San Francisco Skyline
San Francisco Skyline
Sights of San Francisco, California
Sights of San Francisco, California
Californian Wine Country
Californian Wine Country
Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley
Carmel, Monterey & Santa Barbara
Carmel, Monterey & Santa Barbara
Santa Monica & Hollywood sights
Santa Monica & Hollywood sights

Best of California

8 Nights from €3,449 Including Flights

Overview

A lovely nine day tour of California hightlights, visiting the glamorous cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, contrasting with the spectacular sights of Yosemite National Park and the rugged beauty of the California coast. This is a deluxe escorted tour so you'll be staying in great hotels, enjoying several speciality dinners and experience the best of California with a dedicated Tour Director.

Highlights:

  • Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre
  • Enjoy a quided tour of one of America's grandest private estates - Hearst Castle
  • Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded in 1786
  • Spend an afternoon in LA, touring and tasting your way through the historic LA Farmers Markets with a local expert

Our holidays include
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  • Accommodation
  • Checked baggage
  • CAR licensed & bonded
  • In resort assistance & 24 hour contact centre
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2019 Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel for the first two nights. Early evening, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including drinks and a light informal meal.

Overnight: The Westin St Francis (Welcome dinner included)

Day 2

This morning take in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square, famous cable cars, the stately Victorian homes of Alamo Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. The rest of the day is yours.

Overnight: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast included)

Day 3

Flashback to the Flower Power era with a  tour around Haight-Ashbury from a former hippie and local expert. This afternoon enter Californian Wine Country where you will learn the history of winery at a local vineyard and enjoy an exclusive tasting. Enjoy dinner this evening overlooking the Sonoma's historic plaza.

Overnight: The Fairmont Sonoma Missions Inn & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

Day 4

Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Receive the red carpet treatment tonight with newly refurbished rooms at your hotel, located inside the park, close to North America’s highest waterfall.

Overnight: Yosemite Valley Lodge (Breakfast included)

Day 5

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, the breadbasket of California. Purchase local fresh fruit at a historic fruit stand en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along the scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey, California’s former capital until 1849. This evening you have a dine around option, where you can choose from a spectacular selection of local restaurants in Monterey.

Overnight: Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa (Breakfast & Dinner included)

Day 6

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’. After an orientation tour of this seaside paradise, check into your beach-front hotel.

Overnight: The Fess Parker A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Oceanview Room (Breakfast included)

Day 7

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 California 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 J. Paul Getty Museum with its world-class collection of Western art set against a backdrop of dramatic architecture, tranquil gardens and breathtaking views. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city’s newest and one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Overnight: Hotel JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE (Breakfast included)

Day 8

In the morning enjoy a 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 Kodak Theater, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. Spend the afternoon at the historic LA Farmers Market with a local exper to take you through a collection of restaurants and shops for tasting, before having 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

Overnight: Hotel JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 9: Depart Los Angeles

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. Or perhaps extend your holiday with a few extra days in LA or even add another tour - the Enchanting Canyonlands tour fits perfectly for a longer west coast USA experience.

(Breakfast included)

2020 Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel for the first two nights. Early evening, meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception including drinks and a light informal meal.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (Welcome dinner included)

Day 2

This morning take in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square, famous cable cars, the stately Victorian homes of Alamo Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. A scenic ferry ride brings you back to San Francisco where the rest of the day is yours.

Overnight: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (Breakfast included)

Day 3

Travel through California’s Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Receive the red carpet treatment tonight at your hotel, located inside the park, close to North America’s highest waterfall.

Overnight: Yosemite Valley Lodge (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Say goodbye to Yosemite as you are swept through the San Joaquin Valley. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn where you'll gain understanding of why the area is known as the "fruit basket of the world". A local farmer will take you on a agricultural tour of their farm known for heirloom artichokes, before your final stop in Monterey.

Overnight: InterContinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

Day 5

Joruney to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, as you take a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along the scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions, This evening you have a dine around option, where you can choose from a selection of three local restaurants in Monterey.

Overnight: InterContinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast & Dinner included)

Day 6

Heading towards Santa Barbara you'll stop en-route for a wine tasting and guidend tour at a Paso Robles winery. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera’. This evening enjoy dinner with your fellow guests at a local restaurant.

Overnight: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)

Day 7

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 California missions along California’s El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. A local expert will take you on a walking tour of Muscle Beach and Venice Beach. Continue to your modern hotel located in L.A's  entertainment district

Overnight: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Breakfast included)

Day 8

In the morning enjoy a 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 Los Angeles Theater, a grandiose historic movie palace. Have your cameras ready as you visit the Hollywood and Highland Centre where you'll get the best views of the famous Hollywood sign. In the evening enjoy a Celebration Dinner toasting to your journey at Nick and Stef's Steakhouse.

Overnight: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 9: Depart Los Angeles

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. Or perhaps extend your holiday with a few extra days in LA or even add another tour - the Enchanting Canyonlands tour fits perfectly for a longer west coast USA experience.

(Breakfast included)

  • Return international flights and airport transfers
  • Accommodation for 8 nights as described above or similar
  • 8 full breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • Experiences and excursions as described above
  • Services of a Tour Director throughout plus local guides
  • Porterage of one bag per person

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