San Diego • Los Angeles • Paso Robles • Monterey • Yosemite • San Francisco
From the atmosphere of cosmopolitan cities to the natural splendour of the great outdoors, uncover California’s incredible diversity on this invigorating tour.
10 Day State Explorer
Starting south in San Diego, immerse yourself in California’s sunniest city before heading north to the beating heart of the movie industry, Los Angeles. Enjoy the jaw-dropping scenes along Highway 1 and travel America’s most famous coastal route, Big Sur. Sample world-class wines in Napa Valley and Sonoma before heading home from San Francisco International Airport.
Let’s break it down
Welcome to San Diego - the city where the sun is constantly shining and where you’ll find entertainment around every corner. Get acclimated and check-in to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Get to know fascinating San Diego on a guided city tour, taking in places such as the historic Gaslamp Quarter and beautiful Balboa Park. Enjoy time exploring the city at your own leisure or join an optional excursion to world famous San Diego Zoo.
From San Diego, enjoy the beautiful route up the coast to historic San Juan Capistrano, home to one of the oldest missions in California. Here you’ll explore the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the Bell Tower and Sacred Garden before stopping for lunch in Santa Monica. See the prestigious art collection in the world famous Getty Center and then enjoy a delicious meal at a local LA restaurant in the evening.
Immerse yourself in the wonders of Los Angeles and be ready to witness the original Tinseltown. Start the day with a visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theater, home to some of the world’s biggest movie premieres and several Academy Award ceremonies. Then choose between a private tour of the Dolby Theater (home of the Oscars) or a fantastic ‘Hollywood Behind the Scenes’ walking tour. Browse the shops of famous Rodeo Drive before heading to the historic LA Farmer’s Market for a tour and tasting of the local delights. Enjoy an afternoon to explore the city at your own leisure.
After a relaxing morning in Los Angeles, you will travel along the coast to beautiful Santa Barbara. While you’re there, savour some time and enjoy a splendid lunch before heading north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Paso Robles. In Pas Robles you’ll stroll through olive groves with a glass of wine as your host teaches you about the olive pressing process. Then enjoy a delicious meal created with entirely locally sourced ingredients, from the tasty olive oil to the fine wine.
Start your day at the famous La Cuesta Encantada where you can enjoy a guided tour of magnificent Hearst Castle. Travel along America’s legendary coastal route on Highway 1 towards Big Sur and take in one of the most spectacular meetings of land and sea. Discover the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea before cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive and the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links. End your day in the city of Monterey where you’ll find famous Cannery Row and Fisherman’s Wharf.
The day begins with a visit to the San Joaquin Valley where you’ll sample the delicious produce at a local fruit stand. Ascend the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains on the way to Yosemite National Park and witness California’s spectacular natural splendour. See the stunning Bridalveil Falls and discover the awe-inspiring scenes of El Capitan and Half Dome. Enjoy an evening in Yosemite National Park where you’re free to explore the park at your own leisure after the crowds have left.
Embark on a picturesque journey, descending from the Nevada Mountains and heading through California's wine country. Sample the delights of Napa and Sonoma at various wine tastings before crossing the iconic Bay Bridge into San Francisco.
Discover San Francisco in all its glory with a morning expedition, taking in the vibrant atmosphere and attractions on offer. Find your own story with free time in the afternoon to explore the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, renowned throughout the country as one of the best, and enjoy the quality of its fresh farm produce and prepared foods.
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