Coast to Canyon Discovery    *alt*

16 days, from £3399
Titan
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Description

This grand tour emphasises the extraordinary scenic beauty of California and Arizona, and something of their rich heritage too. Explore the bewitching Pacific coast, the vine-clad Napa Valley, starkly beautiful deserts and the undoubted icons Yosemite National Park and the Grand Canyon. Take lunch aboard the vintage Napa Valley Wine Train and explore the Grand Canyon from its historic railway. Make a stop on Route 66 for a taste of retro Americana. And there are still plenty of city thrills to experience in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Itinerary


 Day 1

Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to Los Angeles. We overnight at an airport hotel (4T).


 Day 2

The scenic splendour of Californias Pacific coastline is first apparent on todays drive to Santa Barbara. In this great seafront city, we visit the Old Mission, its principal cultural and historical landmark for 200 years. Our hotel tonight is the beachfront Fess Parker DoubleTree Resort (4T) or Hotel Santa Barbara (4T).


 Day 3

We travel to Monterey, visiting hilltop Hearst Castle on the way, the breathtakingly grand estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, now designated a national monument. Relax for two nights at the Portola Hotel & Spa (4T).


 Day 4

There are more captivating Pacific views to appreciate this morning as we follow 17 Mile Drive, one of the worlds most picturesque drives, taking in coastal stretches both rugged and idyllic, along with the splendid golf links of Pebble Beach. There is free time to make your own explorations of delightful Carmel. In the afternoon, unwind at the hotel or join us on an optional visit to the magnificent Monterey Aquarium.


 Day 5

A morning drive takes us to iconic San Francisco. Cosmopolitan and liberal, attractive and elegant, San Fran has a character unique among great American cities. Our city tour takes in the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square and vibrant Chinatown, and the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway (4T) makes a comfortable base for two nights.


 Day 6

A day at leisure to enjoy San Francisco at your own pace, or join one of our optional activities and visits.


 Day 7

We travel northeast into the world-famous Napa wine-lands today, and savour a delicious lunch aboard the magical Napa Valley Wine Train, with its immaculately restored 100-year-old railcars and bygone charm. Our journey then continues to the Californian capital, Sacramento, where we stay at the Hyatt Regency (4T). The district of Old Sacramento, with its variety of characterful 19th century buildings, is a delight to explore.


 Day 8

One of the great highlights of this holiday is Yosemite National Park and, en route to our next overnight stop, we take some time to marvel at the natural majesty of its valley floor, taking in crystal-clear lakes, soaring mountains and lush forests from the comfort of an open-air tram. Our hotel for the night is the Marriott Visalia (3T).


 Day 9

A drive through the desert, with a stop in Barstow, takes us across the border into Nevada and the unmistakeable neon lights of Americas playground, Las Vegas. There really is nowhere quite like it for glitz and extravagance, and you certainly dont need to be a gambler to enjoy it - there are great museums, breathtaking shows and world class restaurants to appreciate. We stay at the iconic Luxor Las Vegas (4T), for two unforgettable nights.


 Day 10

Choose one of our optional excursions to visit monumental Hoover Dam or view Las Vegas glittering Strip on a thrilling helicopter flight. Or simply strike out and discover the citys unique attractions for yourself.


 Day 11

En route to Williams, we stop on Route 66, perhaps the most exhilarating and storied of roads, running from Chicago to Los Angeles. Our base for two nights is the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (3T) in Williams, a historic railway centre and gateway to the Grand Canyon.


 Day 12

For more than a century, the Grand Canyon Railway has whisked pleasure-trippers from Williams to one of the worlds great natural wonders. We ride these venerable rails and take plenty of time to marvel at the extraordinary canyon itself - 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and 1 mile deep, carved out by the Colorado River, now just a distant silver ribbon. Pre-bookable optional flights (fixed wing or helicopter) present further stunning views. We return to Williams by coach this evening.


 Day 13

Today we pass through the vast Colorado Plateau and the pertinently named Red Rock Country - the city of Sedona - surrounded by massive red-rock monoliths and breathtaking chasms. Kick back in Sedona or join an optional jeep safari to admire more sublime desert scenery. Our hotel in Scottsdale is the Marriott Suites Old Town (3T+) or Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale (3T).


 Day 14

A days drive back to the Pacific coast delivers us in Long Beach, a self-confessed giant playground in the heart of Southern California. We stay here at the Hotel Maya (4T).


 Day 15

Following a half day sightseeing tour of Los Angeles, introducing such evocative districts as Hollywood and Beverly Hills, along with downtown, Sunset Strip and the extraordinary Farmers Market, we transfer to Los Angeles Airport for a direct, scheduled Virgin Atlantic flight to London Heathrow.


 Day 16

Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.