California's Gold Coast Tauck Tours

California's Gold Coast

Stories by Ken Burns

The California’s Gold Coast tour is a 12 day Tauck World Discovery tour of California's Gold Coast, from San Francisco to San Diego. Take in the beauty and history of the area. Many of us have read about the Gold Rush of the 1840s. This tour is your chance to follow in the footsteps of those wonderful pioneers.

The California’s Gold Coast tour begins at the legendary Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills, California. You’ll explore Los Angeles and the glory of Hollywood before heading north. California’s Central Coast is one of the most underrated spots of the entire state where the scenery, breeze and wine will keep you with a smile on your face. Your tour then heads north where you’ll visit Monterey, Yosemite and San Francisco on this fantastic tour.


12 Daysfr. $6,790

  • Insider Yosemite stories during filmed narratives from filmmaker Ken Burns
  • 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
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 8 dinners
  • The US Grant Hotel in San Diego, California (2 nights)
  • Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (1 night)
  • Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California (2 nights)
  • The Cliffs Resort in Pismo Beach, California (1 night)
  • InterContinental The Clement Monterey in Monterey, California (2 nights)
  • Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee®) in Yosemite National Park, California (2 nights)
  • The Westin St. Francis in San Francisco, California (1 night)

Your California journey begins in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, USA

Tauck’s ultimate California tour begins at Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills at 5:30 PM. A transfer is included from Los Angeles International Airport to Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, an urban oasis of understated glamour. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Join us for a private reception in the Wetherly Gardens at your hotel, followed by our welcome dinner.

Dinner

FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS

Discover Downtown Los Angeles

Los Angeles, USA

Because Southern Californians have a legendary passion for cars, you’ll begin exploring the dynamic city of Los Angeles with a tour of the historic automobiles, Hollywood cars, hot rods, and altogether extraordinary vehicles at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Batmobile, anyone? After lunch, you’re off to downtown Los Angeles for a walking tour with visits to a historic Broadway theatre and the Bradbury Building, a 19th-century landmark with a magical Victorian courtyard featuring open cage elevators. Check out Grand Central Market, an iconic showcase for the diverse cuisines and cultures of Los Angeles. Take a ride on Angel’s Flight Railway and see some of the city’s most striking modern architecture, The Broad museum and Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Breakfast, Lunch

FOUR SEASONS LOS ANGELES AT BEVERLY HILLS

Beverly Hills, Reagan Library & Santa Barbara

Beverly Hills, USA

Enjoy a tour through Beverly Hills, along Sunset Boulevard, and to the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you’ll see the handprints of many celebrities; Groucho Marx left an imprint of his cigar, Jimmy Durante his nose, and the stars of Harry Potter immortalized their magic wands.

Simi Valley, USA

Then you’re off to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for a guided tour and lunch. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. View an Air Force One aircraft that flew seven presidents, a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Drive north to Santa Barbara, on the “American Riviera,” where you’ll dine at your hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

BELMOND EL ENCANTO HOTEL

Santa Barbara’s Old Mission & Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara, USA

Go on a guided tour of 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. On a city tour, get a feel for the quiet beach community of Santa Barbara, long a celebrity hideaway, and visit the 1929 Courthouse, surrounded by lush gardens. Inside you’ll find murals depicting scenes of the city’s past, painted by a self-taught artist whose illustrations appeared in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. The Santa Barbara Botanic Garden is California’s oldest, and a guided tour reveals the diversity of the state’s native flora and vegetation. This evening you’ll have free time to enjoy your ocean-view resort or explore downtown Santa Barbara.

Breakfast, Lunch

BELMOND EL ENCANTO HOTEL

Savoring California’s Central Coast

Solvang, USA

Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip. 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. Discover picturesque Solvang, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage, and enjoy lunch, a tour, and a tasting at Presqu’ile, a small family-owned winery.

Pismo Beach, USA

Continue on to Pismo Beach, known for its long white beaches and ocean views. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, overlooking the Pacific.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

THE CLIFFS RESORT

Hearst Castle & the Big Sur Coastline

San Simeon, USA

Drive along stunning Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark designed by revered California architect Julia Morgan. This elaborate estate created for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst takes you back to the opulent era of the early 20th century; the castle was the inspiration for Xanadu, the over-the-top mansion in Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane. After your guided tour, it’s nature’s opulence that will impress you as you continue along the Pacific Coast, hundreds of feet above crashing surf and remote, rocky beaches, to the Big Sur Coast.

Monterey, USA

Your destination today is the coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on Monterey Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL THE CLEMENT MONTEREY

The Monterey Peninsula & Carmel-by-the-Sea

Monterey, USA

Today’s tour of the Monterey Peninsula takes in the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive, and Pebble Beach, before you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which was named one of the “most romantic cities of the world” by Travel + Leisure. Enjoy free time to explore the town’s galleries and find an appealing spot for lunch, before heading off to the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium to discover the delights of marine life, from cuttlefish to whales.

Breakfast

INTERCONTINENTAL THE CLEMENT MONTEREY

The Central Valley to Yosemite National Park

Central Valley (historical), USA

Agriculture takes center stage as you leave the coast and drive through the fertile farms, orchards, and vineyards of California’s Central Valley en route to Yosemite National Park. Abundant sunshine, superb soil, and year-round growing conditions make this region an important crop-basket for American households; broccoli, chard, asparagus, pistachios, pomegranates, and many other varieties of produce grow here.

Mariposa, USA

After lunch in Merced, your route continues from the valley to the oak-lined roadways and Victorian towns 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. At the Mariposa Museum & History Center, you’ll learn about the lives of the miners and others who shaped this area.

Yosemite National Park, USA

Late afternoon, arrive at Yosemite National Park, where you'll spend the next two nights at the historic Majestic Yosemite Hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MAJESTIC YOSEMITE HOTEL (FORMERLY THE AHWAHNEE®)

The wonders of Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park, USA

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 astonishing array of natural treasures – world-famous cliffs like El Capitan and Half Dome… plunging waterfalls like Bridalveil Falls… wild meadows and the meandering Merced River… birds to delight any birdwatcher… and much more. Get acquainted with the valley on a morning walk guided by a naturalist, then spend the rest of the day exploring Yosemite National Park as you please.

Breakfast

MAJESTIC YOSEMITE HOTEL (FORMERLY THE AHWAHNEE®)

Gold Rush Country to San Francisco

Jamestown, USA

On your way from Yosemite to San Francisco, visit Jamestown for lunch at the historic National Hotel built during the height of the Gold Rush.

San Francisco, USA

Arrive in San Francisco late this afternoon, with time to rest, relax, or explore the 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 favorite city square where you might just see musicians, artists, or speakers doing what they do best. Your Tauck Director can recommend restaurants in this city known for its range of cuisines inspired by fresh ingredients.

THE WESTIN ST. FRANCIS

Inimitable San Francisco

San Francisco, USA

A sightseeing tour takes you up and down San Francisco’s hills with views of San Francisco Bay as you see Chinatown and the Marina District, rows of Victorian gingerbread houses, and Coit Tower. Go for a walk along the Golden Gate Bridge – and feel the breezes of the bay on a private catamaran cruise. Head to the salty atmosphere of Fisherman’s Wharf for free time for lunch and checking out its historic ships, sea lions, seafood stalls, and sourdough bread bakeries.

This evening join us at your hotel for our farewell festivities – a Tauck Exclusive Chateau Montelena winemaker reception with tastings followed by a wine-paired chef’s dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

THE WESTIN ST. FRANCIS

Journey home

San Francisco, USA

Your Tauck California tour 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.

Breakfast

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Fri, Jul 05, 2019
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Fri, Aug 02, 2019
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Fri, Aug 30, 2019
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Fri, Sep 06, 2019
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Fri, Sep 20, 2019
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Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.
  • Triples are accommodated at most hotels in either two beds or a king bed plus a rollaway; due to fire codes, rooms are restricted to two beds.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 60 days or more before departure: $350.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $350 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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