Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group

The Best of California (11 days)

Revealed America - California

Sonoma, CA, United States To Santa Monica, CA, United States

Valid for Departures Now Through: 26 Jul 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Sonoma, CA United States
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa None

Arrive San Francisco / Scenic Drive to Sonoma

Upon arrival in San Francisco, secure your rental vehicle and drive 1.5 hours to Sonoma. Along the way, consider enjoying lunch in Sausalito. Just across the Golden Gate Bridge, this quaint Mediterranean town features beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the San Francisco Skyline. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants sitting out on the water and take a stroll through town to find enchanting boutique shops, art studios and galleries.

After lunch, continue on to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for check in.The resort is in an idyllic settting, blessed by natural mineral hot springs that are piped into the magnificent and unparalleled Willow Stream Spa. Surrounded by world-famous vineyards, guests can enjoy the exclusive championship Sonoma Golf Course and dine at the hotel's signature restaurant, the Michelin-award-winning SantÈ.

Deluxe and Deluxe Fireplace Rooms offer a transitional mix of styles combined with Wine Country sophistication to create handsome accommodations of timeless elegance with garden views. All Deluxe Fireplace Rooms feature a wood-burning fireplace. In addition, King-bedded luxury hotel rooms feature a generous double-sized walk-in shower, while two Queen-bedded rooms showcase a shower/bathtub combination.

Overnight at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in one Deluxe Room with King Bed and one Deluxe Fireplace Room with Two Queen Beds (connecting requested)

Day 2
Sonoma, CA United States
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Full Day Private Guided Kayaking Tour on the Russian River

With your private guide, enjoy the tranquility of gliding down the Russian River on a private kayaking trip while soaking in stunning scenery, wildlife, and fresh air! Comfortable, double kayaks make this a pleasant day finished off with a Wine Country picnic lunch. Make sure you bring your camera to capture images of Blue Herons, Snowy egrets and lots more.

Return to the hotel in the late afternoon with time to relax before dinner.

Overnight at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in one Deluxe Room with King Bed and one Deluxe Fireplace Room with Two Queen Beds (connecting requested) (B / L)

Day 3
Sonoma, CA United States
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Morning Shared Ziplining Adventure / Afternoon Private Guided Biking and Wine Tasting Tour in Sonoma

This morning you will gain a bird's-eye view of a California Redwood grove for an unforgettable experience. Enjoy 2.5 hours in the redwood canopy as you whisk through 7 different ziplines and 2 rope bridges, up to 200 feet in the air. The longest ride is over 800 feet long, and you will have an opportunity to safely rappel down at the conclusion of your adventure. No prior ziplining experience is necessary. Return to the hotel in time for lunch.

*Please note: Ziplining minmum age is 10 years old and minimum weight limit is 70 lbs

After lunch, meet your private guide for a 3-hour guided bicycling and wine tasting tour in the Sonoma wine Country. You will ride 8-17 miles through the beautiful Dry Creek Valley on county roads along side the vineyards. You will enjoy 2 to 3 stops at wineries along the way and while the parents enjoy their tastings, the kids can play games and explore each of the winery grounds with the guide.

Overnight at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in one Deluxe Room with King Bed and one Deluxe Fireplace Room with Two Queen Beds (connecting requested) (B)

Day 4
Carmel Valley, CA United States
Carmel Valley Ranch Breakfast

Morning Private Guided Tour of Armstrong Redwoods / Scenic Drive to Carmel Valley / Two Hour Shared Sunset Sailing Cruise on the Monterey Bay

This morning you will check out and meet your private certified naturalist and guide for a morning tour of the Armstrong Redwoods State Preserve. Your private guide will teach you about the complex ecology found in the unique coastal redwood groves filled with some of the tallest trees on earth. After the tour, start your 3 hour drive to Monterey.

Spend the afternoon enjoying Cannery Row in downtown Monterey. We recommend eating dinner here before enjoying a two hour shared sunset sailing cruise within the most bio-dense, and bio- diverse Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary. Glide along the water with the wind in your hair as you sail alongside otters, sea lions, porpoise, and dolphins. During whale season, you may even catch a glimpse of the whale's migration! After the sail, drive 30 minutes into Carmel Valley where you will check in to Carmel Valley Ranch.

Carmel Valley Ranch is surrounded by the beautiful foothills of the Santa Lucia range and is located in one of the finest wine growing regions in California. The property sits on 500 acres and features 18 holes of world-class golf, access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails, organic gardens, educational programs about honey bees in an apiary, vineyard terroir, mountain-top yoga, and choice of pools.

Overnight at Carmel Valley Ranch in one Vineyard Studio with King Bed and one Ranch Suite with King Bed and Sleeper Sofa in Living Room (B)

Day 5
Carmel Valley, CA United States
Carmel Valley Ranch Breakfast

Half Day Private Guided Tour of Point Lobos State Reserve / Free Afternoon

Called the "greatest meeting of land and sea in the world" by landscape artist Francis McComas, Point Lobos is considered the Crown Jewel in the California State Park system.

The hiking trails offer fabulous views over headlands, across Carmel Bay to Carmel-by-the-Sea and Pebble Beach, the home of the famous 17 Mile Drive. The reserve is a natural area of dramatic granite cliffs, unusual rock formations, caves and beaches. It is geologically unique and contains a rich and diverse plant and animal life both on shore and in the water. Your guide will have a telescope on-hand to help you spot sea otters, seals and sea lions.

Afterwards, we recommend stopping in Carmel-By-The-Sea for lunch and shopping or take a drive into Monterey for a visit to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Overnight at Carmel Valley Ranch in one Vineyard Studio with King Bed and one Ranch Suite with King Bed and Sleeper Sofa in Living Room (B)

Day 6
Santa Barbara, CA United States
The Four Seasons the Biltmore Santa Barbara Breakfast

Scenic Drive to Santa Barbara / One Hour Shared Hearst Castle Tour / Self Guided Exploration of The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon

Check out this morning and begin your drive via Highway 101 to San Simeon where you will enjoy a one hour shared tour of Hearst Castle.

Hearst Castle's history begins in 1865, when George Hearst purchased 40,000 acres of ranchland. By 1947, Hearst and architect Julia Morgan had created Hearst Castle: 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens, terraces, pools and walkways -- all built to house Hearst's specifications and to showcase his legendary art collection. Today, you will tour Hearst Castle's opulent social rooms to see what it was like to be a guest of W.R. Hearst with tour highlights including the Assembly Room, Refectory, Billiard Room, Theater, Gardens, Neptune Pool and Roman Pool.

After the tour, grab lunch and enjoy some time on own viewing the Elephant Seals at The Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery in San Simeon. Then, continue your drive south via Highway 1 to Santa Barbara for check-in at the Four Seasons.

The Four Seasons the Biltmore Santa Barbara was built in a colonial Spanish style and is set on 22 acres of lush gardens located 4 miles from downtown Santa Barbara. Capturing the essence of The American Riviera, Garden Rooms feature furnished outdoor terraces, colorful mosaic antiques, upholstered headboards with hand-woven Otomi fabrics which have 24-karat gold detailing and customized bedding made exclusively for the Santa Barbara resort. Due to the historical nature and unique charm of the Resort, these rooms vary in size and layout.

Overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in two Garden View King Rooms with one Rollaway Bed (B)

Day 7
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Breakfast

Morning Two Hour Private Surfing Lesson / Late Afternoon Private Guided Shoreline Horseback Ride for 3

Today's private surfing lesson will be the perfect introduction to one of California's favorite sports. The instruction starts with a beach lesson review: how to position yourself on the board, paddling techniques and proper stance. Once in the water students will get pointers on maneuvering waves, balance techniques and surf etiquette.

Your knowledgeable instructor will use their skills to point out the finer points of catching waves and will choose a surf site based on the current swell and tide conditions, finding the best breaks for successful learning to ensure you have an amazing time in the wave today!

After the lesson, enjoy the afternoon on the beach. Then, late this afternoon the girls and one parent will enjoy a shoreline horseback ride. Imagine the waves crashing around you, the smell of salt air and the sun setting in the distance while you follow the glistening shoreline during your private guided coastal horseback trail ride. This is an amazing experience that you will remember for years to come. There are very few places that permit this unique and breathtaking trip!

Overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in two Garden View King Rooms with one Rollaway Bed (B)

Day 8
Santa Barbara, CA United States
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara Breakfast
Free Day On OwnToday is yours to enjoy however you like. Relax pool or beachside, indulge in a spa treatment or explore the surrounding area. Some recommendations include Sterns Wharf, The Zoo, The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden or Mission Santa Barbara.

Overnight at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in two Garden View King Rooms with one Rollaway Bed (B)

Day 9
Santa Monica, CA United States
Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel Breakfast

Scenic Drive to Santa Monica / Admission into The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

Enjoy a leisure monring before checking out and driving 2 hours to Santa Monica. Along the way, stop at the The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. This presidential library is the final resting place of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, and his wife Nancy Reagan. Spend the afternoon on your own exploring the exhibits. Afterwards, head into Santa Monica for check in at the Viceroy Santa Monica.

Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Santa Monica, California boutique hotel and resort. You'll see it in the stylish accommodations, where views spill out onto palm trees, beaches and mountains. And you'll sense it in theattention to service and amenities, such as outdoor plunge pools and buzzed-about restaurants.

Wake up to the sounds of the Santa Monica coastline from one of the 320-square-foot Partial Ocean View guestrooms. You'll be treated to a luxurious king-sized bed or two double beds, custom-designed bedding, a relaxing sitting area, and a generously sized writing desk

Overnight at Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel in two Partial Ocean View guestrooms: one with King Bed and one with Two Double Beds (connecting requested) (B)

Day 10
Santa Monica, CA United States
Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel None

Full Day Private Guided Los Angeles City Tour

Today your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a full day, fully customizable adventure throughout Los Angeles, visiting all the highlights and legendary sights this famous city has to offer. Stops can include Hollywood Boulevard where guests can walk the Walk of Fame; enjoy a bird's eye view at the World Famous Observatory or The Hollywood Sign for photo-ops; get up close to the mansions of the famous and infamous in Beverly Hills and Bel Air; or shop until you drop on Rodeo Drive or The Sunset Strip.

Overnight at Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel in two Partial Ocean View guestrooms: one with King Bed and one with Two Double Beds (connecting requested)

Day 11
Santa Monica, CA United States
None None

Universal Studios VIP Experience Tour / Drive to Los Angeles Airport / Depart for home!

Check out this morning and make your way to Universal Studios Hollywood where you will experience VIP access. Get behind-the-scenes access to this combination movie studio and theme park, experiencing sites that few visitors ever get to see. Start with a guided tour of the studio's film backlot, gaining special access to locations off-limits to the general public. Your VIP guide will also find you the best seats at shows and take you straight to the front of the line at rides inside the Theme Park. A continental breakfast, gourmet lunch and valet parking are included to add an extra dose of exclusivity to your day.

After Universal Studios, make your way back towards the Los Angeles Airport where you can enjoy dinner before returning your rental car and departing for home!

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

The Best of California

Full Day Private Guided Kayaking Tour on the Russian River | Morning Shared Ziplining Adventure | Afternoon Private Guided Biking and Wine Tasting Tour in Sonoma | Morning Private Guided Tour of Armstrong Redwoods | Two Hour Shared Sunset Sailing Cruise on the Monterey Bay | Half Day Private Guided Tour of Point Lobos State Reserve | One Hour Shared Hearst Castle Tour | Morning Two Hour Private Surfing Lesson | Late Afternoon Private Guided Shoreline Horseback Ride | Admission into The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library | Universal Studios VIP Experience Tour | Exceptional Accomodations Throughout

TOUR PRICE:

11 Days / 10 Nights -Total Price: $28,600.00. Final non-refundable balance is due now as we are within 90 days of departure date. Program price and availability cannot be guaranteed without a booking payment.

About Us

Revealed California curates & operates upscale custom tours throughout the entire state of California. Services include: • Upscale best-in-class accommodations (Virtuoso amenity guaranteed with booking of any property in Virtuoso Hotel portfolio) • Privately guided activities by air, vehicle, raft/kayak, yacht, rail, balloon, horseback, and more • Local experts in geology, wildlife, art, food & wine, photography, history & more • Special and/or exclusive access to attractions • Private SUV & air charter services • Arrival, departure, pre and post lodging & touring arrangements.

Insider Tip

Tip #1: CA is a year round destination! #2: Escorted custom tours w/ private driver-guide available. #3: Combine city stays & road touring with the parks. #4: Get outside & out of your comfort zone!

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