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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.