Best of the West

Duration: 13 nights tour

Price from: £1579pp

Los Angeles 1 night
Palm Springs 1 night
Phoenix 1 night
Grand Canyon 1 night
Las Vegas 2 nights
Death Valley 1 night
Yosemite National Park 1 night
San Francisco 2 nights
Monterey 1 night
Ventura 1 night
Los Angeles 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Los Angeles. On arrival transfer by courtesy hotel shuttle bus to your airport hotel.

Day 2 Los Angeles/Palm Springs: Collect your car and drive to Palm Springs, the ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains which offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation (147 miles).

Day 3 Palm Springs/Scottsdale/Phoenix: Stroll around the exclusive shops or ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views. Drive onwards to Scottsdale and Phoenix, two of central Arizona's top destinations. Phoenix's skyscrapers fill the skyline which is backed by the famed Camelback Mountain, while Scottsdale is filled with Old West charm (267 miles).

Day 4 Scottsdale/Phoenix/Grand Canyon National Park: Drive north to the Grand Canyon, the natural wonder that simply has to be seen to be believed. Spend the day discovering the South Rim of the canyon, stopping at the numerous viewpoints along the wa. Walk part of the Rim Trail or alternatively hire a bike (230 miles).

Day 5 Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas: Drive through Williams and Kingman at the heart of historic Route 66 to the majestic Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the US, Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas (275 miles).

Day 6 Las Vegas: While known for its casinos, there's so much more to see and do in Vegas, including amazing shopping, themed hotels with roller coasters, award-winning shows and much more.

Day 7 Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park: After a morning at leisure in Las Vegas, drive west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here, the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the widely eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands (139 miles).

Day 8 Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park*: Drive into the high Sierra Nevada to the Tioga Pass and Yosemite, one of America's most scenic national parks. See the silvery waters of the Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls and the huge granite formations of El Capitan and Half Dome (325 miles).

Day 9 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco: Drive west through Gold Rush-era attractions and California's state capital, Sacramento to San Francisco. Upon arrival, visit Union Square, The Presido, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's Wharf (195 miles).

Day 10 San Francisco: Day to further explore this beloved city, perhaps take the ferry to Alcatraz Island or, drive to nearby Napa Valley in California's Wine Country where you can tour a winery or two.

Day 11 San Francisco/Monterey: Drive south along Highway 1 and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Pacific coastline. On arrival in Monterey you may wish to visit Cannery Row (of author John Steinbeck fame), soak up the super coastline views on 17 Mile Drive or perhaps take lunch in quaint Carmel (130 miles).

Day 12 Monterey/Santa Barbara/Ventura: Continue south along the Pacific Coast Highway through Pismo Beach, Santa Maria and Santa Barbara to Ventura, located along the southernmost part of the Central Coast (280 miles).

Day 13 Ventura/Los Angeles: Travel further south via Malibu and Santa Monica to Los Angeles. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and more (70 miles).

Day 14 Los Angeles: Drop your car at the airport where your tour ends with your onward journey.

Departures: Daily

Accommodation: In 3* hotels. Higher grade hotels are also available at a supplement.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Los Angeles, fully inclusive compact 4 door car hire and 13 nights accommodation.

*From early November to late May the Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions. In which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia.

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