Day 1: Monday
LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – ROUTE 1/17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL
Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. We head north to the world famous Route #1 where we get to see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full size coaches will travel the 17 mile drive exclusively). After our visit we visit the town of Carmel home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach our hotel for overnight.
Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport
Day 2: Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN
Today we understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We start our tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world famous bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Our tour ends with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge.
Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn
Day 3: Wednesday
MODESTO – YOSEMITE
Summer Route: We head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls.
In April and October, based on weather’s conditions we may operate our winter route:
Winter Route: We start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row after our tour we depart south a visit to the world famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tours the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century.
In the evening, drive south towards Las Vegas.
Overnight : Comfort Suites Stevenson Ranch.
Day 4: Thursday
STEVENSON RANCH – LAS VEGAS
Today’s route is east through the desert and Death Valley to arrive at the gambling capital of the world: Las Vegas. We stop for lunch at the outlet mall in Barstow, which is filled with all the famous brand names like, Levi’s, Nike, Reebok, Timberland, Ralph Lauren and more.
In the evening we take a tour of the strip to see some of the truly amazing hotels and fantasies that are built in the middle of the desert, such as Caesar’s Palace, Luxor, Mirage, Paris, Venetian, Bellagio, New York New York, Treasure Island and more. Finish off the evening at one of the many shows or try your hand at one of the many casinos’, who knows maybe lady luck will be smiling on you tonight.
Overnight: Harrah's Hotel .
Day 5: Friday
LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – LAKE POWELL
We start the day traveling South East through the desert and the through the Navajo Indian reservation before we come to the South Bank of “One of the 7 wonders of the world” the Grand Canyon. Tour along the south bank and learn how throughout the years the Colorado River carved its way down to the sea and created the wonderland for geologists. After lunch we continue along the canyon east stopping at some of the many Indian market places to browse the handmade arts and crafts.
Overnight – Quality Inn View of Lake Powell
Day 6: Saturday
LAKE POWELL – BRYCE CANYON
After breakfast we depart to the Lake Powell considered one of the most beautiful lakes in America, enjoy a boat cruise on the water and see the hundreds of private coves and the famous salt pillars and famous sand arches unique to the area. After the cruise we head west to Bryce Canyon home to the most amazing natural sculptures of the world.
Our tour will take us to see amazing rock and sand sculptures honed to perfection over thousands of years of rain wind and sunshine.
Experience the unique changing of the colors during the sunset from one of the vista points in the park (may change due to changing sunset times). After the visit we head towards the town of Kanab.
Overnight: Days Inn Kanab.
On certain departures tour will continue to Cedar City for overnight at the Comfort Inn, Cedar City.
Please note: Due to extreme drought in Lake Powell boat cruises are unavailable at this time. We will be adding a visit to Glen Canyon Dam and Horeshoe Bend until the situation changes.
Day 7: Sunday
ZION PARK – LAS VEGAS – LOS ANGELES
After breakfast we head into Zion Park.
This park got its name from the Mormon’s the settled in the area. They gave it this name after claiming that visiting the park is like a religious experience, the majesty of the mountains and silence of the wilderness make you feel like you have been transported to another place. Tour the park and enjoy a short walking trail along the Virgin River that runs through the park, before leaving this amazing area for an early evening arrival in Las Vegas, option for a late night return to Los Angeles.
• 6 nights hotel accommodation including tax and Continental Breakfast
• Air Conditioned Bus or Van & Professional Tour Guide
• Bay cruise in San Francisco & Admission to Yosemite National Park or Hearstcastle.
• Sightseeing in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and San Francisco, “The Strip” in Las Vegas
• Entrance to Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon and Zion Park
• Cruise on Lake Powell