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California’s Great National Parks

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Groves of giant sequoias frame your path through the Land of Giants and the natural wonders of California, from the inferno of Death Valley to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Badwater Basin in Death Valley
  • Explore Yosemite National Park
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Death Valley National Park

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Your Guided Tour

Day 1: Las Vegas

Welcome to glittering Las Vegas. Get acclimated and relax at your hotel situated on the famous Las Vegas Strip. At 6 p.m. meet your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas, A Doubletree Resort

Day 2: Las Vegas - Death Valley - Mammoth Lakes

Today, discover North America's lowest, hottest and driest point as you enter Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the contiguous United States. Enjoy scenic views at Zabriskie Point over the inferno that is Death Valley, learn about the valley's unique geological features, enjoying sweeping views of desert gorges and miles of sand dunes as your Travel Director shares fascinating facts about the area's unique history and intriguing weather patterns. Dip 282 feet (86 metres) below sea level at the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. No putter required at Devil's Golf Course, a massive saltpan of jagged spires where "only the devil could play golf on such rough link". After lunch at Furnace Creek, continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley and start the ascent on the Eastern Slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Arrive in Mammoth Lakes for a relaxing two-night stay and enjoy dinner.

Hotel: The Westin Monache Resort, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Mammoth Lakes and Devils Postpile sightseeing

We spend the day exploring an outdoor playground amidst the rolling peaks of the Sierra Nevada. California's premier mountain resort is as action-packed as it is beautiful and a ride up the Scenic Gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain (when operating) will reward you with 360-degree views of magnificent peaks. We view the basalt columns of Devils Postpile (seasonal) before a chance to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Mammoth Lakes - Yosemite National Park

Head north, travelling across the Tioga Pass and enter Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels in the National Park system and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga pass to be closed to traffic, typically mid-Oct to the end of May. An alternate route and a hotel in Lake Tahoe will be used.) Drive past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows as you make your way down to Yosemite Valley. Discover the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park aboard a special valley floor tour, with opportunities to explore. Led by a Park Ranger and Local Specialist, you'll get to see all of the valley highlights, as you learn about the natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers, flora and the fauna throughout the park. Then head to your accommodation, located inside the National Park, giving you more time to enjoy the park when the day visitors have left.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Yosemite National Park - Sequoia and Kings Canyon

As you leave Yosemite National Park, stop at one of the most photographed vistas in the world, providing a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. Stop at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and stretch your legs on a short hike to the General Grant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. Today, these two National Parks protect nearly half of the remaining sequoias in the world. Stop at Kings Canyon Lookout for a bird's eye view of the canyon and continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop, winding through groves of majestic sequoias before arriving at Sequoia National Park, a stunning area near the southern end of California's famous mountain range. This evening, after dinner, immerse yourself in a stargazing program as a naturalist and Local Specialist guides you through the star-spangled sky, far away from the city lights.

Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge, 2 nights
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Sequoia National Park Excursion

Explore this "Land of Giants" further with a walk along the General Sherman Tree Loop trail which culminates at the base of the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,200 years old. Stop at the Giant Forest Museum, where you learn about the history and enjoy a short movie presentation about the ecology and fire inside the replica of a burned-out giant sequoia. Walk the Big Trees Trail while enjoying the fresh air of the giant redwood forest. Old West grilling doesn't get any more authentic as you enjoy a barbecue lunch with a living-history reenactor, and Local Specialist, who tells stories of early life in the mountains. After lunch, use the park's complimentary shuttle system to explore further on your own.

Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Sequoia National Park - Los Angeles

Descend through the spectacular Sierra Nevada and the Los Padres National Forest before arriving in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Cruise down Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Tinseltown, Hollywood. Here you'll be joined by a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour taking in Hollywood's most famous icons: the Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Tonight, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8: Depart Los Angeles

Today a transfer is provided to Los Angeles International Airport, or you could choose to extend your stay here in the 'city of dreams'.

Meals: Breakfast

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Your Touring Experience

First class touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your guided tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

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