California Classics

California Classics

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular vacation. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of San Francisco and Los Angeles, 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 San 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. Globus has arranged a special treat here… a coffee and Danish specialty at a local bakery. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its sea otters, seals, sharks, penguins, and more.

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Highlights:

• Upon arrival in San Francisco enjoy sightseeing including a local Japanese Tea Garden

• Travel to Napa Valley where you’ll tour a winery and have a tasting of wines

• Explore Yosemite National Park with a Yosemite Valley Floor tram tour

• On the way to Solvang you’ll make stops in Carmel a beautiful resort town; Monterey where you’ll enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium; San Simeon to the famous Hearst Castle

• Arrive in Solvang a quaint Denmark-inspired village where you’ll enjoy local specialties

• On the way to Los Angeles you’ll stop in Santa Barbara and visit the mission. In Los Angeles you’ll have enjoy a sightseeing tour including the Getty Museum, and end the journey with a farewell dinner.

Includes:

• Transportation on a temperature controlled motorcoach with wi-fi.
• 9 nights at 4-star accommodations
• Full breafkast daily
• 2 – three course dinners, including a special farewell dinner in Los Angeles
• All guided sightseeing listed in Itinerary including headsets for specific tours.

Level of support:

Guided

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9 nights

Price Range: $$$$$


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Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

 
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 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. Breakfast & Dinner

 
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. Breakfast

 
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! Breakfast

 
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. Breakfast

 
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 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. Breakfast & Lunch

 
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. Breakfast

 
DAY 8 SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES
Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. 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. Breakfast

 
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 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. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation. Breakfast & Dinner

 
DAY 10 LOS ANGELES
The tour ends this morning after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. Breakfast

10% - Booking must be made and under deposit between June 6 and November 27, 2018 for travel in 2019. Free Night - Must be booked, under deposit and discount applied between June 6, 2018 and December 31, 2019. T&C: *Book and deposit a 2019 Globus Europe, South or North America (excluding 2020 Oberammergau and Escapes by Globus) vacation to save 10% per person on the land-only portion of the core tour not including extra night accommodations, extensions, taxes, fees, tips or supplements. Booking must be made and under deposit between June 6 and November 27, 2018 for travel in 2019. Offer not valid with any other offer except Repeat Traveller benefit and air credit. Not applicable to custom tours. Discount will apply to individual members of groups adding a name and non-refundable per person deposit WITHIN the promo window. Not applicable on TBA space. Applies to new 2019 bookings only. Offer reliant on space availability. Full cancellation penalties will apply. Additional restricti

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