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Western Discovery Coach Tour from Los Angeles

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrival Los Angeles

Depart London Heathrow - 09:35

Arrive Los Angeles - 12:40

Journey Time 11 hours 5 minutes

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer via shuttle bus to the hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director.

Overnight - Los Angeles


Day 2
Los Angeles - The O.C. - San Diego - Los Angeles

Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California, renowned for its year-round mild weather.

Following a city tour, visit picturesque Seaport Village and the San Diegoís relaxing bayfront marketplace. Perhaps enjoy the opportunity for shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the evening.

Overnight - Los Angeles


Day 3
Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Scottsdale

Today your journey takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Intíl Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.

Overnight - Scottsdale


Day 4
Phoenix - Sedona - Grand Canyon National Park

Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colorful canyonís plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.

Overnight - Grand Canyon


Day 5
Grand Canyon National Park - Monument Valley - Page / Lake Powell / Kanab

A highlight of the trip will be watching the sunrise as you enjoy a special (optional) breakfast served right at the rim of the Canyon. As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. In the late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.

Overnight - Page


Day 6
Kanab / Page / Lake Powell - Bryce Canyon National Park

Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here youíll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-colored world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfire.

Overnight - Bryce Canyon


Day 7
Bryce Canyon National Park - Zion National Park - Las Vegas

Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind,time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World' where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.

Overnight - Las Vegas


Day 8
Las Vegas

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or "Shop til you drop" at designer outlets.

Overnight - Las Vegas


Day 9
Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas.
Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renown for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.

Overnight - Mammoth Lakes

**Winter Routing. The Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (Winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions).


Day 10
Mammoth Lakes** - Yosemite National Park

Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendors including the glacial-shaped
granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in the Yosemite Gateway.

Overnight - Modesto


Day 11
Yosemite Gateway - San Francisco

Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. You will travel through the the fertile lowlands of California where 80% of America's fruit and vegetables are grown. When you reach San Francisco you will enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).

 Overnight - San Francisco


Day 12
San Francisco (Napa Valley)

Day at leisure! Your ATI Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman's Wharf where you may enjoy a 'Taste of San Francisco': local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelliís Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lionsí Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where 'Americaís Most Wanted' such as Al Capone and 'Machine Gun' Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy's Department Store. You also may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).

Overnight - San Francisco


Day 13
San Francisco - Monterey / Carmel - Shell / Pismo Beach

Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fishermanís Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast town.

Overnight - Pismo Beach


Day 14
Shell / Pismo Beach - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, youíll stop in Santa Monica, home to the ìFinish Lineî of historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of 'The City of Angels' continues with Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel.

 Overnight - Los Angeles


Day 15
Depart Los Angeles

Your tour ends upon checkout from your hotel.

Depart Los Angeles - 19:45

Arrive London Heathrow - 14:20

Journey Time - 10 hours 35 minutes
* = Next Day Arrival

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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CNA Opinion

A very popular tour that packs about as much in as you could possibly manage in 2 weeks. 3 star accommodation throughout. The advantage of having a knowledgeable tour guide cannot be underestimated, worry about nothing and learn about everything as your tour guide takes very good care of you. Remember we can tailor this tour into an itinerary that suits you.

Tour Highlights

  • Welcome reception to meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers
  • Full day tour to the beautiful city of San Diego
  • Visit the lush desert playground of Palm Springs with its picturesque downtown at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains
  • Travel through the Sonoran Desert, visit Sedona known for it's distinctive red-rock monoliths before rising to the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Visit the Navajo Indian Reservation, the Painted Desert and on to Monument Valley home to the most iconic images of the American West
  • Travel to Lake Powell and then on to the quite spectacular Bryce Canyon where a tour is included.
  • Travel to Zion National Park, a quite beautiful place before seeking out the bright lights of Las Vegas
  • Visit the extreme enviroment of Death Valley en-route to Mammoth Lakes a 19th century gold-mining town in the Sierra Nevada Mountains
  • Visit world famous Yosemite National Park with the splendours of El Capitan, Half Dome, magnificent Bridal Falls & Yosemite Falls
  • On to San Francisco where a city tour is included and consider the optional City by Night Tour we can arrange for you
  • Take a full day to explore San Francisco or take the optional Napa Valley tour for a little wine tasting
  • Time for the Monterey Peninsula with it's gorgeous homes and beautiful beaches and the towns of MontereY & Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Santa Barbara awaits next with it's palm-lined walkways and white sandy beaches
  • We have an optional luncjh for you on the pier at Santa Monica end point to famous Route 66 or maybe a beach bike ride?
  • Your holiday then culminates with a tour of the 'City of Angels' where you get to see Beverly Hills and Hollywood

Optional Excursions

  • Hot Air Balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert
  • Sunrise Breakfast at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas by Night tour
  • Gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth for breakfast
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown
  • Santa Monica Pier lunch and/or beach bike ride
  • "All-American" picnic at a surprise destination en route
  • Half board meal plan that includes 2 meals a day
  • 5 night Hawaii Add-on

Hotels

There is no official rating of hotels in America but in our judgement UK travellers would consider most of these hotels to be of a 3 star standard, however in National Parks and some of the remote locations lodges can be a little rustic but clean and comfortable and in keeping with the limited amount of accommodation available in these remote and beautiful locations

Day City Hotel
01-02 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX
03 Scottsdale Marriott Phoenix Mesa
04 Grand Canyon National Park Yavapai Lodge West
05 Page Best Western Inn At Lake Powell
06 Bryce Canyon National Park Ruby's Inn
07-08 Las Vegas Circus Circus
09 Mammoth Mammoth Mountain Inn
10 Modesto Doubletree Modesto
11-12 San Francisco Holiday Inn Golden Gateway
13 Pismo Beach (Central Coast) SeaCrest Oceanfront Resort
14 Los Angeles Crowne Plaza LAX

Flights

As our we trade under a fully bonded ATOL license we are able to tailor a complete package to include this coach tour. We have access to reduced rates of travel in all classes of service on all major scheduled airlines. The only condition we are bound by with the airlines is not to quote or book these deals as flights only. Call us today to discuss you tailored package.

Meals & Tips

Meals are not included in our prices. Tips are not included, we recommend you budget for at least 15% but if you are unsure about any aspect of this culture please speak to your Tour Director

Baggage

The tour allows one rugged suitcase per person (They do get on and of the coach alot!) but the weight will be determined by your airline, for example British Airways currently allow one piece of checked luggage per person weighing 23 kilos free of charge.

Pre / Post Nights Available

Why not extend your tour by adding a night or two in Los Angeles at the beginning - &/or end of the tour. Contact us for further details.

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Hawaii add-on 

From £699 per person

Paradise awaits...

Extend your trip with a visit to the beautiful island of Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii. Oahu is home to the State capital of Honolulu, which offers magnificent palaces, museums and art galleries as well as the world famous Waikiki Beach. Indulge in world class hotels, shopping and dining and visit the Memorial of the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor or the Polynesian Cultural centre to experience the rich island tradition.

6 days/ 5 nights add-on to include: Roundtrip Transpacific flights (Between Mainland USA & Hawaii), Lei Meet & Greet at airport in Hawaii, Round-trip Airport Transfers and 5 nights hotel accommodation*

*'From' price based upon a Standard room at the Aqua Aloha Surf Hotel, Oahu (Upgrade options available)... Contact us for more details

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Western Discovery Coach Tour

Itinerary Summary

Los Angeles, CA
2 nights
Scottsdale, AZ
1 night
Grand Canyon, AZ
1 night
Page, AZ
1 night
Bryce Canyon, AZ
1 night
Las Vegas, NV
2 nights
Mammoth, CA
1 night
Modesto, CA
1 night
San Francisco, CA
2 nights
Pismo Beach (Central Coast), CA
1 night
Los Angeles, CA
1 night

Total 14 Nights

 



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