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The Californian

11 Days 1 Country 12 Cities

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

"Another great vacation with Trafalgar"


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: DCLN

10 Nights


14 Meals
  • 10 full breakfasts.

  • 1 lunch (including Be My Guest).

  • 3 dinners.

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The Californian

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. 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 your choice of sightseeing, 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.

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

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Authentic Accommodations
    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.

  • Authentic Accommodations
    Yosemite Lodge at the Falls, Yosemite National Park, California, USA As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is an idyllic spot for families and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness. Your Authentic Accommodation, Yosemite Lodge has a cozy, ski-lodge type atmosphere, redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings.

  • Be My Guest
    sampling blended olive oils during your meal in Paso Robles.

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

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

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


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


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 23 Reviews

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    Service rating : The tour director and driver were very helpful and informative. Both performed their responsibilities extremely well, and were great ambassadors for Trafalgar. Because of them we had a very enjoyable experience.Product : Included sights were everything we were looking for,

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    Service rating : Service was excellent.Product : Not excellent but very good. Would have preferred more time in Yosemite and less time in Sonoma and Napa. Other than that trip itinerary was spot on. The coach driver and tour guide were great.

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    Service was great. Our tour guide (monte McCann) was outstanding, informative, humorous, and caring for the needs of the participants. Thomas, our driver, was courteous and helpful. Overall, a very good trip. We would use Trafalgar (or their companion partners) for travel in the future. In fact,

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    Service rating : Accomodation excellent Tour guide & Driver very knowledgeableProduct : Scenery great, Tour guide very knowledgable, Driver experienced, accommodation great,.Stops made en route very appropiate.

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    Service rating : The service was very good. Tour guide Larry Womack was exceptional and driver Daniel was also excellent. Hotel were first rate and their services were top notch.Product : Our trip was a once in a lifetime trip. Itinerary had too many activities squeezed into our time. Not enough

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The Californian

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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.
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