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Coastal California with Yosemite National Park

10 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

All that glitters is gold on the sun-kissed shores of California, which you will explore on this epic road-trip from the movie star haven of Hollywood to eccentric San Francisco.

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10 Days, 1 Country, 9 Cities

Coastal California with Yosemite National Park

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Los Angeles (CA), USA

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San Francisco, USA

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    • Crossovers: These departures will operate as per the 2017 brochure as under the trip name "The Californian". The start of the itinerary will be in San Diego; itineraries, durations, hotels and inclusions will be different. Please see the website for further details at https://www.trafalgar.com/usa/tours/the-californian
    • The Californian with Rose Parade (Ref: DCLR) These departures includes admission to the 2018 Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day and will have a different itinerary.
    • Festive Departures: We've arranged a New Year's Eve celebration for the 29 Dec 2017 and 30 Dec 2018 departures.
    • Coastal California with Yosemite National Park Rose Parade Special Departure (Ref: DCAR) Includes admission to the 2019 Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day for the 30 Dec 2018 departure.
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About this trip

All that glitters is gold on the sun-kissed shores of California, which you will explore on this epic road-trip from the movie star haven of Hollywood to eccentric San Francisco, tracing the lush green vineyards and olive groves, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the romantic Riviera of North America.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DCAL

9 Nights

accommodation

14 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

  • 4 dinners

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco

    • Scenic drive along Highway 1, 17-Mile Drive

    • See the spectacular Half Dome, Golden Gate Bridge

    • Visit Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, San Francisco


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

    • 4 dinners


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


 

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Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights)

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Los Angeles Sightseeing

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Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara – Paso Robles – Monterey (2 Nights)

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Monterey Sightseeing

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Monterey – Yosemite

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Yosemite National Park – Mariposa

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Mariposa – Napa and Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco (2 Nights)

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San Francisco Sightseeing

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Depart San Francisco

Day 1

Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Los Angeles (2 Nights)

Welcome to Los Angeles, La-La Land. Settle at your hotel and explore on your own. At 6 p.m. meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Beverly Hills Marriott

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Beverly Hills Marriott

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Los Angeles Sightseeing Day 2 - Los Angeles Sightseeing

Make your way to Tinseltown, Hollywood, where you'll be joined by a Local Specialist for a guided walking tour taking in Hollywood's most famous icons: the Hollywood Sign, Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later, experience the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills as you drive down famous Rodeo Drive, lined with high-end shops. The rest of the day is free for you to pursue your own interests.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara Day 3 - Los Angeles – Malibu – Santa Barbara

Head for Santa Monica to wander the shops or pier and then wind your way up the coast, past Malibu to idyllic Santa Barbara. Take time to enjoy this lovely community with the Santa Ynez Mountains on the horizon. Downtown, Mediterranean-style white stucco buildings with red-tile roofs reflect the city's Spanish colonial heritage. Visit Mission Santa Barbara, one of the 21 missions founded by the Spaniards along El Camino Real. This evening, your Regional Meal dinner is served at a local restaurant.

Hotel

The Fess Parker - A DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

The Fess Parker - A DoubleTree Resort by Hilton

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 3

Day 4

Santa Barbara – Paso Robles – Monterey (2 Nights) Day 4 - Santa Barbara – Paso Robles – Monterey (2 Nights)

After a leisurely morning, continue north to Paso Robles to enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at award-winning The Groves 41. Stroll through olive groves with a glass of local wine while your hosts enlighten you about olive trees and the process of olive oil making before dining on a delectable meal created with local ingredients and olive oil. Then, head north to Monterey.

Hotel

Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Hotel

Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 4

Day 5

Monterey Sightseeing Day 5 - Monterey Sightseeing

Embark on a tour of the Monterey Peninsula featuring Cannery Row and Fisherman's Wharf, beautiful Pacific Grove and the famed 17-Mile Drive. View the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, before arriving in the quaint township of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Enjoy time to explore before heading south toward Big Sur along the scenic Highway 1. Arrive at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park where you can stroll among the giant redwood trees. Enjoy a Regional Meal dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 5

Day 6

Monterey – Yosemite Day 6 - Monterey – Yosemite

This morning, join your Local Specialists for a tour and tasting at Earthbound Organic Farms in Carmel Valley. Explore the difference between organic and conventional farming, taste different salads fresh from the farm and learn the about the farm's grassroots story. Ascend the western slopes of the Sierra Nevadas through Gold Country, passing Victorian-era townships and saloons from the Gold Rush era. Late afternoon, arrive in Yosemite.

Hotel

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

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Day 7

Yosemite National Park – Mariposa Day 7 - Yosemite National Park – Mariposa

Explore Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stop at the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, believed to be nearly 3,000 years old. Then board a private valley floor tram tour with a National Park Local Specialist to discover the spectacular and wild landscape of Yosemite Valley. Pass the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and gaze at the wonders of El Capitan and Half Dome. The afternoon is yours to do as you please: explore further, take a hike or stroll along the Merced River. Later this afternoon, drive down the Sierra to your hotel.

Hotel

BW Plus Yosemite Way Station

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

BW Plus Yosemite Way Station

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Mariposa – Napa and Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco (2 Nights) Day 8 - Mariposa – Napa and Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco (2 Nights)

Head to Northern California's beautiful wine country. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Retreat to an exclusive blending lab at Ravenswood Winery with a Local Specialist to create, taste and bottle your own perfect combination of Carignane, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Afterward, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in San Francisco.

Hotel

Fairmont San Francisco Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Fairmont San Francisco Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Day 9

San Francisco Sightseeing Day 9 - San Francisco Sightseeing

Start your San Francisco exploration that takes you to Fisherman's Wharf, Golden Gate Park, fashionable Union Square and much more. End at San Francisco's famous Farmer's Market, featuring the Bay Area's best food artisans. Your afternoon is free to explore. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart San Francisco Day 10 - Depart San Francisco

Your journey ends with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or extend your stay at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Available Departures

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/eu/tours/coastal-california-with-yosemite-national-park for the latest discounts & departure information.

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Opened in 1907, the Fairmont San Francisco is centrally located at the top of Nob Hill with a tiki bar unique to quirky San Francisco

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Opened in 1907, this Authentic Accommodation is known for its impeccable service and centrally located at the top of Nob Hill. Take a stroll or stop for a tropical drink in their historic tiki bar, Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, opened in 1945 for a truly memorable experience.

  • Be My Guest
    Sample blended olive oils during a meal in Paso Robles

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

  • Local Specialists
    A guided walking tour of Hollywood's most famous icons. Tasting and touring an organic farm. A valley floor tour in Yosemite Valley. Create, taste and blend your own vintage in California wine country

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

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    • City tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco

    • Scenic drive along Highway 1, 17-Mile Drive

    • See the spectacular Half Dome, Golden Gate Bridge

    • Visit Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, San Francisco


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts

    • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

    • 4 dinners


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What's Included

Travel Highlights

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    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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    Service rating : Wonderful tour. Well organised & enjoyed the organised lunch & dinners. All well thought out. Our Tour Director Patrice Dias was also very good & very helpful.Product : Fess Parker resort in Santa Barbara wasn't ideal as it took a long time to get to your room & back again from

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    Service rating : We made a good choiceProduct : We had a great time

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