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Vegas, LA & San Francisco

8 or 14 days from £1,169

£49 Deposit

California, Canyons and Yosemite

8 USA locations
Bucket list activities
Choose from 2 durations
Group size: Max 20

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

Trip Summary

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.

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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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  • 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

  • International flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Activities not listed in the inclusions
  • Meals, drinks and snacks
  • Tips for guides

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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!

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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.

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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. 

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Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:

Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.

Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Arrival meetings
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.

Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.

Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.

Medical care
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.

Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.

Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.

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