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California's Golden Coast

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 40 - 44 people
Destination(s): California  
Specialty Categories: Food & Wine   Cultural Journey  
Season: April - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 4990 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 5590 US Dollar (USD)

Trip

Day 1 Arrive in amazing San Francisco
Meals D

The ultimate California tour begins at The Westin St. Francis at 5:30 PM. San Francisco, the beautiful city by the bay, wins awards year after year as the "world's favorite city" – from the cultural arts to intriguing architecture and diverse cuisine, discover what makes this city special. Join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner at your historic hotel on Union Square, a San Francisco landmark since 1904.
Lodging The Westin St. Francis

Day 2 San Francisco sights, then discover the wineries of the Sonoma Valley
Meals B, L

This morning get a taste of what exciting San Francisco has to offer with a brief sightseeing tour that includes Nob Hill, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Coit Tower, the Victorian homes known as the "Painted Ladies" and Fisherman's Wharf. Head over the Golden Gate Bridge to the lush Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world’s finest vineyards – a quintessential California tour experience. Following a wine tasting and vineyard tour at a Sonoma winery and lunch in Sausalito, return to San Francisco mid-afternoon for an evening spent discovering more of the city on your own.
Lodging The Westin St. Francis

Day 3 California's Gold Rush Country... and on to Yosemite National Park
Meals B, L, D

Travel through California's Gold Country, with its historic communities created during the Gold Rush boom years of the 1850s. Then head into the Sierra Nevada to Yosemite National Park for two nights at one of the most distinctive hotels ever built inside a national park – The Ahwahnee, a National Historic Landmark constructed in 1927. Dine à la carte this evening in the award-winning Ahwanee Dining Room, where floor-to-ceiling windows look out on the grandeur of Yosemite.
Lodging The Ahwahnee

Day 4 Savoring a national treasure – Yosemite National Park
Meals B

Yosemite National Park's unequaled splendors range from magnificent waterfalls to spectacular glacier-hewn gorges, and represent five of the seven life zones found in North America – all in an area about the size of Rhode Island. Start discovering it all with our enriching, privately guided two-hour morning walking tour of Yosemite with a local naturalist. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is then yours to explore as you please for the rest of the day.
Lodging The Ahwahnee

Day 5 Wawona & the Big Trees of Yosemite's Mariposa Grove
Meals B, L, D

Today you'll depart The Ahwahnee after breakfast and head to the historic village of Wawona; set entirely inside Yosemite, it was established as a tourist and rest stop after the discovery of the "Big Trees" of the Mariposa Grove in the 1850s, decades before the area became a national park. Have lunch at the Wawona Hotel, a classic Victorian-era lodge built in the 1870s and now a National Historic Landmark. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park is home to about 500 ancient, towering sequoia trees – many of them "celebrities" with distinctive names, such as the Grizzly Giant, believed to be between 1,900 and 2,400 years old! Check them out and hear some of their stories as you visit the grove this afternoon. Later, arrive at your mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park, where dinner is at your leisure this evening.
Lodging Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Day 6 Through the lush San Joaquin Valley to Monterey
Meals B, L, D

Leaving Yosemite National Park, enjoy a demonstration of authentic early mining equipment on a morning visit to the Mariposa Museum and History Center. After lunch, your California tour begins winding its way through the rich farmland of the San Joaquin Valley; along with the Salinas Valley, the two regions have been dubbed "America's Salad Bowl" due to their production of citrus fruit, leafy vegetables and nuts. Stop in the quiet town of Merced, then continue on to fashionable Carmel-by-the-Sea on the Pacific coast, taking some time to explore the town's celebrated galleries and boutiques. Arrive in the beautiful, historic coastal city of Monterey for a two-night stay; your accommodation is set close to the famed Monterey Bay Aquarium. Dine at your leisure at this evening.
Lodging InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Day 7 In & around Monterey Bay – the Aquarium & 17-Mile Drive
Meals B

A day of discoveries under and around Monterey Bay begins with a visit to the aquatic world of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, home to 200 award-winning galleries and exhibits spotlighting marine life from the waters of the bay and elsewhere. Catch a glimpse of the Monterey Peninsula's impressive homes and stunning beaches as you travel the 17-Mile Drive through Pacific Grove, Asilomar and Del Monte Forest to Cypress Point, home of the Pebble Beach golf course. The rest of the day is spent exploring Monterey as you please.
Lodging InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Day 8 Dramatic Highway 1 to Big Sur, Hearst Castle & Santa Barbara
Meals B, L, D

Our California tour expertise takes you past redwood forests and playful seals along one of the most scenic drives in North America... the Pacific Coast Highway portion of California State Highway 1. View the rugged coastline of Big Sur as the dramatic road weaves its way southward along the Pacific Ocean. Stop along the way to marvel at the elaborate adornments of Hearst Castle (San Simeon) – the grandiose, "study in excess" estate of publisher William Randolph Hearst, and the model for the fictional "Xanadu" in the movie Citizen Kane – on a walking tour of the historic 165-room mansion. Today's final destination is your oceanfront Four Seasons resort on the "American Riviera" in beautiful Santa Barbara.
Lodging Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Day 9 Discovering Santa Barbara, then on to Pasadena & Los Angeles
Meals B, D

After breakfast, depart your oceanfront resort in Santa Barbara and explore this coastal city set against the Santa Ynez Mountains; view the historic Mission Santa Barbara – rebuilt after an 1812 earthquake and tsunami destroyed most of the town – and the city's 20th-century, Mediterranean-style courthouse. Then, with a stop at a local beach en route, it's on to your landmark Pasadena hotel – a longtime retreat for Hollywood celebrities – for a two-night stay spent exploring the Los Angeles area, including Hollywood, one of the world's great entertainment capitals.
Lodging The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles

Day 10 Beverly Hills, Hollywood, the Getty Center & more
Meals B, D

Start the day with a hearty "Hooray for Hollywood" on a sightseeing tour of the entertainment capital and environs, including posh Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Strip and Grauman's Chinese Theater in downtown Hollywood. After lunch on your own, spend the afternoon viewing priceless European paintings, sculptures, drawings and other works collected by billionaire oil baron J. Paul Getty – once believed to be the world’s richest man – lining the galleries of the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Getty Center, a modern vision of curved, marble walls and uncommon gardens set on a hilltop overlooking the city of Los Angeles. Tonight, end your day – and a perfect California tour – with our farewell dinner at the hotel tonight.
Lodging The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles

Day 11 Journey Home
Meals B

Your California tour ends in Los Angeles. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles to the Los Angeles International Airport. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices are based on double occupancy land only and vary on departure dates.

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