California and the Golden West
California and the Golden West
The Mamas and the Papas’ 1965 hit California Dreamin’ neatly encapsulates the attraction of the ‘Golden State’. From gold rush pioneers to film industry starlets, the optimistic, the adventurous and the ambitious have made their way to California in search of fame and fortune for two centuries - the epitome of the American Dream.
This very popular tour introduces great cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco, iconic stretches of Pacific coastal road and Route 66, and the bewitching expanse of Yosemite National Park, along with the highlights of neighbouring states - the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon, the Wild West landscapes of Arizona and the extraordinary Las Vegas, America’s playground.
- 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
- Tours of Hollywood, San Diego and San Francisco (including Golden Gate Bridge)
- Visits to the artist colony of Sedona; Hoover Dam; and the Old Silver Mining Town of Calico
- Park entrance fees for Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks
- Williams Depot and shoot-out re-enactment
- 17 Mile Drive
- Stops at Carmel and Monterey
- Santa Barbara
Day 1: UK - Los Angeles/Redondo Beach
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Los Angeles. We’ll stay in Los Angeles (2020) or Redondo Beach (2021). Hyatt Regency LAX (4-star) or Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina (4-star)
Day 2 - 3: Los Angeles - San Diego
We’ll stick to the coast for our first couple of days, starting in LA before winding our way south to San Diego. Guided tours will introduce us to some of both cities’ highlights - Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, TCL Chinese Theatre (to see those all-important handprints), Balboa Park - and there’ll be plenty of time for you to relax and enjoy these seaside cities at your own pace. Sheraton Hotel and Marina (4-star) or Hilton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel (4-star), San Diego.
Day 4: Scottsdale - Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Flagstaff
We travel to the charming artist colony of Sedona and breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon en route to Flagstaff. We spend two nights at the superb Little America Hotel (4T), allowing us plenty of time to explore the area and experience the Grand Canyon. Little America Hotel, Flagstaff (4-star)
Day 5: Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Grand Canyon
A journey through Navajo Indian country takes us to the charming artist colony of Sedona, breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon and the Grand Canyon, one of the most awe-inspiring natural sights the world has to offer. This geological wonder is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep; a huge expanse of richly-coloured rock enclosing the silvery Colorado River far below. Optional helicopter or fixed wing flights, presenting stunning views of the Grand Canyon, may be pre-booked or arranged by our tour manager. Later in the afternoon, we make our way to Flagstaff, and the Woodlands hotel.
Day 6: Grand Canyon
Nothing can quite prepare you for your first sight of the Grand Canyon. This colossal geographical wonder is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep. Peer down and you’ll spot the silvery Colorado River flowing far below.
Get your adrenaline pumping and take to the skies on an optional helicopter ride over the canyon, or pull up a rock and ponder the incredible view. However you choose to view it, this inspiring sight is sure to inspire the creative photographer in you so be sure to charge your camera ahead of our visit today.
Day 7 - 8: Flagstaff - Williams - Las Vegas
Sin City. The Entertainment Capital of the World. City of Lights. Las Vegas is all of the above and more. After stopping off for a Wild West shootout at Williams, we arrive at this oasis of indulgence in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The city might seem a little overwhelming at first, but you don’t need to be a high roller or slots wizard to have fun here. Stop for a show (you’ll have plenty of choice!), visit the Fremont Street - the ‘original’ Las Vegas - or walk along The Strip to soak up the weird and wonderful sights. You’ll have the chance to visit Hoover Dam on a short morning excursion - a spectacular engineering achievement built in the 1930s.
Tropicana (4-star) or Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel (4-star)
Day 9: Las Vegas - Calico - Visalia
We cross the Mojave Desert en route to Calico, a once-thriving centre of silver mining, now an enjoyable reminder of the days when cowboys roamed its streets. We pause in Visalia for the night.
Wyndham Visalia (3-star) or Marriott Visalia (3-star)
Day 10: Visalia - Yosemite National Park - Modesto
Yosemite is the headliner of all America’s national parks - and we’ll spend the day exploring some of its best bits. This natural sanctuary is a real feast for the eyes and for the soul. Take a deep gulp of fresh air, gaze up at the craggy mountain views and walk by postcard-pretty lakes and verdant forests. We’ll stop to pose for a photo in front of El Capitan - an immense vertical rock formation and an icon of American wilderness. Waterfalls and streams, lakes and rivers, valleys and meadows - Yosemite is endlessly photogenic. After getting our fill of this natural wonder, we’ll continue west to Modesto.
DoubleTree Modesto (3.5 Star)
Day 11 - 12: Modesto - San Francisco
We’ll enjoy two nights in the ‘City by the Bay’, with a full day at leisure. On a guided tour, you’ll have the chance to sample delicious street food in China Town, wander through Union Square and admire the city skyline as you cross the famed Golden Gate Bridge. With a full day to spend as you please, you might join a pre-bookable trip to notorious Alcatraz, or walk around the quaint district of Haight-Ashbury (the heart of America’s ‘counterculture’ in the 1960s), so beloved of hippies, artists, writers and musicians.
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (4-star) or Parc 55 (4-star), San Francisco
Day 13: San Francisco - Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Cambria
Today we’ll make the epic drive from the old Spanish and Mexican capital of upper California, Monterey, to Cambria - a route which takes us along one of the loveliest roads in the world. 17 Mile Drive wiggles along the coastline of the Monterey peninsula, passing pebbled bays, craggy coves and cypress forests. We’ll stop for lunch in delightful Carmel, before continuing along the curving Big Sur coastline (the inspiration behind Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel).
Cambria Pines Lodge (3.5-star)
Day 13 - 14: Los Angeles (Anaheim)
Anaheim is our laid-back base for the attractions of Los Angeles. On day 13 we visit first Olvera Street, a renowned Mexican marketplace located in the historic El Pueblo De Los Angeles before continuing to the Farmers’ Market, an institution for food lovers and an ideal spot for lunch. This afternoon we go ‘behind the scenes’ at Warner Bros., the world’s busiest motion picture and television studio. On the VIP tour you get an intimate view of Hollywood at work as you tour the back-lot streets, sound stages and sets.
Day 14: Cambria - Santa Barbara - Long Beach/Redondo Beach
Santa Barbara - a town of natural beauty favoured by artists - is a ‘really great place’ (as the locals will proudly tell you). The pretty harbour promenade and palm-fringed streets are the perfect setting for a stop en route to Long Beach (2020) or Redondo Beach (2021) for our final night.
Hotel Maya DoubleTree by Hilton, Long Beach (4-star) (2020) or Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina (4-star) (2021)
Day 15 -16: Long Beach/Redondo Beach - Los Angeles - In flight
We travel on to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
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