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BEST OF CALIFORNIA

 

Delve into the country's greatest western experience! Big sights like the Grand Canyon and Death Valley await you, and Las Vegas and Phoenix are full of fun entertainment.

 

from €1,499 per person sharing

 

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS 

 

• Bask under sunny skies in Phoenix/Scottsdale

• View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon

• Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas

• Stand at the lowest land elevation in North America in Death Valley

• Touch monoliths of exposed granite in Yosemite

• Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge

• Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s the Lone Cypress

• Explore Santa Barbara, the American Riviera

*Admission fees not included

 

Day 1: LOS ANGELES ARRIVAL

Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport and pick up your rental car.

Overnight: Crown Plaza Los Angeles Airport

 

Day 2: LOS ANGELES - PALM SPRINGS

Today make your way south to Anaheim, Orange County's headquarters for fun. Spend the day surrounded by icons and classic characters at the original Disneyland Park. Visit the nation's oldest theme park, Knott's Berry Farm, filled with old west history, or one of Anaheim's many other fun-filled attractions before continuing east to Palm Springs. This ultimate desert playground nestled at the base of the majestic San Jacinto Mountains offers the perfect blend of outdoor entertainment and casual relaxation. Take time this evening to dine in one of the many excellent restaurants in downtown Palm Springs or escape the heat and ride the aerial tramway high up above the desert floor for panoramic views of the Coachella Valley.

Overnight: Quality Inn

(Approx. 110 miles / 177 km   2 hours)

 

Day 3: PALM SPRINGS - PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE

Spend the morning lounging by the pool, walking along palm tree lined streets, or exploring countless shops, art galleries and museums before setting out east through the Coachella Valley to Phoenix and Scottsdale, two of Central Arizona's top destinations. With Phoenix's skyscraper-filled skyline complemented by famed Camelback Mountain and Scottsdale's Old West charm, it's guaranteed you'll enjoy this uniquely Southwestern playground.

Overnight: Howard Johnson

(Approx. 278 miles / 447 km   5 hours)

 

Day 4: PHOENIX/SCOTTSDALE - GRAND CANYON

Today, head north to Grand Canyon National Park, a natural wonder that you simply have to see to believe. Spend the day discovering the distinct South Rim of the Canyon. Stop at one of the numerous overlooks, walk part of the Rim Trail or along the historic Hermit Road, visit a Photo Hot Spot, or climb to the top of a stone Watchtower for panoramic views that extend over 100 miles on clear days.

Overnight: Days Inn Flagstaff – West Route 66

(Approx. 232 miles / 373 km   4 hours)

 

Day 5: GRAND CANYON - LAS VEGAS

Leave the grandeur of the Canyon behind as you head west today through Williams and Kingman, the heart of Historic Route 66 and one of Arizona's hidden treasures, to Hoover Dam. Considered the largest single public works project in the history of the U.S., Hoover Dam straddles the mighty Colorado River, which forms the border between Nevada and Arizona and brings much-needed water and power to the Southwest. Continue to Las Vegas, Nevada, a city that needs no introduction.

Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino

(Approx. 270 miles / 434 km   5 hours)

 

Day 6: LAS VEGAS

Enjoy a full day Las Vegas style. Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts and flashing neon lights, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest must-see show, shop designer boutiques, ride a rollercoaster, lay by the pool ... the list goes on. With so much to do, 24 hours in a day hardly seems like enough.

Overnight: Excalibur Hotel & Casino

 

Day 7: LAS VEGAS - DEATH VALLEY

This morning take the opportunity to capture a photograph at the iconic Welcome to Las Vegas sign before your journey takes you west to the lowest elevation in North America, Death Valley National Park. Here, the Mojave is at its most magnificent with geological history on full display in this rugged, severe, sublime section of California. Enhance your desert experience with a stop at Zabriskie Point offering spectacular views of the wildly eroded and vibrantly coloured badlands. Don't miss the opportunity this evening to cast your eyes upon the night sky for some of the best stargazing in the world.

Overnight: Stagecoach Hotel & Casino Beatty

(Approx. 140 miles / 225 km   2.5 hours)

 

Day 8: DEATH VALLEY - YOSEMITE**

This morning, travel north into the High Sierra where Tioga Road, the highest drivable pass in California, leads you into Yosemite National Park. Best known for its impressive waterfalls, grand meadows, and spectacular rock formations, Yosemite was one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Delve into the depths of the park with a walk to a waterfall, each as distinct as the granite cliffs they dive over, or learn about the wonders of the park during a ranger-guided stroll. Explore a giant sequoia grove and meet the most massive trees on earth, or spend an evening under the stars. With approximately 800 miles of trails, Yosemite is also a great place to hike. **From early November to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route.

Overnight: Days Inn Modesto

(Approx. 240 miles / 386 km   4.5 hours)

 

Day 9: YOSEMITE - SAN FRANCISCO

Leave the wonder of Yosemite behind as you journey west through Gold Rush-era attractions, California's State Capital, Sacramento, and on to San Francisco. Considered one the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco offers one-of-a-kind sights and something to suit your every need.

Overnight: Hotel Metropolis

(Approx. 170 miles / 273 km   3.5 hours)

 

Day 10: SAN FRANCISCO (NAPA VALLEY)

With 49 square miles of amazing sights, scenes and destinations, there's always plenty to do in San Francisco. Spend a full day exploring the beloved City by the Bay's neighbourhoods including: Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, Union Square, Nob Hill, the Embarcadero/Financial District, and Golden Gate Park. To experience something truly unique, walk along the railings of the Golden Gate Bridge or take a ride on an iconic Cable Car. For a little piece of heaven on Earth, spend the day in Napa Valley whose picturesque rolling hills and wineries dot the landscape.

Overnight: Hotel Metropolis

 

Day 11: SAN FRANCISCO - MONTEREY/CARMEL

This morning, head south to Monterey along Highway 1 which offers breath taking views of the Pacific coastline. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman's Wharf in downtown. Explore Cannery Row's historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck's inspiration for his novel of the same name. Visit the quaint area of Carmel, and enjoy an exhilarating trip along 17-Mile Drive from Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach.

Overnight: The Stevenson Monterey

(Approx. 123 miles / 197 km   2 hours)

 

Day 12: MONTEREY/CARMEL - SANTA BARBARA - VENTURA

Continue south along central California's scenic Pacific Coast Highway. This twisting, cliff-hugging route starts in Monterey and takes you through Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Farther south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the road passes Hearst Castle and ends in Morro Bay. A short distance inland is the heart of the Central Coast, San Luis Obispo. From here, continue south to Ventura passing through Pismo Beach, inland agricultural valleys of rolling countryside, and Santa Barbara, often described as the American Riviera. Located along the southern-most part of California's Central Coast, Ventura is a classic beach town in a spectacular setting.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach

(Approx. 269 miles / 432 km   4.5 hours)

 

Day 13: VENTURA - MALIBU - SANTA MONICA - LOS ANGELES AREA

Today, travel further south through Oxnard, yet another beautiful stretch of coast in Malibu, and the seaside town of Santa Monica. Arrive in Los Angeles with enough time to glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of the City of Angels. Check out the Hollywood Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, formerly Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Beverly Hills, and Rodeo Drive; some of the best sights Los Angeles has to offer.

Overnight: Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport

(Approx. 78 miles / 125 km   1.5 hours)

 

Day 14: LOS ANGELES DEPARTURE

Return your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport prior to your departure.

 

Day 15: ARRIVE HOME

Return back into Ireland after your overnight flight from Los Angeles.

 

 

This Fly Drive Holiday is priced from €1,499 per person sharing, which includes

 

• Scheduled return flights from Dublin to Los Angeles 

• 13 nights hotel accommodation

•  Hotel upgrades available to 4* and deluxe options

• Car hire (upgrades available)

 

NOT INCLUDED: Any meals and travel insurance

 

Departure Dates:  Daily departures all year round

 

Booking deposit of €350 per person is due at the time of booking.

The balance is due 10 weeks before departure.

 

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