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Cosmos Western Wonders (8510)

12 days from Los Angeles to San Francisco 
From the gorgeous national parks to the thrilling cities, this western U.S. tour through California, Arizona, and Nevada features unique rock formations, scenic drives, deep canyons, and sparking waterfalls and lakes—not to mention fun in some of the world’s most famous cities. Your tour starts in Los Angeles, ends in San Francisco, and overnights along the way in Palm Springs, Scottsdale, Williams, Las Vegas, Tulare, Modesto, and San Francisco.

You’ll visit two of the West’s most famous and beautiful national parks, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Yosemite National Park in California. Stroll the Grand Canyon’s South Rim and stand in awe as you witness the breathtaking scenery. In Yosemite National Park, have your camera ready for the giant granite domes, cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and more. But that’s not all…you’ll also witness spectacular scenery on your drives. Between Scottsdale and the Grand Canyon, you’ll see Arizona's Oak Creek Canyon, known as one of America’s most beautiful drives and home to brilliantly hued cliffs and rugged spires of sandstone, and you’ll stop in Sedona, with the massive red-rock formations that make the area famous. Between Williams and Las Vegas, watch for Joshua trees, which can grow to be more than 40 feet tall. Between Las Vegas and Tulare, you’ll witness the vast Mojave Desert.

Enjoy sightseeing in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Francisco. Perhaps take a ride on San Francisco’s historic cable cars or enjoy an optional outing to Alcatraz Prison, the federal penitentiary that once housed Al Capone and other notorious criminals—the choice is yours! Free time in each city—including Las Vegas—gives you time to explore on your own or to take optional excursions.

Breathtaking scenery, exciting cities, scenic drives, and more…this western U.S. tour is a perfect vacation for savvy, 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 Inn (ST)
SAN FRANCISCO Hotel Carlton (MF)

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 the day 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, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Stroll down Olvera Street or the heart of the original Spanish Mission.
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’ll feel like you’ve traveled back in time to the era of outlaws and saloons.
Day 5SCOTTSDALE–SEDONA–GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK–WILLIAMS.
 Travel to Sedona, a thriving center for New Age arts set in Canyon Country. On to the weather-sculptured rock formations of Oak Creek Canyon. Travel alongside the San Francisco Mountains and beautiful pine forests to the South Rim of the GRAND CANYON. Time to stroll the canyon rim—or, for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, take an optional helicopter flightseeing excursion for incomparable views of flame-colored walls plunging 7,000 feet into the Colorado River. Overnight in Williams, a picturesque mountain town with Route 66 as the Main Street and the gateway to the Grand Canyon.
Day 6WILLIAMS–LAS VEGAS.
 Cross the old Mojave gold-strike country, which still has traces of century-old ghost towns set in natural desert beauty. Watch for Joshua trees, a species of the lily family that grows to more than 40 feet in height and can live up to 300 years. By late afternoon, reach Las Vegas, the fantastic city of feverish gambling, neon lights, bars, and glamorous shows. Be sure to explore some of the many themed casino resorts along the colorful “Strip.” This evening, we highly recommend a night out to a dazzling stage show featuring top Vegas entertainment.
Day 7LAS VEGAS.
 The day is free to swim and sunbathe at the hotel pool or to explore the varied casinos and shopping plazas. Your Tour Director will have more suggestions. Consider a river float trip through the Black Canyon.
Day 8LAS VEGAS–TULARE.
 Departing the neon lights of Las Vegas, we continue across the desert landscape of Nevada before crossing into California. You’ll 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.
 This morning, we enter YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, a wonderland of spectacular lakes, giant granite domes, towering pinnacles, cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. 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. (CB)
Day 11SAN FRANCISCO.
 The day is free for you to explore more of this fascinating city. Perhaps visit the notorious former prison of Alcatraz, which housed famous gangsters such as Al Capone, “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “The Birdman” Stroud. Afterward, the day is yours to do some more exploring in the “City by the Bay.”

NOTE:
Consider advance ticket purchase for Alcatraz Island with the National Park Service.
Day 12SAN FRANCISCO.
 The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to San Francisco International Airport are included. Extend your vacation with extra nights and explore the “City by the Bay” further with a variety of exciting optional activities.

Included Cosmos Meals

1 breakfast, 1 continental breakfast

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:
$810

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$150

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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*Tour Land StartCosmos RetailRequest Quote
03/23/2018 $1,899.00
03/27/2018 $1,899.00
03/30/2018 $1,899.00
04/13/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 04/24/2018 $1,909.00
04/27/2018 $1,909.00
05/01/2018 $1,909.00
05/04/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 05/11/2018 $1,909.00
05/18/2018 $1,909.00
05/25/2018 $1,909.00
05/29/2018 $1,909.00
06/01/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/08/2018 $1,909.00
06/12/2018 $1,909.00
06/15/2018 $1,909.00
06/22/2018 $1,909.00
06/26/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 06/29/2018 $1,909.00
07/03/2018 $1,909.00
07/06/2018 $1,909.00
07/13/2018 $1,909.00
07/17/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 07/20/2018 $1,909.00
07/27/2018 $1,909.00
07/31/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/03/2018 $1,909.00
08/10/2018 $1,909.00
08/17/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 08/24/2018 $1,909.00
08/28/2018 $1,909.00
08/31/2018 $1,909.00
09/04/2018 $1,909.00
09/07/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/11/2018 $1,909.00
09/14/2018 $1,909.00
09/18/2018 $1,909.00
09/21/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 09/25/2018 $1,909.00
09/28/2018 $1,909.00
10/02/2018 $1,909.00
10/05/2018 $1,909.00
10/09/2018 $1,909.00
Guaranteed Departure 10/12/2018 $1,909.00
10/16/2018 $1,909.00
10/19/2018 $1,909.00
10/30/2018 $1,859.00
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