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California Calling

An action-packed all-American journey!

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Group Size: Max 50

Trip code: UHCCLS

Duration: 9 or 11 days

Guided group tour of the west USA
Visit the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and LA
Accommodation and transport included

Journey up the gorgeous west coast of America and discover the very best of this awesome region. Soak up the buzz of Vegas on a party bus ride, check out the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon and get back to nature with a full day in Yosemite National Park. Round off the adventure with a guided tour through San Francisco. This action-packed week is the perfect introduction to the west coast – you’re sure to meet incredible people and make memories to last a lifetime!

Trip highlights

  • Enjoy a party bus experience in the electric streets of Vegas!
  • Gaze out over the epic Grand Canyon
  • Discover the lush beauty of Yosemite National Park
  • See the cool city highlights of San Fran
  • Meet like-minded travellers on this epic adventure
What's included
  • 8 nights’ multi-share accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts & 4 dinners
  • Entry to National Parks
  • Party bus in Las Vegas
  • Grand Canyon day trip
  • Free time in San Diego
  • Driving tours of San Diego, Las Vegas and San Francisco
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Experienced guide
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Most meals, drinks and snacks
  • Optional activities
  • Pre/post-tour accommodation.
Further trip information

Day 1: Los Angeles to San Diego. Meet the rest of your group and guide at 8am in Los Angeles. After introductions, you’ll hit the road and make for your first road trip destination: San Diego. On arrival, you’ll enjoy a driving tour of the city, before tucking into an included Mexican dinner. Optional nightlife tour (extra cost). Dinner included.                              

Please note: Due to the early start on day 1, we recommend you arrive the day before and book an extra night of accommodation at your own cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.

Day 2: San Diego. Enjoy a full free day in stunning San Diego. Spend your time relaxing by the beach and catching some waves with the rest of the surfer dudes, or opt to visit the San Diego Zoo or the USS Midway (extra cost). Breakfast included.

Day 3: San Diego to Prescott, Arizona. Leave San Diego behind and journey east to Prescott, a city surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Hit one of the saloons, order a drink and fall into the gentle way of life here. Breakfast included.

Day 4: Prescott to Grand Canyon Region. Northbound now, as you journey towards the iconic Grand Canyon. Tonight, you’ll enjoy an included all-American BBQ feast. Get some sleep and look forward to seeing the canyon itself tomorrow. Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 5: Grand Canyon Region to Las Vegas, Nevada. Discover the Grand Canyon, an incredible wonder of plummeting rock faces and awesome open spaces. Venture out to the rim of the canyon and gaze out over the landscape. Then, hit Las Vegas and enjoy the weird and wonderful world of rattling coin machines and high-class poker tables. A party bus ride is included to really get you into the swing of things!

Day 6: Las Vegas. Enjoy a full day in Vegas and make the most of the awesome optional activities on offer. Why not hop on an optional helicopter ride over the main strip or check out the skyline from the High Roller Observation Wheel (extra cost)?

Day 7: Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park region, California. Hit the open road once more and journey across to Yosemite National Park. Watch the shifting landscapes whizz by and relax. Why not swap stories with your fellow travellers and put your newfound Vegas skills into practice with a game of cards? Dinner included.

Day 8: Yosemite National Park. Today you’ll enter the lush surroundings of Yosemite National Park. This sweeping region of green forests, gleaming mountains and placid lakes is a gorgeous sight to behold. Make sure you keep an eye out for wildlife too. Yosemite is home to golden eagles, coyotes and even bears! Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9: Yosemite to San Francisco. Arrive into San Francisco, your final stop on this west coast tour. See the hottest sights on a driving tour, then while away the rest of the day with your group, chilling out on the cool San Francisco streets.  Your tour ends at approximately 5pm. Breakfast included.

Please note: If you are travelling from April 2020, you will follow a different itinerary. You will have 2 extra free days in San Francisco at the end of the trip, making the trip 11 days. Please download the trip notes for more infromation.

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Arrival information

Your tour begins at 8am in Los Angeles. Due to this early start, we recommend you arrive at least one day before. Extra accommodation is at your own cost. The tour ends at approximately 5pm in San Francisco on day 9. We recommend booking onwards travel for the next day; extra accommodation for the final night will be at your own cost.

Accommodation & meals

8 nights of multi-share accommodation are included on this group tour. You will stay in a combination of hostels and hotels.

6 breakfasts and 4 dinners are included on this tour. You will need to purchase the rest of your meals yourself.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this group tour is 18. Please note that the legal drinking age in the USA is 21. If you are under 21, you will not be allowed into bars or casinos.

British Nationals visiting the USA will be able to travel (for tourism purposes) under the US ESTA Visa Waiver Programme for durations of up to 90 days. If you intend to stay for longer than this, plan to work, have ever been arrested or hold any criminal convictions however, you will need to apply for a visa.

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