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Canyon Country & Coasts – Las Vegas to San Francisco

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 from Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon to the Pacific Coast of California, 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.

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Duration: 16 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127018
Starts: Las Vegas, USA Finishes: San Francisco, USA
You will visit
  • Las Vegas
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

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Day 1: Las Vegas

Explore Las Vegas and stroll along the famous Vegas Strip or opt to take a VIP party limo experience. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this entertaining city.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Las Vegas/Bryce Canyon National Park (1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Vegas Strip Visit
Zion National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 270km)
Private Vehicle (1.50-2.50 hours, 144km)

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Day 3: Bryce Canyon National Park/Moab (1B, 1L, 1D)

Explore Bryce Canyon and see its famous hoodoos before driving along isolated Scenic Byway 12 to Moab.

Included Activities:
Bryce Canyon National Park Visit
Capitol Reef National Park Visit

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

04

Day 4: 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

05

Day 5: Moab/Monument Valley (1B, 1L)

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. Later, 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:
Canyonlands National Park Visit

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

06

Day 6: Monument Valley/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.

Included Activities:
Horseshoe Bend Hike

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

07

Day 7: Lake Powell/Grand Canyon National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon Sunset

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

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Day 8: 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.

Additional Notes:
Note: If you have pre-booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today.

Included Activities:
Grand Canyon South Rim Visit

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Day 9: Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City (1B, 1L, 1D)

Say farewell to the Grand Canyon and continue to Lake Havasu. Check out the famous London Bridge or cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)

10

Day 10: Lake Havasu City/San Diego (1B, 1L, 1D)

When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

Included Activities:
Joshua Tree NP Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km)
Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 250km)

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Day 11: 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.

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Day 12: San Diego/Los Angeles (1B, 1L)

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

Enjoy free time in Santa Monica, where the hostel is located, and check out the famous pier or hit the beach.

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

Included Activities:
Hollywood Visit

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

13

Day 13: Los Angeles/Lake Cachuma (1D)

Enjoy a free morning in LA. Later, travel up the coast to camp out at Cachuma Lake.

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

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Day 14: Lake Cachuma/Big Sur (1B, 1L, 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. Later, witness a waterfall cascading from granite cliffs into the ocean at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Additional Notes:
Due to recent landslides, large portions of the Pacific Coastal Highway have been closed from damage. For the April 19/May 5 departure we'll be travelling on an inland route from Lake Cachuma, and visiting Pinnacles National Park instead of Big Sur. We'll be examining the extent of the damage to the road in April 2017, and may extend this change if the road remains closed.

Included Activities:
Elephant Seal Rookery

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

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Day 15: Big Sur/San Francisco (1B)

Arrive at one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. The CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town.

Additional Notes:
Due to road closures on the Pacific Coastal Highway from recent landslides, for the April 19/May 5 departure we'll be travelling directly from Pinnacles National Park to Monterey today, before continuing on to San Francisco. We'll be examining the extent of the damage to the road in April 2017, and may extend this change if the road remains closed.

Included Activities:
Monterey Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (1.00 hour(s), 50km)
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 185km)

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Day 16: 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. Haight-Ashbury, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and the city's famous cable cars await you.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
    • Orientation to Las Vegas
    • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
    • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels/hostels (3 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (12 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    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.