Southern California, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Park

  • 11 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

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.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 11th November 2017

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

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.

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

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Las Vegas

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Los Angeles - Long Beach

Fly to Los Angeles and transfer to Long Beach. Enjoy a welcome drink with your travelling companions and tour director this evening.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Long Beach - Catalina Island - Long Beach

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

Day 3

Long Beach - San Diego

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

Day 4

San Diego.

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

Day 5

San Diego - Temecula - Palm Springs

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

Day 6

Palm Springs - Joshua Tree N.P - Palm Springs

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

Day 7

Palm Springs - Barstow - Death Valley N.P

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

Day 8

Death Valley National Park

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

Day 9

Death Valley - Ash Meadows - Las Vegas

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

Day 10

Las Vegas - UK

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

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • 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

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Latest customer reviews

21st April 2017

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

16th April 2017

Superb tour with breathtaking scenery

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