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California & the Golden West

So much to discover

  • Experience the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon
  • Stay in San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf with a guided tour of the city
  • Marvel at the other-worldly 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
  • See glamorous Los Angeles including the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Sunset Strip
  • Bask in sunny San Diego, the classic southern Californian city
  • See the iconic London Bridge in Lake Havasu City
  • Take a scenic drive through the Mojave Desert and the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Enjoy the lush forest scenery of Yosemite Valley and visit the mighty El Capitan
  • Visit Mariposa grove, the largest sequoia tree grove in Yosemite
  • Stay in Culver City, the heart and home of film-making and the silver screen

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Selected departures from March to October 2020

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3 to 4-star accommodation
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5 breakfasts
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Overview

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!  



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DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN LOS ANGELES

California & the Golden West route map

Arrive at the airport for your 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.

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

DAY 2 - LOS ANGELES

Sunset Strip, Los Angeles

This morning we see the best the city has to offer with a city orientation that takes in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and the Sunset Strip. 

The rest of the day is at leisure. Alternatively, you may wish to Personalise Your Holiday with a Classic Studio Tour of Warner Bros Studios, followed by a drive to Santa Monica with free time later in the afternoon. See the FAQ section for details. 

DAY 3 - LOS ANGELES TO SAN DIEGO

DAY 4 - FREE DAY IN SAN DIEGO

DAY 5 - SONORAN DESERT & LAKE HAVASU

DAY 6 - ROUTE 66 & GRAND CANYON

DAY 7 - MONUMENT VALLEY

DAY 8 - BRYCE CANYON

DAY 9 - ZION NATIONAL PARK

DAY 10 - LAS VEGAS

DAY 11 - SIERRA NEVADA

DAY 12 - YOSEMITE VALLEY

DAY 13 - SAN FRANCISCO

DAY 14 - FREE DAY IN SAN FRANCISCO

DAY 15 - RETURN FLIGHT

DAY 16 - ARRIVE HOME

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Personalise Your Holiday

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Warner Bros Studio

 

USS Midway Museum entrance

 

Grand Canyon Helicopter

 

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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Palm trees along the coast of San Diego 

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FAQs

Why should I choose Riviera Travel?

We care deeply about our customers and the holiday experience they have. We’re passionate about travel and we want all aspects to be perfect, with personal service and attention at every step of the way. Our world-class holidays include everything you need, with no detail overlooked. We carefully curate every aspect of your trip based on our own first-hand experience and expertise built up over decades in the travel industry.

What is included in the price?

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a room and includes:

  • Return travel from the UK to Los Angeles and returning from San Francisco
  • All transfers
  • Thirteen nights’ accommodation in three and four-star hotels
  • Five continental breakfasts
  • All National Park entrance fees as mentioned
  • All touring as mentioned
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • The services of a Rivera Travel tour manager

We guarantee there are never any hidden costs or surcharges, inflated prices or artificial discounts.

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