Highlights
  • Bask in the big city lights of los angeles and san francisco
  • Live it up in vegas
  • Hike through yosemite
  • Check out death valley
  • Drive along route 66
  • Snap pics of joshua tree national park's iconic vegetation

From Joshua trees and the Grand Canyon to roadside burger joints and the cosmopolitan streets of San Francisco, this region is loaded with the intriguing and the incredible. Best of all, the San Francisco to Los Angeles itinerary is structured so that those short on time can experience the region's best. At any of the sights you’ll get great pictures and a greater appreciation of what you’re seeing. Best of all, national park entrances fees are included, so you can explore Yosemite and still try your luck in Las Vegas.

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Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. We highly recommend booking pre-accommodation to fully experience this famous city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 San Francisco/Yosemite National Park

Head out on an orientation tour of one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco. Discover some of the most iconic attractions such as bustling Fisherman's Wharf or the stately Golden Gate Bridge. In the afternoon, drive to Yosemite National Park. Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 225km)

Day 3 Yosemite National Park/Bakersfield

Head to the Yosemite Valley. Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows or walk amongst giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Drive to Bakersfield for the night. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (7.00 hour(s), 322km)

Day 4 Bakersfield/Las Vegas

Visit desolate Death Valley — the hottest, driest, and lowest spot on the continent. Carry on to Las Vegas and explore the famous Vegas strip. Opt to take a limousine tour or try your luck at the slots. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 585km)

Day 5 Las Vegas/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)

Travel Route 66 from Vegas, stopping at a wacky burger joint along the way. Continue the drive to one of the earth's greatest on-going geological spectacles, the Grand Canyon. Take a short hike (weather permitting) at the most spectacular gorge in the world and enjoy a pizza dinner at the rim while watching a stunning sunset. Included Activities: Route 66 Drive Grand Canyon South Rim Visit Hiking Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (6.00 hour(s), 460km)

Day 6 Grand Canyon National Park/Lake Havasu City

Spend the morning at the Grand Canyon before continuing the drive towards Lake Havasu City. Opt to go for a dip in the Colorado River or check out the famous London Bridge. Additional Notes: Note: If you have pre booked the Grand Canyon Helicopter Ride you will enjoy your 45-50min ride over the canyon today. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours, 400km)

Day 7 Lake Havasu City/Los Angeles

Depart Lake Havasu City and head towards Los Angeles. Hike among the boulders and famous Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park. In the afternoon, see the stars on the most famous sidewalk in Hollywood on a drive through the city. Pass Beverly Hills and view one of the world's most exclusive 3-block districts, Rodeo Drive. Included Activities: Joshua Tree NP Visit Orientation Drive Hollywood Visit Transport: Travel time includes stops along the way. Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 240km) Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours, 210km)

Day 8 Los Angeles

We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to fully experience this fascinating city.

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Start DateFinish DateBase PriceDeparture GuaranteedAvailability 
Apr-14-2019Apr-21-2019$ 1,399Yes7 spots left Reserve
Apr-21-2019Apr-28-2019$ 1,999Yes4 spots left Reserve
May-19-2019May-26-2019$ 1,639Yes8 spots left Reserve
May-26-2019Jun-02-2019$ 1,639Yes13 spots left Reserve
Jun-02-2019Jun-09-2019$ 1,639Yes11 spots left Reserve
Jul-07-2019Jul-14-2019$ 2,049Yes1 spots left Reserve
Aug-11-2019Aug-18-2019$ 2,099Yes11 spots left Reserve
Oct-06-2019Oct-13-2019$ 1,999Yes13 spots left Reserve
Nov-10-2019Nov-17-2019$ 1,999Yes14 spots left Reserve
Dec-15-2019Dec-22-2019$ 1,999Yes14 spots left Reserve
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Details
Trip Includes
  • All national park and national monument fees
  • Orientations to San Francisco
  • Las Vegas
  • and Los Angeles
  • Yosemite stay
  • Tioga Pass drive (seasonal)
  • Death Valley visit
  • Grand Canyon visit with sunset at the rim
  • Route 66 drive
  • Joshua Tree NP visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Meals Included: 1 dinner
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportAir-conditioned private touring van, walkingWe use 15-passenger vans for up to 14 people plus the CEO/Driver for all our of our trips in North America. For groups of 8 and more travellers, we also use a trailer to carry luggage and camping equipment. These vans are durable vehicles that allow us to drive on most types of roads in North America. Each van has a front passenger seat and 4 benches that will accommodate 3 people each. No standing is permitted in these vehicles, but there is air conditioning to cool things down on warm days and mandatory seat belts to us secure and safe. This is not a physically demanding journey. However, travelling can be difficult, with long drives and limited space in the van. Please take note of the travel times and distances in the above itinerary. Despite some of the long days, most clients feel that the diversity of the North American landscape, culture and wildlife are all well worth the experience!
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Max 14, avg 10

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Hotels (7 nts, twin-share with en suite facilities).
This trip uses 2-3 star hotels and motels in cities and near park entrances. Our chosen hotels vary in size, character, and amenities, but are of a good standard, and the rooms are double occupancy with a private bathroom.
Start City
San Francisco
End City
Los Angeles
Guides Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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