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California’s Golden Coast

Group Tour | General Interest 11 Days & 9 Nights Lead-in price: £3295

Featuring an iconic coastline, California has so much more to offer with Cosmopolitan cities, wineries, and coastal redwood forests. Enjoy seeing the major sights in both San Francisco and Los Angeles and along the way go wine tasting in Napa Valley, take a cruise in search of whales and discover coastal cities.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Go in search of marine life with a whale-watching cruise from Monterey
  • Visit two premium wineries within California's popular wine regions
  • Wander through towering redwood forest to discover the tallest trees on this earth
  • Travel along the scenic 17-Mile Drive with its rugged coastline
  • Small group size – maximum 20 people
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Superior Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to San Francisco

Fly directly from London (regional connections available) to San Francisco. On arrival, transfer to Intercontinental Mark Hopkins (or similar), a beloved landmark and historic property, for a 3-night stay. (N)

Day 2: San Francisco

Today is dedicated to visiting some of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks. Spend a full day touring the city, with visits to Union Square, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, Golden Gate Park and North Beach (Little Italy). Take in a panoramic view of the city and the bay from Twin Peaks (weather and time permitting). (B)

Day 3: Sausalito, Muir Woods & San Francisco

This morning, visit the island of Alcatraz, variously used as a Civil War fort, a military jail and one of the most notorious federal prisons in US history. Afterwards, travel to the quaint town of Sausalito for lunch (at own expense) and then on to Muir Woods; this National Monument forest is full of towering old-growth redwoods that are unique to this area, and – quenched by marine fog – forms an ecosystem of interesting flora and fauna. Late this afternoon, return to San Francisco to stay overnight. (B)

Day 4: Napa & Sonoma Valleys

Today, your tour takes you to the worldrenowned wine regions of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Sample local vino in two of the best wineries in the area, with the opportunity to try some high-quality olive oil as well. Overnight at DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma Wine Country (or similar). (B)

Day 5: Carmel & Monterey

En route to the Pacific coast, stop at Carmel for a visit to the faithfully restored 18th-century Roman Catholic mission church, before continuing to Monterey. A short orientation tour will be given upon arrival, then the rest of your day is free. Perhaps explore the city’s attractions, which include Cannery Row and Old Fisherman’s Wharf, or browse at the many charming shops and galleries found here. Stay overnight at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa. (B)

Day 6: 17-Mile Drive & San Luis Obispo

Take a shared cruise in search of the rich marine life found in the waters of the Monterey Peninsula, including bottlenose dolphins and various species of whale. Then take the scenic 17-Mile Drive, which meanders along an idyllic stretch of Pacific coastline full of dramatic cliffs, pristine beaches and cypress forests. Overnight at Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo. (B)

Day 7: Santa Barbara & Los Angeles

Journey south, stopping at the city of Solvang, known for its Danish heritage and architecture. Continue to Santa Barbara for a tour of the 18th-century Mission Santa Barbara, one of the city’s prettiest landmarks. Later in the day, drive to Los Angeles and stay 3 nights at Sheraton Grand Los Angeles. This elegant property is set in the heart of downtown and is home to acclaimed Restaurants. (B)

Day 8: Los Angeles

Spend today exploring the ‘City of Angels’ with a full-day tour. Visit Downtown, Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. (B)

Day 9: Los Angeles

Day at leisure to enjoy exploring the city further. (B)

Day 10: Fly to London

Transfer to the airport and fly overnight to London, arriving the following day (B)

Day 11: Arrive in London


Meal basis: As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.


Pre-tour extensions are available in San Francisco or Yosemite National Park and posttour extensions are available in Santa Monica. Please speak to a Cox & Kings travel specialist for further details.


Tour standards: Superior tour departures are based in mainly 4-star accommodation. Prices are based on the standard room category. Please visit this tour on our website to see details of the hotels included.

Private & tailor-made travel: This itinerary can be taken privately on a self-drive basis on a date that suits you. For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options, or to tailor this itinerary to your exact requirements, please call 020 3930 5094.

Superior group tour accommodation

  • InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, an IHG Hotel
    InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco, an IHG Hotel

    The Intercontinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco is one of the city's architectural gems. Its grand exteriors combine French Chateau and Spanish Renaissance styles, while its interiors feature original murals by Maynard Dixon and Frank Van Sloun. Located in Nob Hill amidst excellent museums, chic restaurants and boutiques, the hotel offers elegant accommodation and faultless customer service. The 'Top of the Mark', the hotel's 19th-floor sky lounge, has been a neighbourhood fixture since it opened in 1939. It serves creative cocktails and delicious appetisers while offering superb views of city skyline, the Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The Nob Hill Club is a farm-to-table restaurant serving local California cuisine sourced from the Bay Area and Northern California growers and purveyors. Features: 383 rooms, restaurant, bar, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, bathrobes, safe, Wi-Fi.

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country
    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country

    The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sonoma Wine Country is located in Rohnert Park, less than an hour north of San Francisco and just 10 minutes south of Santa Rosa. The hotel is minutes away from several award-wining wineries including Kendall Jackson and Gallo Sonoma. Guests can also explore the Armstrong Redwoods State Park or relax on the Bodega Bay. Facilities include a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and nextdoor is Foxtail Golf Club's two championship courses. The Bacchus Restaurant & Wine Bar offers a buffet breakfast and a la carte lunch and dinner featuring artisan Sonoma-based produce. There is also an upper lobby bar with seating either by the fireplace indoors or outside on the patio. Features: 245 rooms, restaurant, bar, gym, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, tennis courts. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
    Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa

    The Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa is set in the historic district of downtown Monterey, within walking distance of the area's best shops, beaches and the seafood restaurants of Cannery Row and Old Fisherman's Wharf. Originally built in 1824 as a sprawling hacienda with adobe walls, Casa Munras embraces the California outdoors with open, expansive grounds and beautiful gardens. The rooms blend old-world elegance with modern comforts, and guests can enjoy Spanish-Californian cuisine and house-made sangria on the patio. Facilities include a spa and a heated outdoor pool that is open all year round. Features: 154 rooms, restaurant, bar, outdoor swimming pool, gym, spa. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, tea & coffee facilities, Wi-Fi.

  • Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo
    Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo

    The Courtyard by Marriott San Luis Obispo is located off HWY 101, just 4 miles from San Luis Obispo County Airport and a short drive from Santa Barbara. Guestrooms are spacious and well-equipped, and facilities on site include a gym, a spa and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is minutes from the downtown area, Pismo and Avila Beach. Features: 132 rooms & 7 suites, restaurant, bar, gym, spa, outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minbar, microwave, tea & coffee facilities, hairdryer, iron, Wi-Fi.

  • Sheraton Grand Los Angeles
    Sheraton Grand Los Angeles

    The Sheraton Grand Los Angeles offers style and exuberance in the centre of the city's financial district. The hotel is adjoined to Macy's Plaza and is in a prime location for visiting the nearby museums, theatres, sports stadiums and other attractions. The spacious guestrooms feature marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs, modern amenities, and some have private balconies. Farm-to-table cuisine is available at the trendy and welcoming on-site restaurant. Features: 496 rooms, restaurant, bar, cafe, gym. Room amenities: Air conditioning, television, minibar, tea & coffee facilities, safe, iron, hairdryer, Wi-Fi.

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Dates & prices


Main Costs
Departure-Return date Original Price Saving Single Supplement Guaranteed Departures Click to Book
6 Aug 2022 - 16 Aug 2022 £3,895 £0 £995 Reserve
3 Sep 2022 - 13 Sep 2022 £3,745 £0 £995 Reserve
15 Oct 2022 - 25 Oct 2022 £3,445 £0 £995 Reserve
19 Nov 2022 - 29 Nov 2022 £3,295 £0 £995 Reserve

Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • * 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • * Flexible - flight upgrades available
  • * Small group size - maximum 20 people
  • * Direct international flights with British Airways
  • * Transfers in air-conditioned vehicle
  • * Experienced local tour manager
  • * Daily breakfast
  • * Welcome drink to meet the group & guide
  • * Guided sightseeing & entrance fees
  • * Porterage at hotels

Destinations on this tour

  • San Francisco

    Situated in Northern California, the ‘City by the Bay’ offers many sights such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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  • San Francisco

    Situated in Northern California, the ‘City by the Bay’ offers many sights such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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  • San Francisco

    Situated in Northern California, the ‘City by the Bay’ offers many sights such as the iconic Golden Gate Bridge

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  • Explore stunning mountain and coastal scenery, archaeological sites and mysterious green valleys.

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