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The Californian

Duration:10 days 9 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Sun and Coasts
Tour Region:Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska)

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The Californian

Duration:10 days 9 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Sun and Coasts
Tour Region: Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska)

Tour Information

The Californian tour begins in San Diego and ends in San Francisco.

An all-over experience in California, from southern favourites, Los Angeles and San Diego, to northern must-sees like San Francisco, Paso Robles, Monterey and spectacular Yosemite. You'll enjoy Insider moments like: soaking in the Californian sun, strolling through orchards of 4,000 olive trees. Immerse yourself in how extra virgin olive oil is pressed, before relishing every bite of the meal drizzled in the local artisanal olive oil, produced right there.

December 29 Departure - Rose Parade

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Tours and holidays in Usa - ARRIVE SAN DIEGO

Day 1

ARRIVE SAN DIEGO

Welcome to San Diego. Get acclimated and relax. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions at the hotel at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Reception.

Tours and holidays in Usa - SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Day 2

SAN DIEGO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

From the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter to the luxuriant gardens of Balboa Park, San Diego entices visitors and locals alike with a combination of fascinating history, lively street life and some of the best weather in the country. Get acquainted with the city on a guided orientation tour and then enjoy some free time or join an optional visit to the San Diego Zoo or the mighty USS Midway.

Tours and holidays in Usa - SAN DIEGO - SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - LOS ANGELES

Day 3

SAN DIEGO - SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - LOS ANGELES

Travel up the sun-kissed coast to San Juan Capistrano, home to one of the oldest Spanish missions in California. Visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the iconic Bell Tower and the peaceful Sacred Garden. Stop and grab a bite to eat for lunch on your own in Santa Monica before a visit to the Getty Center with its world-renowned collection of classical and modern art. Stroll the idyllic grounds admiring paintings and sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LOS ANGELES SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Day 4

LOS ANGELES SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Immerse yourself in Tinseltown today. See Grauman's Chinese Theater, opened in 1927, and home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies. Then it's time your choice of sightseeing; choose from a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, the current home of the Oscars or a "Hollywood Behind the Scenes" walking tour. Cruise Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Beverly Hills and view the high-end shops of Rodeo Drive. If all this sightseeing has made you hungry, you'll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite at the historic LA Farmers' Market, a Cultural Insight, with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops for a tour and tasting. The rest of the day is free.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LOS ANGELES - SANTA BARBARA - PASO ROBLES

Day 5

LOS ANGELES - SANTA BARBARA - PASO ROBLES

This morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara. Savour some time to relax before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Paso Robles. Join a Be My Guest lunch where you stroll through olive groves with a glass of wine. Your hosts will enlighten you about the trees and the steps involved in going from olive to olive oil, before dining on a meal created with local ingredients.

Tours and holidays in Usa - PASO ROBLES - SAN SIMEON - CARMEL - MONTEREY

Day 6

PASO ROBLES - SAN SIMEON - CARMEL - MONTEREY

Begin your day at "La Cuesta Encantada"-the enchanted hill-upon which William Randolph Hearst built his magnificent castle. A guide leads you through the property with its 165 rooms, acres of gardens, and pools, and brings the story of the newspaper publisher to life. Drive Highway 1 toward Big Sur, running along the most beautiful coastline in the United States. Then it's on to the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey, home to Cannery Row.

Tours and holidays in Usa - MONTEREY - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Day 7

MONTEREY - SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY - YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Head across the fertile San Joaquin Valley, stopping at a local fruit stand to sample some of the tasty produce. Ascend the Sierra Nevada Mountains on your way to Yosemite National Park and its spectacular wild landscape, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend your free evening staying within Yosemite National Park, taking in all the natural wonders after the crowds have left and just steps from Yosemite Falls.

Tours and holidays in Usa - YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - NAPA - SONOMA - SAN FRANCISCO

Day 8

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - NAPA - SONOMA - SAN FRANCISCO

Descend from the mountains for a stop in Napa before continuing on to a vineyard in Sonoma where you will sample some of the finest California wines. Afterward, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, perhaps take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese dinner.

Tours and holidays in Usa - SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Day 9

SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Embark on a morning exploration that takes you to see the sights. There's a story around every corner and you have some time this afternoon to explore the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Tours and holidays in Usa - DEPART SAN FRANCISCO

Day 10

DEPART SAN FRANCISCO

Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or choose to extend your stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

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DEPARTURES 2017 PRICE FROM
MAY 5 2692
JUNE 16 2692
JULY 28 2692
AUG 4, 25 2692
SEP 15 2692
OCT 20 2692
DEC 39 (ROSE PARADE) 2921

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

SIGHTSEEING HIGHLIGHTS
- City tours Los Angeles and San Francisco
- Scenic drives along Highway 1 and 17-Mile Drive
- Orientation of San Diego
- See the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge
- Visit the Getty Center, San Juan Capistrano, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Carmel, Monterey and Yosemite National Park

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
- 9 full breakfasts
- 2 dinners
- 1 Be My Guest lunch

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

- Authentic Accommodation: Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA. This Authentic Accommodation, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, wows guests with its opulent charm. Known as the home of Hollywood glamour, the property has entertained celebrities, presidents and dignitaries from across the globe
- Authentic Accommodation: Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, California, USA. This mission-style, historic Authentic Accommodation, surrounded by lush gardens and oak trees, enjoys a tranquil setting just steps away from Paso Robles' historic downtown district and natural hot springs
- Authentic Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for visitors. Your Authentic Accommodation has a cosy, ski-lodge type atmosphere, redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings
- Be My Guest: sampling blended olive oils during a meal in Paso Robles
- Cultural Insights: Visit the famed LA Farmer's Market, a favourite of the locals
- Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1-2 San Diego Omni San Diego
3-4 Los Angeles Millennium Biltmore
5 Paso Robles Paso Robles Inn
6 Monterey Monterey Marriott
7 Yosemite Yosemite Valley Lodge
8-9 San Francisco Hyatt Regency San Francisco

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: San Diego, Omni San Diego
POST: San Francisco, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
We offer a range of optional experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip.

DECEMBER 29 DEPARTURE ROSE PARADE
Description of Day 4 - ROSE PARADE
Celebrate with an unforgettable chance to view America's famous New Year's celebration, the Rose Parade in Pasadena. Marvel at the dazzling pageantry of the bands and beautiful floats from your specially selected Reserved Grandstand seating right along the parade route. After the parade, continue your revelry with a sightseeing trip of Tinseltown, including Beverly Hills and Sunset Boulevard, view the Hollywood sign, stroll along the Walk of Fame and see the Grauman's Chinese Theater. Wrap up the day with your choice of sightseeing between a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, current home of the Oscars or a "Hollywood Behind the Scenes" walking tour.