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Arrive in San Francisco and transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet with 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. And for an extra thrill, consider hanging off the running board, Doris Day-style. As no visit to San Francisco would be complete without taking a cruise on the Bay or crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, in the afternoon we collect a bike from Fisherman’s wharf and pedal across the Golden Gate before boarding a ferry back across the Bay, passing the famous PIER 39 sea lions along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline. Be sure to take full advantage of 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 the San Francisco. This evening you may join your Tour Director for the San Francisco evening tour (Optional).

Your Tour Director is on hand to assist with making your plans for the day: perhaps another cable car ride to Fisherman’s Wharf where you may enjoy a “Taste of San Francisco”: local seafood, famous sourdough breads or decadent Ghiradelli’s Chocolate. Or take a stroll by Sea Lions’ Marina to watch them frolic. Be sure to gaze across the bay to Alcatraz Island where “America’s Most Wanted” such as Al Capone and “Machine Gun” Kelly were incarcerated. Or visit Union Square for a shopping stop at Macy’s Department Store. If you would like to explore beyond the city, we recommend you embark on a wine tasting tour to Napa Valley, world renowned for its fine wineries and beautiful scenery. Or you may choose to take in the natural wonder of the Bay Area by hiking through the “enchanted” forest at nearby Muir Woods (optional).

This morning we journey east toward the tranquility of California’s High Sierras and Yosemite National Park’s nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain. Once inside the park you will be introduced to some of Yosemite’s most famous and awe-inspiring scenery, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View, and Bridalveil Falls. Postcard-perfect pictures abound so be sure to have your camera ready.

Today, travel through the Mojave Desert on your way 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.

This morning we stop at the iconic Las Vegas Welcome Sign where you may wish to capture a photo memory of Las Vegas before making your way on an included day trip to the Grand Canyon’s West Rim. On the way, admire the beauty of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. formed by the Hoover Dam. At the Grand Canyon West, you will have time to explore the views on your own and if you choose, join an optional helicopter trip over the canyon, a float on the Colorado, or walk on the Skywalk platform. This evening at leisure - your Tour Director will provide recommendations that cater to your desired experience, whether it be partaking in the stellar shopping or enjoying the countless fine dining options that Vegas has to offer.

Today your journey takes you from Las Vegas through Palm Springs, the winter playground for Hollywood royalty, with its lively downtown area and immaculately kept 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 like Frank Sinatra, Jane Russell and Elvis Presley. Today it is a flourishing resort town with great shops, restaurants and year round desert climate. A sea of wind turbines mark the entrance to this desert oasis. We continue south to San Diego, a city known for its beaches, parks, and perfect climate.
Enjoy the evening at leisure and perhaps visit some of the vibrant neighborhoods of San Diego.

Today you will explore California’s second largest city with you Tour Director. The relaxed seaside surf vibes of neighborhoods such as Sunset Beach provide a quintessential California Coastal experience. During your Insider city tour of San Diego’s sites, you will witness central role of the American Navy in this port city. You may choose to enjoy one of San Diego’s many attractions such as Sea World or the World Famous San Diego Zoo. In the evening, we recommend checking out another of the city’s bustling neighborhoods or perhaps a dinner cruise on the bay (optional).

This morning we head north along the SoCal coast toward Orange County, or the OC, as it has come to be called be locals. Enjoy the atmosphere of cliffside Laguna Beach, with its local art galleries and vibrant surf culture. Continue onward to Los Angeles, America’s second largest city, a sprawling metropolis and the home of America’s entertainment industry. Enjoy an evening at leisure. Your Tour Director may suggest you explore LA’s smaller neighboring city of Long Beach, with one of the largest ports in the United States is also home to a historic ocean liner, the Queen Mary, which you may choose and explore (optional).

Embark upon an extensive and entertaining insider tour of Los Angeles that will deliver a true taste of Southern California with a visit to the most popular seaside communities like Venice whose boardwalk is famous for its Muscle Beach, and Santa Monica, home to one of California’s oldest pleasure piers. You’ll catch a glimpse the glitz and glamor of Beverly Hills, where you just might cross paths with a celebrity shopper or two along Rodeo Drive. Enjoy local flavours at the 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! An afternoon partaking in the thrills offered at Universal Studios (optional) is recommended.

This morning you depart LA travelling through the coastal hamlet of Malibu, home to celebrities and recluses alike, this enclave is like none other in California. Continue north up Pacific Coast Highway (called PCH by locals) to Santa Barbara, where palm-lined walkways border white sandy beaches. Known as the “American Riviera” for its similarities to the South of France, enjoy local food and wine during a lunch stop. Make sure to check out the city’s unique Spanish architecture at it’s beautiful City Hall before continuing to a central coast town for an overnight stay.

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 that will leave you in wonder. Continue up the curvy coast road through Big Sur, a Cliffside retreat where viewpoints over the rugged Pacific coastline are truly unparalleled. Continue onward over the famed “Bixby Bridge” to Monterey, California’s first capital city, where you will be able to enjoy you evening at leisure with recommendations from your Tour Director.

This morning you will experience all that the Monterey Peninsula has to offer by visiting the quaint village of Carmel after an exhilarating journey along one of the most scenic roads in the world, 17-Mile Drive. Afterwards, take in the sights, sounds and smells of Monterey at Old Fisherman’s Wharf and explore Cannery Row’s historic waterfront district, John Steinbeck’s inspiration for his novel of the same name. You may choose to visit the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium where you will be able to see and even interact with local aquatic wildlife, including the Aquarium’s most famous and adorable Sea Otter residents. In the afternoon, pass the fertile valleys of Castroville and Santa Clara en route back to where you started your unforgettable journey, San Francisco.

Your West Coast Insider tour has come to an end. Transfer independently to the airport for your return flight home.

Inclusions

+ 5 complimentary breakfasts*
+ Insider tour of San Francisco exploring diverse neighborhoods and the city’s waterfront including a ride on the iconic Cable cars
+ Thrilling and scenic bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Cruise
+ Experience the grandeur of Yosemite National Park
+ Insider evening tour of Las Vegas featuring some of the must-sees along the strip
+ Witness the majesty of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim
+ Visit the desert oasis and celebrity hideaway of Palm Springs
+ Enjoy the relaxed coastal vibes of San Diego, with an insider city tour
+ Insider Tour of Los Angeles hopping between the most famed spots and local favorites
+ Walk the charming streets of Santa Barbara, known as America’s Riviera
+ Discover the unforgettable Hearst Castle
+ Experience the rugged Pacific coastline along Highway 1 through Big Sur.
+ Explore the Monterey Bay, including the coast hamlet of Carmel

Exclusions

International airfares
Optional activities
Other meals, drinks, tips and other personal expenses or services not specified on the program
Personal equipment
Travel insurance
Gratuities
Voluntary tips for guides or drivers
Travel and medical insurance
Any items not mentioned as included

Notes

Hotels Used OR Similar
San Francisco - San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Yosemite Gateway - Hampton Inn Fresno Airport*
Las Vegas - Sahara Hotel
San Diego - Best Western San Diego Zoo/Seaworld*
Los Angeles - Crowne Plaza LA Harbor
Central Coast - Historic Santa Maria Inn
Monterey/Carmel - Lighthouse Lodge & Cottages*
San Francisco - Embassy Suites by Hilton / San Francisco Airport*
Complimentary breakfast offered by a hotel may be discontinued at any time with or without notice.

ALL DEPARTURE DATES ARE GUARANTEED TO OPERATE.

EXPERIENCE MORE (OPTIONALS) Rates available on request
+ San Francisco Evening Tour
+ Scenic helicopter ride over and into Grand Canyon
+ Thrilling Universal Studios Hollywood
+ World renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium

Highlights
+ Deluxe transportation by sprinter or mini coach.
+ Slower pace and more time in each destination.
+ More free time in each city to explore!
+ Focus on local experiences - do what the locals do! Explore each. city by either walking or in smaller vehicle, providing more flexibility.
+ Opportunity to explore more sights and experience different destinations with a smaller group size.
+ More independent and curated concept than a traditional escorted tour.

Please note that the prices are starting from and that upon sending a new request with specific date we will send the applicable rate and availability.

Program Touring / Guide

Escorted Experience

Trip Highlights

San Francisco-Yosemite Gateway-Las Vegas-San Diego-Los Angeles-Central Coast-Monterey/Carmel-San Francisco

Fixed Departure
14 Jun, 2024

Hotel
AUD 6,261 P P twin share
AUD 8,254 P P single
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19 Jul, 2024

Hotel
AUD 6,261 P P twin share
AUD 8,254 P P single
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16 Aug, 2024

Hotel
AUD 6,261 P P twin share
AUD 8,254 P P single
ON REQUEST

30 Aug, 2024

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AUD 6,261 P P twin share
AUD 8,254 P P single
ON REQUEST

06 Sep, 2024

Hotel
AUD 6,261 P P twin share
AUD 8,254 P P single
ON REQUEST

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