California & the Golden West for Solo Travellers

So much to discover

  • Experience the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon
  • Marvel at the otherworldly spires of Bryce Canyon
  • See the sheer cliffs of Zion National Park
  • Visit timeless Monument Valley, a masterpiece of ancient erosion
  • Stay on the Strip in glitzy Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world
  • Stay in San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf 
  • Enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco
  • See the glamorous Hollywood Walk of Fame and Sunset Strip
  • Bask in sunny San Diego, the classic southern California city
  • See the iconic London Bridge in Lake Havasu City
  • Enjoy the lush forest scenery of Yosemite Valley 
  • Stay in Culver City, the heart and home of film-making and the silver screen
  • Take a scenic drive through the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Visit Mariposa grove, the largest sequoia tree grove in Yosemite
  • Hotel porterage

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6 meals: 5 breakfasts & 1 dinner
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There are few places in the world that generate more iconic imagery than California and the western USA, and even fewer live up to it in reality. The sights and amazing natural wonders just roll off the tongue, with probably nothing more aptly named than the Grand Canyon. Then there’s Monument Valley, whose towering sandstone pillars are immortalised in countless Westerns, the Painted Desert, Yosemite, home to the highest waterfall in the USA, the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The natural splendours of this huge region are quite simply astonishing. Combine these with the allure of such genuinely unique cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas and you have a destination that simply cannot be matched.

Inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans, California and Arizona were then visited by Spanish explorers searching, as always, for gold. They found none, but established missions all along the California coast. During the 19th century, California, Nevada, Utah and most of Arizona, were ceded to the USA for just $15 million and by a twist of fate, barely a year later, gold was finally discovered and the Californian Gold Rush began. Prospectors flooded in and within just a year San Francisco’s population rocketed from just 600 to 25,000. They were soon followed by the transcontinental railroad and the ‘Golden State’ was born. 

Los Angeles is the archetypal US megacity, crisscrossed by six-lane freeways. Nevertheless, it is home to some very attractive and exciting neighbourhoods like Santa Monica. No visit would be complete without a stroll down the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

Then it’s off to San Diego, which has the laid-back atmosphere so typical of Southern California – its surfing beaches, cultural attractions and the balmy climate have made it one of America’s most popular cities. Finally, there’s Las Vegas, originally an isolated oasis in the Mojave Desert and now a vibrant, exciting and genuinely fascinating manmade wonder that attracts over 40 million visitors a year and boasts 15 of the world’s largest hotels. 

In contrast, San Francisco is charmingly eccentric with a topography few cities in the world can match. Its centre is easily explored using the iconic wooden cable cars that trundle up and down the steep hills and valleys. The magnificent brick-red Golden Gate Bridge beautifully completes the picture. 

For many, however, the real attraction will be America’s most famous national parks. The Grand Canyon is such an astonishing natural wonder that the sheer scale of it is almost too much to comprehend. Over a mile deep and 14 miles across, this geological masterpiece offers a glimpse of the enormous complexity and beauty of the normally hidden rocks beneath our feet. Subject to weather conditions, there is the option of a spectacular helicopter flight over the canyon. 

We’ll also visit the extraordinary Monument Valley. Immortalised by John Wayne in classic westerns such as Stagecoach and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon, this instantly recognisable landscape, with its fiery-red spindles of rock, is even more spectacular when you find yourself within it.

In nearby Utah we visit Bryce Canyon, an enormous amphitheatre created by thousands of spires, pinnacles and towers of eroded pink-hued rocks that have produced an intricate labyrinth of deep gullies. 

Finally, high in California’s Sierra Nevada we visit Yosemite and some of the world’s most pristine and awe-inspiring wilderness. Dominated by the huge mass of the Half Dome rising to almost 9,000 feet, its vertical granite wall is so huge and smooth that until 50 years ago it was thought to be unclimbable. 

The wildlife is as varied as the landscapes. There are the black bears of Yosemite, mule deer and chipmunks at Bryce and rare mountain lions at even higher altitudes, whilst coyotes still roam the deserts and vultures soar over the canyons. 

From the highest plateau to the deepest gorge, from LA to San Francisco, this tour showcases the very best of western USA’s natural and manmade wonders and you will return home with some truly amazing memories.

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Arrive at the airport for your direct flight to Los Angeles. After our early-evening arrival, we transfer to the three-star Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles Westside in Culver City, our hotel for two nights with breakfast.

This evening we enjoy an informal drinks reception followed by dinner for a chance to get to know our travel companions a little better.

Four Points by Sheraton Los Angeles West Side exterior facade

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3* Four Points by Sheraton - LA West Side, California

Chosen for its ideal location in Culver City, close to the airport.

  • Convenient location
  • Cozy outdoor fireplace
  • Lobby bar & restaurant


Sunset Strip, Los Angeles


LA, the city of glitz, glamour, the stars and miles of pristine beaches – it’s all here. This morning we see the best it has to offer, with a city tour that takes in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre as well as the Sunset Strip.


The rest of the day is at leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to Personalise Your Holiday with a Warner Bros Studios Classics Tour, followed by a drive to Santa Monica.















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Warner Bros Studio


USS Midway Museum entrance


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Alcatraz Island

Warner Bros Studio Classics tour in Los Angeles and free time in Santa Monica – from £79 per person

Experience the Golden Age of Hollywood with a tour themed to the Warner Bros’ classic film and TV collection. Then we take a drive to the coastal city of Santa Monica, where you have free time to stroll the area. Alternatively, head for the beach and explore the main pier located at the foot of Colorado Avenue where you can see the iconic sign of the western end of the Route 66 highway. Please note that this tour is pre-bookable only.

San Diego USS Midway Museum – from £18 per person

Whilst staying in San Diego, known as the ‘Navy Town USA’, take a visit to explore America’s longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th Century. When in service, the USS Midway was a floating city at sea. Now an interactive museum, located downtown San Diego and walking distance from our hotel, take the opportunity to meet on-board Volunteers in their yellow hats who tell their stories of when they served on this mighty vessel. Included is a self-guided audio tour narrated by Midway sailors, collected upon entrance.

Grand Canyon dancer helicopter flight – from £215 per person

Experience an unforgettable flight from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon over the Kaibab National Forest. You’ll soar toward the Tower of Ra through the Dragon Corridor, the widest and deepest section of the canyon, and over the mighty Colorado River to the North Rim. During this 25-minute flight, you’ll enjoy views of some of the oldest exposed rock in the world. Your helicopter provides forward-facing seating for six.

Monument Valley 4x4 tour with a Native American guide – from £60 per person

Enjoy nature’s marvellous sandstone creations and see the places where ancient Anasazi families once lived among the enormous red buttes. On this 2.5-hour tour in 4x4 vehicles, expert Navajo guides will share fascinating insights into the history, culture and plants of this extraordinary landscape. This is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed.

Alcatraz Island day tour – from £37 per person

From Pier 33 the ferry ride is approximately 15 minutes to explore this world-famous fascinating former federal prison on a rocky island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. Historically, Alcatraz has been used as a Civil War Fort, a Federal prison and been a symbol of Native American plight. See the barracks from when the island was a military base, the cellhouse as well as the lighthouse. Included is an informative and atmospheric self-guided cellhouse audio tour (collected upon island arrival). Hear about Al Capone and other legendary inmates that made Alcatraz home. The distance from the island ferry dock to the Cellhouse is approximately 402 metres (¼ of a mile) with an elevation change of 40 metres (130 feet). Please note that this tour is pre-bookable only.

Please contact us to add any of the above experiences to your booking.

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Los Angeles International Airport Culver City 20 mins San Francisco San Francisco International Airport 1 hr

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What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person based on sole occupancy of a twin/double room and includes:

  • Scheduled direct flights to Los Angeles and returning from San Francisco
  • All transfers
  • Thirteen nights’ accommodation on room only basis and five continental breakfasts including a welcome dinner on the first night
  • All tours and National Park entrance fees as mentioned
  • Guided city tours of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco
  • Airport lounge access in London Heathrow
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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