Day 1 ARRIVE LOS ANGELES.
Welcome to sunny California! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 LOS ANGELES.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of “Tinseltown” that takes you from Olvera Street to Hollywood where you can step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theater. Also see Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip, known for nearly 100 years of free expression and escapism. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the character of “La-La-Land” on your own.
Day 3 LOS ANGELES–CATALINA ISLAND–SAN DIEGO.
This morning, travel to the coast and board a high-speed FERRY for beautiful Catalina Island. Located just 22 miles off the coast of southern California, the island has a rich and colorful past. On an island TOUR, you’ll learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore the village of Avalon on your own, shop for unique island gifts or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, FERRY back to the mainland and travel along the stunning California coast to San Diego for an evening at leisure.
Day 4 SAN DIEGO.
Today, enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the historic [LF] HOTEL DEL CORONADO, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. Afterward, a scenic FERRY ride brings you back to San Diego where your afternoon is free for exploration. You may wish to relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighborhood shopping districts. Your Tour Director will have additional ideas.
Day 5 SAN DIEGO–TEMECULA–PALM SPRINGS.
Today, travel east stopping in picturesque Temecula for a tasting of some of the region’s best wines at a local [LF] VINEYARD. Continue to the desert playground of Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs AERIAL TRAM to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. Then, hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and of the city’s colorful past on an orientation tour.
Day 6 PALM SPRINGS. EXCURSION TO JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK.
Adventure awaits today as we explore the fascinating landscape of JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems, and a unique habitat including the ancient Joshua trees. See the park on a JEEP TOUR and learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert. Return to Palm Springs, where the remainder of the day is yours. Relax by your hotel’s pool, stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, or join the locals at the popular VillageFest, offering more than 200 booths of beautiful art, handcrafted items, and unique food.
Day 7 PALM SPRINGS–BARSTOW–DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.
Leave the desert oasis of Palm Springs and travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the ROUTE 66 MOTHER ROAD MUSEUM, home to vintage cars, signs, photos, and other memorabilia. Continue to DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, an International Dark Sky Park, the hottest and driest place on earth, and the lowest elevation in North America.
Day 8 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK.
Spend a full day exploring the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (282 feet below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 100 feet above the Mesquite Flat. After dinner this evening, enjoy a [LF] STARGAZING PROGRAM with a local expert. Due to its vast area and absence of man-made light, Death Valley National Park is the world’s largest International Dark Sky Park and one of the best places to star gaze. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.
Day 9 DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK–ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL REFUGE–LAS VEGAS.
A morning stop is made at ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers and the mysterious Devils Hole that has never been found. It’s then on to the bright lights Las Vegas. Your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner this evening—the perfect ending to your vacation.
Day 10 LAS VEGAS.
The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules.