Day 1: Monday
LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – ROUTE 1/17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL
Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. We head north to the world famous Route #1 where we get to see the spectacular California coastline up close (small vehicles will travel the southern portion of route 1 while full size coaches will travel the 17 mile drive exclusively). After our visit we visit the town of Carmel home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach our hotel for overnight.
Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport
Day 2: Tuesday
SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN
Today we understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We start our tour at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world famous bay, On the way to Sausalito we will have great views of both the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Next, we return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Our tour ends with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge.
Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn (In Winter Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel)
Day 3: Wednesday
SAN FRANCISCO – YOSEMITE – LOS ANGELES
Summer Route: We head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls.
Winter Route: We start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row after our tour we depart south a visit to the world famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tours the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century. In the evening, drive back to return to Los Angeles.
• 2 nights hotel accommodation including tax and Continental Breakfast
• Air Conditioned Bus or Van & Professional Tour Guide
• Bay cruise in San Francisco
• Admission to Yosemite Park (winter to Hearst castle)
• Sightseeing in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and San Francisco