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Coastal California with Yosemite National Park

10 Days from $2,966 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Leisurely

Embark on an epic road trip from Tinseltown to San Francisco, tracing lush green vineyards and olive groves, the Giant Sequoias and the romantic Riviera of North America.

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Embark on an epic road trip from Tinseltown to San Francisco, tracing lush green vineyards and olive groves, the Giant Sequoias and the romantic Riviera of North America.

  1. Los Angeles is our launch pad to an effortlessly delivered road trip through California. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception this evening.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Beverly Hills Marriott
  2. Join your Local Specialist for a guided walking tour past Tinseltown's most famous icons: TCL Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. See the Hollywood sign and drive past Rodeo Drive, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Head to Santa Monica for a brief brush with its beachy culture before making your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara where you'll visit Mission Santa Barbara. This evening, enjoy a Regional Meal dinner at a local restaurant.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort
  4. 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 meal.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  6. Delve into the grassroots story of Earthbound Organic Farms in Carmel Valley, where we'll meet our Local Specialists for a tour and tasting. Ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas through Gold Country to Yosemite.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  7. We start our day in UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park, and see the Giant Sequoias. Arrive onto the valley floor for a tram tour with a national park Local Specialist to discover the spectacular and wild landscape of Yosemite Valley.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:BW Plus Yosemite Way Station
  8. Celebrate the vibrant wine country of Northern California, enjoying lunch at leisure in Napa's Oxbow Public Market. We join a Local Specialist to craft our own combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel at Ravenswood Winery. Arrive in San Francisco this evening, your home for the next two nights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Hyatt Regency
  9. Embark on an exploration of the 'City by the Bay' and its iconic sights. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  10. We conclude our California journey with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or consider extending your stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

    meal(s):Full 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: $1,650 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $108 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

15 meals: 9 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners. 

Included Highlights

Connect with Locals

  • Sample blended olive oils during a meal with a mother-daughter farming duo in Paso Robles

Local Specialist

  • A guided walking tour of Hollywood's most famous icons; tasting and touring on 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, Carmel-by-the-Sea, 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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