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Grand Tour of Arizona, Las Vegas and The Golden West

4.7 stars(7 reviews)
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Discover the iconic sights of America's west coast

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2021 Tour code: VGG21

About the tour

Awe-inspiring scenery at the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park contrasts with the glamour of Las Vegas on this holiday. Discover the scenery of the Golden State, enjoy scenic railway journeys and visit Hollywood for an unforgettable experience.


What’s included


Day 1- London to Los Angeles

We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Los Angeles. On arrival we transfer to Burbank, our base for the next 2 nights.

Day 2 - Los Angeles

On Day 2, we enjoy a tour of Los Angeles, an iconic American city, taking in Hollywood and the Chinese Mann Theatre which plays host to the annual Oscars ceremony. After some time for lunch, we transfer to the Burbank Studios - a television production studio, where famous American shows such as 'Friends' and 'Days of Our Lives' were filmed - for a short guided tour ahead of an evening at leisure.

Day 3 - The Coast Starlight to Monterey

This morning, we travel on board the iconic Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the stunning Pacific Coast shoreline. We reach the edge of the ocean at Ventura, at which point the Coast Starlight begins to head north, hugging the coastline and following the Pacific Coast Highway. Entering the Salinas Valley, we pass the Santa Lucia and Diablo mountain ranges en route to Salinas. Here we make a short coach transfer to Monterey for 2 nights at the Casa Munras Hotel & Spa.

Day 4 - Carmel and San Francisco

Our coach collects us this morning for the transfer to Carmel. A charming town where Clint Eastwood was once mayor. On our way, we explore the wonderful Californian coastline, including the exclusive residences of 17 Mile Drive and the attractive waterfront of Cannery Row. We enjoy free time for lunch, before returning to our hotel.

Day 5 - To San Francisco

We head to San Francisco on Day 5, taking the beautiful Pacific Highway and enjoying the gorgeous coastal views as we go. Your evening is at leisure to settle in. 

Day 6 - Exploring San Francisco

We enjoy a sightseeing tour on Day 6, visiting some of the cosmopolitan city's most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and popular Fisherman's Wharf.

Day 7 - Yosemite and Merced

This morning we travel by train on the San Joaquin route through California's Central Valley which is bordered on the west by coastal mountain ranges and on the east by Yosemite National Park. At Merced we transfer by coach to Yosemite for a tour of the valley floor. We take in spectacular views of Half Dome, at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, and which peaks at 4,000 feet, the 3,000 foot El Capitan, and the thundering Bridalveil Falls. We then take a journey on the Sugar Pine Railroad Yosemite, a historic narrow-gauge railroad, before we take the coach back to our hotel for the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - Bakersfield and Las Vegas

We rejoin the San Joaquin line today as we travel to Bakersfield. From here we continue by coach across the Mojave Desert, passing small, isolated villages and abandoned ghost towns. Eventually, the tall buildings and bright lights of Las Vegas appear on the horizon.

Day 9 - Las Vegas

You are at leisure in Las Vegas on Day 9.

Day 10 - Zion National Park

Located in Utah, Zion National Park is a spectacular sight for those who travel through it, which we do this afternoon. The intense, cliff like mountains rise vertically from a verdant valley floor, through which a bright blue river flows.

Day 11 - Bryce Canyon and Mounment Valley

On Day 11 our first destination is Bryce Canyon. Far less well known than the world-famous Grand Canyon, but no less spectacular, Bryce Canyon is an incredible selection of enormous natural amphitheatres and 'hoodoos', thin spires of umber-coloured rocks. After some free time to explore and perhaps enjoy lunch, we continue to Monument Valley, passing Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell on our way. Instantly recognisable for being the setting of countless cowboy films during the 'Golden Age of Westerns', there is time to take photos and admire the scenery before heading to our hotel for the night.

Day 12 - Williams and the Grand Canyon

After breakfast this morning, we drive to the railroad town of Williams where we spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Our journey takes us along the incredible Monument Valley loop drive, allowing you to spot many sites made famous by old Western movies.

Day 13 - Grand Canyon Railway

On Day 13, we travel by rail to the incredible Grand Canyon on board the Grand Canyon Railway. We journey in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives to see one of the world's most awe inspiring sights, the Grand Canyon. We arrive at the South Rim, the Canyon's main viewpoint and an ideal base to experience the dramatic vistas. We return to Williams on the Grand Canyon Railway where your evening is at leisure.

Day 14 - Phoenix to London

We begin our day by heading to Sedona, by way of Oak Creek Canyon. This is a truly lovely drive, as the warm colours of the mountains mix with the verdant green of the forests that cover them. We visit Montezuma Castle National Monument, a fascinating structure built into the cliffside by the Sinagua people between 1100 and 1425 AD. We continue to Camp Verde State Historical Park to enjoy lunch. From here, we head to Phoenix.  Later this afternoon, we head to the airport in Phoenix to catch our flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 15 - London

We arrive on Day 15.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Please note: This may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.


MGM Park Hotel

MGM Park Hotel, Las Vegas

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Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport

Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles Burbank Airport, Burbank

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Courtyard by Marriott, Merced

Courtyard by Marriott, Merced

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Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa, Monterey

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Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley

Hampton Inn Kayenta Monument Valley, Monument Valley

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Le Meridien Hotel

Le Meridien Hotel, San Francisco

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La Quinta Hotel Zion Park

La Quinta Hotel Zion Park, Springdale

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Hampton Inn Turlock

Hampton Inn Turlock, Turlock

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Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, Williams

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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 7 reviews

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Mr F Reader

4 stars

Submitted 24 Oct 2018

A very well-planned holiday taking in all the must-see sites yet allowing time for our own activities. An enjoyable group of people, good weather, and an excellent tour manager!

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Mr R Lister

5 stars

Submitted 21 Oct 2018

A very comprehensive itinerary covering lots of different experience Would have liked some meals included particularly breakfast as it was often difficult to plan or predict when and where you would be able to eat and we ended up doing a lot of snacking

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Mrs C Foxwell

5 stars

Submitted 30 Sep 2018

Every experience during the holiday exceeded expectations

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Mr E Mason

5 stars

Submitted 03 Nov 2017

Fabulous and so well organised. Every day was great and we like that there is thought given to including enough free time in each place. We like Great Rail Journeys very much having done two this year! We had Peter as our Tour Manager and he looked after us all brilliantly! He certainly made all the travel very smooth and easy. Thanks go to him. Great area to enjoy. Thoroughly recommended.

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Mr D Spooner

5 stars

Submitted 22 Oct 2017

Thought the tour was well put together . Our tour manager was outstanding .

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Mr B Oke

4 stars

Submitted 15 Oct 2017

The holiday took us everywhere that was promised. What was not made clear was the very stressful schedule, three very early starts and several long days. The overnight train experience was even more unpleasant than we had feared. The American attitude to tipping was also a very unpleasant surprise.

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