Splendors of the West

9 Nights

Los Angeles, CA

The American West conjures romantic images of big skies, wide open spaces and iconic places made famous in movies and songs. All await you on an unforgettable ten-day tour across four states. 

It starts in Los Angeles before moving to the Hollywood winter haunt of Palm Springs and through the Sonoran Desert to Phoenix, gateway to the Grand Canyon’s jaw-dropping beauty.

If you can tear yourself away, next stop is the Wild West setting of Monument Valley before moving on to Zion National Park, with its spectacular red cliffs. From there, you plunge into the 24-hour life of Las Vegas to try your luck at the casinos, take in a show or enjoy some world-class shopping.

In stark contrast, your next stop is Death Valley – one of the hottest places on earth – and then up into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Mammoth Lakes resort. Yosemite National Park wilderness is your penultimate destination before the tour concludes in San Francisco.

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Highlights

  • Experience the Sonoran Desert’s rich biodiversity, with its unique species of plants, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including amazing giant cacti which are a regular feature in cowboy movies.
  • Before arriving at the Grand Canyon, visit the little city of Sedona, first populated by hunter-gatherers around 9000BC and surrounded by the glorious red rock formations used in Hollywood movies.
  • Journey through the huge Navajo Indian Reservation and do some souvenir shopping at the Cameron Trading Post, opened more than 107 years ago to trade goods with Navajo and Hopi locals.
  • Take advantage of unforgettable optional experiences, including a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon and a gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain, with breakfast and views you won’t forget.
  • Make the most of your time in San Francisco: Walk across the city’s Golden Gate Bridge, ride the iconic cable cars, or take the optional sightseeing tour, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf and other spots.
  • If you love walking in glorious scenery, this tour offers you some great opportunities, from a hike up to Yosemite Falls to a walk along the Bryce Canyon’s rim, with its red, orange and white rocks.
  • Visit Death Valley’s Zabriskie Point for endless views (the film Spartacus was shot here) and learn about this extraordinary landscape at Furnace Creek Ranch (population 31) visitor centre.
  • You’re travelling through wine country so it would be rude not to try the local vintages! Your stop in Modesto is home to Gallo Winery, the world’s largest family-owned wine producer. Bottoms up!
  • Day 1 - ARRIVE LOS ANGELES
  • Day 2 - LOS ANGELES - THE O.C. - PALM SPRINGS - PHOENIX
  • Day 3 - PHOENIX - SEDONA GRAND CANYON
  • Day 4 - GRAND CANYON - MONUMENT VALLEY - PAGE/LAKE POWELL
  • Day 5 - PAGE/LAKE POWELL - KANAB - BRYCE CANYON
  • Day 6 - BRYCE CANYON - ZION - LAS VEGAS
  • Day 7 - LAS VEGAS
  • Day 8 - LAS VEGAS - DEATH VALLEY - MAMMOTH LAKES
  • Day 9 - MAMMOTH LAKES - YOSEMITE
  • Day 10 - YOSEMITE - SAN FRANCISCO
  • Additional Information

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and transfer independently to the hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director.

Meals Included: Ro

Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort

Enjoy your stay at Orange County’s Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort located in southern California. Your guest experience includes nearby local shops, restaurants and entertainment highlights! We’re just minutes away from the Downtown Disney District and the Anaheim Convention Center. Try our Burger Theory Restaurant and Bar when dining at the hotel or take a soothing dip in our outdoor pool. In Anaheim, guests find our hotel a genuine value.

Today your journey begins and takes you through Palm  Springs, the  winter play ground 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.

Motorcoach tour commences. Joining  passengers meet in the lobby of the designated Hotel at 07:30 hours for an 08:00 hours departure.

Meals Included: Ro

We Ko Pa Resort and Conference Center

Discover the beauty, tranquility and culture of Arizona’s captivating Sonoran Desert at the AAA Four Diamond We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center!

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 colorful canyon’s  plunging gorges, and rising spires  formed by the mighty Colorado River.

Meals Included: Ro

Yavapai West Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is the Grand Canyon National Park's largest lodging facility, nestled within the pinyon and juniper woodlands and about a quarter mile from the South Rim. The rooms have either one king or two queen sized beds, refrigerator, and coffee maker. With modern newly renovated rooms and many services within walking distance, this is a convenient place for families.

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 late afternoon, enter the town of Page, situated on a mesa above the Colorado River, and we welcome you to enjoy an evening at leisure.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Lake Powell

The Best Western Plus at Lake Powell hotel in downtown Page, AZ offers charming, clean accommodations and exceptional service. It is walking distance to many local restaurants, bars, and grocery stores. Hotel is a short distance from Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley.

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-colored 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.

Meals Included: Ro

Best Western Plus Ruby's Inn

Ruby’s Inn is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah and is the perfect place to base your exploration of this beautiful area. We offer the finest in Accommodations, RV Park/Campground and amenities in the Bryce Canyon region. Ruby’s Inn at Bryce Canyon is also a destination in and of itself. You’ll enjoy Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Guided ATV Rides and Helicopter Tours, along with western experiences such as Rodeos and more.    

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.

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Luxor Hotel & Casino

Known for its iconic pyramid shape, Luxor is located on the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino and live entertainment. It provides a full-service spa, 4 large pools and a hot tub.

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-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip taking in its amazing sights, or “shop ‘til you drop” at designer outlets

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Luxor Hotel & Casino

Known for its iconic pyramid shape, Luxor is located on the Las Vegas Strip and features a casino and live entertainment. It provides a full-service spa, 4 large pools and a hot tub.

Your tour stops 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 the gold mining town in the 19th century and today is renowned for the superior skiing terrain and staggeringly beautiful mountain vistas.

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Mammoth Mountain Inn

The Mammoth Mountain Inn is part of the Mammoth Mountain Lodging Collection, distinctive properties that make up the largest collection of year-round accommodations available in Mammoth Lakes, California.

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 splendors including the glacial-shaped granite formations of El Capitan, Half Dome, the magnificent Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls. Overnight in nearby Modesto.

Meals Included: Ro

Ramada Modesto

Whether this is your first visit, or you have been a guest many times, we want your experience to be excellent. Our staff is always available to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

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. Tour ends upon arrival.

Meals Included: Ro

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

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

  • Helicopter flights over the Grand Canyon
  • “All-American” Picnic at a surprise destination
    en route
  • Gondola Ride to the summit of Mammoth for Breakfast
  • Las Vegas by Night tour
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Night tour of San Francisco with dinner in Chinatown