Rock formations in Utah

15 day Escorted Tour itinerary

Western Discovery Tour

  • Canada & USA
  • USA

An epic adventure

Visit the big cities of California and stunning national parks of California, Arizona and Utah. You'll start at the coast, and travel inland through Hollywood's playground; Palm Springs, then on to the magnificent Monument valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion. After a few nights in the bright lights of Las Vegas, continue through Death Valley and Yosemite until you reach iconic San Francisco. You'll finally travel down the scenic Pacific Coast Highway through quaint seaside towns until you arrive back in Los Angeles.

Selected departure dates are available between January and December.
 

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore the stunning National Parks of Arizona and Utah
  • Visit San Francisco's iconic landmarks
  • Roll the dice in Las Vegas
  • Pass through picturesque seaside towns along the Pacific Coast
  • Find your favourite star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
15 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • International flights
  • 14 nights hotels accommodation
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Full day visit and tour of San Diego
  • Visit the glamorous desert retreat of Palm Springs
  • Tour the Navajo Indian Reservation and visit Monument Valley
  • Walk along the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Shop at discount designer outlets in Las Vegas
  • Escorted walk to Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park
  • Sightseeing tour of San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including Beverly Hills and Hollywood, and the famous stars in the sidewalk (Walk of Fame)
Not included
  • Optional excursions
  • Tips for the guide and drive

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to the hotel where you will meet your Tour Director and enjoy your first night in Los Angeles.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Anaheim or similar

Travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California, renowned for its year-round mild weather. Following a city tour, visit picturesque Seaport Village and San Diego’s relaxing bayfront marketplace. Perhaps enjoy the opportunity for shopping. Return to Los Angeles for the evening to relax.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Holiday Inn Anaheim or similar

Today your journey takes you through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. Afterwards you will pass through Indio, home to the Int’l Date Festival in the Coachella Valley.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • We Ko Pa Resort or similar

Travel through the Sonoran Desert, the richest, most biologically diverse desert ecosystem in the Americas. Continue to Sedona, a city situated in a unique geological area and encircled by distinctive red-rock monoliths with such names as Cathedral and Coffee Pot. Then drive through the breathtaking Oak Creek Canyon before arriving at Grand Canyon National Park. Majestic Grand Canyon National Park is one of the 7 great natural wonders of the world. Stop at the rim to fully experience this mile-deep colourful canyon’s plunging gorges, and rising spires formed by the mighty Colorado River.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Yavapai West or similar

As you journey further today, you will enter the Navajo Indian Reservation, passing the trading post of Cameron. Continue through the Painted Desert to visit Monument Valley, an area that embodies perhaps the most iconic images of the American West. In the afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River before enjoying an evening at leisure.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Best Western Lake Powell or similar

Visit the mighty Glen Canyon Dam, the second highest concrete-arch dam in America. From here you’ll enjoy views of stunning Lake Powell, where crystal blue water laps against towering red-rock canyon walls. Enter the Mormon state of Utah, pass through the town of Kanab before visiting spectacular Bryce Canyon, where a tour through a multi-coloured world of sandstone spires and pinnacles will dazzle the eye. This evening, weather permitting, be sure to gaze upon the spectacular night sky filled with sparkling stars and brilliant constellations and take in the aroma of pinewood campfire.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Ruby's Inn or similar

Travel today to Zion National Park and see the massive rock formations carved by wind, time, and the Virgin River. This afternoon experience the contrast of Las Vegas, the dazzling “Entertainment Capital of the World”, where round-the-clock shopping, nightly shows, and of course gambling are available.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Luxor or similar

Today is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-calibre shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip to take in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • The Luxor or similar

Today starts with a stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture your photo memory of Las Vegas. Having enjoyed glamorous Las Vegas, it will be a sharp contrast this afternoon to enter the quiet and extreme environment of Death Valley. Stop at Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek Ranch before continuing across the valley and ascending the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the alpine resort town of Mammoth Lakes**. The area gained prominence as a gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.

**Winter Routing The Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will overnight in Fresno or Visalia and a visit to Mammoth Lakes will not be possible (winter routing applies to all departures between October and May under normal snow conditions).

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar

Arise with the morning sun and join us for an optional seasonal scenic gondola ride to the summit of Mammoth and enjoy a tasty breakfast as you survey a most stunning view of California from its desert floor to its lofty peaks. Next, your journey today brings you to the Tioga Pass** into the scenic wonderland of Yosemite National Park. Here, you will experience the valley floor and its splendours including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Modesto.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Modesto Hotel or similar

Depart early this morning to arrive in San Francisco, one of the most beloved cities in America. “Q Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair Q ". Enjoy a comprehensive sightseeing tour before arriving at your hotel. This evening take a memorable City by Night Tour (optional).

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square or similar

Day at leisure! Your ATI Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day, perhaps a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marinato watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and ”Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square fora shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery (optional).

Overnight Accommodation

  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square or similar

Depart San Francisco this morning for the drive to the Monterey Peninsula, known for its magnificent homes and lovely beaches. In Monterey, visit Fisherman’s Wharf and famous Cannery Row. Then tour charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, noted for its quaint houses, upscale art galleries and unique stores. In the afternoon your tour continues through Paso Robles, home of fine wineries. Overnight in a quaint Central California Coast town.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Radisson Santa Maria or similar

Journey south through the Santa Ynez Valley into Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Upon arrival in Los Angeles, you’ll stop in Santa Monica, home to the “Finish Line” of Historic Route 66, where you may enjoy an optional lunch on the pier or a beach bike ride. Your afternoon tour of “The City of Angels” continues with Beverly Hills and Hollywood before arriving at your hotel.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • Custom Hotel LAX or similar

Your tour ends upon check out from your hotel. Make your way to the airport for your journey home or alternatively extend your stay and enjoy a final few days on your western discovery adventure.

Points of Interest

  • Los Angeles

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Santa Monica
    • Have lunch on the beach
    • Take a bike tour of Santa Monica
  • Grand Canyon National Park

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit this awe inspiring National Park
    • Fantastic views from the rim
    • Take a helicopter flight over the Canyon
  • Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit spectacular Bryce Canyon and walk the rim
    • Tour the Navajo Indian Reservation
    • Visit stunning Lake Powell
  • Las Vegas

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take a Las Vegas by night tour
    • Ride the 550 foot High Roller
    • Take a Gondola Ride or climb the stairs of the Eiffel Tower
  • San Francisco

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take part in a sightseeing tour of the city
    • Explore Fisherman's Wharf
    • Visit the notorious island prison of Alcatraz