- All entrance fees included
- Excellent value for money
- Multi-Day Trip
In San Francisco, take a bay cruise past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city’s top attractions, including Union square, Chinatown and Nob Hill!
Your next stop depends on the season. In the summer, you’ll head to Yosemite National Park; in the winter, when mountain roads are closed, you’ll visit Hearst Castle (beginning November 1). Both places offer plenty to see — in Yosemite, gaze in awe at the 1,200 square miles (3,100 sq km) of forests, lakes and waterfalls protected in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, or at Hearst Castle, be amazed by the majestic former residence of William Randolph Hearst.
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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Carmel
- 2 nights accommodation
- Food and drinks
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Customers must bring child seats for children under the age of 8 or under the height of 4'9" (145 cm)
- Luggage is limited to one piece per person with the following dimensions: 21" X 12" X 12" (46cm x 30cm x 30cm) and a maximum of 22 pounds (10 kgs)
- Itinerary changes from Yosemite summer schedule to Hearst Castle winter schedule on November 1st. Yosemite itinerary resumes in the spring depending on snow melts
- Travel routes may vary depending on coach size but are arranged to optimize the tour experience. Smaller vehicles will travel along Highway 1 for a portion of the journey while larger vehicles will travel along Monterey's 17-Mile Drive
Departing Los Angeles in your van or motorcoach, enjoy the drive north up the spectacular California coast to your first stop — Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how this religious outpost was a key to the development of the entire region.
Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, where you can browse the local shops. Admire the bakeries, restaurants and stores that will make you feel like you are in Denmark — you’ll even see a replica of Copenhagen’s Round Tower in the town square!
Next, head north along scenic 17-Mile Drive and take in some of the West Coast’s most stunning views. From dramatic jagged coastline and beautiful homes, there's plenty to admire on your way to charming Carmel-by-the-Sea, home to actor and former mayor Clint Eastwood. In Carmel, enjoy free time to leisurely stroll through town. Then continue on to the Silicon Valley, located south of San Francisco.
Overnight: La Quinta Inn & Suites in Santa Clara
Day 2: San Francisco (B)
After breakfast, start your exploration of the renowned city of San Francisco at Fisherman's Wharf, where you’ll depart on a relaxing cruise around San Francisco Bay (breakfast included). Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island, home to the notorious prison that once held infamous criminals like Al Capone. You’ll also enjoy wonderful and unique views of the city from the water, so make sure your camera is charged up!
After your cruise, return to Pier 39 to watch the local sea lions and enjoy the lively atmosphere of the pier. Enjoy free time to have lunch (own expense) before your afternoon tour begins. This sightseeing tour will take you past all the city's famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown and historical Nob Hill. End your tour with a breathtaking nighttime view of the illuminated Bay Bridge.
If you’re headed to Yosemite National Park on Day 3, you’ll spend the night in the town of Modesto. If you’re visiting Hearst Castle, you'll stay in Monterey.
Overnight: Park Inn Hotel in Modesto (summer) or Holiday Inn in Monterey (winter)
Day 3: Yosemite National Park or Hearst Castle – Los Angeles (B)
Head to either Yosemite National Park or Hearst Castle, depending on the season (breakfast at hotel included before departure).
Summer: Enjoy a scenic drive through the farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200-square-mile (3,100-sq-km) wonderland of towering forests, clear lakes, majestic mountains and tumbling waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Stop at the park’s most popular features, including El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome and the Mariposa Grove, home to the world's largest living things — sequoia trees.
Winter: Start the day with a tour of Monterey, including the wharf and Cannery Row, then travel further south to Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, this famous mansion rivals the castles of Europe. Tour the famous castle, filled with beautiful antiques, and learn about its history and how it served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century.
Your 3-day California adventure ends back in Los Angeles in the evening.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Evelina K, July 2016
This tour was amazing!
Reviewed by: ojha, May 2016
The tour was very nice,the tour guide Dorit whom we wud give 10/10 was excellent, she made the tour along with the driver who was also very good a memorable one. It took us approx 6 hours to reach SF, but we had about 4 wonderful breaks of 20 min. each at diff. places of sight seeing and Dorit made it absolutely wonderful by explaining the sights in details.
Nevertheless there are few things which Viator should address-
1. The seating in the Mercedes van was good for 7 persons the rest of the four had to struggle a bit, it was nice of tour guide Dorit, who recommended the rotation of seats after few hours, which was accepted by travellers with a bit of resentment. let me also state that the 11 seater coach/van was brand new.
2.It would be very nice if a place like Carmel is shown little more and a short tour of the new Museum in San-Francisco is added.
3.La Quinta hotel should be changed to either Marriott,Hilton or Holiday inn chain of hotels.