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Coastal California with Yosemite National Park & Rose Parade

10 Days from $3,375 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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Overview

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. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  3. Enjoy a celebration including New Year’s Eve dinner and the unforgettable chance to view America’s famous New Year’s celebration the next morning at the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Marvel at the dazzling pageantry of the bands and beautiful floats from your specially selected Reserved Grandstand seating right along the parade route. After the parade, get an up-close view and see the detail, the design and workmanship that goes into every float. Walk almost within arms reach of over 50 floats and see for yourself the creativity and imagination of the floral displays.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  4. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:The Fess Parker - A DoubleTree Resort by Hilton
  5. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining
    hotel:Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  6. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  7. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  8. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:BW Plus Yosemite Way Station
  9. 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
  10. 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.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  11. Your journey ends with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or extend your stay at the Fairmont San Francisco.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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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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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 $120 per person.

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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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