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Best of California

9 Days from $2,925 per person

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From modern yet bohemian San Francisco, to lively Los Angeles, and the rugged beauty of Yosemite National Park, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Golden State.

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From modern yet bohemian San Francisco, to lively Los Angeles, and the rugged beauty of Yosemite National Park, you’ll be spoiled for choice in the Golden State.

  1. You'll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and taken to the Westin St. Francis, the only hotel on Union Square. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers at 6:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Westin St. Francis on Union Square
  2. Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Experience the bustling activity of Union Square and the serenity of Golden Gate Park, which boasts 10 lakes and more than 1,000 acres of land.

    meal(s):Breakfast
  3. Delve into San Francisco's flower power history and revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a former hippie, your Local Expert. Move on to California wine country, where you' ll enjoy a private wine tasting at an eco-friendly winery. End your day with a Highlight Dinner served with local wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with WIne
    hotel:Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa
  4. Travel through California's Gold Country and the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. See the striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome before arriving at Yosemite Valley Lodge, located inside the park.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Yosemite Valley Lodge
  5. Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea, an arts community where actor Clint Eastwood was once mayor, to browse a range of art galleries and local shops. Enjoy a relaxing drive across Monterey's 17-Mile Drive, with stunning ocean views, Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions. Tonight, savor a Highlight Dinner with wine.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:InterContinental The Clement Monterey
  6. Head south for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Make your way to sunny Santa Barbara and check in to your idyllic beachfront hotel, ideal for making the most of your stay on the dazzling American Riviera.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
  7. Visit the iconic Mission Santa Barbara to learn about the chain of 21 Spanish missions along California's El Camino Real and explore its blooming grounds. Journey south to Santa Monica before continuing on to your luxurious L.A. hotel, in the city's downtown heart.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE
  8. Channel your inner movie star and join a Local Expert on a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Los Angeles Theater, one of the city's iconic movie palaces. Continue exploring Hollywood with your Travel Director. Visit the famous TCL Chinese Theatre, legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame, and L.A. Farmers Market. As your California adventure draws to a close, you' ll dine against a backdrop of glimmering lights and an incredible downtown cityscape as Café Pinot welcomes you for your Celebration Dinner.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
  9. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers 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.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: $1,425.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $101 per person.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

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Always included in your GET vacation

  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • All Gratuities All Gratuities
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • San Francisco: Revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a Local Expert and former hippie at Haight-Ashbury, the iconic district where the hippie counterculture evolved.
  • Los Angeles: Join a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes tour of a historic downtown theater.
  • Sonoma: Sample local wines at a private tasting at an eco-friendly vineyard.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the park's natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 24 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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    We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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