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Golden Triangle Highlights

11 Days Guided Tours

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There’s no deeper way to discover a destination, than to see it with someone who actually lives there. One of our local friends greets you at each new city on this trip — ready to share its iconic sights, its hidden secrets, and their favourite neighbourhoods.

In LA, they’ll take you out for the day to the beaches (like bodybuilder-lined Muscle Beach), the celeb hangouts (like boutique-lined Rodeo Drive), and the big-name attractions (like the star-lined Walk of Fame). The next day, they’ll reveal skyline and Hollywood sign views from Griffith Observatory — or you can ask them to arrange add-ons like a studio tour (they’ll even tag along to a concert or ball game if you fancy adding one on).

Another of our Californian friends will join you for a two day journey up the famous Central Coast highways, showing off swanky seaside spots like Malibu, famous attractions like Route 66’s End of the Trail, and scenic sights like Carmel’s 17 Mile Drive and Monterey’s Cannery Row.

Introducing you to their charming home city, you’ll join our San Franciscan friend for a stroll through Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf, and for ‘must-do’ experiences like biking across Golden Gate Bridge, riding an historic cable car, sailing across the Bay by ferry, and dining at one of their favourite Chinatown restaurants.

Ending your adventure under the neon canopies of Las Vegas, our ‘in-the-know’ local shares the highlights of The Strip and Downtown, before you’re free to experience the shows, casinos, and day trips to spots like the Grand Canyon at your leisure.

Itinerary

Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrive in Los Angeles where you will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel for the evening. Accommodation stay – 3 nights in Los Angeles.

Day 2: Los Angeles

This morning meet your ATI local Expert at breakfast and plan your time in Los Angeles together before we embark on a comprehensive tour of Los Angeles that enables you to get a true taste of Southern California. You’ll explore the seaside communities of Marina del Rey, Venice whose boardwalk is famous for its Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers. You’ll also glimpse some of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood while checking out the Walk of Fame where more than 2,400 stars are embedded in the sidewalk, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s Chinese Theatre), the Sunset Strip, and Beverly Hills where you just might catch a celebrity shopper or two along Rodeo Drive. This evening join your Local Expert at a concert at a local venue or catch a hockey or ball game to sample the L.A lifestyle. (Optional - game/concert will be confirmed upon arrival in Los Angeles and is subject to change). B included.

Day 3: Los Angeles (Universal Studios optional)

Today, your ATI Local Expert will take you on a walking visit of the Los Angeles Observatory in Griffith Park for spectacular views of the city and the Hollywood sign. Alternatively you may choose to spend the day exploring Los Angeles at your leisure, or take an optional full-day tour to the world’s largest movie studio and theme park: Universal Studios. Go behind-the-scenes on the legendary Studio Tour to explore Hollywood’s most famous back lot. See Wisteria Lane from ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives, come face-to-face with Norman Bates at the legendary Bates Motel from Psycho, brace yourself as Jaws lurks deep beneath the waters… and much, much more. B included.

Day 4: Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara – Central Coast (approximately 135 miles)

This morning you will join a fully escorted group tour with a knowledgeable local guide taking you north from Los Angeles towards the central Coast and San Francisco. Travel north along the beautiful Pacific coast this morning, passing through the iconic beach communities of Santa Monica and Malibu. Stop by the 'End of the Trail' of Historic Route 66 and at an iconic California lifeguard tower made famous by Baywatch. Then it’s on to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Stop for lunch, and enjoy the cities Spanish architecture before continuing to a quaint central coast town for an overnight stay. B included. Accommodation stay – 1 night in Solvang.

Day 5: Central Coast – Carmel/Monterey – San Francisco (approximately 328 miles)

Dip your toes into the cool, refreshing waters of the Pacific during an early morning beach stroll, then leave your central coast hotel and travel further along the Pacific Coast to the quaint village of Carmel before embarking on an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Afterwards, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. In the afternoon, pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route to San Francisco, the famed 'City by the Bay'. B included. Accommodation stay – 3 nights in San Francisco.

Day 6: San Francisco

This morning, a comprehensive walking tour provides a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city and enables you to truly appreciate many of San Francisco’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Your tour will include a ride on one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars. And for an extra thrill, consider hanging off the running board, Doris Day-style. As no visit to San Francisco would be complete without taking a cruise on the Bay or crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, in the afternoon we collect a bike from Fisherman’s wharf and pedal across the Golden Gate before boarding a ferry back across the Bay, passing the famous PIER 39 sea lions colony along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline. Be sure to take full advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the notorious Alcatraz Island. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city’s amazing sights, scenes, and neighborhoods at your leisure. B/L included.

Day 7: San Francisco (Napa Valley/Muir Woods optional)

Your ATI Local Expert is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps another cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz island where America’s Most Wanted such as Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. You also may choose to embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery or nearby Muir Woods (optional). This evening join your ATI Local Expert for dinner at a specially selected restaurant in the lively Chinatown area of the city. B/D included.

Day 8: San Francisco – Las Vegas

Today you will board a shuttle for a short ride to the airport where you will board a flight to Las Vegas. Upon arrival at McCarran International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Free time this evening allows you to experience the sights and sounds of this wonderland first hand. Walk the famous Strip lined with mega-resorts, place a bet at one of the many casinos, dine at world-class restaurants, catch the latest star-studded show, or enjoy breathtaking views during a 30-minute ride on the all-new, 550-foot tall 'High Roller'…the world’s tallest observation wheel and the most exciting attraction to hit the Strip. B included. Accommodation stay – 3 nights in Las Vegas.

Day 9: Las Vegas

Today meet your ATI Local Expert for breakfast before taking a tour of the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas. Your guide will point out all the sights. The rest of the day is at leisure for you to enjoy the many attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. In addition to world-class shopping, bustling casinos, and Broadway-caliber shows, you might simply stroll the famous Strip and the themed hotels lining it, or shop ‘til you drop at designer outlets. You may use the Hop on Hop off bus to help get around town. B included.

Day 10: Las Vegas (Grand Canyon optional)

A second full day to enjoy Las Vegas. You may alternatively choose to join an optional full day tour to the Grand Canyon by plane or helicopter. B included.

Day 11: Las Vegas - Departure

Transfer via shuttle to Las Vegas International Airport for your departure flight. B included.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

GMT -8 hours

Hotel list

Final hotel list will be confirmed 10 days prior to departure.

Tour inclusions

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Pre-arranged (seat-in) airport transfers
  • Transportation per itinerary
  • Accommodation and sightseeing as listed
  • Service of an English-speaking guide

Tour exclusions

  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required ESTA application
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerary

Dining inclusions

Daily Breakfast. One lunch and one dinner.

Included activities

Tours listed in the itinerary.

Visa requirements

It's mandatory for everyone travelling to or transferring through the US, under the Visa Waiver Program, to obtain approval to travel no later than 72 hours prior to travel by completing an online process ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization or ESTA scheme). Failure to obtain an ESTA could result in the passenger being denied boarding by the airline.
The cost of an ESTA is currently approx $14 per person and can be obtained by visiting https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. Once completed & approved, the ESTA application is valid for two years and allows multiple visits without the need to reapply – simply update your details on the same website. Travellers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firmplans to travel to the US.
If you need any further information on the ESTA or you have any other visa queries, then try the Visit USA Website atwww.visitusa.org.uk where further information on the scheme and up to date fee can also be found.