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Southern California with Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Park

Price per person
from £2,687

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Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Vibrant cities, unique experiences, and striking landscapes…all of this and more await you on this Southern California tour—with 2-night stays in Long Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park, as well as an overnight in Las Vegas.

Tour highlights include time in three unique settings: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Joshua Tree National Park contains two deserts and two large ecosystems. Here, enjoy a jeep tour to learn about the area's geology, fascinating plants and animals, and rich history. Ash Meadows National Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert and home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth. Here, stroll the boardwalks and learn about this unique area.

Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on earth. Visit its Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Globus has also arranged a special experience here...a stargazing program with a local expert. Due to its remote location with limited city lights, Death Valley National Park offers one of the best places to view the stars. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

On this Southern California tour, you’ll also experience vibrant cities. From Long Beach, visit beautiful Catalina Island. In San Diego, your sightseeing features Cabrillo National Monument, with one of the world's best harbour views, and lunch at the impressive Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego's legendary seaside resort—another special experience offered by Globus. Your time in Palm Springs includes an aerial tram ride on the world's largest rotating tramcar.

From its lively cities to its fascinating scenery, this Southern California holiday offers all of this and more.

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.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

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

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Vibrant cities, unique experiences, and striking landscapes…all of this and more await you on this Southern California tour—with 2-night stays in Long Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park, as well as an overnight in Las Vegas.

Tour highlights include time in three unique settings: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Joshua Tree National Park contains two deserts and two large ecosystems. Here, enjoy a jeep tour to learn about the area's geology, fascinating plants and animals, and rich history. Ash Meadows National Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert and home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth. Here, stroll the boardwalks and learn about this unique area.

Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on earth. Visit its Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Globus has also arranged a special experience here...a stargazing program with a local expert. Due to its remote location with limited city lights, Death Valley National Park offers one of the best places to view the stars. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

On this Southern California tour, you’ll also experience vibrant cities. From Long Beach, visit beautiful Catalina Island. In San Diego, your sightseeing features Cabrillo National Monument, with one of the world's best harbour views, and lunch at the impressive Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego's legendary seaside resort—another special experience offered by Globus. Your time in Palm Springs includes an aerial tram ride on the world's largest rotating tramcar.

From its lively cities to its fascinating scenery, this Southern California holiday offers all of this and more.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - Arrive Los Angeles

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles and transfer to Long Beach.

Welcome to sunny California! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Los Angeles

Day
2

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of “Tinseltown” that takes you from Olvera Street to Hollywood where you can step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Also see Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip, known for nearly 100 years of free expression and escapism. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the character of “La-La-Land” on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Los Angeles-Catalina Island-San Diego

Day
3

This morning, travel to the coast and 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’ll learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore the village of Avalon on your own, shop for unique island gifts or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, FERRY back to the mainland and travel along the stunning California coast to San Diego for an evening at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego

Day
4

Today, enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the historic HOTEL DEL CORONADO, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. Afterward, a scenic FERRY ride brings you back to San Diego where your afternoon is free for exploration. You may wish to relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighborhood shopping districts. Your Tour Director will have additional ideas.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San Diego-Temecula-Palm Springs

Day
5

Today, travel east stopping in picturesque 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, hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and of the city’s colourful past on an orientation tour.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Palm Springs Excursion to Joshua Tree National Park

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

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, an International Dark Sky Park, the hottest and driest place on earth, and the lowest elevation in North America.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Death Valley National Park

Day
8

Spend a full day exploring 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 National Park-Ash Meadows National Refuge-Las Vagas

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 and the mysterious Devils Hole that has never been found. It’s then on to the bright lights of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner this evening—the perfect ending to your holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vagas

Day
10

The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

 

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