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. 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
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 Yosemite. We’re taking the train and bus across California today. Our destination is a mountain resort near Yosemite National Park. Head out for an optional dinner at the June Bug Cafe with your group tonight.
Day 10: Yosemite. Start the day early as we head into Yosemite National Park. We meet up with a local expert and get a guided tour. This afternoon is free time in the park to explore.
Day 11: Yosemite 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. Take the bus to Ocean Beach for some sea air and then head to Golden Gate Park for the greenery. Pick up a picnic lunch to enjoy in Alamo Square before heading to the worlds most crooked street - Lombard. We then head to Fishermans Wharf.
Day 13: San Francisco. Take an iconic San Francisco cable car this morning before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is a highlight of any visit to San Fran and we’ll do that today on bikes! This afternoon, hit Pier 39, explore Haight-Ashbury, or wander through the Botanical Garden.
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.