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LA to the Bay

(From April 2021 to Nov 2021)

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

Travel Style

Discoverer

Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    11 days

  • Places

    12 places

  • Meals

    6 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Coach, Surfliner train to San Diego

  • Group Size

    Maximum 54 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Driver team

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

LA to the Bay (From April 2021 to Nov 2021)

15 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Beverly Hills
  • See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip
  • Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach
  • Surfliner Train to San Diego
  • See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego
  • Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert
  • BBQ Dinner in Papago Park
  • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint
  • Hike along the Canyon's South Rim
  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show
  • Evening tour of the famous Las Vegas 'Strip'
  • Entry to Yosemite National Park
  • See Yosemite's famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome
  • See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls (seasonal)
  • Walking Tour in San Francisco

15 Free Time Add-Ons

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

  • Sip & Slide at OUE Skyspace
  • Kayaking in La Jolla Caves
  • Speedboat Adventure USD $67.00
  • 4WD Jeep tour
  • Hot Air Balloon USD $180.00
  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom
  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon USD $186.00
  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal) USD $45.00
  • VIP club entry
  • High Roller Anytime USD $32.00
  • Dig This Experience
  • Top Golf Experience
  • Sky Combat Ace Experience
  • Stratosphere Sky Jump
  • Sunset Sailing in San Francisco

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 10 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    7 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Lodge, 1 night 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.

About this trip

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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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
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  • Via location
  • River route
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Nights spent per location

  1. 1 1 night

    Los Angeles

  2. 1 1 night

    San Diego

  3. 1 1 night

    Phoenix

  4. via via

    Sedona

  5. 2 2 nights

    Grand Canyon

  6. via via

    Route 66

  7. 2 2 nights

    Las Vegas

  8. via via

    Barstow

  9. via via

    San Joaquin Valley

  10. 2 2 nights

    Bass Lake

  11. via via

    Yosemite National Park

  12. 1 1 night

    San Francisco

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DAY 1 - Arrive Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Get into the city that mixes up glamour, grit and the American Dream: Los Angeles. It’s packed with legends, full of energy and there are loads of things to do. Head to mythical Hollywood and walk across the holy ground for stars. Check out the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars are held every year and Mann's Chinese Theatre, where so many greats have pressed their hands into the cement. Cruise down the hottest shopping street in LA, Melrose Avenue, and one of the best areas for nightlife, the Strip (Sunset Boulevard), with its billboards, clubs and eateries, before getting a glimpse at one of the world’s wealthiest suburbs in Beverly Hills. A little further west discover Santa Monica, LA’s oldest beach resort. Known for its liberal vibes, art galleries and wide sand beaches, Santa Monica is all about the California coast lifestyle. See the famous pier, which serves as a permanent amusement park, complete with a solar powered Ferris wheel. Maybe later travel out to LA’s quirkiest suburb where anything goes: Venice Beach. A favourite hang out spot for locals, colourful Venice Beach attracts all sorts of people. Get a feel for street life when you hit the buzzing broadwalk, where performers, tattoo artists, hair braiders, musicians and roller bladders gather. Make sure you check out the markets and stalls, as well as the greased-up body builders pumping iron at the famous open air gym, Muscle Beach. Later head out and hit the town's hottest bars and clubs.

Stay

Kawada Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Beverly Hills

  • See Mann's Chinese Theatre, Walk of Fame and drive along the famous Sunset Strip

  • Visit Santa Monica & Venice Beach

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sip and Slide at OUE Skyspace

DAY 2 - Los Angeles to San Diego

Los Angeles

Next up, the O.C. – Orange County. You’ll join the crew and find yourselves cruising on the Surfliner Train as it cruises across the Pacific coastline before winding around to the super laid back locale of San Diego.

San Diego

Recline into relaxation mode and take in the laid back nature of San Diego. We'll start embodying the easygoing vibes with a visit to the eclectic mix of vibrant neighbourhoods around this city, including Balbao's Park for some Mother Nature time. Consider yourself a thrill seeker? Why not drive your very own speedboat (yes you can take the wheel) with a guide around the San Diego Harbour.  

Stay

Days Inn Hotel Circle

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Surfliner Train to San Diego

  • See downtown San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island & Old Town San Diego

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Kayaking in La Jolla Caves

  • Speedboat Adventure

    USD $67.00

DAY 3 - San Diego to Phoenix

San Diego

Now you've had a taste of living the San Diego dream, it's time to crank up the heat as we enter the desert. We say farewell to our California love and delve a little deeper inland to see what Arizona has to offer.

Phoenix

This impressive metropolis is situated right smack bang in the middle of the desert and is a sight you won't forget anytime soon. Uninterrupted sunshine is expected for approximately 300 days a year, making this place a super steamy urban mirage perfect for shopping and sporting events. We'll enjoy a picnic in the gorgeous Papago Park, surrounded by red buttes and fishing lagoons. Dreamy or what?

Stay

Red Lion Tempe

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive through Cleveland National Forest, Anza Borrego Desert & Sonoran Desert

  • BBQ Dinner in Papago Park

DAY 4 - Phoenix to the Grand Canyon via Sedona

Phoenix

A hot air balloon ride over the "Valley of the Sun" – sounds like a bucket list kind of thing (because it is) and you have the chance to tick it off the list right here. There's a champagne breakfast provided in the deal too so try to keep breathing so you don't miss out.

Sedona

Grand Canyon

The thrill of the desert continues and the next stop will make any nature lover weak at the knees. This location is one of the world’s most recognizable natural wonders and the pride of Arizona. We'll settle in for the night at our comfy Lodge in the heart of the National Park before the great Grand Canyon reveals itself tomorrow. Take a step outside and take a peep at the endless starry skies, tomorrow will be a day to remember. 

Stay

Under Canvas

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • 4WD Jeep tour

  • Hot Air Balloon

    USD $180.00

DAY 5 - Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon

You deserve a full day out here to truly appreciate the wilderness taking in its dramatic scenery. This day will be like no other; beginning with a hike through the UNESCO World Heritage listed site, there's also the option of a bike ride, then the day will end with a spine-tingling sunset. Incredibly, there's also the option to view this wonder from the best and most thrill-seeking seat in the house – a helicopter. 

Stay

Under Canvas

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Capture some incredible photos with a visit to a panoramic viewpoint

  • Hike along the Canyon's South Rim

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Helicopter Flight - Grand Kingdom

  • Helicopter Flight - North Canyon

    USD $186.00

  • Grand Canyon Biking (seasonal)

    USD $45.00

DAY 6 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas via Route 66

Grand Canyon

With the majestic Grand Canyon left behind for now, we stop off at several spots along the famous Route 66, but most notably, Seligman, a town steeped in history for some rustic old school Americana vibes.

Route 66

Las Vegas

Get ready for a full-blown, non-stop assault on the senses, starting first up with the iconic Hoover Dam. This is Las Vegas - sometimes known as Sin City - a place of dreams & epic debauchery. This huge man-made entertainment precinct in the middle of the desert is all about total excess. You’ll be blinded by the bright lights and gob smacked at the thought of all that money running through more than 75 massive casinos. A nighttime tour of the famous ‘Strip’, including  a stop for pics at the legendary Vegas sign will show you just what is on offer after dark in this absolutely outrageous city. Fremont Street is on tonight's agenda, where the main attraction is a super impressive light and laser show, before no doubt heading out and straight into what Vegas is all about.

Stay

Rio Hotel & Resort

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Fremont Street for the light-and-laser show

  • Evening tour of the famous Las Vegas 'Strip'

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • VIP club entry

DAY 7 - Las Vegas

Las Vegas

You have today all to yourself but you’ll need to run to a tight schedule to fit in all of Vegas' weird and wonderful charms. Travel the world in a day, taking in the famous Bellagio fountain, a Venetian gondola and even an Egyptian pyramid, all whilst staying firmly within the city's realm. Feeling romantic? Stop by and see one of the many Elvis impersonators for a shotgun wedding ceremony, and maybe even get hitched yourself...(joking). Tonight live like a baller while you cruise along the 'Strip' in a party bus and don't stress, the bills on us. Later, you’ll witness the 24-hour party scene first hand when you head out for a night with the crew.

Stay

Rio Hotel & Resort

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • High Roller Anytime

    USD $32.00

  • Dig This Experience

  • Top Golf Experience

  • Sky Combat Ace Experience

  • Stratosphere Sky Jump

DAY 8 - Las Vegas to Bass Lake via San Joaquin Valley

Las Vegas

From the ridiculously flashy Vegas ‘Strip’ to the outdoor capital of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this change of scenery will bring you and the crew back to nature again.

Barstow

Hungry for In n Out Burger? Dumb question. Get your fast food fix on this West Coast takeaway fave, then sit back and relax as we head to our next destination. 

San Joaquin Valley

We'll drive past Joshua Trees, the famous symbol of the Mojave Desert and onto our Special Contiki Stay at Bass Lake Resort. 

Bass Lake

This afternoon you’ll become enamored with the tranquility of Bass Lake. Wind down in your chalet after a long day of travel, taking in your picturesque surroundings. Later on, kick back and enjoy the view from the chalet deck - it is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip in the pool, warm up in the jacuzzi and breathe in the fresh mountain air while getting some much needed R & R after fast and furious Vegas. 

Stay

The Pines Resort

DAY 9 - Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park

Bass Lake

This beautiful mountain paradise is perfect for relaxation and recuperation but it certainly isn’t a one trick pony. Bass Lake offers plenty of watersports and adventurous options, seasonal weather permitting.

Yosemite National Park

The Breathtaking majesty of Yosemite National Park can only be truly appreciated in person. A land inundated with mountains, waterfalls, wildflowers & rock formations, you can stick to your trusty two feet or jump on a mountain bike to explore. Back at Bass Lake swim or enjoy watersports on the lake. 

Bass Lake

Back at our Bass Lake base, there'll no doubt be a need for that jacuzzi and a night of staring up at the starry skies. This is what we call living. 

Stay

The Pines Resort

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Entry to Yosemite National Park

  • See Yosemite's famous rock formations, El Capitan & Half Dome

  • See incredible Yosemite & Bridalveil Falls (seasonal)

DAY 10 - Bass Lake to San Francisco

Bass Lake

Today we bid farewell to this achingly picturesque spot full of nature and tranquillity and look forward to a very different experience as we prepare to be a crew of city slickers once more...

San Francisco

After getting a dose of San Fran exploring on a walking tour, admiring the street art and fog emerging over the Golden Gate Bridge,  as skateboards zig zag past. You could opt for a spot of sunset sailing tonight to end things on a high - and then there's no better way to reminisce than over one final meal.

Stay

Tilden Hotel

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Walking Tour in San Francisco

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Sunset Sailing in San Francisco

DAY 11 - Depart San Francisco

San Francisco

And just like that, it's time for the journey to come to an end.  It's been more than real, & we sense more travels on the horizon.

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What documents do I need to travel?

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• 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
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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?

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- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a bottle of water
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
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