Tour of the USA and Mexico - The Western Highlights Tour
Featuring: California, Arizona, Nevada
Everybody’s guilty of some sweet, innocent California dreaming, which makes a two-day, San Diego sun-n'-surf stop, a great western start. While there, run for the border for shopping bargains, cold beer and warm tequila in nearby Tijuana, Mexico. The highlights continue Grand Canyon, desert paradise-style in Arizona, and later in Nevada, where okay, party people and poker champs, we’ll show our hand: Your final destination is Sin City itself, Las Vegas.
Day 1 - Los Angeles (Anaheim) to San Diego: After a short drive down the California coast, we’ll introduce you to San Diego with a city tour that includes downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Balboa Park. We will also drive across the Coronado Bridge for a great view of the San Diego skyline. We then head south of the border into Tijuana, Mexico allowing time for lunch and time to shop. Tonight we will have dinner in San Diego's lively Gaslamp Quater.Hotel (D)
Day 2 - San Diego at Leisure:
You decide how to spend your day in California’s second largest city. Perhaps visit Sea World or the San Diego Zoo. This afternoon we'll go to Mission Beach to check out the So Cal beach scene (weather permitting). After dinner we'll go visit one of the great nightlife areas San Diego has to offer. Hotel (B,D)
Day 3 - San Diego to Phoenix:
This morning’s drive is full of ever changing scenery, passing through both Cleveland National Forest and Anza Borrego Desert. After lunch it’s on to Phoenix and our hotel in the beautiful resort town of Scottsdale. Our hotel is in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, with numerous dinner and nightlife options to choose from. Hotel (B)
Day 4 - Phoenix to the Grand Canyon:
This morning, there is the opportunity to take an optional hot air balloon ride over Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. See the desert come alive as you float peacefully above. We will pass many Saguaro Cacti as we head north to the new age town of Sedona. Experience Sedona’s beautiful back country with an optional jeep ride, shop for Native American Jewelery, or just enjoy breathtaking scenery. Next stop is The Grand Canyon! Our modern cabins are located inside the National Park, just a short walk to the rim of the Grand Canyon. Cabin (B,D)
Day 5 - Grand Canyon at Leisure:
At over 1.6km (1 mile) deep and averaging 16km (10 miles) wide, it is easy to understand why the Grand Canyon is considered one of the world’s seven natural wonders. We have the entire day to hike and explore the national park. Maybe take a sensational helicopter flight over the canyon (optional). Don’t miss the spectacular sunset at the Grand Canyon. Cabin
Day 6 - Grand Canyon to Las Vegas:
Leaving the Grand Canyon, we travel to the city of non stop excitement and glittering lights, Las Vegas. On the way we will stop on the Mother Road - historic Route 66. Tonight's city tour travels down The Strip, home to many of the world’s largest hotels and casinos. The city tour ends with a showing of the Fremont Street Experience, the world’s greatest collective light show. After Fremont Street, why not experience Las Vegas's legendary nightlife? Hotel (B,D)
Day 7 - Las Vegas at Leisure:
The day is yours to take in this exciting city. Perhaps try your luck at the casinos – Caesars Palace, The Mirage, MGM Grand, or Luxor Pyramid. Maybe you’ll want to explore some of the attractions at the newer hotels – Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, or The Venetian. Feeling adventurous? Try the Big Shot at the top of the Stratosphere and catapult to the height of 327 metres (1,081 feet). Great shopping, concerts, cabarets, fabulous restaurants, and 24-hour nightlife – Las Vegas is truly a city that never sleeps! Hotel (B) Note: Your tour ends with your included accommodation on day 7.
nights in special Contiki accommodation based on twin-share. . Breakfasts (B) and Dinners (D) - as per itinerary
- Experienced, professional tour manager
& driver * Modern air-conditioned
coach with reclining seats * Free Contiki
Please note that this tour is only available for passengers aged 18 - 35 and does not include airfare.