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
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
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
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.
National Park Lodges
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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)