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Magnificent California

Known as the Golden State, a nickname gained during the Gold Rush Era, California offers  nowadays its gold in the mix of beautiful cities, breathtaking National Parks, a spectacular coastline and amazing beaches.

 

In this itinerary you will enjoy the romantic San Francisco Bay; Yosemite National Park and its natural wonders made of waterfalls, mountains and forests; Carmel and Monterey with their cliffs towering over the ocean and delicous architecture; Santa Barbara, a real Pearl in the Californian Riviera, the incredibily wide beaches surrounding Los Angeles.

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION:

Day 1: ARRIVAL IN SAN FRANCISCO

Arrival in San Francisco, after custom clearence and having picked up your luggage, you will proceed to the car rental Desk to pick up your car and drive to the reserved hotel.

Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO / YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (380 Km)

Today, your trip among the American Natural Wonders starts. You will drive for about 4 hours to the east, leaving the coastline and reachnig the California mountains and the beautiful Yosemite National Park.  Upon Arrival, after check in at your hotel, time at disposal for a first visit of the park.

Day 3: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Full day dedicated to the visit of Yosemite. You could easily spend weeks exploring the park, famous for its waterfalls, the Sequoia forests, their granite mountains and much more.  Main attractions are Yosemite Falls, El Captain, the mountain where Free climbing was practiced for the first time ever, Half Dome, one of the most photographed points of the park, Glacier Point, towering at 2198 m. high, dominating the all park.

 

Day 4: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - MONTEREY (270 Km)

After a nice Mountain Excursion you will drive back to the coast and reach Monterey. On the way to get there, you will pass by the many grapewine and wineries producing the acclaimed Californian Wine. Once you reach the coast you will certainly fall in love with the views this part of California offers. High cliffs over the Ocean, delicious villages, secluded beaches will follow one another. Be sure not to miss a visit to Monterey at the delicious Carmel and to Drive on the world famous 17-mile Drive a loop drive that will lead you from the sea to the hills in one of the most spectacular scenic drives in the whole Country.

 

Day 5: MONTEREY / SAN SIMEON - PISMO BEACH (154 Km)

You will continue driving southward on the California Coast with its ever changing panoramas over the Pacific Ocean. This is Sufers’ Land as the Ocean here has the perfect Waves and this is the place where the relaxed and carefree California lifestyle reigns; it’s the perfect Holiday land!

 

Day 6: SAN SIMEON / LOS ANGELES (364 Km)

As you drive southward the cliffs leave their place to wider and wider beaches and the temperature gets higher as you enter Southern California. A stop in Santa Barbara is mandatory. It’s a very elegant city with a wonderful promenade on the ocean that earned her the name “American Riviera”. Before arriving in  Los Angeles don’t miss a stop in Venice Beach and Santa Monica the first one famous for its’ alternative atmosphere, the second for the widest Beaches and third Street Promenade. Stop at Santa Monica Pier, especially if you get there around sunset time, for a wonderful panorama over the Pacific Ocean.

 

Day 7: LOS ANGELES

Leave your hotel and drop your car to the car rental counter, end of the journey.

Hotel Standard category:

  1. San Francisco        The Cartwright Hotel Union Square – BW Premier Collection /1 night

  2. Yosemite NP          Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn / 2 nights - breakfast included

  3. Monterey                Red Lion Hotel Monterey / 1 night

  4. San Simeon            Silver Surf Motel / 1 night

  5. Los Angeles           Renaissance Los Angeles Airport Hotel / 1 night 

 

Hotel Superior category:

  1. San Francisco         Palace hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel /1 night

  2. Yosemite NP           The Pines Resort / 2 night - Resort Fee included

  3. Monterey                 Best Western Plus Victorian Inn/ 1 night - breakfast included

  4. Pismo Beach           Cottage Inn by The Sea / 1 night -  breakfast included

  5. Los Angeles            The Grafton on Sunset / 1 night

Inclusions:

  • Overnights as per program in the indicated hotels or similar ones of the same category;

  • Alamo Car Rental with rate  Gold Gps All Inclusive  pick up day1 /drop off day 7, including unlimited miles,complete damage responsability– extended Protection – fuel option – up to 3 extra drivers – gps device;

  • Electronic travel kit in english/ pdf documents.

Exclusions:

  • Meals (unless specified as included) drinks and tips.

  • i REsort Fee or Facility fee unless specified as included

  • drop off charge for the rental

  • all flight

  • entrance fees to  National Parks and every other attraction

  • Everything not mentioned as included

Note: rates are subject to change according to availability of services at time of booking. Mentioned hotels are only a sample to indicate the category booked, Travel Hub will offer same category hotel whenever the originally mentioned poperty won’t be available.

 OPTIONAL

SAN FRANCISCO 

Tour by Night                                                                                                                          EUR 128 p/p

Half Day city tour                                                                                                                    EUR  85 p/p

Muir Woods & Sausalito half Day                                                                                          EUR 133 p/p

6 hours San Francisco highlights                                                                                          EUR 176 p/p

 

LOS ANGELES

Entrance to Universal Studios                                                                                               EUR 124 p/p

Tour City Beaches & Movie Stars! Intera Full day                                                                EUR  87 p/p

Hard Rock Cafè Acoustic Menu ( burger or similar+ dessert +non alcoholic drink)          EUR  67 p/p

 INSIDERS TIPS

  • Book 2 extra nights in San Francisco so you will have a chance to visit the city, its beautiful Bay and fine architecture. You will be riding the cable car up the hills or take a bike tour to Golden Gate Bridge till Sausalito;

  • Book 2 extra nights in Los Angeles and you will be able to see the City, and its best Attractions as Disneyland / Universal Studios and many more. Stroll on the elegant borroughs as Beverly Hills and West Hollywood;

  • Stop in  Santa Barbara for an Al Fresco Lunch and to visit the many Wineries and art Shops in the city center;

  • In  Carmel/Monterey dont’ miss  17miles –Drive, one of the best Scenic Drives of the whole Country.

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