12 Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco
Day 1: Los Angeles
Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2: Los Angeles
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” including a drive through Hollywood and the famous TCL Chinese Theater. The remainder of your day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Stroll down Olvera Street or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.
Day 3: Los Angeles–Palm Springs–Scottsdale
Stop in the desert oasis of Palm Springs, an area sprinkled with Hollywood stardust. This afternoon, head to the mountain-ringed desert resort of Scottsdale. Later tonight, join the optional excursion to one of Arizona’s cowboy steakhouses, which, according to legend, was once a hideout for cattle rustlers.
Day 4: Scottsdale
This morning begins with a Phoenix sightseeing tour that includes downtown and Old Town Scottsdale. Afterward, free time to explore the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats, you’re sure to feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and swing-door saloons. Continental Breakfast
Day 5: Scottsdale–Sedona–Grand Canyon National Park–Williams
Travel to Sedona, a thriving center for New Age arts set in Canyon Country. On to the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel alongside the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. Time to stroll the canyon rim—or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional helicopter flight-seeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon. Continental Breakfast.
Day 6: Williams–Las Vegas
Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to more than 40 feet in height and can live up to 300 years. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, the fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows. Be sure to explore some of the many themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.
Day 7: Las Vegas
The day is free to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or to explore the varied casinos and shopping plazas. Your Tour Director will have more suggestions. Consider a river float trip through the Black Canyon.
Day 8: Las Vegas–Tulare
Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. You’ll see the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Day 9: Tulare–Yosemite National Park–Modesto
This morning, we enter Yosemite National Park, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Afterward, drive to Modesto. Breakfast
Day 10: Modesto–San Francisco
This morning, head for San Francisco, crossing the splendid bay with vistas of the San Francisco skyline and its magnificent harbor. On your city tour, see the main sights, including the renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Nob Hill. Tonight you may choose to join your traveling companions for an optional evening in Chinatown. Explore this vibrant historic section of San Francisco that houses the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy a lavish 4-course dinner at an authentic Chinese restaurant. End with a short walking tour of Chinatown, plus a ride on one of San Francisco’s famous cable cars. Continental Breakfast
Day 11: San Francisco
This morning, visit the famous and fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to do some more exploring in the “City by the Bay.” Ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars or take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods.
NOTE: The National Park Service requires we disclose that the value of the Alcatraz Prison visit is $33 USD.
Day 12: San Francisco
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included. Extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “City by the Bay” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.
In Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Alcatraz. Inside visits as shown in Italic in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Historic Route 66, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, and Yosemite National Park.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
NOTE: On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.
Los Angeles: L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
Scottsdale: Holiday Inn Express and Suites Scottsdale – Old Town (ST)
Williams: Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
Las Vegas: Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino and Hotel (F)
Tulare: Best Western Town and Country Lodge (ST)
Modesto: Best Western Palm Court Inn (ST)
San Francisco: Hotel Carlton (MF)
Meals: 1 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts
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Western Dinner at Rustler’s Rooster
Tour Sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.
San Francisco Farewell Dinner
Enjoy dinner at a popular North Beach Restaurant.
Dates and Prices
The price listed does not include your airfare, taxes or fees.
Popular Departure – due to itinerary and time of year, this departure historically sells out quickly. Early booking is encouraged.
Prices based on double room occupancy. Single Room Supplement: $770
Triple Room Reduction per person: $140