9 Day - California Calling
Where you'll be going...........
Day 1-3 Los Angeles
Arrive and settle into your accommodation before venturing out to discover the city that evening.
After a few days in the remote desert- it’s time for a taste of modern, city life in on the world’s coolest cities: Los Angeles. We’ll start our time here with 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.
Enjoy the magic of one of the city’s theme parks and take your pick between Disney and Universal Studios. Both options offer plenty of entertainment, rides and much more. You could also join us we volunteer at a local soup kitchen. Despite the huge wealth in California- there remains some major issues with poverty and this one of the many efforts to help this issue. That evening- we’ll take you to some of L.A’s bars and you can enjoy the delights of the city’s night-scene.
Day 4-5 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.
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.
Day 6-7 Yosemite
Bid farewell to Santa Cruz and head over 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!
Wake in the midst of natural beauty and we spend the morning enjoying the natural delights of Yosemite with a small hike and some swims amidst the pools. Marvel at the waterfalls and take in the vast wilderness 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 and check out some of the local bars.
Day 8-9 San Francisco
Stroll through the city streets and admire the city from atop some of the 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 the city’s most charming districts.
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 California group tour!
After having the best 9 days of your life seeing all that Cali has to offer its now time to go home and relax and get back to normality
Or....speak to our travel designers to tag on another fab trip and keep the fun going!
The Essentials Included......
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 includedOptional activities can be added.
In line skate rental at Venice Beach
Arcade Challenge at Santa Monica
Yosemite Experience- including entrance fees
Bike hire over Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry back from Sausalito