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Taking in two national parks, the major metropolises of San Francisco, San Diego & Los Angeles, wine country, the ocean & deserts, this diverse trip crosses three extraordinary states. You'll enjoy Insider moments like... meeting the chef, farmer & host who create your authentic Californian meal at stunning Stella Mare's restaurant & learning about the formation of the Grand Canyon, as you explore with an expert geologist.
DETAILS
Starting fromR52 700
Package ValiditySet departure dates between 04 - 18 MAY 2017.  *** Book & pay a deposit of R3000 per person within 7 days of your booking ***
Duration14 days
DestinationUSA
Starts inLos Angeles
Ends inLos Angeles

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- Return airport/hotel transfers at selected times
- 13 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 5 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- Touring by by luxury air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi
- Assistance of a Travel Director & Local Specialist
- All porterage & restaurant gratuities
- Sightseeing in all major cities
- All hotel tips, charges & local taxes
- VISITS: Los Angeles, San Diego, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite, San Francisco, Monterey & Santa Barbara

 

** A high season supplement starting from an additional R1100 per person applies for set departures between 22 JUN - 03 AUG 2017 **

 

THE TRAFALGAR DIFFERENCE

HIDDEN TREASURES
Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

BE MY GUEST
Enjoy seasonal foods for an ultimate farm-to-table experience

LOCAL SPECIALISTS
Learn about the amazing geology of the Grand Canyon


Are you travelling in a group? Book a group of 5-8 travellers & get 5% off per person. Frequent traveller & young traveller discounts also available.

 

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Arrive Los Angeles

Welcome to the City of Angels. After a short transfer to Long Beach, settle in at your hotel & relax before your holiday begins. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director & fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

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Los Angeles – San Diego Sightseeing

Travel south along the Pacific Ocean to San Diego. Get acquainted with the city on a tour that takes you from the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter & Old Town to the gardens & Spanish colonial-style museums of Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park. Enjoy some free time before joining your travelling companions for dinner.

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San Diego – Scottsdale

Head east today, as the great Sonoran Desert opens up before you—keep an eye out for giant saguaro cacti. This afternoon, arrive in the desert playground of Scottsdale. The evening is yours to enjoy.

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Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Travel north through the fragrant pine groves of Coconino National Forest on your way to the artists' enclave of Sedona. Get out your cameras as you near Oak Creek Canyon with its towering red cliffs & crystal pools. This afternoon, arrive at the Grand Canyon. Enjoy astounding views from the South Rim & meet with a Local Specialist who will enlighten you about the amazing geology of this natural wonder of the world.

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Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas (2 nights)

Depart the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon & head towards the glittering lights of Las Vegas. Arrive at your hotel located in the centre of the famed Strip & enjoy one of the high-end buffets Las Vegas is renowned for.

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Las Vegas Free Time

The choices today are endless: hit the casinos, do some shopping & enjoy lunch at one of the city's elegant restaurants. If you're feeling adventurous, take an optional experience to the Hoover Dam, the engineering marvel that spans the Colorado River. Perhaps get a different perspective of sprawling Las Vegas; with a ride on the High Rolller. Or just lounge a while by the hotel pool, browse the exclusive shops or visit a spa for a rejuvenating massage.

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Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes

Leave the glittering lights of Vegas behind & travel through the wide-open expanses of the Mojave Desert. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains & enjoy the evening on your own. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, overnight will be in Fresno at The Doubletree.)

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Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (weather permitting) into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil & Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan & Half Dome. Spend the afternoon here in one of the wild places that John Muir called “the hope of the world.”

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Yosemite – Napa - Sonoma – San Francisco (2 nights)

Descend from the mountains & head north for lunch on your own in Napa. Then it's on to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour & wine tasting. Travel through scenic wine country before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, enjoy dinner with your travelling companions.

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San Francisco Sightseeing & Free Time

As the mist rises over the bay, stunning San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to Golden Gate Park. There's a story around every corner & this afternoon you have some time to follow your own path.

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San Francisco – Carmel - Monterey (2 nights)

Spend a leisurely morning in San Francisco before heading to Carmel. In the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the shops, wander down to the water's edge or savour a cappuccino at a café.   

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Monterey Free Time

After cruising the beautiful 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree & Pebble Beach Golf Links, spend the rest of your day experiencing the historic waterfront district Cannery Row in Monterey.

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Monterey – San Simeon – Santa Barbara

Travel south on your way to Hearst Castle, once the home to one of America's most powerful men, William Hearst. After a guided tour of his fabulous residence, continue to sun-kissed Santa Barbara. This evening, toast your holiday & newfound friends with a California wine pairing at a culinary Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Your host, a local chef & author, shares the bounty of local, seasonal foods for the ultimate farm-to-table experience.

Highway 1/Big Sur advisory – Travel along Hwy 1 between Carmel & Ragged Point/Hearst Castle is now restricted due to recent mudslides & bridge closures. Re-routing via US-101 may be necessary depending on conditions at time of travel.

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Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles

Wake to Santa Barbara's golden beaches & elegant Spanish Revival buildings. Head south to Hollywood & see its landmark sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater & the Walk of Fame. Bid farewell to the City of Angels as you ride down Sunset Boulevard & through Beverly Hills. A transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport or to the Millennium Biltmore if you'd like to extend your stay. Airport arrival will be at 2:30 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.


 

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