Golden West Adventure

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Golden West Adventure

Starting in Los Angeles and making your way around the best of the West; through Scottsdale, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Santa Barbara is the best way to take in the warm, scenic California coast. Visit the glamour of Hollywood one day, and then absorb the expansive void of the Grand Canyon shortly after. Nothing will make you feel more alive than traveling through such diverse and inspiring areas in only seventeen days.

Of course, California's history as firstly, a Spanish colony and later, Mexican territory has given it a distinct Hispanic tone - but this isn't the only transplant into west coast America. San Francisco boasts the oldest Chinatown in North America, proving that the culture of the coast comes from all over the world. It's a melting pot with liberal views, a reputation for environmentalism and range of cuisine that will leave you begging for more. It's paradise!

Tie in Las Vegas and LA and you have the trip of a lifetime; giving you indulgence, glamour, and man-made sights that will make your eyes blur. This easy-paced trip was made for the part of you that always wanted to experience the pull of west coast America.

And what is the west coast, without the Grand Canyon? This tour explores the natural wonders of America, too. A trip through Oak Creek Canyon and the San Francisco mountains will lead you to the Grand Canyon; one of the most magnificent attractions on earth.

17 days from

£2,389

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 06/10/2017 from London Gatwick Airport

View Dates
  • Los Angeles, USA Los Angeles, USA
  • Los Angeles, USA Los Angeles, USA
  • Scottsdale, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Scottsdale, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Grand Canyon Grand Canyon
  • Grand Canyon Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Route 66 Route 66
  • Mammoth Lake, California Mammoth Lake, California
  • Mammoth Lake, California Mammoth Lake, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California Yosemite National Park, California
  • San Francisco, USA San Francisco, USA
  • San Francisco Chinatown, USA San Francisco Chinatown, USA
  • Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, USA
  • Santa Barbara, California, USA Santa Barbara, California, USA

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Los Angeles.

Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.

DAY 2 : Los Angeles.

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the world's 'Capital of Glamour', including a drive through Hollywood. The rest of the day is yours to explore the attractions of this famous city. Visit the cultural sights of Los Angeles such as Olvera Street, or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.

DAY 3 : Los Angeles - Palm Springs - Scottsdale.

Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930's laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible. Ocotillo and cholla cacti dot the desert landscape as you cross the great Colorado River and continue into Arizona, where the unmistakable saguaro cacti stand sentinel. Arrive late this afternoon in the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale.

DAY 4 : Scottsdale - Sedona - Grand Canyon - Flagstaff.

First stop is Sedona, a thriving centre for New Age arts set in canyon country. Next, pass through the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon, the San Francisco mountains and beautiful pine forests to the Grand Canyon, where there is time to stroll the canyon rim. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience you may choose to take an optional helicopter 'flightseeing' excursion for incomparable views of flame-coloured walls plunging 6,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight stay in Flagstaff. Includes Breakfast

DAY 5 : Flagstaff - Las Vegas.

Leave the mountain town of Flagstaff on Historic Route 66 and cross the old Mojave gold strike country, which still bears traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. By late afternoon reach Las Vegas, fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows.

DAY 6 to 7 : Las Vegas.

Las Vegas offers a variety of spectacular attractions and activities for visitors of all ages. There are two full days to explore the 'Strip', with its varied casinos and resorts, shopping plazas and amusements. Perhaps take an optional excursion, including river rafting through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River or a visit to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.

DAY 8 : Las Vegas - Fresno.

Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Overnight in Fresno.

DAY 9 : Fresno - Yosemite National Park - Turlock.

Enter Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterwards, continue to Turlock. Includes Breakfast

DAY 10 : Turlock - Sausalito - San Francisco.

This morning continue west to the 'Golden Gate City' of San Francisco, famous for its hills and cable cars. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of San Francisco including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Includes Breakfast

DAY 11 : San Francisco.

Today is a full day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. So perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighbourhoods. Enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, shop for bargains in Union Square.

DAY 12 : San Francisco.

This morning, visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterwards, the day is at leisure to explore the "City by the Bay." NOTE: The Alcatraz Prison visit has a value of $35.50 which is included in the price.

DAY 13 : San Francisco - Monterey.

Today you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain's Californian capital, and visit historic Fisherman's Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. This afternoon, travel to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life.

DAY 14 : Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Solvang.

This morning, take spectacular 17-Mile Drive and watch the ocean rolling in on the wide Pacific beaches en-route to Carmel, the popular West Coast retreat for artists and celebrities. Afterwards, pick up the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America, and the setting for the movie 'Sideways'. There's time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the quaint old world architecture. Windmills, thatched roofs and tasty bakery treats all add to the charming and unique experience of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley. Includes Breakfast

DAY 15 : Solvang - Santa Barbara - Santa Monica - Los Angeles.

It is a short drive this morning to coastal Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic Mission Santa Barbara and a visit to the pier on the bustling waterfront. Next, travel to Santa Monica to see the pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Arrive in Los Angeles area later this afternoon. Includes Breakfast

DAY 16 : Los Angeles - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles or Hawaii.

DAY 17 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,945 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Turlock:Best Western Orchard Inn
  • San Francisco:Executive Vintage Court
  • Monterey:Days Inn Monterey Downtown
  • Solvang:Holiday Inn Express Solvang
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Los Angeles:L.A Hotel Downtown
  • Scottsdale:Holiday Inn Express Old Town
  • Flagstaff:Days Hotel Flagstaff
  • Las Vegas:Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Fresno:Best Western Village Inn

What's Included

  • VIP Private Home Pick-up Service (Terms & Conditions apply)
  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Hollywood
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Fisherman's Wharf

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday
Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Los Angeles.

Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for the next two nights.

DAY 2 : Los Angeles.

Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of this sprawling West Coast metropolis, including a drive through Hollywood. The rest of the day is yours to explore the attractions of this famous Californian city. Head to Olvera St and wander the craft shops and restaurants of its historic tree-shaded, pedestrian marketplace; or visit the heart of the original Spanish Mission.

DAY 3 : Los Angeles - Palm Springs.

Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930s laying claim to ranch-style estates and holding up in elite hotels, the clean dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.

DAY 4 : Palm Springs - Scottsdale.

Traverse the atmospheric and cacti-dotted desert landscape as you cross the great Colorado River and continue into Arizona - where the unmistakable saguaro cacti stand sentinel. Arrive late this afternoon in the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale.

DAY 5 : Scottsdale - Williams.

Travel to Sedona, a lively arts community with nearly 100 art galleries and events including a famous film festival and jazz festival, framed by its distinctive red rocks. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, colour-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and serene pine forests the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Catch unrivalled views of its flame-coloured walls plunging 6,000 ft into the Colorado River on an optional helicopter excursion. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the main street.

DAY 6 : Williams - Las Vegas.

Emerge on to the ‘Strip’ of the one and only Las Vegas – a thrilling, surreal desert city of casinos, resorts, shopping plazas and amusements. There’s plenty to see and explore here, and you may be interested in an optional excursion, including river rafting through the Black Canyon on the Colorado River, or a visit to Boulder City and the Hoover Dam.

DAY 7 : Las Vegas.

A full day to explore Las Vegas at your leisure.

DAY 8 : Las Vegas - Tulare.

Leave behind the blinking neon lights of Las Vegas and journey across the eerie landscape of the Nevada desert before crossing into California. Overnight in Tulare.

DAY 9 : Tulare - Yosemite National Park - Modesto.

Enter Yosemite National Park, a truly beautiful, natural oasis of crystal lakes, lush forests, pinnacles and mountain rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterwards, continue to Modesto.

DAY 10 : Modesto - Sausalito - San Francisco.

Continue west to San Francisco, famous for its steep streets, cable cars and abandoned island prison. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of San Francisco including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to Fisherman's Wharf.

DAY 11 : San Francisco.

You have a free day to get under the skin of this attractive city that constantly reinvents itself. Ride the city’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour in one of the many interesting quarters, such as The Castro – one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the United States. Enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach and shop for bargains in Union Square.

DAY 12 : San Francisco.

A day at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion to the infamous island fortress and iconic San Franciscan landmark of Alcatraz Island.

DAY 13 : San Francisco - Monterey.

Head to picturesque Monterey, once Spain's Californian capital, and visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel of the same name, who described it as "a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream”. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?

DAY 14 : Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Solvang.

Take the 17-Mile Drive for perfect views of the Pacific Ocean rolling in on the wide, sandy beaches en-route to Carmel, the popular West Coast retreat for artists and celebrities. Afterwards, pick up the Old Spanish Mission Trail to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America, and the setting for the movie 'Sideways'. Wander its flower-lined village streets past old-world architecture. Windmills, thatched roofs and tasty bakery treats all add to the charms of Solvang, nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley.

DAY 15 : Solvang - Santa Barbara - Santa Monica - Los Angeles.

A short drive this morning to coastal Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic Mission Santa Barbara and a visit to the pier on the lively waterfront. Next, travel to Santa Monica: the ultimate Southern California beach. Arrive in Los Angeles area later this afternoon.

DAY 16 : Los Angeles - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Los Angeles or Hawaii.

DAY 17 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,945 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Modesto:
  • San Francisco:Executive Vintage Court
  • Monterey:Days Inn Monterey Downtown
  • Solvang:Holiday Inn Express Solvang
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Los Angeles:L.A Hotel Downtown
  • Palm Springs:
  • Scottsdale:Holiday Inn Express Old Town
  • Williams:
  • Las Vegas:Harrah's Las Vegas
  • Tulare:

What's Included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Transfers
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges
  • Single share option

Holiday Highlights

  • Los Angeles. Tour the iconic sights of the ‘City of Angels’.
  • Las Vegas. Casinos, cabaret, and light shows in the desert.
  • Yosemite National Park. Crystal lakes framed by towering peaks.
  • San Francisco. A West Coast gem with history, scenery and charm.
  • Monterey. Artistic haven named-check by novelist John Steinbeck.

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (7 reviews)

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23-Nov-2016

The day to day could have been better on the bus

18-Jun-2016

Achieved what we wanted from a touring holiday.

17-Jun-2016

I enjoyed this holiday, and the time spent in Las Vegas and San Francisco was Great. The Grand Canyon was fantastic, and make sure to do the helicopter flight. The main downside is the large amount of coach time involved, and the many early starts. <...

17-Jun-2016

As mentioned above, we had a great time. It is value for money. Thanks for the upgrade. You have a great Team work. The tour Director and the Driver were Brilliant. They know their job very well. Always happy to help. Please pass my Thanks and Apprec...

15-Jun-2016

above and beyond all our expectations.

15-Jun-2016

the hotels were generaly very good but some had no bar or restaurant where our fellow travelerscould meet for a chat and maybe a drink at night.

14-Jun-2016

A lovely holiday. Judi our Tour Guide was most welcoming and nothing was too much trouble. Hope we get her again on our next Archers holiday!

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