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Wonders of the Golden West Itinerary

Day 1 - UK / Los Angeles
A non-stop flight from London or your regional airport to Los Angeles, aboard a scheduled trans-Atlantic service. You are met on arrival and transfer is arranged to your hotel for a three night stay.
Hotel: Hollywood Heights

Day 2 - Los Angeles
A morning sightseeing tour is included - an excellent opportunity to get your bearings and an introduction to the pace and Hollywood glamour of the city. A variety of optional excursions are available for your afternoon at leisure, including a tour past the homes of silver screen stars or a visit to Universal Studios® with its impressive Jurassic Park® ride.
Hotel: Hollywood Heights

Day 3 - Los Angeles
A full day in the City of Angels. Take a tour of the California beaches, visit Disneyland®, or call in at a comedy club on Sunset Boulevard. In a day Downtown, take a tour of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels or the new Disney Concert Hall, browse in the fashion and jewellery districts and enjoy the cultural contrasts of Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Broadway and Latino atmospheric Olvera Street.
Hotel: Hollywood Heights

Day 4 - Los Angeles / Scottsdale
From manmade amusement to natural attraction, you journey today through rural America to Scottsdale, a modern city set in the year-round sunshine and oasis greenery of Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. Evening at leisure and overnight stay.
Hotel: Hospitality Suites (B)

Day 5 - Scottsdale / Grand Canyon
Arid red desert, wind hewn rocks and deep dramatic canyons form the breathtaking backdrop today as you travel through Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon with its menacing weathered monoliths, and onward to the south rim of the simply spectacular Grand Canyon. Your overnight hotel is within the National Park at one of the Lodges.
Hotel: Grand Canyon National Park Lodges

Day 6 - Grand Canyon / Las Vegas
Early risers will have the opportunity to watch the sunrise over the Canyon as the day gradually brightens. This can be truly magical and should not be missed. Leaving canyon country, we head for the complete culture shock of the world famous, neon lit Las Vegas. The state of Nevada (nirvana for some) has non-stop entertainment, open-all-hours bars and state-of-the art casinos.
Hotel: Imperial Palace

Day 7 - Las Vegas
Take a stroll down ‘The Strip’ today to truly experience colourful Las Vegas. Call in at a casino and see if luck is on your side - or decide on something altogether more serene with an optional excursion to ‘drift’ through the Black Canyon. Don't miss the chance of a glitzy show tonight. Hotel: Imperial Palace.

Day 8 - Las Vegas / Fresno
Re-cross the state line into California and call at the ghost town of Calico. Founded on the fortunes of the biggest silver strike in the state’s history, this atmospheric place is haunted by the spirit of the Old West. Continue through lush farmlands to Fresno, just south of Yosemite, for an overnight stay.
Hotel: Days Inn (B)

Day 9 - Fresno/Sonora
A day of staggering scenic splendour will leave you speechless in Yosemite National Park. Forested slopes look onto a landscape of alpine meadows, sparkling lakes and cascading waterfalls at the valley floor. Framing the picture with fabulous grandeur, magnificent granite mountains soar to majestic heights above. Mid afternoon, we leave for the gold-rush town of Sonora. Enjoy your evening at leisure.
Hotel: Inns of California

Day 10 - Sonora / Lake Tahoe
Leaving Sonora’s fine selection of Victorian houses behind, we head in a north-easterly direction to the shores of Lake Tahoe. The crystal clear waters stretch twenty two miles long by twelve miles wide. The ‘Lake in the Sky’ is a perfect setting for an overnight stay where you can relax, unwind and take in the cool mountain air.
Hotel: Quality Inn & Suites

Day 11 - Lake Tahoe / San Francisco
A morning departure from Lake Tahoe takes you via Sacramento and through the Napa and Sonoma Valley wine country before arriving in San Francisco for a three night stay. An invaluable introduction to the ‘City by the Bay’, our included sightseeing tour shows you highlights such as the legendary Golden Gate Bridge and famous Union Square.
Hotel: Hotel Beresford (B)

Days 12 & 13 - San Francisco
Enjoy your two days at leisure in San Francisco - this friendly city offers a multitude of activities. Leisurely explore the city and take in the sights of Chinatown, visit the various market shops with their authentic atmosphere before visiting Japan town where you can relax amid the tea rooms and the fountains. Alternatively, catch a cable car down to Fisherman’s Wharf to check out the latest fish catches and enjoy the attractions out on Pier 39.Why not join our optional Bay Cruise excursion cruising around Alcatraz and enjoying superb views of San Francisco. For shoppers, Union Square is the venue - make the most of the last city on your tour. In the evening, this city offers great restaurants and entertainment something to suit all tastes.
Hotel: Hotel Beresford (B)

Day 14 - San Francisco / Solvang Area
We go south today to Monterey, the colourful town with a rich Spanish heritage and a claim to fame as the setting for Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row. The journey from here is along the spellbinding 17 Mile Drive, paralleling the Pacific as it laps long beaches and splashes into little coves, stopping for shopping at picturesque and arty Carmel, and continuing to Lompoc for your overnight stay.
Hotel: Quality Inn & Executive Suites (B)

Day 15 - Solvang Area / Los Angeles Airport
Today starts in the period charm of Scandinavian Solvang, a settlement complete with windmills and Danish pastry shops, and continues to Santa Barbara with its busy waterfront and historic Mission. From here we follow the coast to Los Angeles airport, where you join your scheduled overnight flight for the UK.

Day 16 - Return Landing
Morning arrival at your chosen UK airport - times vary.

Inclusions

  • ■ Trans-Atlantic flights on scheduled airlines
  • ■ 14 night’s hotel accommodation
  • ■ Services of a professional SSA Trvel Tour Director days 1-15
  • ■ Excursions described as included in the itinerary
  • ■ Meals included as detailed: Breakfast (B)

Please be aware:
2010 itineraries may vary slightly to the 2009 itinerary shown. Please contact reservations for more information.

Please note:
Alternative but similar hotels may be used at certain times of the year.

FREE Transfers to your nearest international airport with National Express. Simply request your vouchers at time of booking.

   
   
   
   
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