California Classics with San Diego (AAE)

12 days from San Francisco to San Diego

2019 Tour Details

From San Francisco to San Diego, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular vacation. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of California’s largest cities—San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego—and take a deep breath and slow down in the mountain areas of Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. If you’re interested in seeing some of California’s amazing scenery, this California tour offers you a chance to admire some of its best. Savor the scenery in stunning Lake Tahoe with the sparkling blue water surrounded by the Sierra Mountains. Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice-sculpted domes, and meadows. Sit back and watch the views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, the dramatic Pacific coastline, and the Lone Cyprus on 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

Visit Santa Barbara and Hearst Castle in Sam Simeon, built by William Randolph Hearst as his private retreat. Once only accessible to celebrities and famous guests, enjoy a tour highlighting this impressive 123-acre estate. Also visit Solvang, a quaint Danish village founded in 1911 by Danish educators to maintain their heritage. Wander through the town with charming shops featuring Danish imports and picturesque buildings and windmills. Globus has arranged a special treat here...a coffee and Danish specialty at a local bakery. Another special experience offered by Globus is a visit and dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its sea otters, seals, sharks, penguins, and more.

All of this and more—including a scenic journey aboard an Amtrak train from Los Angeles to San Diego and two full days to explore San Diego—await you on this California tour. Be sure to pack your camera and get ready for a fabulous vacation!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; [LF] Japanese Tea Garden; excursion to Sausalito; ferry ride across the bay

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite Valley floor tram tour

CARMEL
Visit the resort town

MONTEREY
17-Mile Drive; [LF] dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

SAN SIMEON
Visit Hearst Castle

SOLVANG
Visit the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a [LF] local specialty

SANTA BARBARA
Visit the mission

LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing tour; Getty Museum; farewell dinner

LOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Los Angeles

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco. Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2

San Francisco. Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Also see Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much more. Next, visit the [LF] JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. Afterward, journey across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery, and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Return to San Francisco by FERRY and enjoy incredible skyline views. Still plenty of time for pursuing your favorite interests and activities—ride the world-famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit the Museum of Modern Art. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 3

San Francisco–Lake Tahoe. From the Pacific coast, travel to stunning Lake Tahoe, surrounded by the Sierra Mountains. There’s plenty of time to explore this alpine lake, the largest in North America and also one of the highest. Even though the average depth of the lake is 989 feet, it is one of the clearest and purest bodies of water in the world!
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Lake Tahoe–Yosemite National Park. Southward through the Sierra Nevadas to YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice-sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and unspoiled alpine scenery. Descend into the 4,000-foot valley, where you’ll board an open-air TRAM to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 5

Yosemite National Park–Carmel–Monterey. Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. A high point on today’s journey is the beautiful 17-MILE DRIVE, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Head to the wharf for a visit to the world-famous [LF] MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM, followed by a special dinner here overlooking the bay.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 6

Monterey–San Simeon–Pismo Beach. This morning, journey south to San Simeon and visit HEARST CASTLE, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which houses splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions purchased at an estimated $50 million. The tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123-acre estate. Then, journey down the coast to the seaside town of Pismo Beach.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7

Pismo Beach–Solvang–Santa Barbara–Los Angeles. Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. [LF] Enjoy coffee and a DANISH SPECIALTY at a local bakery, with free time to browse through the charming shops featuring Danish imports. Travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200-year-old MISSION with its world-famous twin bell towers. Afterward, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wharf. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Los Angeles. Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street – the oldest thoroughfare in the city – to Hollywood. Step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at the TCL Chinese Theatre, and see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later visit the GETTY MUSEUM, housing a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Los Angeles–San Diego. This morning, transfer to the train station and board AMTRAK’S Pacific Surfliner train bound for San Diego, California’s second-largest city. During your train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and quaint coastal towns. Upon arrival in San Diego, you will be met by a Globus Host who will help you transfer to your hotel and answer any questions about your stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

San Diego. Experience San Diego at your leisure, featuring an idyllic climate and 70 miles of beaches. Perhaps visit San Diego’s world-famous zoo or take a harbor cruise, complete with dinner and dancing. (B daily)

Day 11

San Diego. Experience San Diego at your leisure, featuring an idyllic climate and 70 miles of beaches. Perhaps visit San Diego’s world-famous zoo or take a harbor cruise, complete with dinner and dancing. (B daily)

Day 12

San Diego. The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RANDY SCHUSTER

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!"

Tour Director -  RANDY SCHUSTER

 Accommodations

LOS ANGELES

L.A. GRAND HOTEL DOWNTOWN

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MONTEREY

HYATT REGENCY MONTEREY

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

NAPA

EMBASSY SUITES NAPA VALLEY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SAN DIEGO

EMBASSY SUITES SAN DIEGO BAY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

This hotel is located directly across the street from Seaport Village and is walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center. The hotel is also just minutes from the San Diego attractions such as SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Old Town and more. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, game room, business center, concierge service, hair salon, gift shop, restaurant, room service, and complimentary evening manager's reception.

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO MARRIOTT MARQUIS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SOLVANG

HOTEL CORQUE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

YOSEMITE VIEW LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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