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Cosmos Golden West Adventure with Los Angeles (8505)

17 days from Los Angeles to Los Angeles 
Experience the best of the West on this thrilling adventure—with its vibrant cities, spectacular mountains, scenic drives, and unique rock formations. This western U.S. tour begins and ends in Los Angeles with overnights along the way in Scottsdale, Flagstaff, Las Vegas, Fresno, Turlock, San Francisco, Monterey, and Solvang.

Tour highlights include time spent in stunning Grand Canyon National Park, where you can stroll the rim and witness truly breathtaking landscapes, and Yosemite National Park, with its cascading waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, lush forests, and meadows. More beautiful scenery awaits you on the drive between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon. Witness stunning Oak Creek Canyon, one of the most scenic drives in the U.S., and stop in Sedona, a thriving center of New Age set in massive red-rock formations. In contrast to the desert landscapes, enjoy 17-Mile Drive along the Pacific Ocean, where you’ll witness views of waves, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes.

On this western U.S. tour, spend time in the vibrant cities of Los Angeles (including two extra nights), San Francisco, and Las Vegas with plenty of time on your own to explore. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars, enjoy an optional outing to see a Las Vegas show, and stroll down Los Angeles’ Olvera Street—the choice is yours! In San Francisco, you’ll visit captivating Alcatraz Prison, where you can see where famous criminals once lived. Other tour highlights are time in Carmel, a quaint and picturesque town; Monterey, where you’ll visit Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row, the famous street that runs parallel to Monterey Bay’s coastline; Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with scenic buildings and windmills; and Santa Barbara, where sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission.

This is the perfect vacation for value-minded travelers!

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

In Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Cosmos Hotels

LOS ANGELES L.A. Hotel Downtown (SF)
PALM SPRINGS Courtyard Palm Springs (F)
SCOTTSDALE Saguaro Scottsdale (F)
WILLIAMS Grand Canyon Railway Hotel (F)
LAS VEGAS SLS Las Vegas Hotel and Casino (MD)
TULARE Best Western Town and Country Lodge (ST)
MODESTO Best Western Palm Court (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)
MONTEREY Days Inn Monterey Downtown (ST)
SOLVANG Holiday Inn Express Solvang (ST)

Itinerary (2018)

Day 1LOS ANGELES.
 Welcome to Los Angeles! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
Day 2LOS ANGELES.
 Begin with a sightseeing tour of the world’s “Capital of Glamour,” including a drive through Hollywood and the famous TCL Chinese Theatre. The remainder of your day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions so you can further explore the city. Stroll down Olvera Street, or the heart of the original Spanish Mission. This evening, plenty of suggestions for dining and shopping will be available.
Day 3LOS ANGELES–PALM SPRINGS.
 Journey to the desert oasis of Palm Springs, just 120 miles east of Los Angeles. Ever since Hollywood stars first came here in the 1930s, laying claim to ranch-style estates and holing up in elite hotels, the clean, dry air and sunshine have made Palm Springs irresistible.
Day 4PALM SPRINGS–SCOTTSDALE.
 Travel through cacti-covered desert toward Old Town Scottsdale, where Western storefronts create an aura of the past. Afterward, enjoy free time to explore a taste of the Old West, with restaurants, shopping, and Western bars. With wooden beams, wagon wheels, and cowboy hats abundant, you will feel like you have traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.
Day 5SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–WILLIAMS.
 First stop today is a visit to Sedona, a center for Southwestern and New Age arts. Climb through Oak Creek Canyon with its weather-sculpted formations of dramatic, color-tinted crags. Then pass by the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. For a once in-a-lifetime experience, take our optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Stay overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the main street.
Day 6WILLIAMS–LAS VEGAS.
 Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, that still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in the natural desert beauty. Look out for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to 40 feet high and can live for more than 300 years. Today’s destination is the man-made phenomenon in the Nevada desert that is Las Vegas, a fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, and glamorous shows.
Day 7LAS VEGAS.
 The day is free for exploring on your own. Your Tour Director will have plenty of activities to choose from and will recommend favorite restaurants and shopping areas.
Day 8LAS VEGAS–TULARE.
 Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. See the vast Mojave Desert, which covers one-fifth of California. Pass through the agricultural land and overnight in Tulare in the central San Joaquin Valley.
Day 9TULARE–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MODESTO.
 Enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, giant granite domes, pinnacles, and mountains rising more than 4,000 feet above the valley floor. Afterward, drive to Modesto. (B)
Day 10MODESTO–SAUSALITO–SAN FRANCISCO.
 This morning, we continue west to the “Golden Gate City” of San Francisco, famous for its cable cars. Lunch in the pristine waterfront community of Sausalito. Free time to explore this quaint, Mediterranean-style village’s shops, galleries, and breathtaking views. Afterward, included sightseeing takes in the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and bustling Fisherman’s Wharf. (CB)
Day 11SAN FRANCISCO.
 The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit fascinating Alcatraz Prison. Get a close-up look at the infamous federal penitentiary that was off limits to the public for years. Afterward, the day is yours to explore the “City by the Bay.” Choose from a variety of optional excursions.

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.
Day 12SAN FRANCISCO.
 Another day at leisure to explore this most beautiful city. Perhaps ride San Francisco’s historic cable cars, take a walking tour of one of the city’s diverse neighborhoods, enjoy an Italian coffee at a sidewalk café in North Beach, or shop for bargains in Union Square.
Day 13SAN FRANCISCO–MONTEREY.
 Today, you travel south to picturesque Monterey, which was once Spain’s Californian capital, and visit historic Fisherman’s Wharf, where you may spot sea lions and otters. Visit Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck’s novel of the same name. The rest of the day is free, so why not visit Monterey Bay Aquarium, known for its interactive exhibits and teeming sea life?
Day 14MONTEREY–17-MILE DRIVE–CARMEL–SOLVANG.
 Today, you’ll take in spectacular 17-MILE DRIVE. Watch Pacific Ocean waves en route to Carmel on Carmel Bay. Nestled in a pine forest, the one-square-mile village of Carmel is incredibly dynamic, yet still quaint and picturesque. Afterward, on to Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. There’s time to walk the flower-lined village streets and enjoy the “Old World” architecture. Tasty bakery treats and perhaps a Danish smorgasbord for dinner all add to the unique experience. (CB)
Day 15SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–SANTA MONICA–LOS ANGELES.
 From Solvang, it’s a short drive south to coastal Santa Barbara. Sightseeing includes a photo stop at the historic mission and a visit to the pier. There’s time to wander along the bustling waterfront or do some shopping in some of the most talked-about boutiques in downtown Santa Barbara. Next, we make our way to the Santa Monica Pier and the ultimate Southern California beach. Afterward, head to Los Angeles. Check into your Los Angeles hotel, the L.A. Hotel Downtown, for the next two nights. (CB)
Day 16LOS ANGELES.
 The capital of glamour, which epitomizes the American Dream, is where the fantasy worlds of Hollywood come to life. A full day at leisure, with plenty of activities to choose from.
Day 17LOS ANGELES.
 The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided to Los Angeles International Airport.

Included Cosmos Meals

1 breakfast, 3 continental breakfasts

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:

$1,205 to $1,240

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$235 to $245

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Cosmos Notes

On vacations that include an overnight stay in Las Vegas, at least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

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Guaranteed Departure 03/30/2018 $2,589.00
Guaranteed Departure 04/24/2018 $2,629.00
05/01/2018 $2,629.00
05/04/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/11/2018 $2,629.00
05/18/2018 $2,629.00
05/25/2018 $2,629.00
05/29/2018 $2,629.00
06/01/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/08/2018 $2,629.00
06/12/2018 $2,629.00
06/15/2018 $2,629.00
06/22/2018 $2,629.00
06/26/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/29/2018 $2,629.00
07/03/2018 $2,629.00
07/06/2018 $2,629.00
07/13/2018 $2,629.00
07/17/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/20/2018 $2,629.00
07/27/2018 $2,629.00
07/31/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/03/2018 $2,629.00
08/10/2018 $2,629.00
08/17/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/24/2018 $2,629.00
08/28/2018 $2,629.00
08/31/2018 $2,629.00
09/04/2018 $2,629.00
09/07/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/11/2018 $2,629.00
09/14/2018 $2,629.00
09/18/2018 $2,629.00
09/21/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/25/2018 $2,629.00
09/28/2018 $2,629.00
10/02/2018 $2,629.00
10/05/2018 $2,629.00
10/09/2018 $2,629.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/12/2018 $2,629.00
10/16/2018 $2,629.00
10/19/2018 $2,629.00
10/30/2018 $2,569.00
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