California Classics


  • 10 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

Tour : AA

Up to 10% off on 2020

From

£2,292 pp

Tour only

Based on 8th May 2020

From

£2,705 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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From San Francisco to Los Angeles, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular vacation. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and take a deep breath and slowdown in the areas of Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. If you’re interested in seeing some of California’s amazing scenery, this California tour offers you a chance to admire some of its best. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local vineyard in Napa Valley. Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, and meadows. Sit back and watch the views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, the dramatic Pacific coastline, and the Lone Cyprus on 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Visit Santa Barbara and Hearst Castle in San Simeon, built by William Randolph Hearst as his private retreat. Once only accessible to celebrities and famous guests, enjoy a tour highlighting this impressive 123-acre estate. Also visit Solvang, a quaint Danish village founded in 1911 by Danish educators to maintain their heritage. Wander through the town with charming shops featuring Danish imports and picturesque buildings and windmills. Globus has arranged a special treat here...a coffee and Danish specialty at a local bakery. Another special experience offered by Globus is a behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its sea otters, seals, sharks, penguins, and more.

All of this and more await you on this California tour. Be sure to pack your camera and get ready for a fabulous vacation!

Highlights

SAN FRANCISCO Sightseeing; Japanese Tea Garden

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 Aquarium

SAN SIMEON Visit Hearst Castle

SOLVANG Guided walking tour of the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a local specialty

SANTA BARBARA Visit the mission

LOS ANGELES Sightseeing; Getty Museum; farewell dinner

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners

ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Day
1

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

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. 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. Afterward, 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, 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. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!

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. Watch for humpback whales in the bay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

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 AQUARIUM. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, great white sharks, and more.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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 purchased at an estimated $50 million. 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

After breakfast, enjoy a guided walking tour of Solvang and learn how Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a DANISH SPECIALTY at a local bakery. Then, 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. 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 the 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. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

LOS ANGELES

Day
10

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+4 days San Diego Extension

Total meals included:

  • 4 breakfasts

SAN DIEGO.

Day
1

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.

Days
2-3

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

SAN DIEGO.

Day
4

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£2,292 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,705 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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