California Classics with San Diego (AAE)

12 Day Tour from San Francisco to San Diego

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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 Course, 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 an Amtrak train ride 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

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
SAN SIMEON
Visit Hearst Castle
SOLVANG
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Visit the quaint Denmark-inspired village and enjoy a local specialty
SANTA BARBARA
Visit the mission
LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing tour; Getty Museum; farewell dinner
LOS ANGELES–SAN DIEGO
Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yosemite National Park

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 4 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 National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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
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

Day 4 Lake Tahoe–Yosemite National Park

Southward through the Sierra Nevadas to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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

Day 5 Yosemite 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 in his novel of the same name. 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

Day 6 Monterey–Big Sur–San Simeon–Pismo Beach

This morning, journey south through Big Sur 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
Dinner

Day 7 Pismo Beach–Solvang–Santa Barbara–Los Angeles

Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. Next stop is metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.

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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 TCL Chinese Theatre, 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

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. 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

Days 10-11 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.

Breakfast

Day 12 San Diego

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

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.

AL LEPORE

Years of Experience: 21

After more than two decades in the industry, I've been fortunate to see all aspects of touring by coach. My experiences as a tour director have proven to be my most rewarding in terms of a career. I particularly enjoy showing off America's treasures in our National Parks. I'd love to share our wonderful national parks and help you "find your park" as we travel this great land. When I am not guiding, I enjoy sports and spending time with my friends and family.

 Accommodations

San Francisco
South Lake Tahoe
Yosemite National Park
Monterey
Pismo Beach
Los Angeles
San Diego

San Francisco

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780, Mission St
San Francisco, CA United States

Rooms have cable TV, internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hair dryer. The hotel features Concierge desk, gift shop, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, three restaurants, lounge, and coffee bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Shoe Shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning

South Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Superior First-Class

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA United States

Nine story Bavarian Tudor style resort hotel in California on Nevada state line - Walk to casinos and Heavenly Ski Resort.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite View Lodge

PO Box D
El Portal, CA United States

The hotel has three swimming pools, gift shop, two restaurants, and a lounge. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite

Monterey

Hyatt Regency Monterey

1 Old Golf Course Rd
Monterey, CA United States

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Spa Services
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Beauty Salon
  • Gift Shop
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Window Opens
  • Phone
  • Alarm Clock
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • In-Room Safe
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Voicemail

Pismo Beach

Hilton Garden Inn Pismo Beach

First-Class

601 James Way
Pismo Beach, CA United States

Free Wifi

Central and contemporary, the Hilton Garden Inn San Luis Obispo/Pismo Beach hotel is nestled along the scenic central California coast.

Hotel Amenities

  • Hot Tub
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Alarm Clock
  • In-Room Safe
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Hair Dryer
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Internet Access

Los Angeles

The L.A. Hotel Downtown

Deluxe

333 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA United States

Free Wifi

The L.A. Hotel Downtown, located in the financial center, is a 14 story hotel with award-winning architectural design, mirrored facade and glass-enclosed atrium. Guestroom features 300-thread-count linens, floor-to-ceiling windows with various city views, and bathroom with stone countertop and separate tub and shower, tub-shower combo or walk-in shower only.

Hotel Amenities

  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Gift Shop
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Room Service
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Voicemail
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker

San Diego

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay

601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA United States

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.

Hotel Amenities

  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Ice Machine
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Pool
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage

Room Amenities

  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Desk
  • Room Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Voicemail
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone

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