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California and National Parks

From $1799 (was $2049)

Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days
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California Tour Details

Get to know the real California on this scenic guided tour. Soak in magnificent vistas, sunny beaches, the culture of San Francisco, the glamour of Los Angeles, and the awe-inspiring majesty of the most popular national parks in California. You can also add an extension to continue your journey to San Diego.

You can’t help falling in love with San Francisco. You’ll understand why people consider it one of California’s most scenic and culturally vibrant cities when you see the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Coit Tower.

To experience the majesty of nature, you can’t do better than Yosemite. Granite rock formations like Half Dome, and the pristine Yosemite Valley, are so beautiful they’ll take your breath away. Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks are next door neighbors with matching sets of towering redwood groves. The world’s tallest trees are surrounded by over 1,000 miles of stunning wilderness.

If you’re a beach person, Santa Barbara is a dream come true. Southern California’s easygoing charm is at its brightest in this sunny retreat. Los Angeles, the hometown of the entertainment industry and a capital of glitz and glamour, truly needs no introduction. From the Sunset Strip and the Hollywood Walk of Fame to the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, the City of Angels is more than ready for its closeup. Experience it all on this tour of California and its most popular national parks.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • San Francisco
  • Sausalito
  • 17-Mile Drive
  • Monterey
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Pismo Beach
  • Santa Maria
  • Santa Barbara
  • Los Angeles
Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
  • Start your tour a day earlier in San Francisco, or add an extra night at the end in Los Angeles. Call for more details.
Meals
  • 9 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Tour Highlights

  • Drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and visit the iconic Pier 39 in San Francisco
  • See the massive sequoias and redwoods of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
  • Visit the Giant Forest, home to General Sherman, the world’s largest tree
  • Explore Yosemite National Park, where you will see the towering and world-famous Half Dome
  • Visit the Santa Barbara Mission and the Getty Center
  • Visit Hollywood and Santa Monica while on a panoramic city tour of Los Angeles

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

*Web prices reflect Instant Rebate pricing. Offers valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. Offer may be cancelled at any time.

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May 02, 2023

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Depart: May 16, 2023

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Jun 27, 2023

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Depart: Jun 27, 2023

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Jun 27, 2023

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Depart: Jun 27, 2023

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Jul 18, 2023

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Depart: Jul 18, 2023

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Base Price: $2149
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Jul 18, 2023

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Depart: Jul 18, 2023

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Base Price: $2598
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Oct 17, 2023

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$2798

$1998

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Depart: Oct 17, 2023

California & National Parks tour

Base Price: $2049
$1799

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $800

Triple Reduction: $150

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $2798

Total Price: $1998

Total Price: $1848

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Oct 17, 2023

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$2448
$2198
$199 $200 $2448
$2198
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$199 $1000 $0

$3397

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Depart: Oct 17, 2023

California & National Parks Tour with San Diego

Base Price: $2448
$2198

Taxes & Fees: $199

Single Supplement: $1000

Triple Reduction: $200

Quad Reduction: $0

Flight Cost: $0

Total Price: $3397

Total Price: $2397

Total Price: $2197

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Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

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California & National Parks Tour

Tours Starts: San Francisco, California

Tours Ends: Los Angeles, California

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco! Guests who have purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations will be welcomed in the baggage claim area by a friendly YMT representative who will arrange your transfer to the hotel.

Spend the day at your leisure in one of California’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities. Enjoy diverse cuisine, incredible museums, parks, and dazzling architecture. The city is also home to historical landmarks including the colorful Victorian Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the island prison of Alcatraz.

Hotel Zephyr or similar

Day 2

San Francisco and Sausalito

Discover the bustling “City by the Bay” during a morning panoramic tour. Look out at Alcatraz, see Nob Hill, and catch a glimpse of Lombard Street along with many more exciting sights!

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, San Francisco’s idyllic and much smaller neighbor. Enjoy lunch on your own and an included tour of this artistic enclave. Many of Sausalito’s residents live in house boats in the bay. Spend the evening relaxing in San Francisco, or join us for an optional sunset bay cruise and lively dinner at Pier 39. (B)

Hotel Zephyr or similar

OPTION: SUNSET BAY CRUISE &
PIER 39 DINNEROPTION: SUNSET BAY CRUISE & PIER 39 DINNER:

San Francisco sunset bay cruise followed by dinner at a restaurant on Pier 39! $99 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.







Day 3

San Francisco to Monterey via 17-Mile Drive

This morning, head down the breathtaking 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy views of Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, taking the opportunity to snap a picture of the Lone Cypress on a quick stop before arriving in Monterey. Enjoy a city tour of the once-gritty waterfront town immortalized by John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. (B)

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey or similar

Day 4

Yosemite National Park

Visit the awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. This magnificent and diverse land with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls, lush meadows, and towering trees. Discover Yosemite Valley, where you will find Half Dome, the park’s most recognizable feature. The iconic granite formation rises more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor. Half Dome’s sheer cliff face is nearly vertical, making it irresistible to the world’s best rock climbers. (B)

Fairfield Inn Oakhurst-Yosemite or similar

Day 5

Kings Canyon National Park

Continue to Kings Canyon, where you will find ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall with a base circumference of 107 feet! With terrain ranging from sun-soaked foothills to alpine forests, a huge variety of wildlife calls this national park home. Look out for animals including gray foxes, bobcats, marmots, eagles, and bears. (B)

Wyndham Visalia or similar

Day 6

Sequoia National Park

Take a pleasant drive to the thick forests of Sequoia National Park, which is adjacent to Kings Canyon and just as magnificent. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service along with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world. General Sherman stands 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet and is a centuries old display of the power of nature. The Giant Forest, where you'll find General Sherman, contains five of the ten largest trees on Earth. (B)

Wyndham Visalia or similar

Day 7

Pismo Beach & Santa Maria

Head west to the coast, stopping in Pismo Beach for lunch on your own. Spend the afternoon in Santa Maria, a city famous for its distinctive redoak smoked barbecue! (B)

Best Western Plus Big America or similar

Day 8

Los Angeles via Santa Barbara

Visit Santa Barbara—the American Riviera—and enjoy its Spanish mission style architecture, mild Mediterranean climate, and stunning ocean views.

Take a self-guided tour of the lovely Santa Barbara Mission, where you can enjoy some of the best views in town. The “Queen of the Missions” is known for its magnificent twin bell towers, sprawling gardens, and the ocean views it enjoys from its position on a hill overlooking downtown Santa Barbara.

Continue to Los Angeles, where you will stop at the Getty Center. Enjoy amazing city views from this architecturally stunning art museum before a late afternoon arrival at your hotel. (B)

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Note: For the Jun 27 departure The Getty Center will be on Day 9 and the Los Angeles/Hollywood tour will be on Day 8.

Day 9

Los Angeles

Today we take a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the highlights of the City of Angels. See Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, and more. Enjoy an included farewell lunch on the Santa Monica Pier, which has endless views and its very own amusement park. (B, L)

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

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California & National Parks Tour with San Diego

Tours Starts: San Francisco, California

Tours Ends: San Diego, California

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco! Guests who have purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations will be welcomed in the baggage claim area by a friendly YMT representative who will arrange your transfer to the hotel.

Spend the day at your leisure in one of California’s most beautiful and culturally rich cities. Enjoy diverse cuisine, incredible museums, parks, and dazzling architecture. The city is also home to historical landmarks including the colorful Victorian Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the island prison of Alcatraz.

Hotel Zephyr or similar

Day 2

San Francisco and Sausalito

Discover the bustling “City by the Bay” during a morning panoramic tour. Look out at Alcatraz, see Nob Hill, and catch a glimpse of Lombard Street along with many more exciting sights!

Cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, San Francisco’s idyllic and much smaller neighbor. Enjoy lunch on your own and an included tour of this artistic enclave. Many of Sausalito’s residents live in house boats in the bay. Spend the evening relaxing in San Francisco, or join us for an optional sunset bay cruise and lively dinner at Pier 39. (B)

Hotel Zephyr or similar

OPTION: SUNSET BAY CRUISE &
PIER 39 DINNEROPTION: SUNSET BAY CRUISE & PIER 39 DINNER:

San Francisco sunset bay cruise followed by dinner at a restaurant on Pier 39! $99 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.







Day 3

San Francisco to Monterey via 17-Mile Drive

This morning, head down the breathtaking 17-Mile Drive. Enjoy views of Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove, taking the opportunity to snap a picture of the Lone Cypress on a quick stop before arriving in Monterey. Enjoy a city tour of the once-gritty waterfront town immortalized by John Steinbeck’s classic novel, Cannery Row. (B)

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey or similar

Day 4

Yosemite National Park

Visit the awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. This magnificent and diverse land with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, thundering waterfalls, lush meadows, and towering trees. Discover Yosemite Valley, where you will find Half Dome, the park’s most recognizable feature. The iconic granite formation rises more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor. Half Dome’s sheer cliff face is nearly vertical, making it irresistible to the world’s best rock climbers. (B)

Fairfield Inn Oakhurst-Yosemite or similar

Day 5

Kings Canyon National Park

Continue to Kings Canyon, where you will find ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall with a base circumference of 107 feet! With terrain ranging from sun-soaked foothills to alpine forests, a huge variety of wildlife calls this national park home. Look out for animals including gray foxes, bobcats, marmots, eagles, and bears. (B)

Wyndham Visalia or similar

Day 6

Sequoia National Park

Take a pleasant drive to the thick forests of Sequoia National Park, which is adjacent to Kings Canyon and just as magnificent. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service along with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world. General Sherman stands 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet and is a centuries old display of the power of nature. The Giant Forest, where you'll find General Sherman, contains five of the ten largest trees on Earth. (B)

Wyndham Visalia or similar

Day 7

Pismo Beach & Santa Maria

Head west to the coast, stopping in Pismo Beach for lunch on your own. Spend the afternoon in Santa Maria, a city famous for its distinctive redoak smoked barbecue! (B)

Best Western Plus Big America or similar

Day 8

Los Angeles via Santa Barbara

Visit Santa Barbara—the American Riviera—and enjoy its Spanish mission style architecture, mild Mediterranean climate, and stunning ocean views.

Take a self-guided tour of the lovely Santa Barbara Mission, where you can enjoy some of the best views in town. The “Queen of the Missions” is known for its magnificent twin bell towers, sprawling gardens, and the ocean views it enjoys from its position on a hill overlooking downtown Santa Barbara.

Continue to Los Angeles, where you will stop at the Getty Center. Enjoy amazing city views from this architecturally stunning art museum before a late afternoon arrival at your hotel. (B)

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Note: For the Jun 27 departure The Getty Center will be on Day 9 and the Los Angeles/Hollywood tour will be on Day 8.

Day 9

Los Angeles

Today we take a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the highlights of the City of Angels. See Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, and more. Enjoy an included farewell lunch on the Santa Monica Pier, which has endless views and its very own amusement park. (B, L)

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Day 10

Scenic Pacific Surfliner Train Ride to San Diego

Your San Diego extension begins with a memorable train ride down the coast. From Los Angeles’ famed Union Station, travel on the Pacific Surfliner to San Diego. Your non-escorted extension to California’s southernmost city is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun and beachy vibes at your own pace. (B)

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay or similarr

Day 11

San Diego

Explore San Diego at your leisure. San Diego is the quintessential California beach town, with amazing sightseeing, food, and activities available year-round. Enjoy the beach, the historical Gaslamp district, or some of the numerous museums and zoos in and around San Diego. (B)

Embassy Suites San Diego Bay or similar

Day 12

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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