3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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Want to discover the best of the West Coast over three memorable days? This unique tour by van or motorcoach will take you from Los Angeles to the must-see destinations of central and northern California: Santa Barbara, Solvang, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park or Monterrey. Sit back and relax as you are transported from one fabulous California destination to the next!

Itinerary Details

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Day 1 LOS ANGELES – SANTA BARBARA – 17 MILE DRIVE – CARMEL

Stop At: Old Mission Santa Barbara

SUMMER ROUTE: Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At:

(SUMMER) Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cannery Row

(SUMMER) After our visit we visit the town of Carmel home to the actor Clint Eastwood.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: 17-Mile Drive

(SUMMER) We head north to world famous Route #1 where we get to see the spectacular California coast line up close. (small vehicles will travel on route 1 only while full size coaches will travel through 17 mile drive exclusively) Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach our hotel for overnight.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Stearns Wharf

WINTER ROUTE: Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to our first stop in Santa Barbara. We explore the heart of downtown at the "state street promenade" after enjoying the architectural beauty of the promenade we visit the beaches and Stearns wharf enjoying a beautiful view of the ocean.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Old Mission Santa Barbara

(WINTER) We finish our visit to Santa Barbara at the Spanish Mission, and learn how these religious outposts were key to developing this entire region.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Solvang

(WINTER) Our trip continues up to Solvang, a quaint community known as the "Danish capital of America." Here we enjoy the Danish style architecture while browsing local shops and restaurants.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Silicon Valley

(WINTER) After our lunch break we travel north through Silicon Valley before departing for our hotel for the evening.

Day 2 SAN FRANCISCO – BAY CRUISE – GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – CHINATOWN

Stop At: San Francisco City Hall

Today we understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We start our tour walking on the Lombard Street and then at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island.

Duration: 3 hour

Stop At:

Walk along the waterfront shops on cobbled sidewalks and enjoy the sunshine, sea air, and ambiance

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Twin Peaks

Head for the top of Twin Peaks. These two hills rise almost 1000 feet above the City and sit just about in its geographical center. This is the best San Francisco view.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown

San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest one in North America and covers 24 city blocks. This neighborhood is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.

Duration: 45 minutes

Day 3 SAN FRANCISCO – YOSEMITE – LOS ANGELES

Stop At: Yosemite Valley

SUMMER ROUTE: We head east through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200-square mile wonderland of forests, lakes and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Yosemite Falls

(SUMMER) Continuation for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cannery Row

WINTER ROUTE: We start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row. What was once a row of Sardine factories along the wharf is now a picturesque haven for people to enjoy a leisurely day while exploring its rich history

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: Carmel

(WINTER) We continue our tour of the beautiful California coast with a visit to the town of Carmel-by-the-sea, home to actor/director/mayor Clint Eastwood.

Duration: 2 hour

Stop At: 17-Mile Drive

(WINTER) We will then travel south returning back to Los Angeles. On the way we will either travel along the California coast itself on scenic Route #1 (small vehicles only) or visit the Acclaimed 17-Mile drive (full size buses only) for a stunning view of the coast.

Duration: 2 hour
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