SAN FRANCISCO – LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON – SEDONA
TOUR NOW CLOSED
April 12 – 19, 2014
Nowhere in the United States do travelers vacation more than in the West. This tour highlights some of the “best of the best” in scenic wonders, great food and fantastic wines. If you have never visited San Francisco, experienced Las Vegas or marveled at the beauty of the Grand Canyon and Sedona, now is your chance to do so.
SAN FRANCISCO — There’s something magical about San Francisco that makes visitors feel right at home. While we can’t definitively state what it is, we know it has something to do with the city’s spectacular bayside setting, its manageable size, great restaurants, friendly locals, intriguing neighborhoods and agreeable weather.
LAS VEGAS — There is no place like it on earth … Open 24 hours a day. Miles of blazing neon, casinos, where exciting entertainment blends into the city that never sleeps.
The GRAND CANYON — A powerful and inspiring landscape that will overwhelm our senses with its immense size and combination of unbelievable color and forms that decorate the canyon.
SEDONA — Since the dawn of time, travelers have ventured to this part of the Southwest. Whether they came in search of adventure or spiritual enlightenment, one thing is certain–stunning Red Rock Canyons and beauty makes this a special place
Your Tour Includes:
- Round-trip transportation from Montauk to JFK
- Round-trip flights to San Francisco and return from Phoenix
- Flight from San Fran to Las Vegas
- Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
- Great hotels in San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon & Sedona
- Hotel taxes and service charges
- Breakfast in Sedona
- Three lunches
- All guided sightseeing including entrance fees •All tour-related transportation
- Welcome to San Francisco supper cruise on San Francisco Bay
- Visit and drink to San Francisco’s hottest club – Monarch
- Sightseeing tours in San Francisco and the Muir Woods
- Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon
- Dinner at the El Tovar overlooking the Grand Canyon
- Sightseeing Jeep ride in Sedona
- Cowboy & Cowgirl Bar-B-Que in Sedona
Day 1, Saturday, April 12: Depart USA for San Francisco (D)
Early morning departure from Montauk to New York’s JFK Airport for San Francisco. Mid-day arrival in San Francisco. Transfer to your hotel in the beautiful Pacific Heights section of San Francisco. Time to relax before enjoying a hosted wine hour. We then leave for the San Francisco Piers to board our three-hour Supper Club cruise on the scenic San Francisco Bay including views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay lights. There will be a buffet dinner, welcome drink, DJ entertainment and dancing all included in your welcome evening. Then it’s off to MONARCH, San Francisco’s hottest Club where you will be welcomed with a complementary drink. Spend the rest of the evening relaxing, dancing and enjoying the SFO nightlife. Return to the hotel on your own.
Day 2, Sunday, April 13: In San Francisco – City Tour, Sausalito & Muir Woods (L)
After breakfast on your own, a full day of touring as you start the morning city tour. Join us and explore this most culturally diverse and beautiful of cities. Your guided journey will highlight famous landmarks and familiarize you with the unique sociology of San Francisco including the Victorian houses, Union Square, Nob Hill, Cable Cars, Chinatown, North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, The Presidio, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and more. Then North across the Golden Gate Bridge to two of California’s most unique tourist attractions. First we stop in Sausalito, an alluring village of art galleries, quaint shops and waterfront restaurants with views of San Francisco across the bay. Its cliff-hanging cottages and houseboat community lean a Mediterranean ambiance, but the locals you will see are pure California. We will have lunch here. Then we continue to Marin County, one of the most affluent counties in the United States, and home to one of the few remaining groves of Virgin Coastal Redwoods. These redwoods are among the oldest and tallest trees in existence. The Nature Trail at Muir Woods leads us into the heart of its cathedral-like grove. We have a guided walk among this beautiful forest before returning to our hotel where we have the evening on our own to try some of the great SFO restaurants.
Day 3, Monday, April 14: In San Francisco
A full day free for independent. Do some shopping. Ride SFO’s cable trolley cars, Try great dim sum in one of Chinatown’s restaurants. Take an excursion to Alcatraz or visit some of the city’s wonderful museums. Dinner on your own from some of RMC’s favorite recommended restaurants.
Day 4, Tuesday, April 15: To Las Vegas
This morning we transfer to the airport for the short flight to the “City that never sleeps,” Las Vegas. On arrival, transfer to our hotel for the rest of day on your own as Las Vegas comes alive when the sun goes down. Enjoy the star-studded shows, great dining, and of course, the thrill of the slot machines, roulette wheel or blackjack tables.
Day 5, Wednesday, April 16: In Las Vegas
A free day to get an in-depth look at the avant-garde Las Vegas. Go to some of the excellent museums. Or simply walk the “Strip” visiting the many exciting hotels. Maybe take in a show you missed your first night. Or take an optional Las Vegas by Night tour to see all of yesterday and today’s famous mega casino resorts and attractions and get the inside story on how Las Vegas earned the title of Entertainment Capital of the World! First stop of the night will be at the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Stop and visit the Bellagio Hotel and see the famous Conservatory and Dancing Waters Fountain Show. Madame Tussaud’s at the Venetian and no tour would be complete without a stop at the incredible Downtown Fremont Street Experience.
Day 6, Thursday, April 17 – Depart for the Hoover Dam & the Grand Canyon (L/D)
We depart Vegas by coach and head south, with our first stop at the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering feats of America’s history. Then continue on the longest continuous part of historic Route 66 still driveable from Kingman to Seligman. We will stop at a great historic general store: the Hackberry General Store — at Hackberry, AZ that everyone really enjoys At Seligman, Route 66 is the major part of the town with evidence of the glory days of the old road seen all along the main street where we will have lunch at the famed 66 Road Kill. Here you will leave historic Route 66 and travel on the Interstate. At Williams, AZ we leave the Interstate and follow the historic Grand Canyon Railroad route for part of the way the last 65 miles to the Grand Canyon and enter the National Park entrance gate. Walk over to Mather Point for your first view of the Grand Canyon. Next viewpoint if Yavapai Point. After we check into our hotel, we will walk over to the El Tovar restaurant for the sunset over the Canyon, before enjoying dinner at this historic hotel. Overnight in the National Park.
Day 7, Friday, April 18: Morning Grand Canyon Tour. Afternoon to Sedona (B/L/D)
Morning tour of the Grand Canyon. The views are breathtaking to say the least. Our guide will provide an orientation at the Canyon from the lookout area behind the Bright Angel Lodge. Next you will tour the 23-mile tour along the East Rim with stops at Grandview, the Tusayan Ruins and Desert View. At Tusayan Ruins we will take a one-way 1¾ -mile rim walk & to see fossils of a 230 million year old tropical coral reef. At either Grandview, Bright Angel or Desert View, we take out scopes and binoculars to spot the extremely endangered California Condors in this part of the Canyon. Box lunch is served either along the rim of the canyon or at the Anasazi ruins. Then continue to Sedona. The energy of Sedona’s famous vortexes and the spectacular natural beauty of Sedona’s red rocks combine to make Sedona, Arizona one the Top 100 Places to Visit in the World. After we check into our hotel, in the late afternoon it’s time for some four-wheeling on a Red Rock Jeep Tour as you go over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround us. We end our trek with a great Cowboy/Cowgirl Bar-B-Que dinner. Late return to our hotel.
Day 8, Saturday, April 19
Departure to the airport for your flights back home. Same day arrival and back to Montauk.
NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.
Our Hotels (or similar)
SAN FRANCISCO: The Kimpton Palomar
San Franciscos’ best kept boutique hotel secret. This boutique hotel puts your finger on the pulse of the city’s energy and your feet on the street in three great areas. You can walk right over to the hip, edgy South of Market neighborhood. Make your way to the Financial District and Media Gulch, take a stroll to Union Square for some upscale shopping. Or simply stay inside the hotel for a sophisticated, artful, indulgent retreat. The hotels features a delightful daily wine hour, has a great Fitness Center and free Wi-Fi.
LAS VEGAS: The Luxor
Located at the south end of the Vegas Strip, Luxor Hotel and Casino’s regal 30-story pyramid shines a powerful light toward the sky like a beacon in the Nevada desert. With all the glitz and glamour you would expect from a Las Vegas mega-hotel, Luxor offers dining, entertainment, and 24/7 casino excitement designed to have you feeling like royalty with its 87 table games and 1,500 slots in the casino. Luxor shows offer something for everyone: CRISS ANGEL Believe is a mesmerizing collaboration between the “Magician of the Century” and Cirque du Soleil, while the adults-only FANTASY revue showcases dance and powerhouse vocals. For laughs, catch prop comic Carrot Top, or Menopause, the Musical. Or get in on the action at 8 bars and clubs. DJs spin at posh LAX Nightclub.
GRAND CANYON: The Thunderbird Lodge
Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, the Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located on the Canyon rim, and an easy opportunity to walk out to look over the South Rim of the Grand Canyon… an unbelievable experience.
SEDONA: Best Western Inn of Sedona
Inn of Sedona showcases all that Sedona has to offer. The hotel’s award-winning terraced design takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. The year-round outdoor heated pool and spa are yours to enjoy and are adjacent to the exercise room followed by a complimentary Full Hot Breakfast.