California's Gold Coast 2021

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Our memorable journey through California has guests traveling from hip, glamorous Beverly Hills and iconic Los Angeles up the dramatic Pacific Coast Highway 1 to magnificent Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Monterey, ending in San Francisco – one of the world's favorite cities.
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    • The “Golden State” may refer back to the riches discovered in California in 1848
    • but the state’s scenic gems extend far beyond the bounds of Gold Rush Country...California... a state of mind as beautiful as the place. Discover both as you explore California dreams – amazing one-of-a-kind cars and architecture in Los Angeles... the glamour and glitter of Hollywood...the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
    • featuring Air Force One... the 'American Riviera' of Santa Barbara
    • a celebrity getaway where flowers bloom big in a renowned botanic garden... Central Coast wine country
    • lush farmlands
    • and extravagant Hearst Castle... the stunning beauty of Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula... and lovely San Francisco Bay by boat and on foot – a city that will forever steal your heart!

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    Our memorable journey through California has guests traveling from hip, glamorous Beverly Hills and iconic Los Angeles up the dramatic Pacific Coast Highway 1 to magnificent Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Carmel-by-the-Sea, and Monterey, ending in San Francisco – one of the world's favorite cities.

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Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start City Los Angeles, California
End CitySan Francisco

Travel Themes

  • Cultural


  • North America
  • United States


  • California
  • Los Angeles
  • Monterey Peninsula
  • San Francisco
  • Santa Barbara


  • Culture

Trip includes

    • Explore the history of the automobile and its global impact on life and culture during a private, early-opening visit to “The Vault” at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, founded by philanthropists Robert E. and Margie Petersen Walk under the wings of an Air Force One aircraft to get a feel for life flying high as a mighty eagle during our tour and lunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum Get a sense of local agricultural life at the small family-owned Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria Valley, where the family invites you for a vineyard tour, tasting, and lunch of fresh local ingredients Highway 1 meanders along California’s edge, where waves crash against impossibly rough cliffs and the ocean spreads out to the horizon – and beyond to a sky bigger than you ever imagined

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Travel Map

Day 1 Arrive in Beverly Hills

Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.
A transfer is included from Los Angeles International Airport to Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, an urban oasis of understated glamour; keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Join us this evening for a private welcome reception followed by dinner in the hotel'...
Day 2 Amazing autos & more in downtown LA

Because Southern Californians have a legendary passion for cars, you’ll begin exploring the dynamic city of Los Angeles with a tour of the historic automobiles, Hollywood cars, hot rods, and altogether extraordinary vehicles at the ...

Day 3 Beverly Hills, Reagan Library & Santa Barbara

Enjoy a tour through Beverly Hills, along Sunset Boulevard, and to the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities; Groucho Marx left an imprint of his cigar, J...

Day 4 Santa Barbara sights

Embark on a guided tour of 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. On a city tour, get a feel for the quiet beach community of Santa Barbara, long a celebrity hideaway, an...

Day 5 California’s Central Coast

Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills to begin today’s road trip. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot...

Day 6 Hearst Castle & the Big Sur Coastline

Drive along stunning Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark designed by revered California architect Julia Morgan. A guided walking tour of this elaborate estate, creat...

Day 7 The Monterey Peninsula & Carmel-by-the-Sea

Today’s tour of the incredibly scenic Monterey Peninsula takes in the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive, and Pebble Beach, before you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which was named one of the “most romantic cities of the wo...

Day 8 Monterey to San Francisco

Make your way from Monterey up the coast to San Francisco, arriving early this afternoon; feel the breezes of San Francisco Bay (and enjoy a boxed lunch courtesy of the famed Boudin Bakery) on a private catamaran cruise. Then check ...

Day 9 Inimitable San Francisco

A sightseeing tour takes you up and down San Francisco’s hills with views of San Francisco Bay as you see Chinatown and the Marina District, rows of Victorian gingerbread houses, Lombard Street, Coit Tower and the iconic Golden Gate...

Day 10 Journey home

Tour ends: San Francisco.
Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square to the San Francisco International Airport is included; you should allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.


PORTOFCALL : San Francisco, California, USA

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Last Updated: 5/15/2023

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