2017 & 2018 Dates Available • 12 Day Californian Gold Coast Escorted Tour

  • Pricing  *2017 dates sold out

    2017 & 2018 From $7,490 per person twin share

    2017 & 2018 From $9,939 Exclusive Use Single Room

    ** 2017 – RECEIVE ONE FREE NIGHT PRE OR POST TOUR

    *** 2018 – RECEIVE TWO FREE NIGHTS PRE OR POST TOUR ***

    Special Single departure dates -

    22 June & 19  October 2017 – SOLD OUT

    26 April, 21 June, 30 August, 18 October 2018

    Your Tour Package Includes:

    • 2-night stays in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Monterey & Yosemite National Park
    • Private champagne dinner cruise aboard a yacht in San Diego
    • Central Coast vineyard tour and wine tasting 
    • Travel the coastline along the amazing Pacific Coast Highway – one of the world’s outstanding drives
    • Inside-the-park stay in Yosemite National Park, and a private walk with a naturalist guide
    • Insider guided tour of the San Diego Zoo
    • Visits to two 18th-century California missions
    • Overnight stay in Beverly Hills, and in the heart of San Francisco at historic Union Square
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
    • 24 meals (11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners); service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage

    Lodgings:

    Nights  1-2
    The US GrantTheUSGrant San Diego
    San Diego, California

    Having first opened its doors in 1910, The US Grant has been an elegant, gracious hospitality leader for over a century. The hotel is located in the historic, vivacious Gaslamp Quarter, which entices with a dazzling array of dining, shopping, nightlife and entertainment venues. Explore the city’s heritage and learn about early settlers, including Alonzo Horton and Wyatt Earp at the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. The location of the hotel provides easy access to attractions in the downtown area. The US Grant features a $6.5 million collection of distinctive artwork, including stunning sculptures, ironwork, murals and paintings. Created by carefully selected, world-renowned artists from European, American and Native American backgrounds, the artwork heralds the storied past and modern renaissance of this cultural landmark. Guest rooms feature nine-foot ceilings with crown molding along with commissioned French and American Indian art. Behind the bed, reflecting our guest room’s unique combination of classic and contemporary, is a figurative drip-painting headboard by the artist Yves Clement. Contemporary art and Empire-style furnishings appear throughout, including a standing mirror that complements the cream walls and classic molding. In addition to the captivating décor, top-of-the-line technology keeps guests entertained. Comfort begins with the Luxury Collection bed and is enhanced with Italian linens, plush down comforter, robe and slippers. In the bathroom, basin sinks reside alongside Elemis bath amenities and glass enclosed marble shower. Dining is innovative – Grant Grill is the place to see and be seen, and to be wined and dined by the city’s best chefs.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Day 3
    Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
    Beverly Hills, California
    Four Seasons Los Angeles Beverly Hills
    From sun-filled guest rooms featuring private step out balconies to award winning see-and-be-seen dining, the five-star Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a city icon, buzzing with energy and excitement. Decorated in warm tones to echo the sunshine of Southern California, the hotel’s spacious guest rooms near Rodeo Drive all feature French doors to a step-out balcony with views of the gardens, the Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles or Beverly Hills; sumptuous bedding with down duvets and pillows (hypoallergenic pillows on request); living areas furnished with a writing desk, armchair, glass-top table, armoire, and television and DVD player; iPad 2 equipped with Interactive Customer Experience (ICE) Technology; iPod docking station; in-room safe; iron and ironing board; thick terry bathrobes; and lavish marble bathrooms. The hotel’s Fitness Center offers an open-air venue to capitalize on LA’s year-round sunshine;  depending on the weather, it can also be completely enclosed, with temperature controls and windows creating a comfortable indoor climate. Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers a wide range of fine dining options – from modern Italian cuisine at Culina, Modern Italian, to sophisticated cocktails at the always buzzing Windows Lounge. The hotel’s spa offers Los Angeles’ most exclusive sanctuary for the senses, with our luxurious outdoor spa services including foot reflexology, Swedish or deep tissue massage, manicures and pedicures.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Nights  4-5
    Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California

    Set on the California coast between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara extends a warm welcome amidst the kind of scenic beauty for which this area of the California coast is well known. With views of the lush gardens or the beautiful courtyard, guest rooms, decorated with rich greens and gold, feature such welcome amenities as down duvets and pillows, thick terry bathrobes, a CD and a DVD player, in-room safe and a minibar. During leisure hours, avail yourself of the resort jungle swimming pool or the spacious Fitness Center located just off the main promenade at the Coral Casino, or play a set or two on one of three tennis courts all lit for nighttime play. Or, perhaps, surrender yourself to some personal indulgence at the Spa. Distinctive dining is a hallmark of Four Seasons Resorts and you’ll discover why at Bella Vista showcasing Italian-inspired California coastal cuisine surrounded by fireplaces, rich mahogany and rare marble and views of the sea; at Tydes overlooking Butterfly Beach and serving seasonally inspired menus using the area’s bounty of local, sustainable ingredients; and the Coral Café and Bar located in the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club and offering up an all-day menu of grill items, salads and sandwiches. The Ty Lounge, with its living-room setting and outdoor terrace is known for specialty drinks and classic cocktails.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Night  6
    The Cliffs Resort   Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara
    Pismo Beach, California

    Perched high on a cliff overlooking the blue Pacific midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Cliffs Resort is an undiscovered gem on the dramatic central California coast. It offers comfortable, over-sized guest rooms, attentive service and stunning ocean views from the heated terrace surrounding the pool. A multi-million dollar renovation is felt throughout the resort. Guest rooms feature residential furnishings and contemporary décor, and are all well appointed; they brim with the perfect fusion of coastal elegance and “California Cool.” Leisure amenities include a heated oceanfront swimming pool with panoramic Pacific views and impeccable poolside service (with wireless Internet access, pool-side), Jacuzzis, sauna, a 24-hour fitness center offering a variety of cutting edge cardio equipment in addition to a full selection of free weights and resistance-training equipment (cycles, elliptical trainers, rowing units, cardio machines, and locker rooms with showers. The resort has spa services including massage therapists on staff, so you can enjoy everything from a soothing Swedish Massage to an invigorating Sports Massage. Dining is complemented by the tasty creations of its signature restaurant Marisol, winner of the “Best Of San Luis Obispo” and other coveted awards. Marisol features innovative chef’s creations every evening and oceanside dining.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Nights  7-8
    InterContinental The Clement Monterey  Inter Continental Clement Monterey
    Monterey, California

    Set next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium in the heart of John Steinbeck’s world-famous Cannery Row, the InterContinental The Clement Monterey is a fresh new face on Monterey Bay. Spacious guest rooms welcome with a marble bathroom with a soaking tub, separate shower and bathrobes, 37” plasma TV with a media center, in-room movies, and iPod dock, coffee maker, iron and ironing board and minibar. In addition to state-of-the-art LifeFitness equipment and cardio theater displays, you’ll enjoy views of the outdoor swimming pool, which is another great place to work the kinks out after a busy day. If serenity is more your thing, the Energia Spa is the place for you. The C Restaurant caters to just about any palate with fresh seafood, premium meats and locally grown organic produce with a wonderful views of Monterey Bay from the outdoor patio… or, take advantage of C Food to Go to enjoy your feast elsewhere at breakfast and lunch. Watch the waves roll in as you savor your favourite libation, perhaps with appetizers and small plates, at the Pacific View Courtyard.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Nights  9-10
    Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee®)  CA_MajesticYosemiteHotel
    Yosemite National Park, California

    Completed in 1927, the design of Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee®) uniquely blends an array of influences – including Art Deco, Native American, Middle Eastern and Arts & Crafts Movement; these elements can be seen in a variety of places, from the stenciling, to the woodwork, lighting fixtures, china patterns… Some of the hotel’s best-loved aspects are its grand public spaces featuring giant stone fireplaces, massive hand-stenciled beams, rich tapestries and elegant stained glass. The hotel sits in the heart of Yosemite National Park, and shines as the park’s distinctive AAA® Four-Diamond hotel. Known for its magnificent façade, and architecture, the hotel was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance. A study in size and grace, the Great Lounge is 77 feet long and 51 feet wide with 24-foot-high ceilings, and ten floor-to-ceiling windows topped with original, hand-stained glass panels bathe the lounge in light during the day. The massive stone fireplace is an inviting setting; a display of Native American hand woven baskets further decorates the interior; and wrought-iron chandeliers provide a warm glow in the evenings. The Winter Club Room is a cozy, comfortable sitting room with floor-to-ceiling display cases, a winter sports theme, vintage photographs and large windows that create a relaxing mood that’s particularly comforting in winter. The Dining Room, the setting for the annual Bracebridge Dinner, features a 34-foot high ceiling with large sugar pine trestles and ceiling-to-floor windows framed with stained glass. Guest rooms feature comfortable furnishings, including upholstered chairs, televisions, refrigerators, bathrobes, hair dryers and bath amenities, and each room is accented with original Native American designs. The hotel provides concierge service, bell service, turn-down service, room service, daily in-room ice service and afternoon tea served in the Great Lounge – and the Dining Room, Great Lounge and Solarium are just steps away from any guest’s door.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

    Night  11
    The Westin St. Francis  Westin St Francis SFO
    San Francisco, California

    Reigning over Union Square from a landmark location in the heart of the city for over a century, The Westin St. Francis welcomes guests with an ambiance of elegance, charm and grace. Marble columns, ornate balconies and impressive woodwork harken back to the genteel world of yesteryear while 21st-century amenities ensure an enjoyable stay, to include Westin’s signature Heavenly Beds and Heavenly Shower. Keep up with your exercise routine in the urban sanctuary of the WestinWORKOUT with an array of fitness equipment or treat yourself to a pampering treatment at the Spa. In a city renowned for culinary delights, this hotel sets the standard with the The Oak Room Restaurant This beautiful, wood-paneled room opened with great fanfare in 1913 as the Men’s Bar, and quickly became the meeting place for men to smoke cigars and pipes while drinking and playing dice on the bar. It’s long and glorious history sets the standard for today’s fine dining. Caruso’s is a welcoming, relaxing place for morning coffee, an afternoon snack or a quick bite in the evening. Guests can select from a diverse menu featuring specialty coffee drinks, homemade pastries, wines by the glass, Panini sandwiches, salads and a full bar. Each season, the Clock Bar takes guests on a journey through time with a menu inspired by a specific era. Through the styles, names, ingredients and glassware of the cocktails, each menu evokes a time and place in history from 1904 San Francisco to 1920’s Paris and everywhere in between. While the menus evolve with the seasons, one thing remains at the heart of Clock Bar’s mission: the continued support of local farmers, distillers and brewers, as well as the utilization of house-made syrups and hand-pressed juices in cocktails made to order.

    Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

  • DAY 1 – Arrive in San Diego   CALIFORNIA GOLD COAST
    Tauck’s ultimate California tour begins at The US Grant hotel at 5:30 PM. A transfer is included from San Diego International Airport to the US Grant hotel, a sumptuously restored city icon since 1910. Join us in celebrating your arrival in this Southern California mecca of palm trees, Mediterranean weather, miles of beaches and casualness with a reception and a la carte dinner at the hotel.
    Meals : D
    Lodging : The US Grant

    DAY 2 – City life & more in eclectic San Diego
    Your day begins with an insider guided tour of the renowned San Diego Zoo. Then enjoy an entertaining and educational city tour, taking in the eclectic Gaslamp Quarter, where a mix of Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers offer cultural, dining and downtown-living options, and the gorgeous harbor area. At Point Loma, where the first European expedition landed on the coast of California in 1542, you’ll find a peninsula known today for luxurious neighborhoods on the Bay side and pounding surf and tide pools on the Pacific Ocean side. Continuing on to the Juan Cabrillo National Monument, you’ll discover a national park offering unforgettable views of both the city’s natural surroundings and skyline. At Seaport Village, the visual pleasures are joined by live music, street artists and dining options, where you’ll have time to explore on your own. Evening kicks off with a champagne reception and dinner aboard a private yacht; enjoy a private cruise of San Diego harbor for Tauck guests only.
    Meals : B, D
    Lodging : The US Grant

    DAY 3 – A historic mission & Los Angeles hot spots
    Heading north towards Los Angeles, your first stop is at the restored Mission San Juan Capistrano, a “jewel of the missions,” founded in 1776 by Padre Junipero Serra.  Built as a vast quadrangle of adobe bricks, the mission was self-sufficient – housing provisions, gardens, workrooms and living and dining spaces for priests, local Indian converts and soldiers. Although the Mission’s Great Stone Church tragically collapsed in the earthquake of 1812, the Serra Chapel – containing a gold-leafed retablo carved by Spanish artisans behind the altar – remains, along with the legendary swallows who return to the mission grounds each March from their winter home in Argentina. Arrive in Los Angeles, where time for lunch and a little exploring on your own follows; one option might be the Los Angeles Farmers Market, where fresh produce stands, shops and restaurants have made this a perfect destination for great dining and people watching since 1934. From here, a city tour offers an overview of this diverse metropolis including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and in the historic TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrity autographs, handprints and footprints – even Jimmy Durante’s nose – are immortalized in concrete. Dinner tonight is at leisure at your Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills.
    Meals : B, D
    Lodging : Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

    DAY 4 – From “The Getty” in LA to graceful Santa Barbara
    A visit to The Getty Museum, set hilltop in the Santa Monica Mountains, brings together the disparate elements of the Los Angeles landscape: ocean, mountains and the urban street grid. Together they were the inspiration for this modernist complex of curvilinear design and natural gardens, designed by architect Richard Meier. Inside, on a self-guided tour, you’ll find easy inspiration in its collections of European paintings, drawings, sculpture and photography – along with the views. From the museum, your California odyssey heads north to Santa Barbara, where Sunday afternoons mean a beachside tradition of eclectic arts and crafts shows, produced strictly by local artists. Enjoy a stroll under the palms and along picturesque Stearns Wharf, where pelicans put on a show of their own, before checking into your resort. Dinner is at leisure in your choice of resort restaurants.
    Meals : B, D
    Lodging : Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

    DAY 5 – Savoring Santa Barbara, the “American Riviera”
    On a city tour, you’ll get a feel for the quiet Santa Barbara beach community that’s long been a celebrity hideaway, with a stop to tour the city’s still-functioning 1929 Courthouse. The Spanish-Moorish structure is surrounded by lush gardens. Inside you’ll find a Mural Room depicting scenes of the community’s past, masterfully painted by a largely self-taught artist whose illustrations appeared in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. Next, a visit to the graceful Mission Santa Barbara introduces this city icon – a still-active Franciscan parish after 225 years. After a downtown lunch, you’ll have time to take advantage of your lovely oceanfront resort or perhaps explore Santa Barbara’s downtown district.
    Meals : B, L
    Lodging : Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

    DAY 6 – Wine country and scenic highway 101
    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting. Lunch follows at a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, known for long white beaches and ocean views. Near the fishing village of Morro Bay, join our naturalist guide for a walking tour of this rich habitat for birds and wildlife; you’ll also visit Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic plug. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.
    Meals : B, L, D
    Lodging : The Cliffs Resort

    DAY 7 – Coastal drama from Hearst Castle to Big Sur  
    Morning begins with a guided walking tour at Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark in San Simeon. This elaborate estate, created for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, takes you back to an early-20th-century era of opulent entertaining – and inspired the fictional paradise of Xanadu, featured in Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane. Afterward, nature’s opulence impresses as you drive along the famed Big Sur Coast. Breathtaking sights continue as you travel Highway 1, following the drama of the Pacific Coast Highway from hundreds of feet above powerfully crashing surf and magnificently remote, rocky beaches. Continue on to the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at leisure at your hotel on pristine Monterey Bay.
    Meals : B, L, D
    Lodging : InterContinental The Clement Monterey

    DAY 8 – The Monterey Peninsula & Carmel-by-the-Sea    

    Monterey

    Today’s tour of the Monterey Peninsula encompasses the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive and Pebble Beach, before arriving in Carmel by the Sea, called one of the “most romantic cities of the world” by Travel + Leisure. Enjoy time to explore and find an appealing spot for lunch, before heading off to the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The award-winning exhibits at the aquarium will is an amazing learning experience – you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life, from cuttlefish to whales and other ocean critters.
    Meals : B
    Lodging : InterContinental The Clement Monterey

    DAY 9 – Through California’s Central Valley to Yosemite
    Agriculture takes center stage today as you leave the coast and drive through the farms, orchards and vineyards of California’s expansive Central Valley to your final destination, Yosemite National Park. Abundant sunshine, superb soil, and year-round growing conditions make this region an incredibly important crop-basket for American households, including broccoli, chard, asparagus, pistachios, pomegranate trees and many, many more. This morning, stop at the San Luis Reservoir to check out exhibits on the reservoir and the California Aqueduct, and visit the San Luis National Wildlife Refugue. After lunch in Merced, your route continues from the valley to the oak-lined roadways and Victorian-era towns of porches, storefronts and saloons of Gold Country. In 1848, news of this precious metal spread like wildfire, leading to explosive population growth. First came the men, seeking their fortune in mining; the merchants, bankers and women followed, catering to their needs. At the Mariposa Museum & History Center, you’ll stop to learn about the lives of those miners and others who shaped this area. Late afternoon, you’ll arrive at Yosemite National Park.
    Meals : B, L, D
    Lodging : Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    DAY 10 – Wonders of Yosemite National Park
    Sometimes called a “freak of nature,” Yosemite Valley is only seven miles long and less than a mile wide. Yet contained within its sheer, high walls is an array of astonishing natural treasures: world-famous cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome; plunging waterfalls like Bridalveil Falls; wildly peaceful meadows; the meandering Merced River, and so much more. Get acquainted with these remarkable sights today on a morning tram tour with a national park guide, and visit famed Glacier Point. After lunch at historic Wawona Village, discover astounding Glacier Point, a scenic overlook with commanding views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country; your guided visit to Glacier Point is private for Tauck guests only.
    Meals : B, L, D
    Lodging : Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

    DAY 11 – Historic Jamestown & on to San Francisco  

    Golden Gate Bridge

    On your way from Yosemite to the incomparable city by the bay, visit Jamestown for lunch at the historic National Hotel built during the height of the Gold Rush period. Our memorable California tour arrives in San Francisco late this afternoon, with time to rest, relax, or explore the landmark area surrounding Union Square. Your hotel is in a vibrant retail and cultural area in the heart of the city – and at your doorstep you’ll discover a favourite city square where you might just see musicians, artists, or speakers doing what they do best. We invite you to join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner at your hotel in the heart of San Francisco.
    Meals : B, L, D
    Lodging : The Westin St. Francis

    DAY 12 – Journey home
    Your California tour with Tauck ends in San Francisco. Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square to the San Francisco International Airport is included; you should allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.
    Meals : B

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