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Best of California

Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Journey through California with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

8 Nights From €2395 (Per Person)

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Escorted Journey with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Best of California (Summer 2015)

United States • 9 days

April 2015 to October 2015

Prices from €2395

Escorted Tour with Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

All Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations Dates and Prices are subject to Availability at time of booking. We are constantly updating our departure dates and prices. If your preferred dates and prices do not appear above please click on the enquire button below for further details.

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Early booking and other discounts are sometimes available, please ask at time of enquiry

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Best of California (Summer 2015)

Highlights

Napa Valley: Visit Benziger Winery for a private tram tour featuring the barrel aging caves and an exclusive tasting.


Hearst Castle: Ascend the ‘Enchanted Hill' for a guided tour of one of America's grandest private estates.


Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, an historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.


Los Angeles: Visit the Getty Villa, a recreated ancient Roman country house.


Los Angeles: Step beyond the red carpet! A behind-the-scenes look at the Oscars on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre.


San Francisco: See the cable cars, Union Square, Alamo Square and Golden Gate Bridge.


Sonoma: Explore the shops of this Spanish Plaza.


San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand.


Monterey: Enjoy a presentation about the array of fish, animal and plant exhibits of the Monterey Bay Aquarium.


Santa Barbara: Drive down State Street, view the Court House and Stearns Wharf.


Santa Monica: Stroll along the Third Street Promenade.


Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theater.


Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.


San Francisco: Enjoy a walking tour through Chinatown, followed by an authentic Chinese banquet.


Monterey: Dinner with wine is available from a selection of restaurants on your Dine-Around evening.


Los Angeles: Enjoy an end-of-tour Celebration Dinner with wine.


San Francisco: Your boutique Omni hotel is a sophisticated, urban retreat located only a short walk to Union Square.


Sonoma: The Fairmont is the ultimate Wine Country resort, surrounded by lush vineyards and dotted with natural hot springs.


Yosemite: Insight has worked behind the scenes to ensure you receive only the newly renovated rooms at the Lodge at the Falls.


Monterey: Overlooking the ocean and just steps from Cannery Row, The Clement has a unique, contemporary style.


Los Angeles: Located In the heart of the city and setting a new standard of luxury, the stunning JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE Hotel is the focal point of L.A.


ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land


The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.


We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries


Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region


We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel


Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency


Luxury air-conditioned, 40-guest coach with extended legroom and onboard restroom

Best of California (Summer 2015)

Itinerary

Day 1 San Francisco, the City by the Bay

Welcome to California! On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening with drinks and a light meal.

Welcome Dinner


Day 2 Exploring San Francisco

Spend the morning taking in the sights of the city - the bustling activity in Union Square and the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Later, join your Tour Director and fellow passengers for an informative walking tour through Chinatown followed by an authentic Chinese banquet Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.

Full Breakfast, Highlight Dinner


Day 3 A Taste of California's Wine Country

Enter the Napa Valley in California's lush premier wine country with a visit to the Benziger Family Winery for a fabulous private tram tour. Take a close up look at the vines and learn about the biodynamic farming approach and the history of the winery while enjoying the breathtaking views. See the terraced vineyards and visit the crush pad, barrel aging caves and Tasting Room where you'll enjoy an exclusive tasting. Later this afternoon, peruse the quaint shops at Sonoma's historic plaza. The evening is at leisure.
Full Breakfast


Day 4 Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Travel through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome and abundant wildlife. Tonight, enjoy your newly refurbished rooms at the hotel, located inside the park, close to North America's highest waterfall.

Full Breakfast


Day 5 Monterey, the Cradle of History

Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. Purchase local fresh fruit at an historic fruit stand en route to picturesque Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive. Pass the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links and multi-million dollar mansions before arriving in charming Monterey. Enjoy a customized food tour upon arrival in Carmel where you'll learn about local flavour, culture, art, architecture, and history. For your dining pleasure this evening, you are offered a selection of local restaurants to choose from.

Full Breakfast, Dine-Around


Day 6 Hearst Castle and the American Riviera

Head south to La Cuesta Encantada, ‘The Enchanted Hill' high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle - the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south through the vineyards of the Central Coast to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the ‘American Riviera'. Check into your beachfront hotel.

Full Breakfast


Day 7 Santa Monica and the City of Angels

Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take time to stroll along the popular Third Street Promenade. Visit the stunning Getty Villa, a recreation of an ancient Roman country house, for a guided tour. Continue on to your luxurious hotel at L.A. LIVE, the city's newest and one-of-a-kind entertainment destination. This evening, set out for a popular restaurant to enjoy a glittering Celebration Dinner L.A. style.

Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner


Day 8 The Glitz and Glam of L.A.

This morning, spot the Hollywood Sign during your sightseeing tour, view Grauman's Chinese Theater and stroll along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Experience the glitz and glam of Hollywood on a private tour of the Dolby Theatre, home to the Academy Awards ceremony.

Full Breakfast


Day 9 Depart Los Angeles

Your California tour comes to an end with a departure transfer to Los Angeles International Airport. Or perhaps extend your holiday. This itinerary forms part of our Great Western American Adventure where you can continue on to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley and Las Vegas.

Full Breakfast

***Accommodation***
Insight Vacations have top class hand picked hotels in the best locations, in all their destinations.
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas

Please enquire now for full listing of accommodation included on this itinerary.

The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !

If you would like to know more about what accommodation is included in this trip call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ie, send us a quick message or complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!

Platinum Travel and Insight Vacations

Platinum Travel are delighted to be working with Insight Vacations one of the world’s finest escorted touring company’s, who offer a vast range of tours throughout the USA.

There is no more inspirational way to explore and discover the jewels of North America. Insight can take you to the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, through vibrant landscape of New England’s spectacular foliage, through the majesty of the National Parks, and to vibrant cities like New Orleans and New York.

Whichever legendary route you choose, simply relax and enjoy outstanding quality and unmatched comfort and service, knowing that Insight will take care of everything from start to end.

Included Value

With our escorted tours, you can be assured there is so much included in the price

  • private tours and exclusive sightseeing
  • special excursions,
  • authentic and engaging experiences, such as a Creole and Cajun cooking class in New Orleans, and Legendary Routes like Route 66.

These high value included excursions and experiences often worth hundreds of euro on each tour, will ensure you experience the real magic of each destination.

There is free time at every stop to ensure you have the freedom to see the sights your way, in your own time.

As a full service travel agent we have access to negotiated wholesale rates with airlines worldwide and these rates are not generally on the internet.

We have expert knowledge of all airlines on all routes so we will constantly compare airlines with each other to get the best offer.

We are familiar with the myriad of confusing check-in, baggage, seat and priority boarding charges and we know how to exploit these to your advantage.

Many of our airline fares are refundable whereas internet fares are generally non-refundable.


There are currently direct flights from Ireland to the USA with Aer Lingus, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways. There are also many connections via the UK with British Airways, Virgin and other airlines.

Platinum Travel are a fully licensed and bonded travel agent so you have a lot more protection with us than with the internet (airlines are not bonded).

For more information Please call now on 01 853 5000, email info@platinumtravel.ieor click button below and complete the enquiry form - we will be delighted to help you, its all part of the Platinum Service!



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