9-Night California Classics

from San Francisco to Los Angeles
September 14-23, 2019

$3159.00 per person + Airfare

MEALS
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Los Angeles

Itinerary

  • 2-NT SFO
  • 1-NT NAPA VALLEY
  • 1-NT YOSEMITE
  • 2-NT MONTEREY
  • 1-NT SLOVANG
  • 2-NT LAX

DAY 1: ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.
2-nts San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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. 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.
Breakfast/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.
Breakfast Overnight Embassy Suites Napa Valley

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. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!
Breakfast Overnight Yosemite View Lodge

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.
Breakfast 2-nts Hyatt Regency Monterey

DAY 6: MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

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, white sharks, and more.
Breakfast/Lunch

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 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.
Breakfast Overnight Hotel Corque

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 SPECIALTY 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.
Breakfast 2-nts L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown

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. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation.
Breakfast/Dinner

DAY 10: LOS ANGELES

The tour ends this morning after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.
Breakfast


*** 3 NT Optional Add On to San Diego Day 10-13 ***

DAY 10: SAN DIEGO

Experience the evening in San Diego at your leisure.
3-nts Embassy Suites San Diego Bay

DAYS 11-12: SAN DIEGO

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.
Breakfast

DAY 13: SAN DIEGO

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.
Breakfast


ITINERARY MAP

3-NT OPTIONAL SAN DIEGO ADD-ON

$3159.00 per person including airport transfers

3-NT Optional San Diego Add On: $620.00 per person
Refundable Deposit- $250.00 per person.
Final Balance Due July 8, 2019.

Not Included:
Travel Protection
Tour Guide Gratuities
Round trip airfare

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