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2015 SEASON
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Sep 2016

14 Day Western Discoverer

Trafalgar Guided Tour starting in Los Angeles and finishing in Los Angeles

Taking in two national parks, the major metropolises of San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, wine country, the ocean and deserts, this diverse trip crosses three extraordinary states. You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting the chef, farmer and host who create your authentic Californian meal at stunning Stella...read more

Overview

Operator: Trafalgar
Style: Premium
Duration: 14 Days
From: Los Angeles to Los Angeles
Tour Code: DWED
Our Price From:
$ 3,775
Per Person
Save This Month:
$ 200
Per Person
Countries Visited: USA

Day By Day

1

Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels. After a short transfer to Long Beach, settle in at your hotel and relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: Hotel Maya
2

Los Angeles - San Diego Sightseeing

Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time before joining your travelling companions for dinner. (FB/D) Stay: Westin Gaslamp Quarter
3

San Diego - Scottsdale

Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you-keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy. (FB) Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
4

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this natural wonder of the world. (FB) Stay: National Park Lodges
5

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (2 Nights)

Depart the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy one of the high-end buffets Las Vegas is renowned for. (FB/D) Stay: Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
6

Las Vegas Free Time

The choices are endless: hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city's elegant restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional experience to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Perhaps take a ride on Las Vegas' newest attraction; the world's tallest observation wheel. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage. (FB)
7

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind and travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, overnight will be in Fresno at The Doubletree.) (FB) Stay: The Westin Monache Resort
8

Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the afternoon here in one of the wild places that John Muir called 'the hope of the world." (FB/D) Stay: Yosemite View Lodge
9

Yosemite - Napa - Sonoma - San Francisco (2 Nights)

Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Travel through Napa's scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with your travelling companions. (FB/D) Stay: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
10

San Francisco Sightseeing And Free Time

As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park. Visit the Cable Car Museum, a Cultural Insight, and celebration of San Francisco's rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impact streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city. There's a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path. (FB)
11

San Francisco - Carmel - Monterey (2 Nights)

Spend a leisurely morning in San Francisco before heading to Carmel. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the shops, wander down to the water's edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. (FB) Stay: The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
12

Monterey Free Time

After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, spend the rest of your day experiencing the historic waterfront district Cannery Row in Monterey. (FB)
13

Monterey - San Simeon - Santa Barbara

Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home to one of America's most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a culinary Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Your host, a local chef and author, shares the bounty of local, seasonal foods for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. (FB/BMGD) Stay: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
14

Santa Barbara - Depart Los Angeles

Wake to Santa Barbara's golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore hotel if you'd like to extend your stay. (FB)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels. After a short transfer to Long Beach, settle in at your hotel and relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: Hotel Maya
2

Los Angeles - San Diego Sightseeing

Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time before joining your travelling companions for dinner. (FB/D) Stay: Westin Gaslamp Quarter
3

San Diego - Scottsdale

Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you-keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy. (FB) Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
4

Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this natural wonder of the world. (FB) Stay: National Park Lodges
5

Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (2 Nights)

Depart the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy one of the high-end buffets Las Vegas is renowned for. (FB/D) Stay: Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino
6

Las Vegas Free Time

The choices are endless: hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city's elegant restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional experience to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Perhaps take a ride on Las Vegas' newest attraction; the world's tallest observation wheel. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage. (FB)
7

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind and travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, overnight will be in Fresno at The Doubletree.) (FB) Stay: The Westin Monache Resort
8

Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the afternoon here in one of the wild places that John Muir called 'the hope of the world." (FB/D) Stay: Yosemite View Lodge
9

Yosemite - Napa - Sonoma - San Francisco (2 Nights)

Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. Travel through Napa's scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal with your travelling companions. (FB/RM) Stay: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
10

San Francisco Sightseeing And Free Time

As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park. Visit the Cable Car Museum, a Cultural Insight, and celebration of San Francisco's rail transit history, focused on exploring the positive impact streetcars and cable cars have made on the quality of urban life in this great city. There's a story around every corner and this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path. (FB)
11

San Francisco - Carmel - Monterey (2 Nights)

Spend a leisurely morning in San Francisco before heading to Carmel. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the shops, wander down to the water's edge or savour a cappuccino at a café. (FB) Stay: The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
12

Monterey Free Time

After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, spend the rest of your day experiencing the historic waterfront district Cannery Row in Monterey. (FB)
13

Monterey - San Simeon - Santa Barbara

Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home to one of America's most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a culinary Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Your host, a local chef and author, shares the bounty of local, seasonal foods for the ultimate farm-to-table experience. (FB/BMGD) Stay: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
14

Santa Barbara - Depart Los Angeles

Wake to Santa Barbara's golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore hotel if you'd like to extend your stay. (FB)

Trip Inclusions

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodations Visit the Cable Car Museum in San Francisco.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy seasonal foods for an ultimate farm-to-table experience.
  • Local Specialists In the Grand Canyon.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Orientation tour of San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • View Oak Creek Canyon.
  • Visit San Simeon, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park.
  • Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive.

What's Included

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom. WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 and 5 hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • An Expert Travel Director and Separate Driver
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences with VIP entry to many sights.
  • Optional Experiences and free time.
  • Audio headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel & restaurant service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Dining

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.
  • 13 full breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).

 

Trip Inclusions

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles
  • View Oak Creek Canyon
  • Visit San Simeon, Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterey, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Las Vegas and Grand Canyon National Park
  • Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive

What's Included

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • It's the right hotels With our Insider knowledge, we've handpicked quality hotels to complement this trip.
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation

Dining

  • 13 full breakfasts.
  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).

 

Operator Details

Region: USA
Style: Premium
Accommodation: 4 Star
Hotels: Central - Mostly
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Coach: 5 Star
Average Age: 45-60+
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included
Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40)
Free Coach WiFi: Yes
* Source: Trafalgar for tours in USA. Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Reviews (5)

Overall Rating

We had a wonderful trip, not only amazed by the nature's wonders, but also enjoyed colourful city culture and life. Accommodation and included meal were great. The tour director Jay and coach driver Gary are very professional. Many thanks for Yvonne helping us to book this great Trafalgar Tour. We will definitely to book another trip with Global Journeys and Trafalgar.

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We have never seen such scenic splendor. The tour was extremely comprehensive and enabled us to experience a range of panoramic locations and exciting cities. Thoroughly recommend both the tour and Global Journeys professionalism.

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I was absolutely delighted with my holiday. Both Global Journeys and Trafalgar exceeded my expectations. I will definitely book another Trafalgar holiday through Global Journeys.

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Michelle, thank you for helping us organising our tour. You were very helpful and provided us with some great advice to prepare for our journey. Everything went well, there were no issues along the way, The tour guide and the driver were both excellent, the group we meet were lovely and the destinations and the accommodations were great, I think Marcus and I would be happy to book with you again in the future.



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2015 SEASON
Aug 2015 - Sep 2015
2016 SEASON
Apr 2016 - Sep 2016

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