Enjoy a classic introduction to the USA on our America’s Golden West tour. taking in California, Las Vegas and the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.
Combine the charm and personality of San Francisco, the lovely City by the Bay, with the movie-land glamour of LA and Hollywood, the show-time sparkle Las Vegas, and the awesome spectacle of the Grand Canyon. Take a scenic journey along California’s wild and beautiful Pacific coast to explore sun-kissed towns and cities, including laid-back south Californian San Diego, and enjoy an irresistible holiday full of unforgettable, must-see highlights – especially for those visiting the West Coast for the first time.
America’s Golden West Available Departures:
- Dates and prices published on this page are for the departures flying from Aberdeen, Edinburgh & Glasgow only
- Fly from Aberdeen – various dates available until October 2022 – from £2399pp
- Fly from Edinburgh – various dates available until October 2021 – from £2399pp
- Fly from Glasgow – various dates available until October 2021 – from £2399pp
- Flights also available from other UK airports – Belfast City George Best, London Heathrow, Manchester & Newcastle – click here for more information on available dates and prices.
America’s Golden West Tour Highlights
- See the sights of San Francisco
- Visit Hollywood – the movie capital of the world
- Three nights in non-stop, 24-hour Las Vegas
- Three nights in glittering Los Angeles
- A full-day visit to sun-kissed San Diego
- Call at Steinbeck’s Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea
- Journey south along the Pacific Coast Highway
- A full-day visit to the Grand Canyon, one of the most breath-taking sights on Earth
- 12 nights’ room-only accommodation at hotels in San Francisco (3 nights), Pismo Beach (1), Los Angeles (3), Laughlin (2) and Las Vegas (3), plus one night on the aircraft
- Return flights to San Francisco (returning from Los Angeles)
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Single supplements apply. Offer subject to availability.
America’s Golden West Itinerary
Day One: Fly to the USA
Fly to San Francisco, and transfer to your hotel for the next three nights.
Day Two: Optional San Francisco city tour
Take this morning’s optional guided tour of the city’s major landmarks, and see Union Square and stylish Nob Hill, before crossing the famously photogenic Golden Gate Bridge to beautiful Bayside artists’ town of Sausalito. Take the Bay Ferry back to the city, and enjoy wonderful views of the infamous prison island, Alcatraz, en route.
This evening, why not head for colourful Chinatown, or to the bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf shops, bars and restaurants?
Day Three: Day at leisure
This morning, you’re free to explore. Perhaps head to Golden Gate Park, or the Hippy heartland of Haight Ashbury. Alternatively, take the “little cable car” down to the bustle of Union Square and enjoy some retail therapy in nearby Market Street.
Day Four: Travel down the Californian Coast
Journey south, today, towards the fishing town of Monterey and exquisite Carmel-by-the-Sea, linked by stunning 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy more of the Pacific coast as you spend the night in Pismo Beach, a classic Central Californian coastal resort.
Day Five: Travel via Santa Barbara To Los Angeles
Continuing through breath-taking coastal scenery, we’ll make a stop in palm-fringed Santa Barbara, a trendy city with Spanish colonial heritage and a wealth of trendy boutiques to explore.
We’ll then continue to Los Angeles and coastal Santa Monica, with its boardwalk and promenade, to spend three nights in the LA suburb of Buena Park.
Day Six: Optional Palms Springs tour
Rest and relax, or join a tour to the millionaires’ playground of Palm Springs, once home of the late Bob Hope and still a haunt of a host of Hollywood stars. Journey to the heights above the town on the world’s longest revolving cable car, and enjoy shopping in the desert-city’s shops and boutiques.
Day Seven: Included San Diego tour
Discover the laid-back, sun-kissed, Southern California city of San Diego on today’s full-day excursion. Highlights include the historic Santa Fe Railroad Depot and the Gaslamp District. Across the Bay Bridge, Coronado Island is home to the Hotel del Coronado, where Edward VIII first met Mrs Simpson and Marilyn Monroe filmed ‘Some Like it Hot’.
Return to Buena Park for a final night.
Day Eight: From Los Angeles to Laughlin
Cross the desert and travel to Laughlin, for a two-night stay in this resort-town on the banks of the Colorado River. Nicknamed “Vegas in Miniature” the resort has a boardwalk, casinos, restaurants and bars.
Day Nine: Included Grand Canyon day trip and optional helicopter ride
One of the tour’s most unforgettable days awaits today, as you travel into the desert to the edge of the Grand Canyon, perhaps nature’s most startling wonder.
We’ll stop on the South Rim to take in the astonishing views across this immense chasm, formed over millennia by the Colorado River that still flows along the Canyon floor a mile below. Take an optional helicopter flight for yet more stupendous views, before returning to Laughlin for a second night.
Day Ten: Travel to Las Vegas
Today’s journey takes you to Las Vegas, for a three-night stay in the World’s Capital of Entertainment. Spend your first evening soaking up the electrifying atmosphere of this extraordinary, man-made, 24-hour entertainment oasis.
See the spectacular hotels, glittering casinos and sparkling show lounges – home to some of the biggest names in show business.
Day Eleven: Optional Las Vegas dinner show
Today you’re free to explore. There’s simply so much to see and do in this amazing place! Check out the gaming rooms, vast shopping malls, diverse entertainments and endless dining opportunities of the famously gargantuan mega-resorts of the Strip and Downtown. And, tonight, enjoy an optional dinner and entertainment from the stars of the nostalgic The Rat Pack is Back show.
Day Twelve: Optional night time helicopter ride
Relax by the pool, arrange to be pampered in a spa, or simply shop till you drop. This evening, don’t miss an incredible opportunity to see Vegas by night on our optional Vegas Nights helicopter flight over the Strip, and perhaps complete your stay by taking in a show in one of the famous lounges.
Day Thirteen: Included Hollywood tour
Returning to Los Angeles, we’ll enjoy a brief tour of the star-studded streets of Hollywood. Visit Mann’s Chinese Theatre and chart the history of the city’s film industry along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, before continuing to the airport for your overnight flight home.
Day Fourteen: Land in the UK
Arrive back in the UK, this morning, at the end of a wonderful Californian holiday.
America’s Golden West
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