Western Explorer with Extended Stay in San Francisco (AZE) - 2014 / 2015

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16 Day Tour from Los Angeles to San Francisco


Western Explorer with Extended Stay in San Francisco
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
The strange shaped hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park
Enjoy the spectacular views of Bryce Canyon
The palm trees line the streets of LA
Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah
El Capitan, a popular rock climbing destination in Yosemite National Park
Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip
Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah
Los Angeles, California
Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona

Vacation Overview

Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. Begin your trip with a sightseeing tour in Los Angeles before crossing the Mohave Desert to Lake Havasu, a water sports paradise. On to the natural wonders of the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Mammoth Lakes, and Yosemite National Park. First stop is Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset and be awed by the stunning scenery. Continue to Lake Powell and enjoy an afternoon cruise and plenty of leisure time to relax in this beautiful setting. Then, head for Bryce Canyon National Park, where years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes, and Zion National Park, a spectacle of massive stone formations.

Leave Zion National Park and head to Las Vegas for an orientation tour and plenty of leisure time to enjoy the activities offered in Las Vegas. Then, journey across Nevada’s desert landscape to California’s Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park. In Yosemite National Park, descend to the valley floor to see its wonderland of lakes, mountains, and waterfalls. Next up: California wine country, a wine tasting, and a guided sightseeing tour in San Francisco. You’ll have four nights in San Francisco, so be sure to ride one of the historic cable cars and enjoy the many exciting attractions!

From the thrilling cities to the amazing scenery and from the desert landscapes to the sparkling lakes, this tour has it all. Grab your camera and get ready for a remarkable vacation!

     
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LOS ANGELES
City sightseeing

LAKE HAVASU
Orientation tour

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

LAKE POWELL
Cruise

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

ZION NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing tour

SONOMA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of wine caves & tasting

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese Tea Garden; farewell dinner; One-day Go San Francisco Card

NOTE:

  • On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.


DAY 1Arrive in Los Angeles

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6:30 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

San Francisco 
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DAY 2Los Angeles

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. Take the opportunity to step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theater, and also see Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. Spend an afternoon at leisure on an optional excursion to Universal Studios® or historic Hollywood. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Los Angeles–Lake Havasu

Leave the “City of Angels” and travel across the Mojave Desert to Lake Havasu on the Colorado River. This lake is a playground for all sorts of water sports, and is home to the historic London Bridge. (Breakfast)

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel London’s Tower Bridge over the River Thames Ride the iconic double decker bus in London Pomp-and-ceremony in London 
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DAY 4Lake Havasu–Grand Canyon National Park

Depart from Lake Havasu and travel northeast through desert landscapes to Williams on historic Route 66. Arrive this afternoon at the GRAND CANYON, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The breathtaking beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the dramatic sunset. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The famous Route 66 One of the original U.S. highways, Route 66 was established on November 11, 1926 Route 66 originally ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California, before ending at Los Angeles, covering a total of 2,448 miles 
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DAY 5Grand Canyon National Park–Lake Powell

This morning, enjoy vistas of the Grand Canyon as you drive along the rim before entering the Navajo Indian Reservation. Arrive in Lake Powell, where sparkling blue water laps against towering, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. The majestic beauty of this vast man-made lake can be truly appreciated while on your afternoon CRUISE. See gigantic Glen Canyon Dam and the “tapestry” walls of Antelope Canyon. There’s free time later for a leisurely stroll along Wahweap Marina on the shores of Lake Powell. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah 
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DAY 6Lake Powell

Today is at leisure. Consider joining the optional float trip on the Colorado River through Glen Canyon, or maybe a flightseeing trip over Lake Powell, including famous Rainbow Bridge and Glen Canyon Dam. As the balance of the day is free, sit back and relax in this magnificent setting, or pursue your favorite activities and interests. (Breakfast)

Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah 
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DAY 7Lake Powell–Bryce Canyon National Park–Zion National Park

Leave the splendid views of Lake Powell and head for Utah’s BRYCE CANYON. Drive through the park, with photo stops to capture the magnificent contrasts of bright red, yellow, and pink pillars called “hoodoos.” Years of erosion have carved colorful sandstone into thousands of spires, arches, and mazes for an unforgettable sight. Next, see nearby ZION NATIONAL PARK, a spectacle of massive stone formations whose colors change with the light of the day and the season. To Mormon pioneers, it was a haven of beauty that resembled natural temples and cathedrals, prompting their name for it: “Little Zion.” (Breakfast, Dinner)

Gorgeous Lake Powell in Utah Zion National Park located near Springdale, Utah Lake Powell, straddling the border between Utah and Arizona Enjoy the spectacular views of Bryce Canyon 
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DAY 8Zion Canyon–Las Vegas

Tour Zion Canyon this morning before continuing to Las Vegas for an orientation tour of one of America’s most popular vacation destinations. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. (Breakfast)

Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip 
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DAY 9Las Vegas

Enjoy a full day on your own to explore the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. Your Tour Director will have tips and suggestions to make the most of your stay, as well as a range of optional excursions—from scenic helicopter flights to elaborate shows. (Breakfast)

Stay on the famed Las Vegas strip 
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DAY 10Las Vegas–Mammoth Lakes

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the Eastern Sierra. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Mammoth Lakes–Yosemite National Park

Leave Mammoth Lakes for YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Inside the park you’ll descend to the valley floor for sightseeing of this wonderland of lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forest, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains. (Breakfast)

El Capitan, a popular rock climbing destination in Yosemite National Park 
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DAY 12Yosemite–Wine Country–San Francisco

This morning’s journey takes you from mountainous beauty to the gentle slopes of California’s wine country. Visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARD, where you’ll have a guided tour of their wine caves and a tasting of their acclaimed sparkling wine. Continue to San Francisco. Tonight, why not join us for an optional dinner outing? (Breakfast)

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DAY 13San Francisco

Our included sightseeing tour takes in Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. While in Golden Gate Park, you’ll visit the famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese Tea Garden – providing you with the opportunity to experience the tranquility and natural beauty of the oldest Japanese garden in the US, and one of the most treasured sites of San Francisco. The afternoon is at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Museum of Modern Art, the Asian Art Museum, or the Aquarium of the Bay. Or, discover the hippie-era bookstores and shops in the Haight-Ashbury district, ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, or visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. This evening your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco’s renowned Golden Gate Bridge 
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Days 14-15San Francisco

Two full days to explore more of exciting San Francisco. Learn the art of making sourdough bread or opt for some dim sum in bustling Chinatown. Travel across San Francisco Harbor and visit infamous Alcatraz Island or browse the many galleries at the Walt Disney Family Museum. Your extension package includes a 1-day GO SAN FRANCISCO CARD, giving you access to over 50 top San Francisco attractions, including the hop-on/hop-off trolley tour. (Breakfast daily)

View famous Alcatraz Island 
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DAY 16San Francisco

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to San Francisco International Airport. (Breakfast)

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Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in San Francisco


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

STEVE OSTEN

Years of Experience: 18 years

My interest in the national parks began as a child on summer vacations in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. In college, I studied Botany, Ichthyology, Mammology, and Ornithology, and I began working in Yellowstone as a summer seasonal guide 25 years ago. I have also worked in Sequoia, the Everglades, and Alaska as a naturalist guide. Whether it's beachcombing in Florida, birding in the Everglades, or hiking in the Tetons, as long as I'm in nature, I'm where I want to be.

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