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California Classics

Price per person
from £2,793

Check availability and prices for your preferred airport below. To book, please call our travel specialists on 0330 058 8241

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 11 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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 Francisc: Sightseeing
  • Napa Valley: Tour and tasting at a winery
  • Yosemite National Park:Yosemite Valley floor tram tour
  • Carmel: Visit the resort town
  • Monterey: 17 - mile drive, behind the scenes tour at the Monterey Bay
  • San Simeon Visit Hearst Castle: Visit Hurst Castle
  • Solvang: Guided walking tour the quaint Denmark - inspred village and enjoy a local specialty.
  • Santa Barbara: visit the mission
  • Los Angeles: Sightseeing, Getty Museum, Farewell dinner

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 4 days: San Diego stay

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

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

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

UK - San Francisco

Day
1

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

San Francisco

Day
2

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
  • Dinner

San Francisco - Sausalito - Napa Valley

Day
3

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

Napa Valley - Yosemite National Park

Day
4

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

Yosemite National Park - Monterey

Day
5

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

Monterey

Day
6

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

Monterey - Big Sur - San Simeon - Solvang

Day
7

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

Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Day
8

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

Los Angeles

Day
9

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
  • Dinner

Los Angeles - UK

Day
10

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
11

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

San Diego

This morning, transfer to the train station and board AMTRAK’S Pacific Surfliner train bound for San Diego, California’s second-largest city. During your train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and quaint coastal towns. Upon arrival in San Diego, you will be met by a Globus Host who will help you transfer to your hotel and answer any questions about your stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego

Experience San Diego for the next two days at your leisure, featuring an idyllic climate and 70 miles of beaches. Perhaps visit San Diego’s world-famous zoo or take a harbour cruise, complete with dinner and dancing.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

San Diego

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

San Francisco - Marriott Marquis

Rooms have cable TV, internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer. The hotel features Concierge desk, gift shop, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, three restaurants, lounge, and coffee bar.

  • Location

    780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Surrounded by palm trees, rose gardens, and a mill pond with resident swans, the resort-like Embassy Suites Napa Valley features a stylish lobby, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness centre.

  • Location

    1075 California Blvd, Napa, CA 94559, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite View Lodge

The hotel has three swimming pools, gift shop, two restaurants, and a lounge. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.

  • Location

    11136 CA-140, El Portal, CA 95318, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Monterey - Hyatt Regency Monterey

This luxury resort is ideally situated near an acclaimed golf course, which provides ample views of gardens and landscapes. Renovations have transformed the interior into a modern, contemporary oasis with a fireplace lounge, fitness centre, spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts, restaurant, lounge, and room service. Guestrooms feature cable TV, high-speed Internet access, mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, coffeemaker, bathrobe, and bath amenities.

  • Location

    1 Old Golf Course Rd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

  • Facilities

    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

Solvang - Hotel Corque

Hotel Corque (pronounced Cork) is a boutique hotel located in downtown Solvang. The hotel offers spacious guestrooms and décor specially designed to complement the regions' peaceful surrounding wine country.

  • Location

    400 Alisal Rd, Solvang, CA 93463, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Los Angeles - LA Grand Hotel Downtown

The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial, entertainment and theatre district of downtown Los Angeles, is a 14-story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Room Service
    • Fitness Centre

San Diego - Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown

This hotel is located directly across the street from Seaport Village and is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center. The hotel is also just minutes from the San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town and more. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, game room, business centre, concierge service, hair salon, gift shop, restaurant, room service, and complimentary evening manager's reception.

  • Location

    601 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA 92101, USA

  • Facilities

    • Bar
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

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