When you hum along to California Dreamin’ on the radio, what wistful wonders comes to mind? Giant sequoias in Yosemite National Park? Big reds in Napa Valley? Mega stars in Los Angeles? Colossal mansions that dot the entire Pacific coastline? From the City by the Bay to the City of Angels, this ten-day tour of California reveals every heavenly sight that earned the Golden State its name. Yosemite’s Cathedral Spires, 17-Mile Drive’s Lone Cypress, and San Simeon’s Hearst Castle are just a few you’ll want your camera ready for. Between the high energy of Silicon Valley and the high style of Beverly Hills, this encompassing California vacation weaves in plenty of kickback time with visits to a Napa Valley vineyard, the quiet Danish village of Solvang, and the tony resort zip codes of Monterey, Carmel, and Santa Barbara. Don’t forget your shades.
Location: Arrive In San Francisco
Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
Location: San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO Guided city sightseeing includes the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Visit to the LF Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. Free time this afternoon. Dinner at a local restaurant. ENHANCE YOUR FREE TIME in San Francisco with a bay cruise. This option is available for purchase with MyGlobus. Get local maps and tips for free time on your GlobusGO mobile app.
Location: San Francisco–Sausalito–Napa Valley
SAN FRANCISCO Scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge en route to Sausalito.SAUSALITO Free time this morning.NAPA VALLEY Guided tour and wine tasting at a local vineyard. Free time this evening.
Location: Napa Valley–Yosemite National Park
NAPA VALLEY Scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada Mountains en route to Yosemite National Park.YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Scenic open-air tram ride includes views of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. Free time this evening.
Location: Yosemite National Park–Monterey
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Scenic drive through the park. Visit Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias.MONTEREY Free time this evening.
Location: Monterey. Excursion To Carmel
MONTEREY Scenic drive along 17-Mile Drive en route to Carmel. Free time early this evening before dinner at a local restaurant. CARMEL Free time this afternoon before returning to Monterey.
Location: Monterey–Big Sur–San Simeon–Solvang
MONTEREY Scenic drive through Big Sur en route to San Simeon.SAN SIMEON Guided tour of Hearst Castle before driving to Solvang.SOLVANG Free time this evening.
Location: Solvang–Santa Barbara–Los Angeles
SOLVANG Taste a pastry at a LF Danish bakery. Scenic drive through the Santa Ynez Mountains en route to Santa Barbara.SANTA BARBARA Visit Old Mission Santa Barbara. Drive to Los Angeles.LOS ANGELES Free time this evening.
Location: Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES Guided city sightseeing includes Olvera Street, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Visit the J. Paul Getty Museum. Farewell dinner this evening at a local restaurant.
Location: Los Angeles
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.
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A forward-thinking young Italian named Antonio Mantegazza started it all back in 1928, when he purchased a rowboat to transport visitors across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Big things come from small beginnings and as Antonio grew his business their sister company Globus was born, and from that came Cosmos in 1961.
Across the decades there were some questionable brochure covers as well as fashion choices, but most of all it was fantastic holidays at great prices. And while they’ve ditched the flares and polo necks, they’re still determined to give you superb holidays at the best prices.
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