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Best of California

9 day Luxury Tour - from £2399

The lively and glamorous cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles contrast with the rugged beauty of the Californian coast and grandeur of Yosemite National Park on this luxurious nine-day tour.


  • See the cable cars and Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Santa Barbara
  • Drive along Sunset Boulevard
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive San Francisco

Welcome to California. You’ll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your upscale hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Day 2 - San Francisco

Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Hop aboard an iconic cable car for a ride along the picturesque streets. Visit the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighbourhood of San Francisco. Afterwards, take in the city with a few photo stops. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers and Golden Gate Park, before walking across the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and travelling on to the city of Sausalito. A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to San Francisco, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director is on hand to make suggestions for making the most of your evening.

Day 3 - Yosemite National Park

Today you’ll witness the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California’s Gold Country, you’ll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome on a private, ranger-led valley floor tour. Rest up on your free evening at your lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall. On a clear evening you’ll be able to take in the sparkling night sky over the park.

Day 4 - Monterey

Leave Yosemite behind as you take in the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the ‘food basket of the world’. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn which features its diverse produce. In Salinas, the heart of ‘The Salad Bowl of the World’, enjoy a farmers agricultural tour of a local farm, known for heirloom artichokes. Once in Monterey you’ll head to your hotel situated on the waterfront street Cannery Row.

Day 5 - Monterey

Today you’ll journey to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint seaside community where you’ll have ample free time.As you travel along Pacific Coast Highway, enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive. Stop at Pebble Beach Visitor Centre and its world-renowned links, as well as Lone Cypress and Seal and Bird Rocks for a glimpse of sunbathing seals and sea lions. A Dine-Around Evening awaits upon your return to Monterey, with your choice of three local restaurants.

Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6 - Santa Barbara

Head on to sunny Santa Barbara. Along the way, experience a guided tour and wine tasting served at a Paso Robles winery. On arrival, Santa Barbara greets you with its white buildings, terracotta roofs, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants. Walk along Santa Barbara’s Historic State Street to Stearns Wharf. In the evening, dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

Day 7 - Santa Monica

Visit iconic Mission Santa Barbara, before making your way to Santa Monica and Venice. A Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, the Canals and Walkways and explain Abbot Kinney’s role in the development of the ‘Venice of America’. Continue on to your modern L.A. hotel, in the city’s entertainment district.

Day 8 - Los Angeles

Explore Los Angeles with your Travel Director. Experience a bit of nostalgia in Downtown as you ride aboard the lovingly restored Angel’s Flight Railway. Next, you will be treated to an exclusive and private guided visit of the Los Angeles Theatre, a grandiose historic movie palace. Visit the Hollywood and Highland Centre, where observation decks allow for the best views of the Hollywood sign. See the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drive through the Sunset Strip before heading down Rodeo Drive. Enjoy an Insight Choice between a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum or the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Tonight, toast to your journey at a Celebration Dinner at Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse

Hotel: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
Breakfast and dinner

Day 9 - Depart Los Angeles

It’s time to say goodbye to your fellow travellers before a transfer takes you to Los Angeles International Airport. If you would like to see more, perhaps extend your stay in the City of Angels.

Meals: Breakfast

9 day Luxury Tour - from £2399

With flights from £3199


  • Add extra nights in San Francisco – from £187
  • Add extra nights in Los Angeles – from £173
  • Choose to fly economy, premium, business or first class


2020 Departures
10, 17 & 24 January 2020
7 & 14 February 2020
6 March 2020
10, 12, 14 & 17 April 2020
1, 5, 13 & 15 May 2020
4 & 18 June 2020
3 & 10 July 2020
21, 22 & 28 August 2020
4, 11, 18 & 25 September 2020
2, 9, 16 & 23 October 2020
8 & 15 January 2021
5, 12 & 19 February 2021
5 March 2021


Tours are subject to availability. Call 0333 234 0922 or enquire online to check your departure date

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**Early Bird Offer – Book by 28th February 2020 and save 10%. Valid on new bookings only for select departure. subject to availability, seasonal variations apply**

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call 0333 234 0922 or enquire now for more details** Note: Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2021 onwards.


First class luxury touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your Luxury Tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 8 breakfasts and 4 dinners
  • 8 included experiences
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options
  • Door to door UK transfers

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