High Desert Discovery (8120)

12 Day Tour from Los Angeles to Las Vegas

2020 Tour Details

Begin your budget-minded vacation in California with sightseeing in Los Angeles. You’ll take a guided tour through Beverly Hills, including Sunset Boulevard, the TCL Chinese Theater, and Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tour the impressive Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum—complete with Air Force One. Go sightseeing on the Santa Monica Pier for ocean views from Malibu to the South Bay.

Venture into the high desert of California to Joshua Tree National Park, then on to the oasis resort town of Palm Springs. You’ll stop in Borrego Springs in the midst of incredible desert wilds of Anza-Borrego State Park—the largest state park in California. On to the Pacific Coast of San Diego. Included city sightseeing features the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Historic Old Town San Diego. Enjoy free time during your stay, perhaps with a harbor cruise or visit to the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Explore Historic Downtown Yuma, Arizona, on the Colorado River, then venture into the Sonoran Desert to Tucson. Take an excursion to Tombstone, and see gunslingers like Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday reenact the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. Visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum—a fusion experience of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Visit Old Town Scottsdale, then Sedona with its amazing stone formations catching the sun in brilliant hues. Explore Grand Canyon National Park with a free day to explore on your own—or on a helicopter flightseeing tour! Visit Seligman—birthplace of Route 66—and the Arizona Route 66 Museum in Kingman. Arrive in Las Vegas to enjoy the neon casinos along the “Strip.” Why not roll the dice to celebrate your affordable desert vacation tour?!

High Desert Discovery map
National Park Tours – National Park Foundation

 Photo Highlights

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Grand Canyon National Park


 Meals & Itinerary

2 continental breakfasts


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


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


Enjoy a sightseeing tour through Beverly Hills, including Sunset Boulevard and the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities. Then you’re off to the RONALD REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM for a guided tour. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. Step aboard Air Force One, see a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall, featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Sightseeing ends with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier with views of Malibu and the South Bay. Free time to explore this picturesque seaside with endless sunshine and sea breezes. Return to Los Angeles where the evening is free.


Today begins with a visit to JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK with more than 800,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat, including the ancient Joshua trees. Continue to the desert playground of Palm Springs. Your afternoon is free for exploring the downtown area or joining the optional Palm Springs aerial tram—the world’s largest rotating tram car, with breathtaking views of the valley floor below.


This morning stop in Borrego Springs, set in the midst of Anza-Borrego State Park, the largest state park in the continental United States. A stop at the visitor’s center will get you on your way to discovering these desert wildlands. Follow the coast to charming San Diego, set around a sweeping bay. Included city sightseeing features the beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, and Historic Old Town San Diego.


A full day at leisure. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbor, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.


The true Southwest awaits you today. Time in Yuma, Arizona to explore the Historic Downtown located alongside the Colorado River. Journey through the Sonoran Desert to Tucson, a city of year-round sunshine, mountains, rich desert vegetation and saguaro sunsets.


This morning journey east to historic Tombstone, nicknamed “The Town Too Tough to Die”. Reserved admission to the O.K. CORRAL and HISTORAMA THEATRE. See Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and Virgil and Morgan Earp fight the McLaurys and Clantons in daily reenactments of the Gunfight at O.K. Corral, and learn what caused the legendary 30-second showdown. Afterward free time to stroll the wooden boardwalks along the dusty main street in this real mining town. Explore the numerous saloons, restaurants, and shops—each with its own history, legends and lore.


Before leaving Tucson, visit the ARIZONA SONORA DESERT MUSEUM, a fusion experience of zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Continue to Scottsdale, where you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.


Today is all about Red Rock Country, also known as Sedona, where multi-hued stone juts upwards from the high desert floor creating formations that appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. Time has been set aside for independent activities. Perhaps join a jeep tour that takes you through the magnificent red rock canyons surrounding Sedona? Afterward, our journey continues to Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as its Main Street. Enjoy one of the best preserved stretches of the Mother Road in America. Walk Main Street and you’ll find vintage neon on buildings that are preserved to their original character.


Today, experience one of the Natural Wonders of the World and see the beauty and splendor of GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK. The day is free to enjoy the park at your leisure. Wander along the canyon rim for breathtaking views. For a once-in-a-lifetime thrill, take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip over the Grand Canyon.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast


Part of today’s journey is on Historic Route 66. Visit the iconic little town of Seligman, the birthplace of America’s main street, Route 66. Full of retro shops, diners, and motels, it’s the perfect place to step back in time. Stop in Kingman, the heart of Historic Route 66, and visit the ARIZONA ROUTE 66 MUSEUM and LOCOMOTIVE PARK. Leave Route 66 behind for the neon lights of Las Vegas. An orientation tour upon arrival shows off many of the themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.”

BreakfastContinental Breakfast


Your holiday ends this morning. You can extend your holiday with extra nights and explore Las Vegas further.


Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Tour Director

With COSMOS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.


Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!

Tour Director - RANDY SCHUSTER


 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)

San Diego
Las Vegas

San Diego

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

The sights and soul of San Diego come to life on this cruise around beautiful San Diego Harbor!

Price Range: $


Western Dinner at Rustler's Rooste Cowboy Steakhouse

Western Dinner at Rustler's Rooste Cowboy Steakhouse

Bring your appetite and get ready for a real Western dinner experience at Arizona's legendary Rustler's Rooste cowboy steakhouse!

Price Range: $$


Jeep Tour

Jeep Tour

Strap yourself in and prepare for a unique encounter with the magnificent red rock canyons surrounding Sedona on this unforgettable Jeep adventure!

Price Range: $$

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

Las Vegas

"Vegas! The Show"  The Story of Vegas Entertainment

"Vegas! The Show" The Story of Vegas Entertainment

Savor a hearty dinner of juicy, hand-carved meats at Pampas Brazilian Grille, then enjoy "Vegas! The Show", a toe-tapping musical tribute to the good ol' days of the "real" Las Vegas!

Price Range: $$$

* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include International airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Cosmos).

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