London - San Francisco
Fly from London Heathrow Airport on a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, we transfer to our hotel for the next two nights, the Union Square Hotel (3T) or similar.
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.
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).
Chowchilla - Las Vegas
Our destination today is fabulous Las Vegas, where we will be staying for the next two nights at the Excalibur (3T). 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.
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, or take in a dinner show on the Strip.
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 Hampton Inn Suites Flagstaff East (2T), and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
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.
Flagstaff - Sedona - Phoenix
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 Phoenix later today and check in to our hotel the Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix Chandler (3T).
Phoenix - San Diego
We head back towards California today, stopping for time to purchase lunch along the way before arriving in San Diego, and our hotel for the next two nights, the newly refurbished Hilton Garden Inn Mission Valley (3T) or Wyndham San Diego Bayside (3T). The rest of the day is free.
Morning city tour discovering some of the highlights such as San Diego’s Old Town and the huge Balboa Park. Spend the rest of the day at leisure enjoying the many attractions of this beautiful waterfront city. Early evening we return to Mission Valley or you may choose to stay and experience the buzzing nightlife of this West Coast city.
San Diego - Los Angeles - In flight
We head north for Los Angeles this morning and see the sights, visiting Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard and Beverly Hills. Later we transfer to Los Angeles Airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to London.
Day 12 London
Arrive at London Heathrow Airport.