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A true taste of California and beyond as we explore a selection of the National parks and iconic cities of the American west. We begin in stunning San Francisco, where you can enjoy the spectacular sights of America’s ‘most beautiful’ city. We then partake in an adventure to Yosemite National Park, where you’ll be treated to views of beautiful waterfalls, granite peaks and wonderful wildlife. Heading to lively Las Vegas, we visit the marvellous Grand Canyon, where you can choose to join a helicopter trip over the spectacular sight that has been carved by the Colorado River. From Las Vegas we head to Los Angeles, where we visit Hollywood, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. You will also have the opportunity to see beautiful Zion National Park, San Diego, Monterey and Carmel, making for the ultimate American holiday experience.
Fly to San Francisco International Airport, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for a welcome reception.
This morning, join a half-day city tour which includes Union Square, the Civic Centre and Fisherman’s Wharf. From the top of Twin Peaks, enjoy the spectacular view and see for yourself why many consider San Francisco to be the most beautiful city in America.
Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in 'the City by the Bay', perhaps take a cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you can enjoy local seafood, famous sourdough breads or Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. You can also take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to observe them frolic and play.
Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where America’s most wanted, such as Al Capone and 'Machine Gun' Kelly were incarcerated. For a spot of retail therapy, visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store.
Your Tour Director will be on hand to assist you in planning your next two days in the city.
Spend a day at leisure in San Francisco for your own explorations or why not join our optional tour to Monterey and Carmel. We travel along the Pacific Coast to the Monterey Bay Peninsula and visit Cannery Row, made famous by the John Steinbeck novel. Today's visit also includes admission to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium – one of the most respected aquariums in the world – showcasing some 200 exhibits on marine life.
Continue along 17-Mile Drive, admiring the natural scenery and gorgeous homes. Enjoy time in the charming community of Carmel, known for its art galleries and shops, before returning to San Francisco.
Today we leave San Francisco for an included full-day adventure to Yosemite National Park. Known for its magnificent waterfalls, granite peaks and remarkable wildlife, Yosemite is one of America’s favourite National Parks.
We will explore the park by motorcoach, but you will also have time on the valley floor to enjoy the spectacular scenery and enjoy an included all-American picnic.
Tonight we will stay overnight in the Yosemite/Fresno area.
Today, we travel through the Mojave Desert on our way to Las Vegas for a three-night stay. A late afternoon arrival in the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World' will give you enough time to start enjoying this fantastic city right away.
Your Tour Director will assist you in arranging whatever you want to do, whether it's shopping, seeing a show, enjoying the fine dining, or joining an optional evening tour.
This morning, we head off on an included visit to the Grand Canyon. We first stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome sign, where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas, before making our way to the Grand Canyon.
On the way, admire the beauty of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. formed by the Hoover Dam.
At the Grand Canyon, you will have time to take in the views on your own and if you choose, join an optional helicopter trip over the canyon or walk on the Skywalk platform.
Today, you can choose to spend the day how you wish – maybe do a little shopping at one of the fine shopping outlets in Las Vegas, lounge by the hotel pool, or join an optional tour.
One of the possibilities would be a trip to Death Valley National Park. The lowest (below sea level) and hottest region in the western hemisphere.
Today, we leave Las Vegas and head to Los Angeles for a three-night stay. Our journey takes us through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown area and immaculately kept golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains.
This city in the desert was once known as the winter retreat of stars like Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today, it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and year-round desert climate. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis.
Along the way we will pass through Indio, home to the International Date Festival, due to the abundance of this crop in the Coachella Valley.
We will arrive at our hotel in Los Angeles late afternoon.
This morning, we enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles, including the hip Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood and posh Beverly Hills.
We will stop by the 'finish line' of historic Route 66, see an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by the TV series Baywatch and walk on the boulevard of stars.
The afternoon is yours to explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Universal Studios, where you will learn all about how movies are made.
Spend another day at leisure exploring the sights of Los Angeles, or why not join an optional full-day excursion to San Diego. We travel south through San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente to San Diego, the second largest city in California. San Diego enjoys year-round mild weather and a location on the San Diego Bay. Enjoy a city tour including the historic Old Town, the Gas Lamp District, and the bay-front picturesque Seaport Village.
For a different view of the city, you can join an optional cruise on the bay before returning to Los Angeles in the late afternoon.
Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Arrival in the U.K.
All rooms have to be requested with our Partner, ATI, once we have confirmed your requirements we will send you a new confirmation invoice. ATI Terms and Conditions do not allow any name changes once your booking is confirmed.
This tour requires customers to have a certain degree of fitness as it is a very full itinerary. Wheelchairs must be prior approved by ATI. This is due to luggage space being at a premium on the coach. Customers are subject to 1 piece of hold luggage each, additional pieces are subject to approval by ATI and may be charged at a supplement. Passengers with medical conditions which impair their travels and may require assistance must make these conditions known at the time of booking. Tour Directors are not permitted to personally intervene or assist in medical emergencies, or assist passengers with prior medical conditions. Passengers with physical challenges must always travel with a companion who can assist them. All coaches are equipped with a lavatory. As facilities for properly serving the lavatory are extremely limited outside major metropolitan areas, the on-board lavatory is principally intended for emergency use. Of course, frequent stops are made throughout the day for the customers comfort. You may find that your tour coach does not have seat belts as American Law doesn't require them.
Please note, due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be aged 21 years or over. Persons under 21 years of age cannot enter casinos (including those in hotels) alone in the USA and must be accompanied at all times by an adult aged 21 or over.
IMPORTANT VISA INFORMATION
British Citizens who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) which costs 7 $CAN. Applying for an eTA is a simple online process that takes just a few minutes. To apply, you must have a valid passport, a credit card, and an email address. Visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta-start-int.asp for more details.
Travel Authorisation via the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (ESTA) is required prior to travelling to the USA under the Visa Waiver Program, for which an additional charge of approximately $14 per person is made. Log onto the ESTA Web site at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov and complete an online application in English. The web-based system will prompt you to answer basic biographical and eligibility questions typically requested on a paper I-94W form. Applications may be submitted at any time prior to travel, however, DHS recommends that applications be submitted no less than 72 hours prior to travel.
It is your responsibility to ensure you hold the correct passport and visa (if required) to enter the United States of America. If you are in any doubt please contact the appropriate embassy.
Single Room Supplement from £729.00 (12 days).
You will stay for three nights in San Francisco at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis and overnight in the Yosemite/Fresno area at the Hampton Inn Fresno Airport. In Las Vegas you will stay for three nights at the Sahara Hotel & Casino, then for three nights at the Crowne Plaza LA Harbor in Los Angeles.
All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.
Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.
Please Note: Due to demand, we may use other hotels of a similar standard. Your exact hotel details will be provided with your travel documents.
All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service and reliability from our expert-trained coach crews, who will be on hand to assist and escort you along the way.
Flight supplements may apply for some airports. If your chosen airport carries a supplement, we will contact you to discuss.
All prices and airports are subject to availability – routes can be reintroduced, cancelled or amended by the airline at any time.
This holiday is operated by Leger Air Holidays Ltd. ATOL 3880.
Yes, unfortunately there is no feeder/transfer service to/from the U.K. airports.
Estimated flight times are given at the time of booking. The times given are for guidance only and may change.
Exact flight times will be confirmed on travel document which are sent 7-10 days before departure. For more information on flight times please contact our Reservations Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are able to pre-book flight seats with most airlines. There may be a charge for this service.
Any charges will be confirmed at the time of booking. Most other airlines will allocate your seats at check-in.
Yes, we can. Please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 to arrange wheelchair assistance or any other medical requests.
We recommend you check-in for your flight three hours before the scheduled time for long haul flights and two and a half hours before the scheduled time for any European holidays.
Luggage allowances vary from airline to airline. The luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 5kg for hand luggage. Ryan Air's luggage allowance is normally up to 20kg (44lbs) and 10kg for hand luggage. All allowances are subject to changes made by the airline.
For more information on luggage allowances please contact our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 or email us at email@example.com.
The transfers on the majority of our flight tours are included. Our Reservations Staff will be able to advise you when you call. On tours where you book your own flight the transfers may only be available at certain times or not at all.
This depends on which airline the flight is booked with. Please call our Customer Service Department on 0844 324 9265 for more details.
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Nema, 0 years ago
Holiday was run by ATI and half the hotels were changed to those in different and noncentral areas. Descriptions of places visited not always accurate. Not met at airport on arrival, as were supposed to be. Leger did not provide an emergency contact number as they said they would and, in any case, could not use phone in USA - an emergence email address is needed. Other things were fine.
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A Spencer, 0 years ago
We waited over 1 hour to be met at San Fransisco airport. Hotels were too far out of the cities (Sahara in Las Vegas was 2 miles from the centre). Los Angeles was in the Harbour area and, nothing to do when back after day trip. Why was our return Virgin flight changed to 22.50 instead of 1520? Otherwise the holiday was good.
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