Tour: AAE - 2013 (AAE) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in San Francisco

Welcome to the “Golden State!” At 6:30 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

San Francisco 
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DAY 2San Francisco

Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Your tour includes Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, Fisherman’s Wharf, and much 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, Dinner)

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco’s renowned Golden Gate Bridge Stroll through the beautiful Vina del Mar park in Sausalito 
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DAY 3San 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)

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DAY 4Lake 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)

El Capitan, a popular rock climbing destination in Yosemite National Park 
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DAY 5Yosemite National Park–Carmel–Monterey

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. Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck. Head to the wharf for a visit to the world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM followed by a special dinner here overlooking the bay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monterey Bay Aquarium 
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DAY 6Monterey–San Simeon–Solvang

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 to your resort hotel near Solvang. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Hearst Castle 
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DAY 7Solvang–Santa Barbara–Los Angeles

Visit Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Free time to browse through the charming shops featuring Danish imports and rich pastries. 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. Hollywood celebrities’ homes dot the shoreline from Malibu to Santa Monica on your way to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world. (Breakfast)

The palm trees line the streets of LA Los Angeles, California A beautiful sunset in Los Angeles 
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DAY 8Los 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 Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and see Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. 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. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your vacation. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Enjoy the open architecture of the Getty Museum 
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DAY 9Los 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. 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 in San Diego. (Breakfast)

The Mission San Diego de Alcalá Enjoy the beautiful beaches of San Diego Set sail in gorgeous San Diego 
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Days 10-11San 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12San Diego

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

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