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.
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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 & Prices
June: 11, 18
September: 10, 17
10 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Luxury air-conditioned coach
10 nights accommodation
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.