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One of our most popular USA escorted tours, Splendours of the West takes you on a 11 day journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco stopping along the way at some of the region’s best cities and sights. This tour encompasses a fantastic mix of vibrant cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco each with their own unique style, and magnificent natural wonders from the iconic Grand Canyon National Park to the haunting beauty of the Painted Desert and the verdant forests, waterfalls and mountain peaks of Yosemite National Park. Your experienced tour guide will be on hand to share their wealth of knowledge and bring this enchanting region to life.

2019 Departure Dates

01, 10, 15, 24 March

12, 29 April
17 May
07 June
05 July
02, 23 August
13 September
11, 25 October
15 November
06, 20 December

2020 Departure Dates
10,31 January
28 February
13 March

Duration

11 Days

Guide Price

£1,899 pp

Recommended For

Culture, Iconic Journeys, USA Road Trips

Options

Group basis

a canyon with a mountain in the background

Trip Highlights

  • The glamorous desert retreat of Palm Springs
  • Tour the Navajo Indian Reservation and visit Monument Valley
  • Walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf

Start your Journey

Day 1

Los Angeles

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Arrive in Los Angeles and spend the evening at leisure before meeting your group tomorrow morning.

  • Suggested Accommodation Holiday Inn Anaheim or similar
Day 2

Los Angeles to Palm Springs to Phoenix

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Today your journey begins and 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 In'l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.

  • Suggested Accommodation Delta Hotels Phoenix Mesa or similar
Day 3

Phoenix to Sedona to Grand Canyon

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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 colourful canyon's plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.

  • Suggested Accommodation Yavapai West or similar
Day 4

Grand Canyon to Monument Valley to Page/Lake Powell

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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.

  • Suggested Accommodation Best Western Lake Powell or similar
Day 5

Page/Lake Powell to Kanab to Bryce Canyon

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Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you'll 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-coloured 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.

  • Suggested Accommodation Ruby's Inn or similar
Day 6

Bryce Canyon to Zion to Las Vegas

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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

  • Suggested Accommodation Luxor Las Vegas or similar
Day 7

Las Vegas

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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-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip taking in its amazing sights, or shop 'til you drop at designer outlets.

  • Suggested Accommodation Luxor Las Vegas or similar
Day 8

Las Vegas to Death Valley to Mammoth Lakes

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Your tour stops 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 the gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.

**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)

  • Suggested Accommodation Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar
Day 9

Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite

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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 splendours including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Modesto.

  • Suggested Accommodation Courtyard by Marriott Sacramento Airport or similar
Day 10

Yosemite to San Francisco

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Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before your escorted tour holiday concludes on arrival at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel.

  • Suggested Accommodation Parc 55/Hilton Union Square or similar
Day 11

San Francisco

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Spend your final day in San Francisco wandering the streets. Why not spend the morning at Alamo Park and take in the architecture of the Painted Ladies. You can choose to extend your stay in this San Francisco to experience more of this extraordinary city's unique sights to make your way to the airport for your onward travels.

Includes

  • International flights
  • 10 nights hotels accommodation
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Navajo Indian Reservation
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco City Tour
  • Baggage porterage

Excludes

  • Meals unless specified
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities

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