Tour Duration
3-Days
Tour Type
Collective
Language
Mobile Voucher Accepted
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Easy cancellation
Free up to 3 days in advance of the experience

DESCRIPTION

California Express in 3 Days

A perfect 3-day tour for all California Dreamers! Come experience the beautiful scenery, the pacific coastline that made this state world-wide famous for its long wide beaches, stunning sunsets, surf lovers, lush palm trees, and rugged cliffs that dip right into the ocean. Visit Santa Barbara & Carmel and  during the warm months we will visit the incredible Yosemite National Park and the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains.

HIGHLIGHTS

3-Day Trip to explore California
Sightseeing in Santa Barbara, Solvang, Carmel & San Francisco
Panoramic Bay Cruise in San Francisco with up-close views of the Golden Gate Bridge & Alcatraz Island
Discover the National Park of Yosemite (Summer) with the Sierra Nevada, El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, Half Dome & Yosemite Falls
Visit Monterey (Winter)
2 Nights in Hotel with included all taxes and fees
Complimentary Continental Breakfast
The tour guide will be with you during the entire tour
Excursion ideal for the whole family!

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WHAT TO EXPECT

DAY 1: LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – 17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL

Summer Route: Leaving Los Angeles in the early morning, the first 2 stops on our way north will be the Mediterranean town of Santa Barbara and the Danish community of Solvang. During the morning, we will also visit a Spanish Mission, a perfect place to learn the history of the state and understand the role of these religious outposts and how they shaped California.
Ever heard of the 17-mile drive? It's possibly one of the most scenic stretches of roads in the whole worldd that "hugs" the pacific ocean and the incredible California coastline. Here, we will find pristine beaches and some iconic sea-towns including Carmel also known as the city that elected Clint Eastwood as their mayor! Here, you will have some free time to stroll around the narrow streets among st boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops and local eateries.
Sample Hotel - SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport

Winter Route: we drive along the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. We'll Visit the village and and enjoy the beautiful view of the ocean, we finish our visit at the Spanish Mission Santa Barbara.
We continue to Solvang, “the Danish capital of America” a quaint Danish community at the heart of California, strolling we'll enjoin Danish-style architecture. After lunch (not included) we head north through Silicon Valley before departing to reach our hotel for overnight.
Overnight: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Oakland Airport


Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN

Today is the day dedicated to the City by the Bay -- San Francisco. We will start with the popular Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf so we can hop an a bay cruise and experience the beautiful city from the water including sailing under the famous Golden Gate Bridge and around the infamous Alcatraz Island.
Once we are back to Pier 39, we will break for lunch so you can have some time to maybe enjoy some iconic crabs or chocolate at Ghirardelli!
After lunch, the group will reunite for a tour around the city including all the most important areas and landmarks like Union Square, Nob Hill, the iconic Chinatown and of course a must stop to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge. We will leave San Francisco in the evening to reach our Hotel near Modesto, but not before we stop by the Bay Bridge for a night view of the city. Sample Hotel - Overnight: Modesto – Modesto Hotel(summer) - Springhill Suites Oakland Airport (winter)


DAY 3: SAN FRANCISCO – YOSEMITE (OR MONTEREY) – LOS ANGELES

Depending on the season, we will have 2 different itineraries for this day.
In the Summer Time, we will opt for the route that will take us through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley until we reach Yosemite National Park. Here, we will spend our day exploring this 1,200 square-mile enchanted forest full of waterfalls, lakes, and the incredible mountains of the Sierra Nevada. During the day, we will be able to stop at some of the most iconic stops such as El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome. We will also take a small hike right from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters tall) — The Yosemite Falls.

In late Fall/Winter, when many roads going out east and to the mountains will be closed due to snow and inclement weather, instead of visiting the Yosemite Park, we will opt for a visit to Monterey, another picturesque California seaside village with an iconic Wharf and a popular Main Street by the name of Cannery Row. 
Whether we follow the late Spring/Summer route or the late Fall/Winter route, we will try to be back in Los Angeles by the late afternoon/evening depending on traffic.

INCLUDES

    • 2 nights hotel accommodation including tax and Continental Breakfast
    • Air-Conditioned Bus or Van & Professional Tour Guide
    • Bay cruise in San Francisco
    • Admission to Yosemite Park (winter Monterey)
    • Sightseeing in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and San Francisco.

EXCLUDES

    • Gratuities ( Recommended $5 for the Guide and $5 for the Driver per person)
    • Food & Beverages (except the continental breakfast in the hotel)
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Everything else not specifically outlined in the "What’s Included"

WHERE & WHEN

Tour Departs Every Monday Year Round.
06:30 AM Farmers Market – Starbucks Coffee Shop - Corner of Fairfax Blvd & 3rd Street
07:00 AM Culver City - Four Points Sheraton Hotel - 5990 Green Valley Circle

MORE INFO & FAQ

  • You can cancel free of charge until 3 days before your reservation starts. After that time, no refunds will be made.
  • For the comfort and safety of all passengers the following conditions apply: Smoking is not permitted on the motor coach. Stops are provided in route. Seat Rotation occurs at the discretion of the guide.
  • For every reservation there must be at least 1 person who is 18 years of age. This person will be responsible for the behavior and well-being of any passengers on this reservation.
  • Children under 2 years of age travel free of charge.
  • Hotel Accommodations: Prices as based on two people sharing a room. Rooms with 2 double beds will be provided, in the event of a triple room no extra bedding will be provided.
  • All tours are operated in English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Chinese & Korean.
  • The Tour is escorted by a professional Tour Guide; please note the Guide might narrate in more than one language.(max 2)
  • No meals or beverages included unless explicitly stated otherwise.
  • Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required.
  • The hotels used on the tours could be in some instances changed, in this event the alternate hotel will be of equal or better quality.
  • Please note only 1 piece of Luggage per person is allowed + 1 small carry on.
  • In the event that some places on this itinerary are inaccessible due to COVID 19, an alternative itinerary will be prepared. To enjoy the full tour experience it is recommended that you bring a face mask as it may be required for entry to certain locations.
  • In case of special events, adverse weather conditions or circumstances beyond our control, some places mentioned in the tour description may change. 

POLICY

Inclusions: As outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Exclusions: Everything else not specifically outlined in the "Included in the Price"
Discounted Rates: Baby, Kid, Senior and any other discounted Rate only applies to the specified Age-Limit. National ID required at Voucher Exchange as proof of Age.
Please Note:

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How to
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MAP & DIRECTIONS

For this Tour, we have 2 departure points easily accessible by Taxi, Uber & other car-share applications. You can also see the nearest public transportation option listed below.
 
06:30 AM Farmers Market – Starbucks Coffee Shop - Corner of Fairfax Blvd & 3rd Street
The nearest Bus Stop is:  Fairfax 3rd: Bus 16 / 217 / 218 / Fairfax 
 
 
07:00 AM Culver City - Four Points Sheraton Hotel - 5990 Green Valley Circle
The nearest Bus Stop is: Green Valley Sepulveda: Bus 108/ 110 / CC3
 


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