Day 1 – Arrive San Diego (2 Nights)
Welcome to San Diego! A complimentary transfer is provided to the tour hotel. Your Tour Director is available at the hotel this afternoon to greet you and answer your questions.
Day 2 – San Diego Sightseeing & at Leisure
This morning’s city tour highlights the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the bustling Embarcadero, Balboa Park and the historic Old Town. The afternoon is at leisure to pursue your own interests. This evening head to Seaport Village, a waterfront entertainment area recreating a harborside setting of a century ago with meandering cobblestone pathways, ponds, fountains and colorful, lush landscaping. Enjoy dinner at a popular local restaurant.
Day 3 – San Diego – San Juan Capistrano – Hollywood – Santa Monica
Journey north and visit the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the original missions built by the Spanish. On to the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills, including famous Rodeo Drive and then the fabled Sunset Strip. After a lunch stop at the historic Farmers Market, join a guided tour of the Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards ceremonies. View the famous Oscar statuette, and gain an insider’s view of this glamorous production. See Grauman’s Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Hollywood Sign. This afternoon, as an option, perhaps join a Movie Stars’ Homes guided tour to view the amazing mansions of some of the world’s most famous celebrities, past and present. End the day at your hotel near the ocean in the beautiful seaside community of Santa Monica. This evening, why not stroll over to the Third Street Promenade, an open air pedestrian-only street of shops, restaurants and cafes, or to the iconic Santa Monica Pier?
Day 4 – Santa Monica – Santa Barbara – Cambria
Visit The Getty Center and enjoy the fabulous art collections and spectacular grounds overlooking the city and the Pacific Ocean. Following the Pacific coast north, stop in Santa Barbara, one of California’s most beautiful cities with spectacular Spanish Revival architecture. The day ends on arrival at the quaint seaside city of Cambria and your delightful hotel nestled amongst pine trees. Join your fellow travelers for a special dinner.
Day 5 – Cambria – San Simeon – Carmel – Monterey
A short drive along the coast brings you to San Simeon for a guided tour of Hearst Castle. Built on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific, the spectacular grounds and grandiose home feature the world-class art collection of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue north through the beautiful rolling hills of California’s Central Coast, dotted with vineyards. Stop at the artist colony of Carmel with time to stroll down the tree-lined Ocean Avenue, past quirky shops and art galleries. As you travel along the scenic 17 Mile Drive, home to multi-million dollar mansions and the Pebble Beach Golf Links, to the historic seaside town of Monterey, where Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf reflect the city’s long history with the sea. This evening is at leisure to explore Monterey.
Day 6 – Monterey – San Joaquin Valley – Yosemite National Park
Journey inland through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, known as the breadbasket of California. Stop at a historic fruit stand for a chance to buy fresh-off-the-farm fruit. Travel through the wooded Sierra Nevada Mountains and arrive at Yosemite National Park. Enter the spectacular Yosemite Valley and view the giant iconic formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and the breathtaking Yosemite Falls, the highest in North America. Enjoy a stroll along the Merced River and take in the immense beauty of this spectacular mountain setting.
Day 7 – Yosemite – Napa/Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco (2 Nights)
Travel down the Sierras through Gold Country and enter the famous California Wine Country. Journey along the scenic Carneros Highway and stop at a family-owned vineyard for an exclusive winery experience. Meet with the owners who take you on a private tour of their winery. Sample estate-produced wines and olive oil served with local artisan cheeses, and savor a delicious ‘Be My Guest’ Lunch of fresh local produce, served alfresco with sweeping views over the vineyards of the Sonoma Valley. Heading south, arrive in the city-by-the-bay, San Francisco. As an option this evening, why not join a walking tour of Chinatown, where an ancient culture from the other side of the world survives and flourishes with remarkable authenticity. Visit a fortune cookie factory and enjoy a delicious Chinese banquet at a local restaurant. An illumination tour of San Francisco completes this unique optional experience.
Day 8 – San Francisco Sightseeing & at Leisure
Enjoy a morning tour of North America’s most romantic city. See the famous sights of this eclectic metropolis: Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39, the Victorian mansions of Alamo Square, the rolling hills of the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Spend the afternoon at your leisure. This evening join your fellow passengers for a farewell dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf and toast to your California adventure.
Day 9 – Depart San Francisco
A complimentary transfer is provided to San Francisco International Airport.