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Duration: 15 Days
Location: United States of America
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Explore the world’s most famous National Parks, intriguing Native American culture, amazing desert landscapes, lush forests, lofty peaks of Yosemite and vibrant, pulsating cities. Visit the sophisticated metropolis of San Francisco and the iconic Grand Canyon on our outstanding escorted tour to California.

What’s Included

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin room and includes scheduled direct flights to Los Angeles and returning from San Francisco, 13 nights accommodation on room only basis with four continental breakfasts included in three and four-star hotels, all tours and National Park entrance fees as mentioned, guided city tours of Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco, hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person, the services of a Riviera Tour Manager. Single rooms are subject to availability at the relevant supplement (date dependent).


  • An outstanding tour exploring the western USA’s world-famous National Parks, intriguing native American history, amazing desert landscapes, lush forests and lofty peaks of the Sierra Nevada, including its pulsating and unique cities
  • Return direct scheduled flights (Premium Economy upgrades available at a supplement)
  • Stay in hand-picked three and four-star hotels
  • Stay two nights in cosmopolitan San Francisco, one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities, dominated by the instantly recognisable Golden Gate Bridge, with guided tour
  • Guided tours of San Diego and Los Angeles
  • Stay in glitzy Las Vegas – the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ with eye-popping architecture, staying on ‘the strip’
  • Experience the stunning beauty of the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and Yosemite
  • Visit timeless Monument Valley, a masterpiece of ancient erosion, its iconic sights immortalised in so many classic ‘westerns’
  • Enjoy a superb optional helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, at one mile deep, one of the wonders of the natural world
  • Escorted by our experienced tour manager




You should arrive at the airport to take your flight to Los Angeles. After our afternoon arrival, we transfer to the nearby four-star Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel for one night.


LA, the city of glitz, glamour, the stars and miles of pristine beaches – it’s all here! This morning we see the best it has to offer – Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip, Santa Monica and Venice beach. During the afternoon we head south, following the coast, to charming San Diego, staying two nights at the three-star Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, close to the waterfront and the city’s ‘Little Italy’ quarter with its many restaurants and cafés.


With over 260 days of sunshine a year, San Diego is the classic Southern California city, set around a sweeping bay and numerous sparkling white sand beaches with its beautifully restored Gaslamp Quarter. After an included morning city tour, you are free to experience San Diego’s numerous attractions. A great favourite is the Maritime Museum with its many historical ships. A visit to the Midway is particularly fascinating and includes a tour of three decks, 35 types of aircraft and even the option of trying out your own flying skills in a high-tech flight simulator! During the afternoon, why not dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean? Next to the world-famous San Diego Zoo are the 1,200 acres of Balboa Park, the largest cultural complex west of the Mississippi with 15 museums and numerous other attractions, all set amidst wonderful sub-tropical gardens and fountains.


Today we leave the coast driving towards Phoenix in Arizona. Climbing to 4,000ft, passing though the Cleveland National Forest and hugging the US Mexico border, we descend towards the hot sands and wide plains of the lower Mojave Desert. We cross the Colorado River and the California – Arizona state line at Yuma before staying one night at the excellent Hampton Inn Happy Valley, just north of Phoenix.


Leaving Phoenix we drive through the Sonora Desert, the ‘new-age’ resort of Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon and then on towards the Grand Canyon itself. When you first experience this great chasm, the grandeur is truly overwhelming, almost beyond the grasp of human imagination and one of the few sights in the world that mere words can never, ever describe! Photographs or mere statistics just cannot prepare you for such gigantean scale: over a mile deep, with rocks as old as the earth itself. Its mind-boggling series of shapes, colours and glaring desert light; contrast with jet black shadows, formed by pinnacles of rock interspersed by stark promontories. The south rim extends for 14 miles and we visit some of the best viewing points, each one providing a different perspective over the constantly changing panorama. Our hotel is the three-star Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn, just outside the National Park.


This morning you have the option of taking a once-in-a-lifetime helicopter flight for the ultimate panoramic view of the Grand Canyon, a truly magical display of natural beauty! As the light gradually grows ever stronger, the crisp shadows rapidly shorten and the greys and blues change to reds, yellows and ochres in a kaleidoscope of intensive colour. It is at moments such as these that you truly feel the might of Mother Nature! From the Desert View Watchtower we have our final, lingering look over the canyon with the meandering Colorado River visible in the distance, before crossing the Painted Desert, through the vast 16 million-acre Navajo Indian Reservation, towards Monument Valley. Arriving a few hours before sunset, this is the best time to view the incredible flat-topped towers of red sandstone that rise so dramatically from the surrounding barren desert, with the softer light affording ideal photographic conditions.

Here, the bustle of civilization seems so far away and as the sun sets there is an amazing and almost magical stillness in the air. For those wishing to see the Valley from a different perspective and gain a greater understanding of its historical significance we have the option of a guided 4×4 tour by a local Navajo Indian. Tonight we stay at the three-star Monument Valley Inn in the nearby small community of Kayenta.


After an early start we arrive at the town of Page just next to the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and whose building created the vast Lake Powell. We then cross into the Mormon state of Utah and climb to almost 8,000ft as we arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park. Created by thousands of years of erosion, Bryce Canyon presents an almost surreal landscape of multi-hued and delicate rock pinnacles – a quite exceptional, strange and exotic topography with a uniquely fragile quality. We stay in the three-star Best Western Ruby’s Inn, a mile outside the park.


This morning we continue to Zion National Park where the scenery is made up of layers of petrified sand dunes, hundreds of feet thick as well as huge sheer cliffs and gorges. Unlike the Grand Canyon and Bryce, we reach the bottom of the main canyon experiencing a completely new perspective. Leaving Zion in the afternoon we drive towards the glittering bright lights of Las Vegas, the glow of which can be seen from thirty miles. Our hotel for two nights is the stylish four–star Tropicana Resort & Casino superbly situated in the vibrant heart of the Vegas ‘strip’. Tonight we have the option of a ‘Vegas by Night’ tour, probably the best time to appreciate its unique atmosphere with everything bathed in a glow of all-encapsulating neon, so brash it’s almost an art form.


Today we have a full day at leisure to explore the self-styled ‘entertainment capital of the world’ which really is everything you expect it to be. It’s an almost surreal apparition growing out of the desert! It’s where the world’s most renowned sights and cities such as Venice, Paris, New York and even the Pyramids have been recreated in such detail. This evening why not take in a show? Always amongst the most impressive in the world, you are assured of a memorable night whichever one you choose.


Today we leave Las Vegas driving through the barren Mojave Desert. Our route skirts the famous Edwards Air Force base, before climbing even higher through the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. On reaching the peak, literally from one minute to the next the climate changes from the burning heat of the desert to temperate grasslands and forest as we cross the Tehachapi Pass and travel through the vast fertile plains of the San Joaquin Valley.

This evening, we stay at the three-star Yosemite Southgate Hotel in Oakhurst just outside Yosemite National Park.


This morning we enter the park and drive through incredible scenery to Yosemite Valley itself where we are confronted by one of the most staggering views in the USA: a deep, lushly forested valley encircled by the steely grey vastness of sheer granite cliffs and domes rising by over 4,000ft on all sides, bisected by some of the highest waterfalls in North America. Dominated by the granite monolith of El Capitan on one side and the instantly recognisable Half Dome on the other, it is impossible not to find your heart touched by this overwhelming natural grandeur. We then continue to Sonora staying overnight in the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks for one night.


We travel to San Francisco this morning and stay at the three-star superior Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel for two nights.

For many, San Francisco will be one of the highlights of the tour. From its beginnings as a 19th century mining boomtown to the sophisticated metropolis you see today, it is simply one of the most beautiful and fascinating cities in the world. Nestling on a bay astride the blue Pacific Ocean, dominated by the instantly recognisable Golden Gate Bridge, the city spreads out over forty-three steep hills on one side and a vibrant green carpet of forests on the other.

This morning we have a guided tour of the city, visiting Fisherman’s Wharf, Nob Hill, Lombard Street and Union Square. The rest of your day is at leisure.


Our final full day and there’s still so much to do! You can amble through Chinatown, the largest outside Asia, and wonder at the pagodas and oriental markets. Or perhaps take a stroll down to the renovated Ferry Plaza Building on the waterfront, converted into a huge alfresco Farmers’ Market every Saturday. Try the once predominantly Italian North Beach, still home to innumerable bistros, delis and bakeries, which during the 50’s attracted the bohemian writers and avant-garde artists of the Beatnik movement.

And don’t forget the Haight-Ashbury district and the ‘Summer of Love’ for which San Francisco is still famous today. Alternatively, there’s an optional trip to visit Muir Woods, a US National Monument, which contains a unique 560-acre stand of giant 300-foot high Coast Redwoods. The trip also visits the quaint artists’ colony of Sausalito.


Our flights depart in the late afternoon, so why not use your final morning for some last minute shopping – Macy’s department store is always popular and is centrally located on nearby Union Square.


We arrive back in the UK after a very special tour, the memories of which will last a lifetime.


Dates, Prices & Accommodations

Selected departures September 2017 to September 2018
Based on London Heathrow and Dublin Departures, please call for for more information


13 Sep 2017 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,299.00
19 Sep 2017 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,299.00
04 Oct 2017 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,299.00
12 Oct 2017 13:00  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,299.00
25 Oct 2017 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,169.00
08 Nov 2017 15:30  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £1,849.00
14 Mar 2018 15:30  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,199.00
11 Apr 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,419.00
01 May 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,499.00
21 May 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,599.00
06 Jun 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,599.00
19 Jul 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,999.00
22 Aug 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,649.00
09 Sep 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,649.00
26 Sep 2018 15:40  London Heathrow Airport See Itinerary £2,649.00



04 Oct 2017 11:05  Dublin Airport See Itinerary £2,493.00
08 Nov 2017 10:20  Dublin Airport See Itinerary £2,029.00


Accommodation Details

Los Angeles – four-star Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel (

The four-star Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel is just a couple minutes’ drive outside the airport, ideal after a long flight. There’s a large free-form outdoor pool, jacuzzi and fitness room. Dining options include an all-day Bistro restaurant with Starbucks coffee, a sports bar and Andiamo, specialising in northern Italian cuisine. The 1,234 rooms are all spacious, comfortably furnished and feature Hilton’s Serenity bedding, with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, iron/iron board, flat-screen cable TV, writing desk, wireless internet (extra charge) and tea/coffee-maker.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

San Diego – the three-star Best Western Bayside Inn (

The three-star Best Western Bayside Inn is in downtown San Diego, three blocks, or a 10 minute stroll, from the bay and the famous Maritime Museum. The city’s Little Italy quarter starts just opposite the hotel and is full of plenty of interesting places to eat. The hotel has small outdoor heated pool and the Bayside bar & grill (closed weekends). All the well-appointed 122 rooms are air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom & hairdryer, iron/iron board, free wireless internet, cable TV, writing desk, microwave & fridge, coffee-maker and a small balcony with bay or city views. A complimentary breakfast buffet and newspapers are available each morning.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Phoenix – the three-star Hampton Inn Phoenix North/Happy Valley (

The three-star Hampton Inn Phoenix North/Happy Valley, is located in Happy Valley, a suburb north of central Phoenix. It’s within easy walking distance of the Happy Valley Town centre . There is a comfortable lobby with free wireless internet and complimentary tea/coffee all day, a snack shop, breakfast room, outdoor pool and fitness room on the premises, plus plenty of varied dining choices and shopping within walking distance. There are 125 comfortable rooms with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom & hairdryer, flat-screen cable TV, writing desk, free wireless internet, iron/iron board and coffee-maker. A complimentary breakfast buffet is available daily.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Grand Canyon, Tusayan – the three-star superior Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn (

The three-star superior Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn is situated near the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park. The hotel benefits from having a couple of restaurants offering local and international cuisine, a coffee shop and Fireside lounge, there is also an outdoor pool (seasonal) and a spa tub.  The 250 newly refurbished spacious rooms have air conditioning, TV, coffee maker, hairdryer and safe.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Kayenta, Monument Valley – the three-star Monument Valley Inn(

The three-star Monument Valley Inn is a motel-style property located in the small community of Kayenta, within the largest Indian Reservation in the USA and just a few miles from Monument Valley. The hotel has a small outdoor pool, a restaurant and fitness room. The 164 spacious rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, iron/iron board and coffee-maker.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Bryce Canyon – the three-star Best Western Ruby’s Inn (

The three-star Best Western Ruby’s Inn is located just a mile from the park entrance. There’s an impressive wood-panelled lobby, an indoor heated pool & Jacuzzi, a popular buffet restaurant and a separate fast-food outlet as well as an indoor dining & entertainment venue with a wild-west dinner show (summer months). There’s a large general store on the premises and several shops across the road, as well as a small evening rodeo (Wed-Sat) in the summer months. The 370 comfortable rooms are in motel-style blocks and all have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, free wireless internet, writing desk, iron/iron board, fridge, microwave and tea/coffee-maker.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Las Vegas – four-star Tropicana Resort & Casino (

The recently-renovated four-star Tropicana Resort & Casino is perfectly located right on the famous Las Vegas ‘strip’. The hotel has a casino, three dining venues, evening entertainment, a nightclub and four acres of tropical landscaped gardens including one of the best pools in Vegas, plus a fitness centre & spa. The 1,375 spacious well-appointed rooms all have air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with hairdryer, flat-screen cable TV, writing desk, wireless internet (extra charge), iron/iron board and tea/coffee-maker.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Oakhurst, Yosemite National Park – the three-star Yosemite Southgate Hotel 

The three-star Yosemite Southgate Hotel is located in the small town of Oakhurst in the hills a few miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park. There’s a small outdoor pool, fitness room and breakfast room. There’re several local restaurants within walking distance. The 80 spacious rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, iron/iron board and coffee-maker. A complimentary simple continental breakfast is available daily.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

Sonora – the three-star Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks(

The three-star Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks is a short distance to Yosemite National Park, located in the heart of Gold Country and nestled under a grove of ancient oaks in the Columbia Historic Park area of the Sierra Foothills Is the Best Western Plus Sonora Oaks hotel.  There is an outdoor pool (heated seasonally), spa and a restaurant and lounge offering international food options.  The 101 rooms of the hotel are comfortable, and well-appointed with coffee/tea maker, hairdryer and safe

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.

San Francisco – the three-star superior Holiday Inn Golden Gateway(

The three-star superior Holiday Inn Golden Gateway is located on Van Ness Avenue, with one of the city’s historic cable car lines just outside. The hotel has a restaurant open for breakfast and lunch, and the Interlude Bar & Grill for the evenings, as well as plenty of restaurants nearby. There’s an outdoor pool with city views and a fitness centre. The 499 rooms are comfortably furnished, with air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, iron/iron board, flat-screen cable TV, writing desk, free wireless internet, fridge, tea/coffee-maker and great views of San Francisco’s skyline.

Swimming pools in the USA: outdoor pools may be closed early or late in the season.



There are few places in the world that generate more iconic imagery than California and the western USA, and even fewer live up to it in reality! The sights and amazing natural wonders just roll off the tongue, with probably nothing more aptly named than the Grand Canyon. Then there’s Monument Valley, whose towering sandstone pillars are immortalised in countless Westerns, the Painted Desert, Yosemite, home to the highest waterfall in the USA, the lofty snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The natural splendours of this huge region are quite simply astonishing. Combine these with the allure of such genuinely unique cities as San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas and you have a destination that simply cannot be matched. Our tour visits all these and more besides!

Inhabited for thousands of years by Native Americans, California and Arizona were then visited by Spanish explorers searching, as always, for gold. They found none, but founded Missions all along the California coast. During the 19th century, California, Nevada, Utah and most of Arizona, were ceded to the USA for just $15 million and by a twist of fate, barely a year later gold was finally discovered and the Californian Gold Rush began. Prospectors flooded in and within just a year San Francisco’s population rocketed from just 600 to 25,000. They were soon followed by the trans-continental railroad and the ‘Golden State’ was born.

The names of the cities, some of the most famous in the world, still display their Spanish heritage: San Francisco, charmingly eccentric with a topography few cities in the world can match. Its centre is row upon row of lovingly restored Victorian houses, easily explored using the iconic wooden cable cars that trundle up and down the steep hills and valleys. The magnificent brick-red Golden Gate Bridge beautifully completes the picture.

In contrast, Los Angeles is the archetypal US mega-city: criss-crossed by 6-lane freeways. Nevertheless, it is home to some very attractive and exciting neighbourhoods like Santa Monica, Venice Beach and Pasadena, and no visit would be complete without a stroll down the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame!

Then it’s off to San Diego, which has the laid-back atmosphere so typical of Southern California – its surfing beaches, cultural attractions and the balmy climate have made it one of America’s most popular cities. Finally there’s Las Vegas, originally an isolated oasis in the Mojave Desert and now a vibrant, exciting and genuinely fascinating manmade wonder that attracts over 40 million visitors a year and boasts 15 of the world’s largest hotels.

For many, however, the real attraction will be America’s most famous National Parks. The Grand Canyon is such an astonishing natural wonder that the sheer scale of it is almost too much to comprehend. Over a mile deep and 14 miles across, this geological masterpiece offers a glimpse of the enormous complexity and beauty of the normally hidden rocks beneath our feet. There is simply nowhere like it on earth! Subject to weather conditions, there is the option of a spectacular helicopter flight over the canyon. Much of Arizona is occupied by the Navajo Reservation – one of the few Indian tribes that has rejected the commercialism of gambling in favour of heritage tourism. We visit their most famous treasure, Monument Valley. This instantly recognisable landscape, with its fiery-red spindles of rock is even more spectacular when you find yourself within it!

In nearby Utah we visit Bryce Canyon, an enormous amphitheatre created by thousands of spires, pinnacles and towers of eroded pink-hued rocks that have produced an intricate labyrinth of deep gullies. Finally, high in California’s Sierra Nevada we visit Yosemite and some of the world’s most pristine and awe-inspiring wilderness. Dominated by the huge mass of the Half Dome rising to almost 9,000ft, its vertical granite wall is so huge and smooth that until 50 years ago it was thought to be un-climbable. The wildlife is as varied as the landscapes. There are the black bears of Yosemite, mule deer and chipmunks at Bryce and rare mountain lions at even higher altitudes, whilst coyotes still roam the deserts and vultures soar over the canyons. From the highest plateau to the deepest gorge, from LA to San Francisco, this tour showcases the very best of western USA’s natural and manmade wonders and you will return home with some truly amazing memories.


Visa & Health

British passport holders do not require a visa under the USA Visa Waiver Programme (The VWP allows most British Citizen passport holders to visit the US for up to 90 days). British passport holders qualifying for the Visa Waiver programme must apply online for authorisation to enter the USA, for which there is an administration fee of $14 per person. This may only be submitted online by visiting the official website and registering at least 72 hours prior to travel. Without authorisation prior to travel, admission may be denied at a US port of entry.

Holders of non-British passports will need to contact the American Embassy in London for details at least three months prior to departure. Details can be found on:

As of 01 April 2016, all travellers wishing to enter the US under the VWP now need to hold a passport with an integrated chip (an ePassport). Your passport is an ePassport if it carries the internationally recognised symbol on the front cover. If you do not have an e-passport then you have two options. Either apply for a new passport which contains the embedded electronic chip or obtain a US Tourism & Visitor visa via the following link:

From 21 January 2016 most people who have travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, or Syria since March 2011, or are dual nationals of these countries, will no longer qualify for entry under the Visa Waiver Programme and existing ESTAs could be revoked. You will instead need to apply for a visa from the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.

If you are in any doubt about whether you qualify for the VWP, or if you’re concerned that an existing ESTA may have been cancelled, you should contact the US Embassy or Consulate.

There are no current health requirements for the USA. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest.

This tour also reaches an altitude of 8,000ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during winter, spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.

To make the most of your trip, we recommend you check the Foreign Office website at or call the Foreign Office Travel Advice Unit on 0845 850 2829.

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