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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

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See the best that California has to offer during this 3-day, 2-night West Coast tour, covering some of the Golden State’s top cities and outdoor areas. Start your trip in Los Angeles, snaking north by van or motor coach through California hotspots including Santa Barbara, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Carmel, San Francisco and Hearst Castle. It’s a memorable opportunity to explore one postcard-worthy destination after the next. Your tour of the California coast also includes two nights of accommodations and a driver-guide.
  • 3-day California coastal tour
  • Visit the Spanish Mission in Santa Barbara and discover the Danish town of Solvang
  • Walk along the beautiful boardwalk of Carmel
  • Take a cruise around San Francisco Bay and visit Fisherman’s Wharf on a city tour
  • See San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Union Square and Chinatown
  • Explore Yosemite National Park or Hearst Castle (depending on the season)
  • Ride in an air-conditioned van or motorcoach
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Professional tour guide
Transportation by 15-passenger van or a full-sized bus
Sightseeing in Santa Barbara, Carmel and San Francisco
2-night hotel accommodation including tax and Continental Breakfast
Bay cruise in San Francisco
Wifi on bus only
Breakfast (2)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Parking lot , Parking lot, 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA

    6:30am Departure - Los Angeles Farmers Market Corner of West 3rd Street and Fairfax Boulevard Meet at entrance of Starbucks Coffee Shop

  • Four Points Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Cir , Four Points Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA 90230, USA

    7:00am Departure - Four Points Sheraton Culver City Meet in hotel lobby

  • This activity will end right where it started.
    Don’t limit your California trip to just Los Angeles and San Francisco. Instead, take this 3-day, 2-night trip through some of the state’s most beautiful coastal towns and gorgeous outdoor scenery, offering a great chance to get a taste for the legendary beauty of the Golden State.

    Begin your trip on the morning of your first day from either the Los Angeles Farmer’s Market or the Four Points by Sheraton in Culver City. Your drive will wind its way out of the urban grid of L.A. and snake its way along the Southern California coast to Santa Barbara, a one-time site of a colonial Spanish mission. Head next to Solvang, a charming community with a strong Danish heritage that is evident in its architecture, stores and bakeries. You’ll then continue your drive along the jaw-dropping California coast, passing through Carmel-by-the-Sea before ending your day in Santa Clara near the Bay Area’s Silicon Valley.

    Spend day two exploring lovely San Francisco, including a cruise from Fisherman’s Wharf to visit the Golden Gate Bridge and circle the notorious prison on the island Alcatraz. Spend your afternoon on a sightseeing tour to explore the city’s numerous historical sights and diverse neighborhoods.

    Your day three itinerary depends on the season, with those visitors joining in the summer months heading to Yosemite National Park, while those visitors who join in the winter continuing to Hearst Castle (for trips after November 1st). Both sites offer an incredible wealth of terrain and attractions to explore. Finish your California trip back in Los Angeles in the evening.
    Old Mission Santa Barbara
    Depart north up the spectacular California Coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Solvang Visitor Center
    Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Cannery Row
    After our visit we visit the town of Carmel home to the actor Clint Eastwood.
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    17-Mile Drive
    We head north to world famous Route #1 where we get to see the spectacular California coast line up close. (small vehicles will travel on route 1 only while full size coaches will travel through 17 mile drive exclusively) Enjoy some free time to stroll in town before departing to reach our hotel for overnight.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
     San Francisco – La Quinta Inn & Suites
      Not Included
    San Francisco City Hall
    Today we understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We start our tour walking on the Lombard Street and then at the Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world-famous bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Downtown Sausalito
    Walk along the waterfront shops on cobbled sidewalks and enjoy the sunshine, sea air, and ambiance
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Twin Peaks
    Head for the top of Twin Peaks. These two hills rise almost 1000 feet above the City and sit just about in its geographical center. This is the best San Francisco view.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    San Francisco's Chinatown is the oldest one in North America and covers 24 city blocks.This neighborhood is one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
     Modesto – Best Western Palm Court Inn (In Winter Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel)
    Yosemite Valley
    SUMMER ROUTE: We head east through the 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. Stop at El Capitan, Bridal-Veil Falls, and Half Dome.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Yosemite Falls
    (SUMMER) Continuation for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls.
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Cannery Row
    WINTER ROUTE: We start the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row.
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Hearst Castle
    (WINTER) After our tour we depart south a visit to the world-famous Hearst Castle. Built by the newspaper baron William Randolph Hearst, tours 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.In the evening, drive south towards Las Vegas.
    Duration: 2 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
      Not Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • For tours with fewer guests, vans may be substituted
    • Tours can be bilingual/multilingual as they are offered in many different languages
    • Maximum of three people per room. If traveling with a party of 4 or more, or desire to have separate rooms please make separate bookings.
    • Children under the age of 2 are free, please advise at time of booking if infant is traveling
    • Luggage is limited to one piece and a small carry on per person
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infant seats available
    • Returns to original departure point at 7pm
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • In the event that parts of this itnerary remain inaccessable due to COVID 19 an alternate itinerary will be followed. Final details will be available prior to each departure. On our tours we use a wide variety of attractions which all have different policies regarding Covid 19. In order to enjoy the full experience of the tour it is recommended to bring a face covering as it may be required for entry at certain locations.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Empire Vacations
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite.
    What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite.
    What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite?
    A:The policy on social distancing is:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite.
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    See all safety measures taken by 3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite.

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    Good Time
    , Sep 2021
    Had a great time our tour guide Jacob was very knowledgeable. The hotel accommodations were very good. The weather was not on our side when we stopped in Twin Peaks, but otherwise it was a good time.
    Great tour guide and views
    , Jul 2021
    We had a great wonderful tour guide, Brenda. She is knowledgeable, patient, apologetic and friendly. The tour is great. We would have added another star but… The downfall was the driver, Jenner. He drove aggressive and erratic. At one point the tour guide had to drive. Towards the end of the tour we had to switch buses and driver. Our drive home was scary and horrible.
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    Hi Joon, Thank you for your review and feedback. This was our first tour post Covid and after looking into this matter we discovered the following: During the tour, we identified that the driving provided was unsatisfactory The tour escort that replaced him, started with our company as a professional driver 6 years ago. We no longer use that specific driver for any of our tours. Please know that the health and safety of all of our passengers is a top priority for our company. We hope that you give us the opportunity to host you on another of our tours in the future. Thanks again for your review. Empire Vacations Team
    A Great Three Day Tour of California
    , Mar 2019
    We visited areas and locations from LA to and including SF. A well organized, pleasant and informative itinerary. . The weather was just right. It was sunny and not cold at all. Very nice indeed. Our tour guide (Dorit), a very knowledgeable and always courteous individual, did outstanding work throughout. Both, Dorit and Leo (our driver) were fantastic
    This tour would have been amazing...
    Elizabeth S
    , Feb 2018
    This tour would have been amazing but for the fact that the tour director, Dorit, refused to stop at any of the scenic viewpoints along the Carmel "17 mile" drive along the seashore or in the mountains where scenic views of the sea were located. Dorit failed to read the interests of her clients.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    The iternary of the trip was good...
    Sanjeev W
    , Oct 2017
    The iternary of the trip was good but the condition of the bus was terrible. The 3 day trip when you think that you have booked the best tours , right on the 1st day bus broke down and we had to wait for 1 and half hr. The 1st afternoon after 4.30 pm schedule was gone as there was no time and again the bus broke before in middle of nowhere reaching the hotel. So in total on the first day 3 hours was gone. It was scary. At around 7.30pm finally we started and slowly driver drove us down the hotel. We came from India to visit US west coast and it was lifetime experience for us. It is request the faluty bus to be discotinued and people are not discomforted. On the final day when the bus was to drop them to LA , it again broke down. Worst was the driver and guide were laughing and it looked like this happened quite a lot and was very common. It was worst experience by us and even after booking through what seemed like best tours and paying so much experience was below par and do not want to travel again with viator.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    We couldn't have had a better time...
    , Sep 2017
    We couldn't have had a better time. Giovanni and Gary looked after us very well. There were a few issues with the buses but calls were made and replacements came as soon as possible. Gary was a very good and patient driver and was able to assess the bus issues fairly quickly. Anne has mobility issues and was accommodated very calmly and professionally and made to feel very comfortable by both Gary and our tour guide Giovanni. We had to miss a couple of the walking tours but Gary was good about letting us hang around the bus while the others were gone. We really appreciated his attention for us. Giovanni is quite a character - lots of fun, lots of laughs, very knowledgeable, patient and obviously cares about his groups. He is multilingual and had to communicate in three languages, which he did with ease and humour. He made everyone welcome and he was very approachable when it came to asking questions, taking pictures different groups, etc. Anne and I agree that he is very good at what he does and hope many others are lucky enough to travel with him one day. If we ever do a tour in the L.A. area again, we would love to be on one of his tours. Thank you for a very memorable holiday. Anne and Terry
    Our tour guide Giovanni was...
    Barbara M
    , Sep 2017
    Our tour guide Giovanni was excellent couldn't wish for anyone better, but the bus broke down on the first day leaving us sitting for 2 hours while they tried to fix it, hoping it was ok we set off again only to go a few minutes up the road before it broke down again. Another hour and we finally make it to our hotel at 10pm checked into our hotel, but still hadn't had dinner .We missed seeing Carmel and Monterey because of the breakdown. The only choice we had for dinner at that time of night was Denny's, but we had to walk over train tracks and rubbish down a very dark path to get there ,so not happy. Giovanni tried his best to make up for it the next day and added a couple of extra sight seeing spots. The next hotel was ok but no elvator so had to carry your bags upstairs,the breakfasts at both hotels were poor and at La Quinta they were renovating so no where to sit to eat your breakfast we took it back to our room.The actual tour was very good very hectic and tiring not recommended for young children. We had to change buses on the last day as some were going on to Las Vegas we were 10 mins from our hotel and the bus broke down again, so Giovanni gave us taxi money to get to our hotel.Overall a good tour but they need to service their buses more often and look into the accommodation.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    I am extremely disappointed by this...
    , Sep 2017
    I am extremely disappointed by this trip and i find it to be a waste of money and time during what was supposed to be a vacation. On the first day our bus broke down in the middle of nowhere, and we waited for 5 hours to get it fixed instead of getting an alternative one, we ended up going directly to the hotel and missing on litterally half the program. I know that accidents happen but there should have been an alternative ready. What is worse is that it happened again on the last day on our way back. The bus broke down again and we were dropped in a station without internet. there was a terrible lack of organisation then, some people left in taxis and some waited for another van to come. It felt completely unsafe and unorganized. And still, after all that, they forced us to tip the bus driver when it should have been optional. The last day we hardly had any time to spend in the Yosemite park they asked us to take a couple of pictures and we were rushed to leave.
    Hi I'm Sue. Firstly let me say that...
    , Feb 2017
    Hi I'm Sue. Firstly let me say that Dorit was an extremely knowledgeable, caring and patient guide. This tour packs a lot into the three days, but you never felt rushed. The hotel rooms were all acceptable and there were many stopovers to enable us to take photographs of the magnificent scenery. I especially enjoyed the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. we even managed to see elephant seals. Santa Barbara, Carmel, Monterrey and Hurst Castle were also great places to visit. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
    2 travelers found this review helpful
    I recommend this tour FOR SURE...
    , Oct 2016
    I recommend this tour FOR SURE!!! Last week i had 3 days of unforgettable experience!!! Amazing views!!! They love what they do and because of that is possible to have an amazing experience. The infrastructure bus/hotel is very good too. Special thanks to our guide Giovani who made every effort to enable this amazing tour and thanks to Yoko for the sweet company! I really appreciated these days with you!

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