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Pioneer Trails Self Drive Holiday

Classic Self Drive, Hotel Grade Choice
From £949 per person
01 Apr 2021 - 31 Mar 2022

Pioneer Trails Tour Highlights

  • Walk along the railings of San Francisco’s world famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marvel at 17-Mile Drive’s The Lone Cypress
  • Experience California’s Central Coast splendour on Highway 1
  • Get closer to the stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, a Hollywood landmark
  • Bask under sunny skies in Phoenix/Scottsdale
  • Marvel at the enduring legacy of the Sinagua culture at Montezuma’s Castle
  • Feast on Sedona’s vivid crimson colours, hidden canyons, and sacred sites
  • Travel through spectacular Oak Creek Canyon, a mesmerizing experience
  • View one of the 7 natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon
  • Enjoy 24 Hour entertainment in glittering Las Vegas
  • Stand at the lowest land elevation in North America in Death Valley
  • Touch monoliths of exposed granite in Yosemite
Holiday Quick facts
Duration: 15 Days/14 Nights
Holiday Type: Classic Self Drive
Grade: Budget, Standard, Superior
Start / Finish: San Francisco
Flights: Additional Cost

Pioneer Trails Fly Drive Holiday Itinerary

Day 01:
San Francisco arrival
Arrive at San Francisco International Airport, pick up your car and proceed into the City by the Bay, beautiful San Francisco.

Day 02:
San Francisco
Today, enjoy a wonderful day touring the city and seeing places like Union Square, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Fisherman’s Wharf, where you can take a short boat trip to tour infamous Alcatraz Island.

Day 03: Driving Distance: 130 mi / 210 km
San Francisco – Monterey/Carmel
Begin your drive this morning via Castroville to Monterey. Visit Cannery Row (brought to fame by John Steinbeck’s novel) and the quaint village of Carmel. Enjoy stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific Ocean on 17-Mile Drive, then continue to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 04: Driving Distance: 340 mi / 580 km
Monterey/Carmel – Pacific Coast Highway – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles
Today drive along the Pacific Coast Highway, passing San Simeon and Morro Bay to Santa Barbara. Continue toward the cosmopolitan city of Los Angeles and your hotel.

Day 05:
Los Angeles
This morning, you will enjoy a comprehensive city tour of Los Angeles including hip Santa Monica, glamorous Hollywood and posh Beverly Hills. You will be able to stop by the “finish line” of historic Route 66, see an iconic Californian lifeguard tower made famous by “Baywatch”, walk on the boulevard of stars and take a great photo of the famous Hollywood sign. The afternoon is yours to explore more on your own or join an optional excursion to Universal Studios where you will learn all about how movies are made.

Day 06: Driving Distance: 120 mi / 200 km
Los Angeles – Palm Springs
Today head for Palm Springs, a favourite playground for the stars of the entertainment industry. Palm Springs is known for its golf courses, palm trees, and lavish private homes. Enjoy a desert sunset by the pool of your hotel.

Day 07: Driving Distance: 280 mi / 450 km
Palm Springs – Phoenix/Scottsdale
There is time this morning to shop in the exclusive boutiques and shops of Palm Springs before driving to Scottsdale and Phoenix. Phoenix is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, mainly due to the dry climate and many days of sunshine.

Day 08: Driving Distance: 130 mi / 208 km
Phoenix/Scottsdale – Montezuma Castle – Sedona
You will have an opportunity for plenty of sightseeing today as you visit the ancient cliff dwellings known as Montezuma Castle. Then continue to the idyllic town of Sedona. Nestled among red sandstone buttes and pinnacles, this is a spiritual place and sure to be a highlight.

Day 09: Driving Distance: 110 mi / 176 km
Sedona – Oak Creek Canyon – Grand Canyon National Park
This morning a short drive takes you to Oak Creek Canyon and Flagstaff, which may look familiar as many scenes have been filmed here for Western movies. Then arrive at the extraordinary Grand Canyon. You have the day to stroll along the South Rim and experience this awesome work of nature, with its plunging gorges – and one mile below the rim – the mighty Colorado River.

Day 10: Driving Distance: 290 mi / 470 km
Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas
Today’s drive takes you through Williams on historic Route 66 and Kingman to one of the world’s greatest man-made structures, the Hoover Dam, which marks the border between Arizona and Nevada. Continue to Las Vegas, the glittering “Entertainment Capital of the World,” open 24-hours a day for nonstop fun and gambling.

Day 11:
Las Vegas
A full day at leisure in Las Vegas. Enjoy the shopping, dining and gaming that make Vegas the playground that never sleeps.

Day 12: Driving Distance: 140 mi / 230 km
Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park
Spend the morning at leisure in Las Vegas. Depart at noon for the drive across the Amargosa Desert to Death Valley National Park. At Zabriskie Point you can admire the panoramic view of this seemingly endless, unchanging valley. This evening head outside for some of the best stargazing in the world.

Day 13: Driving Distance: 350 mi / 560 km
Death Valley National Park – Yosemite National Park**
Today offers a complete contrast in landscape from the desolation of Death Valley, as the drive takes you into the high Sierra Nevada Mountains via Bishop to the Tioga Pass** and Yosemite, one of America’s most scenic national parks. Here, among pine trees, cascade the silvery waters of the Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls. Massive ice-shaped formations rise sharply from the valley floor in the sculptured beauty of El Capitan and Half Dome.

Day 14: Driving Distance: 210 mi / 340 km
Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
From Yosemite, take a drive west across the state of California and return to San Francisco.

Day 15:
San Francisco departure
Return your car at the airport before your departure flight.

**From early November to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite area.


Day City Budget Standard Standard / Superior
01 San Francisco Hotel Whitcomb Hotel Whitcomb Cova Hotel
02 Monterey Monterey Bay Travelodge Monterey Bay Travelodge Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
03 Los Angeles Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort Clarion Hotel Anaheim Resort Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort Area
04 Palm Springs Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs Travelodge by Wyndham Palm Springs Palm Mountain Resort & Spa
05-06 Phoenix/Scottsdale Howard Johnson by Wyndham Scottsdale Old Town Howard Johnson by Wyndham Scottsdale Old Town Saguaro Scottsdale
07 Sedona Holiday Inn Express Sedona Holiday Inn Express Sedona The Andante Inn of Sedona
08 Grand Canyon/Flagstaff Days Hotel by Wyndham Flagstaff Best Western Premier Grand Canyon Squire Inn Yavapai Lodge West
09-10 Las Vegas Excalibur Hotel & Casino Excalibur Hotel & Casino Luxor Hotel & Casino
11 Death Valley Death Valley Inn Stovepipe Wells Village Stovepipe Wells Village
12 Yosemite Days Inn Modesto Comfort Inn Yosemite Area Cedar Lodge
13 San Francisco Hotel Whitcomb Hotel Whitcomb Cova Hotel

** From early November to late May, Tioga Pass may be closed due to weather or road conditions, in which case you will need to drive the southern route through Bakersfield and Fresno into the Yosemite area.

Budget Hotels

Budget hotels offer value but are clean and basic. They are a notch above the very simple accommodations of value properties and may be closer to major intersections and popular attractions.

Standard Hotels

Standard hotels offer quality, style, comfortable accommodations, yet they are still considered “affordable”. Typically located in central areas.

Superior Hotels

With above-average service, upscale, high quality and comfortable, with a variety of amenities located in town. Rooms will be well furnished to a high standard.

National Parks Accommodations

Please be advised that accommodations near and in the National Parks are rustic in nature and not always of the same level of comfort as accommodations in metropolitan areas.

Holiday Info & Extras

Travel may be any day of the week, subject to availability of all components of the program. Package rates may not be applicable over special events and during Public Holidays – rates are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

Contact Us for Tailormade options.

Insider Tips:

Bike ride through Yosemite Valley. The best way to see the Valley is biking through it. Rent a bike and travel on a relatively flat path past waterfalls, meadows and small lakes. A great way to travel at your own pace and enjoy the nature.
Slide Rock State Park in Sedona. Rated one of the ten most beautiful swimming holes in America, this is the place to seek relief from the hot Arizona sun in summer. Take a picnic, slide down the creek bed and enjoy the magnificent views of Oak Creek Canyon and the surrounding red rocks.

Tour Operates & Prices

Budget Hotels
From £949.00 Share Twin/Double

Standard Hotels
From £1095.00 Share Twin/Double

Upgrade Hotels
From £1325.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Extensions of stay available, likewise Accommodation upgrades
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

  • Welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary.
  • Alamo Rent-A-Car “Inclusive” of insurance, taxes, and fees.
  • Accommodation inclusive of sales tax on a room only basis – as specified
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc.
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times, porterage & resort fees if applicable.
  • Admissions &/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.
  • Tolls, ferries & parking fees.

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