25 October 2016
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle over on this wonderful tour around probably the most popular tourist area in America. Beginning and ending in Las Vegas, over 10 days you will visit great cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles and see natural wonders like the stunning Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park and make that famous drive on Highway 1 along the beautiful Californian coast. This tour is guaranteed to leave you with so many great memories.
Welcome to Las Vegas, a desert oasis of neon lights, non-stop excitement and fun around every corner. On arrival at McCarran International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your tour director. Free time this evening allows you to walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest star-studded show, or enjoy breathtaking views during a 30-minute ride on the all-new, 550-foot tall “High Roller”.
Today you see the Grand Canyon at its best … from the air and ground. Your adventure begins when you board a private aircraft and fly over the Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. Glide over the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert, Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Land at the local airport and a coach is waiting for a tour along the rim. After a picnic lunch, take a stroll before returning to the aircraft for your flight back to Vegas. This evening join your fellow travellers for a welcome reception.
This morning take a short flight on a private aircraft from Las Vegas to Merced, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. On arrival board a coach and retrace the original route to Yosemite along Highway 140, the first route into the park that brought intrepid travellers directly to the valley floor along the Merced River Canyon. Inside the park see some of Yosemite’s most famous and awe-inspiring scenery, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, and Bridalveil Falls.
Leaving the wonder of Yosemite behind, today you’ll make your way west by coach to Northern California’s beloved City by the Bay, San Francisco. En route visit a winery in the famed Napa Valley and explore the quaint town of Sonoma. Considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco’s 49 square miles of distinctive terrain – water on one side, hills on the other – leads to spectacular views, a multitude of ethnically diverse neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind experiences.
This morning, a comprehensive city tour provides a fun and exciting way to appreciate many of San Francisco’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. And you’ll set sail into the Bay, passing the famous Pier 39 sea lions while making your way along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline before circling notorious Alcatraz Island. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city and ride one of those historic cable cars.
Head south today on an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Hugging the Pacific coast while passing emerald green fairways and stunning estates, this coastal landmark ends at Pebble Beach. Visit Monterey and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront then continue south along Pacific Coast Highway’s twisting, cliff-hugging route to Carmel and Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Pass Hearst Castle and stay tonight at San Luis Obispo.
Another mode of transport today as after breakfast and free time to explore the charming town of San Luis Obispo you board Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner and journey south towards Los Angeles. The train tracks hug the Pacific Coast and you will enjoy superb views from your business class seating. Your train passes through Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera,” and the classic beach town of Ventura. Then further south you arrive in downtown Los Angeles.
Today’s comprehensive tour of Los Angeles enables you to get a true taste of Southern California. You’ll explore the seaside communities of Marina del Rey, Venice, whose boardwalk is famous for its Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers. Also see some of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood while checking out the Walk of Fame where more than 2,400 stars are embedded in the sidewalk, Sunset Strip, and Beverly Hills where you might catch a celebrity shopper along Rodeo Drive.
See more of the sights in the City of Angles this morning and catch up on some last minute souvenir shopping before being picked up and driven to the airport for your flight back to Las Vegas in a private aircraft. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel and the remainder of the day and the evening is free for you to go out and do lots of the fun things that make Vegas one of the world's most popular destinations. And if you're feeling lucky, why not try to win back some of your holiday money in one of the mind-blowing casinos.
Today your wonderful Wings over the West tour of California, Arizona and Nevada comes to an end. Possibly time for some shopping or sightseeing before heading back to McCarran International Airport to catch an onward flight and explore more of America or begin your journey home, having experienced some of the best sights and scenery that the States has to offer.
Standard fr £2245pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated