2014 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 eight-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.

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8 Days / 7 Nights

$1500 per person

Includes Hotel Stays and Taxes/ Fees
 
 
San Francisco to Los Angeles
San Francisco
TO Los Angeles
DEPARTURE ITINERARY
Los Angeles
DEPARTURE ITINERARY
San Diego Itinerary

Day 1 - San Francisco

Welcome to California! Join your Tour Director at the hotel, who is on hand to answer any questions you might have. Enjoy a complimentary Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. The evening is at your leisure

Add: Optional Alcatraz Tour - Check for more information
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (San Francisco)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 2 - San Francisco/Wine Country

Wake up in San Francisco where your hotel is situated on the Cable Car line and then do a comprehensive San Francisco City Tour, where you see the landmarks such as: Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, Alamo Square Park, Palace of Fine Arts and then off to Sausalito (a small mediterranean town) for shopping and exploring. The tour continues across the Golden Gate Bridge into California Wine Country (Sonoma and Napa). Visit a vineyard and learn about the rich California wine history. To cap it off, we then take a Napa Ferry Cruise back to San Francisco/your hotel. In the evening, join the group for a Welcome Dinner in Chinatown.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (San Francisco)
Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 - San Francisco/Yosemite

Via a luxury bus, journey east through California's Central Valley, one of the world's most productive agricultural regions, to Yosemite. In the afternoon, enjoy a sighseeing tour of the Yosemite Valley and Yosemite National Park. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: Cedar Lodge
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4 - Yosemite/Monterey

Wake up in Yosemite and do an additional sightseeing tour of Yosemite. In the afternoon, head west to the Pacific coast and the bayside city of Monterey. Once in Monterey we will cruise along scenic 17-mile drive. The evening is at you're leisure.
Hotel: Best Western Victorian Inn
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5 - Monterey/San Simeon/Santa Barbara

Wake up in Monterey and head to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, home of more then 500 species of marine life. Then we will travel south to Hearst Castle, former home of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and home. Continue south to Santa Barbara, where we will spend 1 hour on State Street. Then we will take a short bus ride to the Santa Barbara Wine Country (home of the movie "Sideways") and check into our hotel. For additional optional fun, we will take an evening bus ride to a local Casino as part of our "Casino Night". Total time in the casino is 3 hours.
Hotel: San Ynez Valley Marriott (Buellton from the movie "Sideways")
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6 - Santa Barbara/Los Angeles/Disneyland

Wake up in Santa Barbara and the group will make its way to Los Angeles. A City Tour will highlight the history and attractions of the state's largest city. You will see Hollywood, Walk-of-Fame, Beverly Hills, Westwood/UCLA and the great Getty Museum. This evening you may wish to visit Disneyland on your own (admission fee not included).
Hotel: Disneyland area hotel (Los Angeles/Anaheim)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7 - Los Angeles/ La Jolla / San Diego

Wake up in Sunny Los Angeles and continue on to San Diego and La Jolla, and marvel at the exquisite coastline. In San Diego we will go on a Harbor Cruise to enjoy the city views from the bay. Then we will do a city tour of the Gas Lamp Quarter, Balboa Park, The Embarcadero, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Seaport Village, Hotel Del Coronado and Old Town.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown (San Diego)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 8 - Depart From San Diego

Wake up in Downtown San Diego. The tour has ended.
Departing flights from San Diego.

Day 1 – San Diego

Welcome to California! Join your Tour Director at the hotel, who is on hand to answer any questions you might have. Enjoy a complimentary Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Downtown (San Diego)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 2 San Diego / La Jolla / Disneyland

Start the day with a San Diego City Tour. To start the tour we will go on a Harbor Cruise to enjoy the city views from the bay. Then we will do a city tour of the Gas Lamp Quarter, Balboa Park, The Embarcadero, Downtown San Diego, La Jolla, Seaport Village, Hotel Del Coronado and Old Town. Board luxury bus and head to Los Angeles. This evening you may enjoy Disneyland on your own (admission fee not included).
Hotel: Disneyland area hotel (Los Angeles/Anaheim)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 3 – Disneyland / Los Angeles / Santa Barbara

Wake up in Anaheim, CA and begin the day with a City Tour of Los Angelesabout an hour away. The city tour will highlight the history and attractions of the state's largest city. You will see Hollywood, Walk-of-Fame, Beverly Hills, Westwood/UCLA and the great Getty Museum. The afternoon and evening are free to explore on your own. Board luxury Bus and continue to Santa Barbara for a one hour stop of State Street. From there we will head to the Santa Barbara Wine Country. FUN OPTION: Casino Night we will take an evening bus ride to a local Casino. Total time in the casino is 3 hours.
Hotel: Santa Ynez Valley Marriott ( from the movie "Sideways")
Meal: Breakfast

Day 4 – Santa Barbara/San Simeon/Monterey

Wake up in the morning in Santa Barbara Wine Country and travel north to Hearst Castle, former home of publishing giant William Randolph Hearst. Enjoy a tour of the grounds and home (an amazing 2 hour tour). Continue north to Monterey and visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, home of more then 500 species of marine life. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel: Best Western Victorian
Meal: Breakfast

Day 5 – Monterey / Yosemite

Wake up in Monterey, CA and begin the day cruising along scenic and famous 17-Mile Drive. Then we will travel east to Yosemite and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Yosemite Valley and Yosemite National Park. The evening in Yosemite is at your leisure.
Hotel: Cedar Lodge (Yosemite)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 6 – Yosemite / San Francisco

Wake up in Yosemite and take an additional sightseeing tour of Yosemite. In the afternoon we will head west to San Francisco through California's Central Valley, one of the worlds most productive agricultural regions. The evening is at you leisure.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero (San Francisco)
Meal: Breakfast

Day 7 – San Francisco

Wake up in San Francisco where your hotel is situated on the Cable Car line and then do a comprehensive San Francisco City Tour, where you see the landmarks such as: Lombard Street, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Grace Cathedral, Alamo Square Park, Palace of Fine Arts and then off to Sausalito (a small mediterranean town) for shopping and exploring. The tour continues across the Golden Gate Bridge into California Wine Country (Sonoma and Napa). Visit a vineyard and learn about the rich California wine history. To cap it off, we then take a Napa Ferry Cruise back to San Francisco/your hotel. In the evening, join the group for a Farewell Dinner in Chinatown.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency (San Francisco)
Meal: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 – Depart from San Francisco

Wake up in San Francisco. The tour has ended.
Departing flights from San Francisco.

Add: Optional Alcatraz Tour - Check for more information

San Francisco Departure
San Francisco Departure Dates
• June 11*
• July 9
• July 23
• Aug 6
• Aug 20*
• Sept 3
• Sept 17
• Oct 1*
• Oct 15
* - - SOLD OUT
See Schedule & Pricing for more info
San Diego Departure
San Diego Departure Dates
• May 21
• June 18
• July 2**
• July 16
• July 30**
• Aug 13**
• Aug 27**
• Sept 10 **
• Sept 24 **
• Oct 8
• Oct 22
** - - SOLD OUT
See Schedule & Pricing for more info
Let us help you Book Flights

While Tours of California does not sell airfare, we are more then happy to help you find the best flight available from your hometown.. This service is offered free of charge to customers who have an existing reservation. Also you will find that Saturday flight prices are more affordable!

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Selected & Alternate Hotels Are: 3 to 4 stars
San Francisco Hotel GALLERIA PARK HOTEL OR HYATT REGENCY
- SAN FRANCISCO

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.

Cedar Lodge Yosemite CEDAR LODGE - YOSEMITE

Located on the banks of the Merced River, just outside of Yosemite National Park. Property includes indoor and outdoor pools, a private beach, and a lounge.

Victorian Inn Monterey VICTORIAN INN - MONTEREY

Built in 1906 as a home for the Lang family, the Victorian Inn graciously offers its warm hospitality to Monterey, California visitors. With a convenient location, just four blocks away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The Victorian Inn is a charming boutique hotel with spacious guestrooms and suites, complimentary continental breakfast, evening wine and cheese reception, in-room fireplaces.

Santa Ynez Marriott SANTA YNEZ MARRIOTT
Santa Barbara Wine Country

The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is proud to be the First certified Green Hotel in Santa Barbara County. Our newly
reinvented lobby features functional seating, state of-the-art technology and innovative food and beverage concepts in a stylish setting. At the gateway to the Santa Barbara Wine Country, famous for its over 80 vineyards and wineries.

Ramada Main Gate Hotel Ramada Main Gate Hotel - Disneyland

By popular demand and listening to our customers, we will now stay in one of the many hotels in easy walking distance of Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure and Downtown Disney. This will be after your LA city tour. We should arrive around 5pm so you will have about 6 hours at Disneyland (entrance fee not included).

San Diego Downtown HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS DOWNTOWN
San Diego

The newly renovated Holiday Inn Express San Diego Downtown is perfectly situated in the heart of America's
Finest City. San Diego's most popular attractions are within minutes.The hotel is within walking distance to the Gaslamp Quarter and other attractions. The hotel offers free WiFi Inte

TOUR BENEFITS:

• Local expertise of California (We know California!)
• 8 Day convenient itinerary (Saturday-to-Saturday)
• Luxury motor coach and shuttle options.
• Best value in California escorted tours
• Comprehensive Itinerary that includes many guided walks, two unique ferry cruises, a Victorian Home (Go-inside!) Tour, two museum stops and a casino night.
• Itinerary operates both ways (San Diego and San Francisco departures)
• Only 7-Day Tour that offers Alcatraz Tickets at face value as additional exursion.
• Saturday to Saturday Itinerary conveniently helps you find cheaper flights because Saturday flights are generally cheaper than any other day!
GENERAL INFORMATION:
* Price includes all hotel stays at the hotels shown above and itinerary entrance fees (except for Disneyland).
Just Added: Disneyland to our itinerary (entrance fee not included)
• Deposit of $300 to hold your seat, Full Payment due 60 days before Departure date.
• Pay-in-full option also available.
• $1500 price (Double Occupancy) includes all misc fees and taxes. See Pricing.
* Gratuities for your Tour Guide and Bus Driver not included.
• Airfare not included. We can help with your airfare after booking your tour.
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What other additional excursions can I add to this trip?
 

Tours of California offers Alcatraz Island Ferry Tickets (In San Francisco) at face value if and only if you add the excusion at the time of booking your 7-day tour with us. The 2014 Alcatraz ticket costs are $30 per person, which will be added to your tour total. To book this option, please call 1-866-991-8687.

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