California, Grand National Parks & Canyonlands

Explore the West Coast of America on an 18 day journey from San Francisco to Las Vegas. Take the scenic route from Napa Valley to the Grand Canyon.

19 Day
From (AUD)
$ 14,895
  • 2018 San Francisco > Las Vegas

    Wonder lost and found

    In terms of distance, not much separates the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, the buttes of Monument Valley and the magnificent Grand Canyon. However, as rock formations go, they couldn’t be more different.

    You’ll get the opportunity to explore this diversity in one compelling journey. Beautiful Yosemite National Park confirms the incredible range of wonders on offer in this corner of the United States. Combine that with cities like San Francisco, cultural gem of the West Coast, and the urban wonderland of Los Angeles and you’ll be sure to be swept away by it all. Along the way, you can also look forward to excursions in beautiful Utah and Nevada. There will be plenty of opportunities to take the scenic route.

    Tour Code:

    CNPC

    Duration:

    19 Days

    Departure City:

    San Francisco

    Return City:

    Las Vegas

  • 19 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - San Francisco

      Begin your wondrous journey with a two night stay at the luxurious Fairmont San Francisco. Celebrate your great adventure at a ‘welcome to America’ dinner.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - San Francisco
      Freechoice

      Take a sightseeing tour and cruise to Alcatraz, or venture further afield on a Muir Woods and Sausalito tour. Alternatively, jump on a San Francisco hop-on-hop-off tour.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Napa Valley > Sonoma

      Head to Napa Valley and sample some of the fine wine that the region is known for. Your Special Stay for the next two nights is at Fairmont Sonoma.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Sonoma

      Take in the aromas of the beautiful Quarryhill Botanical Gardens, lovingly developed from abandoned quarries. Tour a local winery and of course, taste the delicious produce.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - Sonoma > Yosemite National Park

      Travel towards the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to the world-renowned Yosemite National Park. Tenaya Lodge will be your cosy stay for two nights while you explore the park’s wonders.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Yosemite National Park

      Absorb the fresh air and the stunning views all around you as a park ranger on your Yosemite Valley Open Air Tram tour interprets the history, geology, plant and animal life in the region. View the park’s natural highlights including Half Dome and El Capitan.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - 17 Mile Drive > Monterey

      Explore the quaint seaside village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and meander through the street-lined cafés and boutiques to the ivory sand beach at the end of the main street. Wind along the picturesque 17 Mile Drive en route to Monterey where canning factories once lined the waterfront street, made famous in John Steinbeck’s novel, The Grapes of Wrath. Enjoy an overnight stay at the elegant Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa.

      Freechoice Dining

      Tonight, choose from a selection of local restaurants.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Hearst Castle > Santa Barbara
      Enrich

      Discover magnificent Hearst Castle, tour the grand rooms and admire the intricacy of the elaborate furnishings.

      Stay overnight at the Canary Santa Barbara.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Los Angeles > Santa Monica

      Discover the ‘city of angels’, including the famous Hollywood sign, fashionable Rodeo Drive, and TCL Chinese Theatre, then spot your favourite star on the ‘walk of fame’. Loews Santa Monica Hotel will be your home for the next two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose where to dine tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Los Angeles
      Freechoice

      Spend a day at Universal Studios, or experience the magic of Disneyland, ‘the happiest place on Earth’. Alternatively, see the homes of Hollywood’s famous movie stars, or take a tour to Catalina Island.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Santa Monica > Las Vegas

      Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas. Revel in its glitz and glamour during your three night Special Stay at the luxurious Bellagio Las Vegas, in a fountain view room.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Las Vegas > Grand Canyon
      Enrich

      Adventure awaits as you fly to the western rim of the Grand Canyon, passing over Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Stop at Eagle Point and venture onto the glass-floored Skywalk Bridge for thrilling views of the eagle-like rock formation and Grand Canyon. Round off a wonderful day with lunch at Guano Point as you admire the beauty and magnificence of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 13 - Las Vegas

      Enjoy the wonders of this dazzling city at your leisure. Explore the famous Las Vegas Strip and allow its multitude of entertainment options to delight and in some cases even astonish you. This entertainment mecca is unlike any other on earth.

      Enrich

      Be mesmerised by the aquatic masterpiece that is Cirque du Soleil’s ‘O’. A world-class performance of dizzying choreography and powerful gymnastics has acrobats and divers soaring above you, and synchronised swimmers submerged in water below. You too will find yourself submerged in the drama created in this tapestry of artistry, surrealism and theatrical romance. A truly breathtaking experience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Zion National Park > Bryce Canyon

      Discover the wilderness of Zion National Park, a spectacular network of colourful canyons, forested mesas and striking deserts which attract a great variety of animal and bird life. Continue to the Grand Hotel for your overnight stay. Tonight, don your cowboy hat and boots and sing along to the western tunes at a rousing dinner show.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 15 - Bryce Canyon > Lake Powell

      Explore Bryce Canyon and learn about the forces that work to create the incredible rock formations known as ‘hoodoos’. Your sense of wonder and imagination will run wild as you find yourself amongst the largest collection of hoodoos in
      the world.

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      Enrich

      Cruise on Lake Powell and relish an up-close view of the amazing geology of this area. Cruise by towering Navajo sandstone geological formations with stunning red and burnt orange rocks, and see Glen Canyon Dam, the second largest concrete arch dam in the United States. A truly wonderful opportunity to view nature’s beauty from a different perspective.

      An overnight stay at Lake Powell Resort rounds off your day of discovery. You’ll get to take in jaw-dropping views of Wahweap Marina with its stunning sunsets, twinkling lights and occasional double rainbows, all set against the postcard backdrop of Tower Butte, Antelope Island and Navajo Mountain from your patio or balcony of your marina view room.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 16 - Monument Valley > Grand Canyon
      Enrich

      Embrace the thrill and adventure of a jeep safari tour of Monument Valley, the best way to truly experience this fascinating and rugged environment. Enjoy a tasty lunch in the desert prepared by members of the Navajo Nation. Today, you will experience the true nature and culture of the place the Navajos call Tse’Bii’Ndzisgaii, meaning a special place where ‘glittering golden reflects off the rocks’.

      Continue to the Grand Canyon for a two night stay at Yavapai East or similar.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 17 - Grand Canyon
      Enrich

      Discover the vastness of the Grand Canyon during a southern rim tour, followed by an unforgettable dinner right on the rim of this incredible natural spectacle.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 18 - Las Vegas

      Cross the desert and return to the oasis of Las Vegas for one more overnight Special Stay at the Bellagio, in a fountain view room.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 19 - Las Vegas

      Sadly, your wonderful journey through America’s South West ends today, but the memories will endure.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 6 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 13 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 2 memorable Special Stays
    • 30 meals - 18 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 10 dinners