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Western Express Northbound - G Adventures
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8 days

Western Express Northbound

From Los Angeles to San Francisco
Tour Operator:
G Adventures
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Age range:
12 to 99
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US $1,999
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  • Wander the famous streets and see icons of Los Angeles
  • Enjoy a short hike at the breathtaking Grand Canyon
  • Soak in the dramatic scenery of the famous Death Valley
  • View majestic landscape and spot wildlife in Yosemite
  • Explore San Francisco and see the Golden Gate Bridge

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Start in Los Angeles and end in San Francisco! With the Adventure tour Western Express Northbound, you have a 8 days tour package taking you through Los Angeles, USA and 7 other destinations in USA. Western Express Northbound includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Los Angeles
  2. Day 2: Los Angeles/Lake Havasu City
  3. Day 3: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon National Park (1D)
  4. Day 4: Grand Canyon National Park/Las Vegas
  5. Day 5: Las Vegas/Sierra Nevadas
  6. Day 6: Sierra Nevadas/Yosemite National Park
  7. Day 7: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco
  8. Day 8: San Francisco
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  • D
    · August 28th, 2019
    The itinerary was great, although very fast paced. You had to be very prepared for each morning early start and also to keep to a very strict timetable. Our tour operator Shelby was awesome, very informative and kept us all meeting the tight schedule... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the balanced and constructive feedback here Desrae.
    Trip date: July 2019
  • CH
    · July 23rd, 2019
    The tour was everything I had hoped and more. Buck was a wonderful driver, did not talk too much and took us to special places he knew about. He was honest and down to earth and seemed to be a typical low key, super cool Californian. Buck was part of... Show more
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Thanks for the kind words Celia, we do appreciate it.
    Trip date: July 2019
  • VM
    · June 19th, 2019
    Great tour, unique experience
    G Adventures commented on this review
    YES! Thanks Vasileios.
    Trip date: June 2019
  • Western Express Northbound reviewer 4
    · October 22nd, 2018
    Still wait the response on refund of cancelled helicoper ride. No progress till now.
    G Adventures commented on this review
    Sorry to hear that Paranee. If this is still an issue, please reach out to us at '' and we will review.
    Trip date: October 2018
  • DA
    · March 19th, 2018
    The last motel (Metropolis) in San Francisco was in a terrible location with homeless people yelling outside our room all night. It was very uncomfortable to come and go from the motel. Also the La Quinta in Bakersfield was old and small and only had 1... Show more
    Trip date: March 2018
  • DA
    · March 19th, 2018
    I enjoyed Alex. He was infoemative,calm and organized. The Grand Canyon was my favorite. The last motel (Metropolis) in San Francisco was in a terrible location with homeless people yelling outside our room all night. It was very uncomfortable to come... Show more
    Trip date: March 2018
  • MW
    · March 9th, 2018
    The guide Stirling was awesome, the bus was new so very nice. It was a 14 seater plus driver, it was just as well that we had only 11 passengers, as it wouldn’t have been as comfortable if the bus was full. I think the stop in ghost town and laughing u... Show more
    Trip date: February 2018
  • JS
    · May 15th, 2017
    Our guide Daniel was very friendly and we had so much fun. I loved the group. We saw many beautiful landscapes:)
    Trip date: May 2017
  • BD
    · September 7th, 2015
    This trip was excellent, the accommodations went way beyond my expectations as did the tour bus and all the sites. However I was less than impressed with our tour guide. He seemed very knowledgeable of the places we visited however he needed to be asked... Show more
    Trip date: August 2015
  • Western Express Northbound reviewer 10
    · August 27th, 2015
    Although it was a quick tour we were able to pack alot into the tour. We had a entertaining and energetic tour guide. He was able to give us alot of information and was able to answer alot of questions. When he didn't know the answer, he would find it... Show more
    Trip date: August 2015

Dates & Availability

8 days
Western Express Northbound
From Los Angeles to San Francisco
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Frequently Asked Questions

    • When and where does the tour end?

      Your tour will conclude in San Francisco on Day 8 of the trip. There are no activities planned for this day so you're free to depart at any time. We highly recommend booking post-accommodation to give yourself time to fully experience the wonders of this iconic city!

    • When and where does the tour start?

      Day 1 of this tour is an arrivals day, which gives you a chance to settle into your hotel and explore Los Angeles. The only planned activity for this day is an evening welcome meeting at 7pm, where you can get to know your guides and fellow travellers. Please be aware that the meeting point is subject to change until your final documents are released.

    • Do you arrange airport transfers?

      Airport transfers are not included in the price of this tour, however you can book for an arrival transfer in advance. In this case a tour operator representative will be at the airport to greet you. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

    • What is the age range?

      This tour has an age range of 12-70 years old, this means children under the age of 12 will not be eligible to participate in this tour. However, if you are over 70 years please contact us as you may be eligible to join the tour if you fill out G Adventures self-assessment form.

    • I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

      Solo travellers do not have to pay a single supplement as this is a group trip which includes shared accommodation. Solo travellers joining group trips are roomed in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex. If you would prefer a private room then you can select the "My Own Room" option, which will include an additional charge. Our customer service team will be happy to arrange this for you!

    • Is there a hotel list available?

      All accommodations are subject to change until 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and your specific accommodation details will be listed in your final trip documents. This is a list of accommodations that the operator will typically use on this tour:

      Dunes Inn Sunset
      Golden Nugget Laughlin
      Red Feather Lodge
      Golden Nugget Las Vegas
      La Quinta Bakersfield South
      Hotel Metropolis

      Hopefully, this list will give you a better idea of what kind of accommodation you can expect while on tour.

    • Are the flights included?

      Flights before and after the tour are not included in the tour price and you need to arrange these separately by yourself once your tour is guaranteed. As we specialise in organising the best tours around the world for you, we are unable to advise on flight prices or book flights on your behalf. If you have not already booked your flights we recommend checking out the following link which is powered by Skyscanner -

    • What type of luggage would you recommend for this tour?

      You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. We recommend the use of a duffel bag, soft bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry).

      Heavy luggage is not recommended for the health of the CEO, who will take a lead in loading the storage trailer. Due to space in the trailer, we will not be able to accommodate more than one piece of main luggage per person. A good size day-pack (20-35L) is also essential to carry your personal gear for the day, as access to luggage between destinations will be limited. This daypack will be used to carry your personal gear for the day, your lunch and a water bottle.

    • How long is the longest car/ bus ride?

      The longest stretch of driving on this tour would be from Las Vegas to Laughlin which is 4 hours and 26 minutes.

    • What transportation is used for this tour?

      All transport between destinations is in a large, comfortable coach bus.

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      • Unfortunately we cannot offer you a visa application service. Whether you need a visa or not depends on your nationality and where you wish to travel. Assuming your home country does not have a visa agreement with the country you're planning to visit, you will need to apply for a visa in advance of your scheduled departure.
      • Here is an indication for which countries you might need a visa. Please contact the local embassy for help applying for visas to these places.
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