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Western Explorer

Price per person
from £3,506

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Key inclusions

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

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. This National Parks tour begins in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in San Diego, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, and Cambria.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset; and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. Spend two nights in sunny San Diego as well as time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with sightseeing and time on your own. On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you. In Las Vegas, explore the Mob Museum on a private guided tour followed by a trip to dazzling Freemont Street. Another fun experience is a visit to San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, where you’ll learn about the park and have time to explore its five acres.

From the exciting cities to the amazing scenery and from the desert landscapes to the sparkling lakes, this National Parks tour has it all. Grab your camera and get ready for a remarkable holiday!

At a glance

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.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

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Overview

Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. This National Parks tour begins in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in San Diego, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, and Cambria.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset; and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. Spend two nights in sunny San Diego as well as time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with sightseeing and time on your own. On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you. In Las Vegas, explore the Mob Museum on a private guided tour followed by a trip to dazzling Freemont Street. Another fun experience is a visit to San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, where you’ll learn about the park and have time to explore its five acres.

From the exciting cities to the amazing scenery and from the desert landscapes to the sparkling lakes, this National Parks tour has it all. Grab your camera and get ready for a remarkable holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 14 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Los Angeles

Day
1

Fly to Los Angeles where, on arrival transfer to your hotel.

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

Los Angeles–San Diego

Day
2

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. Take the opportunity to step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and also see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. This afternoon, travel to sunny San Diego. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

San Diego

Day
3

Sightseeing in San Diego includes Old Town, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbour, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego - Yuma –Scottsdale

Day
4

Today, travel inland across California and into Arizona. Stop in Yuma, nestled on the Colorado River and famous for its Wild West history. Continue to Scottsdale, where this evening you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Scottsdale –Sedona–Grand Canyon National Park

Day
5

Depart Scottsdale and travel north through cactus-studded scenery for a break in Sedona. Then, set out for one of America’s most beautiful drives as you journey through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Arrive this afternoon at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The spectacular beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the spectacular sunset.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Grand Canyon National Park

Day
6

There’s time this morning for an optional ‘flightseeing’ excursion over the Grand Canyon—an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved. This afternoon, you are free to explore at your own pace. Perhaps join a ranger programme, take a nature walk, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Grand Canyon National Park - Las Vegas

Day
7

Today, head to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, where one-armed bandits, dazzling neon lights, and the incredible Las Vegas Strip awaits. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for a 2-night stay. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. Tonight, head to downtown Las Vegas and experience a private tour of the MOB MUSEUM to learn about the impact of organised crime on Las Vegas history. Hear the real stories and learn about the actual events from all sides. Afterward, be dazzled by the light show at the FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Las Vegas

Day
8

Enjoy a full day on your own to explore the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director will have tips and suggestions to make the most of your stay, as well as a range of optional excursions—from scenic helicopter flights to elaborate shows.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Las Vegas - Mammoth Lakes

Day
9

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Stay overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Day
10

Leave Mammoth Lakes for YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Inside the park, you’ll descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yosemite National Park - San Francisco

Day
11

This morning, visit Mariposa Grove, home to the largest grove of Sequoias in the park, before journeying from mountainous beauty to vibrant San Francisco. Tonight, enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco

Day
12

Our included sightseeing tour takes in Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, or the Aquarium of the Bay. Or, discover the hippie-era bookstores and shops in the Haight-Ashbury district, ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Francisco – Monterey –Carmel – Big Sur – Cambria

Day
13

This morning, visit Monterey, one of California’s most beautiful coastal towns, where you’ll see Cannery Row, immortalised by author John Steinbeck. Don’t miss the characteristic sea lions that call this area home. Then, it’s on to spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE and Pebble Beach with the chance to see the famous Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Next, visit Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Then, journey through Big Sur with its spectacular coastline and majestic mountains. Spend the evening in charming Cambria.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Cambria – Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

Day
14

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and aDANISH SPECIALITY at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Los Angeles

Day
15

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual transfers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Things to note

Grand Canyon National Park: All departures will be at Yavapai West

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Los Angeles - LA Hotel Downtown

The amazing sky scraper looking over Los Angeles as the hotel offers 360 degrees over the whole of Los Angeles has sleek rooms that feature flat-screen TVs that can help you relax.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

San Diego - Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown

The modern and Luxury suites offer separate living rooms that also offer a dining table. These Delux rooms include flat screen TV's. You don't have to leave your home comforts at home because this hotel has Microwaves and minfridges.

  • Location

    601 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Scottsdale - Scottsdale Marriott McDowell Mountains

Warm and welcoming, high-end suites offer comfate with pillow-top mattresses to which you can enjoy while watching your flat screen TV.

  • Location

    16770 N Perimeter Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Fitness Centre

Grand Canyon - Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Long considered one of the natural wonders of the world, visitors flock to see this unique combination of geological colour and erosional forms. This accommodation is located in the Grand Canyon so its great for walking and is in a prime location. When you come back from your day of exploring you can come back and don't even have to leave your room because this hotel offers room service. 

  • Location

    88 Village Loop Drive, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023, USA

  • Facilities

    • In Room Dining

Las Vegas - Treasure Island

The warmly furnished rooms give a welcoming feeling as you walk in as the hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows making the hotel bright and elegant. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi, flat-screens for helping you relax when you get back to your hotel 

  • Location

    3300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Mammoth Lakes - Mammoth Mountain Inn

Warm, traditional lodge rooms are available. All come with high-speed Internet access, TVs with satellite channels, iHome docks and coffeemakers. Making it easier to relax

  • Location

    10400 Minaret Rd, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

Nestled in the mountains 2 miles away from Yosemite National Park, the Tenaya Lodge features personalised services, modern amenities, and a full-service spa.

  • Location

    1122 Highway 41, Fish Camp, CA 93623, USA

  • Facilities

    • Swimming pool
    • Massage
    • Spa Facilities
    • Steam room
    • Facial treatments

San Francisco - Marriott Marquis

These relaxed rooms have flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers, and work desks with relclining chairs. Suites add living areas with sofabeds.

  • Location

    780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Cambria - Cambria Pines Lodge

These stunning rooms have a patio and decking looking over onto the view. you don't even have to leave your room to get food because this hotel has room service so you only have to ring down and they will bring your food to your room

  • Location

    4001, 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, United States

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

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