English 中文 Français Deutsch Italiano 日本語 Português Русский Español|
CONTACT Toll free 1 800 724 7767 (USA) 435 658 2227 Email International phone numbers
Los Angeles up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco, Yosemite, Death Valley and Las Vegas three day tour
This Yosemite tour has been upgraded and improved! Please check it out.
Day 1 - Day one overview: Los Angeles to San Francisco - 450 mi / 724.05 km - About 10 hours
|Like all of our tours this is a small group trip. Our guides are very knowledgeable about the areas you travel through, as well as the geology, traditions and customs of the local people. Feel free to ask any and all questions!|
And as with all our tours, there are frequent stops to take photos and admire the views. It is your tour - make yourself at home! The days and dates that the tour runs can be seen in the calendar at the top right of this page.
Rather than taking the bus, which travels on an Interstate well away from the ocean and the sights, this tour offers a route mostly along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1.
You get to check out the endless beaches and waves of southern California, and see the surf lifestyle for which the region is so well known.
The tour twists and turns its way over the steep cliffs towering over the Pacific Ocean far below, before cutting inland to Monterey and on to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf.
Please check out the exact route on our various maps on this page.
There is a similar tour that runs in reverse, from Las Vegas to Los Angeles.
Day 1 - From Santa Monica, west along the ocean ... - 38 mi / 61.14 km - About one hour
|We pick up at several hotels and hostels in Santa Monica. They can be seen at the top of this page. If you are not staying at one of those you will need to get there. The first pick up is at about 6 a.m. |
We drop down from Santa Monica to the Pacific Coast Highway below, which, as the name suggests, follows the Pacific Ocean for hundreds of miles. The vehicle will make its way north, along the golden beaches and blue seas.
| ||Soon you will be in Malibu, which is known for its celebrity inhabitants and large ocean side mansions. The road stays close to the sea as you continue to enjoy never ending vistas of southern California's surf lifestyle.|
We will pass several quaint piers, and, if the surf is up, you may even see some of the locals out on their boards!
After stopping at Point Mugu to take pictures of the giant rock and ocean break, the road detours inland for a short while.
Day 1 - The coast line to Santa Barbara - 50 mi / 80.45 km - About one hour
|The ocean is only left behind for a short time, we promise, as the vehicle makes its way past the Point Mugu Naval Air Station. Fruits and vegetables are in abundance in the surrounding fields - please feel free to ask your guide to stop at one of the road side stands if you want to buy something. |
It won't be long before we meet up with the ocean again, and enjoy spectacular views of the beaches and oceans again as we make our way towards Santa Barbara.
Day 1 - Santa Barbara to Monterey - 250 mi / 402.25 km - About 5 3/4 hours
|The road returns inland for a short distance, as you pass through Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo, before meeting up with the ocean again at Morro Bay.|
Morro Bay is a quaint little town, surrounded by picturesque seaside scenery. It is also a short drive away from the legendary Hearst Castle, which was owned by one of the USA's wealthiest families. You may get a glimpse of it far away on a hill.
| ||For many the stretch from Hearst Castle to Monterey is the most spectacular part of the trip. The road twists and turns along cliffs above the ocean. Please note that people who get motion sick may find that this makes the tour unsuitable for them.|
The never ending ocean views are really wonderful, and there will once again be frequent photographic opportunities.
Day 1 - Monterey to Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco - 120 mi / 193.08 km - About 2 1/4 hours
|There's nothing we can say about San Francisco that has not already been said, so we won't! Suffice to say that we leave the coast behind as we start to make our way from Monterey into the outlying San Francisco suburbs, before arriving at Fisherman's Wharf. |
We will take you to your hotel which is in the moderate category. In the summer months we plan to arrive while it is still light enough for you to see some of the city on your own.
Day 2 - Golden Gate side trip - 5 mi / 8.05 km - About 30 minutes
| ||Time permitting, we'll start off the day with a quick side trip to see the Golden Gate Bridge.|
Day 2 - San Francisco to Yosemite - 190 mi / 305.71 km - About 4 1/2 hours
|Leaving San Francisco we will travel over the Bay Bridge, across Yerba Buena Island, passing through the hustle and bustle of the city, before reaching more open country.|
The traffic and the built up suburbs will be left behind as you travel through the fields and climb up steep hills to Yosemite.
Day 2 - Yosemite National Park - 58 mi / 93.32 km - About four hours
|You will enter Yosemite from the west entrance, and travel through the park to Yosemite Village, which is down in the valley. The scenery is spectacular. Amongst the sights you will see is Yosemite Falls, the highest waterfall in North America. |
For many the highlight of the trip is El Capitan, the towering rock mountain. If you look carefully you can often see climbers attached to the sheer granite walls.
You will be able to get yourself a bite to eat and perhaps buy some souvenirs.
| ||After visiting Yosemite Valley we will start climbing up into the mountains. There are frequent stops to admire the views and take photographs. The Tuolumne Meadows are a particularly beautiful alpine valley, surrounded by tall trees and lush vegetation. |
We climb all the way to Yosemite's east entrance, on the Tioga Pass, at almost 10 000 feet (over 3000 metres). Just as is the case with the Grand Canyon and Zion, the east entrance is only seen by a handful of the huge numbers of people who visit Yosemite.
Day 2 - Yosemite east exit to Bishop - 90 mi / 144.81 km - About 2 1/4 hours
|The road drops in a hurry from the Tioga Pass down to the east side of the Sierras. As you might expect the views are spectacular, and we can stop wherever you like to take photographs. |
The night is spent in the small town of Bishop, in a moderate category hotel.
Day 3 - Bishop to Death Valley - 94 mi / 151.25 km - About 2 1/2 hours
|The road to Death Valley goes through the small town of Lone Pine, where you can get a great view of Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous 48 states. It is amazing to think that in just a few hours you will be at the lowest point in the entire country!|
Day 3 - Death Valley - 150 mi / 241.35 km - About 4 1/4 hours
|Death Valley is the lowest, hottest and driest part of North America. We will enter the park at the west entrance and drop down a steep hill, towards Stovepipe Wells, and and an impressive cluster of sand dunes along the way. Just past that is Devils Cornfields. |
At Furnace Creek we will stop for a while, at the Visitor Center and gift shop, before detouring towards Zabriskie Point. After climbing to the top of the view point, we will retrace our steps a little and pick up the Badwater Road. Badwater is about 280 feet below sea level, and we will stop there for a while to take in the views, stroll around, and shoot some pictures.
Just past Badwater are some old abandoned mine buildings, another great photo opportunity.
We will leave Death Valley at the small town of Shoshone.
Day 3 - Death Valley to Las Vegas - 85 mi / 136.77 km - About 2 1/4 hours
| ||The road through the desert back to Las Vegas passes through the small town of Pahrump (where brothels are legal}.|
We drop off on the Las Vegas Strip and at one central downtown location.
Thanks for joining us!
|Tour ID ||1107|
Please note the following...
- This tour is subject to a $1.00 per person fuel surcharge.
- The days and dates this tour runs can be seen in the calendar at the top right of this page.
- The entry fees to both parks are included.
- Two nights' lodging is included, one in San Francisco, at a moderate category hotel like the Quality Inn or Holiday Inn Express, and the other in the small town of Bishop, where the preferred property is the Vagabond Inn.
- The vehicle used is either a small mini bus, or an executive van, which is a van with individual, high back, reclining seats.
- No meals are included.
- Prices are based on double occupancy. A single surcharge is applicable, or we can try and match singles. If you want to have three or four to a room, you will get a lower price.
- The price includes the services of a guide/driver and transportation.
- The tour itinerary may change at our discretion without notice. Factors that may cause a change include, but are not limited to, the weather, vendors and road conditions.
- A minimum of two people may be required for a tour to depart. That is not two in your group, but a total of two. You may also need to book several weeks out to ensure availability.
- Yosemite's east entrance only opens when the snow has been cleared. Until this happens, this tour will depart Yosemite from the south entrance, and spend a little less time in Death Valley.
- In the unlikely event of snow restrictions being in effect, in the winter, from Yosemite's south entrance, additional time will be spent in Death Valley. Yosemite will be bypassed, and the tour will go from San Francisco straight to Death Valley.
- This tour picks up in Santa Monica as detailed above.
- The tour drops off on the Strip and one central downtown location. We are not permitted to drop off at the airport.
- Please check with us to ensure this tour is still available prior to making lodging or air bookings.
- Be careful about making any show or air bookings for the date this tour returns. We are not responsible for delays getting back into Las Vegas.
- Payment Details: While we would rather you not make a booking until you are sure you want to go, you are welcome to cancel the booking any time up until 45 days prior to the start of the tour, and you will get a full refund. After that time, we will not accept a cancellation and you will have to pay for the tour in full. Trip insurance is available. Half the cost of the tour will be charged to your card any time from 45 days prior to the start of the tour, and the balance will be charged any time from 10 days prior to the start of the tour.
Please call us at 1 800 724 7767 or (USA) 435 658 2227, or mail us for additional information.