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California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

4.6 / 5

21 reviews

Activity provider: Empire Vacations Inc

California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

Activity provider: Empire Vacations Inc

From US$ 513.30 per person

This three-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park.

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Duration 3 days
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Spanish, Chinese, English, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese


  • View the sights of Santa Barbara and Carmel
  • Cruise under the famous Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island
  • Explore Yosemite Park (summer) or full tour of Scenic Monterrey (Winter)
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This 3-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Day 1: Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2: Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise on the world famous San Francisco Bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Visit Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch and a peek at the sea lions before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown, and the magnificent Nob Hill neighborhood, home to the rich and famous. The tour ends with a night view of the city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn (In Winter: Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel) Day 3: Wednesday Today’s route goes through farmlands of the Joaquin Valley to Yosemite National Park. This 1,200 square mile wonderland of forests, lakes, and waterfalls is located in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and the Half Dome before walking to the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach the highest waterfalls in North America, the 730-meter-high Yosemite Falls. In the winter, depart south to route no 1, for a visit to the world famous Hearst Castle, built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst. Tour the famous house filled with antiques and see why the castle served as a playground for the rich and famous for the first half of the 20th century.
  • Round-trip transportation
  • 2-night hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Admission fees
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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4.6 /5

based on 21 reviews

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The trip was in no way related to what was sold, on the hotel night of the 1st day, on the visit to Santa Barbara that we just crossed without any stop. The visit to the Spanish mission is non-existent, it is simply a toilet stop without any visit. Everything else on the circuit is the same and above all I had booked a trip in French and everything was done in English with people who spoke very little English. Guides who looked on Wikipedia for information on the questions people asked them with often incorrect answers. People without any benevolence often embittered, the driver with whom we almost had an accident because he was driving so fast. And finally I almost had to take an uber to get back to the last stop because the driver told me that given the schedule he had finished his day. A 3-day trip that should have been wonderful and leaves a bitter taste Not to do

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June 10, 2022

June 11, 2022

Product ID: 9143