Los Angeles & San Francisco

Los Angeles to San Francisco: The Pacific Coast
Walk among skateboarders on Santa Monica’s bustling boardwalk, stroll down Hollywood Boulevard and see the handprints of famous stars, travel along the beautiful Pacific coast to San Francisco, cross its famous Golden Gate Bridge and tour Fisherman’s Wharf.
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Day 1 Hello Los Angeles
Meet your tour director
Details: Santa Monica and Venice Beach visit
Witness the apex of outdoor urban sports culture along the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice. Santa Monica, an international hub for skateboarding, also hosts a vibrant pier scene, with buildings from a bygone beachfront era providing a whimsical backdrop. You can walk along Palisades Park for spectacular ocean views, and even take a long look through a camera obscura. Then it's on to Venice Beach, with its canals (hence the name), and carnivalesque Ocean Front Walk. Watch a vast array of street performers, visit a fortune teller, or buy some of the wares from the local artists. Or watch the always-in-session streetballers hoop it up, check out where Schwarzenneger first pumped up at Muscle Beach, or hits the sand volleyball courts to see some of the world's best players.
Details: Getty Museum visit
See one of the greatest American museum collections of classical sculpture, European paintings and twentieth century photography. Walk the 134,000 square foot Central Garden designed by renowned artist Robert Irwin, and enjoy a view that stretches to Big Bear mountain on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other. And don't forget to view Van Gogh's iconic Irises--one of the ten most expensive paintings in the world.
Day 2 Los Angeles landmarks
Hollywood Boulevard guided walking tour
Walk of FameBabylon CourtMann's Chinese TheaterEl Capitan TheaterEgyptian TheaterPantages TheaterCapitol Records Tower
Optional  Universal Studios visit  $90
Details: Hollywood Boulevard guided walking tour
Take a stroll down America's most famous boulevard and transport yourself into the world of celluloid splendor. See the handprints of the stars of the past and present along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gaze at the Hollywood sign perched atop the close-by hills. Get your picture taken with some of the many local 'superheroes' of recent film fame. And stop by one of the famous eateries like Musso & Frank's or the Pig 'n' Whistle and imagine the great (and not-so-great) movie ideas hatched in their opulent booths.
Day 3 Los Angeles--Central Coast
Travel north along Pacific coast
Photostops along breathtaking coastline of Big Sur
Details: Hearst Castle visit
With a palatial estate that includes three castles totalling over 90,000 square feet, the Hearst Castle is as large as a small city. Containing more than 56 bedrooms, 61 bathrooms, 19 sitting rooms, indoor & outdoor swimming pools, a full-size movie theater, and even its own private airport, the Hearst Castle estate is truly awe-inspiring. The architecture is a blend of styles that caught William Randolph's fancy, ranging from Spanish cathedral to Roman temple. If you tire of wandering the castle, see if you can spot some of the exotic animals (zebras, giraffes & more) roaming the estates unmanicured acreage.
Day 4 Central Coast--San Francisco
Monterey tour director-led sightseeing
Cannery RowFisherman's WharfLarkin HouseDel Monte Beach
Optional  Monterey Aquarium visit  $40
Stanford University visit
Travel to San Francisco
Details: Monterey tour director-led sightseeing
Home to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium, as well as one of the best-known streets in America, Cannery Row, Monterey offers a rich history and a vibrant future. Enjoy the beauty of both land and sea, as you marvel at the many harbor seals, sea otters and pelicans along the waterfront at Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and the unique shops, stately homes and historic structures sprinkled throughout Historic Monterey.
Day 5 San Francisco landmarks
San Francisco guided sightseeing tour
Lombard StreetHaight-AshburyGhirardelli SquareUnion SquareNob HillCoit TowerTelegraph Hill
Golden Gate National Park
Cable car ride
Optional  Giants baseball game  $60
Details: San Francisco guided sightseeing tour
Welcome to the city of the Golden Gate Bridge, steep windy roads and the formidable Alcatraz! Follow your guide down Lombard Street, the “crookedest” street in the world, through Haight-Ashbury, the district known as the center of the Hippie movement in the 60’s, and up onto Nob Hill, known for its affluent residents and spectacular views of the bay. Wander around the specialty shops and restaurants in Union and Ghirardelli Squares and go up Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill for fantastic views of all of San Francisco. Then head to Fisherman Wharf’s Pier 39, with its fashionable shops, high-end restaurants and street performers. Hear the Sea Lions before you even see them as they sunbathe on the boat docks of the pier. And explore the Golden Gate National Park for an up-close view of the famous bridge and to learn about the history and appreciate the beauty of this Bay City.
Details: Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s #1 visitor destination for a reason. Several reasons, actually. Aquatic Park. The Maritime Museum. The famed cable cars. And, of course, Alcatraz. And that’s just for starters. There’s also specialty shopping, world-class dining, and all forms of entertainment—including the area’s most noted performers, the sea lions of Pier 39, whose barks can be heard from blocks away.
Details: Alcatraz Island excursion via ferry
The island of Alcatraz has a rich and storied history, and you'll hear about it all on this tour of one of America's most famous (and infamous) islands. Before becoming the prison of popular lore, Alcatraz previously served as a lighthouse and a military base. But you don't want to hear about that...you want to hear about the prison! Check out the previous cells of such notorious prisoners as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the "Birdman of Alcatraz"), and James "Whitey" Bulger. Decide for yourself whether Clarence Anglin, John Anglin, and Frank Morris really drowned in their intricate escape attempt made famous in the film Escape From Alcatraz.
Day 6 Golden Gate Bridge & Marin County
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
Details: Bay Model Visitor Center guided visit
Take a look at San Francisco Bay in an entirely new way—as a working three-dimensional hydraulic model that is the only one of its kind in the world! Administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, you’ll enjoy this educational (and scaled down) look at the rise and fall of tides and the flows and currents of water as they actually happen in the Bay-Delta system. Educators, students and citizens alike are continually enthralled by this unique perspective.
Details: Point Reyes National Seashore excursion
Experience the natural beauty of the Pacific Coast. See crashing waves, rocky cliffs, expansive sandy beaches and bushy hillsides at the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Day 7 End tour

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  • Day 7 Start extension to Yosemite
    Travel to Yosemite National Park
    Day 8 Yosemite
    Details: Yosemite National Park
    Travel to Yosemite National Park to see giant Sequoias, considered the most massive living things in the world, breathtaking waterfalls, staggering cliffs and diverse wildlife. Hike through this breathtaking wilderness to see the famous Wawona Tunnel Tree. This massive fallen Sequoia had a tunnel cut into it in 1881 that was large enough to drive a car through!
    Day 9 Yosemite to San Francisco
    Travel to San Francisco
    Map of Los Angeles to San Francisco Educational Student Tour and Trip
    Tour Includes:
    • Round-trip transportation
    • 6 overnight stays (8 with extension) in hotels with private bathrooms
    • Breakfast daily (except arrival day)
    • Dinner daily (except departure day)
    • Full-time services of a professional Tour Director
    • Guided sightseeing tours and city walks as per itinerary
    • Visit to select attractions as per itinerary
    • Guided tour of Santa Barbara
    • Guided visit to Bay Model Visitor Center
    • Excursion to Point Reyes National Seashore
    • Overnight security chaperone
    • Tour Diary™
    • Note: Tour cost does not include airline-imposed baggage fees, or fees for any required passport or visa. Please visit our Fees FAQ page for a full list of items that may not be included in the cost of your tour.

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