Vast landscapes, soaring skyscrapers, big attractions and even bigger portions; America doesn't do things by halves. Visit some of the countries iconic cities for amazing shopping, brilliant art, and scenes you'll recognise from the movies.
Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles all have their own mix of non-stop night life and must-see sights, but there's more to America than bright lights and city streets; see awe-inspiring natural wonders, ground breaking attractions, and pristine beaches too.
Travelling across the western United States by private plane, train, and comfortable vehicles, you'll enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park, explore Los Angeles and San Francisco, and experience the contrasting delights of Las Vegas and California's beautiful Central Coast.
|Day-2||Las Vegas - Grand Canyon - Las Vegas|
|Day-3||Las Vegas - Yosemite|
|Day-4||Yosemite - San Francisco|
|Day-6||San Francisco - 17-Mile Drive - Monterey - Central Coast|
|Day-7||Central Coast - Amtrak Pacific Surfliner - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles|
|Day-9||Los Angeles - Las Vegas|
|Day-10||Las Vegas Departure|
Welcome to Las Vegas, a desert oasis of neon lights, non-stop excitement and tons of fun around every corner. Upon arrival at McCarran International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director. Free time this evening allows you to experience the sights and sounds of this wonderland first hand. Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest star-studded show, or enjoy breathtaking views during a 30-minute ride on the all-new, 550-foot tall “High Roller” … the world’s tallest observation wheel and the most exciting attraction to hit the Strip.
Today, see the Grand Canyon as it can best be seen … from the air and ground. Your adventure begins upon boarding a private aircraft bound for Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim. Glide over the vast expanse of the Mojave Desert, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead; and as the land rises and lake becomes river, you’ll see the Colorado snaking its way through the length of the Canyon, continuing to carve out its history. Upon arrival at Grand Canyon National Park Airport you’ll board a motor coach and embark on the ground portion of the tour. Stop along the Rim at impressive outlooks whose magnificent views offer spectacular photo opportunities, take a stroll, and shop for souvenirs before hopping back on board your private aircraft for your return flight to Las Vegas. In the evening enjoy a Welcome Reception together with your tour companions. (B,L,D)
Your journey begins today with a short flight from Las Vegas to Merced, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival in Merced you’ll board a motor coach and retrace the original route to Yosemite along Hwy 140, the first route into the park that brought travellers directly to the valley floor along the Merced River Canyon. Once inside the park you will be introduced to some of Yosemite’s most famous and awe-inspiring scenery including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, and Bridalveil Falls. As postcard-perfect pictures abound, be sure to have your camera ready. (B)
Leaving the wonder of Yosemite behind, today you’ll make your way west via motor coach to Northern California’s beloved City by the Bay, San Francisco. En route we visit a winery in the famed Napa Valley and you will have time to explore the quaint town of Sonoma. Considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco’s 49 square miles of distinctive terrain – water on one side, hills on the other – leads to spectacular views, a multitude of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods and one-of-a-kind experiences. (B)
This morning, a comprehensive city tour provides a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city and enables you to truly appreciate many of San Francisco’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. And, as no visit would be complete without taking a cruise on the Bay, you’ll set sail, passing the famous PIER 39 sea lions while making your way along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline. Be sure to take full advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views in every direction as you glide under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and circle the notorious Alcatraz Island. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city’s amazing sights, scenes, and neighbourhoods at your leisure. Ever ride a national landmark? Then consider hopping on one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars. And for an extra thrill, hang off the running board, Doris Day-style. (B)
Heading south this morning via motor coach you’ll embark on an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Hugging the Pacific coastline while passing emerald green fairways and stunning estates, this coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Afterwards, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in down town and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. Continuing south, Pacific Coast Highway’s twisting, cliff-hugging route takes you through the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Further south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the highway passes Hearst Castle and Morro Bay. From here, a short distance inland is San Luis Obispo and the heart of California’s Central Coast. (B)
Another mode of transport today, after breakfast and free time to explore the charming town of San Luis Obispo we board the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner and journey South towards Los Angeles. The train track hugs the Pacific Coast and you will enjoy superb views from your business class seating. Our train passes through Santa Barbara, also known as “The American Riviera,” and the classic beach town of Ventura. Further south we arrive in Downtown Los Angeles, a thriving metropolis. (B)
Today’s comprehensive tour of Los Angeles enables you to get a true taste of Southern California. You’ll explore the seaside communities of Marina del Rey, Venice whose boardwalk is famous for its Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers. You’ll also glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood while checking out the Walk of Fame where more than 2,400 stars are embedded in the sidewalk, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), the Sunset Strip, and Beverly Hills where you just might catch a celebrity shopper or two along Rodeo Drive. (B)
Today we transfer to the Airport where you will board a private aircraft for the short flight back to Las Vegas. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure. (B, D)
Transfer independently to McCarran International Airport for your departure flight. (B)
Inclusions: Welcome reception, Private Aircraft on all flight sectors, Comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles, Guided tour of the Grand Canyon National Park, Guided tour of Yosemite National Park, Comprehensive San Francisco city tour, San Francisco Bay Cruise, Tour 17 Mile Drive and Monterey’s Cannery Row. Hotels: Las Vegas- Luxor Hotel, Yosemite- Yosemite View Lodge, San Francisco- Stamford Court, Central Coast- Cambria Pines Lodge, LA- Hyatt Downtown, Las Vegas- Luxor (or similar).