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Best Of California

  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • March to October

Discover the best of California on this beautiful coach tour, which starts in San Diego and ends in San Francisco. Far-reaching ocean vistas, natural beauty in locations such as Yosemite National Park and big city lights come together to show you the diverse essence of The Golden State. This escorted tour includes:

  • Round trip scheduled flights
  • Accommodation as specified
  • 9 breakfasts  & 4 dinners with wine
  • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Services of an Insight Travel Director
  • San Francisco City Tour

2024 Departure Dates
June 13th; July 18th; August 30th; October 3rd

2025 Departure Dates
April 11th; May 9th; June 13th; July 18th; September 12th & 19th

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Day 1

Arrive San Diego & Carlsbad

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego, California. Upon arrival, transfer independently to InterContinental San Diego. San Diego is the ideal place to start to relax and acclimatise before you meet the rest of your tour group and start your Insight escorted tour tomorrow evening.

Kimpton Alma, San Diego
Day 2

San Diego & Carlsbad

Today you have a free day in San Diego before meeting your Travel Director and mingling with guests at around 6pm followed by a Welcome Dinner with wine. San Diego has much to offer to all visitors, young and old. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are certainly worth a visit, or you may prefer to explore the Mission Bay or Coronado Bay area of the city, both offering fabulous beaches.

Kimpton Alma, San Diego (Dinner with wine)
Day 3

San Diego & Carlsbad

Discover America’s finest city as you embark on a sightseeing tour with your Travel Director. Journey through the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic heart of San Diego, and Balboa Park, one of North America’s most iconic urban parks. Admire its lush and landscaped gardens in bloom thanks to the year-round pleasant weather. Finally, stroll among the atmospheric old and historic adobe ranch homes of the Old Town State Historical Park. Glimpse into the 19th-century colonial life and perhaps try some authentic Mexican flavours at one of the popular eateries. This afternoon, board the Pacific Surfliner and enjoy far-reaching ocean views as the train hugs the coast. Travel through Orange County to the Mission Modern-style Union Station in Los Angeles.

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel, Los Angeles (Breakfast)
Day 4

Los Angeles

An exciting day awaits as you set out to explore lively Los Angeles. Ride on the landmark Angel’s Flight funicular for a taste of early 20th-century nostalgia. Continue to the Los Angeles Theatre, inspired by French Baroque architecture, for a private guided tour. It has been closed to the public since 1994 but was once one of the grand movie palaces of the Broadway District. In legendary Hollywood, take your photos of the famous hillside Hollywood sign and stroll along the Walk of Fame. Look for the hand- and footprints of cinema’s greatest celebrities at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, Hollywood’s most sought-after theatre for movie premieres.

In the afternoon, explore Los Angeles with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the innovative Petersen Automotive Museum, a captivating experience about the history and artistry of motorized transportation. Alternatively, head to the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures and take a deep dive into the history of filmmaking. Another option is to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a fantastic collection of artworks from ancient times to the modern day. To top off your perfect day, dine at Nick and Stef’s, an outstanding steak house in Downtown LA.

InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, an IHG Hotel, Los Angeles (Breakfast and dinner with wine)
Day 5

Journey to the American Riviera

Today you and the group will journey along one of the most scenic drives in America known as the Pacific Coast Highway. This stretch of freeway hugs the coast of California offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Take a stroll on the wooden Santa Monica Pier that juts 500 meters into the Pacific Ocean. See the iconic Ferris wheel and amusement park situated on the pier and perhaps spot wildlife in the distance. Back on the coach, depart for Santa Barbara taking in the ocean views on your left and mountain views to your right. Explore Santa Barbara with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the 18th-century Old Mission, one of the original 21 California Missions founded by Spanish Franciscans. Alternatively, take a relaxing stroll through the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and learn about California’s diverse native plants.

Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, Santa Barbara (Breakfast)
Day 6

Beach Towns and Wine Country

Today you take the Pacific Surfliner train from Santa Barbara to Pismo Beach. Enjoy stunning ocean views and lush farmlands as you head north into your final destination dotted with olive groves, vineyards, and orchards. Enjoy lunch along the coast on your own before you are treated to an olive oil farm tour and tasting experience. In the evening, discover why Pismo Beach is known as the Clam Capital of the world, or relax and dine at your hotel.

Mar Monte Hotel, Hyatt Unbound Collection, Santa Barbara (Breakfast)
Day 7

Yosemite National Park

Journey to the majestic Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stop at the Mariposa Grove, home to over 500 mature sequoias and admire these gigantic trees. The oldest tree in the Grove is the Grizzly Giant, which dates back around 3000 years and stands 209 feet (64 metres) tall. Once you’ve settled into your hotel, enjoy a three-course dinner with wine in The Mountain Room at Yosemite Valley Lodge. Take in views of the nearly 2500-foot (762 metres) high waterfall while exploring diverse and sustainable menu offerings that include local, organic, and seasonal preparations.

Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park (Breakfast and dinner with wine)
Day 8

Yosemite National Park

Join a naturalist guide/climber and get familiar with the ins and outs of rock climbing. Take a step back and spend time watching experts in action. You can see climbers tackling some of the more than 60 routes up the granite monolith that is El Capitan. Widely considered the Mecca of the rock-climbing world, it was first ascended by Warren Harding in 1958. You’ll talk granite and gear, explore the science behind the emotions you feel when inching up a wall, and you will Make Travel Matter by learning how climbers help preserve the vertical environment. 

Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park (Breakfast)
Day 9

San Francisco

Travel towards the West Coast, cross the Bay Bridge, and arrive in buzzing San Francisco. Head to the Fisherman’s Wharf, once home to the city’s colourful fishing fleet and today a popular district full of restaurants, cafes, and shops. This afternoon, join your Travel Director for a stroll across the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, a symbol of California, then continue on a short drive to the quaint town of Sausalito. Enjoy some leisure time before taking the ferry back to San Francisco, passing the infamous Alcatraz Island.

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco (Breakfast)
Day 10

San Francisco

This morning, venture across the road and to the Ferry Building and shop around at one of America’s most famous farmers’ markets. Join a walking tour of Chinatown’s alleyways and learn about its history and cultural impact on the surrounding communities. Your participation in the tour supports a youth-led and youth-run organization promoting education, entrepreneurship, and tourism for underrepresented cultures. Browse the stalls offering organic produce, flowers, and regional artisan specialties such as breads, cheeses, and jams. On your city sightseeing tour, journey past lively Union Square and vast Golden Gate Park. In the afternoon, we visit the oldest and largest Chinatown in the US on our Insight Experience. We take you off the main streets and into the alleyways to learn about the daily life, rich history, and modern-day issues of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Tours are led by Chinatown Alleyway Tours – a community-based non-profit that is youth-run and youth-led.  Tonight, toast to your travels at a local restaurant at your Celebration Dinner.

Hyatt Regency, San Francisco (Breakfast and farewell dinner with wine)
Day 11

Journey Home

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers as your adventure comes to an end when you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK. Alternatively, you may choose to extend your stay in San Francisco. 

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