The American West
The west is the beauty of the desert, of the stone when it goes, a thousand and one way to heaven, Utah, Nevada and Colorado. Through the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Death Valley, Yosemite National Park, you will be dazzled by the revelation of a great West. From the tranquility and charm of San Francisco to the madness of Las Vegas, the refinement of the major museums to the glitter of Hollywood, the calm forests, to the adrenaline of an helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, this is the charm of the American West.
Day 1 – Depart France – Los Angeles (California) Arrival at the airport in Los Angeles, welcome by an English speaking guide and transfer by bus, grand touring, air conditioned. Diner on your own Accommodations: Hotel Los Angeles – (2* hotel)
Day 2 – Los Angeles
Breakfast at hotel and departure for a guided tour of the city of Los Angeles:
Los Angeles is a chaos, no landmark in what appears to have neither center nor limit. A walk through the old quarter of the city center is a living history lesson on American urbanism. You can admire spectacular examples of Art Deco design. The downtown Los Angeles has changed dramatically since the height restrictions were removed and the adoption of the construction technology anti earthquake.
Hollywood, once an important center for citrus fruit, bananas and vegetables is today the center of the entertainment industry and movies The Hollywood sign, known worldwide with its letters of 1we 6 meters high – the Mann’s Chinese Theater, built in 1927 in honor of the Chinese decorative art by Sid Grauman - Hollywood Walk of Fame with the names of famous and less famous show business personalities engraved on bronze stars.
Lunch during the tour.
Explore the beaches: Venice remains a bohemian city par excellence, elected by artists but also by marginal of all kinds – Santa Monica, industrial city is also the main resort of Los Angeles – Beverly Hills is the place of residence of the wealthy people. Shopping on Rodeo Drive is truly high class. The Beverly Wilshire Hotel serves tea in its lobby overlooking the frenzy outside business activities.
Diner Sunset Strip Restaurant
Accommodations: Hotel Los Angeles (2 *)
Day 3 – Los Angeles – Laughlin
Breakfast and departure along one of the busiest freeways in California – Freeway 15 – Crossing Victorville where many westerns were filmed movies. Continuation of the road through a portion of the Mojave Desert is also called High Desert.
Lunch: Restaurant – Barstow
Check in Laughlin, located on the banks of Colorado River.
Diner: Restaurant Hotel
Accommodations: Golden Nugget – Laughlin
Day 04 – Laughlin – Seligman – Grand Canyon National Park – Flagstaff
Breakfast and departure for the discovery of the Grand Canyon National Park Lunch: Buffet Squire Inn – Grand Canyon
Arrival at Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon evokes a “space-time” disconcerting as fathomless. Humility and amazement inspired the Grand Canyon are inextricably intertwined. This is a geology textbook, an archaeological museum, a paleontology laboratory.
From there, continue to Flagstaff.
Diner Restaurant – Route 66 – Flagstaff
Accommodations: Days Inn – Flagstaff or similar
Day 05 – Flagstaff – Monument Valley – Page – Kanab
Breakfast then head to reach Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The image of these natural monuments carved into the rock, fragile monoliths lost in an infinite horizon, has become the universal symbol of the American West with its wild hills, huge stacks of sandstone, its glowing draperies and solitary columns.
This is accompanied by Navajo guides in their special vehicles that you drive on the slopes of red sand between giant monoliths of more than 300 meters high.
Lunch: During visit to the heart of Monument Valley
Following lunch, you will continue on to Page – Lake Powell through the Painted Desert, the landscape almost lunar wilderness alternating bands of pastel pink sand, yellow and gold, blue and gray rocky badlands, desolate hills streaked with black and white. The Lake Powell is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Far West. Stop at Carl Hayden Visitor Center, beautiful view of Lake Powell and the dam.
Discover Horseshoe Bend, surrounded by a red sandstone outcrop, a meandering Colorado River emerald green offers an amazing spectacle.
Check in Kanab, this small town is also known as “The Little Hollywood.”
Diner: Chuckwagon Cookout
Accommodations: Parry Lodge – Kanab or similar
Day 06 – Kanab – Bryce Canyon National Park
Breakfast and departure to Bryce Canyon National Park, probably the most beautiful of all U.S. parks.
Sunset Point and Sunrise Point which owe their name to the beauty of light at dawn and at sunset.
Lunch: Ruby’s Cafeteria – Bryce City
Continuation of the discovery of this beautiful national park
Diner: Ebenezer Steakhouse – Western atmosphere
Accommodations: Bryce View Lodge – Bryce City or similar
Day 07 – Bryce Canyon – Zion National Park – St George – Las Vegas
After Breakfast, depart Bryce Canyon for a scenic drive to Zion National Park famous for its colorful landscape and its impressive canyons and then arrival at St George, a small town founded by Mormons.
Lunch: Golden Corral Buffet – St Georges
Continuation of the road in the direction of arrival in Nevada and Las Vegas, the city sparkles like a dream in the middle of the Mojave Desert, a place where reality mixes with fantasy, a destination of tangible and intangible magic that makes the notion time quite relative.
Diner on your own
Accommodations: Circus Circus Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas
Day 08 – Las Vegas – Death Valley – Bakersfield
This morning, enjoy breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast visit Death Valley National Park. Vast expanse burned by the sun, interspersed with canyons is the largest national park in the United States except Alaska. The altitude varies between 3300 meters Mount Telescope to 86
meters below sea level near Badwater.
Lunch: Furnace Creek Cafeteria
Road to Bakersfield
Diner: Restaurant Bakersfield
Accommodations: Clarion – Bakersfield or similar
Day 09 – Bakersfield – Sequoia National Park – Modesto
Enjoy a Breakfast at your hotel and departure for the discovery of Sequoia National Park, the park stretches of undulating foothills of the San Joaquin Valley in the west to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Vegetation, hosts a wild flora and fauna of a prodigious variety. The curiosity of the park is the Giant Sequoia, a very high density in Giant Forest.
Lunch: Restaurant Sequoia
Following lunch, you will continue on to Modesto, a small town founded in 1871 by the Central Pacific.
Dinner: Buffet Modesto
Accommodations: Days Inn – Modesto
Day 10 – Modesto – San Francisco
Breakfast and crossing the San Joaquin Valley, the richest agricultural plain of California before arriving at San Francisco, built on 43 hills with spectacular views of the city can be called the most beautiful city on a bay in the world. Its mild climate, its elegant Victorian and modern architecture and its bustling economic activities are the cultural and economic hub of a vast geographic area. Discover the city of San Francisco: – The Civic Center with : – the City Hall – the Financial District , Jackson Square with its brick buildings dating from the time of the Gold Rush evokes the charm of San Francisco disappeared. – Bank of America building built in 1968 to house what was then the largest bank in the world – the Transamerica Pyramid with its 260 meters high – St. Mary’s Cathedral – Castro “gay” district of San Francisco who swapped his excesses against a complicit seduction where small new kitchen restaurants, shops found unusual site – Alamo Square and Victorian houses dating from the late 1800s – the Golden Gate Park, where between 1890 and 1943, the intrepid John McLaren transformed the sand dunes in a lush garden – the Golden Gate Bridge, Suspension Bridge, built between 1933 and 1937 by Joseph Strauss, was a challenge that seemed impossible, it is 67 meters above the water, and its pillars 227 meters are visible above the clouds on a foggy day.
Then Chinatown with an entrance door that is more than just a symbol because it truly enters another world, one of the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia.
Lunch: Chinatown Restaurant
Late afternoon free
Diner: Jazz Restaurant -
Accommodations: Hotel near Union Square – San Francisco
Day 11 – San Francisco – Back in France
Continental breakfast in hotel
Transfer to the airport according to the airline schedule
Assistance with check in
Take off flight to France