From the big cities of San Francisco to San Diego, you'll see the sights and landmarks that make California so unforgettable. Witness the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Tour glorious Hearst Castle and explore some if its 165 rooms and 127 acres. Travel along the breathtaking Big Sur Coast and Monterey's famed 17-Mile Drive. Marvel at the unique and creative culture of the locals at Carmel-by-the Sea with a guided walking tour of the most stunning coastal area on the west coast. Stay in the quaint seaside village of Santa Barbara, often called 'America's Riviera.' Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara established in 1786 and enjoy the spectacular view of the city. Get to know the best of San Diego with views and visits to Old Town, the Harbor, Gaslamp and more. Discover California's treasure trove of beauty and excitement.

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Tour Operator
Collette
Offer
Offer valid through 9/30/2017
Duration
8 Days
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1San FranciscoSan Francisco, California - Tour Begins: Join us on a scenic journey along California's thrilling coast. Your tour opens in 'the City by the Bay,' San Francisco. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner on Pier 39, overlooking San Francisco Bay.
Day 2San FranciscoChoice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco: After breakfast the choice is yours! Take an hour-long cruise on San Francisco Bay featuring an in-depth narration on its history and landmarks including Alcatraz* and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city; hear stories of the city's past and present as you drive past its famous landmarks including the Twin Peaks, Seal Rocks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the shops at either Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square. Perhaps you'll take a ride up and down the city's thrilling hills on a classic cable car.
Day 3San FranciscoSan Francisco - Carmel-by-the-Sea - Monterey: Travel to Carmel-by-the-Sea, populated by creative locals who take pride in offering one-of-a-kind items and experiences. Enjoy time to explore and have lunch on your own before venturing to the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Take a leisurely hike with a local guide amid beautiful headlands, coves and rolling meadows. From here we set out on the famed 17-Mile Drive, along one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world. During our drive you will pass through the Del Monte Forest and see such famous sights as the Lone Cypress Tree, Seal Rock (where the seals may actually bark at you) and the prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Course. End your day in Monterey, a place often called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky. In addition to the natural beauty, Monterey is filled with lovingly restored historic buildings and Spanish adobes. Time is available to independently explore charming Monterey and shop at Cannery Row, made famous by John Steinbeck.
Day 4MontereyMonterey - San Simeon - Santa Barbara: Today, continue along the coast. Upon arrival in San Simeon, visit one of the world's greatest showplaces, the palatial mountaintop retreat of Hearst Castle, a National Historic Landmark. Built by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, the castle was built on a 40,000 acre ranch that Hearst frequently camped on as a child. Hearst was constantly building and rebuilding what he simply called "the ranch." As a result, the estate was not completed during Hearst's lifetime and was donated to the State of California in 1957. Explore some of its 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways. Later, drive north to Ragged Point to view more of the coast. Then we head south towards enchanting Santa Barbara, famous for its dramatic mix of mountains, valleys, beaches, islands and the sea.
Day 5Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara: This morning your Tour Manager will show you some of Santa Barbara's most historic sites. Then, a docent guides you through the Old Mission Santa Barbara, established in 1786. It is often called the 'Queen of the Missions.' Visit a local farm and gather for a special olive oil tasting made from olives grown there; learn about the different oils from a local expert. Explore the famous Santa Ynez wine valley, making a stop at a vineyard for a wine tasting before returning to Santa Barbara. After dinner with a view of the waterfront, stroll the downtown area laced with pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and paseos, with the ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains as a lovely backdrop.
Day 6Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara - Los Angeles - San Diego: Welcome to 'Tinseltown.' Stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, visit the TCL Chinese Theatre, and learn all about the movie stars on an incredible walking tour of Hollywood. Later, arrive San Diego, a city known for its ideal climate, miles of pristine beaches, and world-class attractions.
Day 7San DiegoSan Diego: This morning, join a local guide for a comprehensive tour through the city's diverse neighborhoods, including the Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado Island and Old Town San Diego. The afternoon is yours to experience San Diego on your own. Tonight, gather with your fellow travelers and celebrate your trip during a farewell dinner.
Day 8San DiegoSan Diego - Tour Ends: Your tour comes to an end today, but the memories will stay with you forever.
Dates/Pricing

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DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
05/06/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
06/10/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
07/08/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
08/05/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/09/2018$2,899.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
09/30/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
10/21/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
11/11/2018$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
03/31/2019$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
04/28/2019$2,799.00* (USD) / Land OnlyQuote
Lodging
Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, United States
Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown San Diego, United States
Best Western PLUS Pepper Tree Inn Santa Barbara, United States
Hotel Pacific Monterey, United States
Disclaimer
* NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.

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