California and the Golden West
16 days from £2,799 per person
One of the longest-running of our original tours, this is still one of our most popular itineraries today. Travelling in a loop around California (and nudging into neighbouring Nevada and Arizona), it includes great cities like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco, drives along Route 66 and the Pacific coastal road, and the spectacular scenery of Yosemite National Park. We’ll also spend two nights in Flagstaff: gateway to the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.
Your holiday includes:
12 excursions and visits
- Tours of Hollywood, San Diego and San Francisco (including Golden Gate Bridge)
- Visits to the artist colony of Sedona; Hoover Dam; and the Old Silver Mining Town of Calico
- Entrance to Grand Canyon and Yosemite national parks
- Williams Depot and shoot-out re-enactment
- 17 Mile Drive
- Stops at Carmel and Monterey
- Santa Barbara
- 14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach (with Wi-Fi)
UK - Los Angeles
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Los Angeles. On arrival we transfer to the Hyatt Regency LAX (4T).
Hyatt Regency LAX (4-star) or Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina (4-star)
Los Angeles - San Diego
This morning, enjoy a brief tour of three icons of popular culture - Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard and TCL Chinese Theatre, where the handprints of the stars are famously immortalised. We’ll then continue to San Diego and our hotel, the Sheraton Hotel and Marina (4T) or Hilton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel (4T), where a welcome drink awaits. On the morning of day 3, a tour introduces this attractive harbour city, leaving the afternoon at leisure to make your own explorations and sample San Diego’s superb restaurants.
Sheraton Hotel and Marina (4-star) or Hilton San Diego Harbor Island Hotel (4-star), San Diego
San Diego - Scottsdale
We travel from California to Arizona, arriving in Scottsdale in the afternoon at our hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn (3T).
Hilton Garden Inn, Scottsdale (3-star)
Scottsdale - Sedona - Oak Creek Canyon - Flagstaff
We travel to the charming artist colony of Sedona and breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon en route to Flagstaff. We spend two nights at the superb Little America Hotel (4T), allowing us plenty of time to explore the area and experience the Grand Canyon.
Little America Hotel, Flagstaff (4-star)
The Grand Canyon is one of the most awe-inspiring natural sights the world has to offer. This geological wonder is 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and one mile deep; a huge expanse of richly coloured rock enclosing the silvery Colorado River far below. We visit today - perhaps enjoy a pre-bookable optional flight for even more stunning views of the canyon.
Flagstaff - Williams - Las Vegas
Following a brief visit to the historic train depot at Williams, where local cowboys stage a Wild West shootout, we proceed to Las Vegas, America’s entertainment capital. By turns chic, glamorous and awe-inspiring, brash, excessive and outrageous, Las Vegas is certainly never boring. You don’t need to be a high roller or slots wizard to enjoy this shimmering neon mirage in the heart of the forbidding Mojave Desert - there are shows that dazzle, from the famous Cirque du Soleil and the Beatles-inspired ‘Love’ to the regular open-air spectacles, as each iconic hotel along the famous Strip tries to outdo the next in the extravagance of their performances. Some of the world’s best restaurants may be found here, along with a vibrant nightlife, relaxing spa centres, immaculate golf courses and quirky museums. Our chosen hotel is the Tropicana (4T) or Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel (4T), located on the Las Vegas Strip - perfect for discovering an extraordinary, unique city which somehow manages to live up and down to its various reputations simultaneously and in enthralling style.
Included for those who wish, is a short morning excursion to the Hoover Dam - a spectacular engineering achievement built in the 1930s. This huge dam is an awesome sight and its construction created Lake Mead, which is 100 miles long and 500 feet deep.
Tropicana (4-star) or Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel (4-star)
Las Vegas - Calico - Visalia
We cross the Mojave Desert en route to Calico, a once-thriving centre of silver mining, now an enjoyable reminder of the days when cowboys roamed its streets. Visalia is our destination, where we stay at the Wyndham Visalia (3T) or Marriott Visalia (3T).
Wyndham Visalia (3-star) or Marriott Visalia (3-star)
Visalia - Yosemite National Park - Modesto
One of the world’s great natural sanctuaries is Yosemite National Park, in the Sierra Nevada. With its craggy mountains, postcard-perfect lakes and verdant forests of dogwood, sugar pine and white fir, Yosemite is endlessly photogenic - which is why it so appealed to the great photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. Adams visited Yosemite for more than 50 consecutive years, recording luminously beautiful photographs of the park’s dramatic landscapes, many of which have become instantly recognisable icons of the American wilderness. After a memorable day, we continue west to our hotel, the DoubleTree Modesto (3T+).
DoubleTree Modesto (3.5 Star)
Modesto - San Francisco
Tony Bennett left his heart in San Francisco as many others have before and since. A sightseeing tour presents an orientation of this most cosmopolitan, liberal and attractive American city, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and vibrant Chinatown. We stay for two nights at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (4T). The following day at leisure offers opportunities for relaxation or further exploration - perhaps independently pre-book a boat trip to notorious Alcatraz Island, where visitors may explore the remnants of the federal prison, learn about its famous inmates, discover the story behind the Native American occupation of 1969-71, or take a walk around the quaint district of Haight-Ashbury, so beloved of ‘hippies’, artists, writers and musicians, which became the crucible of ‘counterculture’ in the 1960s.
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (4-star) or Parc 55 (4-star), San Francisco
San Francisco - Monterey - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel - Cambria
We travel south to Monterey, the old Spanish and Mexican capital of upper California, then proceed along the famous 17 Mile Drive, one of the loveliest coastal routes in the world. After lunch in the delightful town of Carmel, we continue south to Cambria by way of the curving Big Sur coastline, inspiration for Jack Kerouac’s autobiographical novel, where the dramatic Pacific breakers crash against the rocky shoreline. Our hotel for the night is the Cambria Pines Lodge (3T).
Cambria Pines Lodge (3-star)
Cambria - Santa Barbara - Long Beach
Santa Barbara, a town favoured by artists, with an appealing harbour promenade and palm-fringed streets, makes a memorable lunch stop en route from Cambria to the California coast. We will stay at the Hotel Maya DoubleTree by Hilton (4T) or similar.
Hotel Maya DoubleTree by Hilton, Long Beach (4-star) (2020) or Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina (4-star) (2021)
Day 15 Long Beach - Los Angeles - In flight
We travel on to the airport for your return flight to the UK.
Day 16 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Important information about your destinationVisa is not included, please call for details Please note: • On day 13, it is not always possible for us to be informed of 17 Mile Drive closures as it is a private road. We do expect that the 17 Mile Drive may be inaccessible for some departures in September, however if this is the case alternative arrangements will be made. • 15 April 2020 departure stays at Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix - Scottsdale (3.5*) on day 4, with breakfast included.
This tour includes an enhanced meal service available on Virgin Atlantic flights in economy.
- Welcome Cocktails
- Your meal is served in two courses giving you a chance to enjoy both your entree and main dishes at leisure.
- With your dessert you have the choice of tea, coffee or on night flights, hot chocolate.
- As you settle down to watch one of Virgin Atlantic's selection of latest blockbusters, the cabin crew will bring around a tray of ice cream to give you that overall cinematic feel.
- On short flights a deli box will be served with either a traditional English High Tea or an energising breakfast, depending on the time of day.
When it comes to customising your Titan holiday, the sky’s the limit. Your escorted tour only needs to be part of your overall trip experience, and there are virtually limitless ways in which you can tailor-make your tour to USA so that it’s perfect for you.
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