BEST OF CALIFORNIA

Resort: USA
Operator: Insight Vacations
Destination: United States Of America
Price From: £3546.00

Mountains, Beaches, and More on a 9-Day Guided Tour of California in the U.S.

Capture the best of central California during this 9-Day guided tour that stretches from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In the Golden City, board an iconic cable car and zip down its infamous hills until you reach the Cable Car Museum. Ride through the Sierra Nevada mountains and join a ranger-led valley floor tram tour to see El Capitan jut out from Yosemite National Park. In Santa Barbara a city illuminated by sunshine 283 days a year stop at a Paso Robles winery for a guided tour and tasting. In Venice Beach, enjoy a walking tour with a Local Expert, who will show you the Venice of America. And in Los Angeles, ride the Angel’s Flight Railway, the shortest railway in the world, and take a private, guided visit of the historic Los Angeles Theatre, one of the city’s most lavish landmarks.

Itinerary

Day 1

San Francisco, the City by the Bay

California here we come. A mix of modern glamour and bohemian charms, youve arrived in the Golden Gate City, a location famous for its rolling hills, colourful houses and eclectic architecture. Youll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Day 2

Exploring San Francisco

Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Hop aboard an iconic cable car for a ride along the picturesque streets. Visit the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Afterwards, take in the city with a few photo stops. Visit the bucolic Golden Gate Park, before walking across the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and travelling on to the city of Sausalito. A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to San Francisco, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director is on hand to make suggestions for making the most of your evening.

Day 3

Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Today youll witness the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California’s Gold Country, you’ll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome on a ranger-led valley floor tour. Rest up on your free evening at your lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall. On a clear evening youll be able to take in the sparkling night sky over the park.

Day 4

Yosemite National Park toMonterey

Leave Yosemite behind as you take in the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the food basket of the world. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn which features its diverse produce. In Salinas, the heart of “The Salad Bowl of the World”, enjoy a farmer’s agricultural tour of a local farm, known for heirloom artichokes. Once in Monterey you’ll head to your hotel situated on the waterfront street Cannery Row.

Day 5

Monterey, the Cradle of History

Today you’ll journey to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint seaside community where youll have ample free time. As you travel along Pacific Coast Highway, enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive. Stop at Pebble Beach and its world-renowned links, as well as Lone Cypress and Seal and Bird Rocks for a glimpse of sunbathing seals and sea lions. A Dine-Around Evening awaits upon your return to Monterey, with your choice of three local restaurants.

Day 6

The American Riviera

Head on to sunny Santa Barbara. Along the way, experience a guided tour and wine tasting served at a Paso Robles winery. On arrival, Santa Barbara greets you with its white buildings, terracotta roofs, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants. Walk along a portion of palm tree lined State Street, the heartbeat of Santa Barbara and stop at the Spanish-Colonial style County Courthouse. In the evening, dinner with wine awaits at the local Opal Restaurant & Bar, a Santa Barbara favourite for 20 years serving eclectic California cuisine.

Day 7

Santa Monica and the City of Angels

Visit iconic Mission Santa Barbara, before making your way to Santa Monica and Venice. A Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, the Canals and Walkways and explain Abbot Kinney’s role in the development of the Venice of America. Continue on to your modern L.A. hotel, in the city’s entertainment district.

Day 8

The Glitz and Glam of L.A.

Explore Los Angeles with your Travel Director. Experience a bit of nostalgia in Downtown as you ride aboard the lovingly restored Angel’s Flight Railway. Next, you will be treated to an exclusive and private guided visit of the Los Angeles Theatre, a grandiose historic movie palace that is closed to the public. Visit Hollywood and Highland, where observation decks allow for the best views of the Hollywood sign. See the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drive along the famous Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills before walking along Rodeo Drive. Select a visit to either the Petersen Automotive Museum or the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for a Your Choice experience. Tonight, toast to your journey at a Celebration Dinner at Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse.

Day 9

Depart Los Angeles

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers before a transfer takes you to Los Angeles International Airport. If you would like to see more, perhaps extend your stay in the City of Angels.

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