California Dreaming

Journey from San Diego to Los Angeles to Monterey, Yosemite and San Francisco to discover the best sights of California. With plenty of free time to explore, you will soak up all the experiences that this trip has to offer. Visit beaches, islands, piers, districts, missions, and even a national park. Be whisked away on three distinct driving tours of famous Cali cities. Immerse yourself in nature and view scenery you will never forget!

14 Days /13 Nights

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Estimated Tour Pricing Inclusions: 13 nights’ accommodation; 13 breakfasts; 2 lunches; 4 dinners;  admissions, entrance, and guide fees as stated in the itinerary, including taxes, and gratuity. Except gratuity for guide fees is not included on adult tours unless otherwise requested.
  • San Diego City Driving Tour
  • Seaport Village
  • Balboa Park
  • Mission San Juan Capistrano
  • Newport Beach
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Los Angeles City Driving Tour
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Solvang
  • Monterey Bay
  • Cannery Row
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Mission San Juan Bautista
  • Yosemite
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Alcatraz Island
  • San Francisco City Driving Tour
  • Napa Valley Wine Tour

Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: San Diego Welcomes You
  • Arrive in San Diego and explore Seaport Village.
  • Board the Hornblower for a 2-hour harbor cruise.
  • Check in to your hotel. Then depart for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: San Diego Welcomes You
  • After breakfast at your hotel, depart with your guide for a San Diego city driving tour.
  • Spend the afternoon exploring Balboa Park and experience a tram tour of San Diego Zoo.
  • Return to your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own in the Gas Lamp District.
Day 3: Free Day
  • After breakfast, enjoy a free day of exploring San Diego on your own.
Day 4: San Diego to Los Angeles
  • Breakfast at your hotel, check out, and depart for Los Angeles.
  • Tour Mission San Juan Capistrano, Landmark, Chapel, Museum, and Gardens.
  • Enjoy lunch on your own in Newport Beach.
  • Explore Santa Monica Pier on your own.
  • Check in to your Los Angeles hotel and enjoy dinner on you own.
Day 5: Tour Los Angeles
  • Breakfast at your hotel.
  • Depart on an all day Los Angeles City Tour that includes: Downtown, Hollywood Bowl and Boulevard, Beverly Hills Sign and Rodeo Drive, Mod City, and a Farmer's Market.
  • After partaking in an included dinner, head out to the Griffith Observatory.
Day 6: Solvang and Pismo Beach
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
  • On your way to Pismo Beach, explore Solvang.
  • Check in to your Pismo Beach hotel and enjoy free time to explore and have dinner on your own.
Day 7: Depart for Monterey 
  • Before checking out and departing for Monterey, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
  • As you travel on highway 1, take in the lovely views of the Pacific coastline.
  • Along the way, stop to explore and have lunch on your own at Carmel by the Sea.
  • Check into your Monterey hotel and enjoy dinner included at a local restaurant.
Day 8: Explore Monterey
  • After breakfast, explore Old Town Monterey on your own.
  • Visit Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Lunch is on your own in Cannery Row.
  • Embark on a 3-hour Whale Watching Cruise.
  • Disembark and return to your hotel to dine on your own and explore.
Day 9: Journey to Yosemite
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
  • Tour Mission San Juan Bautista.
  • Have lunch and a tasting at Idle Hour Winery & Kitchen.
  • Arrive at Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite.
Day 10: Yosemite Adventures
  • Breakfast at your hotel, then start the day with a visit to Mariposa Grove followed by Bridal Veil Falls. Then view Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome. Finally, tour Ansel Adams Photo Studio.
  • Return to the lodge for the evening and have dinner on your own.
Day 11: Travel to San Francisco
  • Breakfast is included at the lodge before check-outing and departing for San Francisco.
  • Lunch at a spot of your choosing at Fisherman's Wharf.
  • Board for the Blue and Gold Fleet Bay Cruise.
  • Check-in to your hotel and enjoy a free evening to explore.
Day 12: Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Tour
  • After breakfast, depart for the Alcatraz Island Ferry.
  • Tour Alcatraz Island.
  • After your return and lunch on the wharf, depart on a San Francisco City Driving Tour.
  • Return to your hotel and enjoy free time to explore and have dinner on your own.
Day 13: Napa Valley
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for Wine Country.
  • Arrive in Napa Downtown and explore on your own.
  • Stop for a photo opportunity at the Welcome to Napa Valley Sign.
  • Tour and taste wine at one of the famous Napa Valley wineries.
  • Have one last included dinner at a local favorite restaurant in San Francisco.
Day 14: Depart for Home
  • Prior to checking out, enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
  • Fly home from San Francisco Airport.
*Base rate does not include motor coach transportation, airfare, airport transfers, driver gratuity, guide gratuity, (student groups exempt) or any upgrades or add-ons unlisted from itinerary as stated. Pricing may vary based on day of arrival or other conditions. Personalized itineraries with custom pricing and/or additional transportation can be created and added based on client needs and upon client’s request. MARS will customize quotes or personalize itineraries for FREE.


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