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America's Golden West

14 days from £1999*
Departing: September 2018 - October 2019
* Price shown: 10 March 2019 from LHR - VS41
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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 - make this the trip of a lifetime.

America's Golden West Holiday Highlights

  • See the sights of San Francisco, the City by the Bay
  • Call at Steinbeck's Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Journey south along the Pacific Coast Highway
  • Spend three nights in glittering Los Angeles
  • A full day visit to sun-kissed San Diego
  • Stay in non-stop, 24-hour Las Vegas
  • Visit the Grand Canyon, one of the most extraordinary sights on Earth

What does the price include?

  • 12 nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in San Francisco (3 nights), Pismo Beach (1), Los Angeles (3), Laughlin (2) and Las Vegas (3)
  • Flights to San Francisco, returning from Los Angeles
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

America's Golden West Holiday Itinerary

Day One: Fly to the USA

Fly to San Francisco and transfer to your first hotel for a three-night stay.

Day Two: Optional San Francisco city tour

On this morning's optional guided tour you'll see Union Square, quirky North Beach, 1960s hangout Haight-Ashbury and stylish Nob Hill. We'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?

Day Three: Day at leisure

This morning, you're free to do as you please in San Francisco. Perhaps board one of the "little cable cars" to "climb halfway to the stars", which takes you from Market Street over Powell and Hyde.

Day Four: Travel down the Californian Coast

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. Continue south to spend the night in the classic Californian resort, Pismo Beach.

Day Five: Included Santa Barbara visit

Continuing along California's dazzling coastline, we'll make a call in palm-fringed Santa Barbara, a trendy city with Spanish colonial heritage and a wealth of trendy boutiques to explore. We'll then continue our scenic journey to Los Angeles for a three-night stay in the suburb of Buena Park.

Day Six: Optional Palm Springs tour

Today's optional excursion offers the chance to visit sunny Palm Springs, the playground of the rich, home to Bob Hope and a host of Hollywood stars. Enjoy a ride on the world's longest revolving cable car or browse the desert city's iconic shops and boutiques.

Day Seven: Included San Diego city tour

Discover the laid-back, southern California city of San Diego on today's full-day excursion. Highlights include the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot and the Gaslamp District. Cross the Bay Bridge to Coronado Island and you'll discover famous Hotel del Coronado, where 'Edward' first met 'Mrs Simpson', and Marilyn Monroe filmed 'Some Like it Hot'.

Day Eight: From Los Angeles to Laughlin

Today we cross the desert for the journey to Laughlin for a two-night stay. Perching on the banks of the Colorado river, this resort-town is nicknamed 'Vegas in miniature', a result of its many casinos, restaurants and bars.

Day Nine: Included Grand Canyon day trip

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 returning to Laughlin for a second night.

Day 10: Coach travel to Las Vegas

Today we head to Las Vegas, for a three-night stay in the world's capital of entertainment. Spend your first evening soaking up the electrifying atmosphere in this city of spectacular hotels, glittering casinos and sparkling show lounges.

Day 11: Optional Las Vegas dinner show

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. This evening, don't miss your chance to join us for an optional dinner show - 'The Rat Pack is Back'.

Day 12: Optional Las Vegas helicopter ride

Enjoy another day at leisure, perhaps choosing to relax by the pool or at the spa. This evening, don't miss an incredible opportunity to see Vegas by night on an optional helicopter ride over the Strip.

Day 13: Included Hollywood tour

Returning to Los Angeles, we'll enjoy a brief tour of the star-studded streets of Hollywood. Visit Mann's Chinese Theatre and chart the history of the city's film industry along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, before continuing to the airport for your return overnight flight.

Day 14: Land in the UK

Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful Californian holiday.
Departure Airport Date Price From
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 09 September 2018 £2349
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 23 September 2018 £2319
Aberdeen
Aberdeen 07 October 2018 £2299
ABZ
ABZ 10 March 2019 £2199
ABZ
ABZ 28 April 2019 £2249
ABZ
ABZ 12 May 2019 £2349
ABZ
ABZ 26 May 2019 £2349
ABZ
ABZ 02 June 2019 £2449
ABZ
ABZ 08 September 2019 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 22 September 2019 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 29 September 2019 £2399
ABZ
ABZ 06 October 2019 £2399
Belfast City
Belfast City 09 September 2018 £2349
Belfast City
Belfast City 23 September 2018 £2319
Belfast City
Belfast City 07 October 2018 £2299
BHD
BHD 10 March 2019 £2199
BHD
BHD 28 April 2019 £2249
BHD
BHD 12 May 2019 £2349
BHD
BHD 26 May 2019 £2349
BHD
BHD 02 June 2019 £2449
BHD
BHD 08 September 2019 £2399
BHD
BHD 22 September 2019 £2399
BHD
BHD 29 September 2019 £2399
BHD
BHD 06 October 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 10 March 2019 £2199
EDI
EDI 28 April 2019 £2249
EDI
EDI 12 May 2019 £2349
EDI
EDI 26 May 2019 £2349
EDI
EDI 02 June 2019 £2449
EDI
EDI 08 September 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 22 September 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 29 September 2019 £2399
EDI
EDI 06 October 2019 £2399
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 09 September 2018 £2349
Edinburgh
Edinburgh 23 September 2018 £2319
GLA
GLA 10 March 2019 £2199
GLA
GLA 28 April 2019 £2249
GLA
GLA 12 May 2019 £2349
GLA
GLA 26 May 2019 £2349
GLA
GLA 02 June 2019 £2449
GLA
GLA 08 September 2019 £2399
GLA
GLA 22 September 2019 £2399
GLA
GLA 29 September 2019 £2399
GLA
GLA 06 October 2019 £2399
Glasgow
Glasgow 09 September 2018 £2349
Glasgow
Glasgow 23 September 2018 £2319
LHR
LHR 10 March 2019 £1999
LHR
LHR 28 April 2019 £2049
LHR
LHR 12 May 2019 £2149
LHR
LHR 26 May 2019 £2149
LHR
LHR 02 June 2019 £2249
LHR
LHR 08 September 2019 £2199
LHR
LHR 22 September 2019 £2199
LHR
LHR 29 September 2019 £2199
LHR
LHR 06 October 2019 £2199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 09 September 2018 £2149
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 23 September 2018 £2119
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 07 October 2018 £2099
MAN
MAN 10 March 2019 £2199
MAN
MAN 28 April 2019 £2249
MAN
MAN 12 May 2019 £2349
MAN
MAN 26 May 2019 £2349
MAN
MAN 02 June 2019 £2449
MAN
MAN 08 September 2019 £2399
MAN
MAN 22 September 2019 £2399
MAN
MAN 29 September 2019 £2399
MAN
MAN 06 October 2019 £2399
Manchester
Manchester 09 September 2018 £2349
Manchester
Manchester 07 October 2018 £2299
NCL
NCL 10 March 2019 £2199
NCL
NCL 28 April 2019 £2249
NCL
NCL 12 May 2019 £2349
NCL
NCL 26 May 2019 £2349
NCL
NCL 02 June 2019 £2449
NCL
NCL 08 September 2019 £2399
NCL
NCL 22 September 2019 £2399
NCL
NCL 29 September 2019 £2399
NCL
NCL 06 October 2019 £2399
Newcastle
Newcastle 09 September 2018 £2349
Newcastle
Newcastle 23 September 2018 £2319
Newcastle
Newcastle 07 October 2018 £2299

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.

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.

Foreign Office travel advice

Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 45 minutes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

**The World Cup Offer discount applies to new bookings only made between 14th June and 16th July 2018. This offer applies to selected flight-inclusive holidays only and exclusions include fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus and River Cruising by air. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.

America's Golden West 16DAYS reviews verified by reevooReevoo

America's Golden West 16DAYSScores 8.4 out of 10 based on 105 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ALAN

Bristol Couple
We really enjoyed our holiday, but would have liked breakfast included in the package. Our tour guide Patti, was very knowledgable and the coach driver , Jennifer, had excellent driving skills and was very efficient even when we broke down on the way to the airport!!

Whilst we found the travelling tiring, we appreciated the wide-range of interesting locations visited. We particularly enjoyed visiting San Diego, the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and San Fransisco, but having been and seen Las Vagas, we have no further inclination to return!
Confirmed traveller: 20 June 2016
Published on: 18 July 2016
(9 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Couple
A great tour with opportunities to explore yourself while in big cities. Definitely need 3 nights in San Francisco but in a better hotel. Overall rating would have been higher if a couple of hotels were either better quality or better positioned.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 14 December 2015
(9 out of 10)

ALLAN

Couple
A wonderful holiday which far exceeded our expectations - which were high! The itinerary was great and included all we had hoped.

The tour director, Kelly Thomas, was exceptional. The organisation and day to day care provided by Kelly couldn't have been better, but his commentary, the wealth of information in terms of history, geography, geology, recommendations of what to see and do in each location, his stories and humour, DVDs and music choices, without a doubt turned a holiday into an amazing experience.

Our driver, Frank, was superb and we very much appreciated his safe driving. He was courteous and helpful at all times.

Our second great experience with Newmarket.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 23 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

ANDREW

Bristol Single traveller
My holiday was fantastic! I enjoyed every second of it!

The itinerary was perfect and i saw some wonderful things and places!

The tour manager was excellent! Friendly, helpful and knew everything!(Kelly Thomas)

All the hotels where also excellent, not always ideally situated, but i understand why!
(The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas is perfect, as its next to Freemont St! Fantastic!

I think the holiday was great value for money and would highly recommend it to
everybody! So much so, i will be booking another holiday to America with Newmarket
in the near future!
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 18 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

BOB

Clacton on Sea Couple
A wonderful holiday, extremely well organised.
There were only two concerns - one being the choice of Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco (which I understand is to be changed). It was tired, very dated and the rooms were tiny - you couldn't close the bathroom door and wash your face, and there was a desk with chair that blocked the side of the bed. Completely unusable. Also it was in an area populated by the homeless. The second was the overnight hotel at Pismo beach, which, whilst having comfortable and spacious suites, had most of the rooms up an external flight of steps, which were almost unmanageable for some members of our group.
I do not want this to colour the holiday, which as mentioned was excellent, but it needed to be said. I couldn't score included meals highly because the holiday was advertised as "meals not included"
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 18 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

CHRISTINE

MANCHESTER Couple
We had a great time, if you don't mind the mileage this is for you


October is a good month weather wise
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015
(9 out of 10)

JAMES

Bradford Couple
We loved everything about our holiday except the situation of the Whitcomb Hotel in San Francisco. The hotel itself is fine, it's just in a rather seedy area of the city, and many on our trip did not feel comfortable walking around in that area. I'm sure with a little research a company like Newmarket could find a more appropriate hotel.
Confirmed traveller: 03 November 2015
Published on: 14 November 2015