Canyon, Coast and Casinos
California, Canyons and Yosemite
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Group Size: Max 20
Trip code: WCDT
Duration: 8 or 14 days
This slice of West Coast Americana is just what you’ve been looking for. Roll from the neon-soaked Vegas strip to the majestic Grand Canyon and the sunny beaches of LA via Route 66. Learn to surf in Santa Cruz, walk under the redwoods in Yosemite and hang with the hippies in boho San Francisco. Packed with do-before-you-die experiences, like cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge and hiking in the Canyon, it’s the best of the Golden Coast and much, much more. There’s 8 or 14 days of adventure – the choice is yours.
- Hike through the one-and-only Grand Canyon
- Lose yourself in nature in Yosemite National Park
- Cross the majestic Golden Gate Bridge by bike
- Spot both kinds of stars on LA’s Walk of Fame and Griffiths Park Observatory
- Stay in a glitzy Vegas hotel and hit the casino tables
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Day 1: Las Vegas. Welcome to Vegas baby! We’re staying in a glitzy casino hotel in the heart of the strip. Dump your bags and throw yourself into the excitement and the excess of Sin City. This evening, meet your group in the hotel bar and head out for dinner before dancing the night away.
Day 2: Las Vegas. Chill by the pool this morning, before our fabulous Vegas tour this afternoon. We’ll show you all the highlights of the unique city, including the iconic Vegas sign, the supernatural Area 51, and neon-lit Fremont Street with its world-famous light and sound show.
Day 3: Vegas to Williams. Leave Sin City behind today and head into the desert on the one and only Route 66! Stops include the Hoover Dam, the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, Locomotive Park in Kingsman, and retro Seligman, before arriving in Williams.
Day 4: The Grand Canyon. Get ready for a big tick on your bucket-list. We’re heading into the Grand Canyon. Hike into the Canyon, stop to take some epic selfies, and soak up your surroundings. After the most amazing day, watch the sunset before heading back for s’mores round the campfire.
Day 5: Williams to Vegas. Start the day like a local with a cup of steaming coffee and a slice of American pie, before having a go at axe-throwing! Then fire some handguns with an optional visit to a shooting range before we head back to Vegas.
Day 6: Vegas to LA. Hop on the bus to La-La Land. We’re headed to the laid-back beach neighbourhood of Santa Monica where we’ll spend the afternoon on the boardwalk before hitting the Santa Monica Pier for the famous arcade challenge!
Day 7: LA. Start the day with a volleyball session, before enjoying some LA beach life. Head to Sunset Boulevard for a classic California burger lunch before spotting your favourite stars on the Walk of Fame. This evening, take a hike through Griffiths Park to the Observatory.
Day 8: LA Theme Parks. If you’re a theme park fan, today’s optional activities are right up your street with Universal Studios and Disneyland on the menu! Or if you’d like to give something back to the city, how about a volunteering experience? If you’re on the 8-day tour, your trip ends this afternoon.
Day 9: LA to Santa Cruz. We’re taking the train trip of dreams today on Coast Starlight. Our destination is the chilled-out surf town of Santa Cruz. Head out for dinner in a Hawaiian tiki bar with your group tonight.
Day 10: Santa Cruz. Start the day like the locals with a breakfast burrito. You’ve got the rest of the day to enjoy the laid-back Santa Cruz lifestyle. Join a surf lesson, check out the sea lions on the Wharf, or just chill on the golden sands.
Day 11: Santa Cruz to San Francisco. Travel to boho San Francisco today. Arrive about lunchtime, check into your hostel and head out for a bite to eat. We’ll get together later this afternoon for a guided tour of the city’s highlights.
Day 12: San Francisco. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a highlight of any visit to San Fran and we’ll do that today on bikes! Stop off in pretty Sausalito for lunch before heading back to town by ferry. This afternoon, hit Pier 39, explore Haight-Ashbury, or wander through the Botanical Garden.
Day 13: Yosemite. We’ve got an early start but it’s totes worth it as we’re heading to the majestic Yosemite National Park! We’ve lined up an unforgettable day of hiking with a Yosemite mountain guide. You’ll see all the park’s best bits including El Capitan, Half Dome, and Sequoia grove!
Day 14: Trip end. Round off your trip with an optional visit to the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Then it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends and either head to the airport or continue your travels.
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The trip kicks off on day 1 in Las Vegas. Arrive in Las Vegas Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and make your way to your starting hotel on the strip. It’s a short taxi ride to the strip and there are plenty of taxis outside the airport. There’s also a shuttle service which is cheaper, but slower. There are no activities planned today, so arrive at a time that suits you.
Depending on which option you’ve taken, the trip either ends on day 8 in Los Angeles, or day 14 in San Francisco. You can make your way to the relevant airport, choose to stay on longer in whichever city you’re in, or continue your travels around America.
Both the 8 and 14 day trips finish in the afternoon, so we’d recommend that you arrange an additional night of accommodation and fly out the following day.
For the 14 day tour please note that if you do not book the optional 'Alcatraz Tour', your trip will end in the morning.
Your group leader can help with additional accommodation requirements and any onward travel options.
7 or 13 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hotels, hostels and KOA cabins, including 2 nights in a Vegas Casino hotel! Accommodation is on a multi-share basis. Rooms are a combination of single sex and mixed sex basis during the trip. If you are travelling as a pair and want to upgrade to a double room for additional cost, contact us for details.
No meals are included in this trip so you will have a great opportunity to sample the varied local cuisine and to eat where and when you like. Your guide will be able to make great local recommendations for the group!
You’ll need to be a minimum of 18 years old to participate in this trip. This trip is designed for 18-39 year olds.
British passport holders can enter the USA for up to 90 days without a visa. You’ll need to apply online for an Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) though.
If you’re under 21, you won’t be able to enter bars, clubs or other establishments where alcohol is served. It’s recommended that even if you are over 21, you always carry a valid form of ID.
Please note: Visa, passport and entry restrictions can be subject to change. Always check foreign travel advice before your trip.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.