Journey Along California’s Pacific Coast Highway

Expect blockbuster fun, gourmet gifts and soul-stirring coastal backdrops when you embark on this scenic journey. San Diego, one of America’s finest cities. Famous for its white-sand beaches and amazing weather, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San Francisco

The City by the Bay greets you today. You’ll have the day to ease into its laidback, friendly vibe before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Hotel: Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf, 2 nights

Day 2: San Francisco

See the highlights of one of America’s favorite cities including: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Union Square and The Presidio. A free afternoon to explore everything that San Francisco has to offer. Perhaps opt to take a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge followed by a visit to trendy Sausalito or maybe hop on a bay cruise circling around famous Alcatraz Island. The evening is free to take in the city’s diverse dining scene. Or maybe join the optional Chinatown Walking Tour, dinner at a Chinatown restaurant, cable car ride, and evening Illuminations tour.

Day 3: San Francisco – Monterey

Travel Pacific Coast Highway past the resort town of Half Moon Bay before arriving at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park featuring a 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. This afternoon a lunch treat that is pure California. In-n-Out Burger was founded back in 1947 and was California’s first drive-thru hamburger stand. Enjoy their iconic double-double burger with fries and a milk shake. Get educated about organic produce during a private farm tour in Salinas Valley which is considered “the Salad Bowl of the World”.

Hotel: Hotel Pacific, 2 nights

Day 4: Monterey Sightseeing

This morning we enjoy perhaps the world’s most scenic 17-mile drive through Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Hug the Pacific Coastline with views of famous Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point golf courses, and we will make a stop at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get your cameras ready for a shot of the Lone Cypress, the iconic symbol of 17-mile drive. Visit Mission Carmel which is the 2nd of California’s 21 Spanish Missions which dates back to 1797. Enjoy some time in quaint Carmel-By-The-Sea, a town of 4,000 with a rich arts history. Clint Eastwood served as the town’s Mayor after being elected in 1986. The afternoon is free to explore popular Cannery Row. Perhaps wander over to the Monterey Bay Aquarium or opt to take a whale watching excursion on Monterey Bay. Covering an entire 3 ½ city blocks, thousands of people flock to the weekly market featuring produce from all over Central California, arts and crafts, dozens of international food vendors, and a lineup of live music.

Day 5: Monterey – Paso Robles

Today features America’s most unforgettable drive, 90 miles of Pacific Coast Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon. Travel through Big Sur passing over the famous Bixby Bridge and admire the towering mountains on one side of PCH and the crashing Pacific Ocean on the other. This afternoon join a local expert for a walking tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose vision of publishing tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The massive home features 121 total rooms scattered over 90,000 square feet and is designated as National Historic Landmark. Later today arrive into Paso Robles where laid-back cowboy-country meets one of the country’s best wine regions. This evening head towards the town’s historic square for a regional dinner with wine.

Hotel: Paso Robles Inn, 2 nights

Day 6: Paso Robles Sightseeing

This morning link up with a Paso Robles resident and Local Expert for a walking tour of the historic downtown corridor. Learn about the city’s connection to their thermal hot springs, the almond industry that once dominated the city, and why its quaint city square was chosen as the backdrop for a Christmas Hallmark movie. Join the mother-daughter duo of Karen and Jennifer Talent at the Groves on 41 Olive Oil Ranch where they host a Be My Guest feast featuring their award-winning olive oil in the different lunch dishes, even the ice cream! This afternoon visit Eberle Winery, where the founder Gary Eberle is considered one of the legends of the Paso Robles wine region. In addition to a tasting of their red and white wines, you’ll have the chance to tour the winery’s underground caves. “After the sun sets visit Sensorio Light Field featuring 58,000 optic lights on a 15-acre field. Publications all over the USA are already declaring the experience as a Bucket List item that has to be seen to believe. *** While Sensorio has been officially confirmed through the end of 2020, the 2021 season is subject to Sensorio renewing their lease with the venue. “

Day 7: Paso Robles – Los Angeles

Arrive into the affluent beachside town of Santa Barbara, often referred to as the “American Riviera”. There will be plenty of time to wander trendy State Street. Considered the heart of Santa Barbara, the area is known for its great shopping, top-notch restaurants and incredible architecture. This afternoon arrive into world-famous Beverly Hills – the playground of the rich and famous, home to some of the world’s priciest real estate, and the epitome of American luxury.

Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott, 2 nights

Day 8: Los Angeles

This morning join a Local Expert for a walking tour of one of the most famous streets on the planet, Rodeo Drive. Learn the real stories behind some of the most expensive stores in the world. Visit Hollywood, the epicenter of America’s movie industry. See the Walk of Fame, the handprints at Grauman’s Theatre, and the iconic Hollywood Sign. Finish off your day in Los Angeles with a Your Choice Sightseeing of museums.

Your Choice of Sightseeing: Enjoy your choice of sightseeing. Visit the car collections at the Peterson Automotive or explore the movie industry at the Academy of Motion Pictures. This evening join your fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 9: Los Angeles – San Diego

After sightseeing in Los Angeles, say goodbye to your Travel Director and newfound friends before hopping on Amtrak’s Surfliner Train at Union Station in Los Angeles. Kick back and relax on your journey to San Diego. Travel through Orange County as the train moves closer to the coast and then hug the Pacific Ocean as you make your way into “America’s Finest City” of San Diego.

Hotel: Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown, 2 nights

Day 10: San Diego Sightseeing

The day is yours to explore San Diego at your own pace. Your stay in San Diego includes a One-Day unlimited hop on and hop off trolley pass, allowing visits to Old Town, Balboa Park, Little Italy, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Hotel Del Coronado.

Day 11: Depart San Diego

Say goodbye to the Golden State as you take your complimentary transfer to San Diego International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 16$5,095.00$7,790.00
May: 07$5,425.00$8,120.00
June: 11, 18$5,425.00$8,120.00
July: 16$5,475.00$8,170.00
August: 27$5,325.00$8,020.00
September: 10, 17$5,395.00$8,090.00
October: 08$5,350.00$8,045.00
December: 10$5,125.00$7,820.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
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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Western Discoverer

Champion happy on this epic encounter with Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the splendour of Yosemite Falls, astounding views of the Grand Canyon and a dazzling playground in the desert, Las Vegas.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

Immerse yourself in the creative energy of the City of Angels – your launch pad to an effortlessly delivered exploration of the iconic sights and sounds of the West, with a bit of sun-kissed California in the mix. After a short transfer to Beverly Hills, settle in to your hotel, where you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott

Day 2: Los Angeles – San Diego

Ease into the laid-back surfer-style vibes of San Diego. Discover Balboa Park, the Old Town and Victorian Gaslamp Quarter, dating back to the 1850s. Spend some free time exploring “America’s Finest City” on your own terms before joining your newfound friends for a memorable Regional Dinner.

Hotel: Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown

Day 3: San Diego – Scottsdale

Spot the sanguaros as you traverse the great Sonoran Desert en route to the trendy Arizona town of Scottsdale. This evening, the Valley of the Sun shines brightly as you enjoy free time to explore its galleries, boutiques and chic eateries.

Hotel: Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale

Day 4: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Journey to the artists’ enclave of Sedona – your rocky red gateway to an unforgettable encounter with the epic natural beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon this afternoon where we’ll meet a Local Specialist who will share insights into the canyon’s geological marvels. Watch how the light plays on its layered cliffs and peer down into its depths to see the Colorado River as you skirt the South Rim.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas

We leave the world’s largest canyon behind and head towards the dazzling lights of Las Vegas, where we’ll spend the next two nights. The Entertainment Capital of the World blooms in the midst of the desert and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it over the next two nights.

Hotel: Harrah’s Las Vegas, 2 nights

Day 6: Las Vegas Free Time

Shrug off the shackles of responsibility and embrace fun and games in the city that never sleeps. Break the bank at one of the casinos, enjoy some retail therapy or have lunch at one of the city’s larger-than-life restaurants. This evening, we enjoy one of the elaborate Regional Dinner buffets for which Las Vegas is renowned.

Day 7: Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes

We leave Sin City behind, travelling through the vast arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert, to Mammoth Lakes, an outdoor adventure playground amidst the rolling peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid October to the end of May. In this case, an alternate overnight city and entry point to Yosemite will be used.)

Hotel: Mammoth Mountain Inn

Day 8: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. We journey through Yosemite Valley, admiring the natural wonders of Bridal Veil, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan’s imposing granite cliffs. Spend the rest of the day delving into the natural history, flora and fauna of one of the world’s oldest national parks.

Hotel: BW Plus Yosemite Way Station

Day 9: Yosemite National Park – Napa and Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco

We head north to Northern California’s original wine country this morning, past Napa and on to Sonoma, where we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. A short journey down the coast sees us arrive in San Francisco. Travel beneath the glowing orange arches of the Golden Gate Bridge into “The City”, where you’ll enjoy a Regional Dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

Hotel: The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: San Francisco Sightseeing

Embark on an exploration of San Francisco and its iconic sights, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park. Indulge in the Bay Area’s best artisan foods and fresh farm produce, then spend the rest of the afternoon discovering the city’s cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, including the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia.

Day 11: San Francisco – Monterey

A leisurely start to our morning sees us enjoy a final encounter with San Francisco, before continuing along the rugged, remote Pacific coastline to Monterey where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner crafted from the freshest farm-to-table local ingredients.

Hotel: Hotel Pacific, 2 nights

Day 12: Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea Sightseeing

Admire the inspiring natural scenery as you continue along the iconic 17-Mile Drive, past the Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. We will stop by the Carmel Mission and then the rest of the day is free to explore Monterey’s strong coastal heritage. Visit the historic waterfront district and Cannery Row, immortalised by the John Steinbeck novel bearing the same name – the choice is yours.

Day 13: Monterey – Santa Barbara

We journey south onto idyllic Santa Barbara. Spend some time discovering the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. This evening, join our newfound friend to toast our holiday during a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara

Day 14: Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles

Head to Hollywood to see Tinseltown’s most famous icons: Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. We continue to Beverly Hills for those extending their stay or take a transfer to the Los Angeles International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 16$5,350.00$8,300.00
May: 07, 14$5,550.00$8,500.00
May: 21$5,575.00$8,525.00
June: 11, 18$5,495.00$8,445.00
July: 02, 09$5,495.00$8,445.00
July: 30$5,450.00$8,400.00
August: 20$5,425.00$8,375.00
September: 03$5,425.00$8,375.00
September: 17$5,375.00$8,295.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
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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Southern California with Death Valley & Joshua Tree National Parks

Vibrant cities, unique experiences, and striking landscapes…all of this and more await you on this Southern California tour—with 2 – night stays in Los Angeles , San Diego, Palm Springs, and Death Valley National Park, as well as an overnight in Las Vegas. Tour highlights include time in three unique settings: Joshua Tree National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Joshua Tree National Park contains two deserts and two large ecosystems. Here, enjoy a jeep tour to learn about the area’s geology, fascinating plants and animals, and rich history. Ash Meadows National Refuge is the largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert and home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that don’t exist anyplace else on earth. Here, stroll the boardwalks and learn about this unique area.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

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

Hotel: LA Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 2: Los Angeles

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of “Tinseltown” that takes you from Olvera Street to Hollywood where you can step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre. Also see Beverly Hills and the Sunset Strip, known for nearly 100 years of free expression and escapism. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the “City of Angels” on your own.

Day 3: Los Angeles – Catalina Island – San Diego

This morning, travel to the coast and board a high – speed Ferry for beautiful Catalina Island. Located just 35 kilometres (22 miles) off the coast of southern California, the island has a rich and colourful past. On an island Tour, you’ll learn the history of this unique place and admire beautiful scenery. Afterward, there is time to explore the village of Avalon on your own, shop for unique island gifts or enjoy a delicious lunch at a seaside restaurant. Later, Ferry back to the mainland and continue south along the stunning California coast to San Diego for an evening at leisure.

Hotel: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown, 2 nights

Day 4: San Diego

Today, enjoy a city sightseeing tour featuring Old Town, Balboa Park, and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. End your tour in Coronado, home to beautiful beaches and elegant mansions. Lunch will be served at the historic Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego’s legendary seaside resort. The resort, known by locals as “the Del” celebrates a rich heritage as the proud host to celebrities, royalty, and U.S. Presidents. After lunch, take a scenic Ferry back to San Diego where your afternoon is free for exploration. You may wish to relive history on the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier, spend time at Mission Beach, or do some window shopping in one of the city’s neighbourhood shopping districts. Your Tour Director will have additional ideas.

Day 5: San Diego – Temecula – Palm Springs

Today, travel east stopping in picturesque Temecula for a tasting of some of the region’s best wines at a local Vineyard. Continue to the desert playground and mid – century architecture mecca of Palm Springs. Take the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of Mount San Jacinto for amazing views of the valley below. Then, hear tales of the town’s famous celebrity residents, past and present, and of the city’s colourful past on an orientation tour.

Hotel: Riviera Palm Springs Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Palm Springs – Excursion to Joshua Tree National Park

Adventure awaits today in the Mojave Desert as we explore the fascinating landscape of Joshua Tree National Park. The park contains more than 700,000 acres, two deserts, two ecosystems. This unique habitat is also home to the ancient Joshua trees; twisted, spiky trees that oddly soar in all directions skyward. See the park on a JEEP TOUR and learn about the area’s rich history, as well as the geology, flora, and fauna of the California desert. Return to Palm Springs, where the remainder of the day is yours. Relax by your hotel’s pool, stroll the Palm Springs Walk of Fame, or join the locals at the popular VillageFest, offering more than 200 booths of beautiful art, hanDCrafted items, and unique food.

Day 7: Palm Springs – Barstow – Death Valley National Park

Leave the desert oasis of Palm Springs and travel to Barstow, located on the famed Route 66. Take a step back in time with a visit to the Route 66 Mother Road Museum, home to vintage cars, signs, photos, and other memorabilia. Continue to Death Valley National Park, an International Dark Sky Park, the hottest and driest place on earth, and the lowest elevation in North America. Spend the next two nights at the energetic resort, the Ranch at Death Valley.

Special Feature: The Ranch at Death Valley sits in the middle of Death Valley National Park providing visitors an oasis from the surrounding desert. This former working ranch has been thoughtfully transformed into a classic mid – century resort with sprawling lawns, natural springs, towering date palms, and even a spring – fed pool to enhance the experience of this historic gem

Hotel: The Ranch at Death Valley, 2 nights

Day 8: Death Valley National Park

Spend a full day exploring the wonders of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America (86 metres  – 282 feet below sea level) and home to a surreal landscape of vast salt flats. At Stovepipe Wells, witness the ripples and patterns of the breathtaking sand dunes that rise 30 metres(100 feet) above the Mesquite Flat. After dinner this evening, enjoy a Stargazing Program with a local expert. Due to its vast area and absence of man – made light, Death Valley National Park is the world’s largest International Dark Sky Park and one of the best places to star gaze. Stand in awe as daylight fades and the planets, stars, and constellations come into view.

Day 9: Death Valley National Park – Ash Meadows National Refuge – Las Vegas

A morning stop is made at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a desert oasis with a rare and unique ecosystem. The refuge is home to nearly 30 species of plants and animals that do not exist anywhere else on earth, including desert fish that have existed since the time of the mammoths. Stroll the boardwalks and learn about the early pioneers and the mysterious Devils Hole. Continue on to the bright lights of Las Vegas for a brief orientation tour. Your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner this evening – the perfect ending to your holiday.

Hotel: Treasure Island

Day 10: Depart Las Vegas

The tour ends today with guests departing on individual schedules.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
March: 21, 28$4,649.00Price on Application
September: 19$4,529.00Price on Application
October: 03. 17$4,529.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 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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