3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco And Yosemite - Yosemite National Park

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    6:30am Departure – Los Angeles Farmers Market , 7:00am Departure – Four Points Sheraton Culver City
  • Departure Details :
    1: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
    2: Four Points Sheraton, 5990 Green Valley Cir, Culver City, CA 90230, USA
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Want to discover the best of the West Coast over three memorable days? This unique tour by van or motorcoach will take you from Los angeles to the must-see destinations of central and northern California: Santa Barbara, Solvang, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park or Hearst Castle. Sit back and relax as you are transported from one fabulous California destination to the next!


All entrance fees included

Excellent value for money

Multi-Day Trip

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Take this 3-day tour from Los angeles to see some of the top attractions in central and northern California! Travel in a comfortable van or motorcoach, and enjoy the spectacular coastline as you make stops in Santa Barbara, Solvang and Carmel. You'll then head to San Francisco for an overnight stay and a comprehensive tour of the beautiful City by the Bay.

In San Francisco, take a bay cruise past Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and the enjoy a sightseeing tour of the citys top attractions, including Union square, Chinatown and Nob Hill!

Your next stop depends on the season. In the summer, youll head to Yosemite National Park; in the winter, when mountain roads are closed, youll visit Hearst Castle (beginning November 1). Both places offer plenty to see in Yosemite, gaze in awe at the 1,200 square miles (3,100 sq km) of forests, lakes and waterfalls protected in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, or at Hearst Castle, be amazed by the majestic former residence of William Randolph Hearst.

See the Itinerary field below for details on each day of the tour.


Day 1: Monday – Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – 17 Mile Drive - Carmel

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. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. The tour then heads north to world famous 17-mile drive (part of route 1) where you will see the spectacular California coast line up close.

Next, visit the town of Carmel home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites or similar.

Day 2: Tuesday – San Francisco – Bay Cruise – Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown

See why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The tour starts at Fisherman’s Wharf with a cruise in the world famous bay, under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the notorious Alcatraz Island. Return to Pier 39 for a leisurely lunch (on your own) before an afternoon tour that takes in all the city’s famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Chinatown and Nob Hill. Your tour concludes for the day with a night view ofthe city from the Bay Bridge. Overnight: Modesto – Park Inn Hotel (In Winter Monterey/Holiday Inn hotel) or similar.

Day 3: Wednesday – San Francisco – Yosemite – Los Angeles

During the summer the tour heads 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 to continue for a walk from the Yosemite Visitor Center to reach one of the highest waterfalls in North America (730 meters) Yosemite Falls.

During the winter the tour starts the day with a tour of Monterrey to include the wharf and Cannery Row. Then the tour will depart south to visit 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 back to return to Los Angeles.


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



Food and drinks

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

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

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Returns to original departure point at 7pm

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  • 15-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

  • 06-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.

  • 13-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 .

  • 29-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

  • 25-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.

  • 20-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.

  • 11-Sep-2017

    C'était vraiment bien. Notre guide Dorit était excellente, elle nous donnait de bons conseils sur les endroits où aller, les restaurants à faire, les spécialités à découvrir... J'aurais aimé voir plus de choses à Santa Barbara et à San Francisco. Je pense que la visite du quartier chinois n'est pas judicieuse. Il faudrait voir plus de quartiers typiques à cette ville. Le retour par le parc Yosemite était vraiment exceptionnel. Solveg aussi est très joli. Je le referai volontiers. PS prévoir des vêtements chauds pour San Francisco !

  • 08-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.

  • 19-Sep-2016

    Wonderful tour. Driver and tour guide were very good, very helpful showing us many sights in the 3 days. Highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see the sights between LA and San Francisco.

  • 13-Sep-2016

    This tour was amazing! Dorit was an outstanding guide, she made everyone feel valued. Her shared her knowledge of each area that we visited. Be prepared to be exhausted and amazed!

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