California Dreamin

California Dreamin (San Fran to Santa Monica - From May 2021)
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California dreaming? The sunshine state keeps on giving on this unforgettable adventure that brings you all the bucket-list big hitters. Kicking off in the golden city of San Fran, you'll journey to the Sonoma Valley for some wine tasting then hike and bike your way around Yosemite, kick back poolside in Palm Springs and stroll the iconic Santa Monica pier. This sun-drenched road trip will plaster a smile on your face for years to come.

Highlights
San Francisco to Sonoma

  • Wine tasting in the Sonoma Valley


Palm Springs

  • Yoga by the pool in Palm Springs
  • Afternoon pool party with DJ (seasonal)
  • Brunch at a local cafe
A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
Destinations
  • North America
  • USA
Tour Types
  • In-depth Explorer
Day 1 San Francisco to Sonoma via Muir Woods
Welcome to San Fran! We'll meet and greet today in the Golden City before heading somewhere a little more tranquil...Is there a more majestic sight in nature than a redwood tree? These giant natural cathedrals - which can be up to 3,000 years old - take the breath away up close. We'll journey into Muir Woods to picnic in their towering shadows, before heading into wine country.Up for a tipple? Sonoma is a world-class wine-growing region, so touring a winery and taking a tasting is a no brainer. After comparing drops it's time to head to our sweet digs for the night, The Sandman, with its heated pool surrounded by a fence of redwoods. Impressed? You should see what's in store tomorrow.
Meals: Lunch
Locations: San Francisco, Sonoma

Day 2 Sonoma
Not a bad place to wake up, is it? Known as the valley of the moon, the sweeping, fertile lands of Sonoma are ours to explore today. Lucky us. So, what adventure will we choose? We could hire some bikes and explore the 13,000 acres of parkland, soar through the skies on a hot air balloon, or zipline through the forests. As the evening draws in, why not opt for a tasty dinner paired with local wines?
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Sonoma

Day 3 Sonoma to Bass Lake
Rise and shine - we're headed out of wine country and into what can only be described as a mountain paradise.This afternoon you’ll become enamored with the tranquility of Bass Lake. You could opt to stand up paddleboard or kayak on the sparkling waters. Later on, kick back and enjoy the view from the chalet deck - it is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip in the pool, warm up in the jacuzzi and breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Sonoma, Bass Lake

Day 4 Bass Lake to Yosemite
Thought the scenery couldn't get any more spectacular? Think again.We're headed to the most iconic National Park in the world: Yosemite. Here, amongst the towering sequoias, cascading waterfalls and winding trails we'll fall in love over and over again. Hike, bike or invest in some shinrin-yoku time (forest bathing), before heading to the iconic Yosemite Falls. Mother nature has never looked so good, and our eyes have never been wider.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Bass Lake, Yosemite National Park

Day 5 Yosemite to Palm Springs
The good times don't stop rolling as we swing through to Palm Springs. We'll soak up the views in the plunging San Joaquin Valley - the agricultural heartlands of the world's 7th largest economy (the state of Cali).We've reached the retro-chic masterpiece that is Palm Springs. Feeling like Hollywood stars, we'll settle in our hotel with its buzzing poolside scene and colourful architecture. We've got a day of adventures ahead of us tomorrow.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Yosemite National Park, Palm Springs

Day 6 Palm Springs
The day is ours to check out Palm Springs! First up though is yoga by the pool and brunch to follow. Feeling energised and ready for the day, we could stroll the streets checking out the chic boutiques, opt to take the Palm Springs Aerial Cable Car or maybe just hang poolside and soak up some sun. Between the pool clubs, DJs and quirky bars, the heat will be on tonight. It's party time.
Meals: Breakfast
Locations: Palm Springs

Day 7 Palm Springs to Santa Monica
This morning we'll make our way towards LA and your final destination, Santa Monica. You'll arrive mid-afternoon for some activities by the beach, or take some time to explore Santa Monica Pier and the end point of famous Route 66. Tonight is a final dinner together at True Food Kitchen for some proper Cali vibes, before a night checking out Third Street Promenade.
Meals: Dinner
Locations: Palm Springs, Santa Monica

Day 8 Depart Santa Monica
Time to say goodbye to your crew. It's been a blast, but all good things must come to an end. With our sun-kissed skin and eyes on the next horizon, it's time to plan our next Contiki. Peru, anyone?
Meals:
Locations: Santa Monica

Staff

  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Dates Price Single Availability
24-May-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
21-Jun-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
05-Jul-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
12-Jul-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
19-Jul-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
02-Aug-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
09-Aug-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
16-Aug-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire
30-Aug-2021 for 7 Nights Enquire

Touring with Contiki

Started by one man with big dreams in 1962, Contiki now offers over 300 trips to 6 continents for 18 to 35 year olds, with the mantra #NOREGRETS. It’s their way of life; it’s about changing your perspective on the world, walking in other’s shoes, witnessing different cultures, religions, and ways of living; it’s about living in the moment, pushing past your comfort zone, challenging yourself to do the things you never thought possible.

Contiki believe that travel is so much more than just ticking boxes and saying you were there. It’s not about doing things for the sake of doing them, or seeing things just because you should. For them, travel is all about experience. It’s the number of sunsets you’ve watched with best friends, the number of ancient landmarks you’ve visited, the number of times you’ve defied your comfort zone and done the extraordinary. So that’s what their trips are all about – the #NOREGRETS experiences that will make you, the traveller, richer than your wildest dreams.

Their incredible experiences encompass all interests and cultures – bathing in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, seeing the pyramids of Giza, walking the Great Wall of China, roadtrip along Route 66, watch the sunrise over Uluru, party in Las Vegas, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, zipline through the Costa Rica rainforest, see the Mona Lisa, fly over the Grand Canyon or cuddle a Koala. The cost of your trip ensures Contiki take care of all your travel arrangements, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, organised activities, plenty of free time and optional ‘me’ time activities to put your own unique stamp on your travel experience.

Contiki cater to all travellers, whether you want to cram in as many destinations as possible and experience everything or stick in one region for a while for an in depth exploration to really get under the skin of the country, they have the trip for you and many other options in between. Choose a purely water-based adventure with their Sailing, Cruise and Beach holidays, or snowy travels with the Winter holidays and even purely camping accommodation to make the most of your holiday budget but still see and experience all your destination has to offer.

Contiki is a founding partner of TreadRight, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation in 2008 to encourage sustainable tourism within its family of amazing travel brands. The TreadRight Foundation acts as an older, wiser sibling to Contiki, guiding them down a more sustainable path. The TreadRight Foundation supports projects that help the environment, protect and conserve ecosystems, and benefit communities. The foundation, along with The Travel Corporation brands, has donated in excess of US$2 million towards international sustainable tourism projects - a figure that continues to rise.

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