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Frank Lloyd Wright to Post Modernism in the West

13 nights starting from
£5995

Further to the huge success of our inaugural Frank Lloyd Wright tour to Chicago and Pittsburgh, we have set up a second tour looking at the great architect’s home and school in the desert at Taliesin West, some of his most impressive buildings and a series of other modern architectural styles in Arizona and California from Art Deco to post-Modern.

Conceived and led by the irrepressible Mike Hope, the tour will be a journey of discovery that illuminates and entertains in equal measure.

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From

13 - February - 2018 £ 5995.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

London Heathrow

Departing: 13th February 2018 at 14:35

Returning: 26th February 2018 at 21:05

ITINERARY

Day 1:  Fly from London Heathrow to Phoenix and transfer by coach to Scottsdale and your hotel for a four-night stay. Dinner at Frank & Albert’s restaurant, named after Lloyd Wright and Albert Chase McArthur.

Day 2:  After a long flight we have allowed a full day free to acclimatise at the hotel.

Day 3:  Fully refreshed, a packed day takes in a “behind-the-scenes” tour, which includes tea and snacks in the colourful dining room at Taliesin West, Wright’s winter home, school and studio built in 1937 and used by him until his death in 1959, aged 91. Nestled into the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains, it was built and maintained by Wright and his apprentices and thus one of the most personal of the architect’s creations. It is here that he drafted the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Our day will also take in the Cosanti Gallery, the exterior of the David Wright House (designed for his son) and visit to the Harold Price house, both designed by Wright.

Day 4:  Another day of architectural marvels as we allow time in Wright’s Arizona Biltmore Hotel, external viewings of the Benjamin Adelman and Jorgine Boomer houses and visits to the excellent Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum of American Indian art.

Day 5:  Today we head west through the iconic Joshua Tree National Park to the fabled resort of Palm Springs for overnight stay. This evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 6:  Heading further west, we head to Los Angeles, first of all to fabled Mulholland Drive, featured in innumerable films, songs and novels to view some of the stunning houses occupied over the past 90 years by the rich and famous of Hollywood. Continue onto Santa Monica and check-in to our hotel for an eight-night stay. 

Day 7:  A full day exploring some of the city’s iconic buildings from the 1920s onwards – the Golden Triangle of Beverly Hills, I.M. Pei’s Creative Artist Agency, Beverly Wilshere Hotel, Beverly Theatre, Civic Center and no tour of this part of LA is complete without a drive by tour of the stars’ houses.

Day 8:  A full day to the downtown area of Los Angeles including the US Bank Tower, Oviatt Building, Biltmore Hotel, City Hall Observation Deck, Union Station, guided tour of the Central Library, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Bradbury Building, dating from 1895 and featuring an extraordinary sky lit atrium of walkways, stairs and elevators with ornate ironwork.

Day 9:  Further exploration of a myriad of artistic styles takes in Barnsdall Art Park, Wright’s Hollyhock House, Lummis Home and Gardens, Exposition Park, Doheny Memorial Library at the University of Southern Callifornia, the exterior of the Aerospace Museum finishing at Griffith Park and Observatory as featured in the recent hit movie, La La Land.

Day 10:  Today takes us to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with private guided tour, Sunset Boulevard, Miracle Mile, La Brea Tar Pits, Paramount Pictures studio tour and tour of the iconic Hollywood Bowl including the chance to go backstage and walk on the main stage.

Day 11:  A day in Santa Monica includes the Getty Center, Eames House, home to the pioneering furniture designers, Palisades Park, Santa Monica Pier, Gehry’s Binocular Building and finishing the day with watching the sunset followed by dinner at Geoffrey’s famous restaurant at Malibu Beach.

Day 12:  Another exciting day of architectural exploration takes us to Pasadena and Eastern LA for the Huntingdon Library and Art Collection, Norton Simon Museum, one of the world’s greatest private art collections, external view of the Millard House, Wright’s first “Usonian” house, Pasadena Civic Centre, and a private tour of the Rose Bowl Stadium.

Day 13:  Finally to the Long Beach and Palos Verdes areas for a visit to the Queen Mary, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Wayfarers Chapel at Ranchos Palos Verdes with farewell dinner at The Lobster in Santa Monica.

Day 14: Day free until transfer to the airport for return overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 15: Arrive London Heathrow.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return flights from London Heathrow to Phoenix, returning from Los Angeles
  • Four nights' bed and breakfast at the Gainey Suites Hotel, Scottsdale
  • One nights' bed and breakfast at the Westin Mission Hills Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs
  • Eight nights' bed and breakfast at the Georgian Hotel, Santa Monica
  • Four dinners at local restaurants
  • Transfers, tours, guided visits and entrance fees
  • Mike Hope as expert guide/tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement
  • Holiday insurance
  • Upgrade to premium economy - on request, please call us for more details
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
  • ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) for entrance into America

HOTELS

Excellent quality hotels are used throughout this tour, all offering a high standard of service, facilities and comfort in ideal locations to explore the sites visited.

Gainey Suites Hotel, Scottsdale
The lovely three-star Gainey Suites Hotel is a modern resort hotel with excellent dining and leisure facilities. The hotel has a picturesque outdoor heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, and 24 hour fitness centre. Rooms are suite-style with all the modern amenities including free wi-fi, kitchenette, TV, telephone, safe and hairdryer.

Gainey Suites Hotel Scottsdale Website

Westin Mission Hills Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs
Four-star ranch style resort hotel in a beautiful location in the heart of the Palm Springs valley. The hotel enjoys glorious mountain views and offers superb facilities, such as two outdoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi’s, 24 hour fitness centre, Italian restaurant and bar. Rooms are modern and comfortable with TV, telephone, air-conditioning and safe.

Westin Mission Hills Palm Springs Website

The Georgian Hotel, Santa Monica
The four-star Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica is located just steps from the beach and Santa Monica Pier, and oozes 1940’s Old Hollywood glamour. Its Veranda Restaurant offers ocean-view dining, and other facilities include a 24 hour fitness room and free wi-fi. Rooms are modern with elegant décor, air-conditioning, telephone, TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe and tea and coffee making facilities.

The Georgian Hotel Santa Monica Website

Please Note: Hotels of a similar standard may be used in all locations.

 

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