Las Vegas & California 2014
On this wonderful Las Vegas and California tour we experience the glitz and glamour of magical Hollywood as well as visiting the Grand Canyon and San Francisco via the Californian Coast Starlight train.
Day 1 - London to Las Vegas
We depart London Heathrow on our flight to Las Vegas, one of the world's most spectacular cities, which is affectionately known as the 'City of Lights'. On our arrival we transfer to our hotel for three nights, the Harrah's Hotel, which has a prime location on the spectacular Las Vegas Strip.
Days 2-3 - Viva Las Vegas
As one of the world's most amazing cities, Las Vegas offers something for everyone and Day 2 and Day 3 are free for you to spend as you wish here. The hotel is located on the famous Las Vegas Strip within easy reach of the resort's many attractions. The hotel itself has 86,664 square feet of casino space, as well as a Olympic-sized pool and health club. With two free days in Las Vegas, you can explore the amazing sights and spectacles of the resorts, which offer something for everyone, with top class shows and an extraordinary selection of entertainment choices on your doorstep, including the world-famous casinos, which offer high stakes action and energy. The Las Vegas monorail provides quick travel on the Strip and is a great way to explore the exotic delights of the Strip. From the popular MGM Grand to the famous African-themed Sahara Hotel, the varied styles of resort here also include Oriental, Roman and Parisian themes - a chance for a veritable world tour without the need for flights or a passport! You can even take a gondola in Las Vegas' answer to Venice. The famous casinos should not be missed, nor should the magical Cirque du Soleil shows. Alternatively, you may wish to experience a wonderful bird's eye view of the region on an optional flight over the Grand Canyon, one of the world's great natural wonders. Wherever you are in Las Vegas, you will certainly find something to keep you entertained, from first thing in the morning until last thing at night.
Day 4 - Vegas to Williams
Today we head out of Las Vegas and across Nevada to Arizona, via the Hoover Dam, an engineering masterpiece completed in 1936 to end the constant flooding caused by the mighty Colorado River. Entering Arizona we arrive on the legendary Route 66 and the railroad town of Williams, nestled amidst ponderosa pine forest, where we spend the night at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel, situated in the downtown area of Williams, next to the Grand Canyon Railroad station.
Day 5 - Grand Canyon RailroadToday is one of the highlights of the tour as we travel by rail to the incredible Grand Canyon. On our journey we travel in vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway to see one of the world's most awe-inspiring sights, the Grand Canyon. We arrive at the South Rim, which is the main viewpoint of the Canyon where we take in the dramatic vistas. After returning to Williams, we join Amtrak's overnight rail service to Los Angeles.
Day 6 - Hollywood
Arriving in Los Angeles, we enjoy a revealing tour of Hollywood, the home of the movies, with free time to see the footprints of the stars at Mann's Chinese Theatre or to take a stroll along the legendary Hollywood Boulevard. We then travel to Long Beach for a two night stay on board the RMS Queen Mary, a former luxury ocean liner and U-boat dodging WWII high-speed troop carrier.
Day 7 - Los Angeles at leisureToday you are free to explore the sights close to the RMS Queen Mary in downtown Long Beach, or you may wish to further experience the sights of Los Angeles, the 'City of Angels'.
Day 8 - The Coast StarlightBidding farewell to Los Angeles this morning, we travel on board the iconic Coast Starlight for a daytime journey along the stunning Pacific coast shoreline. Relax and enjoy spectacular views of vast stretches of pristine beaches as the train hugs the rugged coast north of Santa Barbara heading to the wine producing region of San Luis Obispo. Entering the Salinas Valley we pass the Santa Lucia and Diablo mountain ranges en route to San Francisco, where we stay at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway Hotel.
Days 9-10 - Sightseeing in San FranciscoToday we enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of San Francisco by coach and on foot, visiting the elegant Golden Gate Bridge and the popular Fisherman's Wharf with its historic waterfront and home to a famous population of sea lions. Your afternoon and Day 10 is spent at leisure in San Francisco, giving you the opportunity to visit the infamous island of Alcatraz, most famous for its time as a prison. Located across San Francisco Bay by ferry from Pier 33, and known also as "The Rock", from where there are no known escape survivors, the island's notable former residents include Al Capone and the 'Birdman of Alcatraz'. You could also explore the vibrant streets of Chinatown and the intriguing Golden Gate Fortune Cookie factory, or ride the trams (cable cars) up and down the hilly streets and visit the famous winding Lombard Street, which has the distinction of being 'the crookedest street in the world'.
Days 11-12 - San Francisco to London
You have a morning at leisure to explore the attractions of San Francisco further. In the afternoon, we transfer to the Airport for our flight to London Heathrow, arriving on Day 12.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
Travel to Vegas and California on a tour by train
Come face to face with one of nature's most fantastic creations, the Grand Canyon, and soak up the glamour of Hollywood on a Las Vegas and California tour. You will have plenty of time in San Francisco to see notorious Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge when you take a Vegas and California tour.