California, Arizona & Nevada Tour - Cosmos Travel

Western Treasures (8616)

15 Day Tour from San Francisco to San Francisco

2018 Tour Details

Stunning red-rock formations, stark desert landscapes, charming coastal cities, scenic ocean drives, some of the country’s most thrilling cities, and two of the West’s most spectacular national parks…all of this and more await you on this western U.S. tour through California, Nevada, and Arizona. Start and end your tour in San Francisco, spend two nights in Los Angeles, three nights in Las Vegas, and an overnight each in Monterey, Solvang, Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Tulare, and Modesto. Along the way, enjoy stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you’ll marvel at the breathtaking views of the canyon, and Yosemite National Park, with its beautiful mountains, granite domes, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, and gorgeous lakes.

On this western U.S. tour, you’ll stop in Sedona, set in a geologic wonderland with multi-hued stone formations; Palm Springs, a relaxed desert oasis; Carmel, a quaint and picturesque California town; and Santa Barbara, a coastal town with a bustling waterfront. Your overnight in Solvang gives you the opportunity to explore this town where Denmark has been recreated with flower-lined streets, “Old-World” architecture, and windmills. In Monterey, your sightseeing tour visits Fisherman’s Wharf, where you’ll have time to stroll the wharf and look for sea lions and otters, and Cannery Row, the famous street with shops and restaurants that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline. You’ll also drive the spectacular 17-Mile Drive, a winding road with views of Pebble Beach Golf Course, the Pacific Ocean, Lone Cypress, and multi-million dollar homes. Your sightseeing in Los Angeles includes a drive through Hollywood. In San Francisco, your sightseeing includes the Golden Gate Bridge.

From the thrilling cities and charming towns to the scenic beauty of the national parks, this western U.S. tour designed for value-minded travelers is a perfect vacation!
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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

In San Francisco, Monterey, and Los Angeles.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:

Monterey, Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, 17-Mile Drive, Carmel, Old Spanish Mission, Mission Trail to Solvang, coastal Santa Barbara, Pacific Ocean coastline, Hollywood, Palm Springs, Sedona, South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, and Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, and Nob Hill.

Notes:

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.

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

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Grand Canyon National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

1 breakfast, 4 continental breakfasts

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to San Francisco! Enjoy time at leisure today. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer questions.

Day 2 SAN FRANCISCO–MONTEREY

South to picturesque Monterey, made famous by John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row and once Spain’s California capital. Your sightseeing tour visits historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row. This afternoon, why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium or stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf to watch the sea lions and otters?

Day 3 MONTEREY–17-MILE DRIVE–CARMEL–SOLVANG

This morning, the spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE takes us to the popular retreat of Carmel. Later, take the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated through its architecture and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the quaint “Old World” architecture.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 4 SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES

From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara, a charming city with handsome Spanish-inspired architecture. Once the original Hollywood in the glamorous 1920s, it is still a favorite to movie producers and home to numerous celebrities. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or to do some shopping in some of the most talked-about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara before making our way to Los Angeles.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 5 LOS ANGELES

A full day to explore the “City of Angels,” home of star-studded Hollywood and glamorous Beverly Hills. Your day begins with included sightseeing of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” featuring a drive through Hollywood and the TCL Chinese Theatre. The afternoon is free.

Day 6 LOS ANGELES–PALM SPRINGS–SCOTTSDALE

This morning, visit Palm Springs with its wind farms, 5,000 swimming pools, and 90 golf courses! Crossing the great Colorado River, we drive through vast desert landscapes surrounded by giant saguaro cacti. Late-afternoon arrival in the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale. Tonight is yours to relax.

Day 7 SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–FLAGSTAFF

We journey to scenic Sedona in Canyon Country. Then, on through the weather-sculpted rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon and north through Kaibab National Forest to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. Marvel at one of the Natural Wonders of the World as you experience breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon. And for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, consider an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion. Overnight in Flagstaff.

Day 8 FLAGSTAFF–LAS VEGAS

Travel across the old Mojave gold-strike country to the neon desert oasis of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director can advise on the best shows to see and casinos to visit.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Days 9-10 LAS VEGAS

Enjoy two full days of relaxing at the hotel pool or exploring the “Strip” with its casinos, resorts, and shopping plazas. Also consider a range of excursions, including a float trip through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, a visit to Hoover Dam, or a dazzling Las Vegas show.

Day 11 LAS VEGAS–TULARE

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. You’ll see the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.

Day 12 TULARE–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MODESTO

This morning, we enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains soaring as high as 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Explore Yosemite Valley or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery and see the works of this famous photographer who captured the beauty of Yosemite National Park so well.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 13 MODESTO–SAN FRANCISCO

This morning, we continue west to San Francisco, famous for its hills and cable cars. Included sightseeing takes in the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast

Day 14 SAN FRANCISCO

The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps, visit the famous and fascinating 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. Ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour through the city’s diverse neighborhoods.

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

Day 15 SAN FRANCISCO

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included. You can 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.

RANDY SCHUSTER

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

 Accommodations

MONTEREY Monterey Downtown Days Inn (ST)
SOLVANG Holiday Inn Express Solvang (ST)
LOS ANGELES The L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
SCOTTSDALE Saguaro Scottsdale (F)
FLAGSTAFF La Quinta Flagstaff (ST)
TULARE Best Western Town and Country Lodge (ST)
MODESTO Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)

 Optional Excursions

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).

Price Ranges

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


Monterey
Scottsdale
Flagstaff
Las Vegas
San Francisco

Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Explore the wonders of our ocean planet in the nearly 200 galleries and exhibits at one of the world's finest aquariums.

Price Range: $

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. Today they're serving up great cowboy cookin' and a emorable western experience.

Price Range: $$

Flagstaff

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

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Choose from several tours to the Hoover Dam, ranked as one of the top ten architectural wonders of the world and very worthy of a visit!

Price Range: $$$$

"Vegas! The Show"

"VEGAS! THE SHOW" is all that you love about the old days of Vegas.

Price Range: $$$

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Choose from a variety of helicopter flightseeing tours to discover the sites of Las Vegas and beyond!

Price Range: $$$$

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum

The Mob Museum provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories of organized crime and its impact on Las Vegas history.

Price Range: $

Black Canyon Raft Trip

Black Canyon Raft Trip

This unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft takes you through spectacular Black Canyon - the natural gorge of the Colorado River immediately below Hoover Dam.

Price Range: $$$$

San Francisco

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument.

Price Range: $$

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

San Francisco Farewell Dinner

San Francisco Farewell Dinner

Enjoy dinner at a popular San Francisco Restaurant.

Price Range: $$

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