California Classics - San Francisco to Los Angeles

  • 11 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Enjoy discovering the Californian Coast starting in San Francisco and following the Big Sur to Solvang and ending in Los Angeles.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 8th June 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Overview

Enjoy discovering the Californian Coast starting in San Francisco and following the Big Sur to Solvang and ending in Los Angeles.

At a glance

  • San Francisco
  • Napa Valley
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Carmel
  • Monterey
  • San Simeon Visit Hearst Castle
  • Solvang
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles

Extensions

  • 3 nights hotel stay in San Diego

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - San Francisco

Fly to San Francisco and transfer to your hotel. This evening, meet your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. Also, see Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. 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. Afterwards, there’s still plenty of time for pursuing your favorite 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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, arrive in world-famous Napa Valley. Visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Monterey

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 world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarius. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, white sharks, and more.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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. The tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123-acre estate. Continue to Solvang for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a Danish speciality at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops featuring Danish imports. 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 with its world-famous twin bell towers. Afterward, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wharf. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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 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.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Los Angeles - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • San Francisco: Marriott Marquis
  • Napa Valley: Embassy Suites Napa Valley
  • Yosemite N.P: Yosemite View Lodge
  • Monterey: Hyatt Regency Monterey
  • Solvang: Hotel Corque
  • Los Angeles: LA Hotel Downtown

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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