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Self-Drive The Great West

20 Nights Tour from £1,669 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

The Great West - Explore this fantastic region on a 3 week self-drive tour taking in all the must see destinations.  Start and end in Los Angeles visiting major cities, national parks, glitzy Las Vegas and the Californian Coast.  The ultimate west coast fly-drive!

Itinerary Overview

20 night Tour Begins and ends Los Angeles: 2 nights Los Angeles Area; 1 night Anaheim, 1 night San Diego; 1 night Palm Springs; 1 night Phoenix; 1 night Grand Canyon; 2 nights Lake Powell; 1 night Bryce Canyon; 2 nights Las Vegas; 1 night Death Valley; 2 nights Yosemite; 1 night Lake Tahoe; 2 nights San Francisco; 1 night Ventura; 1 night Los Angeles Area

Details

Day 1

Fly to Los Angeles

Arrive at Los Angeles International airport, and transfer independently to your hotel

Hotels: Standard/Superior - Crown Plaza Los Angeles Harbour; Deluxe - Manhattan Beach Marriott

Day 2

Los Angeles – Anaheim (36 miles)

This morning pick up your rental car and make your way south to Anaheim, home of Disneyland. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters. Visit the  nation's oldest theme park, Knotts Berry Farm, filled with old west history and thrill rides, or one of Anaheim's many other fun-filled attractions (admissions not included)

Hotels: Standard - Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort; Superior - Quality Inn & Suites Maingate; Deluxe - Hilton Anaheim

Day 3

Anaheim – San Diego (100 miles)

Visit the beautiful San Juan Capistrano Mission on your way to San Diego. Upon arrival you might wish to explore the charming Gaslamp Quarter.

Hotels: Standard - Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld; Superior - Best Western Mission Bay; Deluxe - Catamaran Resort Hotel & Spa

Day 4

San Diego – Palm Springs (172 miles)

Today, you will have the morning to explore the seaside playground of San Diego. Then continue to Palm Springs where you can ride the aerial tramway to the top of San Jacinto Mountain, lounge by the pool, walk along palm tree lines streets, or explore countless shops, art galleries and museums.

Hotels: Standard - Quality Inn, Superior - The Saguaro Palm Springs; Deluxe - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Golf Resort Palm Springs

Day 5

Palm Springs – Phoenix/Scottsdale (267 miles)

This morning, set out east through the Coachella Valley to Phoenix and Scottsdale, two of Central Arizona's top destinations. With Phoenix's skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by fames Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale's Old West charm, it's guaranteed you'll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.

Hotels: Standard: Holiday Inn Express & Suites Scottsdale - Old Town; Superior: The Saguaro Scottsdale; Deluxe - Phoenix Marriott Mesa

Day 6

Scottsdale – Grand Canyon (229 miles)

Today, head north to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder tat you simply have to see to belive. This enjoyable journey is full of scenic detours. Visit Montezuma’s Castle National Monument, where you can gaze thought the windows of the past into one f the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America.

Hotels: Standard - Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn; Superior/Deluxe - Yavapai Lodge West

Day 7

Grand Canyon – Lake Powell (140 miles)

Arise early to see the sunrise then spend the morning discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road.  When you've had your fill, continue further north through the Navajo Nation Reservation, and on to Lake Powell, a vast blue man-made lake surrounded by beautiful sandstone walls. You will be staying here for two nights to give you chance to enjoy this wonderful area.

Hotels: Standard: Page Boy Motel; Superior - Best Western View of Lake Powell; Deluxe - Lake Powell Resort

Day 8

Lake Powell

A full day to explore Lake Powell and the surrounding area. You may choose to journey to Monument Valley to view its stunning rock formations, or consider taking a cruise along the 50 miles of Lake Powell's shoreline to Rainbow Bridge National monument.Day 9

Day 9

Lake Powell – Bryce Canyon (167 miles)

Travel through Kanab en route to Bryce Canyon National Park. Famous of it's unique geology, Bryce Canyon consists of a series of horseshoe-shaped amphitheatres where the power of wind, water and geologic mayhem has etches the pink cliffs and shaped the colourful limestone rock into thousands of spires called "hoodoos".

Hotels: Standard - Bryce View Lodge; Superior - Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn; Deluxe - Best Western Plus Bryce Canyon Grand Hotel

Day 10

Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park – Las Vegas (238 miles)

Take a morning tour of Bryce Canyon before driving to Zion National Park. In Zion you can  follow the paths of ancient native people and gaze at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink and red that soar into the bright blue sky. Later continue west to Las Vegas for a complete contrast of 24-hour fun, for a two-night stay.

Hotels: Standard - Excalibur Hotel & Casino; Superior - Luxor Hotel & Casino; Deluxe - Tropicana Las Vegas A DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

Day 11

Las Vegas

A day at leisure to take a drive to Lake Mead or Hoover Dam. In the evening try
your luck at the gambling tables or see a glamorous show.

Day 12

Las Vegas – Death Valley (139 miles)

Today's journey west takes you to hr lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here the Mojave is at it;s most magnificent with Geological history on full display in the rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Stop at Zabriskie Point for a panoramic view of the valley. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the world's best stargazing this evening.

Hotels: Standard/Superior - Stovepipe Wells Village; Deluxe - The Ranch at Furnace Creek

Day 13

Death Valley – Yosemite National Park (326 miles)

Drive out of Death Valley into the high Sierra Nevada Mountains over the Tioga Pass,** and into
Yosemite National Park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. You will be staying here for two nights to give you the opportunity to explore this wonderful national park.

Hotels: Standard: Americans Best Value Inn-Yosemite South Gate; Superior - Cedar Lodge; Deluxe - Yosemite View Lodge

**from early November to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite Area

Day 14

Yosemite National Park

A full day to explore this natural playground. You can drive to panoramic viewpoints to drink in sights such as El Capitan, or stroll the marked trails. Or perhaps you take a bike tour or a guided hike.

Day 15

Yosemite – Lake Tahoe (210 miles)

Leave Yosemite and journey north via Bridgeport and Devil’s Gate en route to Lake Tahoe. Here, where California and Nevada meet, you can discover this jewel of nature surrounded on all sides by the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Hotels: Standard - EconoLodge Heavenly Village Area; Superior/Deluxe - Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa

Day 16

Lake Tahoe–San Francisco (230 miles)

Today's journey  east takes you through Gold Rush-era attractions, California's State Capital, Sacramento and then it’s on to San Francisco. You'll spend two nights in this charismatic city, giving you opportunity to ride the iconic trolley cars, cycle the Golden Gate Bridge, dine at the myriad restaurants and perhaps take a tour of the prison island Alcatraz (but make sure you ask us to pre-book your tickets as this tour is a sell-out every day)

Hotels: Standard - Hotel Metropolis; Superior - Best Western Plus Americania; Deluxe - Park Central Hotel

Day 17

San Francisco

A full day at leisure to discover the beloved City by the Bay. With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes and destinations, there is plenty to do in San Francisco. Click here to see our best recommendations.
 

Day 18

San Francisco – Central Coast (230 miles)

This morning, head south for an exhilarating trip along 17-mile drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Continue  south along central California's scenic Pacific Coast highway. This twisting, Cliff hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you  through the quaint  village of Carmel-by-the Sea and Big Sur, where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean.

Hotels: Standard - Courtesy Inn San Simeon; Superior - Historic Santa Maria Inn; Deluxe - SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel

Day 19

Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Ventura (130 miles)

Journey south through Pismo Beach, inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside, and Santa Barbara, often described as the America Riviera.

Hotel: Standard/Superior/Deluxe - Crown Plaza Ventura Beach
 

Day 20

Ventura – Los Angeles (70 miles)

Travel to Malibu, then through Santa Monica. Arrive in the Los Angeles area with enough time to see Hollywood, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, and Beverly Hills before arriving at your hotel.

Hotels: Standard - Quality Inn & Suites Anaheim Resort; Superior - Quality Inn & Suites Maingate; Deluxe - Hilton Anaheim

Day 21

Los Angeles Departure

Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

Day 22

Arrive back home.

  • Return transatlantic schedule flights
  • Economy size car rental
  • Hotel accommodation as specified, or of a similar standard
  • Detailed briefing by Tour Representative as specified in itinerary
  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary

What's not included:

  • Car parking fees
  • Attraction and sightseeing 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.

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