13 days from San Francisco to San Diego
Departs From: San Francisco
From San Francisco to San Diego, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular vacation. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of California’s largest cities—San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego—and take a deep breath and slow down in the areas of Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. If you’re interested in seeing some of California’s amazing scenery, this California tour offers you a chance to admire some of its best. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local vineyard in Napa Valley. Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, and meadows. Sit back and watch the views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, the dramatic Pacific coastline, and the Lone Cyprus on 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.Visit Santa Barbara and Hearst Castle in Sam Simeon, built by William Randolph Hearst as his private retreat. Once only accessible to celebrities and famous guests, enjoy a tour highlighting this impressive 123-acre estate. Also visit Solvang, a quaint Danish village founded in 1911 by Danish educators to maintain their heritage. Wander through the town with charming shops featuring Danish imports and picturesque buildings and windmills. TravelToe has arranged a special treat here...a coffee and Danish specialty at a local bakery. Another special experience offered by TravelToe is a behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its sea otters, seals, sharks, penguins, and more. All of this and more—including a scenic journey aboard an Amtrak train from Los Angeles to San Diego and two full days to explore San Diego—await you on this California tour. Be sure to pack your camera and get ready for a fabulous vacation!Duration:
City HighlightsSAN FRANCISCO
|20 July, 2018
||01 August, 2018
|31 August, 2018
||12 September, 2018
|21 September, 2018
||03 October, 2018
Sightseeing; [LF] Japanese Tea GardenNAPA VALLEY
Tour and tasting at a wineryYOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite Valley floor tram tourCARMEL
Visit the resort townMONTEREY
17-Mile Drive; [LF] behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay AquariumSAN SIMEON
Visit Hearst CastleSOLVANG
Visit the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a [LF] local specialtySANTA BARBARA
Visit the missionLOS ANGELES
Sightseeing tour; Getty Museum; farewell dinnerLOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner
Day 1 ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.Day 2 SAN FRANCISCO.
Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Also, see Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the [LF] JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. Afterward, there’s still plenty of time for pursuing your favorite interests and activities—ride the world-famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit the Museum of Modern Art. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)Day 3 SAN FRANCISCO–SAUSALITO–NAPA VALLEY.
Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery, and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This afternoon, arrive in world-famous Napa Valley. Visit a local VINEYARD for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own. (B)Day 4 NAPA VALLEY–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.
Travel southward through the Sierra Nevadas to YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice-sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and unspoiled alpine scenery. Descend into the 4,000-foot valley, where you’ll board an open-air TRAM to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular! (B)Day 5 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MONTEREY.
Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to 500 mature sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. (B)Day 6 MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL.
Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. A high point on today’s journey is the beautiful 17-MILE DRIVE, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Return to Monterey for a [LF] behind-the-scenes tour at the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, white sharks, and more. (B,L)Day 7 MONTEREY–BIG SUR–SAN SIMEON–SOLVANG.
This morning, journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit HEARST CASTLE, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which houses splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions purchased at an estimated $50 million. The tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123-acre estate. Continue to Solvang for an overnight stay. (B)Day 8 SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES.
Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. [LF] Enjoy coffee and a DANISH SPECIALTY at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops featuring Danish imports. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200-year-old MISSION with its world-famous twin bell towers. Afterward, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wharf. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. (B)Day 9 LOS ANGELES.
Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street – the oldest thoroughfare in the city – to Hollywood. Step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later visit the GETTY MUSEUM, housing a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D)Day 10 LOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO.
This morning, transfer to the train station and board AMTRAK’S Pacific Surfliner train bound for San Diego, California’s second-largest city. During your train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and quaint coastal towns. Upon arrival in San Diego, you will be met by a Globus Host who will help you transfer to your hotel and answer any questions about your stay. (B)Day 11 SAN DIEGO.
Experience San Diego at your leisure, featuring an idyllic climate and 70 miles of beaches. Perhaps visit San Diego’s world-famous zoo or take a harbor cruise, complete with dinner and dancing. (B daily)Day 12 SAN DIEGO.
Experience San Diego at your leisure, featuring an idyllic climate and 70 miles of beaches. Perhaps visit San Diego’s world-famous zoo or take a harbor cruise, complete with dinner and dancing. (B daily)Day 13 SAN DIEGO.
The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (B)Meals
: Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Los AngelesTransportation
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.