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California Classics with San Diego 2023

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

When you hum along to California Dreamin’ on the radio, what wistful wonders come to mind? Giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park? Big reds in Napa Valley? Mega stars in Los Angeles? Colossal mansions that dot the entire Pacific coastline? From the City by the Bay to the City of Angels, this thirteen-day tour of California reveals every heavenly sight that earned the Golden State its name. Yosemite’s Cathedral Spires, 17-Mile Drive’s Lone Cypress, and San Simeon’s Hearst Castle are just a few you’ll want your camera ready for. Between the high energy of Silicon Valley and the high style of Beverly Hills, this encompassing California vacation weaves in plenty of kickback time with visits to a Napa Valley vineyard, the quiet Danish village of Solvang, and the tony resort zip codes of Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Barbara. Don’t forget your shades. Surf’s up at the 70 miles of beaches along Southern California’s most laid-back city. Hang ten or simply hang out in San Diego’s renowned zoo, museums, and eclectic neighborhoods. Half the fun of this extension to your California vacation is the scenic train ride here from La-La Land.

  1. Day 1
    ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO
    Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
  2. Day 2
    SAN FRANCISCO
    City by the Bay 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. Free time this afternoon to explore the city. Ride the world-famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit the Museum of Modern Art. Dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURE & TRADITION As the song goes, you’ll leave your heart in San Francisco with a stroll through the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden. Walk the beautiful landscapes in 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.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    SAN FRANCISCO–SAUSALITO–NAPA
    Vineyards & Views Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Continue to Sonoma for lunch on your own Visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting before arriving to your hotel in Napa. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    TASTES & TRADITIONS Cross San Francisco Bay on the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to stroll the quaint artisan avenues of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views and breathtaking scenery in the charming waterfront village with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. Venture to the Napa Valley with its wealth of verdant vineyards for a wine tasting.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    NAPA–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
    The Mountains are Calling Travel southward through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Free time this evening. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    NATURAL WONDERS Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice-sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and unspoiled alpine scenery. Descend into the 4,000-foot valley for an open-air Valley Floor Tram to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. Here, John Muir realized, “The mountains are calling, and I must go.” We think you’ll agree.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MONTEREY
    Giants of the Land and Sea Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to many old-growth sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, one of the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey, home to the famed Cannery Row. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    HISTORY & HERITAGE
    Immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name, Cannery Row is filled with history and vibrant sights along the waterfront of Monterey Bay. Once a bustling district of sardine factories, the street is a brightly painted avenue of eateries and shops that harken back to a heritage of fishermen and rich stories. In the morning, stroll along the wharf for the chance to see whales, otters, and other sea creatures in the kelp forests of the Pacific Ocean shore.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL
    Cottages & Cypress Trees This morning, spend your free time visiting historic Cannery Row. Other highlights today include a visit to the resort town of Carmel with a scenic drive along the famed 17-Mile Drive. Return to Monterey for free time before dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURAL GEMS Feel the windswept spirit of the Pacific Ocean with a spectacular drive along 17-Mile Drive to the charming haven of Carmel-by-the-Sea. See its crooked cottages and twisted trees in the popular haunt of writers, artists, and celebrities. You’ll pass by sweeping sea views and rocky shores, visit the world-famous Pebble Beach Golf Course for a walk on the fairway, and see the iconic Lone Cypress clinging to its rocky perch.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    MONTEREY–BIG SUR–SAN SIMEON–SOLVANG
    California Gold Journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle. Continue to Solvang for a free evening. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    LEGENDARY LIVES Visit the opulent mansion of legendary newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which houses splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions purchased at an estimated $50 million. Your guided tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123-acre estate.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES
    Treasures & Traditions Explore the Danish town of Solvang and enjoy a [LF] Danish specialty at a local bakery. Then, travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara to visit the Old Mission Santa Barbara. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. (B)

    LOCAL FAVORITE
    CULTURAL GEM Stroll the streets of Solvang and feel as though you’ve entered a charming Danish town with picturesque buildings and shops, restaurants and windmills that create a taste of Denmark in California’s Santa Ynez Valley. Enjoy a traditional Danish pastry at Mortensen’s famous bakery.


    TOUR HIGLIGHT
    HISTORY & HERITAGE Experience the beauty and history of California’s mission trail with a visit to Old Mission Santa Barbara. Soak in the stunning Spanish influence of the 1786 “Queen of the Missions” with its wrought iron, terra cotta, and carved wood. Feel the serenity amid its whitewashed walls and tile-roofed buildings below its chiming twin bell towers ringing out on the Camino Real above the beautiful Pacific Ocean.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  9. Day 9
    LOS ANGELES
    California Traditions Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street—the oldest thoroughfare in the city—to Hollywood. See the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    ART & ARCHITECTURE Visit the amazing Getty Museum to see a vast collection of art housed within its hilltop complex above Los Angeles. Here, a treasure trove of masterpieces are displayed with art from the Middle Ages to the present.

    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    LOS ANGELES–AMTRAK’S PACIFIC SURFLINER–SAN DIEGO
    Riding the Rails Take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner scenic train service along the coast to San Diego. Meet your Globus Local Host upon arrival before transferring to the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown Hotel. Free time this evening. Your Globus Local Host will be available to provide suggestions on how to spend your free time. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    EPIC RIDE Board the Amtrak train at Los Angeles’ historic Union Station for a scenic ride along the California Coast from LA to San Diego. During your train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and quaint coastal towns.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  11. Day 11
    SAN DIEGO
    Southern California Dreaming A full free day to explore San Diego, California’s second-largest city. (B)

    TOUR HIGHLIGHT
    CULTURE & TRADITION California’s southernmost city of San Diego shares the border with Mexico, as well as the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean and the sun washed shores of the Southern California coastline. Considered the birthplace of California, San Diego is rich in culture as a true melting pot of cultures to be found in Old Town, Balboa Park, Mission Beach, Embarcadero, and the Gas Light District.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  12. Day 12
    SAN DIEGO
    Pacific Pleasures A full free day to explore San Diego on your own. (B)

    FREE-TIME TIPS
    EXPLORE MORE in San Diego with a day on the beach or a visit to any of its exciting attractions. Your Local Host can point you in the right direction, and your GlobusGO mobile app is always at your fingertips with maps and suggestions for the best day in Cali.

    Meals:   Breakfast
  13. Day 13
    SAN DIEGO
    Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals:
Breakfast daily, 3 dinners

Globus offers Small-Group Discoveries on select North America dates. A Small-Group Discovery is limited to an average of just 24 guests per departure. There’s always room to roam with extra space between you and other travelers—while still getting up close and personal to the experiences you’ve been dreaming of. Small-Group Discoveries include all the features of a traditional Globus escorted tour, complete with expert Tour Director, Driver, and Local Guides who ensure that your health and safety is our top priority. A Small-Group Discovery trip is the perfectly sized tour—without the crowds.

Health and Safety Protocols for Globus Tours

The world is waiting to be rediscovered! And Globus helps you reunite with your favorite destinations through our ongoing commitment to travel with the ease and confidence travelers have come to expect on tour with us. No matter where you travel, our global network of travel experts has you ready to reconnect.

And along the way, we’re step-for step with you to remove the worries and hassles that might make aspiring globetrotters hesitate when taking that first step in discovering dream destinations once again. With exceptional health and safety protocols and on-trip contingency plans for unexpected surprises, Globus travelers see more of the world with more peace of mind.

A SAFE & WARM WELCOME

Globus will conduct tour check-in procedures and pre-trip health screenings to offer guests a safe start and peace of mind throughout the journey. This includes proof of vaccination for all guests.

BLENDING CULTURAL PROXIMITY WITH SOCIAL DISTANCE

There may be times on tour or on the motorcoach when social distancing is required. We will take care in assuring any local guidelines are followed in a safe and comfortable way for our guests. For any cases where masks are required due to local guidelines, we ask that guests bring their own approved N95 (FFP2) masks for their own comfort and safety. Our wireless listening technology enables safe distances between our guests and other travelers during excursions.

FOCUS ON GUEST AND TEAM MEMBER HEALTH

To ensure a healthy environment for each of our guests and our team, our Tour Directors, Local Hosts, and motorcoach drivers are fully vaccinated, and Globus is also requiring that all travelers are fully vaccinated before joining the trips. Additionally, regular guest checks are conducted, and, when required by local guidelines, masks will be worn by our guests and by our team when accompanying guests. In all other cases, masks are optional for guests.

TOUCHING HEARTS, NOT HANDS

Traveling with Globus removes many of the “touch points” of travel, including luggage handling, check in/out, expedited entry into attractions and more. Globus are further reducing risk with hands-free service, meaning all self-services replaced by staff, including buffet meals replaced with table service. Globus will also ensure hand sanitizing is available throughout each trip, on coach and in hotels.

COMMITMENT TO CLEAN

As a part of Globus' commitment to clean, Globus is requiring enhanced cleaning procedures with hotel partners, on motorcoaches, vehicles and throughout every trip, including additional daily disinfecting procedures that go above-and-beyond already strict health and safety procedures.

PARTNERS IN DISCOVERY AND IN HEALTH

Globus has strict health and safety protocols, which have been in place for years, focused on ensuring all aspects of operation- from vehicles and equipment used on trip to excursions and hotel procedures. This process will continue with new, elevated health and safety checks, to maintain their promise that each touch-point on tours and cruises are considered in their commitment to guest and team member well-being.

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Accommodations

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

San Francisco: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
San Francisco Marriott Marquis welcomes travelers to Northern California with exceptional service, spacious guestrooms, and a prime downtown location. The hotel features a spa, fitness center, and an on-site restaurant and lounge. Guestrooms offer plush bedding, Smart TVs, mini-refrigerators, and Wi-Fi access.
Address:
780 Mission Street
San Francisco CA, United States
Napa: Embassy Suites Napa Valley
Surrounded by palm trees, rose gardens, and a mill pond with resident swans, the resort-like Embassy Suites Napa Valley features a stylish lobby, restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, and fitness center.
Address:
1075 California Boulevard
Napa CA, United States
Yosemite National Park: Yosemite View Lodge
The hotel has three swimming pools, gift shop, two restaurants, and a lounge. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.
Address:
1136 CA-104
El Portal CA, United States
Monterey: Hyatt Regency Monterey
This luxury resort is ideally situated near an acclaimed golf course, which provides ample views of gardens and landscapes. Renovations have transformed the interior into a modern, contemporary oasis with a fireplace lounge, fitness center, spa, outdoor pool, tennis courts, restaurant, lounge, and room service. Guestrooms feature cable TV, high-speed Internet access, mini-refrigerator, in-room safe, coffeemaker, bath robe, and bath amenities.
Address:
1 Old Golf Course Rd
Monterey CA, United States
Solvang: Hotel Corque
Hotel Corque (pronounced Cork) is a boutique hotel located in downtown Solvang. The hotel offers spacious guestrooms and décor specially designed to complement the regions' peaceful surrounding wine country.
Address:
400 Alisal Road
Solvang CA, United States
Los Angeles: Westin Bonaventure
Stunning downtown hotel comprising 5 glass towers and a 6 story atrium lobby with fountains. Facilities include an outdoor pool, health club, spa and on site shopping mall. Dining faciilities include a lobby bar and bistro restaurant - The Lakeview Bistro - and a famous steakhouse on the 35th floor - LA Prime - which offers spectacular views of the downtown area. On the 34th floor is a revolving lounge and restaurant - the Bona Vista Lounge
Address:
404 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles CA, United States
San Diego: Embassy Suites San Diego Bay
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.
Address:
601 Pacific Highway
San Diego CA, United States

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Questions & Answers

Question: Does your CA Classic tour include any meals? Do you have tours that include meals?

Yes, these are the included meals on the California Classics with San Diego tour with Globus: Breakfast every day, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Los Angeles.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.1
Accommodations
3.8
Itinerary
4.3
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
4

Ratings based off 8 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

Very disappointing trip/tour. Day 2: Japanese Tea Garden was nice but really saw nothing else of San Francisco except from afar. Everything was on your own. Very inconvenient to try to "hop" on cable cars which were not close to hotel and had to be done in evening. Day 3: Wasted day - nix Lake Tahoe. Day 4: Visit to Yosemite National Park was enjoyable and glad we saw it. However, the Yosemite View Lodge was just plain terrible. Dirty, spiders, poor plumbing!! Day 5: I realize tour had to go back across state of CA but much too long a bus ride day, nearly 12 hours. UGH (Better to eliminate Tahoe & Yosemite on this itinerary/tour) Visit to Monterey Bay Aquarium was a disaster. "Special dinner" there was just awful (raw fish and chicken). Day 6: Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach Hotel dinner was definitely not what one would expect on a Globus tour and the dining room staff were definitely overwhelmed by our tour group. Day 7: OK stop in Solvang but other than numerous shops there was not much to see or do in this town. Did not come on this trip to do shopping. We did enjoy the stop at Santa Monica pier for lunch. Another long bus day. Day 8: As noted on website itinerary of this tour "see Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive" is about it; from bus windows. NO stopping here. Extension: 3 days in San Diego were totally enjoyable. Loved San Diego. Our ne bad experience here was on " arranged" transfer to airport from hotel -- transfer vehicle did not show up in time to take several of us to airport. Had to take a taxi at own expense and because we waited at hotel for "arranged" transfer we had little time to spare before our departure flight. We are so very, very disappointed overall with this trip and Globus. We will do some long hard thinking about another tour with Globus stateside. In addition, we will scrutinize all itineraries on any future tours we contemplate.

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