CALIFORNIA GOLD
9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS

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California beckons on this in-depth travel adventure that takes you to experience the many fascinating and diverse areas that this amazing state has to offer. From picture-perfect San Diego Bay, to the Hollywood glitz of L.A., and the glamour of Beverly Hills... from the coastal splendors of Carmel and Big Sur, to spectacular Napa wine country...from the lush greenery of Monterey to a historic look at the Gold Rush days in Old Sacramento...from breath-taking natural beauty of Yosemite National Park, to the grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge...come discover California at its best!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • San Diego Bay
  • Hollywood glitz of L.A.
  • Glamour of Beverly Hills
  • Spanish history of Santa Barbara
  • Glorious Hearst Castle
  • Coastal splendors of Carmel and Big Sur
  • Spectacular Napa wine country
  • Lush greenery of Monterey
  • Gold Rush days of Old Sacramento
  • Breath-taking natural beauty of Yosemite National Park
  • Wonder of San Francisco, “City by the Sea”
  • Grandeur of the Golden Gate Bridge and much more...

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DAY BY DAY ITINERARY


Day 1 Arrive San Diego, California
Embark on your California adventure today as you board your flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport by your Aventura World tour director and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Tonight, we invite you to join together with your fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 San Diego - City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, take an insightful San Diego city tour. As we venture along, you will have the opportunity to delve into the historic Gaslamp District, the Embarcadero, Balboa Park, and San Diego's historic Old Town. This afternoon you will have plenty of time to explore the city on your own. Consider visiting the acclaimed San Diego Zoo or take a San Diego Harbor Cruise. (B)

Day 3 San Diego/San Juan Capistrano - Mission Tour/Los Angeles - City Tour
Rise and shine with breakfast at your hotel before embarking on a scenic drive along California's coastal splendors towards San Juan Capistrano. Upon arrival, we will visit one of the most beautiful area missions that were originally built by the Spaniards. Next, we head on to Los Angeles where we will embark on a panoramic city tour showcasing such famed areas and attractions as Hollywood, the Dolby Theater where the Academy Awards are held each year, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Grauman's Chinese Theater. From there, we will drive along the famous Sunset Strip and ritzy Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. This evening you will enjoy an overnight stay in Los Angeles. (B)

Day 4 Los Angeles - Ronald Reagan Library Tour/Santa Barbara/ Pismo Beach
Power up with breakfast at your hotel before joining in a guided tour of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Situated on a 300- acre site perched on a mountaintop with sweeping views of the surrounding valleys, mountains, and Pacific Ocean, the Regan Museum experience features an amazing collection of artifacts and interactive displays that highlights the accomplishments of our 40th president, including the Air Force One plane that was used by President Regan. The day's activities continue with a glorious drive up the Pacific Coast towards Santa Barbara where you can take in the area's spectacular Mediterranean architecture. Next, we head on to Pismo Beach, a classic beach town located on California's famous central coast, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles where we will overnight. (B)

Day 5 Pismo Beach/San Simeon - Hearst Castle Tour/Big Sur/ Monterey
After breakfast at your Pismo Beach hotel we will head to the hilltop Hearst Castle in San Simeon for a tour of this grand manor that features an exceptional art collection owned by the newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Breathtaking Big Sur, situated between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the picturesque coast, beckons as the next stop on today's day of adventuring in California. This afternoon we head to awe-inspiring Monterey, our home-base for the next two nights. (B)

Day 6 Monterey - 17 Mile Scenic Drive Tour
Have a hearty breakfast and get ready for a full day of exploring as we head out on one of the world's most breathtaking coastal drives. This 17-mile drive takes you past the world-renown Pebble Beach Golf Course, Lone Cypress, and Seal Rock. Later, beautiful Carmel-by-the-sea awaits you. Then we will delve into old Monterey, where California's statehood was established in 1849. As the day continues, take time at leisure to discover Monterey at your own pace. You will find yourself amid splendid shops and restaurants in former fish packing plants along Cannery Row, made famous by local author John Steinbeck. Consider checking out the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its psychedelic jellies and bat-ray petting tank. (B)

Day 7 Monterey/Yosemite National Park
Enjoy breakfast in Monterey before heading inland towards the Yosemite Park Area where we will overnight. We will start the day driving through the area known as the breadbasket of California, the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy fresh from the farm favorites as we stop at a historic fruit stand. Further along, the Sierra Nevada Mountains welcome you as you arrive at Yosemite National Park. The Yosemite Valley beckons with its fantastic and immense El Capitan and Half Dome formations and captivating Yosemite Falls, one of the world's tallest. Let the natural beauty envelope you in this postcard perfect mountain stting. Tonight we will join together to enjoy a special dinner with our group. (B,D)

Day 8 Yosemite National Park Area/Old Sacramento/Napa Valley - Winery tour and wine tasting/San Francisco
Wake to the day with breakfast at your Yosemite Park Area hotel before we embark on a drive through the Sierras into Gold Country. California's Gold Rush era comes to life as you enter Old Sacramento's 28-acre town of historic buildings that were constructed in the early 1800s. Next, on the day's agenda, we will head into Napa Valley, home to some of the world's most acclaimed and awarded wineries. Enjoy time at a local winery for a tour and wine tasting experience. Then we will continue along and cross the impressive Golden Gate Bridge to arrive in San Francisco. This "City by the Bay" welcomes you to explore at your own pace and enjoy an overnight stay. (B)

Day 9 Depart San Francisco or extend your stay with an optional San Francisco extension
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel with a lifetime of memories of your travels to cherish and share. Then embark on your transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL SAN FRANCISCO EXTENSION
Day 9 San Francisco - City Tour
After breakfast at your hotel, we embark on our guided San Francisco city tour where you can take-in the splendid ambiance as you visit the city's many sights, including Twin Peaks, Union Square, Chinatown and Pier 39, the rolling hills of the Presidio, the Victorian Mansions of Pacific Heights, and Golden Gate Park. The afternoon is yours to venture off on your own and discover the many treasures of this amazing city r you might consider taking a walk among old growth coast redwoods in Muir Woods. (B)

Day 10 San Francisco
Welcome the day with breakfast at your hotel before a full day at leisure to get to know San Francisco. Ride on a cable car, see the area's colorful Victorian houses, walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, savor the city's culinary treats, view Alcatraz Island -- known for its notorious prison, check out the "crookedest" street in the world -- Lombard Street, visit the area's many museums...the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. (B)

Day 11 Depart San Francisco
Start the day with breakfast at your hotel before heading to the airport for your return flight home with the fondest of memories to share of your unforgettable California adventure. (B)


Hotel and itinerary are subject to change.

INCLUDES

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 10 included meals consisting of 8 buffet breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: San Diego city tour, Mission San Juan Capistrano tour, Los Angeles city tour, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library tour, Santa Barbara, Hearst Castle tour, Big Sur, 17-Mile Scenic Drive tour in Monterey, Old Sacramento State Historic Park visit, Napa Valley winery tour and wine tasting
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, and interaction with locals
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour upon arrival in San Diego
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

OPTIONAL SAN FRANCISCO EXTENSION
  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - Hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 2 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Half day tour of San Francisco
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport

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