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California | Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is one of America’s best kept secrets. Sitting 323 miles south of San Francisco and 95 miles north of Los Angeles in an oceanfront location on the Pacific Coast Highway, it’s a perfect stop on a California coastal fly drive itinerary. Fondly recognised as the Mediterranean of the US, with its tiled terracotta roofs and white stucco buildings you’d be forgiven for forgetting you were in America. Blessed with glorious sunshine, framed by the San Ynez Mountains and breathtaking coastal scenery, Santa Barbara is a perfect destination at anytime of the year!

There’s so much to see and do in the Santa Barbara region, no matter what your interests. Here’s just a few ideas to help you fill your days whilst visiting this beautiful part of southern California.

Gardens
If you’re interested in gardens, Santa Barbara county has a fabulous range for you to visit from the botanical gardens of Lotusland and Santa Barbara Botanical Gardens to the Orchid trail gardens of Cal-Orchid, Westerlay Orchids and Gallup & Stribling Orchids.

Family Friendly Attractions & Activities
Santa Barbara county has something for the whole family. Chase Palm Park is a 10 acre waterfront park that’s perfect for kids with playground areas, biking and rollerblading trails, music pavilion and carrousel and most evenings there’s some kind of musical, sporting or picnicking activity going on. The warm Pacific waters off the coast of Santa Barbara are a great place to experience whale watching so try a whale watching cruise with Condor Express. Enjoy a fun 15 minute trip on-board Santa Barbara’s water taxi or visit the Santa Barbara Zoo. Learn about the natural world at the Ty Warner Sea Center or rent a bike or a Segway and explore the streets, beaches and parks of the region.

Wine Tasting & Tours
Santa Barbara has an abundance of vineyards and winery’s. There are plenty of tours available for you to enjoy, from the Urban Wine Trail; which is wine tasting in the heart of the city, to the San Ynez Wine Tour; which visits three of the winery’s in the region and includes lunch to complement the wine tasting.

Outdoor Adventure
The options are endless! From ATV tours where you get to drive to deep sea fishing, glider flights, horseback riding, kayaking, paragliding, hiking and rock climbing…to name just a few!

Theatres & Nightlife

Whatever your taste in nightlife, Santa Barbara’s got it covered. Cultural options such as opera, ballet and the performing arts are found at The Granada Theatre, The Lobero Theatre or The Santa Barbara Bowl and if you’re looking for a great place to eat and then dance, Santa Barbara has a vast range of restaurants to suit all palates and pockets as well as a fabulous choice of nightclubs and lounges.

Culinary Options
We all love to eat so why not try one of the regions culinary tours. There’s anything from a 2 hour food tasting and photography walking tour along the Santa Barbara waterfront to half and full day tours to organic farms and farmers markets.

California Dreamin


15 DAYS/14 NIGHTS

Begins in San Francisco and ends in San Diego

DEPARTURES

Year round

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation.
• Accommodations as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Depart the UK on your chosen flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Hotel: Grand Hyatt San Francisco

DAYS 2 & 3 SAN FRANCISCO

We’ve allowed two full days for you to experience San Francisco because it has so much to offer. Browse the shops at Union Square, take a walk along Pier 39, or hop on a boat tour to Alcatraz. Don’t forget to ride the cable car between Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf and sample some of the best seafood restaurants in California!
Hotel: Grand Hyatt San Francisco

DAY 4 NAPA WINE REGION

Driving distance: 55Mi/89Km
Prepare to tantalize your taste buds as you venture into California’s wine region. Visit some of the area’s vineyards where you not only get to taste and stock up on some wonderful wines, but also experience some breathtaking scenery.
Hotel: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn

DAY 5 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Driving distance: 241Mi/388Km
Today’s drive east takes you to magical Yosemite National Park where magnificent waterfalls and beautiful forested valleys take your breath away. You may choose to take a Glacier Point tour, elevating you 8,000 feet for a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley or to take a trip to Tunnels View and the Merced River.
Hotel: The Ahwahnee

DAY 6 CARMEL

Driving distance: 228Mi/367Km
Returning towards the coast, today marks the start of your journey along California’s famous Pacific Coast Highway. Make a stop at Monterey, where you can wander along Cannery Row and browse Fisherman’s Wharf or even take a trip to the Monterey Aquarium. Then it’s on to Carmel, a quaint seaside town scattered with boutique shops and fine seafood restaurants.
Hotel: La Playa

DAY 7 SAN SIMEON

Driving distance: 102Mi/164Km
This is one of the most spectacularly scenic drives you will find, so today’s journey through the Los Padres National Forest area is guaranteed to create a lasting memory. Once in San Simeon, you shouldn’t miss a trip around Hearst Castle, the grandoise estate of publisher William Randolf Hearst. The castle now displays an amazing art collection amassed by the wealthy American icon.
Hotel: Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort

DAYS 8 & 9 SANTA BARBARA

Driving distance: 149Mi/240Km
Following a stop at the quaint town of Morro Bay, the road leads inland to San Luis Obispo. We recommend a stop at the Danish heritage village of Solvang, before arriving at the Mediterranean-style resort of Santa Barbara, silhouetted against the Santa Ynez Mountains. Your two night stay allows plenty of time to relax on the beach or by the pool, explore the shops or just sightsee.
Hotel: Bacara

DAYS 10 & 11 LOS ANGELES

Driving distance: 89Mi/143Km
With so much to see and do, we recommend an early start for your journey to Los Angeles. Your hotel for the next two nights is in Hollywood, home to the star studded boardwalk and Mann’s Chinese Theatre. A short drive brings you to some of Los Angeles’ famous beaches such as Santa Monica and Venice Beach which are both worth visiting, or you may decide to try the theme parks with Disneyland and Universal Studios being so close by.
Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

DAYS 12, 13 & 14 SAN DIEGO

Driving distance: 127Mi/205Km
It’s time to relax, and San Diego is the perfect place to do it. If you want to get out and explore, Sea World and San Diego Zoo are well worth a visit, or you may wish to take in the sights of Gaslamp or Seaport Village. Great restaurants and great shopping make this a perfect end to your vacation.
Hotel: Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, Spa & Marina

DAY 15 JOURNEY HOME

Time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to San Diego Airport where you return your rental car and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

PRICES

From £2229 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

 

California's Gold Coast


12 Days/11 Nights

Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

Departures 

April, May, June, July, August, September and October

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
• 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN DIEGO

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, transfer to the US Grant. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: US Grant
Dinner included

DAY 2 SAN DIEGO

This morning, enjoy a city tour, which starts with the Gaslamp Quarter and the extensive harbor area. Then it is on to historic Point Loma before viewing the city’s unforgettable skyline from the Juan Cabrillo National Monument. There is time to explore Seaport Village at leisure before departing on an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht, showcasing San Diego’s beautiful harbour and skyline.
Hotel: US Grant
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 3 LOS ANGELES

Following breakfast, your journey continues north to the historic ruin of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1776. Next it’s on to glittering Los Angeles where lunch is enjoyed at the legendary Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A tour of the city includes the sights and sounds of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills before reaching the TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrities’ autographs, handprints and footprints are immortalized in concrete.
Hotel: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 4 SANTA BARBARA

This morning’s highlight is a visit to The Getty Museum, set high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Next, it’s just a short journey to Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara, filled with soft white beaches, terracotta buildings and an eclectic mix of shopping options. Your afternoon is at leisure to wander picturesque Stearns Wharf, before checking into your deluxe hotel and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner from a choice of restaurants.
Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 5 SANTA BARBARA

There is so much to see outside of downtown Santa Barbara and all is revealed on this morning’s city tour. Highlights include the city’s historic 1929 Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara which is still active after 225 years of service. The afternoon is yours to relax by the hotel pool or explore further.
Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 6 CENTRAL COAST & MORRO BAY

This morning, you’ll travel along infamous Highway 101 to the Central California wine region, where a vineyard tour and tasting introduces you to the wine varieties of the region. Lunch is in Pismo Beach, before arrival into Morro Bay and a walking nature tour of the area.
Hotel: The Inn at Morro Bay
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 7 BIG SUR & HEARST CASTLE

Whilst in San Simeon you’ll visit Hearst Castle, before continuing on scenic Highway 1 – perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the famed Big Sur Coast. Your destination is the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on the pristine bay.
Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 8 MONTEREY & CARMEL

Take a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, including 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach before heading to pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. A short stroll from your hotel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where this afternoon you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life.
Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey
Breakfast included

DAY 9 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

This morning, you drive through the farmlands, orchards and vineyards of California’s Central Valley before heading high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Dinner is enjoyed at your hotel.
Hotel: Tenaya Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 10 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Today, enjoy a full day exploring this famous landmark on a tram tour, including visits to the world-famous El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs, and the plunging waters of Bridalveil Falls. Following lunch at Wawona Village, you’ll visit Mariposa Grove – prepare to be amazed by the sheer size of the Giant Sequoias.
Hotel: Tenaya Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 11 SAN FRANCISCO

Your final destination is beautiful San Francisco, filled with amazing landmarks such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.
Hotel: The Westin St Francis
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 12 JOURNEY HOME

There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £3865 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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