Sin, Surf & Sierras

Sin, Surf & Sierras information and booking

from
$1399
  • Duration
    9
    Days
  • Camping
  • Difficulty
    Moderate
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Highlights

Hike in Yosemite National Park, revel in the glitz of Las Vegas, break a sweat in Death Valley, stargaze in Los Angeles, drive California's scenic Highway 1.

Tour description provided by G Adventures

For the traveller who wants it all, this desert-to-coast journey delivers in spades. Throw caution to the wind in Sin City, Las Vegas, then cleanse those chakras with pristine national park hiking. You’ll drive the legendary Pacific Coast Highway for views that are postcard-perfect and finish in Los Angeles for a final burst of movie star glamour. A private touring van and participation camping offer affordability and flexibility while letting you get to know your fellow travellers and making this a road trip to remember.

Itinerary

Day 1 Las Vegas
Arrive to our joining hotel any time. Welcome meeting in the evening. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned, though a brief departure meeting will be held in the hotel on the evening. The meeting will start at 6 PM local time and we will meet in front of the Starbucks Coffee Shop on the main casino floor. Please look for your CEO with a G Adventures shirt; Vegas is a busy place! Try your hand with gambling at giant-mega casinos or visit one of the numerous shows offered on the strip, just up the road from our well-located hotel. This tour leaves Las Vegas early on Day 2; if you would like to spend any additional time here, we recommend booking pre-tour accommodation.
Day 2 Death Valley NP/Bishop (1L,1D)
Visit one of the country's most rugged landscapes, the legendary Death Valley, the hottest and driest spot and home to the lowest point in North America. Surrounded by peaks which soar to over 14,000 feet in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns" sits directly in the center of an incredible area of natural beauty. Enjoy secluded hot springs where star gazing is amazing. Note that on Day 3, we intend on using the Tioga Pass, a scenic a route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. In the spring and autumn seasons, there's a chance that the pass will be closed due to poor weather conditions or even snow. In such a case, we use an alternate route today, and will spend the night in Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip. Approximate Distance: 490 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including multiple stops)
Day 3-4 Yosemite NP (2B,2L,2D)
In the morning visit ancient Mono Lake and walk among dramatic and fascinating tufa towers. Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes as you enjoy one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass! Take short hikes to majestic waterfalls, clear lakes, beautiful meadows and walk amongst giant sequoias. With a keen eye, you may be lucky enough to spot black bears, deer or coyotes. Full day to explore Yosemite National Park. Hike the many trails Yosemite has to offer and be inspired by this beautiful and amazing landscape. Option to rent bikes in Yosemite Valley. Approximate Distance: 230 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops on Day 3), 2 hrs (including stops on Day 4)
Day 5-6 San Francisco (1B,1L)
Arrive to one of the most iconic cities in the world: San Francisco. Your CEO will point out some popular sites on the drive into town–perhaps you'll catch a glimpse of the stately Golden Gate Bridge, a marvel of engineering and deco design. Go back in time and take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or rent a bike to explore the city on wheels. In the evening, take an optional sunset sailing trip. For our two nights in San Francisco, we stay close to the action in a hotel in the city centre. Approximate Distance: 225 km Estimated Travel Time: 6 hrs (including stops)
Day 7 Pismo Beach (1L,1D)
Crashing waves, rolling fog and sheer rocky cliffs will make this journey down California's coast Highway 1 an unforgettable experience. Visit one of the most historic cities in California, Monterey. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur. In the evening end the day with a colorful sunset over the ocean. Approximate Distance: 336 km Estimated Travel Time: 7 hrs (including stops)
Day 8 Los Angeles (1B)
Travel the beautiful Pacific coast on the way to LA. Be on the lookout for celebrities as you pass by a few popular sites on your way out of California's most glamourous city. Your CEO will point out a few famous neighborhoods and landmarks on the drive out of town. For our night in Los Angeles, we give up camping in favour of a hotel night. Approximate Distance: 376 km Estimated Travel Time: 8 hrs (including stops)
Day 9 Los Angeles
Depart at any time. There's a lot to see and do in LA, and we recommend spending extra time here if you'd like to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and other hot spots around the city; speak to your sales agent to book extra accommodation.