Coastal California and Big Sur with San Diego

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Expect blockbuster fun, gourmet gifts and soul-stirring coastal backdrops when you embark on this scenic journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, tracing the history and the freshest foodie hotspots. Then on to San Diego, one of America's finest cities. Famous for its white-sand beaches and amazing weather, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions fo...

Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Easy
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Explore Salinas Farm, Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach with a Local Specialist
    • Visit San Francisco, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, Monterey, Pebble Beach, Carmel Mission, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Paso Robles, Sensorio Light Field, Santa Barbara, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice Beach, and Santa Monica
    • See Half Moon Bay, Big Sur, Santa Ynez Valley
    • Connect With Locals

What's this trip about?

    Expect blockbuster fun, gourmet gifts and soul-stirring coastal backdrops when you embark on this scenic journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles, tracing the history and the freshest foodie hotspots. Then on to San Diego, one of America's finest cities. Famous for its white-sand beaches and amazing weather, the city offers an abundance of fun attractions for visitors of all ages.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportRound trip airfare and all internal transport included
Start CitySan Francisco
End CitySan Diego

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural
  • Education / Learning
  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • California
  • Los Angeles
  • San Francisco

Activities

  • Culture
  • Historic sightseeing

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Itinerary

Day 1: Good Day San Francisco

The City by the Bay greets you today. You'll have the day to ease into its laidback, friendly vibe before joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception this evening.

Day 2: Promenade Through San Francisco

See the highlights of one of America's favorite cities including: Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Union Square and The Presidio. A free afternoon to explore everything that San Francisco has to offer. Perhaps opt to take a walk across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge fol...

Day 3: Take A Scenic Drive To Monterey

Travel Pacific Coast Highway past the resort town of Half Moon Bay before arriving at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park featuring a 40-acre grove of towering old-growth redwood trees. This afternoon enjoy a lunch treat that is pure California. In-n-Out Burger was found...

Day 4: Traverse Through Scenic Pacific Grove

This morning we enjoy perhaps the world’s most scenic 17-Mile Drive through Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula. Hug the Pacific Coastline with views of famous Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point golf courses, and we will make a stop at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Get yo...

Day 5: Unwind With Wine In Paso Robles

Today features America’s most unforgettable drive, 90 miles of Pacific Coast Highway 1 between Carmel and San Simeon. Travel through Big Sur passing over the famous Bixby Bridge and admire the towering mountains on one side of PCH and the crashing Pacific Ocean on the...

Day 6: Savor The Unique Taste Of Paso Robles

This morning link up with a Paso Robles resident and Local Specialist for a walking tour of the historic downtown corridor. Learn about the city’s connection to their thermal hot springs, the almond industry that once dominated the city, and why its quaint city square...

Day 7: Sink Your Toes Into Santa Barbara Before Hitting Los Angeles

Travel to Los Angeles and arrive into the affluent beachside town of Santa Barbara, often referred to as the “American Riviera”. There will be plenty of time to wander trendy State Street. Considered the heart of Santa Barbara, the area is known for its great shopping...

Day 8: Tour Tinsel Town

This morning join a Local Expert for a walking tour of one of the most famous streets on the planet, Rodeo Drive, as they share the secrets and stories behind some of the most expensive stores in the world. Visit Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the epicenter of America's mo...

Day 9: Travel The Coast To San Diego

After sightseeing in Los Angeles, hop on Amtrak's Surfliner Train at Union Station in Los Angeles.  Travel through Orange County as the train moves close to the coast and then hug the Pacific Ocean as you make your way into "America's Finest City" of San Diego.

Day 10: Trolley Through San Diego

The day is yours to explore San Diego at your own pace. Your stay in San Diego includes a One-Day unlimited hop on and hop off trolley pass, allowing visits to Old Town, Balboa Park, Little Italy, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Hotel Del Coronado.

Day 11: Goodbye Golden State

Say goodbye to the Golden State as you take your complimentary transfer to San Diego International Airport.

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Price per day$403
Last Updated: 7/19/2023

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At Trafalgar, we passionately believe in the power of travel to broaden the mind and build bridges between people. By sharing with you the hidden places not mentioned in guidebooks, the local people you wouldn’t otherwise meet, and the traditions you may not have experienced by yourself, we ensure that you get the ‘insider’ view, an authentic and enhanced experience you simply could not have had on your own.

It is this dedication to taking our guests beyond the obvious sights that has helped us grow over the past 65 years into one of the most trusted and successful international guided vacation/holiday companies in the world. From Europe to the United States, South America to South Africa, and with the recent addition of Asia, we pride ourselves on uncovering the hidden gems, cultural highlights and not-to-be-missed attractions of the places you visit. We’ll help you delve deep into the heart of each city and capture the true essence of each new destination.

We are committed to establishing lasting relationships with our guests by exceeding their expectations the first time and every time, through consistently outstanding quality of service, experience and value.

We're proud to be the most globally awarded guided travel company. Every year, we win some of the most prestigious travel accolades around the world – from the Travel Globes to the Agents' Choice Awards. We've collected 46 major travel awards over the last five years alone, as well as the Gold Trusted Merchant Award from independent reviews provider Feefo.

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As the world’s most awarded and loved travel company, Trafalgar unlocks the best of the world for every traveller. From the iconic sites to breaking bread with locals at private Be My Guest experiences, guests can be assured of a dream holiday without the stress of 'what ifs'. Committed to Make Travel Matter, Trafalgar aims to make a positive impact on locals, communities and wildlife visited, and the planet we call home. With tried and tested tours, created by local travel experts in destination and enjoyed by more than 5million happy guests, Trafalgar’s proud to be recognised by its Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award.

Trafalgar is part of the family-owned and run The Travel Corporation (TTC), driven by service for over one hundred years.

 

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Meals Included
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 10 Breakfasts
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
An expert Travel Director and professional Driver Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted All porterage and restaurant gratuities All hotel tips, charges and local taxes Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing All transport and transfers shown Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys) Optional Experiences and free time
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