Best of The West Tour

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Best of the west
Best of the west

This Best of The West Guided Motorcycle Tour “Does what it says on the Tin!” This fantastic tour combines the best roads along the Pacific Coast Highway (California’s Route 1 and 101) to San Francisco and the Yosemite National Park, with parts of Arizona’s Route 66 and the Grand Canyon before taking in Utah’s spectacular Wild West all the way up to Salt Lake City. This 2,300 mile route will be guided from start to finish by one of our experienced tour guides.

Our support truck will be bringing up the rear carrying your luggage, a spare Bike and ice cold drinks and snacks. On this tour however, there is an option for each bike to ride their own ride separately from the tour group during the day meeting up again at the nights accommodation if desired.


2018 – 5th September to 19th September

£4,495 Rider Single Occupancy
£2,995 Rider & Pillion Double Occupancy (Price p/p)

Route 66Welcome to our day of preparation for the Best of the West Tour. The Tour starts with a briefing at 6pm at the first nights hotel in Los Angeles. You will then be acquainted with your ride for the next 10 days.

This tour encompasses some of the best riding and sights that the West Coast of America has to offer.

This is your opportunity to join our small tour group (Max 13 Bikes) where you will experience roads and sights featured in many of the iconic films and television shows.

Your adventure starts in Los Angeles where we stop for a break and bite to eat at the Santa Monica Pier. From their we ride up Route 1 and the 101 to our hotel in Lompoc.
 

 

The best of the WestWe continue our ride north along Route 1 the Pacific Coat Highway which hugs the rugged California coastline of the Pacific Ocean – undoubtedly one of the best motorcycle rides in the world!

The coastline here is simply beautiful, there are plenty of opportunities for you to enhance your photo album with the most spectacular.

We will be taking regular stops along the route visiting Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and Big Sur riding over the world famous Bixby Bridge (featured in the image below) to Monterey with it’s famous “Cannery Row” and Laguna Seca Motorcycle Racetrack. There is also the spectacular Aquarium of the Sea if you fancy a visit.

The best of the WestLeaving Monterey, we continue north to spend the evening in Santa Clara which situated just south of San Fransisco.

 
 

This morning is a relaxed both day in terms of mileage and time. A short ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to the World Famous Fisherman’s Wharf. There will be plenty of time to explore the delights of San Francisco including a short ferry crossing over to Alcatraz. There is then a 1hr 45min ride to the hotel in Modesto.

 
 

After breakfast we head off for the mountains. We will ride for 3 hours right into the heart of the Yosemite Nation Park where we plan to stop at the famous Curry Village for lunch. There will then be an option to climb up to the top of Vernal Falls.
This is NOT for the faint hearted!

Distance: 2.4 mi (3.9 km) round trip (via Mist Trail)
Elevation gain: 1000 ft (300 m)
Difficulty: Strenuous
Time: 3 hours

If you look carefully, you can see people at the bottom left of this image. A good pair of walking boots is a must.

Once recovered, we ride for an hour and a half through some of the most breathtaking roads and scenery that Yosemite has to offer for a relaxing night at the hotel. The pool and hot tub is highly recommended.
 
 
 
 
 

After an early Breakfast we head straight back into Yosemite and up to visit Glacia Point. Both the views and the ride up are absolutely staggering. We stop for a picknic at Tenaya Lake and a quick dip for those that are brave enough!

After lunch, we continue Mono Lake before the final ride along the mountain ridge to Bishop for the night.

 

Heading south, we ride through Death Valley ensuring enough fuel and water to get us through. (Thank heavens for the support truck) They say it can reach temperatures so high that you can fry an egg on the road!

From there we ride into the luxury of Las Vegas for the night.

 
 

Here we have a day of options as we ride along a stretch of the Mother Road Route 66 to the town of Williams. This is a fabulous old historic Route 66 town that will keep you entertained for hours.

Optional places to visit include the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Oatman (lovely old cowboy town) and the Grand Canyon.

 

Today we cover 360 miles as we ride to the famous US 163 highway to take in the wonderful sights of Monument Valley before getting to the days final destination of Page and Lake Powell.
 
 
 
 
 
Leaving the beautiful sights of Page we cross the bridge and head back into the state of Utah where we ride to the spectacular Bryce Canyon for a lunch stop.

From here it’s 180 miles of the beautiful Route 12 into Richfield for our penultimate nights accommodation and a well earned rest.
 
 

Day 10 is our last riding day of the tour. We have a short 170 mile ride into your hotel in Salt Lake City. Once the bikes have been handed back there will be a chance to freshen up before heading off to explore the sights and sounds of Salt Lake City before your flight home the following day.

 
 

♦ Eleven nights hotels / motels.
♦ All group breakfasts.
♦ Includes all fuel and oil for your motorcycle
♦ Alcatraz ticket
♦ Any tolls (any gratuities are additional).
♦ The tour will be guided by an experienced tour guide who will give daily summaries and tell of the history of route.
♦ Motorcycle rental and the required liability insurance.
♦ 24 hour roadside assistance
♦ Support vehicle with a spare bike, your luggage and supplies of water and soft drinks.
♦ Option to ride your own ride during the day and meet at the hotel if you desire
♦ Note – you will be responsible for any breakdown if you leave the guided tour.
♦ Support vehicle at all times with a spare bike.
♦ Luggage carried on the support vehicle.
♦ Ice Cold water, soft drinks and snacks throughout each day.
  • Your airfare to and from the US.
  • Your ESTA (Visa Waiver to travel to the US) This costs $14 from the US Embassy / website https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Meals (Other than Breakfast) and snacks, tips, refreshments and your Alcoholic Beverages.
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Personal Souvenirs
  • Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
  • Any necessary riding gear and / or personal effects.
  • Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
  • Transfers to and from the Airport and Hotel.
  • Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
  • Parking fees.
 

 
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Best of the Best !

I've been on several of the tours for Route 66, Pacific Coast Highway and the best of the West, including the very first 66 tour in 2010.I always had the original ambition of riding along Route 66 on a Harley as part of “one of those unforgettable items to tick off”, and with the help of Darren and his team I have made that dream come true. So much so that I've been back several times since that very first tour!Could I have done it myself? Sure. But you don’t get all the experience, camaraderie of other bikers, insights, local knowledge and the best routes to take – and along with all the logistics sorted, including fantastic bike rental, flight arrangements, hotels, meals and all the backup services the tour provides, doing it alone would just not compare.You get to see the sights of sounds of real America - from the bright lights of Vegas to the majestical and romantic Grand Canyon at sunset; from long open route 66 roads to twisty, rugged mountain passes of the devils backbone in Utah; through temperatures of 110c in Death Valley, and the odd rain cloud or even snow over the tops; you can ride, see and experience it all.If you have that dream – don’t hesitate.

Best of the West for sure

Best of the West Tour September 2015Route 66 - tickPacific Coast Highway - tickBest of the West - tickBest of the West was certainly the best yet.Where to start! Riding as a pillion behind my Veteran husband we both enjoyed some amazing, breathtaking and sometimes challenging experiences.The list of places visited went beyond expectation and the miles covered over the course of the 10 days was approximately 2300. The tour incorporated Santa Monica Pier, San Francisco, parts of Route 1 and 101, infamous Route 66, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Oatman (Donkey Village) and Monument Valley to name but a few. For me riding through the state of Utah and entering Bryce Canyon was the highlight of the tour offering the most amazing and overwhelming scenery. The Grand Canyon came a close second as we were lucky enough to be there as the sun was setting, enhancing everything tenfold.Whilst riding through Death Valley we and another rider and pillion broke away from the group and enjoyed riding a white knuckle ride! As we did so we had a fighter jet fly over our heads - Top Gun eat your heart out! We re-joined the group and enjoyed ice creams whilst temperatures reached in excess of 100 degreesI embraced every opportunity as a pillion to just sit back and soak in all the sights in the knowledge that I was in safe hands both on the bike and within the group. I climbed Vernal Falls together with a fellow pillion, swam in the sea and Tenaya Lake - now that was just a little bit chilly but again an experience not to be forgotten.The tour afforded great accommodation, lead us to excellent eating establishments and was very professionally, seamlessly organised. The camaraderie within the group was fantastic and everybody thoroughly enjoyed the experiences, making good friends, sharing stories - laughing, crying and eating throughout the day and evening.Thank you Darren and team for making this happen