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Las Vegas & California Road Trip

From the sophistication of San Francisco, to the extremes of Mother Nature in Yosemite, Death Valley & the Grand Canyon to the neon & hedonism of Las Vegas, this road trip is guaranteed to knock your socks off.

Tailor-made 2 weeks

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $998 per person economy class from London

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Itinerary

Overview

  • Cycle the Golden Gate Bridge & ride the cable cars in San Francisco
  • Hit the beach in Santa Cruz
  • Go off the beaten track in Yosemite
  • Visit the depths of the earth in Death Valley
  • Marvel at the Grand Canyon & the vertigo defying sky walk
  • Live it up in Las Vegas
This holiday is all about the big hitters, incorporating some of California's absolute highlights with Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. Your holiday begins in San Francisco, a city which is vibrant, diverse and proudly independent. By day you can cycle the Golden Gate Bridge, visit the sealions at Pier 39, watch the urban street artists at Fisherman's Wharf, walk in the footsteps of Al Capone on Alcatraz. By night, you can visit some of the city's many lively bars and restaurants. If you enjoy wine, then we can organise a guided tour for you in the Napa & Sonoma valleys, where you can visit some boutique wineries. After a few days in the city, your road trip begins and you head south to the spiritual home of surf in Santa Cruz. You can use this as your base to explore the Pacific Coast, or you could slow it all down and spend a couple of days on the beach. If surfing is your thing, then where better to have a go?

Leaving the Pacific Ocena behind, you then head inland to the white granite peaks, giant trees and breath-taking waterfalls which all form part of Yoesmite National Park. During your stay, you will have some time to explore independently and one day with a guide who will take you off the beaten track into the park. There is so much to see in Yosemite, around every corner there is a new view to take in.

From the dizzy heights of the half dome to the depths or the earth, your road trip continues to Death Valley, famed as the lowest and hottest place on earth. This barren and desolate landscape is to be seen to be believed. Prepare for scorching days - we recommend early starts.

Your road trip continues into Nevada, where your final base of the holiday is Las Vegas. You have a few days here, some of which you will want to spend experiencing the strip and exploring the different attractions. On one of your days, you will want to head out to the Grand Canyon West where we can arrange a day experiencing the canyon up close and personal. Top of our recommendations is a half day rafting trip on the Colorado River, followed by a helicopter ride to the rim, capped off with a walk on the vertigo-inducing Sky Walk.

Day-by-day

Please note, this trip is entirely customisable. We can extend this trip to 2 weeks, or add an extension to Los Angeles if required. Please contact us for details.

Brief Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Francisco
Day 2 San Francisco
Day 3 San Francisco (optional wine tour)
Day 4 Drive to Santa Cruz
Day 5 Santa Cruz
Day 6 Drive to Yosemite
Day 7 Yosemite Guided Hike
Day 8 Yosemite
Day 9 Drive to Death Valley
Day 10 Death Valley
Day 11 Drive to Las Vegas
Day 12 Las Vegas
Day 13 Las Vegas
Day 14 Grand Canyon West
Day 15 Depart

Full Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive San Francisco
You will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel

Day 2 San Francisco
Today you are at leisure in San Francisco. You might want to catch a cable car up to Fisherman's Wharf and wander down to pier 39 to see the sealions. If you have the energy, we suggest cycling all the way to Sausalito, where you can enjoy a relaxing lunch with fabulous views of San Francisco across the water. If you want to visit Alcatraz, make sure you have booked in advance.

Day 3 San Francisco (optional wine tour)
Today you have the option to go on a wine tour. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and transferred in a small minibus, which can carry a maximum of 13 people. During the tour, you will visit 4 - 6 boutique wineries in the Napa and/or Sonoma Valleys. You will be visiting a mix of smaller and larger wineries and will also have a chance to request stops along the way.

Day 4 Drive to Santa Cruz
This morning you will pick up your hire car and drive to Santa Cruz. Located on the Pacific Ocean, this town is the spiritual home of Californian surfing. With a beach right across the road from your hotel, you can rent body boards or simply lie back and catch some rays. Later in the afternoon, you can wander down to the Boardwalk where you can ride on roller coasters to your heart's content.

Day 5 Santa Cruz
Today is free to relax in Santa Cruz. You could spend some time exploring the local beaches, or maybe book a surf lesson?

Day 6 Drive to Yosemite
Today you drive to Yosemite National Park. In the late afternoon, you might want to rent bikes so that you can get a scale of the surrounding peaks.

Day 7 Yosemite Guided Hike
You will meet your guide in the Yosemite Valley in the morning. You will have a full day together. Depending on what your preferences are, you can either go for a day hike, or a gentler walk taking in some of the less well known areas of the park.

Day 8 Yosemite
You might want to further explore Valley today to visit some of the famous viewpoints in the park. Glacier Point is a particularly beautiful spot with jaw dropping views of the Half Dome. Don't forget your swimming costumes, as there are several opportunities for river swimming along the way; the perfect way to cool off.

Day 9 Drive to Death Valley
Today is a long drive, taking you from the heights of the Sierra Nevada to the lowest point on earth. Pack a picnic, as you will pass some beautiful viewpoints as you drive over Tioga Pass. Death Valley is a barren and stark desert holding the record for the America's hottest temperature (57C) Summer temperatures regularly hit the high 40'sC, so you will want to spend the middle of the day inside and save exploring for the evening and early morning. There is a visitor's centre in Furnace Creek where you will be able to get advice on the highlights of the area. Zabriskie Point offers some spectacular views and at Badwater you have the opportunity to walk out on a boardwalk over vast salt flats.

Day 10 Death Valley
Today you have the day to explore Death Valley.

Day 11 Drive to Las Vegas
Today you drive to Las Vegas.

Day 12 Las Vegas
Today is a day to yourselves in the original Sin City. Cruise the strip, visit casinos and stay up all night in the city of neon. If you want help booking tickets to see one of the many shows on offer, please get in touch.

Day 13 Las Vegas
Another free day to take in the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Day 14 Grand Canyon West
Today we suggest you get up early and drive to Grand Canyon West. Not actually part of the Grand Canyon National Park, this part of the Grand Canyon is owned by the Hualapai Nation. A visit to the see-through skywalk is a must and you also have the option of a day's rafting on the Colorado River at the bottom of the Canyon, before catching a helicopter ride to the top.

Day 15 Depart

Accommodation


Guide price is based on recommended accommodations. Alternative accommodations and upgrades are available. Please get in touch or click on 'alternatives' below for alternatives and upgrade options.

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- Union Square location
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Fitness Centre
- Excellent mid-range option

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- Good value hotel
- Union Square Location
- Modern rooms
- Swimming Pool

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- Superb Value
- Laid-back accommodation
- Excellent family suites

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8/10

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- Smart, chic hotel
- Direct Beach Access
- Private Balcony

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9/10

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- Delightful cabin accommodation
- Forest location
- On the edge of Yosemite
- Large swimming pool

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- Prime position in Death Valley
- 2 swimming pools

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9/10

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- Excellent family choice
- Walking distance from the strip
- Sophisticated, smart and safe
- Roof terrace & pool

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Price rating 5

- Luxury Hotel
- Excellent Location
- The Ultimate Las Vegas Treat

Details

Getting there

This holiday begins in San Francisco and ends in Las Vegas. Both of these destinations are serviced by direct flights from the UK with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. From November to March, flights will cost from £670, April - June, these prices increase to from £770 and then in the peak season they jump to £1,100, but there may be better prices available during the sales. It is often cheaper to fly mid-week, rather than at the weekend. Please get in touch for a quote.

When is best?

This holiday is available all year round, but if you are travelling without children, we recommend avoiding July & August due to the increased flight prices. The weather is warmer in the summer, but the Central Coast & San Francisco areas can become shrouded in fog, especially in the mornings and evenings. Our favourite times for this holiday are April - June and September - October. Please note that the road from Yosemite - Death Valley can become impassable due to snow. When this happens, we will recommend a detour which may increase the driving times.

What customers are saying after travelling with Tourdust

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  • Everything worked perfectly! We all found our trekking experience to be the best part of our adventures in Morocco. We were particularly pleased with our guide, Hussain; he did a brilliant job. He is thoughtful, knowledgable, and sweet. He represents you well.

    MissingJacob Moffat reviewing Atlas Valleys & Villages Comfort Treks on 09 March 2017

  • Thanks for organising an excellent holiday for us. It's my first time using Tourdust and I've been really impressed and will certainly be recommending you to friends and family. You provided an excellent level of service all the way through, and the bespoke nature of the trip was fantastic whilst being really good value for money.
    Key highlights:
    - Le Kasbah de Toubkal blew us away - one not to miss!
    - The trek was amazing and my kids loved it. The camping was really fun, the food was excellent, and I'd particularly call out our guide Rashid who was fantastic show especially with my kids.
    - Riad Adore was outstanding - far exceeding my expectations - it was beautiful and we were very well looked after
    - Le Doux Tour was luxurious and a nice relaxing way to end the holiday.
    - Logistics were great and our main driver Mustapha was brilliant

    If there was one build / thing I would change, it's a very small one but some candles / lanterns to use in the evening whilst camping would have made it easier to stay outside for a bit longer.

    MissingMark Dilley reviewing Boutique Marrakech & Atlas Mountains on 07 June 2016

  • Truly another world. The sky was enormous and the summits snow covered. Blue irises, wild herbs and fruit trees flowered on the slopes. Even as I toiled up the dry river bed I gazed in admiration.

    Without exception, everyone was courteous and welcoming. Food was good ( and far too plentiful); accommodation clean. Above all-everything worked! A pick-up was promised for 9.00am. At 8.55 the doorbell rang. Impeccable.

    No praise is too high for the organisation and staff. I am definitely going back.

    MissingTerence Humphreys reviewing Classic Atlas Valleys & Villages Trek on 16 May 2016

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