July 31- August 9 Tour #2017731 10 Days
Double: $3349 Triple: $3189 Single: $4279 Deposit: $400
Day 1 – FLY TO PORTLAND, OREGON – Heading to the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with its lofty mountain peaks, thunderous waterfalls and splendid redwood forests, we meet at Louisville International Airport and board our plane for our flight to Portland, Oregon. Upon arrival at the airport, we board our deluxe motorcoach and enjoy a city tour of Portland. We have included dinner this evening. We overnight in Portland, Oregon.
Day 2 – PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY – Today, we take the beautiful drive along the Pacific Coast Highway as we tour the incredible Oregon coast. The road dips and weaves along craggy cliffs, driftwood beaches and sands dunes, which are the largest in North America. We overnight in Crescent City, California.
Day 3 – REDWOOD FOREST – SAN FRANCISCO – The famous Redwood Forest of northern California awaits us today. We travel along through the “Avenue of the Giants”, making several photo stops. There are more than 43,000 acres of redwood groves in this area. Our hotel accommodations for the next two nights will be in San Francisco, California.
Day 4 – SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR – CABLE CARS – As a local guide takes us on a city tour of San Francisco, we will come to understand why visitors leave their hearts here every year. Chinatown is literally a “city within a city.” Cliff House overlooks the ocean, as does Twin Peaks. Whether the city is sparkling in the sunshine or shrouded in fog, a view from one of its hills reveals the reason why San Francisco holds fascination for so many. In the afternoon, we will take a ride on the famous cable cars. Invented in 1873, these little cars, rounding horseshoe curves and cresting unimaginable steep hills, with bells clanging and riders crowded on the running boards, are San Francisco’s trademark. We will also have time for lunch and browsing at Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39. Overnight same hotel.
Day 5 – PIEDRAS BLANCAS LIGHTHOUSE – SAN SIMEON, CALIFORNIA – Today, we drive to Monterey, California, making a stop at the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse, an 1875 historic landmark along scenic Highway One. We will visit the colony of elephant seals who have made their home in the small cove near the lighthouse. We overnight in San Simeon, California.
Day 6 – HEARST CASTLE – LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Today, we visit Hearst Castle, the estate of William Randolph Hearst – an authentic gem along the Pacific Coast. We will have a guided tour of the gardens, marbled terraces, Greco-Roman pools, and portions of the main castle with its tapestries and priceless collection of art. This afternoon, we depart for Los Angeles, California, where we will spend the next three nights.
Day 7 – LOS ANGELES CITY TOUR – This morning we board our motorcoach for a guided tour of Los Angeles. Highlights of our tour will be TCL Chinese Theater (where you can place your hands and feet in the prints of the Stars, Rodeo Drive (that famous street that boasts the most exclusive and expensive shops in the world), homes of the stars, Sunset Strip, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Overnight same hotel.
Day 8 – CATALINA ISLAND – Today, we drive to Long Beach, where we board a ferry to Catalina Island. This popular island is a mecca for tourists and a local retreat for native Californians. Home of the Wrigley Mansion (of the chewing gum industry) and Zane Grey, the famous western writer, this lovely island has become the playground of the rich and famous. We will spend the day enjoying the beauty of Catalina Island. Overnight same hotel.
Day 9 – SAN DIEGO ZOO – Today we make a visit to the San Diego Zoo at Balboa Park, one of the finest in the country. We will see a naturalistic setting of bluffs, woods, waterfalls and moats housing over 650 species of animals. After our visit to the zoo, we drive to Coronado Island and stop for photos at the legendary Hotel del Coronado. This 1888 National Historic Landmark is situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in California. We overnight in San Diego, California.
Day 10 – HOME – We head to the San Diego airport for our return flight home, remembering all the marvelous sights we have seen on this spectacular trip to the Pacific Coast. Meals: 5B, 1D