Pacific Coast Explorer
Trace the Pacific Coast from Los Angeles to the 'Emerald City' of Seattle. Travel along the 'Big Sur' and through cosmopolitan San Francisco, and gaze in amazement at the majestic Redwood Trees of Oregon.
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per person, for 2 people
Departing on 05/09/2016 from London Heathrow AirportView Prices
Fly to Los Angeles where you will transfer to your hotel for two nights.
This morning, enjoy an included tour of Los Angeles and visit the TCL Chinese Theatre, where nearly 200 movie stars have left their hand and foot prints and the popular Hollywood Walk of Fame. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Los Angeles so perhaps visit the Hollywood History Museum, located in the old Max Factor Building. Stroll Olvera Street, the heart of the original Spanish Mission, or visit the Getty Centre with its wonderful art collection. This evening, the Tour Director will have plenty of suggestions for dining and shopping.
Leave the “Motion Picture Capital of the World” behind as you Afterwards follow the shore line from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara where the Spanish influence is obvious, with quaint whitewashed and tile-roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200 year-old Mission, with its world-famous twin bell towers. Afterwards, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the wharf. Next travel to Solvang, the Danish Capital of America. Enjoy free time to browse around the town's picturesque buildings, windmills and charming shops featuring Danish imports and rich pastries.
This morning, continue to Hearst Castle, the opulent mansion of the wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. Afterwards, travel along the scenic 'Big Sur' Coast Highway before arriving in Carmel. Known as 'California's Jewel' that attracted many artists, poets, musicians and actors. Do not miss the Cottage of Sweets and famed Hogs Breath Inn (owned by Clint Eastwood) before travelling on the '17 Mile Drive' along the famous Pebble Beach to the old sardine town of Monterey, made famous by John Steinbeck's novel 'Cannery Row'. Includes Breakfast
This morning leave Monterey and travel to San Francisco, one of the America's most charming cities. A guided sightseeing tour takes in the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge, bustling Fisherman's Wharf and the hills that make San Francisco so iconic. Afterwards, take a boat trip to Alcatraz Island, and discover the history of this notorious former prison. Note: The Alcatraz Prison visit is a value of $30.00. Includes Breakfast
The day is yours at leisure. Return to Fisherman's Wharf to enjoy its multitude of stores, markets and excellent waterside eating spots, perhaps stroll along Grant Street or ride the historic cable car. Tonight, join our optional evening out with dinner in Fisherman's Wharf followed by an illumination tour of San Francisco.
Bid farewell to San Francisco as you travel to the fertile wine-growing valley of Sonoma, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge en route. In Sonoma, enjoy a guided tour and wine tasting at one of the well-known wineries, before hitting the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile section of Highway 101 curling through soaring giant redwood groves. In the evening arrive at Eureka, hub of California's lumber industry, viewing Carson Mansion, the elaborate Victorian home of a lumber baron on the way.
Today, take the coastal highway through Redwood National Park, a magnificent amphitheatre of towering sequoias. Enter Oregon and continue along the coastal road to the pretty seaside town of Bandon-by-the-Sea. A sightseeing tour will show you its scenic beauty and charm, then enjoy a photo stop at the Bandon lighthouse. Includes Breakfast
An exciting day awaits as we journey to Florence, one of Oregon's most beautiful and charming coastal settlements where you're free to explore the historic Old Town. From Florence, continue through the Siuslaw National Forest, past popular beach resorts to one of Oregon's favourite holiday spots - Newport.
An enthralling day travelling the dramatic Three Capes Scenic Route to Tillamook. Along the route, don't miss the reading of signs telling the story of the ghost community that existed there 35-55 years ago. First stop is Cape Kiwanda with its spectacular views. Then, Cape Lookout State Park and onto Three Arch Rocks. The last stop takes us to Cape Meares State Scenic viewpoint, 200 feet above the ocean. A must see is the Cape Meares Lighthouse at 38 feet high - it is the shortest lighthouse in the state. After visiting Tillamook Village, known for its cheese and salt-water taffy, arrive at Portland, dubbed the 'City of Roses', taking in Washington Park International Rose Test Garden.
Cross the mighty Columbia River into Washington State, stopping at the Mount St Helens Volcano Visitor Centre to learn of the dramatic eruption of 1980. Later this afternoon we reach Seattle - surrounded by the waters of Lake Washington and Puget Sound - the city also enjoys spectacular mountain views. Sightseeing includes the Seattle Centre and a stop at vibrant Pike Place Farmers Market. Tonight an unmissable optional outing - a waterfront meal and panoramic views from the observation deck of the 605 feet high Space Needle.
The whole day is at leisure to enjoy the 'Emerald City'. Why not stroll the International District to absorb its Asian influences or take a cruise boat across Puget Sound?
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Seattle or with an Alaskan cruise.
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Disappointed that some of the original excursions were not available but enjoyed the other optionals.
This tour is a good balance of cities and the natural world. We saw so much.