BEST OF CALIFORNIA TOUR

San Francisco - Napa Valley - Yosemite National Park - Monterey- Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

validity

valid until October 2017

duration

9 days / 8 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD3,150 / Person

EXPECTED HOTELS


Omni San Francisco, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Yosemite Valley Lodge, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa, Fess Parkers Doubletree Resort Santa Barbara, JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at LA Live

DEPARTURE DATES


July: 7, 14, 28, Aug: 11, 18, Sept: 1, 15, 22, Oct: 6, 13

INCLUSIONS

HIGHLIGHTS


  • Hearst Castle: Ascend the ‘Enchanted Hill’ for a guided tour of one of America’s grandest private estates.
  • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
  • Los Angeles: Visit the Getty Villa, a recreated ancient Roman country house.
  • Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet. A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.
  • San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.
  • Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
  • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.
  • Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.
  • Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.
  • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
  • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

 

MEALS


  • San Francisco: Enjoy a Signature Evening with a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese dinner.
  • Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour featuring the barrel aging caves and an exclusive tasting.
  • Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.
  • Los Angeles: Spend the afternoon touring and tasting your way through the historic LA Farmers Market with a Local Expert.
  • Los Angeles: Enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner of American comfort classics with a Southern twist at Engine Co 28, a renovated firehouse from 1912.
  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Signature Evening (SE), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD)

 

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES


  • An expert Tour Director
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of a luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi
  • Included airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 SAN FRANCISCO, THE CITY BY THE BAY

Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and appetizers.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Welcome Reception and Dinner

DAY 2 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO

Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city – the bustling activity in Union Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Signature Evening with an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese dinner at a restaurant loved by the locals.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Full Breakfast, Signature Evening

DAY 3 A TASTE OF CALIFORNIA’S WINE COUNTRY

Enter the Napa Valley in California’s lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a private tram tour. Take an up-close look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic and certified organic farming approach and history of the winery, while enjoying the breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you’ll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later in the afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma’s historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.

Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Full Breakfast

DAY 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Enjoy your hotel, located inside the park and close to North America’s highest waterfall.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Full Breakfast

DAY 5 MONTEREY, THE CRADLE OF HISTORY

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. As you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Full Breakfast, Dine-Around

DAY 6 HEARST CASTLE AND THE AMERICAN RIVIERA

Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill’ high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera’. Check in to your beachfront hotel.

Highway 1/Big Sur advisory – Travel along Hwy 1 between Carmel and Ragged Point/Hearst Castle is now restricted due to recent mudslides and bridge closures. Re-routing via US-101 may be necessary depending on conditions at time of travel.

Hotel: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara

Full Breakfast

DAY 7 SANTA MONICA AND THE CITY OF ANGELS

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California’s El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city’s one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE

Full Breakfast

DAY 8 THE GLITZ AND GLAM OF L.A

In the morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Spend the afternoon at the historic L.A. Farmers Market with a Local Expert to take you through the collection of restaurants and shops for a tasting before taking time to explore on your own. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner of American comfort classics with a Southern twist at Engine Co 28, a renovated firehouse from 1912.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

DAY 9 DEPART LOS ANGELES

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport.

Full Breakfast

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