Day 1: UK - San Francisco
This evening meet your travel companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
Day 2: San Francisco
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco’s major sights. (B, D)
Day 3: San Francisco - Sausalito - Napa Valley.
Travel to the charming town of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This afternoon, arrive in world-famous Napa Valley. Visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own. (B)
Day 4: Napa Valley - Yosemite National Park.
Continue southwards through the Sierra Nevadas to Yosemite National Park, nearly 1,200 square meters of unspoilt alpine scenery. At the bottom of the 4,000ft valley, board an open-air tram to explore the sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls and Half Dome. (B)
Day 5: Yosemite National Park - Monterey
Visit Mariposa Grove, home to 500 mature sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. After, continue to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. (B)
Day 6: Monterey
Visit the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Journey along the beautiful 17-Mile Drive, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Return to Monterey for a behind-the-scenes tour at the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. (B,L)
Day 7: Monterey - Big Sur - San Simeon - Solvang.
This morning, journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. After, continue to Solvang for an overnight stay. (B)
Day 8: Solvang - Santa Barbara - Los Angeles
Visit downtown Solvang, where Denmark has been recreated with picturesque buildings and windmills. Enjoy coffee and a Danish speciality at a local bakery. After, travel to Santa Barbara via the Ynez Mountains where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Visit the 200-year-old Mission with its world-famous twin bell towers. Enjoy the views of celebrity homes that dot the shoreline from Malibu to Santa Monica before arriving in Los Angeles. (B)
Day 9: Los Angeles
Enjoy a city sightseeing tour that includes Olvera Street – the oldest thoroughfare in the city, Hollywood, TCL Chinese Theatre, Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum before joining your Tour Director this evening for a farewell dinner. (B,D)
Day 10: Los Angeles - UK.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
Day 11: Flight lands in the UK
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The best - and Archers mean the best - tour directors
You’ll love them, because they love what they do and it shows. They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit, warm, friendly natures and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. Archers are sure you’ll be thrilled with your Tour Directors ~ 96% of customers rate them ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
There’s no better way to get to the heart of a place and its people than by way of local introduction. We’ve sought out the most friendly and fascinating people to guide the way and bring you closer to the essence of the local culture.
It’s humbling to be invited to be part of a slightly more intimate display of cultural traditions and treasures, to get up close and watch artisans refine their work or musicians expressing something that captures the spirit of their home. From local Italian chefs to traditional farmers in Myanmar, we’ve met some unforgettable characters with unique skills and have woven them into our holidays so you can meet them too.