There are few places in the world that generate more iconic imagery than California and the western USA: the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, whose towering sandstone pillars are immortalised in countless Westerns, the Painted Desert, Yosemite Valley, the Mojave Desert, the astonishing national parks of Bryce Canyon and Zion and the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada.
And then the unique cities: San Francisco, sophisticated metropolis and one the most beautiful cities in the world; Los Angeles, of Hollywood glamour and miles of pristine beaches; San Diego, the classic southern Californian city with its Maritime Museum and famous Zoo; and Las Vegas, self-styled ‘entertainment capital of the world’. Enjoy it all over 15 glorious days.
The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and includes scheduled direct flights to Los Angeles and returning from San Francisco, 13 nights accommodation on room only basis with four continental breakfasts included in three and four-star hotels, all tours and National Park entrance fees as mentioned, guided city tours of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, porterage of one item of luggage per person, the services of a Riviera Tour Manager. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement (date dependant) of £429 to £589 per person.
There are no current health requirements for the USA. Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest. This tour also reaches an altitude of 8,000ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.
To make the most of your trip, we recommend you check the Foreign Office website at www.fco.gov.uk/travel or call the Foreign Office Travel Advice Unit on 0845 850 2829.
Fly to Los Angeles.
Today we have a morning tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip, Santa Monica and Venice beach. During the afternoon we head south to San Diego.
We take a morning tour of San Diego, after which your are free to explore the attractions of the city.
After breakfast we leave the coast driving through the Mojave Desert towards Phoenix, our destination for the evening, stopping for lunch at Yuma.
Leaving Phoenix we drive through the Sonora Desert, Oak Creek Canyon and then on towards the Grand Canyon itself, taking time to visit some of the best viewing points.
Starting your day at the Desert View Watchtower, we drive through a 16 million-arche Navajo Indian Reservation, towards Monument Valley.
After an early start, stopping at Glen Canyon Dam, we cross into the Mormon state of Utah and arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park.
This morning we continue to Zion National Park, in the afternoon we drive towards the glittering bright lights of Las Vegas. Tonight we have the option of a ‘Vegas by Night’ tour.
Today we have a full day at leisure to explore the self-styled ‘entertainment capital of the world’, you could see all the sights of the world recreated in one place.
Driving through the Mojave Desert and the mountains of the Sierra Nevada, we cross the Tehachapi Pass, through the vast fertile plains of the San Joaquin Valley arriving Oakhurst just outside Yosemite National Park.
This morning we enter the park and drive through incredible scenery to Yosemite Valley itself, continuing on to San Francisco.
This morning we have a guided tour of San Francisco, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Lombard Street and Union Square. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Our final full day and there’s still so much to do! Amble through Chinatown, viist the once predominantly Italian North Beach, alternatively, there’s an optional trip to visit Muir Woods, its free for you to decide.
Our flights depart in the late afternoon, so why not use your final morning for some last minute shopping – Macy’s department store is always popular and is located very centrally on nearby Union Square.