From a unique mix of modernity and boho influence in San Francisco, to the lively charms of Los Angeles, and rugged beauty of Yosemite national park, you’ll be spoilt for choice on this luxury escorted tour through California, The Golden State.
Begin your escorted tour holiday to California by flying in to San Francisco. Meet your tour director and then spend a day exploring this eclectic city. Enjoy the bustling activity of Union Square, bike over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, soak up the atmosphere at Pier 39 and sample the delicious local cuisine.
Travel through California’s Gold Country to Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site with breathtaking scenery. Spend a night in Yosemite Valley Lodge inside the park and wake up in the most stunning natural environment. It’s then time to switch from the lush greens of Yosemite to the sparkling blue of the Pacific Ocean as you drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive, where you can take in the stunning ocean views and continue on to Santa Monica. Journey along the spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing the hidden coves and coastal mountains of Malibu.
Your Californian escorted tour finishes in Los Angeles. Visit the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame or Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, where stars leave their shoe prints in cement. As your California adventure draws to a close, you’ll dine against a backdrop of glimmering lights and an incredible downtown cityscape as Café Pinot welcomes you for your Celebration Dinner.
The Exciting Parts
- San Francisco: See the iconic cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge
- Yosemite National Park: Experience the park's natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
- Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops in this quaint beach city.
- San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand where seasonal delights are grown, farmed, and sold.
- Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
- Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
- Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
San Francisco Arrival
Explore San Francisco
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park to Monterey
Monterey, The Cradle of History
The American Riviera
Santa Monica & The City of Angels
Depart Los Angeles
Day 1 San Francisco Arrival
California here we come. You'll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your upscale hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.
Hotel:Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco.
Meals: Dinner with Wine
Day 2 Explore San Francisco
Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Hop aboard an iconic cable car for a ride along the picturesque streets. Visit the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighbourhood of San Francisco. Afterwards, take in the city with a few photo stops. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers and Golden Gate Park, before walking across the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and travelling on to the city of Sausalito. A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to San Francisco, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director is on hand to make suggestions for making the most of your evening.
Day 3 Yosemite National Park
Today you’ll witness the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California's Gold Country, you'll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome on a private, ranger-led valley floor tour. Rest up on your free evening at your lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America's highest waterfall. On a clear evening you’ll be able to take in the sparkling night sky over the park.
Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Day 4 Yosemite National Park to Monterey
Leave Yosemite behind as you take in the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the “food basket of the world”. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn which features its diverse produce. In Salinas, the heart of "The Salad Bowl of the World", enjoy a famer's agricultural tour of a local farm, known for heirloom artichokes. Once in Monterey you'll head to your hotel situated on the waterfront street Cannery Row.
Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey.
Day 5 Monterey, The Cradle of History
Today you'll journey to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint seaside community where you’ll have ample free time. As you travel along Pacific Coast Highway, stop at Big Sur State Park, home to California Coastal Redwoods. Enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive. Stop at Pebble Beach and its world-renowned links, as well as Lone Cypress and Seal and Bird Rocks for a glimpse of sunbathing seals and sea lions. A Dine-Around Evening awaits upon your return to Monterey, with your choice of three local restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 6 The American Riviera
Head on to sunny Santa Barbara. Along the way, experience a guided tour and wine tasting served at a Paso Robles winery. On arrival, Santa Barbara greets you with its white buildings, terracotta roofs, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants. Walk along Santa Barbara's Historic State Street to Stearns Wharf. In the evening, dinner awaits at a local restaurant.
Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 7 Santa Monica & The City of Angels
Visit iconic Mission Santa Barbara, before making your way to Santa Monica and Venice. A Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, the Canals and Walkways and explain Abbot Kinney's role in the development of the ‘Venice of America’. Continue on to your modern L.A. hotel, in the city's entertainment district.
Hotel: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown.
Day 8 Los Angeles
Explore Los Angeles with your Travel Director. Experience a bit of nostalgia in Downtown as you ride aboard the lovingly restored Angel's Flight Railway. Next, you will be treated to an exclusive and private guided visit of the Los Angeles Theatre, a grandiose historic movie palace. Visit the Hollywood and Highland Centre, where observation decks allow for the best views of the Hollywood sign. See the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drive through the Sunset Strip before heading down Rodeo Drive. Enjoy an Insight Choice between a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum or the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Tonight, toast to your journey at a Celebration Dinner at Nick and Stef's Steakhouse.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
Day 9 Depart Los Angeles
It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers before a transfer takes you to Los Angeles International Airport. If you would like to see more, perhaps extend your stay in the City of Angels.