"California is a dream destination, from star-gazing in LA and sipping world-class wines in Napa, to marvelling at the national parks, and even diving into Disneyland, the happiest place on earth."
Take a city tour of San Francisco
San Francisco is one of the most incredible destinations in California, and we’ll take you on a sightseeing tour of all the highlights from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the scenic Fisherman’s Wharf dotted with sea lions, to the bustling Union Square, the gorgeous 1,500-acre Presidio Park and the historic neighbourhoods like North Beach and Chinatown.
See the quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea
This charming Monterey city is a little slice of heaven, famed for being dog-friendly and home to an inspiring community of artists. With over half of the residents once devoted to the arts (Clint Eastwood was the town’s Mayor!), you’ll find writers, poets, actors and musicians at every turn as you stroll down Ocean Avenue lined with cafés, boutiques and galleries.
Take a scenic drive through Napa Wine Country
As one of the world’s most famous wine regions, you’ll love driving through the beautiful hillside vineyards and countryside scenery of Napa Valley. We’ll even stop at a local winery to explore their stunning vineyards, learn all about the process of winemaking, and of course, enjoy a tasting of the finest Napa Valley wines.
Visit Yosemite National Park
California is renowned for its spectacular national parks and Yosemite is the jewel in its crown. This UNESCO-listed park is packed with wonders, from cascading waterfalls, blooming meadows and emerald valleys, to the iconic El Capitan, glowing in the setting sun. We’ll even stay overnight in a cosy lodge just a stone’s throw from Yosemite Falls.
Discover 'The Salad Bowl of the World' in Salinas Valley
You’ll dive into the world's salad bowl with a Local Specialist, as you take a private farm tour to learn all about the advanced farming techniques and fruit and vegetable production in the incredible Salinas Valley. Admire the lush crops, discover the fascinating history of the valley, and taste some fresh produce for yourself.
Our top 5 things to do in California
There are so many incredible places to visit in California and we’ll show you the very best of the state, from the Golden Gate Bridge to Salinas Valley.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
As the largest art museum in the western United States, the LACMA is not to be missed. Over a million visitors wander the halls every year, marvelling at the diverse collections, including Asian art, Islamic art and Latin American art, with pre-Columbian masterpieces and contemporary works from the likes of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
Autry Museum of the American West
The glory days of the Wild West may be over, but they live on in the Autry Museum in Los Angeles. You’ll discover over half a million artworks and artefacts from the American frontier, ranging from Western film memorabilia and a replica movie set of an Old Western town, to Annie Oakley’s engraved golden pistols, and a mahogany saloon with a roulette wheel.
California Science Center
Located in Los Angeles, the California Science Centre is one of the most hands-on museums you’ll find in the country. From the world’s largest display of Lego art and the space shuttle Endeavour, to a 7-storey IMAX theatre, high-wire bicycle, climbing wall, earthquake simulator, and a virtual reality exhibit, this museum is hours of fun.
Best museums in California
Our California tour packages will show you where to find the most fascinating museums in the state, from amazing aquariums to the story of the American West.
If you love avocados, you’ve got to visit California. These creamy green delights have been mashed, sliced and spread on toast in California for over a century, and it’s only in the last few decades that this trendy dish really took off around the world. Just ask your California guide where to find the very best avocado toast and lose yourself in avocado heaven.
Hailed as the signature dish of San Francisco, this seafood stew was developed by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s. Cioppino is traditionally made from the catch of the day, like shrimp, squid, scallops, clams, crab and fish, then melded with a tomato and wine sauce. Be sure to mop up every last drop with a piece of crusty sourdough bread. Delicious!
Known as ‘California’s Cut’, tri-tip is a Santa Maria style barbecue that takes a triangle cut of top-block sirloin and grills it to perfection. It can be sliced into steaks or cooked as a whole block, but either way, the meat is juicy, tender and packed with flavour. Pair it with Santa-Maria style salsa and grilled garlic bread and you’ve got the ultimate Californian dish.
Best food in California
With multicultural influences, fresh produce and farm-to-table experiences, California’s dining scene is truly special and our California holidays will show you where to taste the best.
What to pack for California
With miles of golden, sunny coastline, you can’t resist taking a dip in the ocean or soaking in a pool on your California tour.
Reusable water bottle
California is one of America’s greenest states and you can help reduce your environmental footprint by refilling your own bottle at free water stations around the state.
With so many diverse cuisines and everything from gourmet fine dining to delicious food trucks, prepare to loosen your belt when you travel California.
With almost 300 days of sunshine a year, you’ll need to stock up on sunscreen and bring your sunglasses and a hat on your California trip.
A warm jacket
Despite the heat and sunshine, it can get cold in some parts of California, especially the misty redwood forests, so come prepared with a cosy jacket.