- If you’re going to San Francisco...
Be sure to enjoy an included tour of this iconic city.
- A Grand Adventure
Head to the most famous Canyon of them all.
- Big Show
Bixby Bridge near Big Sur is one of the best-known spots on California Highway 1.
- Hearst Castle
Admire the architectural oasis near San Simeon.
- Joshua Tree National Park
Explore this national park where two deserts meet.
- Las Vegas
Stroll along ‘the strip’ – Las Vegas’ glittering avenue.
- Luxurious Palm Springs
Stay in this famous resort which was once home to the stars.
- Wonders of nature
Yosemite National Park is home to breathtaking giant sequoia trees.
- VIP door to door
Discover the American west coast from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Explore America’s west coast, from the bright lights of Los Angeles to the awesome beauty of the Grand Canyon. After starting your tour in the ‘city of Angels’ you’ll head for Joshua Tree National Park where the Mojave and Colorado deserts collide. Explore this remarkable park before touring Palm Springs – once home to stars such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
Other highlights of this tour will include a stop on famous Route 66, a visit to mighty Yosemite National Park, sparkling Las Vegas with its famous ‘Strip’, and a famous part of California’s scenic coastline – ‘Big Sur’. From the Grand Canyon to a taste of the region on a visit to a San Francisco vineyard, this new tour offers the chance to enjoy and explore America’s fascinating west coast.
14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
12 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch, 1 dinner
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- City tour of Los Angeles
- Tour of stars homes in Palm Springs
- See the Grand Canyon South Rim
- Visit to Calico Ghost Town
- Visit Yosemite National Park
- Tour of Carmel
- Joshua Tree National Park
- See Hearst Castle
- City tour of San Francisco
- Vineyard tour
Day 1 UK to Los Angeles
After taking Saga's included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart on your flight to Los Angeles.
On arrival transfer to locally rated 3-star Best Western Plus Avita Suites – Torrance Hotel where you stay for two nights. Facilities at the hotel include a breakfast area, and fitness centre. Each of the 66 air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi.
Day 2 Los Angeles
Your morning starts with a guided city tour by coach when you’ll see some of the city’s highlights which may include the iconic Hollywood sign and the TCL Chinese Theatre, with its cemented autographs, hand and footprints of Hollywood stars past and present.
This afternoon look forward to spending time in famous Santa Monica – perfect for a stroll along the boardwalk or relaxing on the beach. B
Day 3 Los Angeles-Palm Springs
After breakfast you’ll travel to Palm Springs, one of the west coast’s most famous resorts. Palm Springs first became fashionable in around 1900, becoming particularly popular with movie stars from the 1930s onwards.
The town is also conveniently situated for Joshua Tree National park which you will visit today. Named a National Park in 1994, the park covers more than 1200 square miles and encompasses parts of the Mojave and the lower area of the Colorado deserts, fringed to the south west by the Little San Bernadino mountains. Look forward to learning about the park which is still essentially a desert wilderness. There are a choice of visitor centres, as well as free guided walks and talks in the company of the park rangers.
After your visit, continue to the locally rated 3-star Palm Mountain Resort & Spa at Palm Springs where you will stay for the next two nights. Facilities at the hotel include an outdoor swimming pool and terrace, access to a wellness centre a short distance away, and spa (charges apply), a coffee house, and snack bar. Each of the 122 air-conditioned bedrooms are equipped with a telephone, television, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and hairdryer. B
Day 4 Palm Springs
This morning enjoy a guided tour by coach taking in the exteriors of some of the homes of famous ‘stars’ who lived or live in Palm Springs.
Afterwards, the afternoon is at leisure to spend as you please. Perhaps explore further independently, or treat yourself to an optional ride on the Ariel Tramway. B
Day 5 Palm Springs-Flagstaff
After breakfast at your hotel travel to Flagstaff, via Sedona which has a picturesque location surrounded by sandstone cliffs, trees, bushes and cacti.
It may well look familiar as it's featured in many famous movies including John Wayne’s Tall in the Saddle and Robert De Niro’s Midnight Run. Upon arrival at the city of Flagstaff transfer to the Little America Flagstaff Hotel where you’ll stay for the next two nights. The city of Flagstaff lies in the Arizona Mountains on the iconic Route 66 and is home to an historic downtown area, a visitor centre and a choice of attractions. The city was founded in 1876 and named after a pine tree that was stripped of its branches and used as a flagpole to mark the wagon trail.
The locally rated 3-star Little America Flagstaff Hotel is situated within its own grounds, and facilities include a restaurant and bar. Each of the 247 bedrooms are equipped with a television, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe, and hairdryer. B
Day 6 Grand Canyon
Today you'll drive to the South Rim of the mighty Grand Canyon. One of the natural wonders of the world and surely America’s greatest natural phenomenon, the incredible gorge is 277 miles long, ten miles wide and one mile deep. It's best seen from the South Rim, and you'll make several stops here to look across the canyon and take in the view. You also have the opportunity to enjoy a spectacular optional helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to explore independently, returning to your hotel at the end of the day. B
Day 7 Flagstaff-Kingman
After breakfast, your tour heads west from Flagstaff through desert scenery towards the bright lights of Las Vegas in Nevada’s Mojave Desert.
En route you’ll stop at the town of Kingman which lies on the famous Route 66, a 2,400-mile long road, the origins of which date to the 1920s when it became an arterial road crossing the country from east to west. During the ‘dust bowl’ and Great Depression, some 210,000 people migrated along it to California, but by the 1950s the Route was regarded as redundant. Fortunately, it had won such a place in the heart of the American people that it was preserved and is in use today. The town of Kingman is one of the route’s main towns and home to a museum dedicated to Route 66 as well as a railroad museum and the Mohave Museum, plus traditional style diners and buildings.
Afterwards head for the bright lights of the city of Las Vegas, renowned for its 24-hour casinos and lively entertainment venues. Its main street, known as the Strip, stretches for over four miles and is lined with themed hotels whose elaborate displays include replicas of Egyptian pyramids and even the Venetian Grand Canal. Upon arrival look forward to an orientation tour from your Tour Manager before enjoying the evening at leisure and the opportunity to explore independently.
You’ll spend the next two nights at Harrah’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, situated on the famous strip. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, a spa and live entertainment (charges apply), six restaurants, a bar, and casino (charges apply). Each of the 2616, air-conditioned bedrooms is equipped with a television, telephone, safe, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. B
Day 8 Las Vegas
Enjoy today at leisure, Explore the many sights and spectacles of the strip or perhaps join an optional excursion. There are many sights within distance of the city including the famous Hoover Dam and Death Valley.
Please speak to your tour manager who will be able to advise you of the optional excursions available and their cost.
Day 9 Las Vegas to Bass Lake
Perhaps purchase some snacks to enjoy during your journey today, before leaving Las Vegas behind as you head for Bass Lake – a journey of approximately 450 miles.
You’ll travel via the ghost town of Calico, once a silver mining town and home to some 500 mines. Many of Calico’s buildings were restored to give a taste of what life was like in the town’s heyday. The town’s attractions include the opportunity to visit an old silver mine, a railway, buildings that are open such as the old schoolroom and others. The town is also reputed to have its own ghosts! (Please note charges may apply for some attractions.)
Afterwards your journey continues to the locally rated 4-star Pine Resort Bass Lake Hotel where you will stay for the next two nights. Bass Lake takes its name from the lake found here, which is around five miles long and fringed with alpine-like scenery. The Pines Resort Bass Lake is situated along the shores of the lake and is built in the style of a mountain lodge. Facilities at the hotel include two restaurants, a bar lounge, an outdoor swimming pool, tennis course, and spa (charges apply). Each of the 84 two-storey chalet bedrooms are equipped with a basic kitchen facilities, deck area, television and free Wi-Fi. Please note there are stairs in and around the chalets.
Day 10 Yosemite National Park
After breakfast set off for Yosemite National Park.
Look forward to exploring independently or perhaps treat yourself to one of the bus tours on offer at the park, taking in the valley floor, or glacier point (charges apply). There is also an informative visitor centre staffed by rangers as well as a wilderness centre (open May to October), a museum and heritage centre.
Return to your hotel after your visit. B
Day 11 Bass Lake-Carmel
Leave Yosemite behind today as you drive to the California Coast and the town of Carmel via 17-Mile Drive, a famous highway that is considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. Along the way look out for the Spanish Bay and the Lone Cypress tree, a prominent Californian landmark.
Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 3-star Carmel Mission Inn situated in the village of Carmel by the Sea, known for its scenery, museums, shops and more. Facilities at the Inn include a cafe, heated outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, spa (charges apply), and gardens. Each of the 165 air-conditioned bedrooms includes a television, telephone, fridge, coffee maker and safe. B
Day 12 Hearst Castle
Look forward to visiting Hearst Castle today, a journey of around two and a half hours, travelling along the stretch of Californian coastline known as the Big Sur, famed for its beautiful vistas. The 165-room castle was the former home of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst and was built between 1919 and 1947. Its highlights include art treasures, neo-classical style pools, beautiful grounds and sumptuous interiors. B
Day 13 Carmel-San Francisco
After breakfast you’ll depart for San Francisco, where you can look forward to enjoying a city tour.
Highlights of the city which you may see during your tour range from the oldest Chinatown in North America and the business district, to bustling Union Square and the city’s famous 43 hills with its iconic cable cars and trolley buses. Enjoy this evening at leisure to explore independently or perhaps join an optional night tour.
Spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hilton San Francisco or the Parc 55 Hotel. Facilities at the Hilton San Francisco include a choice of restaurants and dining areas, a bar, an outdoor pool and fitness room. Each of the 1,919 air-conditioned bedrooms is equipped with a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, safe and hairdryer. Facilities at the Parc 55 Hotel include two restaurants, a coffee shop and a fitness centre. There are 1039 air-conditioned rooms which each have a television, telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer, and complimentary Wi-Fi. B
Day 14 San Francisco
Travel across Sonoma County to visit the Jacuzzi Family Vineyard. The vineyard was established in 2007 by the grandson of Giovanni Jacuzzi, who emigrated to America from Italy in 1921 and was the inventor and manufacturer of the Jacuzzi bath. Covering a variety of terrains planted with different grapes, look forward to a tour of this Tuscan style vineyard. (A boxed lunch will be provided).
Later today enjoy an included farewell dinner on your last evening. L, D
Day 15 San Francisco- UK
Travel to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Day 16 UK
Arrive morning for your included VIP door-to-door travel service home.
Grand Canyon flight
Several different helicopter and fixed plane rides are available to show you the panoramic magnificence of the Grand Canyon. Your tour manager will be pleased to provide details of all these flights and help you make your choice.
Please note that marginal cloud cover can occasionally affect visibility.
Flights may be cancelled if the weather is bad.
Optional on 15 nights itinerary
The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Travel some two and a half miles along and over the Chino Canyon situated in Mt. San Jacinto State Park, as your aerial car slowly rotates providing a 360 degree view of the countryside below. At the mountain station take time out to enjoy the views from the observation deck, or treat yourself to a drink at one of the restaurants before stepping aboard for the return journey.
Optional on 15 nights itinerary
A few details about your hotels
You may find there is a variation in the style, layout and size of bedrooms, and the range of facilities available at each of the hotels in which you will stay on this tour. Breakfast is not included for every day of your tour. With the exception of your last day when you can enjoy an included farewell dinner, we have left you free to choose where to dine independently and at your own expense.
The style and choice of included breakfasts on this tour will vary greatly and may be buffet-style, waiter-served or a mixture of both. While some hotels will serve an American-style cooked breakfast others will serve a more modest continental-style breakfast in an informal, cafeteria style.
Please be aware that it is common practice in the USA for 3 and 4-star hotels to provide plastic cutlery and disposable cups and plates for continental breakfasts. All hotels either have a full-service restaurant or are located within walking distance of local restaurants.
On touring days, we will ensure that a stop is made for lunch, with adequate time allowed and a good choice of restaurants wherever possible. Approximate prices for meals within the USA range from $10 to $15 for lunch and $20 to $25 for dinner. You may expect to pay more in a luxury establishment and less in a fast-food restaurant.