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The Californian with Rose Parade 2014

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Downtown Los Angeles, USASanta Monica Pier in California, USAFisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California, USAPier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USAGolden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USAYosemite National Park in California, USA
Downtown Los Angeles, USA
Santa Monica Pier in California, USA
Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, California, USA
Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, USA
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
Yosemite National Park in California, USA
  • Duration: 10 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Experience all the sights and sounds of California on this incredible tour as you travel from scenic San Diego to cosmopolitan San Francisco. Stroll through the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills, look out for celebrities in Hollywood, view the spectacular landscapes at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Yosemite National Park and sample delectable wines as you tour the renowned Californian Wine Country.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to San Diego! Get acclimated and relax. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow companions at the hotel at 6 p.m. for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    From the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter to the luxuriant gardens of Balboa Park, San Diego entices visitors and locals alike with a combination of fascinating history, lively street life and some of the best weather in the country. Get acquainted with the city on a guided orientation tour and then enjoy some free time to do some shopping, enjoy an optional visit to the San Diego Zoo or choose to cruise the picturesque harbour with an included dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    Travel up the sun-kissed coast to San Juan Capistrano, home to one of the oldest Spanish missions in California. Visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the iconic Bell Tower and the peaceful Sacred Garden. Stop and grab a bite to eat for lunch on your own in Santa Monica before a visit to the Getty Center, spectacularly located on a hill above west Los Angeles, with its world-renowned collection of classical and modern art.  Stroll around the grounds admiring paintings and sculptures, the magnificent gardens and the views. Enjoy an evening on your own in the City of Angels.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Celebrate New Year's Day January 1, 2015 with an unforgettable chance to view America's famous New Year's celebration, the 126th Rose Parade in Pasadena. Marvel at the dazzling pageantry of the bands and beautiful floats from your specially selected Reserved Grandstand seating right along the parade route. After the parade, continue your revelry with a sightseeing trip of Tinseltown, including Beverly Hills and Sunset Boulevard, viewing the Hollywood sign, a stroll along the Walk of Fame and the Grauman's Chinese Theater. Wrap up the day with a private tour of the Dolby Theater, current home of Oscars.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    After a leisurely morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara, situated between the expansive Pacific and chaparral-clad hills of Los Padres National Forest. Savour some time to relax and enjoy lunch before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to the beautiful seaside village of Cambria. Meet with a Local Expert to learn all about the area's flora and fauna. This evening, toast to your travels at a convivial dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Cambria Pines Lodge (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Begin your day at "La Cuesta Encantada"—the enchanted hill—upon which William Randolph Hearst built his magnificent castle. A guide leads you through the property with its 165 rooms and acres of gardens, and pools—and brings the story of the newspaper publisher to life. Then it's on through the lush vineyards of California's Central Coast to the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the many shops, wander down to the water's edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a pavement cafe. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey, home to Cannery Row, made famous by native Californian author John Steinbeck, and lively, picturesque Fisherman's Wharf.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Marriott Monterey (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Head across the fertile San Joaquin Valley, stopping at a local fruit stand to sample some of the tasty produce. Ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on your way to Yosemite National Park and its spectacular wild landscape, which John Muir called "the hope of the world." In the breathtaking Yosemite Valley, pass the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls, gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome and take a stroll by the sparkling Merced River.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (NP)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Descend from the mountains and head north to Sonoma, where you visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and an alfresco Be My Guest lunch featuring a tasting of local wines, olive oil, artisan cheese and cured meats. Cruise the scenic Carneros Highway through Napa before crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese banquet dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency San Francisco (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    As the mist rises over the bay, the great city of San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you to see the sights of San Francisco from Fisherman's Wharf to the Alamo Square. There's a story around every corner of San Francisco, and you have some time this afternoon to follow your own path before toasting your travelling companions during a festive Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport or extend your stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Take an exclusive tour of a family-owned winery in Sonoma and enjoy an alfresco lunch with wine and the vineyards as your backdrop.
  • Local Speciality Visit the famed LA Farmer's Market, a favourite of the locals.
  • Local Expert Meet with a naturalist in Cambria and learn all about the local flora and fauna.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • San DiegoTour the city's major attractions.
  • San Juan CapistranoVisit this famous historic mission.
  • HollywoodVisit the Dolby Theater; see Grauman's Chinese Theater and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • Los AngelesDrive along the Sunset Strip and see Beverly Hills; visit the Getty Center.
  • Santa BarbaraVisit this beautiful beach resort dubbed "America's Riviera."
  • CambriaOvernight in this quaint seaside city.
  • San SimeonJoin a guided tour of Hearst Castle.
  • Central CoastDrive through the scenic vineyards of Central California.
  • CarmelStroll down Ocean Avenue past quaint stores and art galleries.
  • Monterey PeninsulaTravel along the fabled 17-Mile Drive.
  • MontereySee Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf.
  • San Joaquin ValleyDrive through California's breadbasket.
  • Yosemite National ParkSee Yosemite Valley, El Capitan, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
  • Napa & Sonoma ValleysDrive along the scenic Carneros Highway and visit a winery.
  • San FranciscoEnjoy a city tour including the city's most famous landmarks.


  • 9 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch:
    • Be My Guest lunch with wine in Sonoma
  • 3 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in San Diego
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Farewell Dinner with wine in San Francisco

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 9 nights First Class accommodation

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