other fanciful rock formations resembling temples and shrines. Fly in a comfortable, climate controlled helicopter with specially designed windows for optimum viewing. (25-30 minute) Subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $200 USD per person

Imperial on EcoStar

Imperial on EcoStar

The Imperial Air Tour with EcoStar helicopter features awe-inspiring views of the beautiful Eastern gorge of the Grand Canyon aboard our environmentally friendly, EcoStar EC130 aircraft. With forward-facing stadium seating and a nearly 180 degree field of view, you'll enjoy unobstructed sights of the eastern portion of Grand Canyon, the Little Colorado confluence, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Dragon Corridor. These areas, the widest and deepest of the Grand Canyon, offer guests the most comprehensive views and experiences only available from the air! (45-50 minutes) This excursion is subject to favorable weather conditions.

Approximate value: $294 USD per person

Las Vegas

Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures

Black Canyon Raft Trip With Transportation from Black Canyon River Adventures

This is a unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted raft which allows the visitor to leisurely enjoy and share in the history, desert wildlife and beauty in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River. Black Canyon/Willow Beach River Adventures will provide round trip transportation. You will be transported on our tour buses to the launch area at the base of the Hoover Dam. This is an extremely rare view of the Hoover Dam that very few people have the opportunity to see. At this time, you will board our large comfortable rafts which have been carefully constructed with your party's safety in mind. During this excursion, our experienced and knowledgeable guides will share with you the history of this magnificent geological area. The high canyon walls will leave you breathless. Be prepared to see Desert Big Horn Sheep, Osprey, and Great Blue Heron in their natural setting. Bring your camera because it is seldom you will have an opportunity such as this to view the wonders of nature. Our rafts will stop along the shore to give you a chance to swim or play in the cool clear waters below Hoover Dam. You might take this opportunity to enjoy the box lunch provided while watching and listening to the sights and sounds of this magnificent desert. Your trip will end on the Arizona side of the river at Willow Beach. Here you will board our comfortable tour buses for the return trip over the crest of the Hoover Dam to your Las Vegas hotel. Fun for all ages, no paddling experience necessary. This is truly an experience to remember. (Approximately 8 hours round trip from hotel to hotel) Price includes NPS fee.

Approximate value: $160 USD per person

Hoover Dam Classic

Hoover Dam Classic

Travel to Hoover Dam in style and comfort aboard our custom Tour Trekker. Your talented guide will share many points of interest along the way. You'll truly appreciate the extra care and comfort you receive from Pink Jeep Tours. The Hoover Dam Discovery Tour offers ample time for exploring this National Historic Landmark and engineering wonder of the world. See live presentations, a fascinating film on the Dam's construction and history, exhibit gallery, observation deck, and venture down to the observation room in the power plant to view the massive generators. You'll also encounter dramatic views of both the Colorado River and Lake Mead, the largest manmade body of water in the Western Hemisphere. (4 hours)

Approximate value: $92 USD per person

Hoover Dam Upgrade Top to Bottom

Hoover Dam Upgrade Top to Bottom

From the Lake Mead Overlook, you're transported to the Colorado River by van on the Lower Portal Road, where construction crews traveled each day. You'll see the original gauging station used to measure water level and flow, and dynamite storage bunkers used during construction. Then, a guided Colorado River float tour by raft offers you close-up views few people have ever seen of Hoover Dam, mighty power plants, and Black Canyon. You'll also learn historical facts and get an astounding view of the Hoover Dam Bypass project and construction of the nearly 2000-foot-long bridge spanning over 900 feet above the river. This is absolutely the best photo opportunity of the Hoover Dam and Colorado River!

Approximate value: $165 USD per person

Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour

Lake Mead Cruise And Hoover Dam Discovery Tour

Explore Lake Mead on a paddle-wheeler boat, viewing amazing sights such as Hoover Dam and the Arizona Paint Pots. Your tour begins with a stop at Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats ever accomplished. There you will take a guided tour starting at the visitor's center that will include an informative movie, a trip to the generator room on the Nevada side and time to explore a number of exhibits at the center. After a 90-minute stay at the dam you will move on to Lake Mead. Here enjoy the largest man-made lake in the United States with more than 550 miles of shoreline. Board the Desert Princess, a three-level Mississippi-style paddle wheeler with two enclosed climate-controlled decks and a third observation deck. Cruise the beautiful waters of Lake Mead and view the unparalleled sights of Hoover Dam and the steep canyon walls that surround it. View Boulder Island, Sentinel Island and see the Arizona Paint Pots. You will also enjoy lunch on board the Desert Princess. (Approximately 7.5 hours)

Approximate value: $140 USD per person

Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour

Vegas Nights Helicopter Tour

Enjoy the "City of Lights" from the best view possible... THE SKY! Vegas Nights is an amazing helicopter tour flying over the megaresorts of the Las Vegas Strip from the New York-New York skyline to the Bellagio fountains and the never-fading light of the Luxor pyramid. Prior to your departure from our Las Vegas terminal, you will be served champagne to toast your night flight as you experience breathtaking sights from inside our ECO-Star helicopter, the "limousine of the sky". Approximate flight time is 12-15 minutes.

Approximate value: $124 USD per person

Vegas! The Show with included buffet dinner

Vegas! The Show with included buffet dinner

"VEGAS! THE SHOW" is all that you love about the old days of Vegas presented the only way that Vegas knows how, an incredible music driven spectacular. The show dives into the rich history that made the city of Las Vegas a hot destination for entertainers from around the world. Featuring music from some of Vegas' most memorable icons; The Rat Pack, Elvis and others grace the stage once again for a night of vintage Vegas entertainment. Dancers and showgirls take over the stage while a live band provides a trip down memory lane for all of those who remember where Vegas came from. Now see where Vegas is going. Come see why "VEGAS! THE SHOW" is being called the biggest production show on the Strip in the last twenty years. Witness the evolution of a town that changed the face of America forever. Dinner will be at the Pampas Brazillian Grille before the show. Prices include all taxes, gratuities and fees (retail value $120.00)

Approximate value: $100 USD per person

San Francisco

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour tour sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves. The tour also sails along San Francisco's historic waterfront where there's no better way to experience unobstructed views of sensational skylines in every direction. It's a great vantage point for snapping pictures or simply reflecting on the vast beauty of the San Francisco Bay. Sail past the PIER 39 sea lions, under the Golden Gate Bridge and circle Alcatraz Island. Onboard narration describes the City and its landmarks as you sail along in comfort; both indoor and outdoor seating are provided. (Cruise is 1 hour)

Approximate value: $30 USD per person

Evening In Chinatown

Evening In Chinatown

Explore this vibrant historic section of San Francisco that houses the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Included in this evening's agenda is a lavish four-course dinner in an authentic Chinese restaurant. This evening will include a short walking tour of Chinatown and a Cable Car ride.

Approximate value: $47 USD per person

Muir Woods & Sausalito

Muir Woods & Sausalito

Travel Across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastal mountains. Enjoy magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and valleys, where the Coastal Miwok once lived. The first stop is Muir Woods National Monument, where ancient groves of giant Redwood (Sequoia Sempreverins) Trees tower over Redwood Creek. A Full 1 hour stop. Muir Woods entrance fee included. Next, visit the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito, a gorgeous Mediterranean-style village, with quaint shop, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. Approximate one hour stop in Sausalito. You may extend your stay in Sausalito and return by ferry to San Francisco, ferry cost not included. (Approximately 4 hours)

Approximate value: $62 USD per person

Rocket Boat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront. Sail past the sea lions, zoom to the Bay Bridge, fly down to AT&T Park, scream past Treasure Island, and breeze by Alcatraz on the way back to PIER 39. This exciting ride pauses occasionally to allow passengers to catch their breath and capture unique sightseeing and photo opportunities unavailable on other tours. RocketBoat, it's an extreme adventure powered by biodiesel fuel. A blast on the Bay that is not to be missed.

Approximate value: $26 USD per person

San Francisco By Night with dinner at Swiss Louis

San Francisco By Night with dinner at Swiss Louis

The evening begins with dinner at a popular Fisherman's Wharf restaurant and spectacular views of the bay. Before heading back to your hotel we will drive out to Treasure Island to view the city lights from across the bay.

Approximate value: $66 USD per person

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