Southern California, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park

Price per person
from £3,020

Price based on
London Heathrow
10th Nov 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

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
Southern California, Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Park - NEW Map

What's included

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

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. Enjoy a welcome drink with your travelling companions and tour director this evening.

No meals included

Long Beach - Catalina Island - Long Beach

Day
2

This morning board the high-speed ferry to beautiful Catalina Island - situated 22 miles from the coast of Southern California. Your island tour takes in some superb scenery and the chance to find out more about its colourful past. Keep an eye out for some of the island's most famous residents… bison! There will also be free time to further explore the island and stroll its palm-lined streets. Return later to Long Beach for dinner at a waterside restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Long Beach - San Diego

Day
3

This morning, travel along the stunning California coast to San Diego. Enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter and Cabrillo National Monument. The tour ends in Coronada, home to attractive beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch is at Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego's legendary seaside resort. Return to San Diego on a scenic ferry ride.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Diego.

Day
4

Enjoy time at leisure exploring San Diego. Perhaps visit the world famous San Diego Zoo, relive some military history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier or spend time at Mission Beach.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

San Diego - Temecula - Palm Springs

Day
5

Today head into the interior of California, stopping in historic Temecula to sample some of the region's best wines at a local vineyard. Continue to the desert resort of Palm Springs and take the Palm Springs 360 degree Aerial Tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for impressive views of the valley below. On an orientation tour hear tales of the town's famous celebrity residents, past and present, and learn about its colourful past.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palm Springs - Joshua Tree N.P - Palm Springs

Day
6

Explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park on an included excursion. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems and a unique habitat of 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 later to Palm Springs, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Palm Springs - Barstow - Death Valley N.P

Day
7

From Palm Springs continue to Barstow on the famous Route 66. There is an included visit to the Route 66 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Death Valley National Park

Day
8

Today is spent exploring the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 ft below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of its epic sand dunes that rise 100 ft above the Mesquite Flat. After a BBQ dinner this evening, enjoy a stargazing session 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. As daylight fades turn your gaze to the heavens to see planets, stars and constellations shine into view.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Death Valley - Ash Meadows - Las Vegas

Day
9

En route this morning stop 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 don’t exist anywhere else in the world. Walk along the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers, gunslingers and the mysterious Devils Hole. Arrive in Las Vegas and this evening the tour director hosts a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Las Vegas - UK

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

No meals included

Things to note

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

Accommodation as stated or similar

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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