West Coast Insider Tour
You've seen it in the movies, now is your chance to experience the California coast for yourself! To top it all we include stunning Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. This tour includes a perfect mix of guided sightseeing and free time, taking in the best of the Californian Coast, iconic National Parks AND Las Vegas.
- Small group tour - maximum 20 passengers
- Yosemite National Park
- The Grand Canyon
- Hollywood and Santa Monica
- The Pacific Coast Highway
The bright lights of Las Vegas
SAN FRANCISCO ARRIVAL
Arrive into San Francisco International Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel before meeting your tour director in the evening.
This morning a fun and exciting city tour provides an overview of the city and enables you to truly appreciate many of San Francisco's most famous sights including Chinatown, Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf. Your tour will include a ride on one of San Francisco's historic cable cars - for an extra thrill, try hanging off the running board, Doris Day-style. In the afternoon we collect a bike from Fisherman's Wharf and pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge before boarding a ferry back across the bay, passing the famous Pier 39 sea lions. Take advantage of the prime photo opportunities with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the notorious Alcatraz Island. This evening you may join your tour director for dinner in lively Chinatown (optional)
SAN FRANCISCO (NAPA VALLEY OR MUIR WOODS OPTIONAL)
Your tour director is on hand to assist with your plans for the day, whether you choose to explore San Francisco further or take an optional wine tasting tour to Napa Valley or the redwoods at Muir Woods.
SAN FRANCISCO – YOSEMITE – YOSEMITE GATEWAY
This morning we journey east toward the tranquillity of California's High Sierras and Yosemite National Park's mountainous terrain. Inside the park you will be introduced to Yosemite's awe-inspiring scenery including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Falls. Be sure to have your camera ready!
YOSEMITE GATEWAY – MOJAVE DESERT – LAS VEGAS
Today, travel through the Mojave Desert to Las Vegas. A late afternoon arrival in the dazzling 'Entertainment Capital of the World' will give you enough time to start enjoying this fantastic city right away with an exciting evening tour featuring the famed casinos along the strip followed by a visit to downtown Las Vegas where you will enjoy the glitzy lights of the Fremont Experience.
LAS VEGAS – GRAND CANYON WEST – LAS VEGAS
This morning we stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas before our day trip to the Grand Canyon's West Rim. On the way, admire the beauty of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the US formed by the Hoover Dam. At the Grand Canyon West you will have time to explore the views on your own or join an optional helicopter trip over the canyon, a float on the Colorado River or walk on the glass Skywalk. This evening at leisure in Las Vegas - your tour director will help with recommendations for entertainment, shopping or fine dining options.
LAS VEGAS – PALM SPRINGS – SAN DIEGO
Today your journey takes you through Palm Springs, the winter palyground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown area and immaculate golf courses at the base of the rugged San Jacinto Mountains. This city in the desert was once known as the winter retreat of stars such as Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and year-round desert climate. Next, we continue south to San Diego, a city known for its beaches, parks and perfect climate. Enjoy an evening at leisure.
Today you will explore California's second-largest city with your tour director. The relaxed seaside surf vibes provide a quintessential California Coastal experience.During your insider tour, you will witness the central role of the American Navy in this port city. In the afternoon you may choose to visit one of San Diego's many attractions including Sea World or San Diego Zoo (optional). Evening at lesire or take an optional dinner cruise on the bay.
SAN DIEGO – THE OC – LOS ANGELES
This morning we head north along the SoCal coast toward Orange County, or The OC, as it is known by locals. Enjoy the atmosphere of cliffside Laguna Beach with its vibrant surf culture. Continue to Los Angeles, home of America's entertainment industry. Enjoy an evening at leisure - your tour director will help with suggestions for sightseeing and dinner, perhaps visiting the historic Queen Mary or exploring neighbouring Long Beach.
Embark on an extensive and entertaining insider tour of Los Angeles visiting the popular seaside communities like Venice, whose boardwalk is famous for Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California's oldest pleasure piers. Catch a glimpse of the glamour of Beverly Hills where you might spot a celebrity or two shopping on Rodeo Drive. Enjoy local flavours at LA Farmer's Market before making your way to Hollywood , where you'll check out the stars on the Walk of Fame, the celebrity hand and footprints at the Chinese Theatre and, of course, the Hollywood sign. Optional afternoon excursions include hiking in the Hollywood Hills or a visit to theilling Universal Studios.
LOS ANGELES – MALIBU – SANTA BARBARA – CENTRAL COAST
This morning you depart LA travelling through the coastal hamlet of Malibu, home to many celebrities. Continue north up the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches known as 'The American Riviera'. Enjoy local food and wine during a lunch stop. Make sure to check out the city's unique Spanish architecture before continuing to your overnight stay on the coast.
CENTRAL COAST – HEARST CASTLE – BIG SUR – MONTEREY
Head north along Highway 1 to one of California's most unique destinations, Hearst Castle. Built by newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, the eclectic collection of old-world architecture and grand gardens is situated amidst a stunning coastal landscape. Continue up the rugged coast through Big Sur, and over the Bixby Bridge to Monterey, California's first capital city where you will be able to enjoy an evening at leisure with recommendations from your tour director.
MONTEREY/CARMEL – SAN FRANCISCO
This morning you will visit the quaint village of Carmel after one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive.Next, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman's Wharf and explore historic Cannery Row - the inspiration for John Steinbeck's novel of the same name. In the afternoon we travel through the Santa Clara Valley back to San Francisco, where you began your unforgettable journey
SAN FRANCISCO and home
Your West Coast Insider tour has come to an end. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
- 13 nights' hotel accommodation
- 2 complimentary breakfasts
- Guided insider tours in all 4 cities
- Entry to Hearst Castle
- Guided bike tour across the Golden Gate Bridge
- Airport transfers
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
2020 Departure dates - 29May, 26Jun, 24Jul, 21Aug, 18Sep