Canyon Country & Coasts – Las Vegas to San Francisco
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Speckled with national parks, bustling cities, natural treasures, and must-see monuments, the Southwest Americas great wide open is a living postcard. On this trip, youll venture inland from the Pacific Coast of California to the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, camp outdoors, and reconnect with a side of this great country most rarely see. Paired up with an attentive and knowledgeable CEO, this trip is perfect for nature-minded travellers eager to see the best of the Southwest in a short period of time.

North America

Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Hiking, Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife, Trekking, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127018
Starts: San Francisco, USA Finishes: Las Vegas, USA
You will visit
  • San Francisco
  • Las Vegas



Day 1: San Francisco

There's a lot to see and do in San Francisco, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore the city. Speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


Day 2: San Francisco/Big Sur (1D)

Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs make this journey down California's Coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur.

Included Activities:
Monterey Visit

Approximate distance to Monterey: 185km (115 mi) ; approximate distance from Monterey to Big Sur: 50km (31 mi)
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))


Day 3: Big Sur/Lake Cachuma (1B, 1L, 1D)

Witness a waterfall cascading from granite cliffs into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Included Activities:
Elephant Seal Rookery

Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 380km)


Day 4: Lake Cachuma/Los Angeles (1B)

The CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive into town.

Additional Notes:
For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a more comfortable experience in a hotel.

Included Activities:
Hollywood Visit

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 195km)


Day 5: Los Angeles/San Diego (1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning in LA. Cruise through Orange County then along the incredible Pacific coastline to San Diego.

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 190km)


Day 6: San Diego (1B, 1D)

Enjoy free time in San Diego. Try the fish tacos the city is famous for, and check out the Old Town.


Day 7: San Diego/Scottsdale (1B, 1L)

In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Inspired by America's famous country music, opt to experience a real Western town.

Included Activities:
Imperial Sand Dunes Visit

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 600km)


Day 8: Scottsdale/Grand Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)

Get out the camera for this next breathtaking experience while taking in Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon to the Grand Canyon.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon either today or tomorrow. Check in with the CEO.

Included Activities:
Slide Rock State Park Visit
Grand Canyon Sunset

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 400km)


Day 9: Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to wander throughout the park and take a hike. Hire a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit


Day 10: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Powell (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to take a tour to Antelope Canyon and wander through this breathtaking cave to see beams of light, flowing rock walls, and and spiral arches created by flash flooding, wind, and rain.

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 240km)


Day 11: Lake Powell/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)

Explore Monument Valley on an optional 4x4 tour led by a Navajo guide. Stay overnight in the Tribal Park to see the sun rise from a perspective very few ever experience!

Included Activities:
Horseshoe Bend Hike

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 225km)


Day 12: Monument Valley/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel amid spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Take a break and escape to one of the many trails, providing an unforgettable Canyon Country experience that will last a lifetime.

Included Activities:
Canyonlands National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 255km)


Day 13: Moab (1B)

Explore Arches National Park, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. It contains the world's largest concentration of natural stone arches. Explore the park's viewpoints and hike to sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, and soaring pinnacles.

Included Activities:
Arches National Park Visit


Day 14: Moab/Bryce Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive along isolated Scenic Byway 12 into the heart of the American West before reaching Bryce Canyon National Park.

Included Activities:
Capitol Reef National Park Visit

Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 445km)


Day 15: Bryce Canyon National Park/Las Vegas (1B, 1L)

Boasting endless hiking possibilities, the region that the Virgin River has sculpted into a profound landscape masterpiece is a great setting to spend the afternoon. High plateaus, striking towers, temples, mesas, and the earth's tallest-known sheer sandstone walls surround visitors with their awe-inspiring beauty.

For the night in Las Vegas, we stay close to the action in a hotel either at the end of or just a few blocks off the Strip.

Included Activities:
Zion National Park Visit
Vegas Strip Visit

Approximate distance to Zion: 144km (89 mi); approximate distance from Zion to Las Vegas: 270km (168 mi)
Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s))


Day 16: Las Vegas

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this entertaining city.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

    • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation walk in Las Vegas
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels/hostels (4 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (11 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
    • Air-conditioned private touring van
    Group Leader
    • 1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size
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Tour Highlights:
  • Stroll the streets of San Francisco
  • Stargaze in Los Angeles
  • Peer over the Grand Canyon rim
  • Hike the best of the West's national parks
  • Drive California's scenic Highway 1.