LA to the Bay

Tour Length
11 days
From
US$1799
X

Check Availability

Please select a departure date

All departures for this trip are Definite Departures
< >
November 2014
SMTWTFS
      
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
Sold out
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
20
21
22
23
24
25
Sold out
26
27
28
29
30
      
December 2014
SMTWTFS
 
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
   
 
January 2015
SMTWTFS
    
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
 
February 2015
SMTWTFS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
 
March 2015
SMTWTFS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
    
 
April 2015
SMTWTFS
   
Sold out
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
16
17
18
19
20
21
23
24
25
27
28
30
  
 
May 2015
SMTWTFS
     
01
02
03
04
05
07
08
09
10
11
12
14
15
16
17
18
19
21
22
23
24
25
26
28
29
30
31
      
June 2015
SMTWTFS
 
01
02
04
05
06
07
08
09
11
12
13
15
16
18
19
21
22
23
25
26
27
29
30
    
 
July 2015
SMTWTFS
   
02
03
04
05
06
07
09
10
11
13
14
16
17
18
20
21
23
24
25
27
28
30
31
 
 
August 2015
SMTWTFS
      
01
02
03
04
06
07
08
10
11
13
14
15
16
17
18
20
21
22
24
25
27
28
29
30
31
     
September 2015
SMTWTFS
  
01
03
04
05
06
07
08
10
11
12
13
14
15
17
18
19
20
21
22
24
25
26
27
28
29
   
 
October 2015
SMTWTFS
    
01
02
03
04
05
06
08
09
10
11
12
13
15
16
17
18
19
20
22
23
24
25
26
27
29
30
31
 
November 2015
SMTWTFS
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
12
13
14
15
16
17
19
20
21
22
23
24
26
27
28
29
30
     
 
December 2015
SMTWTFS
  
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
  
 
January 2016
SMTWTFS
     
01
02
03
04
05
06
07
08
09
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
      
 

Tour starts

Tour ends

 
 

Price

 
12 Nov 2014
22 Nov 2014
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
19 Nov 2014
29 Nov 2014
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
26 Nov 2014
06 Dec 2014
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
01 Apr 2015
11 Apr 2015
Definite departure  
 
Sold out
 
15 Apr 2015
25 Apr 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
22 Apr 2015
02 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
26 Apr 2015
06 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
29 Apr 2015
09 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
06 May 2015
16 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
13 May 2015
23 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
20 May 2015
30 May 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
27 May 2015
06 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
03 Jun 2015
13 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
10 Jun 2015
20 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
14 Jun 2015
24 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
17 Jun 2015
27 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
20 Jun 2015
30 Jun 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
24 Jun 2015
04 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
28 Jun 2015
08 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
01 Jul 2015
11 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
08 Jul 2015
18 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
12 Jul 2015
22 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
15 Jul 2015
25 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
19 Jul 2015
29 Jul 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
22 Jul 2015
01 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
26 Jul 2015
05 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
29 Jul 2015
08 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
05 Aug 2015
15 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
09 Aug 2015
19 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
12 Aug 2015
22 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
19 Aug 2015
29 Aug 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
23 Aug 2015
02 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
26 Aug 2015
05 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
02 Sep 2015
12 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
09 Sep 2015
19 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
16 Sep 2015
26 Sep 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1885
 
23 Sep 2015
03 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
30 Sep 2015
10 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
07 Oct 2015
17 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
14 Oct 2015
24 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
21 Oct 2015
31 Oct 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
28 Oct 2015
07 Nov 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
11 Nov 2015
21 Nov 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
18 Nov 2015
28 Nov 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799
 
25 Nov 2015
05 Dec 2015
Definite departure  
 
US$1799

Important Notice:

For winter departures check out the LA to the Bay Winter trip

Overview Reviews
11 days
2 World Heritage Sites visited
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ See reviews
Tour Map

You will visit: California, Arizona & Nevada, including San Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Bass Lake & San Francisco

From L.A. to the Bay, we've got you covered. Starting in L.A., the city known for it's temperate climate and awesome beaches you'll have a chance to admire the Grand Canyon, gallivant around the Las Vegas strip, delight in the natural beauty of Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park and finishing in 'the city by the bay', San Francisco.

Top Offers & Trip Notes

Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Los Angeles to San Diego

Meet up with your Contiki crew and Tour Manager before cruising through Orange County and along the Pacific coastline to laid-back San Diego.

Get a feel for the city’s easy-going vibes with a look around San Diego’s vibrant neighborhoods. In Old Town, your Tour Manager will give you the story behind the original pueblo (village), with its Adobe buildings (made of brick, straw and mud) and show you the 19th century buildings of the Gaslamp Quarter's. You’ll also see Balboa Park, which holds the largest urban cultural park in the USA and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

Tonight, make your first night on tour one to remember and get to know the group over dinner before heading out for a fun night exploring the Gaslamp District’s funky live music venues or one of the many cool bars.

Hotel Dinner

  • Drive through the O.C. & along the scenic Pacific Coast
  • See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego
  • Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine
  • Panoramic view of the city's skyline from Coronado Bridge
  • Speedboat Adventure
    USD $61.00
2 San Diego

With a full day in San Diego, live a bit of the California lifestyle and get into some outdoor activities. With 42 miles of beaches, a Mediterranean climate and loads of parks, San Diego is all about kicking back in the pleasant surrounds.

Otherwise, visit the San Diego Zoo, known for its conservation efforts and vast numbers of animals (over 4000!)

If the weather is good, we’ll cruise out to the locals’ favorite spot, Mission Beach, for a few hours soaking up the sun or walking along the boardwalk for views of ocean. Don’t forget your towel and swimmers.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Visit Mission Beach (weather permitting)
  • San Diego Zoo
    USD $40.00
  • Surf Lesson (Seasonal)
    USD $60.00
3 San Diego to Phoenix

Things are about to get hotter as we head to Phoenix, a massive metropolis sitting smack in the middle of the desert. With around 300 days of sunshine per year, this place is all about shopping, sports and nightlife.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, the Anza Borrego and Sonoran deserts
4 Phoenix to the Grand Canyon

Kick start the day with an unforgettable optional excursion: a hot-air balloon ride over the Sonoran Desert and “Valley of the Sun”. The combination of full blown vistas over the desert and a champagne breakfast upon landing make this an amazing experience.

We continue deeper into the Wild West as we head to stunning Sedona. Chill out and watch the region’s recognizable red rock cliffs, rugged spires and mesas (flat-topped rock formations) go by from the coach. Your Tour Manager will tell you about this eco-friendly town that is also known for its high-energy red rocks.

There’s a chance to explore this stunning red rock country with our Local Guide on an optional 4WD tour through the historic canyons. Learn local legends and even pick up a piece of Native American jewelery.

We continue on to the mind-blowing landscape of the Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and pride of Arizona.

Cabin Breakfast,Dinner

  • Drive the scenic route through "Red Rock" country
  • Shop for Native American jewelery
  • Drive through beautiful Oak Creek Canyon
  • Visit Grand Canyon National Park
  • Hot Air Balloon
    USD $167.00
  • Jeep Tours
    USD $48.00
5 Grand Canyon National Park

A day here means time to take in the immensity and spine-tingling beauty of the scene-stealing Canyon – it has got a rep for a reason!

This morning get up close to this UNESCO World Heritage site on an optional helicopter ride and get another angle on the Canyon as you fly over it.

Hike along the South Rim for mind-blowing vistas of the dramatic scenery. See some of the oldest exposed rocks on earth, take in the deep abyss and soak up the wildness of the area. There are trails for all levels of hiking, so take it up a notch or cruise along at your own pace.

Wrap up the day with a canyon sunset and take in the stunning changes of light while the sun goes down.

Cabin

  • Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
  • Capture incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal)
    USD $42.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Imperial
    USD $265.00
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon
    USD $195.00
6 Grand Canyon to Las Vegas

Leaving behind the Grand Canyon, we stop off at Seligman, an historic Route 66 town. Get a feel for the old style as you check out 1940’s shop fronts and motels. Maybe pick up a souvenir for back home.

Then following a section of the legendary Route 66, we head north. With down time on the coach, plug in your MP3, catch on some sleep or chat with your friends.

Get ready to arrive in larger-than-life Las Vegas – a man-made entertainment oasis smack in the middle of the desert. Often dubbed Sin City, it’s all about glitz, neon lights, and excess.

See the bright lights of this city and its world-famous casinos in a first taste of Vegas kitsch as the group heads down the main drag, the “Strip”, and your Tour Manager fills you in on the story behind Vegas.

Then cruise downtown to Freemont Street and experience a slice of the spectacular at a light and laser show in a massive pedestrian mall.

Hotel Breakfast,Dinner

  • Stop for photos & souvenirs along Route 66
  • Evening tour of the famous Vegas 'Strip'
  • Visit Fremont Street & see the light-and-laser show
  • Group Photo
    USD $15.00
7 Las Vegas

With a free day, you’ve got time to get a real feel for this outrageous town, so keep an eye out for Elvis impersonators and fast-paced chapel weddings!

Explore more of the Strip and check out over-the-top versions of international icons, like the Eiffel Tower, Venetian canals and gondolas, a Roman temple or the pyramid, whose nightlight can be seen from the moon. Try your luck at one of the casinos, sit yourself down at a blackjack table and watch the high-rollers or go for a ride at one of the casino’s theme-parks. If you work up an appetite, tuck into an all you can eat buffet, and lunch American style.

For something different, discover Las Vegas’ trademark art at the Neon Museum and for a look into this town’s atomic heyday in the 50s, visit the Atomic Testing Museum.

Tonight, get some pointers on Las Vegas’ hot spots from your Tour Manager and make the most of this towns’ 24/7 action with some of your new friends.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Experience some of the world's largest hotels & casinos
  • Live it up Vegas-style with a limo ride & champagne
  • Non-stop nightlife
  • Dinner & Cirque du Soliel *December departures onwards
    Show only USD$90.00 Category D seating) Dinner & Show $150.00
8 Las Vegas to Bass Lake

Today, it’s a total change of scene when leave behind flashy Vegas and the desert to arrive in the outdoor capital of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Make the most of picturesque Bass Lake and wind down in your chalet. With two nights at this lakefront resort, you can unpack your things, kickback on your chalet’s deck and soak up the views.

Chalet Dinner

  • See the famous Joshua Trees
9 Yosemite National Park

Get back to nature with a day in Yosemite National Park. This place has a reputation for a reason – it’s absolutely stunning. With a dramatic combination of waterfalls, woods, towering mountains and wildlife, Yosemite will take your breath away. Keep an eye out and a camera handy in case you’re lucky enough to see black bears, deer and coyotes.

Your Tour Manager will tell you all about Yosemite as you check out the massive El Capitan rock and the sheerest cliff in the USA, Half Dome. It’s guaranteed to impress. You’ll also see the breathtaking Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls.

Add to your time here and hike or bike along the park’s trails to experience this unique environment first hand and close up.

Tonight, if the weather is good, cook up a BBQ on your chalet’s deck and enjoy eating under the open night sky.

Chalet Breakfast,Dinner

  • Relax in the stunning mountain paradise of Bass Lake - swim, catch some rays & enjoy watersports (seasonal)
  • See Yosemite's famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome
  • See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls
  • Hike around Yosemite Valley's Park trails (seasonal)
10 Bass Lake to San Francisco

Cruise on through the San Joaquin Valley to free-wheeling San Francisco, via Oakland. Colourful, cosmopolitan and creative, San Francisco is packed with characters, free-thinkers, and artists. You’ll see the signs of its recent history where it served as the hub of the gold rush, as well as the center for Beatnik and Hippy cultures.

After crossing over the Bay Bridge for a panorama of the area, get familiar with this buzzing city as your Tour Manager shows you around San Francisco’s key sights. We stop off at Fisherman’s Wharf for a slice of the historic waterfront lifestyle, where you can order some fresh fish or crab from sidewalk stands. Cross San Francisco’s landmark suspension bridge, the Golden Gate, and check out the city’s iconic row houses on Alamo Square. This afternoon, take it down a notch & soak up the sunset on out included catamaran cruise around San Francisco Bay.

Thriving with activity, Chinatown is a fun, kitsch experience. Tonight there's a chance to celebrate the last night of your tour with an optional meal in one of its many authentic restaurants.

Hotel Breakfast

  • Cross the Oakland Bay & Golden Gate Bridges
  • See North Beach, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Haight Ashbury & the city's iconic cable cars
  • Visit Fisherman's Wharf
  • Sit back, chill & enjoy the San Fran sunset on a catamaran cruise
  • Chinatown Dinner
    USD $25.00
11 Depart San Francisco

This morning the tour ends and it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends.

Ready to book?

Get a quote or book
Check availability

What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 10 nights accommodation: 6 nights in twin-share hotels, 2 nights in a twin-share cabin & 2 nights Special Stay experience
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes & service charges

Team

An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts & 5 dinners

Inclusions

  • Drive through the O.C. & along the scenic Pacific Coast
  • See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego
See More

Me Time

  • Speedboat Adventure
  • San Diego Zoo
See More

On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$163
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

Questions?

x

Visas? Money? Where to go? Chat to us about travel.