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If you'd love to visit Hawaii and see the best West Coast USA highlights, and you only have about two weeks' leave, then this could be perfect for you...
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You'll be picked up at Honolulu airport and driven to Waikiki Beach where you'll stay at a top resort for three nights. Over the next few days you'll get to see the main attractions including beautiful Waikiki Beach itself as well as the island of Oahu. We've included a special Luau evening and a tour of Pearl Harbour as well. From there you'll head to Las Vegas which will become your base for the next four days. Your impressions of Las Vegas from movies and television don't come close to the real thing. A lot of travelers say it is their favourite place to visit in the entire USA. However, plenty of natural attractions are also covered including Grand Canyon and Yosemite National parks. You'll finish your trip in possibly the best part of Los Angeles called West Hollywood.
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From the time you arrive at Waikiki Beach you'll wish that life could always be this relaxed. It's so popular for good reason - this is a beautiful place to be for a few days. You'll get to tour some of the highlights of Oahu, Hawaii as well as West-coast USA on our value-packed tour that starts in Las Vegas and finishes in Los Angeles with lots in between. The Hawaii component is a mix of free time, guided day tour and self-guided activities.
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends" - Maya Angelou
We'll aim for flights that get you here in the morning of your first day so you have a chance to unpack and get into "Aloha" mode. Take a walk down the beach and perhaps stop at one of the beach-side cafes for a cool drink and a meal.
Tonight, experience a true slice of island culture and tradition at the Ali’I Luau—awarded the “Kahili Award” for most authentic Hawaiian luau. Explore replicas of 7 different Polynesian villages, participate in cultural activities, feast on traditional dishes, and enjoy a spectacular evening performance.
Check your Lonely Planet guide for extra things to see and do while you are here, or take this optional day-tour to explore the island.
Optional: Grand Circle Island Tour (full day)
Circle the island of Oahu on a guided bus tour, riding along rugged coastline and sandy white beaches from bustling Waikiki to the crashing surf of the North Shore. Stop at the windswept Pali lookout, visit sacred sites at Kualoa Ranch and see pineapples at the famous Dole Plantation.
Pearl Harbour Tour (half-day):
Travel back to World War II-era Hawaii on this tour of Pearl Harbor, the USS Arizona Memorial, and the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific located at Punchbowl. Explore informative museum displays, climb on board a US Navy launch ship, and drive through historic Honolulu with a knowledgeable guide.
Welcome to the exciting city of Las Vegas! Las Vegas is constantly changing and features some of the most luxurious casinos in resorts like the Mirage, Treasure Island Hotel, MGM Grand, Bellagio and the Venetian. Take an optional city tour of Las Vegas and explore the "Entertainment Capital of the World" or attend one of the unique shows that are exclusively performed in Las Vegas. If you have not taken the optional Grand Circle Island Tour in Hawaii then you will have a choice of pre-selected shows to attend including Vegas! The Show or Cirque Du Soleil.
You will have three options today:
Option 1: West Rim Skywalk
We'll begin the day with a drive to Hoover Dam (stop for approximately 30 minutes) in the morning and see North America's largest artificial lake - Lake Mead. Then, travel to one of the most famous natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon!
Over eons, the Colorado River and erosion have sculpted this amazing landscape. Grand Canyon west rim belongs to the Indian Reservation (mandatory admission not included). The group will take the designated park shuttle to enter the canyon. Upon arriving in the terminal, you may take the helicopter ride and sightseeing boat tour (admission not included; optional), in order to feel the canyon and Colorado River from different perspective and explore the true beauty of the Grand Canyon. Afterwards, you may take the park shuttle to the next sightseeing spots, Eagle Point and Guano Point. At Eagle Point, you may take an optional visit to the "Skywalk", which is the new gigantic construction built on the very edge of the Grand Canyon West Rim. The group will return to Las Vegas in the evening. You may watch the world’s renowned show at your own cost (optional).
Option 2: South Rim
We'll begin the day with a drive to the Hoover Dam(stop for approximately 30 minutes) in the morning and see North America's largest artificial lake - Lake Mead. Then, travel to one of the most famous 7 natural wonders of the world - the Grand Canyon!
Here is the world's most vivid erosion model, which is why the Grand Canyon attracts millions of tourists each year.Then, go to the largest view point near visitor center - Mather Point. Enjoy the sunshine and clouds that are always alternating controls over the canyon, adding a dash of style to the magnificent scenic picture. The group will return to Las Vegas in the evening.
Option 3: Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend Tour
In the morning, we will traveling across the Antelope Canyon and Horseshoe Bend, which is one of the world's ten photography site. Then we will travel across Glen Canyon Dam of North America's second largest man-made lake, Lake Powell. We'll then return to Las Vegas. Las Vegas is constantly changing and always exciting. Take an optional city tour of Las Vegas and explore the "Entertainment Capital of the World" or attend one of the unique shows that are exclusively performed in Las Vegas.
Today, you'll have the entire day to explore Las Vegas! Refer to your Lonely Planet Guide for ideas.
You will depart from your hotel in the morning and head to the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Garden just outside of the Strip. Ethel M. Chocolate Factory and Cactus Gardens is quite the adventure. It attracts millions of tourists a year. You can see chocolates being made, sample gourmet treats and meander through the maze of paths at the Botanical Cactus Gardens at no charge. You'll enjoy the optional buffet brunch in Las Vegas and depart from Las Vegas after. On the way back to Los Angeles you'll stop by the famous Tanger Outlet Center where you'll be able to satisfy all your shopping needs. Then head to Los Angeles. Overnight Los Angeles.
Following are your itinerary options:
Itinerary A: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - Solvang - Silicon Valley Apple Park - San Francisco Bay Area
We depart from Los Angeles this morning and drive to Santa Barbara, the "America’s Riviera!" Enjoy beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coastline along the way. The new Mediterranean and Old Spanish style Architectures are surrounded by flowers and lawns; this little Central California Coastal City is one of the most popular vacation destinations. Then we drive to Solvang, Danish for "Sunny Field!" The cozy small town is dominated by Danish style architectures and known for warm sunshine year-round. Next, we travel to the Icon of America’s High-Tech Sectors – Silicon Valley. Home to world’s most famous high-tech companies, Silicon Valley is also the region of highest personal income, highest housing costs, and highest concentration of millionaires and billionaires in America. Welcome to the newly opened ‘spaceship’ campus at a cost of 5 billion dollars. The visitor center features best view of Apple Park and a store serves apple branded merchandise. Stay overnight in Bay Area.
Itinerary B: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17-Mile Drive - San Francisco
We'll depart from Los Angeles this morning and drive to Santa Barbara, the "America’s Riviera!" Enjoy beautiful scenery of the Pacific Coast along the way. The new Mediterranean and Old Spanish style Architectures are surrounded by flowers and lawns; this little Central California Coastal City is one of the most popular vacation destinations. Afterwards we'll head to the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, where gentle sea breezes, meandering coast, surging waves, bizarre rocks, adorable seals and sea lions rest on the beach. Here we'll stop at a first-class golf course to sight see. Then we'll view the scenery of the 17 Miles, which is truly breathtaking. We'll arrive in the Bay Area (Greater San Francisco) in the evening and stay overnight.
Itinerary C: Los Angeles - 17-Mile Drive - San Francisco
We depart from Los Angeles this morning and travel across part of Central Valley of California, where half of the fruit, nuts and vegetables grown in America are produced every year, it also makes California the largest Agricultural State in America. Arrive at the picturesque Monterey Peninsula in the afternoon, gentle sea breezes, meandering coast, surging waves, bizarre rocks, adorable seals and sea lions rest on the beach. Here we stop at a world first-class golf course and resort to sightsee the amazing ocean view and multimillion-dollar mansions. Then we enjoy the scenery of the 17 Miles, which is truly breathtaking. You may also explore the newly opened Pebble Beach Visitor Center. We arrive in Bay Area (Greater San Francisco) in the evening and stay overnight.
Following are your itinerary options:
Itinerary A: Berkeley University - Cable Car - Madame Tussauds/Exploratorium - San Francisco City Tour
In the morning we'll visit the campus of UC Berkeley (admission not included). From the nostalgic campus, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Straight can both be seen! Afterwards we'll drive to San Francisco, home to over 50 rolling hills and surrounded by water on 3 sides. We'll take a cable car ride (Mandatory), known as “the only mobile monument of America,” and enjoy the city view. Then we'll visit the Golden Gate Bridge before visiting Fisherman's Wharf. Here you can take an optional cruise on the San Francisco Bay (own expense). Next we will visit Madame Tussaud or Exploratorium and then we'll visit the only building remaining from 1915 world’s exposition, the Palace of Fine Arts.
Itinerary B: UC Berkeley University - Madame Tussauds/Exploratorium - San Francisco City Tour
We visit the campus of UC Berkeley (admission not included) in the morning. Faculty, alumni and staffs of Berkeley have won 72 Nobel Prizes. From the nostalgic campus, Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Straight can both be seen! Afterwards we drive to San Francisco, home to over 50 rolling hills and surrounded by water on 3 sides. We visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts, and Fisherman's Wharf. Here you can take an optional cruise on the San Francisco Bay (own expense), and explore the Madame Tussaud. You may take an in-depth city tour at your own cost this afternoon.
Itinerary A: 17 Mile Drive - Monterey Aquarium - Los Angeles
This morning we'll head to the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, where gentle sea breezes, meandering coast, surging waves, bizarre rocks, adorable seals and sea lions rest on the beach. Here we'll stop at a first-class golf course to sight see. Then we'll view the scenery of the 17 Miles, which is truly breathtaking. In the afternoon we'll return to Los Angeles.
Itinerary B: Yosemite National Park - Los Angeles
In the morning we'll depart from the hotel towards Yosemite National Park. Giant trees, mountains and sparkling streams and lakes, glaciers-carved canyons, all these unique features make up Yosemite. Take a walk in the woods and enjoy the fresh forest air. After lunch, we'll travel across Central Valley of California, where over half of the fruits, nuts, and vegetables grown in country are produced every year. In the evening we'll return to Los Angeles.
If you've never been to LA before, it's an interesting place to visit and West Hollywood is a great place to stay. "'WeHo' as it is known to the locals, is where rock ’n’ roll meets fashion, art merges with lifestyle, and everyone is free to be different. The vibrant scene in West Hollywood is densely packed into 1.9 square miles. No car is needed here in California’s most walkable city. Explore our must-see neighborhoods: the legendary Sunset Strip, the cutting-edge Design District, and the eclectic Santa Monica Boulevard. Eat, shop, play, and stay in L.A.’s ultimate playground." There is something for everyone here.
Today we're heading back to Australia with a lot of great USA memories. A private car is arranged to pick you up from your hotel and drop you at LAX.
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