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
VIP private home pick-up
  • 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 11th May 2018

Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 3 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
  • 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

This morning, enjoy sightseeing in San Francisco. See the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio and then Fisherman's Wharf and Twin Peaks. Next a local favourite to visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the US. 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. Later, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito for waterfront views, breathtaking scenery and the vibrant downtown area. Return to San Francisco by ferry to get the best city views. The rest of the day is at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

San Francisco - Napa

Journey inland to charming Napa and the wine growing region that California is world famous for. Rolling vine covered hills add a European vista.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Napa - Yosemite National Park

This morning, continue southwards through the Sierra Nevadas to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice sculpted domes, forest, waterfalls and unspoilt alpine scenery. It is truly stunning. At the bottom of the 4,000 ft valley board an open air tram to explore the sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Yosemite National Park - Carmel - Monterey

Experience the famous 17 Mile Drive on the route today. See famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress tree. There is a visit to Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists and celebrities. Continue to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Included is a visit to the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, followed by a special dinner overlooking the bay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Monterey

Continue down 'The Big Sur' State Road 1 from Monterey to San Simeon and witness some of the most spectacular scenery on the Californian Coast. At San Simeon visit Heart Castle, the opulent mansion of the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. An included tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123-acre estate.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Solvang

Arrive in Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy a local favourite with coffee and a danish speciality at a local bakery, followed by free time to browse charming shops featuring everything Danish.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles

Travel to Santa Barbara via the Ynez Mountains where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile roofed buildings. Included is a visit to the 200 hear old Mission with it's world famous twin bell towers. Enjoy the views of celebrity homes that dot the shoreline from Malibu to Santa Monica before arriving in Los Angeles.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Los Angeles

Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of this most famous of cities. See Olvera Street - the oldest thoroughfare in the city to Hollywood. Visit TCL Chinese Theatre to see the hand and foot prints of the stars. Continue to Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum to see a collection of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the present. Join your Tour Director this evening for a 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: Embassy Suites Napa Valley (2018)
  • Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Resort (2017)
  • Yosemite N.P: Yosemite View Lodge (guaranteed river view rooms)
  • Monterey: Hyatt Regency Monterey
  • Pismo Beach: Hilton Garden Inn (2017)
  • Solvang: Hotel Corque (2018)
  • 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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