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Self Drive The West

13 Nights Self Drive from £1,539 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This classic 13 night itinerary begins and ends on Los Angeles, taking in stunning cities and spectacular National Parks

Overview - 1 night Palm Springs; 1 night Phoenix/Scottsdale; 1 night Grand Canyon; 2 nights Las Vegas; 1 night Death Valley National Park; 1 night Yosemite National Park; 2 nights San Francisco; 1 night Pismo Beach; 1 night Ventura/Oxnard

Highlights

  • Enjoy a couple of nights in the Entertainment Capital of Las Vegas
  • Choose to take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, for a birds eye view of this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon
  • Explore the stunning National Park of Yosemite, high in the Sierra Nevada
  • Spend a couple of days in the vibrant city of San Francisco, perhaps visit Alcatraz, ride a cable car or take a cruise around the bay

 

Details

DAY 1  Arrival in Los Angeles

Arrive in Los Angeles, the “City of Angels”, and check into your hotel close to the airport

Standard: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
Superior: Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Deluxe: Hilton Los Angeles Airport

DAY 2  Los Angeles - Palm Springs - 110 Miles

Drive to Palm Springs, a great place for shopping, eating, or relaxing by the pool. Take a tram ride up to Mt. Jacinto or hike through the beautiful Indian Canyons with waterfalls and palm trees.

Standard: Best Western at Palm Springs
Superior: Rennaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa
Deluxe: La Quinta Resort & Club - A Waldorf Astoria Resort

DAY 3  Palm Springs - Scottsdale - 280 Miles

Move onto Scottsdale, where you will  enjoy a large selection of art galleries, restaurants and shopping opportunities.

Standard: Courtyard by Marriott - Old Town
Superior: Marriott Suites Scottsdale Old Town
Deluxe: The Western Kierland Resort & Spa

DAY 4  Scottsdale - Grand Canyon - 250 Miles

An opportunity this morning to visit Montezuma’s Castle to see the ancient Indian Cliff dwellings. Continue your journey via the picturesque artist community of Sedona. As you leave Sedona experience the 13 mile Oak Creek Canyon with spectacular views of red rock country. Your journey ends today at the Grand Canyon, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Standard: Maswick Lodge - South Section (from 27 Sep 2017 Yavapai Lodge West)
Superior: Maswik Lodge - North Section
Deluxe: El Tovar Hotel - Standard Rooms

DAY 5 & 6 Grand Canyon - Las Vegas - 224 Miles

Drive through some of the West's most impressive and beautiful scenery. Explore this dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and rising cliffs. Continue into Nevada and the neon oasis of Las Vegas, the glittering entertainment capital of the world, where you will have two full days to explore the “city that never sleeps”. Explore the iconic casinos, cool down on a river rafting trip down the Colorado River or take an exciting helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon and the amazing glass Skywalk.

Standard: Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
Superior: Tropicana Las Vegas
Deluxe: The Venetian Resort Hotel

If you would like to choose another hotel in Las Vegas, then don't hesitate to call for a tailormade quote

DAY 7 Las Vegas - Death Valley (or Ridgecrest California via Death Valley) - 139 Miles (245 miles)

Spend a morning at leisure in Las Vegas, before driving across the Armargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park. Stop at Zabriskie Point for a panoramic view of the endless valley below.

Standard: Clarion Hotel Bakersfield
Superior: Clarion Hotel Bakersfield
Deluxe: Furnace Creek Ranch

DAY 8  Death Valley - Yosemite - 326 Miles / (Winter 467 miles*)

Today drive into the high Sierra Nevada with spectacular views of waterfalls and glacier-carved granite peaks. In Yosemite Valley, stop for a picnic by the Merced River. If time allows drive along Tioga Pass Road to Olmstead Point, Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows for breathtaking high country panoramas.

Standard: Comfort Inn Yosemite Area (Oakhurst)
Superior: Yosemite View Lodge (Mountain View)
Deluxe: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (Premium Rooms)

* The Tioga pass is usually shut due to weather between mid October and the end of May, if the Tioga pass is shut the you will travel via Bakersfield which is a longer routing.

DAY 9  Yosemite - San Francisco - 200 Miles

Continue on to San Francisco, where you will spend two nights. Plenty of time to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities in America.

Standard: Best Western Plus Americania Hotel
Superior: Hotel Kabuki
Deluxe: Westin St. Francis

DAY 10  San Francisco

A full day to explore San Francisco: Union Square, Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy a breathtaking ride on a cable car, rent a bike, take a bay cruise or visit the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park.

DAY 11  San Francisco - Central Coast - 280 Miles

Time for brief stops in Monterey and Carmel. Then drive along the rugged California coast with scenic vista points, Big Sur and state parks with trails leading to waterfalls and redwoods. At Piedras Blancas State Reserve you’ll often find elephant seals and their pups basking on the beach. A few miles south is Hearst Castle.

Standard: Courtesy Inn San Simeon
Superior: Cambria Pines Lodge
Deluxe: Inn at Morro Bay

DAY 12  Central Coast - Ventura/Oxnard - 115 Miles

On the way to Ventura, visit the Danish village of Solvang and stop in Santa Barbara which offers delightful historic Spanish-colonial architecture, lots of shopping, restaurants and an inviting beach.

Standard / Superior / Deluxe: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

DAY 13  Ventura/Oxnard - Los Angeles - 65 Miles

Continue on to Los Angeles perhaps travelling via Santa Monica, which would be an excellent place to stop for lunch. Drive through Beverly Hills and Hollywood where you may wish to pay an optional visit to Universal Studios, the world’s largest television and movie studio complex. The possibilities are endless in this vibrant and exciting city!

Standard: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport
Superior: Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Deluxe: Hilton Los Angeles Airport

DAY 14  Los Angeles Departure

Your memorable trip comes to an end, and after checking out of your hotel return you car to Los Angeles airport before your flight home.

DAY 15

Arrive back home.

  • Return transatlantic flights
  • Hotel accommodation as shown or of a similar standard
  • Car hire for the duration of the trip including fully inclusive insurance
  • Flydrive guide book with vouchers delivered to your first hotel

What's Not Included

  • Hotel car parking charges

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

TODAY 15ºC
MON 13ºC
TUE 13ºC
WED 12ºC
THU 15ºC
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Average Temperature (Celsius) Average Rainfall (Inches)

Jan
14ºC
2
Feb
17ºC
2
Mar
21ºC
2
Apr
25ºC
1
May
30ºC
1
Jun
34ºC
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Jul
37ºC
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Aug
37ºC
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Sep
34ºC
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Oct
28ºC
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Nov
20ºC
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Dec
14ºC
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