Saguaro National Park
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Palm Springs Welcome Sign
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Desert Escapes of California & Arizona

8 day Luxury Tour - from £2705

With flights from £3305

Discover the American Southwest’s stunning scenery, fascinating history and delectable cuisine on this unforgettable tour through California and Arizona.


  • Admire the breathtaking landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park
  • Learn to cook classic Southwestern and Mexican staples
  • Discover historic Tombstone, once the bustling boomtown of the Wild West
  • Enjoy fine dining and luxury accommodation
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Palm Springs

Welcome to Palm Springs. A star-studded city nestled in the Sonoran Desert of southern California, it was the getaway for Hollywood legends Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Dean Martin and Loretta Young in the 1950s and 60s. It now prides itself on its glory years with a nod to its glitzy past evident in its retro architecture. Once you have arrived at the airport a transfer will take you to your hotel where you will meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2 - Palm Springs

Start the day with a tour of Palm Springs’ mid-century architecture, guided by a history and architectural expert. Learn about the architects that have shaped the landscape of Palm Springs, including Richard Neutra, John Lautner, Donald Wexler and the Alexander brothers. This afternoon, board the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway in the world’s largest rotating tram car and journey along the breathtaking cliff tops to the pristine wilderness of Mt. San Jacinto State Park. As you ascend on your 10-minute journey, the tram car rotates slowly, offering amazing vistas of the valley floor below. A Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant introduces you to the best of what the area has to offer.

Day 3 - Joshua Tree National Park

This morning you’ll depart from your hotel for an excursion to Joshua Tree National Park, which is characterized by the strangely shaped Joshua trees, rugged rock formations and stark desert landscapes. The ecosystems of the Mojave and the Colorado come together here with a variety of plants and animals that thrive in this surreal environment shaped by winds and occasional rainfall. Your knowledgeable Travel Director will bring the park’s history and geology to life. Later, enjoy some time at leisure this evening as you get to know this desert oasis on your own terms.

Day 4 - Palm Springs & Scottsdale

Join local Experts for a guided tour of the Heard Museum in Scottsdale. Established to both preserve and advance Native American art, the museum has a mission to be the most pre-eminent of its kind.

Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Scottsdale

Start the day with a guided tour of your famous hotel, Valley Ho. Meet a Local Expert who will take you on a guided walk of the property while telling you stories about its glitzy Hollywood history and architecture. Later, meet with the chef of this evening’s experience for a walk through the stalls of the Old Town Farmers Market. You can then choose to take a small-group tour of Old Town Scottsdale on golf carts, or visit the Museum of the West.

In the evening, you’ll be introduced to the authentic flavours of the region as you head to a cooking demonstration and hands-on experience. You’ll learn to cook classic Southwestern and Mexican staples such as enchiladas, spicy meat dishes and Spanish rice. Once you’ve learnt from the expert, sit and indulge in your tasty masterpiece.

Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Scottsdale & Tucson

Wake for a hearty breakfast at your hotel before joining a guided tour of Taliesin West, the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards move on to Tucson, which is known for its farmers’ markets, annual food festivals and fairs that specialise in Southern cuisine. Meet a Local Expert who will guide you through the city on a foodie tour, with a lunch stop along the way.

Hotel: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7 - Tucson & Saguaro National Park

In the morning you’ll make your way to historic Tombstone, where a guided tour with a Local Expert will introduce you to the once bustling boomtown of the Wild West. This very spot once offered much-needed entertainment to the many miners that spent hours underground. This afternoon you’ll visit Saguaro National Park, home to the largest cacti in the United States.

Later this evening, toast to your travels with new friends at your Celebration Dinner before your trip comes to an end tomorrow. Following your meal, join a local professional astronomer for an evening under the stars.

Hotel: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 8 - Farewell from Tucson

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your trip comes to an end. Take an organised transfer to Tucson International Airport at your leisure or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport arriving at 11:00am. If you wish to continue your holiday you also have the option to extend your stay at JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa.

Meals: Breakfast

8 day Luxury Tour - from £2705

With flights from £3305


  • Add extra nights in Palm Springs, Tucson or Phoenix
  • Extend your holiday with a three night Los Angeles city break
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1 April 2023 onwards.


Enjoy first class luxury touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your luxury tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners
  • Expert Travel Director
  • Dedicated Wellbeing Director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Door to door UK transfers

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