Best of the West Coast USA 11 Days

$3,499.00

San Francisco, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Solvang, Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon West

Wonders come in many forms, as this exciting itinerary along the West Coast of the USA illustrates perfectly. Beginning with the sights of San Francisco including the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, you'll sample the wines of the gorgeous Napa Valley region, visit the US Navy's Seventh Fleet, and discover the Spanish and Danish histories of Southern California in beautiful San Diego and Solvang. Natural attractions beyond belief await you at the incomparable Grand Canyon West – with an over-night stay in glitzy Las Vegas included!

Tour Highlights:

  • Sightseeing in San Francisco includes Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Sample fine wines on a Napa Valley winery tour
  • See Los Angeles including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Staples Centre
  • In San Diego, visit Balboa Park and the historic Old Town
  • Witness the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
06 May 16 Aug 15 Nov From $3,499 $1000
24 May 23 Aug
14 Jun 18 Oct

Package Inclusions:

  • Economy class airfares, taxes & fuel surcharges departing Sydney or Melbourne with United Airlines or American Airlines (international long haul sectors only, subject to availability)
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation (twin share)
  • Daily breakfast except in Las Vegas
  • Round trip airport and hotel transfers
  • Air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Admissions to scenic attractions and national parks (excludes admissions & optional shows)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide(s)

Package Exclusions:

  • Prepaid tour guide & driver tipping: $160pp
  • Prepaid Optional Admission Package*
  • ESTA US visa waiver application fee (mandatory, approx. USD$14pp)
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Optional Activities: Pricing

  • Universal Studios Tour: $175
  • Las Vegas Night Tour: $60
  • Grand Canyon Helicopter & Boat Ride: $400
  • Napa Valley Wine tasting Basics: + Lunch: $45

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Highlights of USA East Coast 11 Days

From $2499 p/p twin stay

New York, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, Washington DC, Niagara Falls, Boston

Flying to into New York, you can begin your adventure with a guided tour of the city, or take your own bite out of the big apple – feel free to spend the whole day eating pizza if that's what you like! The following day you'll cruise the Hudson river and view the Statue of Liberty and Brooklyn Bridge, before walking and driving through the iconic Manhattan city-scape.

On to Philadelphia, where you will see the Liberty Bell, thought to have been rung after the first reading of the United States Declaration of Independence in 1776. Keeping with the political theme, you will next visit Washington DC and view a number of important landmarks such as the White House, Lincoln Memorial, and the memorials to the Americans who died in the Korean and Vietnam wars. After all of this history, soak up the power of the Niagara Falls, up close on the famous 'Maid of the Mist' cruise, and then explore Boston's Harvard University, Freedom Trail (a 2.5-mile, red-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites in the city), and Public Gardens – established in 1837 and the first public botanical garden in America.

Tour Highlights:

  • Take a bite out of the Big Apple – New York, New York
  • Follow the path to independence in Philadelphia
  • Get a taste of Atlantic City and take a walk on the Atlantic Ocean boardwalk
  • Walk through American history in Washington DC
  • Experience Niagara Falls right up close on the Maid of the Mist
  • Visit Boston and see Harvard University and the oldest public park in the United States
  • Extend your stay in the US with a choice of four additional cities – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and/or Honolulu!

For more information about this pre-tour extension click here.

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Best of USA National Parks 5 nights

From $2499 p/p twin stay

Staying in Las Vegas, Kanab, Salt Lake City, Big Sky, & Jackson – visiting Zion, Yellowstone, & Grand Teton National Parks

Experience many of the USA’s best national parks in a single trip, with the highlights being Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Bryce Canyon, and Zion National Parks. Be sure to have your cameras ready for bears, wolves, bison, elk, antelope and some of the world’s most exotic plants. Marvel at colourful hot springs, mudpools and geysers. See mountain vistas, deep forests and vast lakes, and witness wildlife and the drama of the natural world unfold. From Colorado to Utah to Montana, the journey continues with Nexus Holidays.

Tour Highlights:

  • From Las Vegas, explore the beauty of Colorado, including Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, and Horseshoe Bend
  • Immerse yourself in the mesmerising geological features and wildlife of Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks
  • Drive from Utah to Montana, taking in the amazing broad landscape of Big Sky County
  • Gaze at the soaring peaks of Grand Teton National Park and imagine the lives of the early pioneers

For more information about this pre-tour extension click here.

Accommodation

Los Angeles Hotel Fullerton three stars or similar
Las Vegas Bally’s Las Vegas three stars or similar
San Francisco Courtyard by Marriott Vallejo/Napa Valley three stars or similar
Fly to San Francisco via connecting cities. On arrival in San Francisco, our tour guide will meet you at the airport transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure.
In the morning, take a look at San Francisco, a hilly city surrounded by water on 3 sides. Then visit the Golden Gate Bridge. Opened in 1937, the bridge is still the tallest in the United States, and remains an international icon. Next, visit Fisherman’s Wharf, a popular ‘San Fran’ attraction, famous for crab and clam chowder served in a ‘bowl’ of sourdough bread. Here you can take an optional cruise on San Francisco Bay. Next, visit super-steep Lombard Street, or the Exploratorium – an experiential ‘museum’ of science, art, and human perception. With around 600 installations on show, it has been described as “a mad scientist’s penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one”. To end the day’s tour, we visit the only building remaining from the 1915 World Exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts – a beautiful ‘ruined’ building in an atmospheric setting, inspired by Greek and Roman architecture (look out for the stand of Australian eucalyptus trees!).
Today we’ll visit vineyards located in California’s famed Napa Valley – a world-renowned region for winemaking. Wine tasting is available (at your own expense). The tour usually ends at 5:00 pm, but there could be delays caused by traffic, weather, or other circumstances. Usually two wineries will be visited – Robert Mondavi Winery and Bringers Vineyards, however this is subject to change, so please confirm with the tour guide on the day.
Today we go to Santa Barbara, where Spanish colonial architecture is fused with modern details, giving the city a casual elegance. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key to the development of the region. Continue on to Solvang, a quaint community established by Danish immigrants, to browse in the local shops. Brilliant sunshine, boundless open country and rolling hills are why the original settlers called this place ‘Sunny Field’. Pour yourself a cup of aromatic European-style coffee and tuck into a delicious Danish pastry.
Los Angeles city tour: Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the Staples Centre – experience movie magic at it’s best! Optional tour: Universal Studios, which offers the Hollywood experience through amazing attractions and behind-the-scenes exclusives!
Leave Los Angeles in the morning, and drive along the beautiful coast of southern California to San Diego, a beautiful seaport city in southern California. In San Diego, visit the port and view the world-famous bustling home of the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet. Then, visit one of the earliest public parks in the United States – Balboa Park, which hosted the World Expo in 1915. The park has 15 major museums, and often hosts plays, musicals, and all kinds of big events. Balboa Park was registered as a national historic landmark in 1977. This region is considered ‘the birthplace of California’. It was here in 1769 that Father Junipero Serra came to establish the first of 21 missions that became the cornerstones of the state. Today, Old Town San Diego still preserves its rich heritage from the period of 1821-1871. In the evening, return to Los Angeles, ending our one-day tour of San Diego’s rich culture and history.
On leaving Los Angeles, we’ll stop by a factory outlet on the way to Las Vegas, the gambling capital of the world. You will stay at a hotel located right in the thick of the action along the Las Vegas Strip, with famous attractions such as the ‘glass pyramid’ Luxor Hotel, New York New York, Treasure Island, and Mirage all within walking distance. You may also join an optional night tour or see the best-selling showgirl production ‘Jubilee’.
Depart Las Vegas in the morning and proceed to Grand Canyon West. There you will have the option of stepping onto the world-famous Skywalk, suspended 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. This 30-million dollar bridge affords sweeping views of the canyon below. Back in Las Vegas, you may also join an optional tour of the city after dark, with stops at famous casinos on both ends of the Strip. NOTE: Grand Canyon West is NOT part of Grand Canyon National Park. Grand Canyon West is located within the Hualapai American Indian Reservation and is owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe.
Depart for home from Las Vegas Airport.
Arrive back in Australia.