9 days Los Angeles to San Francisco
9-day California Calling Tour
This 9 day California group tour showcases the rich diversity of the "Golden State." Take in the natural splendour of Yosemite and the sweeping ocean views of Santa Cruz. Immerse yourself in the culture of San Francisco and Los Angeles. All this whilst enjoying the warm welcome of the locals and the beautiful weather. This trip is guaranteed to get you California dreamin'...
This trip offers a varied snapshot of life in one of the world’s most desirable locations. We start off in L.A before heading up the coast on one of the world’s most scenic train rides. There’s time to experience the Californian beach vibes before a couple of days of stunning nature in Yosemite National Park. Finish in the cultural paradise of San Francisco- the only downside- having to leave.
Including hostels and camping in Yosemite.
Local Adventure Leaders in each city.
All transport including a ferry in San Francisco, Pacific Coast train and buses.
5 activities included
Optional activities can be added.
California Calling Stops
California Group Tour
Day 1 – Los Angeles:
Arrive and settle into your accommodation before venturing out to discover the city that evening. You could also choose to do a beach-side walk in the gorgeous Santa Monica- where we are staying or check out a blues bar.
Day 2- Los Angeles
After a few days in the remote desert- it’s time for a taste of modern, city life in one of the world’s coolest cities: Los Angeles. We’ll start our time here with a volleyball lesson on the beach. You can then take part in an in-line skating experience along Venice Beach before cooling off with a frozen yoghurt. Whilst at Santa Monica Pier- we’ll take part in the Coyote Trip Arcade Challenge before a classic California burger lunch! That afternoon- venture up the famous Hollywood sign and look down at the city beneath. An evening in the city starts with a wander down Hollywood Boulevard and spot the stars on the Walk of Fame.
Day 3 – Los Angeles
Today – you can visit one of the city’s famous theme parks. The delights of Universal Studios or Disneyland await and both are jam-packed with entertainment, fun and a fair bit of magic! We can help arrange your tickets and give you tips on the best rides, attractions and shows. Alternatively, we also arrange a chance to give something back to the LA community with a volunteering trip to one of the city’s soup kitchens. Poverty is a real issue in California and this project helps to give people a lifeline who are struggling in society.
Day 4 – The Pacific Coast Highway- Santa Cruz
Another classic American trip awaits with a journey on the Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Cruz. This train along the coast is one of the world’s most scenic journeys and our end destination is another treat. Santa Cruz is a truly magnificent stop with an array of stunning beaches, relaxed vibes and Californian culture.
Day 5 – Santa Cruz
Learn the art of surfing with a morning class out on the water. After riding the waves – or at worst, admiring the scenery from the board- head over to Point Market for a breakfast burrito. That afternoon- we’ve got time to enjoy the stellar setting. Wander along the boardwalk and take in the views or jump in the ocean. Epic views are a guarantee. Also try your hand at Mini Golf or ride some of the waterfront rides.
Day 6 – Yosemite National Park
Get set for another totally different part of the state: Yosemite National Park. This park is home to dramatic waterfalls, forested beauty, still nature, majestic cliffs, abundant wildlife and a myriad of inspiring vistas. A place to absorb the magic of nature and we’ll immerse ourselves in the heart of this National Park. The hikes will be unguided but your adventure leader will give all the tips and routes required for an awesome adventure! Having burnt off a tonne of calories- sample some of the region’s finest wines with our Napa Valley wine-tasting experience!
Day 7 – Yosemite National Park
You could jump in the pool or take a rural walk before we make our way back to urban life. It’s not just any city we are coming back to – but to one of the world’s most exciting places: San Francisco. This stunning water-side city has a whole array of delights for us to sink our teeth into. That evening, we’ll wander out on a city walking tour and check out some of the local bars.
Day 8 – San Francisco
Stroll through the city streets and admire the city from atop some of the city’s steep streets. One highlight of any San Francisco experience is venturing across the Golden Gate Bridge and marvelling at both the feat of engineering and the impressive view of the bridge. We’ll do this experience on bikes and stop off in Sausalito for lunch. Head back into town, by ferry and your adventure leader will take you on a walking tour through some of city’s most charming districts.
Day 9 – San Francisco
That morning – head to Alcatraz; this island prison played host to a number of the nation’s most ruthless criminals. Wander amidst the notorious site and consider whether there really was a genuine escape from here in the 1960s. Fortunately, you’ll get a return ticket so we can discover the charming Pier Area and then you can choose to take in some of the city’s art scene or head into Napa Valley for a wine tasting experience. It’s then time to bid farewell to the group and our action-packed USA group tour!
Included Activities on our California Group Tour
- Beach Volleyball Class
- Hollywood Visit and Walk of Fame
- Arcade Challenge at Santa Monica
- Yosemite Experience- including entrance fees
- Wine Tasting
- Bike hire over Golden Gate Bridge
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our California Group Tour, with the balance due 70 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply).
The deposit is 10% of the group tour price (unless stated otherwise). If you book on to our tours less than 70 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
No bookings can be accepted within 40 days of a trip departure date of our California group tour.
The price of a single room upgrade for the trip is £950 and a double room upgrade is £265 per person. We can arrange pre nights of accommodation in L.A. and post nights in San Francisco.