Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations
14 Nights From €3750 (Per Person)
April 2015- October 2015
Prices from €3750
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Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour including the barrel aging caves and an exclusive tasting.
Hearst Castle: Ascend the ‘Enchanted Hill' for a guided tour of one of America's grandest private estates.
Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, an historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
Los Angeles: Enjoy a guided tour of the Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house.
Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet! A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.
Grand Canyon: Join a local expert for an informative presentation and witness the burnt orange hues of the canyon walls.
Lake Powell: A testament to the power of water over rock, glide through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon during your cruise.
Monument Valley: Join a guide in a special vehicle to explore the iconic vistas of this Navajo Tribal Park, made famous in America's favourite Western movies.
Zion Canyon: The most relaxing and informative way to see the grandeur and natural features of the canyon is by private shuttle which includes live commentary.
San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge. Chinatown walking tour.
Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.
Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.
Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.
Monterey: Enjoy a presentation about the array of fish, animal and plant exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.
Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.
Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.
Sedona: Visit one of the most scenic cities in the Southwest.
Grand Canyon: Enjoy outstanding views.
Cameron: Stop at the historic Cameron Trading Post.
Glen Canyon: Visit the dam.
Bryce Canyon National Park: Walk to Sunset Point to see the hoodoos.
Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive. Oak Creek Canyon. Desert View Drive on the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The Painted Desert.
San Francisco: Enjoy a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese banquet.
Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
Los Angeles: A dazzling Highlight Dinner.
Grand Canyon: Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Thunderbird Room while taking in views of the South Rim.
Bryce Canyon: Toast to the finale of your tour at a lively Celebration Dinner with wine.
Welcome Reception (WD), 14 Full Breakfasts (FB), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 1 Celebration Dinner (CD), and 1 table d'hôte dinner (D)
San Francisco: Your boutique Omni hotel is a sophisticated, urban retreat located only a short walk to Union Square.
Sonoma Mission: The Fairmont hotel is the ultimate Wine Country resort, surrounded by lush vineyards and blessed with natural hot springs.
Yosemite: Insight has worked behind the scenes to ensure you receive only the newly renovated rooms at the Lodge at the Falls.
Monterey: Overlooking the ocean and just steps from Cannery Row, The Clement offers unique, contemporary style.
Bryce Canyon or Zion National Park: Stay in rustic charming lodges, located right inside the National Parks.
Lake Powell: We guarantee lake-view rooms with picture-perfect vistas and breathtaking sunsets at no extra charge!
Las Vegas: Where else would you want to stay but the Cosmopolitan. A modern, luxury, upscale, resort, overlooking the heart of the strip!
Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of L.A.
Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.
We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region
We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coach with extended legroom and onboard restroom
Day 1 San Francisco, the City by the Bay
Welcome to California! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and a light meal.
Day 2 Exploring San Francisco
Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese banquet Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 3 A Taste of California’s Wine Country
Enter the Napa Valley in California's lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and the history of the winery while enjoying the breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later this afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma's historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.
Day 4 Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Travel through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your newly refurbished rooms, at your hotel, located inside the park, close to North America's highest waterfall.
Day 5 Monterey, the Cradle of History
Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Purchase local fresh fruit at an historic fruit stand en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customized food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you'll learn about local flavour, culture, art, architecture, and history. For your dining pleasure this evening, you are offered a selection of local restaurants to choose from.
Full Breakfast, Dine Around
Day 6 Hearst Castle and the American Riviera
Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill' high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle - the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera'. Check into your beachfront hotel.
Day 7 Santa Monica and the City of Angels
Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, for a guided tour. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE. This evening, set out for a popular restaurant to enjoy a glittering Highlight Dinner L.A. style.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 8 Los Angeles Sightseeing
This morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman's Chinese Theater and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.
Day 9 Across the Mojave to Scottsdale
Travel across the Mojave Desert wilderness. Arrive in Phoenix where your idyllic resort is just next door in neighbouring Scottsdale.
Day 10 Sedona and the Wonders of the Mighty Grand Canyon
Head north to the quaint bohemian colony of Sedona, and browse the stores and galleries. Enjoy one of Arizona's finest drives through Oak Creek Canyon, before travelling on to Grand Canyon National Park. Spend the night inside the park, enjoying the peace and quiet after the crowds have departed. During your stay, join a local expert for an informative presentation about the wonders of the Grand Canyon. This evening, enjoy a private dinner in the Thunderbird Room while taking in the magnificent views.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner
Day 11 Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell
The choice is yours this morning: wake up early and see the sun rise over the canyon or ask your Tour Director about optional flightseeing experiences over this natural wonder. Later, move on to the Historic Cameron Trading Post. The journey carries on through the Painted Desert, a colourful fantasy land of mesas, buttes and badlands, and through the Navajo Indian Reservation. Stop at the Glen Canyon Dam to learn about its impact on the Colorado River before arriving at your lakefront resort. Check into your room which has guaranteed lake views before taking a leisurely cruise on spectacular Lake Powell.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12 Excursion to Monument Valley
Today is entirely yours to do as you please. Relax and enjoy the resort's facilities, or join an excursion to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park for a guided tour.
Day 13 Bryce Canyon’s Stony Symphony
Perhaps join an optional float trip down one of the most scenic stretches of the Colorado River before heading to Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Enjoy a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of odd-shaped monoliths known as hoodoos. There is time at leisure before checking in at the lodge. In the evening, join your Tour Director and newfound friends for an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner including drinks.
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
Day 14 Zion to Las Vegas - from Nature to Neon
Travel through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. Board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle with live commentary to experience the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some time to explore at your own pace. Later, arrive in Las Vegas, a collection of bright lights and shopping malls, huge themed hotels of unbelievable design and the omnipresent slot machine. Your hotel is a breath of fresh air - modern and luxurious.
Day 15 Depart Las Vegas
Your adventure ends with a departure transfer to Las Vegas International Airport or extend your stay in Las Vegas.
Insight Vacations have top class hand picked hotels in the best locations, in all their destinations.
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas
Please enquire now for full listing of accommodation included on this itinerary.
The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !
If you would like to know more about what accommodation is included in this trip call now on 01 853 5000, email [email protected], send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!
Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Insight Vacations one of the world’s finest escorted touring company’s, who offer a vast range of tours throughout the USA.
There is no more inspirational way to explore and discover the jewels of North America. Insight can take you to the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, through vibrant landscape of New England’s spectacular foliage, through the majesty of the National Parks, and to vibrant cities like New Orleans and New York.
Whichever legendary route you choose, simply relax and enjoy outstanding quality and unmatched comfort and service, knowing that Insight will take care of everything from start to end.
With our escorted tours, you can be assured there is so much included in the price
These high value included excursions and experiences often worth hundreds of euro on each tour, will ensure you experience the real magic of each destination.
There is free time at every stop to ensure you have the freedom to see the sights your way, in your own time.
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