21 Day California, Yosemite, Grand Canyon & Yellowstone

$5899
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$6329*
Air & Land
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21 Day California, Yosemite, Grand Canyon & Yellowstone
Holiday Inn Golden Gateway San Francisco, CA
Yosemite View Lodge El Portal, CA
Hotel Pacific Monterey, CA
DoubleTree by Hilton - Los Angeles Downtown Los Angeles, CA
Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town Scottsdale, AZ
Red Feather Lodge Tusayan, AZ
Lake Powell Resort Page, AZ
Hampton Inn & Suites Zion National Park Springdale, UT
Little America Hotel Salt Lake City, UT
Quality Inn & Suites 49'er Jackson, WY
Canyon Lodge Yellowstone National Park, WY
Holiday Inn - Buffalo Bill Village Resort Cody, WY
Hilton Garden Inn Rapid City Rapid City, SD
Holiday Inn Rushmore Plaza Rapid City, SD

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
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  $6589* $6159

*Not Included:
Transfers, optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price includes flight Los Angeles-Phoenix.

Checked bag fees, excess luggage or weight charges levied by an airline on intra-flights are passengers' responsibility.

Passengers arriving to San Francisco should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. There are three long bus rides necessary to cover the territory (Monterey to Los Angeles, Salt Lake City to Jackson and Cody to Rapid City). The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.

DAY 1, Sunday - Arrive in San Francisco
Welcome to San Francisco! Begin your discovery of this beloved "City by the Bay" with a leisurely stroll along scenic Fisherman's Wharf with its quirky shops, cafes and endless entertainment. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the delightful journey that lies ahead, followed by a Welcome Drink. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: San Francisco

DAY 2, Monday - Tour San Francisco
A scenic morning drive takes you to the historic Presidio. This inspiring setting with its spectacular vistas was home to native people for more than a thousand years. Transformed by the U.S. Army from windswept dunes to a military post, this area is now a part of the magnificent Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Returning to the city, enjoy views of elegant Nob Hill, bustling Union Square, Chinatown, and Ghirardelli Square. Look out over shining Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks for panoramic views. The remainder of the day is free to explore San Francisco, at leisure. This evening, savor a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Tuesday - Travel to Yosemite National Park
Travel into the majestic Sierra Nevada to Yosemite National Park, best known for its magnificent natural attractions. Upon entering, you'll be welcomed to the Yosemite Valley by Bridalveil Falls, one of the park's most prominent waterfalls that thunders in the springtime, but has a calm and swaying flow the rest of the year. View El Capitan, a favorite for experienced rock climbers, the largest monolith of granite in the world, and Half Dome, the recognizable symbol of Yosemite that rises nearly 5000 feet above the Valley floor. Enjoy lunch on your own in this unique location before setting off to explore some of the park's trails independently. At the end of the day in the park, continue to the town of El Portal and check into your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure
Overnight: El Portal
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Wednesday - Travel to Monterey
Enjoy a relaxed morning before departing from El Portal. Drive past the rich farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley and the peaceful San Luis Reservoir, stopping for lunch en route, on your own. Arrive in stunning Monterey, with its extraordinary coastline and windswept features. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps visit the wharf area for a wide choice of casual seafood restaurants
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Thursday - 17 Mile Drive, Carmel
Today, an extraordinary experience! Drive along the breathtaking Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the "17 Mile Drive", widely recognized as one of the most scenic panoramas in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest with awe-inspiring vistas at every turn, including the multi-million dollar homes of some of the rich and famous. Marvel at some of nature's treasures found along the drive including The Lone Cypress, one of California's best-known landmarks, and the Cypress Point Lookout. After a brief stop at the Pebble Beach Golf Links, on to the charming seaside town of Carmel, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Return to Monterey for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Friday - Travel to Los Angeles, Santa Monica
A long drive south towards dazzling Santa Barbara, known as "America's Riviera", nestled between lofty mountains and the shimmering Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara is chic and relaxed, with superb California Mission-style architecture accented by red tile roofs, white stucco buildings, and California's most beautiful white sandy beaches. Lunch on your own before driving through star-studded Malibu to vibrant Santa Monica, an unforgettable beach city bursting with non-stop energy. Time at leisure allows you to walk on the famous Santa Monica Pier with its Carousel and over-the-water amusement park, or on tree-lined Ocean Avenue with its prized ocean-view restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy all of the delights of this city with its diverse culture. Dinner on your own in Santa Monica before setting off to Los Angeles for overnight
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Saturday - Los Angeles City Tour
Discover Los Angeles today, with its unique neighborhoods, celebrity homes and new urban renaissance. A morning sightseeing tour of Los Angeles allows you to sample many of the most iconic sights in this glamorous city before your afternoon at leisure. Tonight at dinner, say farewell to your Tour Manager
Overnight: Los Angeles
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Depart Los Angeles, Arrive Phoenix/Scottsdale
Transfer independently to Los Angeles Airport for your flight to Phoenix. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the hotel located in the colorful Old Town of Scottsdale, where the "Old West meets the New West". The Scottsdale/Phoenix area, with its captivating desert setting has inspired artists for generations. This region is also home to acclaimed museums and architectural masterpieces including Frank Lloyd Wright's elegant buildings created from desert rocks and sand. Tonight enjoy dinner with the group and your new Tour Manager
Overnight: Scottsdale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Monday - Sedona
Early morning drive to picturesque Sedona, known for its distinctive red sandstone formations, delightful artists' colony, and unforgettable scenery. Stop to visit Montezuma Castle, site of 12th and 13th-century Native American cliff dwellings. Here, you will journey back in time at this preserved prehistoric Indian ruin with its excavated treasures from the mysterious Sinagua people of the southwest. Arrive in Sedona with time to explore the town or join the optional fun-filled Pink Jeep tour that takes you to an amazing 1,500 feet to the top of the Mongolian Rim. Your afternoon drive takes you through winding Oak Creek Canyon on your way towards the Grand Canyon National Park, carved over millions of years, by the Colorado River, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Spend your evening at leisure
Optional: Pink Jeep Excursion to Scenic Rim (PM)
Overnight: Grand Canyon South Rim or Tusayan
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Tuesday - Grand Canyon, Lake Powell
A memorable day awaits to explore the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with its unrivaled awe-inspiring views and breathtaking beauty. The Grand Canyon is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau; it is truly a momentous and unforgettable experience. Almost 280 miles long, the Grand Canyon varies in width from one to eighteen miles, with the Colorado River winding below. As you depart the canyon, stop at the Desert Viewpoint to see the exceptional views, including the Painted Desert; the colors are astounding. Travel to Page, in the Lake Powell Region. The rest of the evening is yours to relax or explore Page independently.
Overnight: Page
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Wednesday - Full Day in Page
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Page. Consider joining the thrilling optional excursion to Monument Valley, including lunch. This great valley, with its rugged beauty, boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor
Optional: Full Day Excursion to Monument Valley with lunch
Overnight: Page
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Thursday - Bryce Canyon National Park, Springdale
Morning drive to Bryce Canyon, a wondrous land of pines, pinnacles and oddly sculpted formations known as hoodoos, resembling the towers of fairy-tale castles, created by wind and water erosion over eons of time. Magnificent spires tinted with many colors of pink orange and red put on a captivating show as the light changes during the day. The sights are truly a delight for photographers. Perhaps you'll see some of the park's abundant wildlife, including elk, coyotes and much more. After a quick lunch, continue to charming Springdale, located outside Zion National Park. Upon arrival, the evening is at leisure
Overnight: Springdale (Zion National Park)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Friday - Zion National Park
Today, discover the wonderland of Zion National Park, where red desert rocks splashed with vivid colors mingle with rolling rivers and lush green canyons. Its colorful sandstone canyons and dramatic peaks and cliffs are contrasted by desert oases with abundant pools and cascading waterfalls. Keep an eye on the sky because Zion is home to golden eagles, falcons and the endangered California condor. Highlights also include the famous trio of peaks known as the Three Patriarchs. Tonight, enjoy dinner together with your group
Overnight: Springdale (Zion National Park)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Saturday - Salt Lake City
Continue north for Salt Lake City. Here tour historic Temple Square, a beautifully landscaped 10-acre plot of ground in the heart of downtown Salt Lake. At the center of this, is the six-spired Salt Lake Temple. Also located on the Square is the domed Tabernacle, home of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Afterwards, arrive at your hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Salt Lake City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15, Sunday - Jackson
Today, leave Utah for rugged Wyoming. Enjoy lunch, on your own, before proceeding to Jackson. There is time to shop in the town's many stores for genuine cowboy gear. Tonight, try one of the homey restaurants with local country cooking. Be sure to stop at the famous Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, with its awesome Wild West displays, known worldwide for its lively western dancing
Overnight: Jackson
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 16, Monday - Grand Teton National Park, Arrive in Yellowstone
Depart Jackson for magnificent Grand Teton National Park in northwest Wyoming with its jagged peaks, glaciers, lakes and dense forests rich with wildlife. Visit the Chapel of the Transfiguration, built in 1925 at the south entrance of Grand Teton National Park before continuing to Yellowstone. An extraordinary experience as you enter spectacular Yellowstone National Park, a breathtaking natural wonderland established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States. Yellowstone is home to countless hot springs and two-thirds of all of the geysers in the world, highlighted by its awe-inspiring rock formations and the famed geyser, "Old Faithful". Upon arrival, head towards the Lower Loop and arrive at Old Faithful for time to explore and lunch at leisure. Next, cross the Continental Divide; here water flows on one side to the Gulf of Mexico and the other side flows to the Pacific. Spend the evening at leisure in Yellowstone National Park
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 17, Tuesday - Full Day in Yellowstone
Begin the day in Yellowstone with a visit to the dramatic Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its turbulent River; 24 miles of twisting, sheer rock cliffs carved 1,200 feet deep. Then on to Mammoth Hot Springs, a large complex of hot springs on a hill of travertine, created thousands of years ago. Continue to the Lower Geyser Basin to Fountain Paint Pots along the Firehole River before returning to your hotel. All the while, be on the lookout for bison, bears, elk and eagles in this sweeping glacial valley
Overnight: Yellowstone National Park
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 18, Wednesday - Cody
Depart Yellowstone National Park for Cody. Arrive in Cody for lunch at leisure. In the afternoon tour the Buffalo Bill Center of the West and experience the authentic story of the American West. Spend the evening exploring historic downtown Cody filled with western art galleries and unique restaurants. Perhaps experience the live sights and sounds of the Cody Night Rodeo or a lively cowboy music revue
Overnight: Cody
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19, Thursday - Sheridan, Rapid City
Morning departure to Sheridan, Wyoming set halfway between Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore, with its dramatic vistas of the striking Big Horn mountains. The town's authentic Main Street is lined with historic buildings, offering Old West appeal in a modern setting. After lunch, on your own, continue to Rapid City. This evening enjoy Rapid City at leisure
Overnight: Rapid City
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 20, Friday - Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
Morning visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial, started over 50 years ago by Chief Henry Standing Bear who invited sculptors to carve a mountain honoring the heritage, tradition, and culture of North American Indians. Today, this tribute is still incomplete. Then, on to the magnificent Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the largest statue-monument in the world. The faces of four American presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln) are carved into the granite mountainside high above the treetops of the Black Hills. The carving took 14 years to complete and serves today as a priceless shrine of democracy. After lunch on your own, return to Rapid City. Tonight, a Farewell Dinner celebrates the end of your trip
Overnight: Rapid City
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21, Saturday - Return Home
Depart Rapid City to return home
Meals: Breakfast

National Parks route and program may vary according to weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety issues and wildlife migration patterns.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

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Hilton Garden Inn Scottsdale Old Town Image
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Hampton Inn & Suites Zion National Park Image
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Optional Tours

Experience the magnificent views of Sedona on this Scenic Rim tour in a Pink Jeep. Ascend an amazing 1500 feet to the very top of the Mogollon Rim. From this vantage point, you’ll see the majestic red rock formations that make Sedona world-famous and extraordinary views of the lowland deserts combined with the Ponderosa Pine forests of the high mountains. Along the trail stop for photos -- it is a photographer’s dream come true!

Details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 1.5 hours.

*This activity is an off road experience reaching elevations of 1500 ft and people with difficulty breathing, heart, back or other medical conditions should consider the mild, all-paved tour option, available locally only. The paved option does not have elevation changes as you explore on scenic paved roads while experiencing flora, fauna, geology and history of the area. This option will not view the same sights as the off-road version and utilizes public roads for a smooth ride. Stop(s) and amount of time spent, may vary depending on traffic conditions.

Day #9 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $69.00
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See the stark beauty of this great valley with its sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. These fragile pinnacles of rock are surrounded by miles of mesas and buttes, shrubs, trees and windblown sand, all comprising the magnificent colors of the valley. All of this harmoniously combines to make Monument Valley a truly wondrous experience and an unforgettable day. Start at the Navajo Tribal Park with stops at "The Mittens" and "John Ford’s Point/Three Sisters" Overlooks for fantastic photo opportunities. Learn more about the native craft of rug weaving at a demonstration by Navajo Hogan craftsmen before enjoying a Navajo Taco lunch at Goulding's Stagecoach Restaurant. Enjoy some free time to browse through the Goulding's Museum before returning to your hotel. Transfers to and from the hotel are included.

Pick-up details to be advised locally. Approximate tour duration is 8 hours.

Day #11 01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019 $79.00
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