Highlights of California & the Golden West
- Explore the highlights of California & Nevada on this 14-night guided holiday to USA.
- Enjoy full day guided tours & time at leisure in San Francisco & Los Angeles.
- Savour the flavours of the region with a full day tour to the wineries of Sonoma.
- Take in stunning views of granite cliffs & ancient sequoias on an excursion to Yosemite.
- Discover the mining Ghost Towns of the Mojave Desert on a half day excursion.
- Be dazzled by the bright lights of Las Vegas with a guided tour & free time in the city.
- Includes 13 nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
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Your Guided Group Holiday To California & the Golden West Coast
Travel with us on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to California and the Golden West. We’ll begin our unforgettable journey in San Francisco, taking in the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown. Next, leave the city behind for California's Central Valley, which is bordered on the west by the coastal mountain ranges and on the east by Yosemite National Park. In Yosemite, we’ll gaze upon towering rock formations and beautiful waterfalls, taking in views of Half Dome and El Capitan. We’ll continue our journey to enjoy awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites like Carmel Bay as we travel along the dazzling Pacific Ocean Coast’s 17-Mile Drive. Visit the playground of the rich and famous in Los Angeles, where you can spend your time shopping, sightseeing or just exploring Hollywood. Finally, place your bets in the ever-changing, fantasy land that is Las Vegas where you can spend your time visiting casinos or sipping drinks by the pool.
Please note that visas are required for travel on this tour. Please visit our visa information page for more information.
Activity Level: Busy
Travel to USA
Arrive in San Francisco
Depart Dublin for your flight to San Francisco. On arrival you will be met by your local expert guide and transferred to your hotel in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Guided Excursion to Sausalito & San Francisco Bay
Enjoy a guided excursion to Sausalito, an enchanting waterfront town with a rich maritime history. From the shops and artwork to the restaurants and outdoor activities, it's hard not to be reminded of the close ties to the San Francisco Bay. From there you will ferry across the Bay from Sausalito to San Francisco, with views of Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Marin and Tiburon headlands en route. This is a wonderful way to get a feel for the scope and history of the famous San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco City Tour
Departing from Pier 33 you will embark on an afternoon city tour of the diverse and exciting San Francisco city. You will have free time for dinner at your leisure in San Francisco before returning to Marin County via The Golden Gate Bridge.
Free Time in San Francisco
Enjoy a full day in San Francisco at your leisure. You will have ample time to explore the city at your own pace. Ride the trams, visit one of the many museums or even take the ferry to Alcatraz, the infamous prison located in the middle of San Francisco Bay. (To avoid disappointment, tickets for Alcatraz can be booked in advance on https://www.alcatrazcruises.com/ ) You can even hang out with the seals at Pier 39 in the Fisherman's Wharf district. Your guide will be on hand to make suggestions to suit your taste.
Vineyards of Sonoma
Guided Tour of the Vineyards of Sonoma
California wine is immensely popular throughout the world so today you will explore the vineyards of Sonoma. Visit the Benziger Estate and join their Vineyard Tram Tour which will give you a close-up look at the Biodynamic vineyards, the fermentation facility, crush pad, and the barrel caves. You will end your tour with a tasting of the final product. Enjoy some free time at your leisure before heading east towards Yosemite National Park. Approximate distance from Sonoma to Coarsegold: 345km
Yosemite National Park
Visit Yosemite National Park
Today you will visit one of the jewels of the American National Park Service; Yosemite. Famed for its giant, ancient sequoias, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome, Yosemite offers views unlike anything you have seen before. Remember to keep an an eye out for bears!
17 Mile Drive
Journey West along the 17 Mile Drive
Journey west along the 17 Mile Drive, located on the Monterey Peninsula, widely recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world. This famous coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach, from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest. Enjoy the awe-inspiring vistas and legendary sites such as The Lone Cypress, Spanish Bay, Cypress Point Lookout and Carmel Bay en route to your hotel in Monterey. Approximate distance from Coarsegold to Monteray: 262km
Monterey at Leisure
Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in Monterey as you get to know your new surroundings
San Simeon & Atascadero
Visit San Simeon
Depart Monterey and continue down the coast towards San Simeon, home to Hearst Castle. You will explore this incredible home, built by William Randolph Hearst, a hilltop complex including a twin-towered main building, three sumptuous guesthouses, and 127 acres of terraced gardens, fountains, and pools. Approximate distance from Monteray to San Simeon: 245km
Free Time in Atascadero
Depart San Simeon and head towards your hotel in Atascadero. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to spend as you wish. Approximate distance from San Simeon to Atascadero: 70km
Visit Solvang Village
Depart San Luis Obispo and journey towards Los Angeles, the center of the nation's film and television industry. Enjoy a stop en route in Solvang, a village famed for its authentic Danish feel, pretty windmills and wonderful Danish bakeries. Upon arrival in Los Angeles you will have the remainder of the day at leisure. Approximate distance from Atascadero to Solvang 106km and from Solvang to Los Angeles 204km
Full Day Guided Tour of Los Angeles
Embark on a full day tour of Los Angeles and its surrounding areas to include Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, the Walk of Fame and views of the Chinese Theatre. You will also have the opportunity to experience a behind the scenes tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards and the Oscars.
Enjoy some free time at leisure to explore this vibrant city and have dinner at your leisure before returning to your hotel.
Free Time in L.A.
You will have the full day at leisure to explore the star-studded city of Los Angeles further at your own pace.
Your guide will be happy to suggest activities to suit your interests.
Mojave Desert & Calico
Travel Through the Mojave Desert
Say goodbye to Los Angeles and head inland, travelling through the Mojave Desert, towards the lights and glamour of Las Vegas. En route you will enjoy a visit to Calico, a genuine old West mining town set in the Calico Mountains, which is now a Ghost Town. With a welcome by cowboys and sheriffs in old-style outfits, you will feel like you are going back to the Far West of the 1880s Approximate distance from Los Angeles to Calico 201km
You will arrive in to Las Vegas in the late afternoon, checking in to your hotel that is located on the famous strip. You will have the remainder of the day at leisure to discover all this exciting city has to offer. Famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options, you will have ample time to explore the 4 mile long Strip. Approximate distance from Calico to Las Vegas 240km
Las Vegas at Leisure or Optional Helicopter Excursions
Las Vegas at Leisure
You will have the full day at leisure to experience Las Vegas at your own pace. From incredible themed hotel casinos, shopping options galore, shows for every genre, not to mention gambling, Las Vegas has it all. Alternatively, you can book an optional helicopter excursion over the Grand Canyon via our Sales team. Advanced booking is essential so please enquire directly for further details.
Please Note: Optional Helicopter Excursions
Option 1 : The Golden Eagle Optional Excursion is a helicopter flight over Grand Canyon West Rim. This flight is perfect for passengers who are pressed for time and desire to see as much of the Grand Canyon as possible. The tour includes aerial views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead as well as the spectacular Grand Canyon. Option 2 :The Grand Celebration Optional Excursion is a helicopter flight over and into the Grand Canyon West Rim. This helicopter tour provides stunning aerial views of Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, and Grand Canyon West. Additionally, this tour lands at the bottom of the canyon on a private plateau overlooking the mighty Colorado River. There, guests enjoy a champagne picnic and refreshments while surrounded by the awe-inspiring grandeur that is the Grand Canyon. It is truly an experience unlike any other. (Please note - For both of the above optional excursions the body weight of each individual passenger (pounds, kilos or stones) is required upon booking. Flights are from Boulder City Terminal and price includes hotel pick-up and drop-off. Helicopter flights are subject to availability and weather conditions. Timing of flights will be advised with final documents)
Hoover Dam & Lake Mead
Guided Trip to Lake Mead and Hoover Dam
Enjoy a trip out to Lake Mead, a 220km long lake that stretches from Grand Canyon National Park to Bullhead City. You will experience a guided tour of the power plant at Hoover Dam, one of the largest dams in the United States, which is situated on the famous Colorado River.
Free Time in Las Vegas
Indulge in another afternoon and evening at leisure in the iconic Las Vegas. Why not relax by the pool, enjoy some shopping or try your luck at one of the many casinos?
Bid farewell to the bright lights of Las Vegas as you transfer to the airport in the early morning for your overnight flight home to Dublin.
Arrive home following your once in a lifetime adventure through California & the Golden West.
Know before you go
Will I be met at the airport?
You will be met on arrival at your destination airport and transferred to your accommodation. You will be accompanied on all included excursions by your guide. Your expert local guide is also available to give you tips and advice on any aspect of your holiday.
Do I need a Visa?
Please visit our visa page for information on requirements for each country's entry requirements
What if there is an emergency?
We have local representatives in all of our destinations who are available 24/7 as well as an emergency contact number for our offices in Ireland should you ever need it.
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