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10 Day The Californian

Trafalgar Tour starting in San Diego and finishing in San Francisco

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Trafalgar's 10 Day The Californian. An all-over experience in California, from southern favourites, Los Angeles and San Diego, to northern must-sees San Francisco, Paso Robles, Monterey and spectacular Yosemite. You'll enjoy...read more


Operator: Trafalgar
Type: Tour (Premium)
Style: Country Explorer
Max Group Size: 51
Duration: 10 Days
From: San Diego to San Francisco
Tour Code: DCLN
Visits: USA
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Arrive San Diego (2 Nights)

Welcome to San Diego. Get acclimated and relax. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions at the hotel at 6 pm for a Welcome Reception. (WR) Stay: Omni San Diego

San Diego Sightseeing And Free Time

From the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter to the luxuriant gardens of Balboa Park, San Diego entices visitors and locals alike with a combination of fascinating history, lively street life and some of the best weather in the country. Get acquainted with the city on a guided orientation tour and then enjoy some free time or join an optional visit to the San Diego Zoo or the mighty USS Midway. (FB)

San Diego – San Juan Capistrano – Los Angeles (2 Nights)

Travel up the sun-kissed coast to San Juan Capistrano, home to one of the oldest Spanish missions in California. Visit the ruins of the Great Stone Church, the iconic Bell Tower and the peaceful Sacred Garden. Stop and grab a bite to eat for lunch on your own in Santa Monica before a visit to the Getty Center with its world-renowned collection of classical and modern art. Stroll the idyllic grounds admiring paintings and sculptures. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (FB/D) Stay: Millennium Biltmore (Authentic Accommodation)

Los Angeles Sightseeing And Free Time

Immerse yourself in Tinseltown today. See Grauman's Chinese Theater, opened in 1927, and home to hundreds of premieres and three Academy Award ceremonies. Then it's time your choice of sightseeing; choose from a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, the current home of the Oscars or a "Hollywood Behind the Scenes" walking tour. Cruise Sunset Boulevard as you make your way to Beverly Hills and view the high-end shops of Rodeo Drive. If all this sightseeing has made you hungry, you'll find plenty of choices to sate your appetite at the historic LA Farmers' Market, a Cultural Insight, with its colourful collection of restaurants and shops for a tour and tasting. The rest of the day is free. (FB)

Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – Paso Robles

This morning, wind your way up the coast to idyllic Santa Barbara. Savour some time to relax before continuing north along the Pacific Coast Highway to Paso Robles. Join a Be My Guest lunch where you stroll through olive groves with a glass of wine. Your hosts will enlighten you about the trees and the steps involved in going from olive to olive oil, before dining on a meal created with local ingredients. (FB/BMGD) Stay: Paso Robles Inn Authentic Accommodation

Paso Robles – San Simeon – Carmel – Monterey

Begin your day at "La Cuesta Encantada"-the enchanted hill-upon which William Randolph Hearst built his magnificent castle. A guide leads you through the property with its 165 rooms, acres of gardens, and pools, and brings the story of the newspaper publisher to life. Drive Highway 1 toward Big Sur, running along the most beautiful coastline in the United States. Then it's on to the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the iconic Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, arrive in Monterey, home to Cannery Row. (FB/D) Stay: Monterey Marriott

Monterey – San Joaquin Valley – Yosemite National Park

Head across the fertile San Joaquin Valley, stopping at a local fruit stand to sample some of the tasty local produce. Ascend the Sierra Nevada Mountains on your way to Yosemite National Park and its spectacular wild landscape, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome. Spend your free evening taking in all the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park after the crowds, just steps away from Yosemite Falls. (FB) Stay: Yosemite Valley Lodge (Authentic Accommodation)

Yosemite National Park – Napa – Sonoma – San Francisco (2 Nights)

Descend from the mountains for a stop in Napa before continuing on to a vineyard in Sonoma where you will sample some of the finest California wines. Afterward, cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. This evening, perhaps take an optional guided tour of the oldest Chinatown in the United States, followed by a Chinese dinner. (FB) Stay: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

San Francisco Sightseeing And Free Time

Embark on a morning exploration that takes you to see the sights. There's a story around every corner and you have some time this afternoon to explore the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. (FB/FD)

Depart San Francisco

Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or choose to extend your stay at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. (FB)

Trip Inclusions

Insider Experiences with Trafalgar

  • Enjoy Insider moments like soaking in the Californian sun, strolling through orchards of 4,000 olive trees. Immerse yourself in how extra virgin olive oil is pressed, before relishing every bite of the meal drizzled in the local artisanal olive oil, produced right there.
  • Cultural Insight Visit to the famed LA Farmer's Market, a favourite of the locals
  • Be My Guest Sample blended olive oils during a meal in Paso Robles
  • Authentic Accommodation Stay at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles, Paso Robles Inn and Yosemite Valley Lodge
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Los Angeles and San Francisco
  • Scenic drives along Highway 1 and 17-Mile Drive
  • Orientation of San Diego
  • See the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge
  • Visit the Getty Center, San Juan Capistrano, Hollywood, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle, Carmel, Monterey and Yosemite National Park

Included Dining

  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 2 dinners.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.

Touring Inclusions

  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted. Stay in dazzling 4- and 5-star hotels whenever it complements the experience. Every one of our hotels is selected for its quality, character and setting
  • Luxury air-conditioned coaches give you ample legroom, reclining seats and an on-board restroom. Your experienced driver handles all the tolls, parking and navigation. Sometimes, you'll voyage by rail, water or smaller coaches, when the destination calls for it. All trips include free airport transfers on the start and end day
  • Must-do sightseeing, with audio headsets where appropriate
  • Porterage, local tips and charges
  • Bypass the crowds and enjoy queue-free VIP entry at iconic landmarks
  • An expertly trained Travel Director, every step of the way

Authentic Accommodation

  • Millennium Biltmore, Los Angeles, California, USA
    This Authentic Accommodation, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, wows guests with its opulent charm. Known as the home of Hollywood glamour, the property has entertained celebrities, presidents and dignitaries from across the globe.
  • Paso Robles Inn, Paso Robles, California, USA
    This mission-style, historic Authentic Accommodation, surrounded by lush gardens and oak trees, enjoys a tranquil setting just steps away from Paso Robles' historic downtown district and natural hot springs.
  • Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California, USA
    As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for visitors. Your Authentic Accommodation has a cosy, ski-lodge type atmosphere, redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings.

Special Departures

  • Festive Departures: We've arranged a New Year's Eve celebration for the 30 Dec 2016 and 29 Dec 2017 departures.

Operator Details

Trafalgar Reviews: (655)
Tours on Sale: 244
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star
Average Age: 45-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Small Group Tours
Max Group Size(s): 49 & 26
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA'

Reviews (2)

Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on The Californian with Trafalgar.
Apr 2013
1 Trip
“We stayed in excellent hotels and saw a lot of California”
Booking With Global Journeys
We stayed in excellent hotels and saw a lot of California. Patrice Dias was an excellent guide and very caring. I had to go to a dentist when I broke a tooth and she arranged that. Another man had to go to hospital and she handled that very well. The tour was not too rushed and there was free time to do your own thing. We liked that.
Jul 2012
1 Trip
“Fantastic way to see California”
Booking With Global Journeys
The tour was a fantastic way to see California and a great combination of having a guided experience and free time to explore our own interests.

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