Southern California Vacation - Globus® Tours

Southern California with Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Parks (ND)

10 Day Tour from Long Beach to Las Vegas

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Vibrant cities, unique experiences, and striking landscapes…all of this and more await you on this Southern California tour—with 2-night stays in Long Beach, San Diego, Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park, as well as an overnight in Las Vegas.

Tour highlights include time in three unique settings: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Joshua Tree National Park contains two deserts and two large ecosystems. Here, enjoy a jeep tour to learn about the area's geology, fascinating plants and animals, and rich history. Ash Meadows National Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert and home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth. Here, stroll the boardwalks and learn about this unique area.

Death Valley National Park is the hottest place on earth. Visit its Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America. Globus has also arranged a special experience here...a stargazing program with a local expert. Due to its remote location with limited city lights, Death Valley National Park offers one of the best places to view the stars. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

On this Southern California tour, you’ll also experience vibrant cities. From Long Beach, visit beautiful Catalina Island. In San Diego, your sightseeing features Cabrillo National Monument, with one of the world's best harbor views, and lunch at the impressive Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego's legendary seaside resort—another special experience offered by Globus. Your time in Palm Springs includes an aerial tram ride on the world's largest rotating tramcar.

From its lively cities to its fascinating scenery, this Southern California vacation offers all of this and more.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

CATALINA ISLAND
Sightseeing
SAN DIEGO
Sightseeing, including Cabrillo National Monument; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lunch at historic Hotel del Coronado; scenic ferry ride
TEMECULA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Winery visit and tasting
PALM SPRINGS
Palm Springs Aerial Tram; orientation tour
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing, including a Jeep tour
BARSTOW
Route 66 Museum
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite stargazing program with a local expert
ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL REFUGE
Sightseeing
LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour; farewell dinner
Notes:

  • 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.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Las Vegas

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES–TRANSFER TO LONG BEACH

Welcome to sunny California! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 LONG BEACH. EXCURSION TO CATALINA ISLAND

This morning, board a high-speed ferry for beautiful Catalina Island. Located just 22 miles off the coast of southern California, the island has a rich and colorful past. On an island TOUR, you’ll learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore on your own. Stroll along palm-lined streets, shop for unique island gifts, or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later this afternoon, return to Long Beach where the evening is at your leisure.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 3 LONG BEACH–SAN DIEGO

Travel this morning along the stunning California Coast to San Diego. Upon arrival, enjoy a city SIGHTSEEING tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, Gaslamp Quarter, and CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the impressive Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HOTEL DEL CORONADO, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. Afterward, a scenic FERRY ride brings you back to San Diego.

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Day 4 SAN DIEGO

A full day to explore San Diego on your own. You may wish to explore the world-famous San Diego Zoo, relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, San Diego’s sun-‘n’-fun playground, enjoy an Italian feast in the Little Italy neighborhood, swing a 9-iron at one of the area’s 90 golf courses, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighborhood shopping districts. Your Tour Director will have additional ideas for sightseeing, shopping, and dining.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5 SAN DIEGO–TEMECULA–PALM SPRINGS

Today, head into the interior of California, stopping in historic Temecula for a tasting of some of the region’s best wines at a local Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite VINEYARD. Continue to the desert playground of Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs AERIAL TRAM to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. Then, sit back and relax as you hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and learn about the city’s colorful past on an orientation tour.

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Day 6 PALM SPRINGS. EXCURSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

Adventure awaits today as we explore the fascinating landscape of JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat including the ancient Joshua trees. See the park on a JEEP TOUR and learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert. Return to Palm Springs, where the remainder of the day is yours. Relax by your hotel’s pool, stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, or join the locals at the popular Villagefest, offering more than 200 booths of beautiful art, handcrafted items, and unique food.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 PALM SPRINGS–BARSTOW–DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

Leave the desert oasis of Palm Springs and travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD MUSEUM, home to vintage cars, signs, photos, and other memorabilia. Continue to DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, the hottest place on earth and the driest, lowest place in North America.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

A full day to explore the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 100 feet above the Mesquite Flat. After dinner this evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite STARGAZING PROGRAM with a local expert. Due to its vast area and absence of man-made light, Death Valley National Park is the world’s largest International Dark Sky Park and one of the best places to star gaze. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

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Day 9 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK–ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL REFUGE–LAS VEGAS

A morning stop is made at ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers, gunslingers, and the mysterious Devils Hole that has never been found. It’s then on to the bright lights of modern Las Vegas. Your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner this evening—the perfect ending to your vacation.

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Day 10 LAS VEGAS

The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Las Vegas McCarran International Airport.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

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.

AL LEPORE

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

After more than two decades in the industry, I've been fortunate to see all aspects of touring by coach. My experiences as a tour director have proven to be my most rewarding in terms of a career. I particularly enjoy showing off America's treasures in our National Parks. I'd love to share our wonderful national parks and help you "find your park" as we travel this great land. When I am not guiding, I enjoy sports and spending time with my friends and family.

Tour Director - AL LEPORE

 Accommodations

Long Beach
San Diego
Palm Springs
Death Valley National Park

Long Beach

Long Beach Renaissance Hotel

Superior First-Class

Long Beach Renaissance Hotel 111 E. Ocean Boulevard., Long Beach, CA United States

111 E. Ocean Boulevard.
Long Beach, CA United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Renaissance Long Beach is the perfect spot to stay in beautiful Long Beach -- with its plush guest rooms, crystalline outdoor pool, fine dining, impressive wine bar and relaxing lobby sitting area, it's the kind of hotel you never want to leave. Revel in the gorgeous architecture, top notch amenities, and world-class service as you soak up the tranquil California climate.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Pool
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • ATM
  • Hot Tub
  • Currency Exchange
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Mini-bar
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer

San Diego

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay

First-Class

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay 601 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA United States

601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA United States

This hotel is located directly across the street from Seaport Village and is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center. The hotel is also just minutes from the San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town and more. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, game room, business center, concierge service, hair salon, gift shop, restaurant, room service, and complimentary evening manager's reception.

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Window Opens
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Television
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

Palm Springs

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

Superior First-Class

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel 888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA United States

888 E Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel is the only full-service Marriott in the majestic oasis of Palm Springs, California. Nestled at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains, this welcoming hotel offers a medley of style, sophistication, & playfulness for the ultimate desert getaway. The Renaissance boasts resort-like amenities with exceptionally styled public areas, plush rooms and friendly staff. Lounge beside the largest pool in Palm Springs, encased by swaying palm trees, lime green umbrellas, private cabanas, and outdoor fire-pits.

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services
  • Hot Tub
  • Free WiFi
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Currency Exchange
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Voicemail
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Room Service
  • Climate Control
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone

Death Valley National Park

The Ranch at Death Valley

Moderate First-Class

The Ranch at Death Valley 328 Greenland Blvd., Death Valley National Park, CA United States

328 Greenland Blvd.
Death Valley National Park, CA United States

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The Ranch at Furnace Creek offers accommodations in a casual, family-like setting. As you wander around the western-themed grounds, you'll feel like you've been transported back to the 1800's when this site was established as a working ranch. Yet, you'll enjoy modern amenities like quiet, recently refurbished rooms, a Golf Pro Shop, a spring-fed swimming pool, tennis courts, and the National Park Service Visitor's Center nearby.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Currency Exchange
  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Luggage Storage
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Internet Access
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


San Diego

San Diego

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

What better way to explore the big bay of San Diego than by boat cruise!

Price Range: $

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

The famous San Diego Zoo is home to more than 3,500 rare and endangered animals representing more than 650 species, and offers visitors various opportunities and experiences to learn about the animals and conservation efforts.

Price Range: $$

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