Western Explorer (AZ)

15 Day Tour from Los Angeles to Los Angeles

2019 Tour Details

Experience the best of the West on this grand adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, unique rock formations, and serene lakes. This National Parks tour begins in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in San Diego, Scottsdale, Grand Canyon National Park, Las Vegas, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, and Cambria.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can enjoy a majestic sunset; and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, and the magnificent Mariposa Grove. Spend 2 nights in sunny San Diego as well as time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas with sightseeing and time on your own. On this National Parks tour, Globus has also arranged some out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you. In Las Vegas, explore the Mob Museum on a private guided tour followed by a trip to dazzling Freemont Street. Another fun experience is a visit to San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden, where you’ll learn about the park and have time to explore its five acres.

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

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing; farewell dinner
SAN DIEGO
Sightseeing
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
LAS VEGAS
Orientation tour; guided tour of the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Mob Museum, Freemont Street Experience
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Japanese Tea Garden
MONTEREY
Sightseeing including 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach
CARMEL
Visit this seaside town
SOLVANG
Visit the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local specialty
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.
  • This vacation visits national parks and other remote locations where facilities may not be up to the first-class standard you expect from Globus. Some lodges within the parks do not have air-conditioning, televisions, and other amenities you would expect from most Globus hotels.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 8,000 ft.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Los Angeles

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 ARRIVE IN LOS ANGELES

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

Day 2 LOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO

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 Theatre, and also see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. This afternoon, travel to sunny San Diego. Enjoy dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

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Day 3 SAN DIEGO

Sightseeing in San Diego includes Old Town, Balboa Park, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The remainder of the day is yours to explore. You may wish to visit the world-famous San Diego Zoo, enjoy a cruise around the harbor, shop for souvenirs, or enjoy fresh seafood at a local restaurant.

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Day 4 SAN DIEGO–YUMA–SCOTTSDALE

Today, travel inland across California and into Arizona. Stop in Yuma, nestled on the Colorado River and famous for its Wild West history. Continue to Scottsdale, where this evening you can stroll the streets of Old Town Scottsdale with is many boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.

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Day 5 SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

Depart Scottsdale and travel north through cactus-studded scenery for a break in Sedona. Then, set out for one of America’s most beautiful drives as you journey through Oak Creek Canyon, home to brilliantly-hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone. Arrive this afternoon at GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The spectacular beauty of this famous attraction draws more than 5 million visitors a year from around the globe. This evening, be sure to watch the spectacular sunset.

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Day 6 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK

There’s time this morning for an optional flightseeing excursion over the Grand Canyon—an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience. Then, set out to explore the Grand Canyon and learn about its geology and how the canyon was carved. This afternoon, you are free to explore at your own pace. Perhaps join a ranger program, take a nature walk, or just relax and enjoy the views.

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Day 7 GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–LAS VEGAS

Today, head to the desert oasis of Las Vegas, where one-armed bandits, dazzling neon lights, and the incredible Las Vegas Strip awaits. Enjoy an orientation tour before arriving at your hotel for a 2-night stay. Your resort hotel is located in the heart of the “Strip” for easy access to the mega-casinos and plentiful restaurants. Tonight, head to downtown Las Vegas and experience a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private tour of the MOB MUSEUM to learn about the impact of organized crime on Las Vegas history. Hear the real stories and learn about the actual events from all sides. Afterward, be dazzled by the light show at the FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE.

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Day 8 LAS 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.

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Day 9 LAS VEGAS–MAMMOTH LAKES

A day of striking contrast as you journey across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. Stay overnight in Mammoth Lakes, just steps away from the base of Mammoth Mountain in the eastern Sierra.

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Day 10 MAMMOTH 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.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tenaya Lodge is nestled among towering Sugar Pines in the Sierra National Forest offering an elegant stay with access to five restaurants, a world-class spa, three pools, and refined rooms with deluxe amenities. The pinnacle of Yosemite area lodging and a significant extra when traveling with Globus.

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Day 11 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–SAN FRANCISCO

This morning, visit Mariposa Grove, home to the largest grove of Sequoias in the park, before journeying from mountainous beauty to vibrant San Francisco. Tonight, enjoy a free evening to explore the city on your own.

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Day 12 SAN FRANCISCO

Our included sightseeing tour takes in Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. 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.

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.

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Day 13 SAN FRANCISCO–MONTEREY–CARMEL–BIG SUR–CAMBRIA

This morning, visit Monterey, one of California’s most beautiful coastal towns, where you’ll see Cannery Row, immortalized by author John Steinbeck. Don’t miss the characteristic sea lions that call this area home. Then, it’s on to spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE and Pebble Beach with the chance to see the famous Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Next, visit Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Then, journey through Big Sur with its spectacular coastline and majestic mountains. Spend the evening in charming Cambria.

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Day 14 CAMBRIA–SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite DANISH SPECIALTY at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 15 LOS ANGELES

Your tour ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules.

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 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.

RANDY SCHUSTER

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!

Tour Director - RANDY SCHUSTER

 Accommodations

Los Angeles
San Diego
Scottsdale
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas
Mammoth Lakes
San Francisco
Cambria

 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). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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


San Diego
Sedona
Grand Canyon National Park
Las Vegas
San Francisco

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: $$$

Sedona

Jeep Tour

Jeep Tour

This jeep tour is an adventure that takes you through the magnificent red rock canyons surrounding Sedona.

Price Range: $$

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

Grand Canyon Helicopter Flightseeing

There may be no better way to uncover the sheer splendor of the incredible Grand Canyon than from the air! Choose from two helicopter tours with awe-inspiring views, a once in a lifetime opportunity!

Price Range: $$$$

Las Vegas

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Choose from a variety of helicopter flightseeing tours to discover the sites of Las Vegas and beyond!

Price Range: $$$$

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Choose from several tours to the Hoover Dam, ranked as one of the top ten architectural wonders of the world and very worthy of a visit!

Price Range: $$$$

Black Canyon Raft Trip

Black Canyon Raft Trip

This unique day trip aboard a motor-assisted inflatable raft takes you through spectacular Black Canyon - the natural gorge of the Colorado River immediately below Hoover Dam.

Price Range: $$$$

San Francisco

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Muir Woods Tower Tours

Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees, also known as Muir Woods National Monument.

Price Range: $$

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

Rocket Boat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront.

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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