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Seek inspiration in the creative energy that radiates from LA's sun-kissed boulevards - your launch pad to an effortlessly delivered road trip through California's iconic cities and sights. Connect with your Travel Director and fellow travel companions this evening, kick-starting your adventure at a Welcome Reception.
Join your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour past Tinseltown's most famous icons: TCL Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See the Hollywood sign and drive past Rodeo Drive, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Set your watch to Southern Californian time and head to Santa Monica for a brief brush with its beachy culture, before making your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara. Discover the city's Spanish colonial heritage, winding past Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs - the Pacific on one side, the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. Visit Mission Santa Barbara, one of the 21 missions founded by the Spaniards along El Camino Real. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal dinner at a local restaurant.
Continue north to Paso Robles where we'll Connect with Locals on an olive farm. Stroll through the olive groves with a glass of local wine, learn about the process of making olive oil, then enjoy a delicious Be My Guest meal.
Gain a deeper understanding of Monterey's strong coastal heritage during a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, featuring Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, Pacific Grove and the famed 17-Mile Drive. View the iconic Lone Cypress Tree on the coast of Pebble Beach, before arriving in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The giant redwoods herald our arrival at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where we'll enjoy a relaxed stroll. Dinner this evening is a Regional Meal enjoyed at a local restaurant.
Delve into the grassroots story of Earthbound Organic Farms in Carmel Valley, where we'll meet our Local Specialists for a tour and tasting and explore the difference between organic and conventional farming. Savour the leafy texture of freshly picked salads "grown and cultivated organically with care" before you ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas through Gold Rush country. Take a step back in time, passing Victorian-era townships and saloons, arriving in Yosemite late afternoon.
The UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park takes center stage today. We stop at the Giant Sequoias, dating back thousands of years, then board a valley floor tram tour with a national park Local Specialist. Discover the spectacular and wild landscape of Yosemite Valley, the misty splendor of Bridal Veil and the wonders of El Capitan and Half Dome. Reconnect with nature, spending your afternoon surrounded by pristine surrounds.
Celebrate the vibrant wine country of Northern California, enjoying lunch at leisure in Napa's Oxbow Public Market. We join a Local Specialist for a rare opportunity to craft our own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel at Ravenswood Winery. Crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, arrive in San Francisco, our home for the next two nights.
Embark on an exploration of the 'City by the Bay' and its iconic sights, from Fisherman's Wharf and Golden Gate Park to fashionable Union Square. The colorful Farmer's Market is our final stop this morning where we can indulge in the Bay Area's best artisan foods and fresh farm produce. Spend the rest of the afternoon navigating the city's cosmopolitan neighborhoods, then join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.
We conclude our California journey with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or consider extending your stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.
15 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners.
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.
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
Adult Price: $67
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.
Adult Price: $51
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
Adult Price: $40
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
Adult Price: $67
Come aboard one of San Francisco’s most popular bay cruises. Sail past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. As you head west towards the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District, which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Don’t miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1280 meter) span of the 746-foot (227 meter) tall Golden Gate Bridge. As you steam back into the bay, travel past Angel Island State Park and slowly cruise around the infamous Island of Alcatraz. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see the Oakland Bay Bridge, and Coit Tower. This cruise tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them. You haven’t experienced San Francisco until you’ve taken a Bay Cruise! Approx. duration: 1 hour
Adult Price: $34
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