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Best of California

BEST OF CALIFORNIA

The lively and glamorous cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles contrast with the rugged beauty of the California coast and grandeur of Yosemite National Park.

The tour starts and ends with two-night stays in San Francisco and Los Angeles, enabling in-depth sightseeing in two of the world's most exciting cities.

HIGHLIGHTS

EXPERIENCES

Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour featuring the barrel aging caves and an exclusive tasting.

Hearst Castle: Ascend the ‘Enchanted Hill' for a guided tour of one of America's grandest private estates.

Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.

Los Angeles: Visit the Getty Villa, a recreated ancient Roman country house.

Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet. A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, and Golden Gate Bridge.

Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.

Yosemite National Park: Experience the natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.

San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.

Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops.

Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.

Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.

Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.

Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

DINING

San Francisco: Enjoy a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese dinner.

Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.

Los Angeles: Enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine.

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 8 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Highlight Dinner (HD), 1 Dine-Around (DA) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD).

HOTELS & LOCATIONS

San Francisco: Your boutique Omni hotel is a sophisticated, urban retreat located only a short walk to Union Square.

Sonoma: The Fairmont is the ultimate Wine Country resort, surrounded by lush vineyards and dotted with natural hot springs.

Yosemite: Newly renovated rooms at the Lodge at the Falls.

Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of L.A.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

An expert will guide you on your journey.

Enjoy the unique comfort of luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.

A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.

At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

Stay connected with friends and family with a complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.

Included airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 14.


Description

ITINERARY

Day 1 San Francisco, the City by the Bay

Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening with drinks and a light meal.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Welcome Reception and Dinner

Day 2 Exploring San Francisco

Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Omni San Francisco

Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

Day 3 A Taste of California’s Wine Country

Enter the Napa Valley in California's lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close-up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and history of the winery, while enjoying the breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later in the afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma's historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.

Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa

Full Breakfast

Day 4 Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Travel through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your hotel, located inside the park, close to North America's highest waterfall.

Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls

Full Breakfast

Day 5 Monterey, the Cradle of History

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Purchase local fresh fruit at a historic fruit stand, en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customised food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you'll learn about local flavours, culture, art, architecture and history. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa

Full Breakfast, Dine-Around

Day 6 Hearst Castle and the American Riviera

Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill' high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera'. Check into your beachfront hotel.

Hotel: Fess Parker’s Doubletree Resort, Santa Barbara

Full Breakfast

Day 7 Santa Monica and the City of Angels

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, for a guided tour. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city's newest and one-of-a-kind entertainment destination.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE (2 nights)

Full Breakfast

Day 8 The Glitz and Glam of L.A

This morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman's Chinese Theatre and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony. In the evening, set out for a popular restaurant to enjoy a glittering Celebration Dinner, L.A. style.

Hotel: JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE

Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Day 9 Depart Los Angeles

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. Or perhaps extend your holiday? This itinerary forms part of our Great Western American Adventure where you can continue on to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Las Vegas.

Full Breakfast

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Easy on the Asphalt

This informative and relaxing excursion will give you a good snapshot of Sedona with great photo opportunities from some of Sedona's most magnificent overlooks, iincluding Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sites in all of Arizona and the Chapel of the Holy Cross perched high above Sedona. Duration: 90 minutes

Warner Brothers VIP Behind the Scenes Tour

Walk on to the set of a hit television show, watch as Foley artists create sound effects for movies, see how sets are constructed, peruse over 10 million items in the prop department, see your favorite vehicles from film and television up close, and the list goes on.

Golden Gate Bridge Walk & Sausalito

Learn how the bridge was an engineering marvel and about the people who gave so much time to build this icon of San Francisco Tour length: 3.5 hours. (Minimum: 10 guests).



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