California Classics with San Diego

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When you hum along to California Dreamin’ on the radio, what wistful wonders come to mind? Giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park? Big reds in Sonoma? Mega stars in Los Angeles? Colossal mansions that dot the entire Pacific coastline? From the City by the Bay to the City of Angels, this thirteen-day tour of California reveals every heavenly sight that earne...
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Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • San francisco: Sightseeing; Japanese Tea Garden
    • Napa valley: Tour and tasting at a winery
    • Yosemite national park: Yosemite Valley floor tram tour
    • Carmel: Visit the resort town
    • Monterey: 17-Mile Drive; behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • San simeon: Visit Hearst Castle
    • Solvang: Guided walking tour of the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a local specialty
    • Santa barbara: Visit the mission
    • Los angeles: Sightseeing; Getty Museum; farewell dinnerLOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO
    • From San Francisco to Los Angeles, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular vacation

What's this trip about?

    When you hum along to California Dreamin’ on the radio, what wistful wonders come to mind? Giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park? Big reds in Sonoma? Mega stars in Los Angeles? Colossal mansions that dot the entire Pacific coastline? From the City by the Bay to the City of Angels, this thirteen-day tour of California reveals every heavenly sight that earned the Golden State its name. Yosemite’s Cathedral Spires, 17-Mile Drive’s Lone Cypress, and San Simeon’s Hearst Castle are just a few you’ll want your camera ready for. Between the high energy of Silicon Valley and the high style of Beverly Hills, this encompassing California vacation weaves in plenty of kickback time with visits to a Sonoma vineyard, the quiet Danish village of Solvang, and the tony resort zip codes of Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Barbara. Don’t forget your shades. Surf’s up at the 70 miles of beaches along Southern California’s most laid-back city. Hang ten or simply hang out in San Diego’s renowned zoo, museums, and eclectic neighborhoods. Half the fun of this extension to your California vacation is the scenic train ride here from La-La Land.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City SAN FRANCISCO
End CitySAN DIEGO

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • California
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Los Angeles
  • Napa
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara
  • Yosemite National Park

Activities

  • Culture

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Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

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Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO

City by the Bay Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Free time this afternoon to explore the city. Ride the world-famous cable cars, shop i...

Day 3: SAN FRANCISCO–EXCURSION TO SAUSALITO & SONOMA

Vineyards & Views Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Continue to Sonoma for lunch on your own. Visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT TASTES & TRADITIONS Cross San Franc...

Day 4: SAN FRANCISCO–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

The Mountains are Calling Travel eastward through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Free time this evening. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT NATURAL WONDERS Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice-sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and un...

Day 5: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MONTEREY

Giants of the Land and Sea Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to many old-growth sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, one of the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey, home t...

Day 6: MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

Cottages & Cypress Trees This morning, spend your free time visiting historic Cannery Row. Other highlights today include a visit to the resort town of Carmel with a scenic drive along the famed 17-Mile Drive. Return to Monterey for free time before dinner at a l...

Day 7: MONTEREY–BIG SUR–SAN SIMEON–SOLVANG

California Gold Journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle. Continue to Solvang for a free evening. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDARY LIVES Visit the opulent mansion of legendary newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which house...

Day 8: SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES

Treasures & Traditions Explore the Danish town of Solvang and enjoy a [LF] Danish specialty at a local bakery. Then, travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, t...

Day 9: LOS ANGELES

California Traditions Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. See the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a specia...

Day 10: LOS ANGELES–AMTRAK’S PACIFIC SURFLINER–SAN DIEGO

Riding the Rails Take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner scenic train service along the coast to San Diego. Meet your Globus Local Host upon arrival before transferring to the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel. Free time this evening. Your Globus Local Host will be ...

Day 11: SAN DIEGO

Southern California Dreaming A full free day to explore San Diego, California’s second-largest city. (Breakfast)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CULTURE & TRADITION California’s southernmost city of San Diego shares the border with Mexico, as well as the blue expanse of the...

Day 12: SAN DIEGO

Pacific Pleasures A full free day to explore San Diego on your own. (Breakfast)

FREE-TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE in San Diego with a day on the beach or a visit to any of its exciting attractions. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction, and your GlobusGO mobile app is always at your fingertips with maps and suggestions for the best day in Cali.

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Day 13: SAN DIEGO

Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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