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14 Day Western Discoverer
Trafalgar Coach Tour starting in Los Angeles and finishing in Los Angeles
Countries Visited: USA 
Trafalgar Brochure Operator: Trafalgar
Reviews: (1)
Category: Premium    Email a Friend
Duration: 14 Days    Compare Tour
From: Los Angeles to Los Angeles    Save to Shortlist
Tour Code: DWED
  

Tour Description

Delve into the heartland of America's West, from scenic Red Rock Country in Sedona, glamorous Las Vegas and the luscious vineyards of Napa Valley. See the city sights in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, experience the cactus-dotted desert landscapes of Arizona and relax in the seaside towns along California's coast as you journey through this eclectic and diverse location.

Sightseeing Highlights:

  • San Diego Enjoy an orientation tour including Old Town and Balboa Park.
  • Sedona Journey through the scenic Red Rock Country and Oak Creek Canyon.
  • Grand Canyon National Park Marvel at the sights from the South Rim.
  • Lake Powell Enjoy views of the lake and its impressive rock formations.
  • Bryce Canyon National Park View the pink and orange hoodoos.
  • Zion National Park See the massive rock formations and explore the canyon.
  • Las Vegas Spend two nights in the "Entertainment Capital of the World."
  • Yosemite National Park See Half Dome, El Capitan and spectacular waterfalls.
  • Napa Sonoma Valleys Drive along the scenic Carneros Highwayand visit a winery in Sonoma.
  • San Francisco Join a sightseeing tour of the city's main highlights.
  • San Juan Bautista Visit this historic Spanish Mission.
  • Monterey Travel along 17 Mile Drive and visit seaside Carmel.
  • San Simeon Tour the lavish Hearst Castle.
  • Santa Barbara Visit this beautiful beach resort town.
  • Los Angeles Take an orientation tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills

Insider Highlights

  • Be My Guest Enjoy lunch with your host at a family-owned winery in the Sonoma Valley and delight in local vintages paired with delicious cuisine.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert Join a local specialist for an informative presentation in the Grand Canyon.

First Class Travel Highlights

  • First Class hotel accommodation includes two-bedded rooms with private facilities, all hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.
  • Touring by luxury air-conditioned motorcoach with reclining seats and onboard restroom.
  • The services of one of Trafalgar’s top professional Tour Directors.
  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and Welcome on Tour book with map.
  • Complimentary airport transfers are provided on Day 1 and Day 14.

Dining Highlights

  • 13 full breakfasts
  • Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma
  • 6 evening meals:
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Los Angeles
  • 3 three-course dinners
  • Highlight Dinner with wine in San Francisco
  • Farewell Dinner with wine pairing in Santa Barbara

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1
Arrive Los Angeles
Welcome to the City of Angels! A complimentary transfer is provided to the tour hotel where your Tour Director will be on hand to greet you and answer any questions you may have about the exciting days ahead. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Tour Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception. Stay: Westin Long Beach
Day
2
Los Angeles – San Diego
Travel south along the Pacific to San Diego. Get acquainted on a guided tour of this sparkling city that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town to the gardens and Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some leisure time until you join your companions for a dinner. (B/D) Stay: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Day
3
San Diego – Scottsdale
Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you — keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. Your evening is at leisure. (FB) Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town
Day
4
Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park
Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Tonto National Forest on your way to the artists’ enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs and crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim and meet with a local specialist who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this wonder of the world. (FB) Stay: National Park Lodges
Day
5
Grand Canyon – Lake Powell – Zion Canyon National Park
Say good-bye to the Grand Canyon as you wind your way around its South Rim. See the glittering waters of Utah's Lake Powell before continuing to the gorgeous wonderland that is Zion National Park. Marvel at the graceful slot canyons, towering cliffs and awe-inspiring monoliths, all carved out over 200 million years from the orange sandstone. Enjoy dinner this evening with your fellow travellers. (B/D) Stay: Zion BW Park Inn
Day
6
Zion National Park – Las Vegas (2 nights)
Depart the natural beauty of Zion and head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip and enjoy the evening to relax or hit the town! We spend two nights in this man-made wonder, home to world-class casinos, top-rated shows and extravagant hotels. (FB) Stay: Paris Las Vegas
Day
7
Las Vegas Free Time
The choices are endless: Hit the casinos, do some shopping and enjoy lunch at one of the city’s elegant restaurants. If you’re feeling adventurous, take an optional tour to Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops and visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage. (FB)
Day
8
Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes
Today’s drive takes us through the Mojave Desert and into the eastern slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada. We arrive in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, a popular ski resort. This evening is at leisure. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of the May. In this case, we overnight in Fresno, at the Four Points By Sheraton.) (FB) Stay: Sierra Nevada Lodge
Day
9
Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park
Descend from the Sierra Nevada through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend the night here in one of the wild places that John Muir called “the hope of the world". (B/D) Stay: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Day
10
Yosemite – Napa/Sonoma – San Francisco (2 nights)
Heading down the slopes of the Sierra Nevada we travel through the bucolic landscape of the famous Napa and Sonoma valleys, home to world-renowned wineries. We travel along the scenic Carneros Highway and stop at a familyowned vineyard for an exclusive winery experience. We meet with the owners who take us on a private tour of their winery. We sample estate-produced wines and olive oil served with local artisan cheeses and cured meats, followed by a delicious luncheon of local fresh produce, served alfresco with sweeping views over the vineyards of the Sonoma Valley. We then journey south and cross the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening join us for a Highlight Dinner at a popular restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf. (B/BMGLHD) Stay: Hyatt Fisherman's Wharf
Day
11
San Francisco Sightseeing & Free Time
This morning we explore the main highlights of San Francisco, including Golden Gate Park, Telegraph Hill, North Beach and Fisherman’s Wharf. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore on your own. (FB)
Day
12
San Francisco – Carmel – Monterey
We venture south and visit the historic Mission San Juan Bautista. From here we make our way to Carmel, a retreat frequented by celebrities, writers and artists. Next we travel along the stunning coastline of 17 Mile Drive, home to multimillion dollar mansions and the Pebble Beach Golf Links. In the afternoon, we arrive at the seaside city of Monterey. This evening is at leisure in Monterey. (FB) Stay: Hotel Pacific
Day
13
Monterey – San Simeon – Santa Barbara
Travel south down the coast on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home of one of America’s most powerful men. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday and newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a fun Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Fess Parker's Doubletree Resort
Day
14
Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles
Wake to Santa Barbara’s golden beaches and elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood and see its landmark sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard and through Beverly Hills. A complimentary transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport and the tour hotel in Los Angeles if you’d like to extend your stay. (FB)

14 Day Western Discoverer Reviews

Tour reviews from past clients of Global Journeys. 1 Reviews. Average Rating 4.0 of 5.

A great tour covering all key highlights we hoped to see. The National Parks were amazing, and we enjoyed all other aspects as well. Loved the sightseeing in the city areas. Quite a hectic pace between San Diego & Las Vegas. We were all shattered by bedtime in Las Vegas. This was really the only downside. The Travel Director was very experienced & professional.

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Operating since 1947, Trafalgar offers a wide range of holidays to Europe, Britain, Egypt, USA, Canada, South America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They hosted over 2 million travellers worldwide and many return year after year.
Region: USA Guided: Tour Host & Driver Average Age: 35-60
Tour Type: Coach Tour Coach: 5 Star Flights: Not Included
Accommodation: 4 Star Max Group Size: 49 (Avg. 40) Airport Transfers: Available
Hotels: Central - Mostly Free Coach WiFi: Yes Tips: Option to Pre Purchase
* Source: Trafalgar for tours in USA . Some variances may occur on this tour and information is provided as a guide only.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is Trafalgar different from other escorted touring companies?

  • We have over 60 years of knowledge & expertise in the design of unforgettable touring holidays
  • We are international, award-winning for our unrivalled quality, service and reliability
  • We provide perfectly planned and balanced itineraries
  • We have the finest Tour Directors in the industry
  • You will stay in quality hotels carefully selected and conveniently located
  • You will enjoy authentic dining experiences
  • You will enjoy savings of up to 40% when compared with travelling independently

When can I expect to get my travel documents & itinerary?

Travel documents, including any air tickets, tour itinerary, hotel lists, and helpful hints and other information are sent approximately 20 days prior to your tour departure. Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant can organise these earlier if you are travelling before your holiday starts.

Who else will be travelling with me?

Good company enriches any travelling experience and your group will be made up of English-speaking people from around the world. On a Trafalgar tour you will take away far more than just fantastic memories – together you will share great times, swap terrific stories and form new lifelong friendships.

How many people will be on tour with me?

There will be a maximum of 49 people on your coach, however a Trafalgar coach carries an average of just 40 guests.

Will the coach be modern and comfortable?

With Trafalgar it's as great to travel as it is to arrive - we insist on using only the latest models of air-conditioned, luxury coaches, as well as high quality trains and cruise ships. For your comfort, smoking is not allowed onboard our coaches, however, there are plenty of rest stops for you to stretch your legs. You'll be chauffeur driven, door to door by a professional driver who will make your journey a relaxing pleasure. We use a state-of-the-art sound system for mood music with fascinating commentaries by your tour director.

Where will my hotel be located and what will it be like?

Trafalgar goes to great lengths to seek out the very best hotels because we know that where you stay each night is important to the enjoyment of your holiday. We, therefore, select hotels with great care. We only select hotels that are:

  • Perfectly located so that you are as close as possible to the most important attractions.
  • Monitored by our Quality Control team who rigorously check every little detail to ensure the service is impeccable and your enjoyment is complete.
  • Reputable brands, such as Hilton and Novotel, as well as high quality, privately-owned hotels.
  • Great value through our enormous buying power which enables us to negotiate deeper discounts and pass these savings on to you, our clients.

As part of your hassle-free holiday, when you arrive at your hotel, we will ensure that you are already checked in, your luggage is taken directly to your room and all hotel porterage, tips and gratuities are included.

What are Trafalgar Tour Directors like?

Sightseeing is fun but it's a Trafalgar Tour Director that really brings a destination to life. Our Tour Directors are the finest in the industry. Their local knowledge and unfailing friendliness provides you with a personalised “concierge” service which ensures you get the very best out of every single day. They are experienced travellers, learned historians and culture buffs. Through their in-depth expertise, you'll discover the history and be immersed in cultures of the places you visit.

Your Tour Directors can help interpret, show you how to get good value while shopping and how to spot a fake from the real deal. They make things smoother, more interesting and ultimately more enjoyable. They are your friend in an unfamiliar place.

Trafalgar also uses expert local guides to further enhance your sightseeing experience. When you are travelling on your own it's all too easy to pass through a place without touching the sides. That's why our expert local guides are so invaluable – they tell the less well known tales, relate the more curious stories, recall the most obscure events and reveal the best guarded secrets to ensure every moment is full of discovery and brimming with surprises.

What does the tour cost include?

The prices listed cover all accommodations, all applicable sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary, motorcoach, cruise or rail transportation, services of a professional Trafalgar Tour Director, all meals as shown in the itinerary and luggage handling.

Are tips included?

Trafalgar Tours has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as all baggage handling at hotels and ports. Tips to restaurant staff for meals are also included in the price of your tour. Tips are customarily given to your Tour Director, Driver and Local Guides at your discretion. The recommended amounts are: Tour Directors $4 per day, Drivers $2.50 per day and Local Guides $1 per day. The option to prepay these tips prior to departure is possible. Please ask your consultant to include this in your quote.

What is an 'Optional Activity'?

The ultimate way to personalise your Trafalgar experience. Our expertly crafted itineraries strike the perfect balance between making sure you visit all the “must see” highlights, whilst still enjoying ample free time to explore on your own or take one of our great value optional excursions. Our extensive variety of optional excursions are designed to work perfectly with your tour. They let you experience more of what you choose to see, but ensure that you don't pay for activities you are not interested in, allowing you more time to do what you enjoy most.

Do you have a share program for singles?

Many of our holidays are ideally designed for single or solo travellers. Every detail is taken care of, from start to finish, so all you need to do is enjoy your holiday in the company of like-minded travellers from around the world. Meals, activities and sightseeing are all shared with your new friends, so you will never be alone - unless you choose to do some exploring or relaxing by yourself. Accommodation can be booked as a private single room or like many of our clients, you may wish to share a twin room by taking advantage of our 'Room Mate Matching Service'. You will share a room with someone from your tour (same gender), so you can avoid paying a single room supplement, in addition to making a new friend.

What is Gold Seal Protection?

Gold Seal Protection is the most effective tool to give you peace of mind. For only $A 99 should you choose to cancel your guided holiday for any reason, prior to departure from Australia, we will refund your deposit and/or guided holiday payment. Gold Seal Protection must be paid with the deposit and cannot be added at any later date. Read Details. If you wish for us to include this protection in your quote, please let us know when completeing the 'Quote Request'.

Where can I find out more information on Trafalgar?

We have a dedicated section on our website providing more detailed information on Trafalgar including FAQ's on what you need to know before, during and after your travel; as well as information on their 'Touring Styles', and a comprehensive search facility to enable you to easily find more of their tours. Read more> (NB: This link will take you away from this tour itinerary page).


Know Before You Go

Trafalgar Know Before You Go GuideDownload this “Know Before You Go” Guide, filled with all the essential information you need to assist you in preparing for your tour. A complete guide to the USA and Canada including pre-tour information, on-tour facts, a state-by-state guide to the USA, a province-by-province guide to Canada and a city-by-city guide to Mexico. (2MB)

Airport Transfer Information

With Trafalgar you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by scheduled shuttle, minivan, private car, or taxi between designated airports and Trafalgar hotels on the scheduled starting and ending day of your tour. We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for anyone arriving before the scheduled starting day of the tour and/or leaving after the scheduled ending day of the tour. You may however purchase these transfers from Trafalgar provided that you also purchase your extra night(s) from Trafalgar. Flight information must be provided for our Treasure of the Yucatan and all Hawaii programs.

Please note: We regret that we are unable to provide complimentary transfers for passengers booking extra night accommodation.

Terms & Conditions:

Yep, all the boring small print! We still recommend you read it though, as no one likes surprises!

EARLYBIRD SAVINGS!
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FREQUENT TRAVELLER
Have you travelled with Trafalgar (or it's sister companies) before? Save an addtional 5%. Read more.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS!
Purchase selected holidays on a room sharing basis and don't pay the single supplement. Read more.
SECOND TOUR SAVINGS!
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START DATE END DATE BROCHURE
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26 Apr 2014 09 May 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
03 May 2014 16 May 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
10 May 2014 23 May 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
17 May 2014 30 May 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
24 May 2014 06 Jun 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
31 May 2014 13 Jun 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
07 Jun 2014 20 Jun 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
14 Jun 2014 27 Jun 2014 AU $3,695 AU $5,245 AU $335 AU $3,360  
21 Jun 2014 04 Jul 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
28 Jun 2014 11 Jul 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
05 Jul 2014 18 Jul 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
26 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
09 Aug 2014 22 Aug 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
16 Aug 2014 29 Aug 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,340 AU $340 AU $3,410  
30 Aug 2014 12 Sep 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,325 AU $340 AU $3,410  
06 Sep 2014 19 Sep 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,325 AU $340 AU $3,410  
13 Sep 2014 26 Sep 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,325 AU $340 AU $3,410  
27 Sep 2014 10 Oct 2014 AU $3,750 AU $5,325 AU $340 AU $3,410  
Note: The majority of departures above will proceed or are guaranteed to depart. We will outline the status of your departure date in your quote along with all applicable discounts and specials.
 

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