California's Great National Parks

California's Great National Parks

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California's Great National Parks

8 Days Starting in Las Vegas (NV) and ending in Los Angeles (CA)

Visiting: Las Vegas, Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Los Angeles

Tour operator:

Trafalgar

Tour code:

DCGPM19

Trip Styles:

Active

Activities:

Hiking, Walking

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$3087 (USD) Operator discount: -$560 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$87 -17%
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Tour Overview

Larger-than-life sequoias frame your path through the Land of the Giants - experience the natural wonders of California National Parks. Gain fascinating insight and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® as you meet a climber within Yosemite National Park to learn first-hand about the world of climbing and important conservation efforts. Have lunch with a Local Specialist in Sequoia National Park and learn about the timeless nature that abounds and later admire the stars above in a guided stargazing experience. Bask in the beauty of Mammoth Lakes and see the stunning Death Valley National Park.

Highlights

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • 3 Lunch (L)

  • 2 Dinner (D)

  • Fresno: Visit McKellar Farm for an insider experience with farmer Bob McKellar. Bob will take you on a private, tractor pulled wagon tour of the farm followed by a fascinating Q and A session. Cap off your visit with a farm-to-table lunch, where you will learn how the farm was started by Bob’s family members in 1927 and has grown a variety of produce, including Thompson grapes, olives, oranges, and mandarins.

  • Sequoia National Park: Immerse yourself in the pioneer history of the Old West, joining a living-history reenactor and Local Specialist for a barbecue lunch and stories of early life in the mountains.

  • Death Valley: You’ll truly feel the solitude and vastness of Death Valley today as you head out on a guided tour of the park’s most famous sites. You’ll discover the unique geological features of Death Valley, a land of sand dunes and volcanic craters, intriguing weather-patterns, and the highest-recorded temperatures in the United States.

  • Las Vegas: Get a glimpse of Las Vegas from the sky as you hop on the High Roller, North America's tallest observation wheel standing 550 feet tall. The 30-minute ride offers breathtaking, 360-degree views of the glittering lights and neon of the Strip below.

  • Mammoth Lakes: Ascend Mammoth Mountain by gondola and enjoy the stunning views over a tasty breakfast.

  • Yosemite National Park: Meet a climber and naturalist that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite. Enjoy storytelling, photographs, see the old and new climbing gear, as well as ask questions about how they help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers, and more.

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Itinerary

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Day 1: Soar Above The Neon Lights Of Vegas
Location: Las Vegas
Accommodation: Horseshoe Las Vegas
Meals Included: Welcome Reception

Begin your exploration in Las Vegas. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at The LINQ before you head out to the Las Vegas Strip. In the evening you will find yourself soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Day 2: Travel Through Stoic Death Valley National Park
Location: Las Vegas, Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes
Accommodation: Mammoth Mountain Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley—UNESCO World Heritage Site and barren, yet unexpectedly lively land of extremes which we will have an opportunity to explore for part of today. Admire scenic views of the undulating rocky landscape at Zabriskie Point and learn about the valley's unique geological features, history and intriguing weather patterns. Descend below sea level to the Badwater Basin. After lunch at 1849 Restaurant at The Ranch at Death Valley, we continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley ascending to Mammoth Lakes, our home for the night.

Day 3: Dine In The Clouds At Mammoth Mountain Stays With Stories
Location: Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park
Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

Take a scenic Gondola ride to the peak of Mammoth Mountain (seasonal) and enjoy the stunning views while you enjoy a tasty breakfast. Take advantage of a photo stop for your first peek at the bright blue waters of June Lake at June Lake Overlook before a scenic drive on the June Lake Loop. The alpine scenery of Aspens and willows is a feast for the eyes along this winding road before lunch at Lee Vining. Touch the clouds through the Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter the UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. Driving past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, journey to Yosemite Valley. Our Stays With Stories accommodation tonight includes a cosy lodge atmosphere and is located just a stone’s throw from Yosemite Falls.

Day 4: Stroll Or Hike In Yosemite Make Travel Matter
Location: Yosemite National Park
Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Yosemite National Park, famed for its ancient sequoia trees, grand meadows and iconic rock formations. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet a naturalist through the Yosemite Conservancy who will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite, sharing fascinating stories, photographs, demonstrations and a look at climbing gear. Learn about the science behind the emotions climbers feel when inching up a wall. Afterwards, you can explore Yosemite Valley's El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks or Bridalveil Falls at your leisure. The rest of the day is yours in Yosemite where the possibilities are endless.

Day 5: Enjoy The Night Sky Under Sequoias And Stars Stays With Stories Make Travel Matter
Location: Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park
Accommodation: Wuksachi Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast

After departing Yosemite, stretch your legs in Kings Canyon National Park and gaze towards the sky as you greet the giant boughs of General Grant Tree. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Kings Canyon before you continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop. Towering redwood trunks frame your journey to Sequoia National Park where we’ll spend the night in our Stays With Stories accommodation surrounded by forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and spend the evening gazing upwards at the star-spangled sky as a local naturalist guides you through the constellations.

Day 6: Meet The World's Largest Living Tree Dive Into Culture
Location: Sequoia National Park
Accommodation: Wuksachi Lodge
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Tread in the footsteps of giants, walking beneath the soaring sequoia canopy to see first-hand the world’s largest living tree, General Sherman. Learn about the Giant Forest and its history during a stop at the Giant Forest Museum, then enjoy a leisurely walk along the Big Trees Trail, connecting with the invigorating natural surroundings before meeting up with a Local Specialist and Old West pioneer reenactor for an insightful lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the park on your terms, using the complimentary shuttle system (seasonal).

Day 7: Get A Taste Of Hollywood
Location: Sequoia National Park, Los Angeles
Accommodation: Beverly Hills Marriott
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Discover local secrets stopping at McKellar Family Farms for a fun and enlightening Be My Guest experience. Meet Bob McKellar for a private tractor-pulled wagon tour and hear stories of the land's development before your farm-to-table lunch. Next, travel to Los Angeles where you'll enjoy a visit to Hollywood, the entertainment capital. As our encounter with California’s epic natural beauty comes to an end, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Day 8: Farewell California
Location: Los Angeles
Meals Included: Breakfast

After our tremendous journey through California's national parks, the time has come for us to say goodbye. Prepare to leave Los Angeles International Airport or consider extending your stay.

What's Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

  • Optional Experiences and free time

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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Best tour I joined so far

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Very well planned trip with timely breaks during the coach ride..

08-Nov-2021

It was a well organized tour group and we hit lots of interesting and beautiful scenes. Like our previous trips with Trafalgar, tourists were treated with well manner and professional tour guide/director, making our trip very enjoyable and delightful!

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  • Cancellation Policy

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    Up to 91 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 29 days before tour starts: Forfeit 80% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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