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The Californian

10 Days 1 Country 14 Cities

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

"Another great vacation with Trafalgar"

Carol

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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 like San Francisco, Paso Robles, Monterey and spectacular Yosemite.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... soaking in the Californian sun, strolling through orchards of 4,000 olive trees. Immerse yourself in how extra virgin olive oil is pressed, before relishing every bite of the meal drizzled in the local artisanal olive oil, produced right there.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: DCLN

9 Nights

accommodation

12 Meals
  • 9 full breakfasts.

  • 2 dinners.

  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

The Californian

Your Itinerary

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Day 1

Arrive San Diego (2 Nights)

Day 2

San Diego Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 3

San Diego – San Juan Capistrano – Los Angeles (2 Nights)

Day 4

Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 5

Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Paso Robles

Day 6

Paso Robles – San Simeon – Carmel – Monterey

Day 7

Monterey – San Joaquin Valley – Yosemite National Park

Day 8

Yosemite National Park – Napa – Sonoma – San Francisco (2 Nights)

Day 9

San Francisco Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 10

Depart San Francisco

Day 1

Arrive San Diego (2 Nights)

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

Hotel

Omni San Diego

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 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 join an optional visit to the San Diego Zoo or the mighty USS Midway.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 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 the idyllic grounds admiring paintings and sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel

Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 3

Day 4

Los Angeles Sightseeing and Free Time

Immerse yourself in Tinseltown today. See Grauman's Chinese Theater, opened in 1927, and home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies. Then it's time your choice of sightseeing; choose from a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, the current home of the Oscars or a "Hollywood Behind the Scenes" walking tour. Cruise Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Beverly Hills and view the high-end shops of Rodeo Drive. If all this sightseeing has made you hungry, you'll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite at the historic LA Farmers' Market, a Cultural Insight, with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops for a tour and tasting. The rest of the day is free.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Paso Robles

This morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara. Savour some time to relax before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Paso Robles. Join a Be My Guest lunch where you stroll through olive groves with a glass of wine. Your hosts will enlighten you about the trees and the steps involved in going from olive to olive oil, before dining on a meal created with local ingredients.

Hotel

Paso Robles Inn Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 5

Day 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 toward Big Sur, running along the most beautiful coastline in the United States. 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.

Hotel

Monterey Marriott

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 6

Day 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 local 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 Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend your free evening taking in all the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park after the crowds, just steps away from Yosemite Falls.

Hotel

Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodation

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Yosemite National Park – Napa – Sonoma – San Francisco (2 Nights)

Descend from the mountains for a stop in Napa before continuing on to a vineyard in Sonoma where you will sample some of the finest California wines. Afterward, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, perhaps take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese dinner.

Hotel

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

Depart San Francisco

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA This Authentic Accommodation, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, wows guests with its opulent charm. Known as the home of Hollywood glamour, the property has entertained celebrities, presidents and dignitaries from across the globe.
    Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, California, USA This mission-style, historic Authentic Accommodation, surrounded by lush gardens and oak trees, enjoys a tranquil setting just steps away from Paso Robles' historic downtown district and natural hot springs.
    Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California, USA As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for visitors. Your Authentic Accommodation has a cosy, ski-lodge type atmosphere, redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings.

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

  • Cultural Insights
    Visit to the famed LA Farmer's Market, a favourite of the locals.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Los Angeles and San Francisco

    • Scenic drives along Highway 1 and 17-Mile Drive

    • Orientation of San Diego

    • See the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge

    • Visit the Getty Center, San Juan Capistrano, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Carmel, Monterey and Yosemite National Park


What's Included

Dining

    • 9 full breakfasts.

    • 2 dinners.

    • 1 Be My Guest lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

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.


Taste

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.


Unwind

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 23 Reviews

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    Service rating : Our tour guide was excellent Knew the area and had our trip well plannedProduct : the trip had all the highlights of California that we were of interest to us

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    Service rating : We enjoyed the hotels, meals and attractions. Mary Lee, our tour director was EXCELLENT !Product : Everything on the itierary was interesting to see. Would have liked an optional tour to Alcatraz as a choice.

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    Service:

    Service rating : Tour guide was very knowledgable, but did not give us too much information at once. Also, she repeated information at appropriate times to help us remember. She gave us lots of "food for thought" and did not force ideas on us. She was considerate of us as individuals.Product :

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    Service rating : Excellent Host and Bus DriverProduct : To many cities and sights in the 1500 mile trip/timeframe.

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    Service rating : Used travalgar for the first time, and definitely would use them again. Tour director was courteous, helpful, fun, informative, everything you would expect and beyond. As a widow this kind of travel is ideal for me.Product : It sure was memorable, adventurous, great hotels, good

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    • Crossovers: All 2016 departures will operate per the 2016 brochure. Hotels and inclusions may vary. Please inquire at the time of booking.
    • Festive Departures: We've arranged a New Year's Eve celebration for the 30 Dec 2016 and 29 Dec 2017 departures.
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