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California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

If you are looking for an extended getaway this tour is for you. With extended stays in Las Vegas (2 days), San Diego (4 days), and Palm Springs (4 days), join us as we travel south to Sunny California.

Pick-up Points:
St. Albert Inn & Suites
Super 8 Edmonton South
Executive Royal Hotel, Leduc
Radisson Hotel Red Deer
Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre, Calgary
Park Place Mall, Lethbridge

Tour Details by Day

Day 1 – St. Albert to Great Falls

Meals Included: None

Welcome aboard your deluxe coach as your tour begins in St. Albert. Travel south through Red Deer, Calgary, and Lethbridge. Stop at the Duty Free before entering the U.S.A. at Sweetgrass. Following Interstate 15 you make your way to Great Falls, your overnight destination at the La Quinta Inn and Suites.

Day 2 – Great Falls to Layton

Meals Included: Breakfast

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel south through the rugged mountains of Montana. You cross the Continental Divide south of Butte then the Monida Pass into Idaho. You travel through Idaho Falls, Pocatello, then into the state of Utah for our stop this evening in Layton. Overnight accommodations are the La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Day 3 – Layton to Las Vegas

Meals Included: Breakfast

Our day starts with a city tour of Salt Lake City and then you will see the ruggedness of Nevada as we travel through desert and mountains on your way to Las Vegas. Our route takes us south along Interstate 15 before arriving in Las Vegas. Your accommodation for the next 2 nights will be the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street. Experience this vibrant street right outside your Hotel.

Day 4 – Vegas Free Day

Meals Included: None

Enjoy today by relaxing or enjoy gambling in Las Vegas’ spectacular casinos. Take the chance to visit some of the casino resorts such as the MGM Grand, the New York New York Hotel with an outdoor roller coaster, the Mirage Hotel and it’s evening volcanic show, The Bellagio, and its outdoor fountain show, or just enjoy the Fremont Experience. The day is yours to enjoy all that Vegas has to offer.

Day 5 – Las Vegas to San Diego

Meals Included: None

We continue our journey south to Sunny California! We will stop in Old Town Temecula for lunch and browsing before heading onto San Diego for the next 4 nights. Little Italy is right next door to our Hotel, the Best Western Plus Bayside Inn, and can be enjoyed on your own any evening for the next 4 nights. As well, the Gaslight District, Seaport Village, San Diego Pier, and the harbour front are all just a few short blocks away and can be enjoyed on your own by a short stroll, taxi, or hop on hop off trolley.

Day 6 – San Diego Zoo

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will enjoy the day at the beautiful San Diego Zoo. The temperate, sunny maritime climate is well suited to many plants and animals. Besides an extensive collection of birds, reptiles, and mammals, it also maintains its grounds as an arboretum, with a rare plant collection. The botanical collection includes more than 700,000 exotic plants. Exhibits range from an African rain forest (featuring gorillas) to the Arctic taiga and tundra in the summertime (featuring polar bears). Some of the largest free-flight aviaries in existence are here.

San Diego Zoo
The zoo offers a guided tour bus that traverses 75% of the park. There is also an overhead gondola lift called the Skyfari, providing an aerial view of the zoo. The Skyfari was built in 1969 by the Von Roll tramway company of Bern, Switzerland. Exhibits are often designed around a particular habitat. The same exhibit features many different animals that can be found side-by-side in the wild, along with native plant life. Many exhibits are “natural” with invisible wires and darkened blinds (to view birds), and pools and open-air moats (for large mammals). The San Diego Zoo also operates the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which displays animals in a more expansive setting than at the zoo. Animals are regularly exchanged between the two locations, as well as between San Diego Zoo and other zoos around the world, usually in accordance with Species Survival Plan recommendations. As part of its gardening effort, it raises some rare animal foods. For example, the zoo raises 40 varieties of bamboo for the pandas on long-term loan from China, and it maintains 18 varieties of eucalyptus trees to feed its koalas.

Day 7 – USS Midway Museum and Boat Cruise

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit the USS Midway Museum as well as take a 2-hour harbour cruise. Explore a City at Sea on this San Diego Navy Ship. Prepare yourself for a lifetime memory aboard San Diego’s top attraction. You’ll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Admission includes a self-guided audio tour to over 60 exhibits throughout the historic aircraft carrier and 29 restored aircraft. In the afternoon we will step aboard Hornblower’s San Diego boat tour where they combine sightseeing and wildlife watching for a narrated two-tours-in-one experience. Enjoy an included lunch as you view natural wildlife and world-renowned landmarks such as the Star of India, Midway and Cabrillo National Monument, Coronado Bay Bridge, military ships, and up to 50 San Diego Landmarks.

USS Midway Museum
Exhibits range from the crew’s sleeping quarters to a massive galley, engine room, the ship’s jail, officer’s country, post office, machine shops, and pilots’ ready rooms, as well as primary flight control and the bridge high in the island over the flight deck. Especially popular are the museum docents you’ll meet throughout the ship. Each is eager to share a personal story, an anecdote, or an amazing statistic, adding to your amazement throughout your adventure. Family-oriented activities for all ages abound two types of flight simulators, short films, climb-aboard aircraft and cockpits, interactive exhibits, “Ejection Seat Theater,” and much more.

Day 8 – Old Town San Diego, Seaport Village, and San Diego Pier

Meals Included: Breakfast

We will open the morning at Old Town San Diego and then go to Seaport Village for the afternoon. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park presents the opportunity to experience the history of early San Diego by providing a connection to the past. Learn about life in the Mexican and early American periods of 1821 to 1872.

Seaport Village + Headquarters is a treasure of over 80 one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants where everyone can find a little something special. Built on 14 acres fronting San Diego Bay, meandering footpaths lead visitors by ponds, a graceful lagoon, beautiful fountains and lush, colourful landscaping. An adjacent eight-acre Embarcadero Park North provides visitors access to 22 acres of parkland.

Even today, life moves more slowly in this part of San Diego, where the hustle and bustle is balanced with history and fiestas. Visitors are offered a glimpse into yesteryear, as converging cultures transformed San Diego from a Mexican pueblo to an American settlement. San Diego became California’s first Spanish settlement when a mission and fort were established here in 1769. Later, it passed into the hands of the newly made Mexican government before gaining statehood in the United States after the Mexican-American War.

The core of restored original historic buildings from the interpretive period is complemented by reconstructed sites, along with early twentieth century buildings designed in the same mode. Five original adobe buildings are part of the historic park, which includes museums, unique retail shops, and several restaurants. The Historic Plaza remains a special place for gatherings and historic activities. Visitors can also experience a working blacksmith shop, enjoy music, see or touch the park’s burros, and engage in activities that represent early San Diego.

Seaport Village: Free entertainment, a restored 1895 Looff Carousel and an unforgettable waterfront ambiance make Seaport Village the perfect “package” for your group! Seaport Village features more than 50 specialty shops, 4 major restaurants and 13 international eateries built on 14 acres fronting San Diego Bay.

The Headquarters at Seaport: Through the restoration of San Diego’s Old Police Headquarters, the city has reclaimed a majestic urban treasure by offering an extraordinary new experience; a delightful destination where restaurants on the order of Puesto & Eddie V’s and specialty boutiques such as Kitson and Seaside Paper I Home can make a lasting impression. Located directly adjacent to Seaport Village.

Day 9 – San Diego To Palm Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you have plenty of time to pack as we have a late checkout. After loading our luggage, spend your last time in San Diego for lunch on your own in Little Italy. In the early afternoon we will head to Palm Springs and the Palm Mountain Resort, our accommodations for the next four evenings.

Day 10 – Palm Springs City Tour and Shopping

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will have a local step on guide give us a two hour city tour. Afterward, we will enjoy some local shopping before heading back to the hotel late afternoon where you can enjoy the evening at your leisure. Enjoy the pool or go for a stroll.

Day 11 – Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will have the opportunity to experience the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. This is a remarkable zoo and botanical garden representing the desert environments of North America and Africa with over 1200 protected acres, 450 wild animals, tranquil gardens, tram rides, and much much more. Box lunch is included today.

Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
For almost four decades The Living Desert has been engaged in the important work of preserving, conserving and interpreting the desert and all its varied plant and animal life. Even as we take immense pride in our accomplishments over the last forty years, we remain as dedicated as ever to the goals that initially inspired us when we first began operations in March of 1970.

Day 12 – Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a breathtaking journey aboard the worlds largest rotating tram. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway travels over two-and-one-half miles along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon transporting riders to the pristine wilderness of the Mt. San Jacinto State Park.

Tonight enjoy the Village Fest just a few short steps away from the hotel. Village Fest takes place in downtown Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive every Thursday night. The street is closed to vehicular traffic and is transformed into a festive pedestrian street fair. Vendor booths are set up on both sides of the street and visitors are able to stroll through the traffic-free event. The perimeter of the event consists of Indian Canyon Drive to the east and Belardo Road to the west.

Day 13 – Palm Springs to Cedar City

Meals Included: Breakfast

Time to start our journey home. We will take I-10 west to San Bernadino before turning north on the I-5 through the Angelos National Forest and stop in Primm for lunch. After filling up on lunch we will continue north on the I-5 through Las Vegas and ending up in Cedar City for our overnight stay.

Cedar City was originally settled in late 1851 by Mormon pioneers originating from Parowan, Utah, who were sent to build an iron works. The site, known as “Fort Cedar” or “Cedar City,” was equidistant from vast iron deposits 10 miles (16 km) west and coal resources 10 miles (16 km) up Cedar Canyon, but was named after the abundant local trees (which are actually Junipers instead of Cedar). Two companies of men led by Henry Lunt reached the fort site in a blizzard on November 11, 1851, making that date the official founding. In 1855, a new site, closer to the ironworks and out of the floodplain of Coal Creek was established at the suggestion of Brigham Young; present-day Cedar City is located at this site. Cedar City was incorporated on February 18, 1868.

Day 14 – Cedar City to Idaho Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today we will head further north on the I-5. On our way, we travel along the edge of Fishlake National Forest then onto Salt Lake City where we stop in Layton for lunch at the Cracker Barrel. Our afternoon journey takes us into Idaho and our overnight destination of Idaho Falls. Although just a short stopover, it is a beautiful place to see.

Idaho Falls
What became Idaho Falls was the site of Taylor’s Crossing on the Montana Trail which was a timber frame bridge built across the Snake River. The 1865 bridge was built by Matt Taylor who was a Montana Trail freighter who built a toll bridge across a narrow black basaltic gorge of the river that succeeded a ferry seven miles upstream by several years. Taylor’s bridge served the new tide of westward migration and travel in the region that followed the military suppression of Shoshone resistance at the Bear River Massacre near Preston, Idaho in 1863. The bridge improved travel for settlers moving north and west and also for miners, freighters, and others seeking riches in the gold fields of Idaho and Montana and especially the boom towns of Bannack and Virginia City.

Day 15 – Idaho Falls to Great Falls

Meals Included: Breakfast

On the road again today we travel north on the Monida Pass then cross over the Continental Divide south of Butte. After a lunch stop we will end our day in Great Falls for our last evening with plenty of time to visit with new friends.

Day 16 – Great Falls to Home Cities

Meals Included: Breakfast

All good things come to an end. Time to gather your luggage, your shopping treasures, and board the coach to head back to the Great White North! We will stop at Duty Free for some last minute tax free shopping and then carry on home with new friendships and fond memories of your California vacation!