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Winter Itinerary (2019) Until Jun 19

From Joshua trees and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, this Los Angeles to San Francisco itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At any of the sights you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: NUPN.C/224193
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Los Angeles, United States
  • Finishes: San Francisco, United States
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Los Angeles
  • Lake Havasu City
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Bakersfield
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco



Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu City

Look for celebs while heading out of town. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park, then end the day next to the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.
Pack up the van in the morning and check out the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on an orientation tour. Drive through Beverly Hills and be dazzled by one of the world's most exclusive three-block district: Rodeo Drive.

In the late morning, take in the iconic trees of Joshua Tree National Park.

In late afternoon, continue on to Lake Havasu City, for the night.


Day 3: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon National Park

Travel to the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon. Enjoy sunset at the rim.
Drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset.


Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas

Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon. After, get your kicks on Route 66 and stop at one of the wackiest, roadside burger joints around. Continue towards Sin City to enjoy exploring the Vegas Strip.


Day 5: Las Vegas/Bakersfield

Head to desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot in North America.
Travel to one of the country's most rugged landscapes — the legendary Death Valley, California. Soak in the dramatic landscape.

In the afternoon, continue on to Bakersfield for the night.


Day 6: Bakersfield/Yosemite National Park

Travel to Yosemite for some trekking (weather permitting) among the giant sequoias.
Head out of town towards Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes (weather permitting) to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk among giant sequoias. If lucky, spot black bears, deer or coyotes with a keen eye.

Spend the night just outside the national park.


Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Leave the Sierra Nevadas and stop to try some of the region's best produce en route to the coast. On the way through San Francisco, take in some first sights. Stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, where on a clear day you can see the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz and the Bay Bridge to one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. Opt to take a cable car ride over the steep hills.
Depart in the morning for one of the greatest cities in the world: San Francisco.

Discover some of the iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and Art Deco design.


Day 8: San Francisco

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this famous city.

    • All national park fees
    • Orientations to Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco
    • Joshua Tree National Park visit
    • Route 66 drive
    • Grand Canyon National Park visit with sunset at the rim
    • Death Valley National Park visit
    • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
    • Yosemite National Park Visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (7 nts)
    • 1 dinner
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Bask in the big-city lights of Los Angeles and Las Vegas
  • Wind through the streets of San Francisco
  • Hike through Yosemite
  • Feel the heat in Death Valley
  • Get your kicks on Route 66
  • Marvel at the twisted trees in Joshua Tree National Park