BEST OF CALIFORNIA TOUR

San Francisco - Napa Valley - Yosemite National Park - Monterey- Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

validity

valid until October 2018

duration

9 days / 8 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD2,835 / person

EXPECTED HOTELS


The Westin San Francisco, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort Santa Barbara, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at LA Live

2018 DEPARTURE DATES


January 12, February 9, March 9, April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15, 29, July 6, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, September 21, 28, October 5, 12

INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Hearst Castle: Enjoy a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of William Randolph Hearst.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786. Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.
  • Los Angeles: Visit the Getty Villa, a recreated ancient Roman country house. Step beyond the red carpet. A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre. Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
  • San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.
  • Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

 

MEALS


  • Sonoma: Meet a sommelier and enjoy a private tasting at a local Sonoma vineyard. Savour a Highlight Dinner in wine country, overlooking Sonoma Plaza.
  • Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Los Angeles: Share a Celebration Dinner, toasting the end of your tour.
  • Included Quality Dining: 8 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 4 Dinner (D) with wine (DW).

 

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES


  • An expert Tour Director
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 SAN FRANCISCO, THE CITY BY THE BAY

Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to get to know each other, over a pleasant dinner with wine.

 

Hotel: The Westin St Francis, San Francisco

Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO

Spend the morning with your Tour Director taking in the sights of the city, immersed in the bustling activity of Union Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. The rest of your day is free.

 

Hotel: The Westin St Francis, San Francisco.

Full Breakfast

DAY 3 A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA’S WINE COUNTRY

(Relaxed Start) Spend the morning with a former hippie and Local Expert during a Haight-Ashbury walking tour for a flashback to the Flower Power era. Later, enter California wine country, walk through vineyards and enjoy a private tasting. In the evening, you are treated to a Highlight Dinner with wine, overlooking the Sonoma Plaza.

 

Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa.

Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Enjoy your hotel, located inside the park and close to North America’s highest waterfall.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Full Breakfast

DAY 5 MONTEREY, THE CRADLE OF HISTORY

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. As you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million-dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from during for your Dine-Around Evening with wine.

 

Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Full Breakfast, Dine-Around

DAY 6 HEARST CASTLE AND THE AMERICAN RIVIERA

Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill’ high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera’. Check in to your beachfront hotel.

 

Hotel: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort (Ocean View Rooms), Santa Barbara

Full Breakfast

DAY 7 SANTA MONICA AND THE CITY OF ANGELS

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California’s El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city’s one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Full Breakfast

DAY 8 THE GLITZ AND GLAM OF L.A

In the morning, experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood with a Local Specialist on a private tour of a historic theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Then join your Tour Director with a sightseeing tour including Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood sign and a stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Spend the afternoon on your own exploring the historic LA Farmers Market. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine, toasting your trip with newfound friends.

 

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine

DAY 9 DEPART LOS ANGELES

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport.

Full Breakfast

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