California Classics

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular holiday. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and take a deep breath and slowdown in the areas of Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. If you’re interested in seeing some of California’s amazing scenery, this California tour offers you a chance to admire some of its best. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local vineyard in Napa Valley. Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice – sculpted domes, and meadows. Sit back and watch the views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, the dramatic Pacific coastline, and the Lone Cyprus on 17 – Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

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Day 1: Arrive In San Francisco

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: Marriott Marquis, 2 nights

Day 2: San Francisco

Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Next, visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. Afterward, there’s still plenty of time for pursuing your favourite interests and activities – ride the world – famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit the Museum of Modern Art. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: San Francisco – Sausalito – Napa Valley

Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery, and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This afternoon, visit a local Vineyard for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own.

Hotel: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Day 4: Napa Valley – Yosemite National Park

Travel southward through the Sierra Nevadas to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice – sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and unspoiled alpine scenery. Descend into the 1220 metre (4,000 – foot) valley, where you’ll board an open – air Tram to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!

Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge

Day 5: Yosemite National Park – Monterey

Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to 500 mature sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Watch for humpback whales in the bay.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 6: Monterey – Excursion to Carme

Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. A high point on today’s journey is the beautiful 17 – Mile Drive, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Return to Monterey for a behind – the – scenes tour at the worldfamous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, great white sharks, and more.

Day 7: Monterey – Big Sur – San Simeon – Solvang

This morning, journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which houses splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions purchased at an estimated $50 million. The tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123 – acre estate. Continue to Solvang for an overnight stay.

Hotel: Hotel Corque

Day 8: Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

After breakfast, enjoy coffee and a Danish Specialty at a local bakery. Then, travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile – roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200 – year – old Mission on a guided tour to learn about its history and the world famous twin bell towers. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.

Hotel: LA Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 9: Los Angeles

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street – the oldest thoroughfare in the city – to Hollywood. Step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and see the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum, housing a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday.

Day 10: Depart Los Angeles

The tour ends this morning after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 08, 15$4,639.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12$4,639.00Price on Application
August: 21$4,739.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11, 12, 18$4,739.00Price on Application

Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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