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California's Coastal Vistas and Vineyards

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $3,485 per person
OCT 2022 - JUN 2023
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Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Channel Islands National Park, Ventura, California, Ojai, Los Angeles ...more Santa Monica, Venice Beach, Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez, Channel Islands National Park, Ventura, California, Ojai, Los Angeles
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  1. Day 1 Arrive Santa Monica

    Welcome to sunny Santa Monica, home to some of the most stunning beaches and sunsets on the West Coast. Transfer to your stylish hotel, perfectly located for easy access to the haven of shops and attractions like the Santa Monica Pier and Third Street Promenade. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers in the evening for an intimate Welcome Dinner. Toast new friendships and enjoy a famous Santa Monica’s sunset.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Hilton Santa Monica Hotel & Suites
  2. Day 2 Santa Monica Vibes and Santa Barbara Sunsets

    Head out to Venice this morning, a bohemian paradise famous for its musicians, street performers and iconic beachfront boardwalk. Explore this vibrant neighborhood with Insight Choice. Choose to join a Local Expert for a walking tour. Alternatively, choose a bicycle ride and cruise along the beach boardwalk at your leisure. Later, take in the scenery on the Pacific Coast Highway as you travel to Santa Barbara, the American Riviera. Savor every moment of one of the most beautiful drives in the world, stopping en route for a picnic lunch in Malibu. Get acquainted with Santa Barbara as you join your Travel Director for a walking tour. The evening is yours at leisure. Perhaps enjoy the sunset from the rooftop pool of your luxurious hotel?

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara
  3. Day 3 Wine and Culture in Santa Ynez Valley

    This morning, immerse yourself in the rich culture of the Chumash, the first people of the area, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. At the Santa Ynez Chumash Museum and Cultural Center, meet a local specialist, learn about the tribe’s history and through your visit support the indigenous community. Then indulge your passion for wine, starting with a visit to a renowned Santa Ynez Valley Winery. At lunch, enjoy a delicious tri-tip barbeque, a regional specialty, before arriving in the wine tasting paradise of Los Olivos. With over 30 tasting rooms to choose from, you can take your pick of varieties and settings, from comfy chairs to live music. Return to Santa Barbara, stopping by Los Alamos, a tiny town packed with Old West heritage.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara
  4. Day 4 Santa Barbara and Montecito

    This morning, travel back in time at the historic Old Mission Santa Barbara. Known as “Queen of the Missions” for its exceptional beauty, take a self-guided tour around the magnificent building and grounds. Head out to nearby Montecito and soak up the effortlessly chic vibe of this charismatic town with a walking tour. Home to some of the area's most stunning stretches of coastline, this tucked-away seaside haven is a favorite with celebrities. Take some time to sip a coffee and watch the world go by, or maybe admire stunning views from the surrounding hills, before returning to Santa Barbara.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Kimpton Canary Hotel Santa Barbara
  5. Day 5 Channel Islands National Park and Ventura

    Say goodbye to Santa Barbara and take the short journey to the coastal city of Ventura. Marvel at nature as you join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience on a wildlife cruise through the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary. Encompassing 1,470 square miles of ocean waters around the Northern Channel Islands, learn how the sanctuary provides protection for endangered species, habitats and cultural resources. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore Ventura at leisure. Maybe admire the Pacific Ocean, city and hillsides from the pier, or stroll its vibrant promenade and beaches?

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Ventura Beach Marriott
  6. Day 6 Ojai

    This morning, learn all about sustainable plants as you join an Ojai Herb Walk and MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. With an expert guide, find edible and medicinal plants, all the while surrounded by incredible scenery. Explore the charming town of Ojai, a magnet for meditation and the arts. Maybe wander the mile-long strip of shops and cafes dotting downtown’s Ojai Avenue, or pick up some local handcrafted goods? This afternoon, sample the finest oils at the Ojai Olive Oil Company. Enjoy a tasting and learn about one of the few working examples of permaculture farming in southern California. Toast to your journey with your fellow travelers this evening at a delicious Celebration Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Ventura Beach Marriott
  7. Day 7 Farewell California

    Before heading to the airport, you have the opportunity this morning to explore the Getty Museum on your own. The museum features the personal collection of J. Paul Getty, who sought to make art more widely available to the public. Here you can admire hundreds of pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculptures, and decorative arts. Arrival at Los Angeles International Airport is at approximately 15:00.

    meals Breakfast
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Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Venice Beach: Hop on a bicycle and take your own tour of Venice. Weave your way through the performers on the boardwalk. Maybe stop to watch some of the country’s best pickup basketball games on local outdoor courts.
  • Venice Beach: Soak up the sights and sounds of Venice on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Stroll along the vibrant boardwalk. See Muscle Beach Gym, once the home turf of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who later went on to become California’s governor. Explore the city’s unique canal system.

Insight Choice

  • Venice Beach: Hop on a bicycle and take your own tour of Venice. Weave your way through the performers on the boardwalk. Maybe stop to watch some of the country’s best pickup basketball games on local outdoor courts.
  • Venice Beach: Soak up the sights and sounds of Venice on a walking tour with a Local Expert. Stroll along the vibrant boardwalk. See Muscle Beach Gym, once the home turf of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who later went on to become California’s governor. Explore the city’s unique canal system.
  • Santa Barbara: Take a self-guided tour of the magnificent Old Mission Santa Barbara, founded in 1786. Known as the 'Queen of the Missions, it is one of the city’s most picturesque landmarks. Admire the grand double bell towers and lush gardens with the majestic San Ynez mountains as a backdrop.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Santa Barbara: Snaking up the west coast of the USA, the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Much of the route is still mostly wild, open and astoundingly beautiful country.
  • Santa Ynez: Located in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, the Santa Ynez Valley is home to some 120 wineries. The area is blanketed with fertile vineyards and farms all fruitful in part, due to the region’s temperate weather. Take a tour of an acclaimed winery and taste the exceptional flavors for yourself.
  • Montecito: Wrap yourself in the charm and glamour of this small town, home to numerous celebrities and some of the area’s most stunning stretches of coastline. No other town does luxury or exudes an effortlessly chic vibe like Montecito, discover why on this walking tour.
  • Ojai: Join an olive oil tasting at Ojai Olive Oil, a third-generation family owned and operated farm. A fine example of permaculture farming, the oil is produced using sustainable and self-maintained agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
  • Los Angeles: Admire masterpieces from Vincent van Gogh, Renoir, Monet and Rembrandt. Enjoy a dramatic outdoor art experience with 28 modern and contemporary sculptures and browse one of the finest photography collections in the world.

Make Travel Matter

  • Santa Ynez: The Chumash Museum & Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the first people of the area. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and learn from local specialists about the tribal history and traditions of the Chumash. Support the indigenous community and gain a deeper cultural understanding.
  • Channel Islands National Park: Take a trip to the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary, comprised of five islands strung out in the marine-rich Santa Barbara Channel. Look out for wildlife and learn how the sanctuary provides protection through research, education, conservation and stewardship over 1,470 square miles of ocean.
  • Ojai: Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and discover the traditional and modern uses of herbs on a guided walk with a specialist. Gain an understanding of sustainable plants and how communities used and still use these today, including for food, home remedies, botanical medicine and sustainable foraging.

Authentic Dining

  • Santa Barbara: Enjoy the delicious regional specialty of tri-tip barbeque at the Cold Springs Tavern. The beef tri-tip is seasoned with black pepper, salt, and garlic. It is then grilled over coals of native coast live oak, often referred to as "red oak" wood. The results are succulent, flavorsome and comforting.
  • Dining Summary: 2 Dinner with Wine (DW), 6 Breakfast (B), and 2 Lunch (L)

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November 2022
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$3,485
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