Nashville International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Welcome as you join us on a scenic journey along California’s amazing coast. Your tour begins in “the City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Enjoy the ambiance of this lively city, known for its ethnic diversity and unique history. Tonight, get to know your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner on Pier 39, overlooking San Francisco Bay.
A local guide showcases the popular landmarks of San Francisco, including the Twin Peaks, the Golden Gate Bridge. Later, enjoy some leisure time to explore Fisherman’s Wharf where you may sample cracked crab and the renowned sourdough French bread. Shop in lively Union Square or visit Ghirardelli Square, once the site of one of the largest producers of chocolate in the country. For a true local experience, ride the famed cable cars up and down San Francisco’s thrilling hills as you sightsee.
Today you wind through the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to one of Mother Nature’s greatest masterpieces, Yosemite National Park. Yosemite’s amazing waterfalls, unique rock formations, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and groves of beautiful trees will leave you awestruck as they have so many visitors before you. Upon arrival, join your fellow travelers viewing sites such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and El Capitan, as well as learn about the park’s history, geology and wildlife. Tonight we will lodge in Fresno California.
Today we travel to the King’s Canyon National Park, taking in sites like Grant’s Grove, The General Sherman Tree and the majestic Redwoods. After a full day we head back to our hotel in Fresno California.
Travel to Monterey, the city often called the greatest meeting of land, sea and sky. Monterey is home to the famed 17 Mile Drive, also known as one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world. Along the drive you will pass through the Del Monte Forest and see such famous sights as the Lone Cypress Tree, perhaps the most photographed tree in the world; Seal Rock, where the seals may actually bark at you; and the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Next, you will get to shop the beautiful Carmel by the Sea.
Next we continue South down Hwy 1 taking in some beautiful coastal sites. Your tour includes entry to one of America’s most beautiful homes, built by William Randolph Hearst. Later this evening we get to experience one of the best Farmer’s Markets the California Coast has to offer.
This morning, continue on your coastal journey to glittering Los Angeles, the “City of Angels,” and home to Universal Studios, as well as a host of your favorite musical and film celebrities. See the TCL Chinese Theatre, where nearly 200 movie stars have left their hand and foot prints, as well as the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame and other famous gems. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Huntington Library before heading to California’s second largest city, San Diego. Know for its ideal climate, 70 miles of pristine beaches, and world-class attractions, San Diego is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Mexico, the Anza-Borrego Desert, and the Laguna Mountains.
This morning, join a local guide for a comprehensive tour including downtown, the Gaslamp Quarter, Balboa Park, Coronado Island and Old Town San Diego. The afternoon is yours to experience San Diego at your leisure. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.
Your tour ends today, but the memories will stay with you forever.