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LA to the Bay

4.8
113 reviews
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The one that breezes through California, National Parks & The Grand Canyon

Duration
11 Days
Places
12 places

Visiting Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Bass Lake, San Francisco, Sedona, Route 66, Barstow, San Joaquin Valley, Yosemite National Park

Is this trip for me?

Travel Style

Discoverer

Group Size

Average 45 people

Transport Style

Coach

Highlights

  • See Beverly Hills
  • Drive through the O.C. & along the scenic Pacific Coast
  • Panoramic view of the city's skyline from Coronado Bridge
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Part pay financing available with UpLift
  • No change fees
  • No booking fees

What's included?

10 nights accommodation

6 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Lodge, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

Hotels, lodges and resorts are the name of the game. Think comfy pillows and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.

9 Meals

3 Dinner, 6 Breakfast

We'll get 12 of your meals and you get the rest. You can refuel over breakfast and grab some authentic American dinners from us but you'll also get an opportunity to sample some of this country's best gourmet fare.

Team

Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Transport

All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, state of the art coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: USB charge points, WiFi, Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.

Experiences

12 included, 9 optional that you can add

TOP EXPERIENCES ON THIS TRIP:

- Dial up the heat with a spicy Mexican group feast in the vibrant melting pot of San Diego
- Soar over the rugged rock formations of the North Canyon on a breathtaking Helicopter tour*
- Sip champagne and marvel at panoramic views as you soar over the 'Valley of the Sun' in a hot air balloon ride, Phoenix*
- Get up close and personal with the 4,000 animals at San Diego Zoo, the biggest and best non-profit zoo in the world *
- Live your best Vegas life as you cruise along the neon lights of the Strip in the ultimate party bus night tour 
- Get a glimpse of one of the world's wealthiest suburbs in Beverley Hills, LA

*This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in trip costs
3 states, 11 days, 1 damn fine vacay. From the Golden Gate to the Hollywood sign, your eyes will be a popping the whole trip long. We'll feast on legit Mexican food, marvel at Joshua Trees and party in Vegas.

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LA to the Bay

12 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Beverly Hills
  • Drive through the O.C. & along the scenic Pacific Coast
  • Panoramic view of the city's skyline from Coronado Bridge
  • See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego
  • Visit Mission Beach (weather permitting)
  • Go loco as you feast on traditional Mexican cuisine
  • See the Sonoran Desert
  • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
  • Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
  • City sightseeing tour
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • Go wild in Vegas with a Party Bus

9 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Speedboat Adventure USD $67.00
  • San Diego Zoo USD $49.00
  • Lower J on 4WD jeep tour
  • Hot Air Balloon USD $180.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Imperial
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon USD $186.00
  • VIP club entry
  • VIP club entry
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00

Itinerary

Nights spent per location
1
1 night
Los Angeles
2
2 nights
San Diego
1
1 night
Phoenix
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Sedona
2
2 nights
Grand Canyon
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via
Route 66
2
2 nights
Las Vegas
via
via
Barstow
via
via
San Joaquin Valley
2
2 nights
Bass Lake
via
via
Yosemite National Park
San Francisco
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain American trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
inconvenience
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit Contiki.com/about/contikicares.

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