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Monterey, Carmel,
The 17 Mile Drive

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle


Napa Valley

Tour Itinerary

Welcome to our “Comprehensive Californian” Tour that is not to be missed. From San Francisco to Los Angeles, Yosemite to Monterey; Tours of California offers an unparalleled escorted tour experience. Enjoy all that California has to offer during the nine-day itinerary. We know there other escorted tour options you might be looking at right now, but we ask that you consider our local experience, and our unique itinerary – please compare! Our luxurious motor coaches and local expertise make Tours of California the leader in affordable luxury travel.

9 Days / 8 Nights – $2200 per person*
*Includes Hotel Stays and Taxes/ Fees

Day by Day Tour Description

San Francisco

Day 1 (Saturday)

Arrive San Francisco

Welcome to California! On arrival, check in to your well-located San Francisco hotel. At 6:00 pm, join your Tour Director and travel companions for a Welcome Reception where you can get acquainted over a drink and have all of your questions answered. Since we’ll be exploring San Francisco, Wine Country and Yosemite National Park on day trips, we’ll stay in our San Francisco hotel for four nights, so relax—there’s no need to pack and unpack every day! This tour also includes: Alcatraz Island Ticket (a $31 face value ticket)

Muir Woods

Day 2 (Sunday)

San Francisco and Muir Woods

This morning enjoy a guided city tour which includes a variety of sightseeing stops and short walks to give you a comprehensive view of the City by the Bay. After time for lunch in the quaint waterfront town of Sausalito, continue on to Muir Woods National Monument to stroll among coast redwoods, the world’s tallest trees. Return to the city with a ferry cruise on San Francisco Bay. Enjoy a free evening and the many restaurants near your hotel. This tour also includes: Alcatraz Island Ticket (a $31 face value ticket)

Napa Valley

Day 3 (Monday)

Napa Valley

America’s most famous wine producing region is Napa Valley, just north of San Francisco. We’ll visit four wineries today, and have an included picnic lunch. Try a variety of wines such as cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and stroll among the vines in this beautiful agricultural valley. (To accommodate differing interest levels in drinking wine, we have included the cost to taste wine at two of the wineries. If you would like to taste at the others, an additional charge of $10-$15 can be paid directly to the wineries.)

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Yosemite National Park

Today we will visit Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. See famous rock formations such as Half Dome and El Capitan. We’ll travel on Amtrak’s San Joaquin railroad, which provides a relaxing journey, and after arrival, we’ll be treated to a guided tour of Yosemite Valley on an open-air tram (best views!), led by a park ranger.

17 Mile Drive

Day 5 (Wednesday)

Monterey, Carmel and the 17 Mile Drive

After our busy first four days, sleep a little later this morning, or relax over breakfast. Then we travel south along the Pacific Ocean to the beautiful seaside town Carmel for lunch time and a chance to visit some of the many art galleries for which the town is famous. After lunch, visit the 17 Mile Scenic Drive, home of The Lone Cypress tree and the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Overnight in Monterey, with many good restaurants along the famous Cannery Row.

Salinas Valley

Day 6 (Thursday)

Salinas Valley and the Central Coast

Salinas Valley, home of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck, figures prominently in many of his novels. It is known as the “salad bowl of America” because of the large amounts of lettuce and other vegetables grown here—even in mid-summer we’ll see workers harvesting crops as we drive through the valley. Arriving in San Simeon, we’ll have a guided tour of newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst’s grandiose “Hearst Castle”, lavishly decorated with Mr. Hearst’s collection of European art. The gardens and swimming pools are amazing, as are the views of the coastline (fog permitting). Then we’ll visit a beachside colony of northern elephant seals, and have time to browse the shops in the quaint village of Cambria. Overnight in Pismo Beach (or adjacent Shell Beach), in a hotel directly overlooking the ocean. Relax and watch the sun set over the Pacific.


Day 7 (Friday)

Solvang, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles

This morning we’ll visit Solvang, a charming town founded by settlers from Denmark, which is filled with Danish bakeries and craft shops. At lunch time we’ll visit Santa Barbara, known as “America’s Riviera” because of its lush landscape and Mediterranean architecture. Your Tour Director will lead you inside the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, often considered the most beautiful public building in America. Then, free time for lunch at the many restaurants in the State Street shopping area. Arrive in Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States.

San Diego

Day 8 (Saturday)

Excursion to San Diego

Travel southward to San Diego, California’s second largest city, known for its great weather and beautiful location on San Diego Bay. Along the way we’ll visit Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the historic Spanish missions and home to gorgeous gardens and architecture. Our San Diego city tour will include free time in Old Town, where California’s Spanish heritage comes alive with colorful shops, restaurants and free exhibits. As an alternative, you might choose to stay in Los Angeles for the day and visit Disneyland or Universal Studios (ticket price not included). Before dinner time tonight, let’s join together for a farewell reception at the hotel to toast to a great week!


Day 9 (Thursday)

Hollywood Sightseeing and Departure

This morning visit Hollywood, the heart of the film industry. View the Hollywood sign, find your favorite stars on the Walk of Fame, and explore the celebrities’ footprints in the cement at the Chinese Theater. Lunch time will be at the historic LA Farmer’s Market, where visitors and locals enjoy dozens of vendors selling every food from every cuisine imaginable. Arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at about 1:00pm. Please do not schedule any flights before 3:00pm. Have a safe journey home, and thank you for traveling with Tours of California!


San Francisco (4 nights)

Great hotel locations converge in perfect balance at The Galleria Park Hotel or Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Our guests will enjoy immediate access to both the Financial District and the city’s most famous attractions. You’ll find the historic Ferry Building on one side of our expansive San Francisco California hotel, the ferry to Alcatraz and the Bay on the other, and stunning views all around.

Hyatt Regency

Monterey (1 night)

Experience the pleasures of a seaside vacation when you stay at our boutique Monterey hotel, the Victorian Inn. Explore the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the unique shops and restaurants along Cannery Row all within walking distance of our intimate Monterey CA hotel.

Monterey California Hotel Rooms Distinctive features of our boutique hotel include spacious accommodations, in-room marble fireplaces, private patios, balconies or window seats where you can soak up ocean breezes plus free Wi-Fi. Our charming boutique Monterey California hotel offers oversized guestrooms and suites perfect for couples, families and other groups.

Victorian Inn

Shore Cliff

Pismo Beach (1 night)

Comfort on the Coast

Situated halfway between the hustle of Los Angeles and San Francisco, the BEST WESTERN PLUS Shore Cliff Lodge has made a name as the epitome of the upscale California Coast beachfront hotel. Our astonishing oceanfront views make our full service hotel an ideal choice for travelers seeking the ultimate Pismo Beach stay. With our proximity to well-known Pismo Beach attractions like the Pismo Pier, Shell Beach, Monarch Butterfly Grove, the Pismo Lake Ecological Reserve, and Oceano Dunes, we are in the right place for all your travel, business and recreation needs. Easily accessible from Highway 101 and Highway 1, our Pismo Beach hotel is the ultimate destination for rest and relaxation on the California coast.

Los Angeles (2 nights)


Experience this AAA 4 Diamond, situated just a block away from the entrance to Universal Studios Hollywood and minutes from Hollywood. The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City hotel is perfect for travelers looking to explore some of Los Angeles’ greatest attractions. All guest rooms feature attractive decor and have WiFi access.

Take a swim in the large outdoor swimming pool and relax in the whirlpool, or keep fit in the modern fitness room, fully equipped with cardio and weight machines. Enjoy local cuisine in the Café Sierra hotel restaurant, which offers California, Continental and Chinese cuisine in a modern, brightly lit setting.

Hilton Universal City


  • 9 days/ 8 nights
  • Service of a professional Tour Director throughout the trip — our Tour Directors have lived in California for years and are true local tour guides rather than just group escorts
  • Includes 3 major cities — San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego
  • Visits to 2 national parks — Yosemite and Muir Woods
  • Ours is the only California Coastal tour that includes Muir Woods!
  • Longer hotel stays — 4 nights in San Francisco and 2 in Los Angeles so you don’t have to pack & unpack every day!
  • Great hotel locations: xxx in San Francisco, Cannery Row in Monterey; oceanfront in Pismo Beach, xxxx in Los Angeles
  • Visit 4 wineries and taste a variety of premium wines in Napa Valley, with picnic lunch included.
  • Includes two ferry cruises on San Francisco Bay (as part of the city tour and the Napa Valley tour)
  • Spend time in charming small towns famous for their shops and restaurants – Sausalito, Carmel, Solvang, and Santa Barbara
  • Visit the 17 Mile Scenic Drive in Monterey, with the Lone Cypress tree and Pebble Beach Golf Course
  • Hearst Castle
  • Enjoy a railroad excursion to Yosemite National Park, followed by an open-air tram tour of Yosemite Valley, led by a park ranger
  • Our visit to Hollywood includes the Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater (movie star footprints) and views of the Hollywood sign


  • 8 nights hotel accommodations, based on double occupancy, including luggage service
  • Gratuities for hotel staff
  • Continental breakfast at the following hotels: xxxxxx
  • Service of a professional Tour Director and specialist guides throughout the trip
  • Transportation in comfortable vehicles (shuttles and/or motor coach, ferry, train)
  • Admission to both Yosemite and Muir Woods national parks
  • Welcome and Farewell receptions with choice of wine, beer or soft drink
  • Wine tastings at two Napa Valley wineries and a picnic lunch
  • Two ferry cruises on San Francisco Bay (during City Tour and Napa Valley Tour)
  • Amtrak train trip to Yosemite and ranger-guided tour of Yosemite Valley in open-air tram
  • Admission to the 17 Mile Scenic Drive; admission to Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Admission to Hearst Castle
  • Departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport
  • Alcatraz Island Ticket (a $31 face value ticket)

Not Included

  • Meals (except where noted)
  • Arrival transfer (you might choose to take a taxi from San Francisco International Airport to the hotel for about $40, a shared ride van for $17 per person, or the BART rapid transit for $9 per person). Similar services are available from Oakland International Airport.
  • Gratuities for Tour Director and bus driver (if you receive excellent service we recommend $5 per person per day for the Tour Director, and $3 per person per day for the bus driver)

9 Days / 8 Nights – $2200 per person*
*Includes Hotel Stays and Taxes/ Fees

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