California Dreaming:
From the Pacific Ocean to the Mountaintops

California Dreaming:
From the Pacific Ocean to the Mountaintops

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Location: California
Tour: Leisure
From: Los Angeles
To: San Francisco
By: Private Car
Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, Napa & Sonoma, Los Angeles, Big Sur & Pebble Beach
HOTEL + RENTAL CAR
Tour Duration
10-Day
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Why California?

Who hasn't dreamt at least once to explore the iconic State of California? From the incandescent sunsets of Los Angeles to the morning fogs of San Francisco, from the beaches of Malibu to the vineyards of Santa Barbara, from the snow-capped peaks of Yosemite to the breezy sea-side villages of the Pacific Coast.

In 10 days, you will be able to explore the State of California from the South all the way up to San Francisco and the Wine Country region of Napa and Sonoma, and later with the mountain region of Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Lake Tahoe, and more.

This itinerary is planned so you visit the region in 10 days.

When to plan your California Vacation?

This Itinerary features certain areas that are best visited in late Spring, Summer or early Fall when the chances of snow are close to none. You can still visit California in Winter but once you head East inland to visit Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Lake Tahoe, most likely, we will have to tweak the Itinerary below since Ca-120 will be closed for the season.

Of course, the scenery is amazing during the winter with the snow covering the mountains, especially if you wouldn't mind trying some slopes, however, if you rather "be safe" and enjoy the drive without the stress of snowstorms and bad weather, we recommend late-spring to early-fall, and mainly the months of June, July, and September. August is also a good alternative, but be aware that it will be really hot especially in Los Angeles. May and October could be good alternatives, however, each year is different, and we cannot predict with CA-120 will reopen after the Winter-season and when it will close after the Summer.

HIGHLIGHTS

Discover Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Monterey & San Francisco
A day in Muir Woods followed by Napa Wine County with Wine Tasting
The magnificent Pacific Coastal Highway with the Big Sur & Pebble Beach
Top California Peaks -- Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe & Mammoth Lake

DETAILED ITINERARY

STARTING FROM LOS ANGELES *

* POSSIBILITY TO START IN SAN FRANCISCO & END IN LOS ANGELES 



Day 1: Los Angeles

Arrival at LAX International Airport and pick-up your rental car.

Check-in in Hotel.

Free afternoon / evening to enjoy Los Angeles.

Night: Los Angeles Doubletree by Hilton downtown *** or similar




Day 2: Los Angeles

A day dedicated to Los Angeles. You can choose to visit some of  the main attractions or the theme parks (Disney and Universal), you will have plenty of things to do and visit. 

If you need help, we can recommend few activities that will bring you to explore LA from the beach-side to the Hills of Hollywood with a local Tour Guide. 

Night: Los Angeles Doubletree by Hilton downtown *** or similar




Day 3: Los Angeles > Santa Barbara > Big Sur > Monterey

Leaving LA in the morning, you start heading north driving along the iconic Pacific Coast Highway.

You will have a full day (325 miles (ca. 523 km)) to dedicate to Central Coast. You want to make sure you stop at the most picturesque villages and iconic beaches like Big Sur and Pebble Beaches, especially at Sunset!

Arrive in Monterey by evening and check-in in the hotel. Free evening.

Night: Monterey Hilton Garden Inn Monterey*** or similar




Day 4: Monterey > San Francisco

If you didn't have the time the day before, take a couple of hours to walk along Cannery Row and visit the historic fisherman's Wharf before heading towards San Francisco where you will check-in in the Hotel and enjoy some free time to explore SF.

Night: San Francisco Cova Hotel*** near Union Square or similar




Day 5: San Francisco

A full day dedicated to the visit of San Francisco. Since your time is limited and the city offers many attractions, we recommend a city-tour that can take you to all the top-sights such as Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Ashbury Heights and more.

OUR TIP: If you want to visit Alcatraz Island, remember that Tickets get sold-out months in advance, so you want to book them ASAP.

Night: San Francisco Cova Hotel*** near Union Square or similar




Day 6: San Francisco > Sausalito > Napa

In the morning, you will leave the city by the bay and cross the Golden Gate Bridge to visit the National Monument of Muir Woods with the giant sequoias and the beautiful town of Sausalito located in the heart of Marin County, one of the wealthiest counties in the entire US.

From Sausalito, you can enjoy one more panoramic view over the Bay of San Francisco and then continue towards America's #1 Wine Region with Napa & Sonoma.

For all of you that are wine-lovers, we recommend touring a couple of vineyards in Napa.

Night: Napa Wine Valley Lodge *** or similar




Day 7: Napa > Lake Tahoe > Mammoth Lake

In the morning, continue East to reach Lake Tahoe where you can stop for lunch and walk around to admire the incredible scenery. In the afternoon, continue south to Mammoth Lake for an evening arrival.

Night: Mammoth Lake Mammoth Mountain Inn*** or similar




Day 8: Mammoth Lake > Yosemite

Visit Mammoth Lake in the morning and later drive back West on the scenic Ca-120 (100 miles / 2.10 by car) to reach Yosemite National Park. You can spend a couple of hours in the afternoon to start visiting Yosemite.

Night: Yosemite Yosemite Southgate hotel and suites*** or similar




Day 9: Yosemite > San Francisco International Airport

Spend the morning touring Yosemite National Park and head back to San Francisco in the afternoon.

Consider that to reach San Francisco you will need at least 3h40 to 4h20 by car from Yosemite.

If your flight allows it, you can head straight to Airport, or spend one night in San Francisco.

Night: by San Francisco Cova Hotel*** or similar




Day 10: SFO > End of service

Free morning - Return your Rental Car

End of Service.

HOW MUCH & WHAT'S INCLUDED

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR + HOTELS & ACTIVITIES:
Price in Double Room
Starting at $ 1550.00 per person
Price in Triple Room
Starting at $ 1125.00 per person
Price in Quadruple Room
Starting at $ 890.00 per person

OPTION WITH RENTAL CAR & DRIVER/GUIDE + HOTEL & ACTIVITIES 
Quote on request. Please use the Form below to send in a request. 

HOTEL ROOM: Single Rooms also available. Ask for the price!

Map: Itinerary - California Dreaming On The Road

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Medical Insurance

International Travelers? We certainly recommend adding a Medical Insurance while traveling in the US as medical bills are quite expenses. When picking a company, check that there is a 24/7 costumer service and compare the prices of the various policies and the limitations.

International Flights

International flights are not included in the price of this package, but we can provide all the information and advice on the best and most convenient flights. We are here to help you in the search for international flights or if you need further help.