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America’s Golden West 2018

15 Days From £2099*
Departing March to June and August-November 2018
* Price shown: 01 Nov 2018 from London Heathrow - LHR
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San Francisco, LA, Vegas and the Grand Canyon

Discover America's glorious western states on this fantastic escorted tour. Californian sunshine, stunning Pacific coastlines, visits to four of America's most iconic cities - cosmopolitan San Francisco, starstruck Los Angeles, all American San Diego and glitzy Vegas - as well as to the awesome Grand Canyon and stunning Yosemite - make this the trip of a lifetime.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Spend two nights in glittering Los Angeles
  • Enjoy two days in the Southern California city of San Diego
  • Stay in non-stop, 24-hour Las Vegas
  • Visit the Grand Canyon, one of the most extraordinary sights on Earth
  • Visit Hollywood, the movie capital of the world
  • See Yosemite National Park, one of America's natural wonders
  • Three days in San Francisco, the City by the Bay
  • Call at Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Visit Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon
  • 13 nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Los Angeles (2 nights), San Diego (2), Prescott (1), Flagstaff (1), Las Vegas (2), Visalia (1), Tuolumne (1) and San Francisco (3)
  • Return flights from the UK to your chosen airport
  • Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

Fly to Los Angeles and transfer to the southern suburb of Buena Park to check in to your first hotel.

Day Two

Rest and relax, enjoying the sunshine for which southern California is renowned, or join our optional excursion to discover coastal Santa Monica's boardwalk and promenade, chic restaurants and bars, and distant views of the northern ranges. You'll also visit Malibu - the exclusive, beachside residence of the stars.

Day Three

Take a brief tour of the star-studded streets of Hollywood, visiting Mann's Chinese Theatre and charting the history of the city's film industry along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Then, head south to laid-back, sun-kissed San Diego. Check in to your hotel, and perhaps enjoy dinner in one of Old Town's many restaurants.

Day Four

Discover San Diego on today's orientation tour. Highlights include the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot and the Gaslamp District. Across the Bay Bridge, Coronado Island is home to the Hotel del Coronado, where 'Edward' first met 'Mrs Simpson', and Marilyn Monroe filmed 'Some Like it Hot'.

Day Five

Today, we'll journey over the high sierra and into the desert landscape of Arizona for a one-night stay in the Wild West town of Prescott.

Day Six

Travelling north, our first stop of the day is the geological wonderland of Sedona, where curious red-rock buttes dominate the landscape and artists inhabit the town. We'll then visit breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon to witness beautiful views of its pine forests and craggy cliffs, before continuing to Flagstaff for the night.

Day Seven

One of the tour's most unforgettable days awaits us, as we visit the Grand Canyon. We'll stop on the South Rim to take in the astonishing views across this immense chasm, formed over millennia by the Colorado River that still flows along the Canyon floor a mile below.

Take an optional helicopter flight for yet more stupendous views, before we head to Las Vegas, an electrifying city of spectacular hotels, glittering casinos and sparkling show lounges, for a two-night stay.

Day Eight

Today, you're free to explore Vegas' countless attractions. Check out the gaming rooms, vast shopping malls, diverse entertainments and endless dining opportunities of the Strip's mega-resorts, or join our optional excursion to the Hoover Dam - a man-made marvel of engineering. This evening, don't miss your chance to join us for an optional dinner show - 'The Rat Pack is Back'.

Day Nine

Today's long journey takes you across Nevada's desert, and over the high sierra, back into California. You'll spend the night in Visalia, economic and governmental centre of one of the most prosperous areas of California's fertile central valley.

Day 10

The breathtaking spectacle of Yosemite National Park awaits you, today. See its plunging waterfalls, its densely forested valley floor and the towering peaks of El Capitan and Half-Dome, before we continue to our hotel in Tuolumne, in California's Gold Country.

Day 11

For many, San Francisco is America's most attractive city. We'll stay here for three nights, and you'll be able to head out and dine in style on Nob Hill, or visit the famous Fairmont Hotel and ride the elevator to its top floor for the very best view of the City by the Bay.

Day 12

This morning's optional guided tour includes Union Square, quirky North Beach, 1960s hangout Haight-Ashbury and stylish Nob Hill. You'll then head across the photogenic Golden Gate Bridge to the bay-side artists' town of Sausalito. Return via the Bay Ferry, taking in the sight of infamous prison-island Alcatraz.

This evening, why not head to bustling Chinatown, or to Fisherman's Wharf's shops, bars and restaurants? Board one of the "little cable cars" to "climb halfway to the stars", which takes you from Market Street over Powell and Hyde.

Day 13

Today's journey south takes us to Steinbeck's Cannery Row in the coastal town of Monterey. We'll also travel along scenic 17-Mile Drive, and visit exclusive Carmel-by-the-Sea, known for its pretty, fairy tale-like cottages.

Day 14

This morning, you're free to do as you please in San Francisco, before returning to the airport to board your overnight flight home.

Day 15

Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful holiday.

Prices

 Departure AirportDatePrice From
Aberdeen01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Aberdeen26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Aberdeen17 May 2018 £2379.00
Aberdeen24 May 2018 £2379.00
Aberdeen31 May 2018 £2399.00
Aberdeen07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Aberdeen16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Aberdeen06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Aberdeen20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Aberdeen27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Aberdeen11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Aberdeen25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Aberdeen01 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Belfast City26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Belfast City17 May 2018 £2379.00
Belfast City24 May 2018 £2379.00
Belfast City31 May 2018 £2399.00
Belfast City07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Belfast City16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Belfast City06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Belfast City20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Belfast City27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Belfast City11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Belfast City25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Belfast City01 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Edinburgh26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Edinburgh17 May 2018 £2379.00
Edinburgh24 May 2018 £2379.00
Edinburgh31 May 2018 £2399.00
Edinburgh07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Edinburgh16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Edinburgh06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Edinburgh20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Edinburgh27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Edinburgh11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Edinburgh25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Edinburgh01 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Glasgow26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Glasgow17 May 2018 £2379.00
Glasgow24 May 2018 £2379.00
Glasgow31 May 2018 £2399.00
Glasgow07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Glasgow16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Glasgow06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Glasgow20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Glasgow27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Glasgow11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Glasgow25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Glasgow01 Nov 2018 £2299.00
London Heathrow01 Mar 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow19 Apr 2018 £2149.00
London Heathrow26 Apr 2018 £2149.00
London Heathrow17 May 2018 £2179.00
London Heathrow24 May 2018 £2179.00
London Heathrow31 May 2018 £2199.00
London Heathrow07 Jun 2018 £2199.00
London Heathrow16 Aug 2018 £2399.00
London Heathrow06 Sep 2018 £2279.00
London Heathrow20 Sep 2018 £2249.00
London Heathrow27 Sep 2018 £2249.00
London Heathrow11 Oct 2018 £2219.00
London Heathrow25 Oct 2018 £2099.00
London Heathrow01 Nov 2018 £2099.00
Manchester01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Manchester19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Manchester26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Manchester17 May 2018 £2379.00
Manchester24 May 2018 £2379.00
Manchester31 May 2018 £2399.00
Manchester07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Manchester16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Manchester06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Manchester20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Manchester27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Manchester11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Manchester25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Manchester01 Nov 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle01 Mar 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle19 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Newcastle26 Apr 2018 £2349.00
Newcastle17 May 2018 £2379.00
Newcastle24 May 2018 £2379.00
Newcastle31 May 2018 £2399.00
Newcastle07 Jun 2018 £2399.00
Newcastle16 Aug 2018 £2599.00
Newcastle06 Sep 2018 £2479.00
Newcastle20 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Newcastle27 Sep 2018 £2449.00
Newcastle11 Oct 2018 £2419.00
Newcastle25 Oct 2018 £2299.00
Newcastle01 Nov 2018 £2299.00

Golden West Touring Hotels

The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.

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Further Information

Passports and visas

When travelling to the USA, British citizens require passports with an integrated chip (shown on the front by a small rectangular symbol beneath the word PASSPORT), valid beyond the return date from the USA. Visas are not normally required for entry, but visitors must apply for an ESTA online with US Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.cbp.gov/esta . The current charge is $14 for British Citizens. British subjects and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested should consult the US Embassy as a visa may be required. Note too that if you have visited Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationality with any of these countries, you do require a US visa and cannot travel on the Visa Waiver Program.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.

Smoking

Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.

Tipping

Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.

Casino age restrictions

Local laws stipulate that that there must be at least one person aged 21 or over occupying each room booked. Casino floors cannot be entered by under 21s unless they are accompanied by an adult aged over 21.

On your flight

All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Helicopter flights

Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

Itinerary changes

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Hotel rooms

Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

*Low deposit of £75 per person applies to new bookings made between 7th February and 31st March 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.