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Coastal California with Yosemite National Park

10 Days from $3,035 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

All that glitters is gold on the sun-kissed shores of California, which you will explore on this epic road-trip from the movie star haven of Hollywood to eccentric San Francisco, tracing the lush green vineyards and olive groves, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the romantic Riviera of North America.

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Overview

All that glitters is gold on the sun-kissed shores of California, which you will explore on this epic road-trip from the movie star haven of Hollywood to eccentric San Francisco, tracing the lush green vineyards and olive groves, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the romantic Riviera of North America.

  1. Welcome to Los Angeles, La-La Land. Settle at your hotel and explore on your own. At 6 p.m. meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.
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    hotel:Beverly Hills Marriott
  2. Make your way to Tinseltown, Hollywood, where you'll be joined by a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour taking in Hollywood's most famous icons: the Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later, experience the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills as you drive down famous Rodeo Drive, lined with high-end shops. The rest of the day is free for you to pursue your own interests.
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  3. Head for Santa Monica to wander the shops or pier and then wind your way up the coast, past Malibu to idyllic Santa Barbara. Take time to enjoy this lovely community with the Santa Ynez Mountains on the horizon. Downtown, Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs reflect the city's Spanish colonial heritage. Visit Mission Santa Barbara, one of the 21 missions founded by the Spaniards along El Camino Real. This evening, your Regional Meal dinner is served at a local restaurant.
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    hotel:The Fess Parker - A DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
  4. After a leisurely morning, continue north to Paso Robles to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at award-winning The Groves 41. Stroll through olive groves with a glass of local wine while your hosts enlighten you about olive trees and the process of olive oil making before dining on a delectable meal created with local ingredients and olive oil. Then, head north to Monterey.
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    hotel:Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  5. Embark on a tour of the Monterey Peninsula featuring Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, beautiful Pacific Grove and the famed 17-Mile Drive. View the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, before arriving in the quaint township of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Enjoy time to explore before heading south toward Big Sur along the scenic Highway 1. Arrive at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where you can stroll among the giant redwood trees. Enjoy a Regional Meal dinner at a local restaurant.
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  6. This morning, join your Local Specialists for a tour and tasting at Earthbound Organic Farms in Carmel Valley. Explore the difference between organic and conventional farming, taste different salads fresh from the farm and learn the about the farm's grassroots story. Ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas through Gold Country, passing Victorian-era townships and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Late afternoon, arrive in Yosemite.
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    hotel:Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  7. Explore Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, believed to be nearly 3,000 years old. Then board a private valley floor tram tour with a National Park Local Specialist to discover the spectacular and wild landscape of Yosemite Valley. Pass the misty splendor of Bridal Veil and gaze at the wonders of El Capitan and Half Dome. The afternoon is yours to do as you please: explore further, take a hike or stroll along the Merced River. Later this afternoon, drive down the Sierra to your hotel.
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    hotel:BW Plus Yosemite Way Station
  8. Head to Northern California's beautiful wine country. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Retreat to an exclusive blending lab at Ravenswood Winery with a Local Specialist to create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Afterward, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in San Francisco.
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    hotel:Fairmont San Francisco Authentic Accommodation
  9. Start your San Francisco exploration that takes you to Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, fashionable Union Square and much more. End at San Francisco's famous Farmer's Market, featuring the Bay Area's best food artisans. Your afternoon is free to explore. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
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  10. Your journey ends with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or extend your stay at the Fairmont San Francisco.
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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.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Single Room Supplement: from $1575 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $103 per person.

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

Meal Summary

14 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch (Be My Guest), 4 dinners, all with tea and coffee. 

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Be My Guest

  • Sample blended olive oils during a meal in Paso Robles

Authentic Accommodations

  • Opened in 1907, the Fairmont San Francisco is centrally located at the top of Nob Hill with a tiki bar unique to quirky San Francisco

Local Specialist

  • A guided walking tour of Hollywood's most famous icons. Tasting and touring an organic farm. A valley floor tour in Yosemite Valley. Create, taste and blend your own vintage in California wine country

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco
  • Visit Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, San Francisco
  • See the spectacular Half Dome, Golden Gate Bridge
  • Scenic drive along Highway 1, 17-Mile Drive
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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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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

LOS ANGELES

Warner Brothers VIP Behind the Scenes Tour

Adult Price: 67.00

Get a taste of Hollywood by experiencing the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. Begin your tour with an introductory video, featuring the rich history of films and television programs. Then, meet your guide who takes you around the 110 acre studio lot on a 14 seater cart. This unscripted tour is customized to your favorite movies and TV shows, making every tour unique. You will also have the oportunity to visit the Warner Bros. Museum featuring props and costumes from the DC Universe super heroes, Transportation Museum featuring “Batman” vehicles from the iconic films, various backlots, and at least one soundstage. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the film process from your knowledgeable guide and will hear incredible studio stories. The newest addition to the tour, “Stage 48: Script to Screen” features interactive exhibits about casting, design, sound, and costumes, the Central Perk coffee shop set from Friends, green screen opportunities to ride a broomstick or Batman vehicle. This optional is not available on the December 29th special departure, instead this trip will be attending the Rose Parade. Approx. duration: 3 hours

MONTEREY

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Adult Price: 50.00

Located at the ocean's edge on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is your window to marine life. Visit sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and much, much more as you spend time exploring this fascinating museum of the ocean! Approx. duration: 2 hours.

SAN FRANCISCO

Golden Gate Bridge Walk and Sausalito

Adult Price: 39.00

Stroll across the 1.7 mile span of the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge and learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build this icon of San Francisco. Arrive in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito and have time to leisurely browse the charming shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay. Your adventure concludes with a wondrous ferry cruise across the bay, passing haunting Alcatraz Island and catching an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Approx. duration: 3.5 hours

Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour

Adult Price: 66.00

Explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining family-style with a Chinese feast. After dinner, board your motorcoach for the City Illuminations Tour. Drive past the colorful signs and glittering lights of North Beach, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip and the historic Ferry Building. After crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, catch a spectacular night panorama of sparkling San Francisco! Approx. duration: 3 hours

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