BEST OF CALIFORNIA TOUR

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

validity

valid USA Summer 2020

duration

9 days / 8 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

from USD3,250/ person

EXPECTED HOTELS


San Francisco: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
Yosemite: Yosemite Valley Lodge
Monterey: Intercontinental The Clement
Santa Barbara: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
Los Angeles: Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown

DEPARTURE DATES


2020
Feb 07
Mar 06
Apr 10, 12, 14, 17
May 01, 05, 13, 15
Jun 04, 18
Jul 03, 10
Aug 21, 22, 28
Sep 04, 11, 18, 25
Oct 02, 09, 16, 23


2021
Jan 08, 15
Feb 05, 12, 19
Mar 05

INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS


  • San Francisco: See the iconic cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the park’s natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand where seasonal delights are grown, farmed, and sold.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops in this quaint beach city.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre.

AUTHENTIC DINING


  • San Francisco: Enjoy a delightful Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director.
  • Santa Barbara: Savour a delicious dining experience at one of sunny Santa Barbara’s local restaurants.
  • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW).

INCLUDED SERVICES


  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

ITINERARY

DAY 1 SAN FRANCISCO, THE CITY BY THE BAY

California here we come. A mix of modern glamour and bohemian charms, you’ve arrived in the Golden Gate City, a location famous for its rolling hills, colourful houses and eclectic architecture. You’ll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your centrally located hotel, the Westin St. Francis, situated in the vibrant heart of the city and the only one on Union Square. There you’ll be left to settle in or go for a quick wander, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner and wine.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco

Meals: Dinner with Wine

DAY 2 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO

Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Hop aboard an iconic cable car for a ride along the picturesque streets. Visit the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Afterwards, take in the city with a few photo stops. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers and Golden Gate Park, before walking across the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and travelling on to the city of Sausalito. A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to San Francisco, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director is on hand to make suggestions for making the most of your evening.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Today you’ll witness the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California’s Gold Country, you’ll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome on a private, ranger-led valley floor tour. Rest up on your free evening at your lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall. On a clear evening you’ll be able to take in the sparkling night sky over the park.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK TO MONTEREY

Leave Yosemite behind as you take in the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the “food basket of the world”. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn which features its diverse produce. In Salinas, the heart of “The Salad Bowl of the World”, enjoy a famer’s agricultural tour of a local farm, known for heirloom artichokes. Once in Monterey you’ll head to your hotel situated on the waterfront street Cannery Row.

Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 MONTEREY, THE CRADLE OF HISTORY

Today you’ll journey to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint seaside community where you’ll have ample free time. As you travel along Pacific Coast Highway, stop at Big Sur State Park, home to California Coastal Redwoods. Enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive. Stop at Pebble Beach and its world-renowned links, as well as Lone Cypress and Seal and Bird Rocks for a glimpse of sunbathing seals and sea lions. A Dine-Around Evening awaits upon your return to Monterey, with your choice of three local restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 6 THE AMERICAN RIVIERA

Head on to sunny Santa Barbara. Along the way, experience a guided tour and wine tasting served at a Paso Robles winery. On arrival, Santa Barbara greets you with its white buildings, terracotta roofs, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants. Walk along Santa Barbara’s Historic State Street to Stearns Wharf. In the evening, dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 7 SANTA MONICA AND THE CITY OF ANGELS

Visit iconic Mission Santa Barbara, before making your way to Santa Monica and Venice. A Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, the Canals and Walkways and explain Abbot Kinney’s role in the development of the ‘Venice of America’. Continue on to your modern L.A. hotel, in the city’s entertainment district.

Hotel: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 THE GLITZ AND GLAM OF L.A

Explore Los Angeles with your Travel Director. Experience a bit of nostalgia in Downtown as you ride aboard the lovingly restored Angel’s Flight Railway. Next, you will be treated to an exclusive and private guided visit of the Los Angeles Theatre, a grandiose historic movie palace. Visit the Hollywood and Highland Centre, where observation decks allow for the best views of the Hollywood sign. See the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drive through the Sunset Strip before heading down Rodeo Drive. Enjoy an Insight Choice between a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum or the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Tonight, toast to your journey at a Celebration Dinner at Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9 DEPART LOS ANGELES

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers before a transfer takes you to Los Angeles International Airport. Alternatively, if you want to see more, extend your stay in the City of Angels.

Meals: Breakfast

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