About the tour: West Coast Insider

An unforgettable adventure to the west coast of America! Discover the famous ‘City by the Bay’, San Francisco, and take in the beautiful scenery of Yosemite National Park, before journeying through the Mojave Desert to the bright lights and excitement of Las Vegas. Gaze at the majesty of the Grand Canyon and immerse yourself in the relaxing coastal vibes of San Diego, before taking in a glimpse of the glamour Los Angeles has to offer. Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of Santa Barbara, Monterey and Carmel at the end of this incredible journey; picture-postcard moments are guaranteed!

Tour Includes

  • 13 nights hotel
  • Return flights to San Francisco with one checked-in suitcase
  • Airport transfers in the USA
  • Air-conditioned coach travel
  • Fully escorted in the USA by Tour Director

15 days from £3299 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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    Fly to San Francisco where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay.

    This morning, a fun and exciting city tour provides an overview of the area, and enables you to truly appreciate many of San Francisco’s most famous sights, including Chinatown, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. Your tour will include a ride on one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars.

    No visit to San Francisco would be complete without taking a cruise on the Bay or crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, so in the afternoon we collect a bike from Fisherman’s Wharf and pedal across the Golden Gate before boarding a ferry back across the Bay. We will pass the famous Pier 39 sea lions along the historic waterfront, and see the city’s spectacular skyline. Be sure to take full advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the notorious Alcatraz Island.

    Golden Gate Bridge
    San Francisco

    Included Highlights

    • San Francisco Cable Car Ride
    • San Francisco
    • San Francisco City Tour

    Your Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day. Perhaps take another cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a 'Taste of San Francisco,' including local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s chocolate. Or, take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. 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. Why not visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store?

    San Francisco
    San Francisco

    Included Highlights

    • San Francisco

    This morning, we journey east toward the tranquillity of California’s High Sierras and Yosemite National Park’s nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain. 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. Postcard-worthy moments are in abundance so be sure to have your camera ready!

    Yosemite National Park
    Yosemite National Park

    Included Highlights

    • Yosemite National Park

    Today, travel through the Mojave Desert on your way to Las Vegas.

    A late afternoon arrival in the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World' will give you time to start enjoying this fantastic city right away. Get a taste of sights with an exciting evening tour, featuring the famed casinos along the Strip followed by a visit to Downtown Las Vegas, where you will enjoy the glitzy lights of the Freemont Experience.

    Las Vegas
    Las Vegas

    Included Highlights

    • Las Vegas
    • Las Vegas Evening Tour

    This morning, we stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign, where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas before making your way on an included day trip to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim.

    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 West, you will have time to explore the views on your own.

    You will have the evening at leisure. Your Tour Director will provide recommendations that cater to your desired experience, whether it be partaking in the stellar shopping or enjoying the countless fine dining options that Vegas has to offer.

    Grand Canyon Skywalk
    Grand Canyon West

    Included Highlights

    • Grand Canyon West
    • Las Vegas Welcome Sign
    • Las Vegas

    Today your journey takes you from Las Vegas through Palm Springs; the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, it has a 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 such as Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today, it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and a year-round desert climate. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis.

    We continue south to San Diego, a city known for its beaches, parks and perfect climate. Enjoy the evening at leisure and perhaps visit some of the vibrant neighbourhoods of San Diego.

    Palm Springs
    Palm Springs

    Included Highlights

    • Palm Springs
    • San Diego

    You will explore San Diego, California’s second largest city, with your Tour Director. The relaxed seaside surf vibes of neighbourhoods such as Sunset Beach provide a quintessential Californian coastal experience.

    During your city tour of San Diego’s sights, you will witness the central role of the American Navy in this port city.

    San Diego
    San Diego

    Included Highlights

    • San Diego
    • San Diego City Tour

    This morning, we head north along southern California’s coast toward Orange County or the OC. Enjoy the atmosphere of cliffside Laguna Beach, with its local art galleries and vibrant surf culture.

    Continue onward to Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, a sprawling metropolis, and the home of America’s entertainment industry.

    Enjoy an evening at leisure. Your Tour Director may suggest you explore LA’s smaller neighbouring city of Long Beach, with one of the largest ports in the United States. The port is also home to a historic ocean liner, the Queen Mary.

    Los Angeles
    Los Angeles

    Included Highlights

    • Laguna Beach
    • Los Angeles

    Embark upon an extensive and entertaining tour of Los Angeles that will deliver a true taste of southern California, with a visit to the most popular seaside communities such as Venice, famed for its boardwalk and Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers.

    You will catch a glimpse of the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills, where you just might cross paths with a celebrity shopper or two along Rodeo Drive.

    Enjoy local flavours at the LA Farmer’s Market before making your way to Hollywood, where you will check out the stars on the Walk of Fame, and the celebrity hand and footprints at the Chinese Theatre.

    Hollywood Boulevard
    Los Angeles

    Included Highlights

    • Los Angeles
    • Los Angeles Tour

    This morning, we depart LA and travel through the coastal hamlet of Malibu – home to celebrities and recluses alike, this enclave is like none other in California.

    We continue north up Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Known as the 'American Riviera' for its similarities to the south of France, enjoy local food and wine during a lunch stop. Be sure to check out the city’s unique Spanish architecture at its beautiful City Hall, before continuing to a quaint central coast town for an overnight stay.

    Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara

    Included Highlights

    • Malibu
    • Santa Barbara

    Head north along Highway 1 to one of California’s most unique destinations, Hearst Castle. Built by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, the eclectic collection of old-world architecture and grand gardens is situated amidst a stunning coastal landscape that will leave you in wonder.

    Continue up the curvy coast road through Big Sur, a cliffside retreat where viewpoints over the rugged Pacific coastline are truly unparalleled.

    We head onward over the famed Bixby Bridge to Monterey, California’s first capital city, where you will be able to enjoy your evening at leisure with recommendations from your Tour Director.

    Bixby Bridge, near Monterey

    Included Highlights

    • Hearst Castle
    • Monterey
    • Big Sur

    This morning, you will experience all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer by visiting the quaint village of Carmel, after an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive.

    Afterwards, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district – John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name.

    In the afternoon, pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route back to where you started your unforgettable journey, San Francisco.

    Old Fisherman's Wharf
    Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

    Included Highlights

    • Carmel
    • Old Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey

    Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.

    Arrival in the UK.

    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.


    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 £699.00 (15 days).

    West Coast Insider 15 days from £3299pp

    Book online OR call our friendly travel advisers on:
    01709 787 463


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    During the tour you will stay in hotels such as:

    • The Park Central, San Francisco

    • Hotel Piccadilly, Yosemite Gateway

    • Luxor Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

    • Comfort Inn & Suites San Diego Zoo, San Diego

    • Crowne Plaza LA Harbor, Los Angeles

    • Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Santa Maria, Central Coast

    • Lighthouse Lodge, Monterey/Carmel

    • Four Points SFO Airport, San Francisco

    Please note: due to local laws at least one person in each room booked must be 21 years of age or over.

    All hotels are of European minimum 3-star standard.

    Your Flights

    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 reservations@leger.co.uk.

    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 reservations@leger.co.uk.

    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.
    Return flights to San Francisco are available from Heathrow and Manchester.

    We will book flights to coincide with the arrival of other passengers joining the tour from a variety of UK airports. This is to enable the smooth operation of transfers for the group. Your flight times will be confirmed with your travel documents.

    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.

    All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

    Executive Features

    • Air conditioning
    • Drinks machines
    • Onboard toilet
    • Reclining seats

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