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14 Day Western Discoverer

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

Countries Visited: USA 
2016 Trafalgar USA & Canada Tours
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Operator: Trafalgar
Reviews: (5)
Style: Premium    Email a Friend
Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Los Angeles to Los Angeles    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: DWED
  

Tour Description

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 Mare's restaurant. And learning about the formation of the Grand Canyon, as you explore with an expert geologist.

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).

Notes

  • Itinerary & inclusions shown as per the lastest 2016 brochure. 2015 itinerary & inclusions may differ slightly to those shown.

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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. Welcome Reception Stay: Hotel Maya
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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
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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
Day
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)
Day
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
Day
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)
Day
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
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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)

14 Day Western Discoverer Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 5 Reviews. Average Rating 4.6 of 5.

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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A great tour covering all key highlights we hoped to see. The National Parks were amazing, and we enjoyed all other aspects as well. Loved the sightseeing in the city areas. Quite a hectic pace between San Diego & Las Vegas. We were all shattered by bedtime in Las Vegas. This was really the only downside. The Travel Director was very experienced & professional.

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Operating since 1947, Trafalgar offers a wide range of holidays to Europe, Britain, Egypt, USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They hosted over 2 million travellers worldwide and many return year after year.
Region: USA Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 35-60
Style: Premium Coach: 5 Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4 Star Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Included
Hotels: Central - Mostly Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Trafalgar for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Trafalgar different from other escorted touring companies?

  • We have over 60 years of knowledge & expertise in the design of unforgettable touring holidays
  • We are international, award-winning for our unrivalled quality, service and reliability
  • We provide perfectly planned and balanced itineraries
  • We have the finest Tour Directors in the industry
  • You will stay in quality hotels carefully selected and conveniently located
  • You will enjoy authentic dining experiences
  • You will enjoy savings of up to 40% when compared with travelling independently

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

Good company enriches any travelling experience and your group will be made up of English-speaking people from around the world. On a Trafalgar tour you will take away far more than just fantastic memories – together you will share great times, swap terrific stories and form new lifelong friendships.

How many people will be on tour with me?

There will be a maximum of 49 people on your coach, however a Trafalgar coach carries an average of just 40 guests.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

With Trafalgar it's as great to travel as it is to arrive - we insist on using only the latest models of air-conditioned, luxury coaches, as well as high quality trains and cruise ships. For your comfort, smoking is not allowed onboard our coaches, however, there are plenty of rest stops for you to stretch your legs. You'll be chauffeur driven, door to door by a professional driver who will make your journey a relaxing pleasure. We use a state-of-the-art sound system for mood music with fascinating commentaries by your tour director.

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?

Trafalgar goes to great lengths to seek out the very best hotels because we know that where you stay each night is important to the enjoyment of your holiday. We, therefore, select hotels with great care. We only select hotels that are:

  • Perfectly located so that you are as close as possible to the most important attractions.
  • Monitored by our Quality Control team who rigorously check every little detail to ensure the service is impeccable and your enjoyment is complete.
  • Reputable brands, such as Hilton and Novotel, as well as high quality, privately-owned hotels.
  • Great value through our enormous buying power which enables us to negotiate deeper discounts and pass these savings on to you, our clients.

As part of your hassle-free holiday, when you arrive at your hotel, we will ensure that you are already checked in, your luggage is taken directly to your room and all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities are included.

What are Trafalgar Tour Directors like?

Sightseeing is fun but it's a Trafalgar Tour Director that really brings a destination to life. Our Tour Directors are the finest in the industry. Their local knowledge and unfailing friendliness provides you with a personalised “concierge” service which ensures you get the very best out of every single day. They are experienced travellers, learned historians and culture buffs. Through their in-depth expertise, you'll discover the history and be immersed in cultures of the places you visit.

Your Tour Directors can help interpret, show you how to get good value while shopping and how to spot a fake from the real deal. They make things smoother, more interesting and ultimately more enjoyable. They are your friend in an unfamiliar place.

Trafalgar also uses expert local guides to further enhance your sightseeing experience. When you are travelling on your own it's all too easy to pass through a place without touching the sides. That's why our expert local guides are so invaluable – they tell the less well known tales, relate the more curious stories, recall the most obscure events and reveal the best guarded secrets to ensure every moment is full of discovery and brimming with surprises.

What does the tour cost include?

The prices listed cover all accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Trafalgar Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling.

Are tips included?

Trafalgar Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as all baggage handling at hotels and ports. Tips to restaurant staff for meals are also included in the price of your tour. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors $4 per day, Drivers $2.50 per day and Local Guides $1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

The ultimate way to personalise your Trafalgar experience. Our expertly crafted itineraries strike the perfect balance between making sure you visit all the “must see” highlights, whilst still enjoying ample free time to explore on your own or take one of our great value optional excursions. Our extensive variety of optional excursions are designed to work perfectly with your tour. They let you experience more of what you choose to see, but ensure that you don't pay for activities you are not interested in, allowing you more time to do what you enjoy most.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Many of our holidays are ideally designed for single or solo travellers. Every detail is taken care of, from start to finish, so all you need to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. Meals, activities and sightseeing are all shared with your new friends, so you will never be alone - unless you choose to do some exploring or relaxing by yourself. Accommodation can be booked as a private single room or like many of our clients, you may wish to share a twin room by taking advantage of our 'Room Mate Matching Service'. You will share a room with someone from your tour (same gender), so you can avoid paying a single room supplement, in addition to making a new friend.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is the most effective tool to give you peace of mind. For only $A 99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia, we will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. Read Details. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completeing the 'Quote Request'.

Where can I find out more information on Trafalgar?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Trafalgar including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).


Know Before You Go

Trafalgar USA - Know Before You Go GuideDownload this “Know Before You Go” Guide, filled with all the essential information you need to assist you in preparing for your tour Trafalgar. A complete guide to the USA and Canada including pre-tour information, on-tour facts, a state-by-state guide to the USA, a province-by-province guide to Canada and a city-by-city guide to Mexico. (PDF 2MB)

Airport Transfer Information

With Trafalgar you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by scheduled shuttle, minivan, private car, or taxi between designated airports and Trafalgar hotels on the scheduled starting and ending day of your tour. We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the tour and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the tour. You may however purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. Flight information must be provided for our Treasure of the Yucatan and all Hawaii programs.

Please note: We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for passengers booking extra night accommodation.

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START DATE END DATE   BROCHURE
(Twin Share)
BROCHURE
(Single)
OUR
SAVINGS
OUR
PRICE
CHECK
AVAILABILITY
23 Jul 2015 05 Aug 2015   AU $4,075 AU $5,700 AU $442 AU $3,633  
06 Aug 2015 19 Aug 2015   AU $4,075 AU $5,700 AU $205 AU $3,870  
27 Aug 2015 09 Sep 2015   AU $3,975 AU $5,525 AU $200 AU $3,775  
03 Sep 2015 16 Sep 2015   AU $3,975 AU $5,525 AU $200 AU $3,775  
24 Sep 2015 07 Oct 2015   AU $3,975 AU $5,525 AU $200 AU $3,775  
   
START DATE END DATE   BROCHURE
(Twin Share)
BROCHURE
(Single)
OUR
SAVINGS
OUR
PRICE
CHECK
AVAILABILITY
28 Apr 2016 11 May 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
05 May 2016 18 May 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
12 May 2016 25 May 2016   AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
19 May 2016 01 Jun 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
26 May 2016 08 Jun 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
02 Jun 2016 15 Jun 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
09 Jun 2016 22 Jun 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
16 Jun 2016 29 Jun 2016   AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
23 Jun 2016 06 Jul 2016 AU $4,695 AU $6,670 AU $705 AU $3,990  
30 Jun 2016 13 Jul 2016 AU $4,695 AU $6,670 AU $705 AU $3,990  
14 Jul 2016 27 Jul 2016 AU $4,695 AU $6,670 AU $705 AU $3,990  
04 Aug 2016 17 Aug 2016   AU $4,695 AU $6,670 AU $705 AU $3,990  
01 Sep 2016 14 Sep 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
08 Sep 2016 21 Sep 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
15 Sep 2016 28 Sep 2016   AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
22 Sep 2016 05 Oct 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
29 Sep 2016 12 Oct 2016 AU $4,675 AU $6,650 AU $700 AU $3,975  
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. We will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable discounts and specials.

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