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Best of the West

15 Days, Los Angeles to Los Angeles
Best of the West

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Skyscrapers, sequoias and impossibly big skies await you in America's West. This 15-day tour through the urban and natural wonders of California, Arizona and Nevada is pe read more...

IS THIS Yolo TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Are young at heart
    • Prefer fast-paced and budget-friendly trips
    • Want to have meaningful encounters with local people
    • Love making new friends
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 14 nights accommodation (Hotels/hostels (7 nts, some multi-share), participation camping (7 nts)
  • 7 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 7 dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Air-conditioned private touring van, hiking).
  • Entrance fees to all national and state parks with hiking and walking excursions
  • Orientation to Las Vegas
  • Entrance fee to Montezuma Castle
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Mono Lake visit and walk amongst tufas
  • Drive along California's scenic Highway No
  • 1 including Monterey and Big Sur
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 200-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Los Angeles
Day 2 Los Angeles/San Diego
Day 3 San Diego/Scottsdale
Day 4 Scottsdale/Grand Canyon
Day 5 Grand Canyon
Day 6 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas
Day 7 Las Vegas
Day 8 Las Vegas/Bishop
Day 9 Bishop/Yosemite National Park
Day 10 Yosemite National Park
Day 11 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
Day 12 San Francisco
Day 13 San Francisco/Morro Bay
Day 14 Morro Bay/Los Angeles
Day 15 Depart Los Angeles
Departures
  • Aug
    2017
  • Sep
    2017
  • Mar
    2018
  • Apr
    2018
  • May
    2018
  • Jun
    2018
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    2018
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    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Sat, 19 Aug '17
  • Sat, 02 Sep '17
  • Sat, 26 Aug '17
  • Sat, 09 Sep '17
  • Sat, 02 Sep '17
  • Sat, 16 Sep '17
  • Sat, 09 Sep '17
  • Sat, 23 Sep '17
  • Sun, 25 Mar '18
  • Sun, 08 Apr '18
  • Sun, 01 Apr '18
  • Sun, 15 Apr '18
  • Sun, 08 Apr '18
  • Sun, 22 Apr '18
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  • Sun, 03 Jun '18
  • Sun, 27 May '18
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  • Sun, 02 Sep '18
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  • Sun, 16 Sep '18
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • Scottsdale
  • Grand Canyon
  • Las Vegas.
  • Bishop
  • Yosemite National Park
  • San Francisco
  • Morro Bay
  • DAY 1 Arrive Los Angeles

    Arrive at any time.
    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    19:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

    There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Los Angeles/San Diego

    Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Visit Coronado Island or soak up the sun on Mission Beach. Opt to check out the Gaslamp Quarter District in the evening.

    Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town.

    Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable city San Diego. Sun, sand, food and fun awaits us in this beautiful beach city. When the sun sets, experience the Gaslamp Quarter District with numerous pubs and nightclubs.

    Private Van
    Los Angeles - San Diego (6h-190km)
    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    Coronado Island Visit
    Coronado
    Coronado Island's white-sand beach, mild surf and postcard worthy sunsets, is consistently rated one of the best beaches in the world. If the acclaimed beaches aren't enough, check out the charming bayside district with breathtaking views of the San Diego skyline. Walk, ride, motor in a golf cart; there are many options to get around that don't involve a car.

    Mission Beach Visit
    San Diego
    Yearn for a classic California beach experience complete with boardwalks, beach cruisers and even a historic roller coaster? Built on a sandbar between the Pacific Ocean and Mission Bay, this beach is perfect for swimmers, surfers, paddle boarders and kayakers alike.

    Optional Activities
    Gaslamp Quarter District Visit
    San Diego
    Free
    After the sun sets, historic Gaslamp Quarter District comes to life. Rich history mixed with modern flair, Gaslamp is booming with restaurants, bars, speakeasies, live music and dancing. (Dinner)

  • DAY 3 San Diego/Scottsdale

    Visit the Imperial Sand Dunes, then travel to Scottsdale, known as the "West's Most Western" town.

    In the evening, enjoy a night out in historic downtown Scottsdale. Pull on your jeans and cowboy boots and get ready to kick up your heels in this western town famous for its country music.

    Private Van
    San Diego - Scottsdale (8h-660km)
    Including stops

    Imperial Sand Dunes Visit
    North Algodones Dunes Wilderness 1-2km
    The Imperial Sand Dunes are part of the Algodones Sand Dune system, beginning in southeastern California near the Arizona border and stretching south to Mexico's state of Baja California. In summer, prepare for temperatures over 38C (100F). But luckily it's a dry heat and the nights are cool. Climb the dunes and look for beetles, weevils and wasps endemic to the area. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Scottsdale/Grand Canyon

    Visit Montezuma Castle, enjoy a picnic and cool off at Slide Rock SP. Continue to the Grand Canyon and explore this natural wonder.
    Enjoy sunset at the canyon rim.

    Charge up your camera batteries in time for this next breathtaking experience as we take Arizona's famous scenic drive through Oak Creek Canyon en route to the Grand Canyon.

    Private Van
    Scottsdale - Grand Canyon (8h-400km)
    Includes stops to Montezuma Castle, and Slide Rock.

    Montezuma Castle Visit
    Montezuma Castle National Monument
    Glimpse back in time over 800 years, to view one the most preserved ancient cliff dwellings in North America. Once a 45-50 roomresidence, some 20 rooms remain tucked into the side of a limestone cliff.

    Slide Rock State Park Visit
    Sedona
    Jump, swim or slide into the refreshing natural waters at Slide Rock State Park. The red sandstone rock walls and swimming hole
    create the perfect place for an afternoon dip.

    Grand Canyon Sunset
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Head to the rim of the Grand Canyon at sunset. Point your camera in any direction and capture memorable shots as the shifting light plays off the layers of red, yellow, and brown rock. This is truly one of the great wonders. Enjoy the moment.

    N/A (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 Grand Canyon

    N/A

    Enjoy a free day to discover the Grand Canyon. Opt to hike throughout the park, rent a bike, check out a museum or see the canyon from the sky by helicopter.

    Free Time
    Grand Canyon Full Day
    Enjoy a full day in this Wonder of the World to explore your own way.

    Grand Canyon South Rim Visit
    Grand Canyon National Park
    Visit the south rim of the canyon for a great first impression. Marvel as the Grand Canyon unfolds before you. Don't get too close. The land drops almost straight down for more than 1,000m (3,280 ft) into the serpentine canyons below! The gorge is filled with rocky buttes, sheer limestone cliffs, and deep canyons all arrayed in a rainbow of colors. Words defy. This is truly one of the most magnificent sights on earth.

    Optional Activities
    Grand Canyon IMAX Movie

    Grand Canyon National Park
    15USD per person
    On a giant six-story movie screen, watch the most viewed IMAX film of all time, "Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets". Escape, fly, and discover the history and beauty of this awe-inspiring landscape.

    Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
    Grand Canyon
    284USD per person
    The Grand Canyon helicopter ride is a must! Enjoy a bird's-eye view as you fly over the canyon, taking in the stark contrast of the the blue-green Colorado River against the thousand shades of red rock found in the canyon. From above you can fully appreciate the greatness of the gorge and see why it is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

    Hiking
    Grand Canyon (1h-5h)
    Free
    Opt to hike along the rim or down into the canyon. Experience breathtaking scenery with spectacular views. Bring lots of water, a hat and plenty of energy. Remember -- hiking down is optional, hiking back up is mandatory! (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Grand Canyon/Las Vegas

    Journey along famous Route 66, and explore the Las Vegas Strip in the evening. Take an optional VIP party limo ride.

    Private Van
    Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (9h-480km)
    Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

    Vegas Strip Visit
    Las Vegas
    Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there's so much to see and do.

    Optional Activities
    VIP Party Limo Experience
    Las Vegas
    40USD per person
    Channel your inner celebrity and set off in this party on wheels. Luxuriate in the leather seats, and feel like a star with the neon lights, flat screen TV and booming stereo system. Tour the highlights of Vegas and love the limo life. (Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Las Vegas

    N/A

    Free time in Las Vegas. Explore the strip, try your luck at a casino, or take in a glitzy show.

    Full day to explore Las Vegas. Walk the strip and try your luck at the tables or slot machines. Or spend the day shopping, dining or poolside. In the evening opt to see one of the wildly entertaining shows Vegas is known for.

    Free Time
    Las VegasFull Day
    Use free time to explore all this city has to offer.

    Optional Activities
    Las Vegas Show
    Las Vegas3h-4h
    25-200USD per person
    Leave the world behind, give in to your senses and prepare to be amazed. Take in one of the many shows available in this entertainment mecca. Live music, burlesque, comedy, magic, Cirque Du Soleil, and more. Whatever your passion, no other city can compete with the range and scale of shows on offer 24 hours a day.

    Gambling at Vegas Casino
    Las Vegas
    Free
    Hold some cards, toss some dice, place a bet or sit at the slots. Try your luck at gambling in one of the many casinos along the Strip.

    Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
    You may be a seasoned pro at group travel by now, but there will likely be some new travellers joining the group. Sit in on the welcome meeting to meet the newest members of the group and learn about the next leg of your tour.

    Vegas Strip Visit
    Las Vegas
    Free
    Walk along Las Vegas Boulevard and soak in the lights, energy and pulse of the Strip. With an ever-evolving architecture and multitude of hotels, casinos, restaurants, and entertainment, there's so much to see and do. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 8 Las Vegas/Bishop

    Visit a land of extremes in Death Valley NP. In the evening, opt to stargaze at a secluded hot spring.

    Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot on earth and home to the lowest point in North America.

    End the day surrounded by peaks in the town of Bishop.

    Private Vehicle
    Las Vegas - Bishop (7h-490km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Death Valley National Park Visit
    Death Valley
    The Death Valley is one of America's most extreme locations - from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There's a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

    Optional Activities
    Soak in Hot Springs
    Bishop (1h-2h)
    Free
    Take a dip and relax in the natural springs that flow from the ground. Slip in. Exhale. Heal. (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 9 Bishop/Yosemite National Park

    Morning trip to Mono Lake; walk among the tufa towers. Discover Yosemite's peaks, granite domes and giant sequoias. Marvel at majestic waterfalls, lakes and meadows.

    Private Vehicle
    Bishop - Yosemite National Park (7h-230km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Mono Lake Visit
    Mono Lake
    Unusual rock towers created by underwater springs line the shore of this stunning lake. Walk along the shore and imagine what existed here nearly a million years ago. The salt waters are home to trillions of brine shrimp and alkali flies. Mono Lake also attracts nearly 100 species of migratory birds each year.

    Tioga Pass Drive
    Tioga Pass
    Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

    N/A (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Yosemite National Park

    Use free time to explore Yosemite by foot, bike or shuttle.

    Full day to explore Yosemite NP. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this stunning landscape. Opt to rent a
    bike and cycle in Yosemite Valley.

    Yosemite National Park Visit
    Yosemite National Park
    Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this
    internationally recognized National Park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this
    gorgeous landscape.

    Free Time
    Yosemite National Park Full Day
    Get out and explore.

    Optional Activities
    Yosemite National Park Hike

    Yosemite National Park (1h-6h)
    Free
    Panoramic vistas, gushing waterfalls, and elusive wildlife await. Bring water, wear a hat and sunscreen, and hike Yosemite NP. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

    Yosemite Bike Rental
    Yosemite National Park
    12USD per person
    Set your wheels in motion with tandem, hand crank or mountain bikes, and opt to cycle some of the 20km (12mi) of paved trails throughout the valley floor. Bring a water bottle, stop to shoot photos, and enjoy some of the most picturesque spots in Yosemite NP. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 11 Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

    Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to ride a cable car over the steep hills, explore by bicycle or set sail in the setting sun.

    Arrive in one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites during the drive into town.

    Private Vehicle
    Yosemite National Park - San Francisco (6h-225km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Orientation Walk
    Enjoy a brief walk with the CEO, designed to orient you with useful places in new destinations like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in depth destination information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Free Time
    San FranciscoAfternoon
    Get out and explore San Francisco.

    Optional Activities
    Fisherman's Wharf Visit
    San Francisco
    Visit San Francisco's famous Fishermen's Wharf, walk the piers, check out the marine life, shop and sample the fresh seafood.

    Cable Car Ride
    San Francisco (1h-3h)
    6USD per person
    Iconic to San Francisco, travel back in time and hop on the world's last manually operated cable car system.

    Sunset Sailing San Francisco
    San Francisco (2h-3h)
    45USD per person
    Depart from Fisherman's Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city's remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return. (Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 12 San Francisco

    N/A

    Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

    Free Time
    San Francisco Full Day
    Spend the day however you like.

    Optional Activities
    Haight-Ashbury Visit
    San Francisco
    Free
    Check out this neighbourhood known as the centre of counterculture ideals, drugs, and music during the hippie movement in the 60s. Today, find locally-owned restaurants and bars, boutiques, booksellers, head shops and record stores.

    Sunset Sailing San Francisco
    San Francisco (2h-3h)
    45USD per person
    Depart from Fisherman's Wharf and catch a glimpse of marine life as we sail around San Francisco Bay. Admire the city's remarkable skyline, get up close and personal with the infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy the sunset and make a mental note to return.

    Bike Rental San Francisco
    San Francisco (1h-5h)
    8-32USD per person
    Rent a bike to peddle across the Golden Gate Bridge, through the scenic Marina district or perhaps to Golden Gate park.

    Golden Gate Bridge Visit
    San Francisco
    What trip to San Fran would be complete without seeing the Golden Gate Bridge? Depending on time, step foot on this famous red suspension bridge or find a great viewing point to take some photos. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 13 San Francisco/Morro Bay

    Visit historic Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.

    Crashing waves, rolling fog, and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience.

    Private Vehicle
    San Francisco - Morro Bay (6h30m-390km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Monterey Visit
    Monterey
    Look out across the bay, check out the marine life and window shop along Cannery Row. Feeling hungry? Be sure to sample some of many varieties of clam chowder on offer.

    Elephant Seal Rookery
    San Simeon
    Marvel at this coastline consistently overflowing with marine-life. Once hunted for their blubber to the point close to extinction, elephant seals are now back in droves. Throughout the year, more than 17,000 elephant seals show up on this stretch of beach to give birth, breed, and moult. Bring your camera and capture some memorable moments.

    N/A (Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 14 Morro Bay/Los Angeles

    Travel along the stunning Pacific coast. Pass by popular sites on the way into California's most glamourous city.

    Pass by Santa Barbara as we make our way to Los Angeles. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive into the City of Angels.

    Private Vehicle
    Morro Bay - Los Angeles (7h-350km)
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    N/A (Breakfast)

  • DAY 15 Depart Los Angeles

    Depart at any time.

    There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and
    other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.

    N/A (None (Meals on your own))

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 200-250 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 22 passengers, at an average there are 16 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.


  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. An essential part of your trip is participation - from putting up your tent (while camping) or packing it away in the morning, to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up - it is all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your CEO will do all the meal planning, but we do ask the clients to help with the preparation and washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun! All camping equipment (with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow) is supplied. We supply dome tents and assembly/disassembly takes only 5 minutes. All tents have built-in insect nets. Self-inflating mattresses are also provided, which are approximately 4cm thick, warm and comfortable.

  10. Sleeping bags are a necessary for this tour, and can be purchased upon arrival if required.

  11. In order to cover the vast distance in North America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip, we will have a couple of long driving days.

  12. All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.

  13. Tioga Pass is a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California on the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park, and we travel through the pass en route. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

  14. Please note that some trips could be a combination of multiple G Adventure tours. You should expect some group members to join or leave the tour between tour segments.

  15. The American west is generally known for warm weather, but temperatures do vary significantly in the mountain and desert areas especially. The day time temperature could exceed 30 C, while the night time temperatures do regularly decrease to single digits, or even possible below freezing.Please be prepared for such extreme conditions.

  16. Regarding our wi-fi equipped vehicles: we have limited bandwidth, and in the interests of allowing all travellers to access the wi-fi, travellers should limit their access to reasonable levels. Please note that wi-fi is not always available due to areas with limited or no cell phone service (e.g. in parts of national parks).

  17. Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.

  18. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional nighttime activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.


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