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Pioneer Trails 15 Days / 14 Nights
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A cluster of some of the United States' most well-known tourist spots is on offer for those who opt for this majestic holiday itinerary. Enjoy a walk along famous Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Discover Sinagua culture at Montezuma’s Castle, and marvel at the natural wonder, Grand Canyon. Enjoy a scenic drive along Pacific Coast Highway and then explore cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles.
- Tour code: STUSFD06
- Accommodation Grade
- Private Tour
Your Tour Itinerary
Day 1: San Francisco Arrival
Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your car and proceed into the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco.
Day 2: San Francisco
Afterward, enjoy a wonderful day touring the city and seeing places like Union Square, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can take a short boat trip to tour infamous Alcatraz Island.
Day 3: DRIVING DISTANCE: 130 MI / 210 KM | San Francisco - Monterey/Carmel
Begin your drive this morning via Castroville to Monterey. Visit Cannery Row (brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel) and the quaint village of Carmel. Enjoy stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific Ocean on 17-Mile Drive, then continue to your hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 4: DRIVING DISTANCE: 340 MI / 580 KM | Monterey/Carmel - Pacific Coast Highway - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles
Today drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, passing San Simeon and Morro Bay to Santa Barbara. Continue toward the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles and your hotel.
Day 5: Los Angeles
This morning, you will enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including the hip Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood and posh Beverly Hills. You will be able to stop by the "finish line" of historic Route 66, see an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by "Baywatch", walk on the boulevard of stars and take a great photo of the famous Hollywood sign. The afternoon is yours to explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Universal Studios where you will learn all about how movies are made Read More
Day 6: DRIVING DISTANCE: 120 MI / 200 KM | Los Angeles - Palm Springs
Today head for Palm Springs, a favorite playground for the stars of the entertainment industry. Palm Springs is known for its golf courses, palm trees, and lavish private homes. Enjoy a desert sunset by the pool of your hotel.
Day 7: DRIVING DISTANCE: 280 MI / 450 KM | Palm Springs - Phoenix
There is time this morning to shop in the exclusive boutiques and shops of Palm Springs before driving to Scottsdale and Phoenix. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, mainly due to the dry climate and many days of sunshine.
Day 8: DRIVING DISTANCE: 130 MI / 208 KM | Phoenix/Scottsdale - Montezuma Castle - Sedona
You will have an opportunity for plenty of sightseeing today as you visit the ancient cliff dwellings known as Montezuma Castle. Then continue to the idyllic town of Sedona, nestled among red sandstone buttes and pinnacles, this is a spiritual place and sure to be a highlight.
Day 9: DRIVING DISTANCE: 110 MI / 176 KM | Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Grand Canyon National Park
This morning a short drive takes you to Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff, which may look familiar as many scenes have been filmed here for Western movies. Then arrive at the extraordinary Grand Canyon. You have the day to stroll along the South Rim and experience this awesome work of nature, with its plunging gorges – and two kilometers below the rim – the mighty Colorado River Read More
Day 10: DRIVING DISTANCE: 290 MI / 470 KM | Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas
Today’s drive takes you through Williams on historic route 66 and Kingman to one of the world’s greatest man–made structures, the Hoover Dam, which marks the border between Arizona and Nevada. Continue to Las Vegas, the glittering "Entertainment Capital of the World," open 24–hours a day for nonstop fun and gambling.
Day 11: Las Vegas
A full day at leisure in Las Vegas. Enjoy the shopping, dining and gaming that make Vegas the playground that never sleeps.
Day 12: DRIVING DISTANCE: 140 MI / 230 KM | Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park
Spend the morning at leisure in Las Vegas. Depart at noon for the drive across the Amargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park. At Zabriskie Point you can admire the panoramic view of this seemingly endless, unchanging valley. This evening, head outside for some of the best stargazing in the world.
Day 13: DRIVING DISTANCE: 350 MI / 560 KM | Death Valley National Park – Yosemite National Park**
Today offers a complete contrast in landscape from the desolation of Death Valley, as the drive takes you into the high Sierra Nevada Mountains via Bishop to the Tioga Pass** and Yosemite, one of America’s most scenic national parks. Here, among pine trees, cascade the silvery waters of the Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. Massive ice–shaped formations rise sharply from the valley floor in the sculptured beauty of El Capitan and Half Dome Read More
Day 14: DRIVING DISTANCE: 210 MI / 340 KM | Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
From Yosemite, take a drive west across the state of California and return to San Francisco.
Day 15: San Francisco Departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.
Dates & Prices
Period of travel
01 Jan - 31 Mar
- Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
- Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s The Lone Cypress
- Experience California’s Central Coast splendor on Highway 1
- Get closer to the stars at Grauman's Chinese Theater, a Hollywood landmark
- Bask under sunny skies in Phoenix/Scottsdale
- Marvel at the enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture at Montezuma's Castle
- Feast on Sedona's vivid crimson colors, hidden canyons, and sacred sites
- Travel through spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, a mesmerizing experience
- View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon
- Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas
- Stand at the lowest land elevation in North America in Death Valley
- Touch monoliths of exposed granite in Yosemite
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)
what's Not included?
- Visa fee
- Flights from London and applicable airport taxes
- Any personal expenses such as: phone calls, laundry, drinks, etc...
- Any optional Tours or Meals unspecified in the above tour program.