Mar 2017 - Oct 2017

12 Day Western Wonders

Cosmos Guided Tour starting in Los Angeles and finishing in San Francisco

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Read 18 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Cosmos's 12 Day Western Wonders. This wondrous 12 day holiday begins in Los Angeles with a sightseeing tour that includes glamorous Hollywood. Next, head west for an overnight in Palm Springs, home to 90 golf courses, before...read more


Operator: Cosmos
Type: Coach Tour (Low Cost)
Style: Regional Discovery
Duration: 12 Days
From: Los Angeles to San Francisco
Tour Code: 8510
Visits: USA
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$ 2,214
Per Person ($AU)
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Day By Day


Los Angeles

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

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, or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.

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.


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 travelled back in time to the era of outlaws and swing-door saloons. (CB)

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park - Williams

Travel to Sedona, a thriving centre 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 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-coloured walls plunging 2,134 metres (7,000 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. (CB)

Williams - Las Vegas

Cross the 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 12 metres (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 colourful "Strip." This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.

Las Vegas

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

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.

Tulare - Yosemite National Park - Modesto

This morning we enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Afterward, drive to Modesto. (B)

Modesto - San Francisco

This morning, head for San Francisco, crossing the splendid bay with vistas of the San Francisco skyline and its magnificent harbour. On your city tour, see the main sights, including the renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, and Nob Hill. Tonight you may choose to join your travelling 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. (CB)

San Francisco

This morning, 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 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 neighbourhoods. Please Note: The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is US$33.

San Francisco

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

Trip Inclusions

Included Experiences

  • SIGHTSEEING: In Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Alcatraz.
  • SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS: Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, and Yosemite National Park.
  • GUIDES: Services of a professional Tour Director.
  • TRANSPORTATION: Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
  • HOTELS: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
  • INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.


  • Hotel Classifications: First Class (F), Moderate First Class (MF), Superior Tourist Class (ST), Tourist Class (T)
  • Los Angeles L.a. Hotel Downtown (SF), Scottsdale Holiday Inn Express and Suites Scottsdale - Old Town (ST), Williams Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F), Las Vegas Harrah's Las Vegas Casino and Hotel (F), Tulare Best Western Town & Country Lodge (ST), Modesto Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST), San Francisco Hotel Carlton (MF)

Included Meals

  • 1 breakfast (B), 3 continental breakfasts (CB).

Trip Notes

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise only. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Regional Discovery
Accommodation: 3+ Star
Location: Outskirts - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Available, Not Included
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 50 (Avg. 39)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Cosmos for trips in USA. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (18)


Trip Date: 28/10/2016

“12 Day Western Wonders Cosmos”

We really enjoyed the natural wonders we visited on this Tour. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Muir Woods were an experience not to be missed. Of the cities, San Francisco was the standout.

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Ann & Glenn's Holiday

Trip Date: 13/09/2016

“Interesting look at California and the desert. ”

The highlight for us was San Francisco and the Grand Canyon. Our coach driver Dave was fantastic and couldn't do enough for us. Our lack of commentary was the downside, because we got to learn very little about the areas we travelled through.

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Trip Date: 29/04/2016

“Fabulous Trip”

I went on the Western Wonders tour at the last minute with no idea what to expect as this was the first tour group I've been on. This trip exceeded our expectations Cosmos tour director Craig Cherry and Driver Randy looked after everyone on the trip. Everyone in our group were so nice and all got on well. The trip being 12 days gave us time to look around each place without being too rushed. I was away for 20 days all up and this was my highlight due to the way the tour was operated. Thank you, we will remember this always and have made friends for all over the globe.

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Trip Date: 25/09/2015

“Satisfied with all the arrangements of the tour”

This was the first tour that I had taken as a 'Single' and I was satisfied with all the arrangements of the tour. Our Tour Leader, Randy, was very professional manner but was friendly and very helpful in suggesting things that would suit me. Our coach driver JR Junior - was a total gentleman all the trip. I found the group of people on my trip amazing whether they were singles or couples. We had laughs everyday and I will miss their company. Just enough to keep us on our toes without being worn out. I was good having option nights for those that just wanted a quite one. Now that I have done this I will definitely look at doing another one in the near future without any hesitation.

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