Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Los Angeles, California. Upon arrival, independently make your way to your hotel, where you spend the first night of your adventure.Beverly Hills Marriott
Discover The Wild West – Guided Motorcycle Tour
- 17 Days / 16 Nights
- May to September
Enjoy the best of the Wild West on the back of your favourite motorcycle! Solitary deserts, vibrant cities, deep canyons and high mountains – this 17 day guided motorcycle holiday has everything. You will see all the attractions of the South-West: Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Death Valley, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco. When you have survived the Wild West you will have travelled over two thousand miles of fantastic roads and breathtaking scenery including the incomparable beauty of the California coastline on Highway 1 through Big Sur as the final leg of the tour.
YOUR GUIDED MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE INCLUDES:
- Round trip scheduled flights
- Motorcycle rental
- Motorcycle friendly hotels/motels
- Experienced tour guide
- Door-to-door luggage transportation
- Fuel and breakfast on riding days
- Hosted welcome dinner
- Half-Shell helmet (if required)
- Grand Canyon helicopter tour
2021 DEPARTURE DATES
Please note that day one is independent and you meet your guide and group on day two.
- May 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th
- June 3rd, 23rd & 30th
- July 22nd & 29th
- August 5th, 12th & 26th
- September 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th
From £TBC per person based on two adults, sharing one motorbike and one hotel room. Other prices available on request.
– two adults, two bikes and one hotel room.
– one adult, one bike and one hotel room.
Today you will get to meet your fellow riders and Tour Leaders. Your guides will outline the entire tour in a formal Orientation Meeting, covering topics like safe group riding practices, weather, time-management, etc. Afterwards you have time at leisure to explore L.A.’s night life in Hollywood or Santa Monica or just get a goodnight sleep and get ready for the first day’s ride tomorrow!
After your welcome breakfast the moment has come – you will get transferred to EagleRider in Los Angeles to pick-up your bike. After an orientation you’ll head south and west to ride the winding mountain road down to Lake Elsinore. After lunch, the cool air bathes you as you wind your way up more mountainous roads into the San Bernardino National Forest, skirting the slopes of San Jacinto Mountain. Your descent into Palm Springs is spectacular, and you will enjoy your first night on the road among the Palm Trees and night life that make up this iconic town.
Today you take a loop through Joshua Tree National Park an extraordinary park full of bizarre desert trees and fantastic rock formations. From here you descend into Twenty-Nine Palms and drop into the vastness of the Mojave Desert. From here, your trip gets legendary appeal, as you enter Historic Route 66 in at the famous Roys in Amboy. You will stay on RT 66 for the rest of the day as you cross the desert, and the state line, into Nevada, and arrive in Laughlin, where you overnight.
You’ll continue your ride on the legendary Route 66 into Arizona, stop for wild animals in Oatman and ride further on to Kingman, which is considered to be “The heart of Historic Route 66”, as it’s situated in the middle of the longest remaining stretch of the old “Mother Road”. From Kingman you head for Seligman, another one of the longest surviving stretches of Route 66, which heads off in a northern loop through the Hualapai Indian Reservation. After your lunch stop in Seligman you continue your ride towards the majestic Grand Canyon; be prepared for one of the greatest sights man has ever seen!
You spend the morning at the Grand Canyon to get some fantastic views. Then you’ll cruise along the South Rim for a few miles and leave Grand Canyon National Park at the East entrance. Now it’s off to the incredible Monument Valley. This is Navajo Country here a classic Wild West landscape of stark sandstone buttes and forbidding pinnacles of rock, poking from an endless expanse of drifting red sands. Only when you arrive at Monument Valley will you come to realize how much your perception of the West has in fact been shaped by this one spot. Such scenery does exist elsewhere, of course, but nowhere is it so perfectly distilled. This evening you will be provided with the option to descend into the Valley itself and let the Navajo Guides treat you to stories of life in the heart of this spiritual wonderland.
From Kayenta you will ride up to sleepy Mexican Hat, briefly a frenzied gold-mining camp, which takes its name from a riverside sandstone hoodoo – it actually looks like a south-of-the-border sombrero. You ride past the Valley of the Gods, where much of the movie “Thelma and Louise” was filmed, and cross the Colorado River where it pours into Lake Powell. Lake Powell has 1960 miles of shoreline, which is more than the entire Pacific Coast and 96 water-filled side canyons. You ride along the southern tip of Capitol Reef National Park, across aspen-covered peaks, along the buff-colored sandstones of the Devil’s Backbone, through the Escalante Wilderness, and finally to Bryce Canyon, where we overnight. This is a day you’ll never forget!
This morning there will be time to visit the amazing Bryce Canyon before you continue to Zion National Park. Besides seeing the most beautiful rock formations found anywhere on earth, you are in for a gorgeous ride here – the switchbacks of Zion! Compared to Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, Zion exudes a stronger sense of nature. From Zion it is only a short ride into the neon and gambling oasis of Las Vegas, your base for the next two nights. You can choose to have relaxing day around the pool, a spot of gambling, exploring the sights or whatever your heart desires during your free day. Keep in mind you will have an early start on the following day!
From Las Vegas you head west and your ride will take you across Death Valley – one of the hottest places on earth! It’s almost entirely devoid of shade and its sculpted rock layers form deeply shadowed, eroded crevices at the foot of sharply silhouetted hills, their exotic mineral content turning ancient mudflats into rainbows of sunlit iridescence. After riding a series of mountain curves, you’ll arrive below sea level and find yourself right in the basin of Death Valley. From here you continue west, riding amazing roads that wind up and out of the Valley and onto the foothills of the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Today you will have ridden from the lowest point in the United States, over 100’ below sea level, to the ski town of Mammoth Lakes at over 7000 feet. What a day!
Leaving Mammoth Lakes you continue your trip a little further north and then take the infamous Tioga Pass to cross Yosemite National Park. As you ride through the winding granite canyons…muscle flexing turns are rampant for the first several miles, and the road demands attention as you enter the mother of the mother of all National Parks. Yosemite conjures up thousands of images and raises expectations to dizzying heights and when you are there it is just as beautiful, wild, tame, rich, and sublime as you’d expect. You’ll ride over to El Portal, where you overnight.
Today you head west towards San Francisco. Leaving Yosemite National Park, you descend through California Gold Rush country. You’ll pass through small mining towns such as Groveland, before descending the winding roads of Old Priest Grade. Leaving Gold Rush country, you set your sights on the coastal regions of Marin County, an unabashed introduction to Californian self-indulgence: a pleasure zone of conspicuous luxury and abundant natural beauty, with sunshine, sandy beaches, high mountains, and thick redwood forests, often ranked the wealthiest county in the US. From here, you catch your first glimpse of this city’s most famous landmark – the Golden Gate – and traverse one of San Francisco’s great bridges to enter the city! You’ll make your way to the heart of the city where you’ll spend the next two days exploring all that San Francisco has to offer.
Today you head south on the legendary Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) which hugs the rugged California coast of the Pacific Ocean – the beginning of one of the best motorcycle rides in the world! For the next couple of days, the coastline is simply spectacular and there are plenty of opportunities for great photo stops. Breathtaking views of the coves and inlets of the Pacific are yours en route to the seaside town of Monterey and its famous “Cannery Row.” Monterey is home to the world famous Laguna Seca Automobile and Motorcycle Racetrack and the spectacular “Aquarium of the Sea.”
You continue your ride on scenic Hwy 1, along the edge of the cliffs of the Big Sur Coast – 90 wild and undeveloped miles of rocky cliffs form a sublime landscape where redwood groves line river canyons and the Santa Lucia Mountains rise out of the blue-green Pacific. You’ll cross bridges situated on gorges high above the raging Pacific surf, see artichoke fields perched precariously along rocky cliffs, stop for coffee and lunch, cruise past San Simeon, stop to see the Elephant Seal Rookery, wind through Cambria and Morro Bay and finally arrive at Pismo Beach. Truly a day’s great ride!
Today you take Hwy 101 and head towards Los Angeles, the Pacific Ocean to your right, and the coastal mountains to your left. You begin your ride passing through the vineyards that make up so many great California wines! After a stop for a coffee, you get back on Hwy 101 and cruise through Santa Barbara and hug the coastline straight into Malibu, the infamous beach colony. Santa Monica is LA’s oldest and biggest resort – once a wild beachfront playground, it’s now a self-consciously liberal and healthy community. From here you will ride over to Hawthorne, where EagleRider’s headquarters are located. Now it’s time to return your motorcycles and transfer back to your hotel to get ready for a recap of this great adventure at our “Good-bye” dinner.
Today your exciting trip will conclude in Los Angeles. You may choose to extend your stay or discover more of California. Otherwise, you make your own way to Los Angeles International Airport and check in for your flight back to the UK.
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