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Wings over the West

10 days Guided Tours

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Cherry-picking only the finest finds in California and Nevada, and travelling like a VIP in a private 16 seater plane, gives you more time to experience each stop. 
Las Vegas, San Francisco, LA: the golden triangle’s a must for any west coast wanderer. Throwing you in the deep end, Las Vegas comes with a flamboyant flurry of pinging slot machines, million-dollar shows, and all-you-can-squeeze-in dining and shopping.
Leaving Las Vegas, its complete antithesis awaits in Yosemite; a serene valley whose flamboyance comes from the drama of sights like Tunnel View, El Capitan, and Bridalveil Falls.
One may be super-sized and the other merely 49 square miles, but sprawling LA and mini San Francisco share one thing: endless attractions. The names trip off the tongue: Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, and Santa Monica Beach; San Fran’s Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Fisherman’s Wharf. And, linking the two, the Central Coast is laced with its own attractions, from Morro Bay to Carmel’s stunning 17-Mile Drive.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive into Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas, a desert oasis of neon lights, non-stop excitement and tons of fun around every corner. Upon arrival at McCarran International Airport, meet an ATI representative at the airport who will assist you with pre-arranged seat-in transfer to your hotel where you will meet your ATI Tour Director. 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-ft tall 'High Roller'… the world’s tallest observation wheel and the most exciting attraction to hit the Strip. 1 night in Las Vegas.

Day 2: Las Vegas – Yosemite

Your journey begins this morning with a short flight onboard a private aircraft from Las Vegas to Merced, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival in Merced you’ll board a motorcoach and retrace the original route to Yosemite along Highway 140, the first route into the park that brought travellers directly to the valley floor along the Merced River Canyon. Once inside the park you will be introduced to some of Yosemite’s most famous and awe-inspiring scenery, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, and Bridalveil Falls. Postcard-perfect pictures abound so be sure to have your camera ready. 1 night in Yosemite (B). Flight time from Las Vegas to Merced: 80 minutes; coach mileage from Merced to Yosemite: 100 miles.

Day 3: Yosemite – San Francisco 

Leaving the wonder of Yosemite behind, today you’ll make your way west via motorcoach to Northern California’s beloved City by the Bay, San Francisco. En route we visit a winery in the famed Napa Valley and you will have time to explore the quaint town of Sonoma. Considered one of the greatest cities in the world for many reasons, San Francisco’s 49 square miles of distinctive terrain – water on one side, hills on the other – leads to spectacular views, a multitude of ethnically diverse neighborhoods and one-of-a-kind experiences. 2 nights in San Francisco (B). Coach mileage approximately 320 miles.

Day 4: San Francisco

This morning, a comprehensive city 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. And, as no visit would be complete without taking a cruise on the Bay, you’ll set sail, passing the famous PIER 39 sea lions while making your way along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline. Be sure to take full advantage of prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views in every direction as you glide under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and circle the notorious Alcatraz Island. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city’s amazing sights, scenes, and neighborhoods at your leisure. Ever ride a national landmark? Then consider hopping on one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars. And for an extra thrill, hang off the running board, Doris Day-style. (B)

Day 5: San Francisco – 17-Mile Drive-Monterey – California’s Central Coast 

Heading south this morning via motorcoach you’ll embark on an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Hugging the Pacific coastline while passing emerald green fairways and stunning estates, this coastal landmark runs through Pacific Grove to Pebble Beach. Afterward, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf in downtown and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. Continuing south, Pacific Coast Highway’s twisting, cliff-hugging route takes you through the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea and Big Sur where mountains plunge into the Pacific Ocean. Further south, the landscape mellows to oak-studded hills as the highway passes Hearst Castle and Morro Bay. From here, a short distance inland is San Luis Obispo and the heart of California’s Central Coast. 1 night in Central California Coast (B). Coach mileage: approximately 280 miles

Day 6: California’s Central Coast – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

After breakfast enjoy visiting the small towns of San Luis Obispo and Solvang as you travel south to the charming coastal city of Santa Barbara, also known as 'The American Riviera'. After some time perusing shops along State Street, you will journey south towards Los Angeles. Evening at leisure in downtown LA. 2 nights in Los Angeles (B). Coach mileage from Cambria to Los Angeles: approximately 240 miles.

Day 7: Los Angeles

Today’s comprehensive tour of Los Angeles 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. (B).

Day 8: Los Angeles – Las Vegas 

Today we transfer to the airport where you will board a private aircraft for the short flight back to Las Vegas. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. 2 nights in Las Vegas (B). Flight time from Los Angeles to Las Vegas: 60 minutes.

Day 9: Las Vegas

A full day at leisure in the entertainment capital of the world. Your ATI Tour Director will be on hand to help with planning your day. (B).

Day 10: Depart Las Vegas

Transfer independently to McCarran International Airport for your departure flight. (B)

Meals: Breakfast included

*Denotes local charge – Optional trips and excursions listed on the itinerary are bookable and payable locally.

Hotels and locations are subject to change based on availability, final hotel list will be confirmed 10 days before departure.

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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

Tour inclusions

  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Pre-arranged (seat-in) airport transfers
  • Private air conditioned motorcoach transportation throughout
  • Accommodation and sightseeing as listed above
  • Service of an English speaking guide

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • 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

Breakfast every day

Journey times

Please note due to long distances covered on some of the tours, there will be some days when the majority of the day will be spent on the coach, so just sit back and enjoy the view.

Group size

Maximum approximately 56 passengers (full coach).

Language

Departures will operate as multilingual (English and Dutch spoken).

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 (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. Travelers can apply for an ESTA even if they have no firm plans 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.

The ESTA is very similar to the automated visa that you purchase to enter Australia and is completely paperless.

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We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know as least 21 days before travel.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

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We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

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If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. You can call our team on 0344 472 9499 who can look at options for you.

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Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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