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Best of California

Operated by: Insight Vacations

10 Days from $4,475 per person
JAN 2022 - MAR 2023
Usa California San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge At Night

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco ...more Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco
  1. Day 1 Welcome to San Diego

    After your arrival at San Diego Airport, you are transferred to your hotel on the downtown waterfront. Perhaps take a walk along the bay before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.(Dinner with Wine)

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel InterContinental San Diego
  2. Day 2 San Diego Sightseeing

    Discover ‘America’s finest city’ as you embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. Journey through the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego. Continue to Balboa Park, one of North America’s most iconic urban parks. Admire its lush and landscaped gardens in bloom thanks to the year-round pleasant weather. Finally, stroll among the atmospheric old adobe ranch homes of the Old Town State Historical Park. Glimpse into the 19th-century colonial life and perhaps try some authentic Mexican flavours at one of the popular eateries. This afternoon, board the Pacific Surfliner and enjoy far-reaching ocean views as the train hugs the coast. Travel through Orange County to the Mission Moderne-style Union Station in Los Angeles.(Breakfast)

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    hotel InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
  3. Day 3 Los Angeles Sightseeing

    An exciting day awaits as you set out to explore lively Los Angeles. Ride on the landmark Angel’s Flight funicular for a taste of early 20th-century nostalgia. Continue to the Los Angeles Theatre, inspired by French Baroque architecture, for a private guided tour. It has been closed to the public since 1994 but was once one of the grand movie palaces of the Broadway District. In legendary Hollywood, take your photos of the famous hillside Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Look for the hand- and footprints of cinema’s greatest celebrities at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood’s most sought-after theatre for movie premieres. Spend the afternoon on Miracle Mile exploring Los Angeles with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the innovative Petersen Automotive Museum, a captivating experience about the history and artistry of motorized transportation. Alternatively, head to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and take a deep dive into the history of filmmaking. Another option is to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a fantastic collection of artworks from ancient times to modern day. To top off your perfect day, dine at Nick and Stef’s, an outstanding steak house in Downtown LA.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
  4. Day 4 Train Journey to the American Riviera

    Return to the Union Station and board your Pacific Surfliner train. Travel through the valleys around Los Angeles before arriving at the coast and follow the shoreline to Santa Barbara. Spend time on State Street, a palm tree-lined avenue of shops and eateries before further exploring Santa Barbara with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the 18th-century Old Mission, one of the original 21 California Missions founded by Spanish Franciscans. Alternatively, take a relaxing stroll through the Botanical Gardens and learn about California’s diverse native plants.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
  5. Day 5 Paso Robles Wine Country

    Join the Pacific Surfliner one more time and soak up sweeping ocean views as you ride along the coast to San Luis Obispo. Later, arrive to Paso Robles in the heart of wine country and spend time at the City Park and explore its boutiques, cafes and art galleries. In the afternoon visit the Eberle Winery for a tour of the vineyard and the unique underground caves. Born out of necessity to store more wine barrels, the caves provide the perfect backdrop for a tasting of a selection of excellent local wines.Tonight, savor a delicious and creative dinner at the Downtown Thomas Hill Organics Farm-To-Table restaurant.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Allegretto Vineyard Resort Paso Robles
  6. Day 6 Giant Sequoias

    Journey to the majestic Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at the Mariposa Grove, home to over 500 mature sequoias and admire these gigantic trees. The oldest tree in the Grove is the Grizzly Giant, which dates back around 3000 years and stands 209 feet tall.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  7. Day 7 Exploring Yosemite National Park

    Join a park ranger and embark on a guided tram tour of the Yosemite Valley floor. You are surrounded by unspoilt nature as you take in the most iconic sights of the park. Get up close to the magnificent Yosemite Falls that cascade from a height of 2,425 feet. See the Half Dome, a rock formation with a distinct shape, and El Capitan, a granite rock monolith rising 3000 feet above the valley floor. Take in the spectacular scenery from Tunnel View, encompassing towering mountains, dense forests and the Bridalveil Falls. Spend the rest of your day at leisure. Perhaps join an activity and explore further by renting a bike, going on a hike or visiting the Ansel Adams Gallery.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  8. Day 8 On to San Francisco

    Travel towards the coast, cross the Bay Bridge and arrive in buzzing San Francisco. Head to the Fisherman’s Wharf, once home to the city’s colourful fishing fleet and today a popular district full of restaurant, cafes and shops. This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a stroll across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, a symbol of California, then continue on a short drive to the quaint town of Sausalito. Enjoy some leisure time before taking the ferry back to San Francisco, passing the infamous Alcatraz Island.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
  9. Day 9 San Francisco Sightseeing

    This morning, take your chance to visit the Ferry Building across the road and shop around at one of America’s most famous farmers markets. Browse the stalls offering organic produce, flowers and regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses, and jams. On your city sightseeing tour, journey past lively Union Square and vast Golden Gate Park. Travel through the SoMa District and Mission Bay to see the incredible growth and urbanization the city has experienced in recent years. Join your Travel Director for a culinary exploration of the Mission District. Sample local flavors in the area best known for creative ice cream parlours, craft doughnut shops, independent cafes and the best Mexican bites. Visit Balmy Alley and see the most concentrated collection of urban murals in the city. Tonight, toast to your travels at a local restaurant at your Celebration Dinner.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hyatt Regency Embarcadero
  10. Day 10 Farewell California

    After breakfast, you are transferred to San Francisco Airport where your journey comes to an end.(Breakfast)

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Included Insight 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.

Authentic Dining

  • Dining Summary: 9 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW).

Insight Experiences

  • Los Angeles: Visit the Los Angeles Theatre on a private tour, a special visit not accessible to the public. Known as the Grand Dame of the Los Angeles historic theatres, Charlie Chaplin's 'City Lights' premiered here in 1931. Admire the lavish interior inspired by the French Baroque period.
  • Eberle Winery: Visit the Eberle Winery for a tour of the vineyard and its unique underground caves. Learn about the wine region, the microclimate and grape varieties as you indulge in a wine tasting of local whites and reds.
  • Mariposa Grove: Visit the home to over 500 mature giant sequoias and admire their sheer size. Home to some of the tallest and oldest trees in the world, the Mariposa Grove is a breath-taking place.
  • Yosemite National Park: Join a Local Expert Park Ranger for a tram tour of the Valley Floor. Learn about the park and its history, see some of its most iconic rock formations and waterfalls, and admire the scenery from Tunnel View.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Pacific Surfliner: Board the Pacific Surfliner and enjoy far-reaching ocean vistas as your train journey takes you to Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Travel the whole length of the service and experience the Southern California landscape from a unique vantage point.
  • Los Angeles: Ride the historic funicular, Angel's Flight Railway in Downtown L.A.
  • Los Angeles: Choose to visit the Petersen Automotive Museum.
  • Los Angeles: Choose to visit to the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Santa Barbara: Take a relaxing walk in the Botanical Garden and learn about native California flora.
  • San Francisco: See the city’s highlights on your sightseeing tour as you pass Union Square, Golden Gate Park, SoMa and Mission Bay.

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