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The Californian with Rose Parade

11 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

Take in the incredible sights and sounds of California, from scenic San Diego to cosmopolitan San Francisco.

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About this trip

An all-over experience in California, from southern favourites, Los Angeles and San Diego, to northern must-sees San Francisco, Paso Robles, Monterey and spectacular Yosemite.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... tasting olive oil from the olive groves at the Groves on 41 Olive Oil Mill in Paso Robles. And savouring wines and local dishes on a trip to the Nicholson Ranch Winery, where you'll be welcomed as a VIP guest.

Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DCLR

10 Nights


13 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

The Californian with Rose Parade

Your Itinerary

1. Arrive San Diego (2 Nights)

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. 

Welcome Reception
Omni San Diego

2. San Diego Sightseeing and Free Time

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 or enjoy an optional visit to the San Diego Zoo.

Full Breakfast

3. San Diego – San Juan Capistrano – Los Angeles (2 nights)

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, with its world-renowned collection of classical and modern art.  Stroll around the grounds admiring paintings and sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Full Breakfast
Westin Bonaventure

4. Rose Parade

Celebrate New Year's Day with an unforgettable chance to view America's famous New Year's celebration, the 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 Theatre, current home of Oscars. 

Full Breakfast

5. Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Paso Robles

After a leisurely morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara. Savour some time to relax and enjoy lunch before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Paso Robles. Then join a Be My Guest lunch, where you will stoll through olive groves with a glass of wine. Your hosts will enlighten you about olive trees and the steps it takes to go from olive to olive oil, before dining on a delectable meal created with local ingredients from olive oil to the locally produced wine.

Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Paso Robles Inn Authentic Accommodation

6. Paso Robles – San Simeon – Carmel – Monterey

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, acres of gardens, and pools—and brings the story of the newspaper publisher to life. Drive Highway 1 towards Big Sur, running along the most beautiful coastline in the USA. Then it's on to the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey, home to Cannery Row. 

Full Breakfast
Monterey Marriott

7. Monterey – San Joaquin Valley – Yosemite National Park

Head across the fertile San Joaquin Valley, stopping at a local fruit stand to sample some of the tasty produce. Ascend the Sierra Nevada Mountains on your way to Yosemite National Park and its spectacular wild landscape, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend your free evening staying within Yosemite National Park, taking in all the natural wonders after the crowds have left and just steps from Yosemite Falls.

Full Breakfast
Yosemite Lodge at the Falls Authentic Accommodation

8. Yosemite – San Francisco (2 nights)

Descend from the mountains and head north before crossing the iconic Bay Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese dinner. 

Full Breakfast
Hyatt Regency San Francisco

9. San Francisco Sightseeing and Free Time

Embark on a morning exploration that takes you to see the sights. There's a story around every corner and you have some time this afternoon to explore the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.

Full Breakfast

10. San Francisco - Napa Valley - Sonoma

After a leisurely breakfast head to Northern California's beautiful wine country. Enjoy lunch on your own at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa. Then travel scenic Highway 29 and the Silverado Trail dotted with wineries. Tonight, family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and Farewell Dinner featuring a tasting of local wines.

Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
River Terrace Inn

11. Sonoma - Depart San Francisco

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

Full Breakfast

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tours of San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco

    • Visit San Juan Capistrano, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, San Simeon, Carmel, Monterey and Yosemite National Park

    • Scenic drives along Highway 1, 17-Mile Drive and Silverado Trail in wine country

What's Included


    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 1 lunch
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 3 dinners.

What's Included

Travel Highlights

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

    • Hand-picked 4 and 5 star accommodation

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

    • 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

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • 9 nights First Class accommodation

    Airport Transfers

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

Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience


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Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.

Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 1 Reviews

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    Service rating : The service was great. The travel director did everything he could to ensure a smooth, organised trip for everyone.Product : This was the only time of the year I could travel. I had no desire to see the Rose parade, nor did most of the Aussies on the trip. It's disappointing

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    Festive Departures: We've arranged Christmas or New Year's Eve celebrations for these departures.This trip includes admission to the Rose Parade in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
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