DAY 5 – Today you’ll travel to nearby San Simeon for a tour of the famous Hearst Castle. This grandiose estate was built for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and boasts 165 rooms, 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways, and a world-class art collection featuring more than 25,000 artifacts. As you tour the grounds once frequented by Hollywood elites such as Charlie Chaplin, Greta Garbo, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable, take in the spectacular mountain and ocean vistas surrounding “The Enchanted Hill.” Continue north through Big Sur, a rugged stretch of coast nestled between the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Known for its winding turns, seaside cliffs, and misty coastlines, the Big Sur region has been described as “the greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” Your day ends with your arrival in Monterey, CA, where you’ll enjoy a two night stay at the Carmel Mission Inn.

DAY 6 – This morning you’ll enjoy one of the most breathtaking coastlines in the world as you travel the scenic 17 Mile Drive in Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula. This winding road is home to famous California landmarks such as the 250 year old Lone Cypress, Seal Rock, and the stunning Pebble Beach Golf Course. After your drive, explore the nearby city of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a storybook like town known for its natural scenery and whimsically styled homes, and then travel to Old Monterey, the birth place of California, for an immersion in culture, history, and seaside charm. Spend the afternoon touring Monterey at your leisure – shop and dine on Cannery Row, take in the sights at Fisherman’s Warf, or check out the vast array of marine life at the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

DAY 7 – Today you’ll journey inland through the San Joaquin Valley, home to some of the most fertile farmland in the world. Stop by a historic fruit stand for some fresh-off-the-farm produce before continuing into the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains and arriving at Yosemite National Park. Spend the day exploring the many natural wonders of Yosemite Valley – from the iconic formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, to the breathtaking sights of Yosemite Falls, the immense beauty of this mountainous region is sure to invigorate and inspire you! This evening enjoy a delicious dinner with your fellow travelers before retiring to your hotel for a one night stay in Yosemite Park.

DAY 8 – Travel back in time today as you continue through the Sierras and enter Gold Country. Visit the 28-acre National Historic Landmark District of Old Sacramento, and experience what life was like during the era of the gold rush and the founding of the Transcontinental Railroad. Next, travel into the rolling hills of Napa Valley, an area of spectacular scenery and home to hundreds of vineyards. Enjoy a winery tour and tasting before heading southwest and crossing the majestic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco. Here you’ll check into your hotel for a two-night stay in the beautiful “City by the Bay.”

DAY 9 – Begin your day with a tour of the beautiful city of San Francisco. Take in the spectacular views of the Bay Area at the top of the Twin Peaks, see the iconic Victorian homes of Pacific Heights, walk the bustling streets of Chinatown, browse the high end shops and boutiques of Union Square, and reconnect with nature as you explore the gardens, trails, lakes, and monuments of the picturesque Golden Gate Park. Spend the afternoon touring America’s most romantic city at your own pace, or perhaps join an excursion to see the 1,000 year old giant redwood trees of Muir Woods. End your day with a farewell dinner in San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf.

DAY 10 – Today you’ll travel to the airport for your journey home, filled with wonderful memories of your time on the California coast.

*Pricing assumes gateway airport ATL, CLT   All trips are subject to minimum enrollment of 30 passengers.