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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 camping out 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.

Trip highlights

  • Camp in the one-and-only Grand Canyon
  • Lose yourself in nature in Yosemite National Park
  • Cross the majestic Golden Gate Bridge by bike
  • Spot the stars on LA’s Walk of Fame
  • Stay in a glitzy Vegas hotel and hit the casino tables
  • Learn to ride the waves with a surf lesson in Santa Cruz
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What's included
  • 7 or 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Group leader
  • All on-trip transport
  • Las Vegas city tour
  • Grand Canyon fees
  • Camping and hiking in the Grand Canyon
  • Bourbon tasting
  • In-line skating at Venice Beach
  • Hollywood sign Hike
  • Hollywood Boulevard and Walk of Fame
  • Starlight Train (14-day trip)
  • Yosemite hiking and camping experience (14-day trip)
  • Bike hire San Francisco (14-day trip)
  • Ferry from Sausalito (14-day trip)
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Activities not listed in the inclusions
  • Meals, drinks and snacks
  • Tips for guides
Further trip information

Day 1: Las Vegas. Vegas baby! With dancing fountains, a replica Eiffel Tower, rollercoasters and an Elvis on every corner, Sin City is built to thrill. Ride the Big Apple coaster, hit the shops, see an A-list show and dance the night away in a super-club. We’ll spend the night in style in a big casino hotel.  

Day 2: Las Vegas. Ready for more fun, Vegas-style? Take some selfies by the Vegas sign, head into Excalibur, take a spin on the High Roller or join a pool party. Head back to your extravagant casino hotel to freshen up before going large again tonight – what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas! 

Day 3: Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon. We pack our bags and head out this morning to the Grand Canyon. This is it. The spine-tingling moment when you clap eyes on the Grand Canyon. No matter how many photos you’ve seen, nothing can prepare you for it. We set up camp on the Southern Rim and spend the night under the star filled sky.

Day 4: The Grand Canyon. This world wonder is not one to rush, so spend the day hiking through the spectacular canyon before a night camping out under the stars. We’ve thrown in a bourbon-tasting experience this evening too.   

Day 5: The Grand Canyon to Flagstaff. Wake up to the spectacular scenery before heading to Flagstaff for a visit to the local gun club followed by a craft beer brewery trip – cheers!

Day 6: Route 66. Get your kicks on Route 66 as we travel down the iconic road to LA. It’s classic diners, retro motels and Cadillacs all the way. Dive into the LA nightlife, keeping your eyes peeled for celebs, or see a different kind of star with a visit to Griffith Observatory.

Day 7: Los Angeles. Wall-to-wall sunshine, towering palm trees, Beverley Hills. LA is like one big movie set. Strap on some in-line skates and head down to Venice Beach for a fro-yo. Tuck into a classic Cali burger, hike to the Hollywood sign and spot your favourite stars on the Walk of Fame. 

Day 8: Los Angeles / trip end for 8-day option. Love a theme park? How does Universal Studios or Disneyland sound? Use this free day to get a thrill. Or if you want to keep it real, how about volunteering in a soup kitchen? The 8-day tour ends this afternoon. 14-day trippers, LA’s nightlife is waiting - don’t miss happy hour!

Day 9: Los Angeles to Santa Cruz. All aboard Coast Starlight – the train trip of dreams! Wind along the spectacular Pacific Ocean shoreline – the views are out of this world. Arrive in the chilled-out surf town of Santa Cruz in time for some live music and a brew (or two)!

Day 10: Santa Cruz. Ready to ride the waves like a local? Why not take an optional morning surf class then fuel up with a breakfast burrito at Point Market? Soak up some sun on the beach this afternoon, grab a smoothie on the boardwalk or try out some of your new surf skills.

Day 11. Santa Cruz to Yosemite National Park. Trade big surf for redwoods as we head inland to Yosemite National Park. Waterfalls, ancient trees, wildlife, natural swimming pools – Yosemite has it all! Get back to nature with some hiking and spend the night in a camp or lodge.

Day 12: Yosemite National Park to San Francisco. Start the day with a short hike, some waterfalls and a dip in a natural pool. Next up, it’s groovy San Francisco - skateboarders, trams, vintage clothes, victorian villas and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drop your bag and make for a speakeasy bar.

Day 13: San Francisco. Get to know the city better this morning.  Check out Pacific Heights, the Museum of Modern Art and Haight Ashbury. Then get ready for a real moment - crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on bikes. Stop in Sausalito for lunch. Get ready to go large later - it’s the last night!

Day 14: San Francisco and trip end. You can’t visit San Fran without seeing Alcatraz. Opt to take in the views and plan your escape before heading back to the city. If you’re not in a rush, join our Napa Valley wine tasting experience. Then it’s time to say goodbye (and start planning your next trip!)

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Arrival information

Arrival

The trip kicks off on day 1 in Las Vegas. Arrive in Las Vegas McCarran 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.

Departure

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. Your group leader can help with additional accommodation requirements and any onward travel options.

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

7 or 13 nights’ accommodation is included on this trip in a mixture of hotels, hostels and campgrounds, 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.

Meals

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!

Minimum age & eligibility

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. 

Covid safety

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.

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.

Healthcare
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.

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