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13 Day Tour of the USA and Mexico - The Wild Western Highlights Tour

Featuring: California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico

Thoughts of an awesome threesome – California, Arizona and Nevada – have possibly entered your mind at least once. Start this boys and girls gone “wild western” phase, beach-bound in beautiful San Diego, combined with quick fix of colorful Tijuana, Mexico. Back stateside, you’re doing the desert – multi-cultural musings in Arizona, and multi-millions (you hope) along the Las Vegas Strip. Then you’re going back to Cali to finish with Hollywood glitz, Santa Barbara charm and San Francisco sightseeing.

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 Quarter. 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 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 at sunrise. 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 Jewellery, 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, Route 66. Our night 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 take in a famous Las Vegas cabaret show? 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

Day 8 - Las Vegas to Bass Lake:
We will stop in Barstow this morning for the chance to do some outlet shopping. This afternoon, we head through the Mojave Desert en route to the Sierra Nevada Mountains and our chalets located on the shores of beautiful Bass Lake, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Chalet (multi-share) (B,D)

Day 9 - Yosemite National Park from Bass Lake:
Today, we will explore the magnificent Yosemite National Park, with its famous rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome. When we arrive on the valley floor, you will have the opportunity to cycle or hike (seasonal and weather permitting) or simply soak up the atmosphere of one of America’s treasured national parks. We return to Bass Lake in the afternoon for watersports (seasonal) and to relax in our mountain paradise. Chalet (multi-share) (B,D)

Day 10 - Bass Lake to San Francisco:
Heading west, we arrive in San Francisco – The City by the Bay. After lunch at Pier 39 on Fisherman’s Wharf, we will introduce you to America’s most cosmopolitan city with an extensive city tour including The Golden Gate Bridge, North Beach, Golden Gate Park and Haight Ashbury – made famous by the summer of love in 1967. Perhaps you’ll join us tonight for an optional dinner in Chinatown. Hotel (B)

Day 11 - San Francisco Sightseeing:
The day is yours to explore this fascinating and diverse city, ride on one of the city’s famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, bike across the Golden Gate Bridge, or take a walk down crooked Lombard - the world’s “crookedest street”. This afternoon enjoy a sunset sailing adventure on San Francisco’s bay (optional). Hotel (B)

Day 12 - San Francisco to Santa Barbara:
We leave the City by the Bay this morning and head south towards Southern California. This afternoon we will arrive into the beachside city of Santa Barbara. There will be time to relax on the beach, go rollerblading or biking, or take in the shops along popular State Street. Tonight, take the opportunity to experience Santa Barbara’s nightlife. Hotel (D)

Day 13 - Santa Barbara to Los Angeles (Anaheim):
This morning we will make the short drive to the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles! Get an insiders look at Hollywood with an included walking tour of Hollywood. Your city tour includes: The world famous Hollywood sign, Mann’s Chinese Theatre and the Walk of Fame, Melrose Avenue and Beverly Hills. We’ll conclude your city tour with a visit to Venice Beach. Your tour ends upon arrival at our Anaheim hotel this afternoon. (B) Please Note: Do not book return flights before 8:00pm.

What's Included

nights in special Contiki accommodation based on twin-share. . Breakfasts (B) and Dinners (D) - as per itinerary

CONTIKI SPECIALS - Experienced, professional tour manager & driver * Modern air-conditioned coach with reclining seats * Free Contiki document wallet

Please note that this tour is only available for passengers aged 18 - 35 and does not include airfare.

How much?
From £395 GBP per person- BOOK NOW


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