10 Day The Californian
10 Day The Californian
From cultural San Diego to eclectic San Francisco, embrace the lively sights and sounds of California on this tour that has you exploring the glamorous boulevards of Los Angeles, sipping wine in the vineyard valleys, and marvelling at the cascading waters of Yosemite Falls.
Tour highlights
  • Uncover the sculptures and paintings among the The Getty Centre in Los Angeles.
  • Cruise along the scenic 17-Mile Drive to see the Lone Cypress Tree en route to Monterey.
  • Marvel at the natural wonders found around the lush Yosemite National Park.
  • Tour a family-owned winery and sample the local vintage in Sonoma.
  • Enjoy a banquet in San Francisco at the oldest Chinatown in the U.S.
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Day 1: Arrive in San Diego
Arrive in San Diego and transfer to your hotel. At 6:00pm you will meet up with your fellow travellers and travel director for a Welcome Reception.
  • Standard: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Day 2: San Diego
Get to grips with the beauty of San Diego today, from the lush gardens of Balboa Park to the historical Gaslamp Quarter. Embrace the lively ambiance of the street life on a guided tour before spending some free time to shop, cruise across the beautiful harbour or visit the San Diego Zoo.
  • Standard: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (B,D)
Day 3: San Diego – San Juan Capistrano – Los Angeles
Make your way along the sunny coast to San Juan Capistrano where you can visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the serene Sacred Garden, and the iconic Bell Tower. Grab lunch in Santa Monica and take a tour of The Getty Centre’s collection of art located atop a hill in western Los Angeles. The grounds house many sculptures and paintings as well as scenic gardens. Spend an evening at leisure in the wonderful “City of Angels”.
  • Standard: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (B)
Day 4: Los Angeles
Shine a spotlight on some of Los Angeles’ major highlights, including Grauman's Chinese Theater and a private tour of the Kodak Theater, which has held the Oscars. Traverse the Walk of Fame, see the Hollywood sign, cruise along Sunset Boulevard and visit stylish Beverly Hills. Grab a bite at the LA Farmers Market which offers a range of shops and restaurants before spending the remainder of your day at your leisure.
  • Standard: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (B)
Day 5: Los Angeles – Santa Barbara - Cambria
Enjoy a morning at your leisure before making your way up the coast to the wonderful Santa Barbara, nestled between Los Padres National Park and the deep, blue Pacific Ocean. Relax and enjoy lunch before continuing along the Pacific Coast Highway to the seaside village of Cambria where you will spend an evening of dinner with your fellow travellers.
  • Standard: Cambria Pines Lodge (B,D)
Day 6: Cambria – San Simeon – Carmel - Monterey
Begin the day atop "La Cuesta Encantada" where William Randolph Hearst erected his towering castle. Take a guided tour through the property, consisting of 165 rooms, pools, and acres of garden. Next, you can discover the lush vineyards of California's Central Coast to the charming village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Peruse the shops, relax at a cafe, or walk along the water’s edge before cruising the stunning 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Arrive in Monterey to see the renowned Cannery Row and Fishermans Wharf.
  • Standard: Marriott Monterey (B)
Day 7: Monterey – San Joaquin Valley – Yosemite National Park
Journey through the lush lands of San Joaquin Valley, sampling some of the local produce at a fruit stand along the way. Your destination today is the Yosemite National Park via the Sierra Nevada’s western slopes. On arrival, the breathtaking landscape of the park will astound, with natural landmarks such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls accentuating the grand splendour of the area.
  • Standard: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (B)
Day 8: Yosemite – Sonoma & Napa Valleys – San Francisco
Make your way down from the mountains to north Sonoma where you can take a tour of a family owned winery and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch with wine tasting included. Cruise the picturesque Carneros Highway through Napa before crossing the immense Golden Gate Bridge into the “City by the Bay”, San Francisco. Take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States this evening, followed by a Chinese banquet dinner.
  • Standard: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (B,L)
Day 9: San Francisco
Watch as the mist rolls over the hills through San Francisco, unveiling the beauty of the cityscape leading to the serene bay. Witness the sights found throughout the streets, from Alamo Square to Fishermans Wharf. Create your own adventure in the afternoon, paving your own way through the city and uncovering the stories found on each corner. Your final evening is spent at a festive Farewell Dinner with your travel companions.
  • Standard: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (B,D)
Day 10: Depart San Francisco
Transfer to San Francisco airport after breakfast and catch your return flight home.
  • Standard: (B)
  • Escorted by a professional Travel Director
  • 9 nights First Class Accommodation including all porterage, tips and gratuities
  • Airport Transfers on Day 1 & Day 10
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book
  • Audio Headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
  • 9 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Welcome Reception Drinks
  • 2 three-course dinners
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Meals as shown (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • Transfers out with the official start and end dates of the tour
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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