California Classics with San Diego (AAE)

13 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 slowdown in the areas of Napa Valley 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. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local vineyard in Napa Valley. 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 Links, 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 behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, with its sea otters, seals, sharks, penguins, and more.

All of this and more—including a scenic journey aboard an Amtrak train from Los Angeles to San Diego 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
NAPA VALLEY
Tour and tasting at a winery
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite Valley floor tram tour
CARMEL
Visit this resort town
MONTEREY
17-Mile Drive; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
SAN SIMEON
Visit Hearst Castle
SOLVANG
Enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite local specialty
SANTA BARBARA
Guided tour of the mission
LOS ANGELES
Sightseeing; 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, 1 lunch, 2 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Los Angeles.

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

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 Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. 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, there’s 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 Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 3 SAN FRANCISCO–SAUSALITO–NAPA VALLEY

Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery, and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This afternoon, visit a local VINEYARD for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4 NAPA VALLEY–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Travel 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 Breakfast

Day 5 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–MONTEREY

Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to 500 mature sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Stay alert for humpback whales in the bay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6 MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. 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. Return to Monterey for a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite behind-the-scenes tour at the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, great white sharks, and more.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

Day 7 MONTEREY–BIG SUR–SAN SIMEON–SOLVANG

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. Continue to Solvang for an overnight stay.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 SOLVANG–SANTA BARBARA–LOS ANGELES

After breakfast, enjoy coffee and a DANISH SPECIALTY at a local bakery. Then, 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 on a guided tour to learn about its history and the world-famous twin bell towers. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9 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 the TCL Chinese Theatre, and see Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. 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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 10 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. During your train ride, enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, sandy beaches, and quaint coastal towns. 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 Breakfast

Days 11-12 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.

BreakfastBreakfast daily

Day 13 SAN DIEGO

The tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

RANDY SCHUSTER

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

Being a Tour Director has afforded me the opportunity to travel more than I would have ever dreamed. During my many years as a Tour Director, I have had the opportunity to lead tours in Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and the Western U.S. I am extremely proud of my home state of California. Come with me on tour and I will show you the unique beauty, ethnic diversity, tempting local cuisine, and, hopefully, help you spot a celebrity or two!

Tour Director - RANDY SCHUSTER

 Accommodations

San Francisco
Napa
Yosemite National Park
Monterey
Solvang
Los Angeles
San Diego

 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


San Francisco
San Diego

San Francisco

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

Rocket Boat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront.

Price Range: $

San Diego

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

Cruising the waters of San Diego Harbor

What better way to explore the big bay of San Diego than by boat cruise!

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

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* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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