Day 1 London - San Francisco
Make your own way to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Holiday Inn Civic Center (3T).
Day 2 San Francisco
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco, discovering some of the highlights of the ‘City by the Bay’ such as the thriving hub of Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown and the Golden Gate Bridge. The rest of the day is free, or you might like to join an optional cruise in the Bay or a walking tour and dinner in Chinatown.
Day 3 San Francisco - Yosemite National Park - Chowchilla
We travel inland to Yosemite National Park to explore its dramatic scenery of craggy mountains, lush forests and picture-postcard lakes. In Yosemite Village, you could call into the Ansel Adams Gallery, to see some of the famed photographer’s images of the wild parkland landscapes, or take the short walk to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the USA. We will spend tonight in the city of Chowchilla, at the Holiday Inn Express (3T).
Day 4 Chowchilla - Las Vegas
Our destination today is fabulous Las Vegas, where we will be staying for the next two nights at the SLS Las Vegas (4T). On arrival we embark on an orientation tour of the ‘bright lights city’, taking in the sights along the famous Las Vegas Strip, while you will have the rest of the day to relax or make your own discoveries. This evening there will be an optional ‘Las Vegas Sights and Lights’ tour.
Day 5 Las Vegas
Today you can explore Las Vegas independently or choose one of our optional excursions or activities. Perhaps join a trip to see the impressive Hoover Dam, built on the Colorado River in the 1930s, enjoy a night-time helicopter flight over the city or take in a dinner show on the Strip.
Day 6 Las Vegas - Seligman - Flagstaff
Leaving Las Vegas, we head across the state border to Arizona, stopping at the town of Seligman, known as the ‘Birthplace of Route 66’ and home to a collection of historic early 20th century commercial buildings and old-style diners recalling the heyday of the ‘Main Street of America’. We continue to Flagstaff where we will be spending the next two nights at the Days Hotel Flagstaff (2T), and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 7 Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is one of the great natural wonders of the world, an awe-inspiring gorge cut by the Colorado River, 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and more than a mile deep and on today’s included excursion we will enjoy the spectacular views from the visitor centre. For a truly thrilling Grand Canyon experience you could opt for a helicopter trip over this geological marvel.
Day 8 Flagstaff - Sedona - Scottsdale
Travelling southwards from Flagstaff, we stop at Sedona, famous for its impressive red sandstone formations and numerous art galleries. While here you might like to explore the rugged and dramatic scenery of the surrounding Red Rock State Park on an optional Jeep tour. We reach Scottsdale later today and check in to our hotel, the Days Inn and Suites Scottsdale (3T).
Day 9 Scottsdale - Buena Park
We head back towards California today, stopping for time to purchase lunch along the way before arriving in Buena Park, and our hotel for the next two nights, the Holiday Inn Buena Park (3T). This rest of the day is free.
Day 10 Buena Park
Discover the highlights of Los Angeles this morning on our city tour, taking in glamorous locales such as Beverley Hills, Rodeo Drive and, of course, Hollywood. There will be free time to explore independently or you could choose to join our optional walking tour of Hollywood, following the Hollywood Walk of Fame and visiting sights such as the famous Chinese Theatre.
Day 11 Buena Park - In flight
We transfer to Los Angeles Airport today for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 12 London
Upon arrival at London Heathrow Airport, you are free to make your own way home.