Los Angeles to San Francisco

8 days from 1,147pp

From ghost towns and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region’s best. At any of the sights you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.
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8 days Los Angeles to San Francisco

From 1,147 per person

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Classic

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 2 – Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 14, avg 10

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting:
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

Dunes Inn Sunset (or similar)

Day 2: Los Angeles/Laughlin

Look for celebs while heading out of town. Visit Calico Ghost Town en route to Laughlin.

Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world’s most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive.

In the late morning, visit Calico Ghost Town.

In late afternoon, continue on to Laughlin for the night

Orientation Drive
Los Angeles

Drive around to spot some of the main highlights of the area. See the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood sign, and swing by Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive.

Hollywood Visit
Los Angeles1h

Wander around this iconic locale to find stars along the Walk of Fame; celebrities’ handprints, footprints, and signatures in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre; and views of the Hollywood sign.

Private Vehicle
Los Angeles – Laughlin8h465km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 

Accommodation

Golden Nugget Laughlin (or similar)

 

Day 3: Laughlin/Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy sunset at the rim.

Drive to one of the earth’s greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset.

Private Vehicle
Laughlin – Grand Canyon National Park6h332km

Travel time includes stops along the way.

Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
Grand Canyon National Park

Visit the south rim of the canyon for a great first impression. Marvel as the Grand Canyon unfolds before you. Don’t get too close. The land drops almost straight down for more than 1,000m (3,280 ft) into the serpentine canyons below! The gorge is filled with rocky buttes, sheer limestone cliffs, and deep canyons all arrayed in a rainbow of colors. Words defy. This is truly one of the most magnificent sights on earth.

Hiking
Grand Canyon1h-5h 1-15km

Opt to hike along the rim or down into the canyon. Experience breathtaking scenery with spectacular views. Bring lots of water, a hat and plenty of energy. Remember — hiking down is optional, hiking back up is mandatory!

Accommodation

Red Feather Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Dinner

Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Travel to Sin City, stopping at a traditional roadside burger joint along the way. Enjoy exploring the Vegas Strip, opt for a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots.

Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Grand Canyon with an optional helicopter flight. After, hit the road and head towards Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, off-beat burger joints around. Continue on to explore the ‘city of lights’, Las Vegas, along the famous Vegas Strip.

Opt to try the VIP limo experience.

Private Vehicle
Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas6h460km

Travel time includes stops along the way.

Route 66 Drive
Las Vegas3h

Travel the historic Route 66 through the southwest.

Optional Activities – Day 4

VIP Party Limo Experience
Las Vegas

45USD per person

Channel your inner celebrity and set off in this party on wheels. Luxuriate in the leather seats, and feel like a star with the neon lights, flat screen TV and booming stereo system. Tour the highlights of Vegas and love the limo life.

Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
Grand Canyon

284USD per person

The Grand Canyon helicopter ride is a must! Enjoy a bird’s-eye view for 45 to 50 minutes as you fly over the canyon, taking in the stark contrast of the the blue-green Colorado River against the thousand shades of red rock found in the canyon. From above, you can fully appreciate the greatness of the gorge and see why it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Vegas Strip Visit
Las Vegas

Free

Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there’s so much to see and do.

Las Vegas Show
Las Vegas3h-4h

60-200USD per person

Leave the world behind, give in to your senses and prepare to be amazed. Take in one of the many shows available in this entertainment mecca. Live music, burlesque, comedy, magic, Cirque Du Soleil, and more. Whatever your passion, no other city can compete with the range and scale of shows on offer 24 hours a day.

Gambling at Vegas Casino
Las Vegas

Hold some cards, toss some dice, place a bet or sit at the slots. Try your luck at gambling in one of the many casinos along the Strip. (The legal age for gambling is 21 years of age.)

 

Accommodation:

Golden Nugget Las Vegas (or similar)

 

 

Day 5: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas

Head to desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot in North America.

Travel to one of the country’s most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape.

Later, travel to Bishop. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (3,962m) in elevation, Bishop, one of “America’s Coolest Mountain Towns,” sits directly in the centre of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded natural hot springs where stargazing is amazing.

Private Vehicle
Las Vegas – Bishop7h430km

Travel time includes stops along the way.

Death Valley National Park Visit
Death Valley

The Death Valley is one of America’s most extreme locations – from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There’s a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

Accommodation:

La Quinta Bakersfield South (or similar)

 

Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park

Travel the Tioga Pass and enjoy the view of Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers. Arrive in Yosemite for trekking amongst the giant sequoias.

Head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias. If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye.

Spend the night just outside the national park.

Private Vehicle
Bishop – Yosemite National Park7h322km

Travel time includes stops along the way.

Tioga Pass Drive
Tioga Pass2h-4h

Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

Yosemite National Park Visit
Yosemite National Park1h-8h

Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, elusive wildlife, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized national park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

Optional Activities – Day 6

Yosemite National Park Hike
Yosemite National Park1h-6h 1-15km

Free

Panoramic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and elusive wildlife await. Bring water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and hike Yosemite NP. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

Yosemite Bike Rental
Yosemite National Park

12USD per person

Set your wheels in motion with tandem, hand crank or mountain bikes, and opt to cycle some of the 20km (12mi) of paved trails throughout the valley floor. Bring a water bottle, stop to shoot photos, and enjoy some of the most picturesque spots in Yosemite NP.

 

Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Enjoy an orientation to San Francisco, including attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf and the stately Golden Gate Bridge. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills or set sail into the setting sun.

Depart in the morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco.

Discover some of the iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman’s Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and Art Deco design.

Private Vehicle
Yosemite National Park – San Francisco6h230km

Travel time includes stops along the way.

Orientation Walk
30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Cable Car Ride
San Francisco1h-3h

7USD per person

Iconic to San Francisco, travel back in time and hop on the world’s last manually operated cable car system.

Sunset Sailing San Francisco
San Francisco

60USD per person

Depart from Fisherman’s Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city’s remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return.

Alcatraz Visit
San Francisco

33USD per person

Travel out to Alcatraz Island for a cell-house audio tour of the infamous federal penitentiary. While there, check out the natural side of the rock—with its gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and stunning views of San Francisco Bay. Tours often sell out, so book a ticket online (far in advance!) to secure a spot.

Bike Rental
San Francisco1h-5h 1-15km

8-32USD per person

Rent a bike to peddle across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the scenic Marina district or perhaps to Golden Gate park.

Fisherman’s Wharf Visit
San Francisco

Free

Visit San Francisco’s famous Fishermen’s Wharf, walk the piers, check out the marine life, shop and sample the fresh seafood.

Golden Gate Bridge Visit
San Francisco

Free

What trip to San Fran would be complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge? Depending on time, step foot on this famous red suspension bridge or find a great viewing point to take some photos.

Haight-Ashbury Visit
San Francisco

Free

Check out this neighbourhood known as the centre of counterculture ideals, drugs, and music during the hippie movement in the 60s. Today, find locally-owned restaurants and bars, boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores.

 

Accommodation:

Hotel Metropolis (or similar)

Day 8: San Francisco

Depart at any time.

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

 

What’s Included

  • All national park and national monument fees
  • Orientations to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco
  • Calico Ghost Town visit
  • Route 66 drive
  • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
  • Death Valley visit
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Yosemite stay
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Accommodations

Hotels (7 nts).

Meals

1 dinner
Allow USD290-380 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

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