California’s Golden Coast

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Introduction

Discover all the “Golden State” has to offer on this scenic journey down California’s coast. Start off in San Francisco where you will have plenty of sightseeing around the city with opportunities to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Union Square. You will also have a full day of exploring out in Yosemite National Park as well as a tour out to Napa and Sonoma. From there you will head down to Santa Barbara where you can visit some of California’s most iconic beaches. After that you will continue down to Los Angeles where you will visit the famous Hollywood Sign, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Your journey will end in sunny San Diego. A fantastic trip down the California coast awaits you!

 

Please note: – This is a suggested itinerary only and is intended to give an overview of what is possible. All of our holiday itineraries are fully customisable and can be tailor-made to suit your own individual requirements.  If you would like to start in a different destination, use specific hotel accommodation, include an extra night here, a side-trip there and/or include tickets to an event please let your Discover North America travel specialist know. They’ll also book you the best value flights to ensure a seamless holiday experience.

 

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Itinerary

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to San Francisco! Upon arrival check into the hotel and begin to explore the city. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 2 SAN FRANCISCO

Take an exhilarating hop-on, hop-off tour of San Francisco! This excursion gives you the opportunity to see the most popular landmarks of this amazing city. You can hop off at any of the stops to explore any site at your own pace. Visit popular districts like, Chinatown, North Beach, Union Square, the Civic Center, and more! (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 3 SAN FRANCISCO

Today board a sightseeing tour that will bring you out to the beautifully scenic Yosemite National Park! Your fully guided tour will take you out of the city to travel along the Merced River and into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain range to the famous Yosemite Park. Enjoy sights of the tall redwoods, hike along the mountain trails, and snap pictures of the rushing waterfalls. You will truly enjoy a full day of sightseeing in one of North America's greatest natural wonders. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 4 SAN FRANCISCO

Enjoy a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the tranquil hills surrounding Sonoma Valley as you take in the beauty of the countless family wineries along the old El Camino Real. Then, you'll venture into the heart of Napa Valley, where your next stops feature up to three vineyards for tours and tastings. (Overnight in San Francisco)

DAY 5 SAN FRANCISCO > SANTA BARBARA

This morning you will board the Coast Starlight for a wonderfully scenic journey down to Santa Barbara. Upon arrival check into the hotel and relax for the night. (Overnight in Santa Barbara)

DAY 6 SANTA BARBARA

Today you can enjoy the wonderful beach-side city of Santa Barbara! A hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour will escort you around to visit the beautiful beaches and charming local attractions that make this area of California so iconic and special. The tour will also stop off at the local zoo, the famous Old Mission in Santa Barbara, and the harbor. (Overnight in Santa Barbara)

DAY 7 SANTA BARBARA > LOS ANGELES

Today you will depart Santa Barbara and continue on to Los Angeles. Upon arrival check into your hotel and begin to explore the city with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Your guided tour will highlight the best of Los Angeles' many attractions such as Rodeo Drive, the Kodak Theatre, Paramount Studios, and the Santa Monica Pier. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 8 LOS ANGELES

Continue to explore Hollywood today on your tour. With stops at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Hollywood Sign, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you can truly take in what makes Los Angeles so exciting. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 9 LOS ANGELES > SAN DIEGO

Travel to the Amtrak station and board the train to San Diego. Relax on the Pacific Surfliner as you continue your journey south along the Pacific Ocean coastline. Upon arrival check-in to your hotel and begin to experience “America's Finest City” on your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 10 SAN DIEGO

Today you will continue to explore San Diego aboard your sightseeing tour. Your fully narrated tour will dazzle you with a fascinating mix of trivia and humorous stories as you discover the historic Gaslamp District, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Seaport Village, and Balboa Park. (Overnight in San Diego)

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN SAN DIEGO

Discover North America can arrange extra nights in San Diego and trip extensions. Please call us for more details.