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Spirit of the West

  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Scottsdale
  • Flagstaff
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Las Vegas
  • Visalia
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Modesto
  • San Francisco
  • London
Tour Pace:

15 DAYS from €2519pp

Tour Highlights
  • Embark on city tours of Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Stroll across the Walk of Fame and witness the iconic Hollywood sign
  • Experience the towering wonder of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit the city of Flagstaff on the famous Route 66
  • Discover the granite cliffs, cascading waterfalls and towering sequoias of Yosemite
  • Marvel at the sights of the neon-lit city of Las Vegas at leisure
  • Admire the immensity, magnificence and scale of the Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO site
  • Travel along the awe-inspiring Big Sur

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Spirit of the West

Experience the plucky frontier spirit of America's west coast on our 15-day adventure through inspiring landscapes, untamed sandstone backyards, and cities with distinct personalities. Journey from the natural marvel of Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Big Sur to cool San Francisco, dazzling Vegas, and sunny San Diego.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Los Angeles

Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Los Angeles where you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.

Los Angeles

Situated upon California's idyllic coastline, the 'City of Angels' represents a microcosm of America; from vast suburban sprawls to towering skyscrapers, bohemian beaches to snow-capped peaks, Los Angeles is a definitive landscape of extremes. Your full-day tour begins in Hollywood, a neighbourhood imbued with a cinematic legend from its glamorous 'golden age'. Wander along the star embedded Walk of Fame to a viewpoint of the iconic Hollywood sign. Continue to Beverly Hills and later in the afternoon, stop at the ocean enclave of Santa Monica city.

Los Angeles to San Diego

Arrive in San Diego late in the morning with time to explore the Old Town and have lunch. The Old Town is California's oldest settlement dating back to 1769 though there is evidence of humans in the area from 9,000 years earlier! Famous for Mexican food this is a great place to get lunch, In the afternoon visit Coronado Island with time to relax on the beach and then head to the lively Gaslamp Quarter.

San Diego

Head to the 1,600-acre Balboa Park, home to 16 museums and a theatre! After a tour of the park there are a range of optional excursions available including a Harbour Cruise, or the USS Midway (at a fee).

  • Breakfast
San Diego to Mesa

Today, travel through expansive desert biomes, passing San Gorgonio's 3000 turbines and the city of Palm Springs - once a swinging getaway for the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rat Pack. Cross state lines into Arizona, arriving at the affluent city of Mesa early in the evening, home to a melting pot of cuisines, particularly those from across the nearby Mexican border. On the way from San Diego to Mesa, Arizona we will stop in El Centro for coffee break, in Yuma for lunch and in Gela Bend for afternoon stop before arriving to Mesa.

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Mesa to Flagstaff

This morning, undertake an optional balloon ride (at a fee) and witness the magnificent spectacle of the Sonoran Desert illuminated by daybreak. Later that morning, travel to the mystical town of Sedona and continue along Oak Creek Canyon to marvel at spectacular red sandstone formations that protrude through the verdant Coconino National Forest. Arrive in Flagstaff, brimming with smalltown character and quaint diners that line the famous Route 66 for an evening at leisure.

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Flagstaff and The Grand Canyon

Begin today with one of The Seven Natural Wonders of the World, Grand Canyon National Park. Having absorbed its sheer immensity, peer down the 6,000ft drop to witness the snaking Colorado River. Wander along the south rim to admire jagged plateaus, rugged spires and crumbling ridges or take a walk along the Bright Angel Trail to spot inquisitive Albert squirrels, precarious bighorn sheep and the illusive Californian Condor. Later this afternoon, head back to Flagstaff for an evening at leisure. Optional excursion (payable locally) - Grand Canyon by helicopter or fixed-wing aircraft.

  • Breakfast
Flagstaff to Las Vegas

Set off this morning and arrive late afternoon to your hotel for an evening to unwind or experience the neon vibrancy of the Vegas strip.

  • Breakfast
Las Vegas

Today is at leisure to explore the west's dazzling rhinestone city at your own pace. Begin at the 1,100ft summit of Stratosphere Tower for a unique observation of Las Vegas; pass the Bellagio's soaring fountain plumes before trying your hand at poker in Caesars Palace or travelling the world in one day as you visit the city's replica landmarks.

Las Vegas to Visalia

This morning, make your way across the dry expanse of the Mojave Desert, back to the 'Golden State of California. En route, witness the peculiar spectacle of the 'boneyard', home to hundreds of obsolete commercial airliners preserved by torrid desert conditions. Your day concludes in Visalia, a quaint farming community brimming with old-town charm.

Visalia to Modesto

Spend today in one of the world's most dramatic geological marvels, the UNESCO recognised Yosemite National Park. With varicoloured wild meadows, thunderous glacial rivers cascading from dizzying granite peaks and crumbling pinnacles, pines, cedars and oaks forming jagged silhouettes against the open sky, this display of the West's natural majesty is unparalleled. Later this afternoon, journey to Modesto for an evening at leisure.

Modesto to San Francisco

In the morning, depart Modesto and travel to San Francisco. Amid a rolling veil of mist, this slender peninsular occupies 47 elevated square miles populated by the clatter of old-fashioned cable cars, diverse neighbourhoods and an unmistakable collection of landmarks to discover on your afternoon tour. View China town's enchanting live markets, paper lantern marquee and pocket size side streets, continuing to the Presidio, a serene park inviting visitors to panoramic vistas across the bay, out towards Alcatraz Island and San Francisco's calling card - the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco

Today, experience the sights of the city at leisure. Visit the vibrant boardwalk of Pier 39, lined with delicious seafood eateries and a herd of resident seals who mysteriously appeared after the 1989 earthquake. Stroll alongside technicolour houses set against a Frisco skyline know as the 'Painted Ladies'; alternatively, take advantage of California's idyllic climate by visiting the vineyards of Napa Valley to sample renowned wines including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Optional excursion (payable locally) - San Francisco Bay Cruise.

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San Francisco to Atascadero

Depart San Francisco for a scenic drive along the famous Big Sur Coastal Drive with stops at popular Monterey, Cannery Row and the Elephant Seal Rookery.

  • Breakfast
Atascadero to the UK

Continue along the California coast stopping at beautiful Santa Barbara before your return flight to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

Important Information


You will need to obtain an ESTA visa. This must be applied for at least 7 days before you are due to land in the USA. All UK passport holders must have a biometric e-passport and your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you are expected to arrive back in the UK. Important note: if you do not have a bio-metric e-passport, you will be refused entry into the USA. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be who will be able to arrange the ESTA visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £46.50.


We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of €300pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Your flight to Los Angeles International Airport is with Virgin Atlantic, departing from London Heathrow. Please note that all flight times and numbers listed above are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage. There is also an allowance of one cabin bag not exceeding 25cm x 45cm x 56cm in size and one personal bag not exceeding 45 cm x 36 cm x 20 cm that you can take on the aircraft as hand luggage. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing of steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 25, and the maximum will be 45. If in the unlikely event there are less than 25 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is a fully escorted tour meaning that you will be met on arrival and will have a guide with you throughout your stay until you depart San Francisco ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in America is the United States Dollar (USD). You will be able to change currency both before you travel and whilst you are away. You will also have access to ATMs during your tour where you can withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500-£700 per person will be sufficient for the durations of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! It is customary to tip your guide and driver. This is at your discretion but we recommend you allow approximately $3-$5 per person per day for Tour Director and $3-4 per person per day for driver.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2023 Dates
06 Nov 202320 Nov 2023€2519.00
2024 Dates
15 Apr 202401 May 2024€2900.00
16 Sep 202402 Oct 2024€2967.00
04 Nov 202420 Nov 2024€2720.00
Itinerary Note

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. For this reason, we have indicated approximate times only. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however order of events and sightseeing may vary according to the local conditions.


Please note the hotels given are a guidelines only and may change. If the hotels detailed are not available, alternatives will be used of a similar standard. Please refer to your final documentation for confirmation of your hotels. You will receive this between 7-10 days before departure.

What to expect

Fact File


Average Flying time

8 hours

Min/Max temperature

14 °C / 41 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Los Angeles

Las Vegas

San Francisco

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream and a hat with a big brim for sunny days
  • Comfortable walking shoes such as trainers
  • Sunglasses
  • Ruck sack or light bag per person
  • Personal toiletries and first aid kit
Customer Rating:
Anthony Webb
23rd Feb 2017

Guide and driver excellent couldn't have asked for better.

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Vivien Mezzela
23rd Feb 2017

Mary was an excellent tour guide, calm, well organised, friendly and fun. Allan the driver was great he was very helpful, calm and friendly.

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Paul Jenkins
23rd Feb 2017

Excellent guide as was the Hotels couldn't fault anything

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Barbara Wood
23rd Feb 2017

Tour guides and driver were excellent couldn't fault them. Felt very safe with the driver.

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Alison Mason
17th Nov 2016

Mary Lee was an excellent tour guide. She was interesting, informative, enthusiastic and very organised. We always felt safe in the hands of Allen our driver.

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