Best of the West

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Best of the West

from £1,109
Duration: 15 days
Countries: United States of America
Stargaze in Los Angeles, marvel at a Grand Canyon sunset, get your kicks on Route 66, take a chance in Las Vegas, camp under the stars, hike in Yosemite.

Best of the West

Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America’s West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is perfect for travellers who want to inject a little downtown energy into their out-of-town escapes. In the cities, you’ll traverse the concrete jungle by day with an expert CEO and overnight in centrally located hotels. Elsewhere, you’ll get the chance to marvel at the grandeur of the Grand Canyon and bike in the Yosemite Valley before tucking into a barbecue dinner and camping under the stars. This is no dream; it’s the West like you’ve never seen it before.


Day 1Los Angeles
Arrive at any time.

Day 2Los Angeles/San Diego(1D)
Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.

Day 3San Diego/Scottsdale(1B, 1L)
Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, then travel to Scottsdale, known as the “West's Most Western” town.

Day 4Scottsdale/Grand Canyon(1L, 1D)
Visit Montezuma Castle, enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder. Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.

Day 5Grand Canyon(1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

Day 6Grand Canyon/Las Vegas(1B, 1L)
Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

Day 7Las Vegas
Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

Day 8Las Vegas/Bishop(1L, 1D)
Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP. In the evening, opt to stargaze at a secluded hot spring.

Day 9Bishop/Yosemite National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)
Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.

Day 10Yosemite National Park(1B, 1L, 1D)
Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle.

Day 11Yosemite National Park/San Francisco(1B, 1L)
Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or set sail in the setting sun.

Day 12San Francisco
Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

Day 13San Francisco/Morro Bay(1L, 1D)
Visit historic Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.

Day 14Morro Bay/Los Angeles(1B)
Travel along the stunning Pacific coast. Pass by popular sites on the way into California's most glamourous city.

Day 15Los Angeles
Depart at any time.

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What's Included

Free Wi-FiThis adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.
Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
Orientation to Las Vegas
Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle
Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
Mono Lake visit and and walk amongst tufas
Drive along California’s scenic Highway No
1 including Monterey and Big Sur
Transportation between destinations and included activities
7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners. (Allow USD200-250 for meals not included.)
Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking
1 or 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout, depending on group size.
Small group experience; Max 22, avg 16.
Hotels/hostels (7 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (7 nts).

About StudentUniverse

StudentUniverse has been supplying the best flight, hotel and tours deals to students around the world for years now and we’re delighted to be the preferred travel partner of and to make your travel experience even more amazing.

We have a great team of travel gurus that understand what a gap year is all about just waiting to help you, and since we are part of the Flight Centre Travel Group we are able to offer the best flights, gap year packages, hostels, tours, volunteer placements and insurance - the works. This is not your average travel agency, it’s the ultimate backpacker travel agency.

If you’d like to get in touch to chat about your travels, even if you’re in the preliminary stages and you’d just like some advice, give us a call on 0333 333 9923 or submit an enquiry to StudentUniverse – we’d love to hear from you.

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