Best of the West - Escorted Tour

Overview

Best of the West - Escorted Tour

Welcome to America’s awe-inspiring west, where you’ll discover glamorous cities, Wild West towns, parched deserts and the iconic Route 66 as you travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco.

What's Included

  • Return flights from Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic
  • 12 nights Room only in hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Local Guide
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK – Los Angeles

Depart on your scheduled flight to Los Angeles. 
On arrival, transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay 
in this exciting city.

Day 2: Los Angeles

Get to know more about LA’s many attractions this morning with your included city tour, featuring Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, with its celebrity handprints, footprints, and autographs etched into the theatre’s concrete forecourt. In the afternoon, explore this buzzing metropolis at your own pace, or join an optional visit to Santa Monica, the end of the historic Route 66.

Day 3: Los Angeles - San Diego

Begin your day in LA, where you can explore at your leisure or join an optional visit to Universal Studios – a thrilling theme park packed with movie memorabilia, big rides and exciting attractions. This afternoon, drive to the seaport of San Diego for our two-night stay.

Day 4: San Diego

Your stay in San Diego starts with an included morning tour of this delightful Spanish-influenced city. Then spend the rest of your day enjoying the splendours of San Diego at your own pace – perhaps on a boat trip around the harbour, visiting Old San Diego or taking in a marine show at the renowned Sea World.

Day 5: Scottsdale

Drive through the spectacular desert, crossing the border at Yuma into the state of Arizona. Continue to the ‘Valley of the Sun’ and Scottsdale, a fashionable resort on the outskirts of Phoenix. There’s an optional visit to Rustler’s Rooste, a traditional western steakhouse, this evening.

Day 6: Flagstaff

Leave Scottsdale and drive into Northern Arizona, where your first stop is the fashionable artists’ township of Sedona. Join an optional jeep ride to admire the stunning rock formations that surround the town, or simply explore at your leisure. Continue to the former Wild West town of Flagstaff. You’ll stay here for two nights.

Day 7: Grand Canyon National Park

Today, you visit a natural wonder that’s a must-see on any traveller’s list: The Grand Canyon. This spectacular 14 mile-wide gorge is even more stunning when viewed from the air, which is why there’s the option to take a scenic flight over the Canyon if you wish. However you choose to view this vast, majestic panorama, you won’t be disappointed.

Day 8: Flagstaff - Las Vegas

Depart Flagstaff for the drive on Route 66 westwards to Las Vegas for a two-night stay. En route you’ll pass by the mighty Hoover Dam, a feat of 20th century construction. This evening, why not join an optional Las Vegas by night tour to enjoy the lights and sights of this spectacular desert city.

Day 9: Las Vegas

Explore Las Vegas at your leisure today – an oasis of fun and sparkling nightlife. Visit the famous Strip, with its lavish hotels and casinos offering 24-hour entertainment. It has to be seen – and experienced – 
to be believed.

Day 10: Selma

Today, you will be following in the footsteps of the early settlers as you drive through the arid landscape of the Mojave Desert, before crossing the border back into California for an overnight stay in Selma.

Day 11: Yosemite National Park

Today you’ll travel north to the vast Yosemite National Park, with its abundance of waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain peaks. You will stop for lunch in the park before travelling on to San Francisco for a two-night stay.

Day 12: San Francisco

This morning, you will cross the Golden Gate Bridge and take in the breathtaking view from the city’s Twin Peaks, before visiting a host of other attractions including Golden Gate Park and Chinatown. There’s plenty of time for shopping, too. San Francisco boasts an array of fantastic shopping destinations, including a branch of Macy’s that is a whole block in size. And of course, the famous cable cars are a great way of exploring the city

Day 13: San Francisco – UK

Today you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 14: UK

Today you will arrive in the UK.

Hand Picked By

Meg Gardiner

As many of you know, I am a self-confessed USA addict and see no better way to discover this amazing country than on an escorted tour and this “Best of the West" is one of my favourites. Every Travelsphere holiday is carefully crafted by their team of experts, including trips to the must-see sights and the chance to sample local life, traditions and cuisine. If you want more than just a holiday, Travelsphere has exactly what you’re looking for - they are the escorted tour specialist.

Meg Gardiner

Additional Information

  • Date: Various departure dates
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: From £1,859pp
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