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  • San Francisco

    Experience the rich cultural life of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The many hills of the city afford visitors plenty of perfect views over San Francisco Bay.

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    • AT&T Park - San Francisco Giants Stadium

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    Experience the rich cultural life of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The many hills of the city afford visitors plenty of perfect views over San Francisco Bay.

    The biggest names in retail can be found at Union Square. Virtually every fashion label in the world has set up shop in and around Square, a landmark park in the heart of the downtown shopping and hotel district.

    Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco to the Marin headlands for 1.7 miles is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Take a walk across it - well over a mile - and enjoy a gull’s eye view of the shipping traffic passing far below. Visit Golden Gate Park, over 1000 acres of lawns, lakes and a riot of flora.

    Take a ride on one of the famous cable cars in San Francisco. With over 50 hills in the city to climb, you will not only delight in the experience but appreciate the ride. Nob Hill boasts perhaps the best view of San Francisco Bay. See also Lombard street, known as the crookedest street in the world.

    One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.

    Step through Dragon’s Gate and find yourself in a totally different world. Welcome to China Town. Stroll through the 24 blocks of hustle and bustle with exotic shops, food markets, temples and museums. Buy herbal remedies, enjoy samples at a tea bar and be sure to try the best Dim Sum.

    North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlors into less than a square mile. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill is blessed with marvelous views. A 360-degree view of the city is visible from the observation platform at the top of the tower.

    A visit to San Francisco is not complete without visiting Fisherman’s Wharf with its fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries. Head to Pier 39 and explore the dining, shopping and attractions on offer. Lined with deep-water piers, The Embarcadero is literally where one embarks. And, oh, “the places you’ll go!” At the foot of Market Street, is the Ferry Building, a vibrant public space housing a food hall, restaurants and a farmers market.

    A mile and a half from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, then a federal prison for such notorious convicts as Al Capone. Now it is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.

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      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

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      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

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      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

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      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

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      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

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      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

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      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

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      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

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      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

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      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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  • California's Pacific Coast

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends San Diego, California

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Personalised Road Book
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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel in Fishermans Wharf.

    Hotel: Hotel Zephyr

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    San Francisco

    San Francisco is perhaps one of the most enchanting cities in the United States. From the crooked street in the world, Lombard Street, to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf; Union Square to the Cable Cars; Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge – the city is packed with things to see and do to suit everyone.

    Hotel: Hotel Zephyr

    85Mi/143Km

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    Carmel

    This morning collect your rental car in downtown before you head south to the beautiful coastal town of Carmel. Browse the charming tree lined streets and its quaint shops, galleries and restaurants.

    Hotel: La Playa Carmel

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    Carmel

    Enjoy a relaxing day in the Carmel area. Travel the ‘17 Mile Drive’ through Del Monte Forest to Cypress Point or sit and soak up the scenery from the beautiful grounds of your hotel.

    Hotel: La Playa Carmel

    115Mi/185Km

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    Pismo Beach

    The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular scenic drives you’ll find, so today’s journey is guaranteed to create a lasting memory for you. En route, visit Hearst Castle at San Simeon, the grandiose estate of publisher William Randolph Hearst. Your hotel this evening is in the pretty seaside town of Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

    80Mi/128Km

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    Santa Barbara

    After a leisurely morning, continue south along Highway 1, to Santa Barbara, silhouetted against the Santa Ynez Mountains.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

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    Santa Barbara

    You are sure to enjoy today. Relax in the surroundings of your beautiful hotel, explore the shops and restaurants of Santa Barbara, or enjoy a walk along the beach or Stearns Wharf Pier.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

    84Mi/135Km

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    Los Angeles

    En route to Los Angeles, include a visit to the J Paul Getty Museum, featuring an extensive collection of art and sculpture. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: The Garland

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    Los Angeles

    Your hotel is a short drive from world-famous Rodeo Drive, so take some time to ‘window shop’ where the rich and famous make their purchases. Include a visit to the new Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Centre, both in downtown Los Angeles.

    Hotel: The Garland

    35Mi/56Km

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    Huntington Beach

    Now it’s time to relax by the beach. From Los Angeles, a short drive will take you to ‘Surf City – California’, Huntington Beach. Your hotel is ideally located across the road from some of the best surfing California has to offer and a short stroll from its quaint Main Street.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

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    Huntington Beach

    Take a day to pamper yourself in the hotel’s wonderful spa or relax by the pool. Wander along the beach and watch with amazement as the surfers ‘ride the waves’.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

    85Mi/137Km

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    San Diego

    Allow plenty of time today to include stops at Newport Beach and Laguna as you journey south to San Diego, sitting at the southern tip of California.

    Hotel: Kona Kai Resort & Spa

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    San Diego

    San Diego has much to offer 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.

    Hotel: Kona Kai Resort & Spa

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    Journey home

    Today take the short drive back to Los Angeles, before returning your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2485 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Sample San Francisco & the Wine Region

    Begins in and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
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    • Golden Gate Bridge

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Hotel Zelos, which is your accommodation for the next 4 nights.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

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    San Francisco

    The next 3 days are at leisure to explore the 'city by the bay'. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a trip to Alcatraz, riding one of the trolley cars down the steep streets or seeing the sea lions down in the harbour at Fishermans Wharf. Your hotel in San Francisco is ideally located in Union Square, making it the perfect base for sightseeing and also shopping and dining.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

    46Mi/74Km

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    Napa Valley

    This morning you will collect your hire car from downtown San Francisco before driving out of the city and heading for the wine region of Napa Valley. Widely considered one of the best wine regions in the US, Napa boasts more than 400 wineries. During your stay in Napa, you will have chance to partake in wine tasting sessions at a variety of different wineries or maybe take a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Your hotel in Napa, the River Terrace Inn, is located on banks of the Napa River and offers an idyllic setting for a relaxing stay.

    Hotel: River Terrace Inn

    59Mi/95Km

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    Journey Home

    Enjoy time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to San Francisco Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1449 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    West Coast Golden Triangle

    Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures year round

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    • Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills

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    • Hollywood Sign, Los Angeles

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    • Las Vegas Strip

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    • Las Vegas Welcome Sign

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Handlery Union Square Hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    San Francisco

    One of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, San Francisco has something to offer for every taste. The next two days are yours to explore the city and take in the many sights it has to offer. Take a ride on a famous cable car as they climb one of the 50 steep hills which make up San Francisco. Why not cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and have lunch across the bay in one of the cafes in Sausalito, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco? Of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    Las Vegas

    Today, you will head back to San Francisco International Airport for your flight down to Las Vegas. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, grab a taxi to The Cosmopolitan, which will be your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Las Vegas is truly a 'must see' destination offering a near perfect climate year round. Experience the shopping, dining and nightlife of the strip, or head down to Fremont Street and see the glitz and glamour of the past. Don't forget to pre book a helicopter trip out to the Grand Canyon, to give you a birds eye view of one of the most iconic sights in the world.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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    Los Angeles

    Leaving Las Vegas and taking the short flight to Los Angeles, you will spend the next 3 days experiencing the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Head down to Hollywood to see the 'Walk of Fame' or the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where the imprints of celebrities adorn the floor outside. Beverly Hills offers you to take a stroll down the famous Rodeo Drive and maybe glimpse someone famous. No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park.

    Hotel: The Garland

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    Journey Home

    Spend some time in the morning doing some last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading back to Los Angeles International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1576 per person based on two sharing a standard room. Other prices available on request.

  • California's Gold Coast

    Begins in Los Angeles, California and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

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

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 11 nights as specified
    • 11 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 6 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Santa Barbara

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    • San Diego

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Hollywood Boulevard

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    • Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

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    • California Gold Coast

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    • Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

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    • Big Sur coast

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    • Scenic Carmel beach

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    Arrive Los Angeles

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Los Angeles. Upon arrival, transfer to the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills ()

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    Los Angeles

    Southern Californians have a legendary passion for cars and today you’ll begin exploring the dynamic city of Los Angeles with a tour of the historic automobiles, Hollywood cars, hot rods, and other extraordinary vehicles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. After lunch, explore downtown Los Angeles for a walking tour with visits to a historic Broadway theatre and the Bradbury Building, a 19th-century landmark with a magical Victorian courtyard featuring open cage elevators. Visit Grand Central Market, an iconic showcase for the diverse cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles. Take a ride on Angel’s Flight Railway and see some of the city’s most striking modern architecture, The Broad museum and Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Los Angeles

    Enjoy a tour through Beverly Hills, along Sunset Boulevard, and to the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities. Then you’re off to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for a guided tour and lunch. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. View an Air Force One aircraft that flew seven presidents, a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Drive north to Santa Barbara, on the “American Riviera,” where you’ll dine at your hotel.

    Hotel: Belmond El Encanto (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Santa Barbara

    Go on a guided tour of 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. Get a feel for the quiet beach community of Santa Barbara, long a celebrity hideaway, and visit the 1929 Courthouse, surrounded by lush gardens. Inside you’ll find murals depicting scenes of the city’s past, painted by a self-taught artist, whose illustrations appeared in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is California’s oldest, and a guided tour reveals the diversity of the state’s native flora and vegetation. This evening you’ll have free time to enjoy your ocean-view resort or explore downtown Santa Barbara.

    Hotel: Belmond El Encanto (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Central Coast and Morro Bay

    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting.  Discover picturesque Solvang, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage, and enjoy lunch, a tour, and a tasting at Presqu’ile, a small family-owned winery. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: The Cliffs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Big Sur & Hearst Castle

    Drive along stunning Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark designed by revered California architect Julia Morgan. This elaborate estate created for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst takes you back to the opulent era of the early 20th century; the castle was the inspiration for Xanadu, the over-the-top mansion in Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane. After your guided tour, it’s nature’s opulence that will impress you as you continue along the Pacific Coast, hundreds of feet above crashing surf and remote, rocky beaches, to the Big Sur Coast. Your destination today is the coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on Monterey Bay.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Monterey & Carmel

    Today’s tour of the Monterey Peninsula takes in the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive, and Pebble Beach before you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which has been named one of the “most romantic cities of the world". Enjoy free time to explore the town’s galleries and find an appealing spot for lunch, before heading off to the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium to discover the delights of marine life, from cuttlefish to whales.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Agriculture takes center stage as you leave the coast and drive through the fertile farms, orchards, and vineyards of California’s Central Valley en route to Yosemite National Park. Abundant sunshine, superb soil, and year-round growing conditions make this region an important crop-basket for American households. Broccoli, chard, asparagus, pistachios, pomegranates, and many other varieties of produce grow here. After lunch in Merced, your route continues from the valley to the oak-lined roadways and Victorian towns of Gold Country. In 1848, news of this precious metal spread like wildfire, leading to explosive population growth. From men seeking their fortune in mining to the merchants, bankers, and women followed. At the Mariposa Museum & History Center, you’ll learn about the lives of the miners and others who shaped this area. Arrive at Yosemite National Park in the late afternoon, where you'll spend the next two nights at the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

    Hotel: Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Despite Yosemite Valley being only seven miles long and less than a mile wide, it hosts an array of national treasures within its sheer, high walls. World-famous cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome, plunging waterfalls like Bridalveil Falls, wild meadows and the meandering Merced River, birds to delight any birdwatcher and much more. Get acquainted with the valley on a morning walk guided by a naturalist, then spend the rest of the day exploring Yosemite National Park as you please.

    Hotel: Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    San Francisco

    On your way from Yosemite to San Francisco, visit Jamestown for lunch at the historic National Hotel built during the height of the Gold Rush. Arrive in San Francisco late this afternoon, with time to rest, relax, or explore the area surrounding Union Square. Your hotel is in a vibrant retail and cultural area in the heart of the city where you’ll discover a favourite city square where you will be entertained by musicians, artists, or performers. Sample a range of cuisines inspired by fresh ingredients at one of the recommended restaurants in this city.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    San Francisco

    A sightseeing tour takes you up and down San Francisco’s hills with views of San Francisco Bay as you see Chinatown and the Marina District, rows of Victorian gingerbread houses, and Coit Tower. Go for a walk along the Golden Gate Bridge and feel the breezes of the bay on a private catamaran cruise. Head to the salty atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf for free time for lunch and checking out its historic ships, sea lions, seafood stalls, and sourdough bread bakeries. This evening enjoy farewell festivities at a Chateau Montelena winemaker reception with tastings followed by a wine-paired chef’s dinner.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    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.

    Prices

    From £4896 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Majestic California: San Francisco, Yosemite & the Pacific

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends in Monterey, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
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    • Giant Redwoods

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    • Streetcar in San Francisco

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    • Yosemite Valley

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    • Monterey Bay

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with your fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Dinner included)

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    San Francisco

    This morning, enjoy a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco’s Bay area, taking you under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz Island. Back on land, enjoy a guided visit to the Sourdough Bread Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon you'll embark on a sightseeing tour, taking you to some of the city’s most famous attractions including Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this iconic cit. Perhaps enjoy some shopping, take a trip over to Alcatraz Island or stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Sierra National Forrest

    You’ll leave San Francisco behind this morning as you travel towards the Sierra Nevada. En route you’ll visit the Altamont Wind Farm, one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. Continuing on to Jamestown, you’ll enjoy lunch in a historic 1859 hotel. Tonight’s accommodation is a mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park. Have dinner at leisure before embarking on an interpretive hike into the Sierra National Forest, using flashlights to light your trail. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Your day in Yosemite National Park begins with a privately guided visit to Glacier Point. Towering 3,200 feet above the valley floor, this impressive scenic overlook offers commanding panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite's high country and the stunning High Sierra. After lunch at the lodge, you could put your rock-wall climbing to the test or try your hand at archery. This evening, have a go at panning for gold, just like the old prospectors. Later enjoy a BBQ dinner while being entertained by the Sugar Pine Singers. Board The Logger for a narrow-gauge rail excursion powered by a vintage Shay steam locomotive through Sierra National Forest and gather around the campfire for a sing-along during a stopover in the canyon.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    You'll learn about Yosemite National Park's history, geology, plant and animal life, and must-see attractions from park rangers during a two-hour open-air tram tour along the Yosemite Valley floor. See waterfalls such as Bridalveil, Horsetail and Ribbon Falls with their spectacular rock formations, nearly vertical granite cliffs, quiet pools and open meadows. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Monterey

    En route from Yosemite to the coast of the blue Pacific, stop in historic Mariposa, reminiscent of the Gold Rush era. Visit the Mariposa Museum & History Center, whose exhibits tell the stories of indigenous Miwuk Indians, Chinese immigrants who came to California seeking a better way of life and the oldest county courthouse west of the Rockies. Continue your California travel through the San Joaquin Valley where you'll see vineyards, nuts, citrus fruits and vegetables basking in the sun. After lunch, traverse the Coast Mountains to California's Pacific coast, winding your way along the Monterey Peninsula via the 17-Mile Drive to the renowned Pebble Beach golf course. Your family will spend the next two nights in seaside Monterey at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, ideally situated in historic Cannery Row next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Monterey Bay.

    Hotel: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Monterey

    Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, your hotel is ideally located to explore the pretty town of Monterey. This morning you can choose between a bicycle tour along the coast, a kayak adventure or a self-guided walking tour. During a visit to the Monterey Aquarium, you will learn all about marine life, with over 200 galleries and exhibits including giant octopuses, jellyfish, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks and coral reefs, as well as natural displays that showcase playful otters and endearing black-footed penguins. Tonight, enjoy a private farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: Intercontinental The Clement Monterey (Breakfast and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

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

    Prices

    From £3642 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate rooms for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California

    Begins and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August, September and October

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    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
    • Yosemite Valley

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    • The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    • Sequoia National Park

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    • San Francisco Houses

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    • Yosemite National Park

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    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Westin St Francis, the elegant Grand Dame of Union Square, ideally located amidst the city's attractions. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Dinner included)

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    Muir Woods

    This morning you cross the city for a visit to the Presidio, a former Army base and now a National Historic Landmark rich with history; the base was home to the “Buffalo Soldiers,” the African-American cavalry troops who earned their fighting reputation in the Indian Wars, and were among the U.S. troops who served as the earliest caretakers of the national parks. From here, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge brings you under the green canopy of Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest preserved as a national monument. These towering ancient trees, some 20 stories high, are among the last remnants of a fog-shrouded primeval forest that once blanketed the northern coast. Following lunch in the picturesque town of Sausalito, you hop aboard a ferry for the return trip to San Francisco. After docking at the historic Ferry Building terminal with its famous clock tower and arcade of shops and cafés, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

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    Sequoia National Park

    Before there was a National Park Service, the job of policing and protecting the national parks belonged to the U.S. Army. At Sequoia and Yosemite, the parks’ guardians were the Buffalo Soldiers, who rode out every spring from the Presidio, crossing 300 miles on horseback to the Sierra Nevada. Your route follows the Buffalo Soldiers’ path across the agricultural Central Valley. A stop for lunch is made in Fresno before making the 7,000-foot climb to Sequoia National Park. In the afternoon, an expert from the Sequoia Field Institute describes how John Muir found and documented the “Giant Forest” in 1875, offering a perfect introduction to the park. This evening at your lodge, a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that fill the night skies.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Sequoia National Park

    Today begins with a privately guided walk among ancient Giant Sequoias soaring to the height of skyscrapers. Walking through the Giant Forest Grove you'll see the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,500 years old (and still growing) before strolling beautifully restored Round Meadow. Enjoy a private barbeque lunch before taking a tour of Sequoia National Park accompanied by a guide who will tell you stories of Muir, Charles Young and other park pioneers. Climb the steps to the top of Moro Rock for stunning views of the park and Great Western Divide. The rest of the day is yours to explore as you wish.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    Today you leave Wuksachi Lodge and journey to Fresno and the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Your Yosemite tour begins with a film by Ken Burns describing Muir’s passion for the Yosemite Valley, and his activism to preserve it for future generations. Lunch is at the Wawona Hotel, an inn that was once a stagecoach stop, where you’ll meet a National Park Service ranger for a private lecture on the unique history and legacy of Yosemite National Park. Next, visit Glacier Point for a stirring view of the Valley, overlooking Half Dome and a panorama of glacier-formed peaks. It was on this spot in 1903 that John Muir stood with Teddy Roosevelt during a private tour of the area and persuaded the President that Yosemite should be under federal protection as a National Park. This evening, settle into your room at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, a historic masterpiece of stone, timber and soaring stained glass windows in the heart of Yosemite, and dine at leisure.

    Hotel: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Yosemite National Park

    'Yosemite is the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter' wrote Muir, who regarded such settings of awesome natural beauty as sacred places with restorative powers, 'where the galling harness of civilization drops off and wounds heal, ere we are aware'. Today you discover the park's power on a guided Yosemite tour in a special open-air vehicle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the park at your own pace, with optional activities including biking, a hike over the footbridge at Vernal Falls, and a visit to the Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum and Village.

     

    Hotel: The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Breakfast included)

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    San Francisco

    This morning you depart Yosemite for the return to San Francisco, first visiting the Mariposa Museum and then driving across the populous Central Valley with a stop for lunch. Filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan weave together the past seven days of history and nature, with insights you won’t get anywhere else. One of the stories you'll hear relates to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a glacial valley that Muir fought unsuccessfully to save. In the 1920s, the federal government allowed its river to be dammed, turning the valley into a reservoir for the city of San Francisco - a campaign continues today to restore the valley to its original state. This afternoon you arrive at The Fairmont San Francisco, a Beaux Arts-style, premier hotel on Nob Hill, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In the evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

     

    Hotel: The Fairmont San Francisco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

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    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in San Francisco, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before taking your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £4122 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

  • Muir Woods & Sonoma Wine Country Day Tour

    San Francisco

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    • Sonoma Vineyard

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    Leaving San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge you’ll pass through the beautiful Marin Headlands on your way to Muir Woods National Monument. There you’ll spend an hour strolling around some of the world’s tallest trees, the Coastal Redwood. Wandering along the misty paths there are plenty of photo opportunities! Continuing north you’ll enjoy a stop in the historic Sonoma Town Square, where you can enjoy lunch (not included) in one of the squares many restaurants or have a picnic under the grape vines. In the afternoon you’ll enjoy wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley Wine Country at a variety of California Wineries. (Muir Woods entrance fee is payable locally.)

    Duration: 10 hours

    Prices

    From £108 per person

    San Francisco Segway Tour

    San Francisco

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    • San Francisco & Chinatown Segway Tour

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    Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

    Join America’s latest trend and hop aboard an energising Segway tour. A two-wheel self-balancing electric vehicle, a Segway gives a smooth journey to its riders. With a group of fellow Segway drivers and a professional tour guide providing narration via individual headsets, this exclusive tour around Golden Gate Park is a fabulous way to see the 1000 acres. Gliding across the roads and trails this fully narrated journey visits hidden locations and shares the history of this oasis from the city.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Chinatown Segway Tour

    Enjoy San Francisco by night on this fully narrated Segway tour. Departing from the West end of Fisherman’s Wharf you’ll see fabulous views of the San Francisco skyline as you glide through the city on two wheels. Some of the highlights include Little Italy, Chinatown, the Embarcadero and San Francisco’s waterfront. Travelling with a professional tour guide and a group of fellow drivers you’ll be told fun facts and shown the hidden gems of the city.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    Embark on a Segway journey around the San Francisco Bay area, showcasing some of its best highlights and most memorable views. Visit Ghiradelli Square; home to the delicious chocolate, and tour Municiple Pier, Aquatic Park and Fish Alley. See the National Maritime Mueum and view the historic sailing ships at Hyde Street Pier before riding to North Beach and looping through Little Italy and Washington Square Park. This fun way of touring allows you to stop at anything of interest, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

    From £63 per person.

    Chinatown Segway Tour

    From £63 per person.

    Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    From £63 per person.

    San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus including Alcatraz

    San Francisco

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    No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to infamous Alcatraz Island, the former prison home of some America’s most notorious criminals. This great value ticket combines the city-wide All Loop Double-Decker bus tour and return ferry tickets to ‘the Rock’ where you will enjoy an audio walking tour of the Prison.

    The All Loops ticket is valid for 72 hours and allows you to explore the city at your own pace - see San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus and hop-off at any of the convenient stops around the city.

    Your ferry ticket for Alcatraz will be confirmed for the date you request at the time of booking, but the actual time will not be advised until you exchange your voucher in San Francisco. Most visits to Alcatraz are in the afternoon. The self-guided audio tour gives you the flexibility to stay on the island as long as you like.

    Prices

    From £102 per adult

    From £74 per child (5 to 11 years)

    Yosemite National Park Day Tour

    San Francisco

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    • Yosemite Falls

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    • Bear In Mariposa

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    Experience the magnificent wilderness of Yosemite National Park on this fabulous day trip from San Francisco. Witness spectacular views of Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge as you leave the city behind. You’ll travel through California’s Central Valley and pass through gold-rush towns before arriving at Yosemite. Once in the park you’ll embark on a 90 minute fully-guided coach tour, taking you to landmarks including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan Meadow and Yosemite Village. You’ll enjoy photograph stops to capture the amazing rock formations, expansive skylines and thundering waterfalls. You’ll then have three hours to explore the park at leisure, perhaps hike some of the trails, walk the base of Yosemite Falls and check out the visitor centre. You’ll regroup late afternoon to make your way back to San Francisco.

    Duration: 12 Hours

    Prices

    From £140 per person.

    If you’d like to spend more time in Yosemite, explore our range of hotels, some of which actually sit inside the National Park.

    Napa & Sonoma Wine Country Day Tour

    San Francisco

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    Immerse yourself in California’s legendary Wine Country on this wonderful day trip to Napa and Sonoma. Leaving San Francisco you’ll make the incredibly picturesque drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and through the Marin Headlands into the beautiful Wine Country. Upon arrival in Sonoma you’ll embark on a 45 minute tram tour of the Benziger Family Winery, including the fermentation facilities and wine caves. You’ll hear about the art of winemaking following the process from the grape to the glass, before enjoying the fruits of these labours in the tasting room! Following a picnic lunch you’ll head out to other locations in Sonoma and Napa Valleys for more tasting and exploring.

    Duration: 10 Hours

    Prices

    From £113 per person

    Los Angeles & San Francisco Twin Centre

    Los Angeles & San Francisco, California

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    • Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

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    • Hollywood, L.A.

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    • The Garland, Outdoor Pool

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    • The Garland, Accommodation

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    • Handlery Union Square, Outdoor Pool

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    • Handlery Union Square, Accommodation

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    Enjoy two of California's most exciting cities! This twin centre holiday allows ample time for you to discover both Los Angeles and San Francisco and includes a domestic flight so there is no need for driving. This package includes:

    • Non-stop flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles, returning from San Francisco with Virgin Atlantic (UK connection flights also available)
    • Domestic flights from Los Angeles to San Francisco
    • 4 nights at The Garland, Los Angeles
    • 3 nights at Handlery Union Square, San Francisco
    Prices

    From £1550 per person, based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season.