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***NEW FOR 2016***

On all of our tours, we now offer a free chauffeur service to and from the airport in a luxury Limousine!

Also, we are currently offering a free upgrade for entry in to the departure lounge on departure

Los Angeles • San Diego • Phoenix • Grand Canyon • Monument Valley • Lake Powell • Bryce Canyon • Zion • Las Vegas • Death Valley • Mammoth Lakes • Yosemite National Park • San Francisco • Monterey Peninsula

Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

Arrive Los Angeles Airport. Transfer by shuttle bus to your hotel for a 2-night stay and meet your tour escort. Overnight: Majestic Garden Hotel (2 nights)

Day 2: San Diego Sightseeing

Through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego. Following a city tour, visit the picturesque Seaport Village and the San Diego bay front.

Day 3: Los Angeles – Palm Springs - Phoenix

Travel towards the rugged San Jacinto Mountains and Palm Springs - a pretty desert oasis with lively downtown areas and immaculately kept golf courses. Continue across the desert to Arizona’s state capital, Phoenix. Note: 9 and 12-day guests join the tour this morning. Overnight: Marriott Phoenix Mesa

Day 4: Phoenix – Sedona – Grand Canyon

Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas, to Sedona and see the spectacular red rock scenery. Continue through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon to Grand Canyon National Park. Enjoy the incredible views as you visit lookout points along the South Rim to fully experience this mile–deep, colourful canyon’s plunging gorges and rising spires formed by the Colorado River. Overnight: Yavapai West


Day 5: Grand Canyon – Monument Valley – Lake Powell

As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the tr ading post of Cameron and through the Painted Desert to tour Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most definitive and iconic images of the American West. In the afternoon, you will enter the town of Page and continue to Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red rock canyon walls.

Overnight: Best Western Lake Powell

 Day 6: Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon

Visit the Mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete dam in America, before entering 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. Natures artistry has created rocks in thousands of shapes, sizes and colours, beautiful in their setting against the unusually deep blue sky. Overnight: Ruby’s Inn

Day 7: Bryce Canyon – 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 is available. Overnight: Luxor Hotel (2 nights)

Day 8: Las Vegas

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer – world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows.

Day 9: Las Vegas – Death Valley – Mammoth Lakes*

The quiet landscape of Death Valley, which at 282 feet below sea level is the second lowest place on Earth, comes as a refreshing contrast to Las Vegas. Admire the views from Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before heading to the alpine resort of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. *Please note between October & May the closure of the Tioga Pass may make it necessary to overnight in Fresno or Visalia. Overnight: Mammoth Mountain Inn or Best Western Village Inn, Fresno

Day 10: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Take the stunning drive across the Tioga Pass* (except when closed due to snowfall) to arrive in Yosemite National Park. Visit Yosemite Valley to see the glacier-carved granite formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, which rise in sheer fashion from the valley floor. Overnight: Modesto Hotel

Day 11: Yosemite – San Francisco

Depart early this morning to arrive early in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. Commence a sightseeing tour before an evening at leisure. Note: 9-day guests leave the tour on arrival in San Francisco. Overnight: The Westin St. Francis (2 nights)

Day 12: San Francisco

 Today you have the whole day at leisure to discover the delights of San Francisco, the “City by the Bay”. Perhaps take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, explore Chinatown or indulge in some Union Square shopping. You may even take a boat trip across the bay waters to the infamous island of Alcatraz.

Day 13: San Francisco – Pismo Beach

 Drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its enclave of magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s 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 continue to drive south through Paso Robles, home of cowboys and wineries, and end the day in Pismo Beach. Overnight: Oxford Suites

Day 14: Pismo Beach – Los Angeles

Travel through the Santa Ynez Valley into Spanish-influenced Santa Barbara. Arriving in Los Angeles this afternoon, you will enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour through the ‘City of Angels’, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, before being transferred to your hotel. Note: 12-day guests leave this afternoon. Overnight: Crowne Plaza LAX

Day 15: Los Angeles – Departure

Your tour ends this morning after check-out from your hotel.

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Tour Details

Prices From:



14 nights’ accommodation in standard category hotels on a room only basis

• Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach transport as specified

• Services of a qualified English-speaking guide throughout • Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. ‘optional’ items)

• Admission fees to all national parks

DEPARTURES FLYING FROM: Durham Tees Valley,Leeds/Bradford or Newcastle

TOUR STYLE: Escorted Coach

GROUP SIZE: 56 max



Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard


 • Exploring Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley and Lake Powell

• Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park

 • The natural beauty of Yosemite National Park with its giant redwoods

• Visit San Francisco, home to Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge & glittering Las Vegas

Optional Pre/Post Stay

Add-on nights are available in Los Angeles. Please call for details.

Escorted Coach Tour North America 15 Day Western Discovery

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