Day 1 – Arrive in San Diego – Today board your flight bound for San Diego to begin your California and Yosemite Tour. Upon arrival meet your Tour Director to begin your two-night stay in San Diego. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening. Overnight in San Diego.
Day 2 – San Diego – Today enjoy a San Diego City Tour including the historic Gaslamp District, the bustling Embarcadero, Balboa Park, and historic Old Town
San Diego. The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps join an optional excursion featuring the famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Harbor Cruise.
Day 3 – San Juan Capistrano – Los Angeles – This morning, sit back and relax as you drive along parts of the Pacific Coast en route to San Juan Capistrano. Visit the beautiful Mission San Juan Capistrano, one of the original missions built by the Spanish. Continue north for a panoramic Los Angeles City featuring legendary Hollywood Dolby Theater, home of the glamorous Academy Awards, Graumann’s Chinese Theater, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Next, drive along the fabled Sunset Strip to the palm-lined streets of Beverly Hills and see pricey Rodeo Drive. Overnight in the Los Angeles area.
Day 4 – Reagan Library – Santa Barbara – Pismo Beach – This morning visit the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. The state-of-the-art museum takes you from Reagan’s early years to his time spent as a world leader. The library also features the Air Force One used by President Reagan. Later, follow the Pacific Coast north to Santa Barbara, one of California’s most picturesque cities with spectacular Mediterranean architecture. Continue to Pismo Beach for your overnight stay.
Day 5 – Pismo Beach – Monterey – Today travel to San Simeon to enjoy a tour of Hearst Castle. Built
on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific, the spectacular grounds and grandiose home feature the world-class art collection of newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst. Then journey north along the spectacular Big Sur Coast, the route is nestled between the rocky coast and the Santa Lucia Mountains. Later this afternoon, arrive in Monterey for a two-night stay.
Day 6 – Monterey – Carmel – Today enjoy one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world, scenic 17 Mile Drive, home to the famous Lone Cypress, Seal Rock, and Pebble Beach Golf Course. Also drive through and visit quaint Carmel to view tree-lined Ocean Avenue. Later travel to Old Monterey filled with historic buildings and where California’s statehood began in 1849. This afternoon enjoy time at your own pace to explore more of the seaside town of Monterey. Shop and eat in Cannery Row and/or Fisherman’s Wharf which reflect the city’s long history with the sea. Overnight in Monterey.
Day 7 – Yosemite National Park – Journey inland through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, known as the bread-basket of California. Stop at a historic fruit stand for a chance to buy fresh off the farm fruits. Climb into the wooded Sierra Nevada Mountains and arrive at Yosemite National Park. Enter the spectacular Yosemite Valley to view the giant iconic formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and breathtaking Yosemite Falls, the highest in North America. Enjoy a stroll and take in the immense beauty of spectacular mountain setting. Enjoy an included dinner with your fellow travelers tonight. Overnight in Yosemite Park area.
Day 8 – Sacramento – Napa Valley – San Francisco
– Travel through the Sierras into Gold Country. Step back in time and experience the days of the Gold Rush at historic Old Sacramento. Later drive into the famous Napa Valley, an area of spectacular scenery and home to some of the world’s best wineries. Stop for a Winery Tour and Tasting to sample the local product and learn about wine making. Continue southwest, crossing the majestic Golden Gate Bridge to one of the world’s most amazing cities, San Francisco. Check in for your two- night stay in the “City by the Bay.”
Day 9 – San Francisco – Today enjoy a San Francisco City Tour to see the Civic Center area, Chinatown, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Seal Rocks, and
Pier 39. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to browse the storefronts along Fisherman’s Wharf, sample a chowder filled sourdough bread bowl or take a cable car ride. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers in San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf. Overnight in San Francisco.
Day 10 – Home – Today transfer to the airport and return with wonderful memories of your California Coast and Yosemite travel experience. Meals: 8B, 3D