Southern California, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park

Price per person
from £2,912

Price based on
London Heathrow
20th Oct 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

California charm meets the desert cool of Death Valley on a journey to the white-sand beaches of San Diego, the vineyards of Temecula, and on to the unique desert of Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley.

At a glance


  • Catalina Island Stroll its relaxed palm-lined streets
  • San Diego Explore the Old Quarter, Balboa Park and Gaslamp Quarter
  • Temecula Sample some of the region's best wines at a local vineyard
  • Joshua Tree National Park Jeep Tour Traverse this unique desert ecosystem
  • Death Valley National Park Experience the hottest place on earth and enjoy a star gazing experience
  • Las Vegas Hit the casinos of this neon desert city

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Customer Reviews

A great itinerary but a few disappointments along the way....

9th October 2017
Trusted Customer

A great itinerary but a few disappointments along the way. We should have been made aware that the Palm Springs aerial tramway would be closed beforehand in the same way US travellers were. There was also confusion due to the literature sent to US customers differing from that of UK customers. We weren't sure the trip should have used the Furnace Creek hotel during the major renovations which were underway. The catering facilities were totally inadequate.

hotels average food / service nothing special (Diners poor). I've...

21st April 2017
Mr lionel woodbridge

hotels average food / service nothing special (Diners poor). I've spent a lot less for a lot more..

Superb tour with breathtaking scenery...

16th April 2017
Mrs Patricia Bush

Superb tour with breathtaking scenery

Overview

California charm meets the desert cool of Death Valley on a journey to the white-sand beaches of San Diego, the vineyards of Temecula, and on to the unique desert of Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - Los Angeles - Long Beach

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles and transfer to Long Beach.

This evening, enjoy a welcome drink with your travelling companions and tour director.

Long Beach - Catalina Island - Long Beach

Day
2

This morning, board a high-speed ferry for beautiful Catalina Island. Located just 22 miles off the coast of southern California, the island has a rich and colourful past. On an island tour, you will learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore on your own. Stroll along palm-lined streets, shop for unique island gifts, or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later this afternoon, return to Long Beach where the evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Long Beach - San Diego

Day
3

Travel this morning along the stunning California Coast to San Diego. Upon arrival, enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, and Cabrillo National Monument. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the impressive Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. Afterward, a scenic ferry ride returns you back to San Diego.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San Diego.

Day
4

A full day to explore San Diego on your own. You may wish to explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, San Diego’s sun-‘n’-fun playground, enjoy an Italian feast in the Little Italy neighbourhood, swing a 9-iron at one of the area’s 90 golf courses, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighborhood shopping districts. Your tour director will have additional ideas for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego - Temecula - Palm Springs

Day
5

Today, head into the interior of California, stopping in historic Temecula for a tasting of some of the region’s best wines at a local vineyard. Continue to the desert playground of Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs aerial tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. Then, sit back and relax as you hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and learn about the city’s colourful past on an orientation tour.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to planned maintenance, the Palm Springs aerial tram is not available on tour dates 22/09/2018 and 06/10/2018. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Palm Springs - Joshua Tree N.P - Palm Springs

Day
6

Adventure awaits today as we explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat including the ancient Joshua trees. See the park on a jeep tour and learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert. Return to Palm Springs, where the remainder of the day is yours. Relax by your hotel’s pool, stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, or join the locals at the popular Villagefest, offering more than 200 booths of beautiful art, handcrafted items, and unique food.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Palm Springs - Barstow - Death Valley N.P

Day
7

Leave the desert oasis of Palm Springs and travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, home to vintage cars, signs, photos, and other memorabilia. Continue to Death Valley National Park, the hottest place on earth and the driest, lowest place in North America.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Death Valley National Park

Day
8

A full day to explore the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 100 feet above the Mesquite Flat. After dinner this evening, enjoy a stargazing programme with a local expert. Due to its vast area and absence of man-made light, Death Valley National Park is the world’s largest International Dark Sky Park and one of the best places to star gaze. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Death Valley - Ash Meadows - Las Vegas

Day
9

A morning stop is made at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers, gunslingers, and the mysterious Devils Hole that has never been found. It’s then on to the bright lights of modern Las Vegas. Your tour director hosts a farewell dinner this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vegas - UK

Day
10

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Las Vegas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Things to note

NOTE: Due to planned maintenance, the Palm Springs aerial tram is not available on tour dates 22/09/2018 and 06/10/2018. 

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Long Beach: Renaissance Long Beach
  • San Diego: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay (2017) / Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown (2018)
  • Palm Springs: Renaissance Palm Springs
  • Death Valley: The Ranch at Death Valley
  • Las Vegas: Treasure Island

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