California Explorer – Self Drive Tour - 12 Days

California Explorer – Self Drive Tour

Explorer the Golden State of California on this California Explorer.

12 Nights | Classic Luxury Holidays

Monterey • Yosemite National Park • San Francisco

From the Pacific Ocean to the valleys and mountains with its national parks, wine regions, gorgeous coastal communities and dynamic cities, there is no better place for a road-trip.

On this trip, you’ll play golf on one of five golf courses, including Spyglass Hill Golf and Pebble Beach Golf Links. Head to the wine lands of Napa, explore Yosemite National Park and visit San Francisco.

Overview

Monterey • Yosemite National Park • San Francisco

Highlights

  • Spyglass Hill Golf and Pebble Beach Golf
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Napa Valley Tour
  • Alcatraz
  • 2-day Hop-on-Hop-off pass in San Francisco
  • Golden Gate cruise

Accommodation

Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, Monterey

The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach

Yosemite View Lodge, Yosemite Naional Park

Kimpton Alton Hotel Fishermam’s Wharf, San Francisco

Pebble Beach Golf Links

Pebble Beach has been rated the greatest public golf course in America by Golf Digest since its rankings came out in 2003. It hosted its sixth U.S. Open in 2019, and will stage its first U.S. Women’s Open in 2023.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Rating: 75.1
  • Slope: 145
  • Yardage: 6,828

Spyglass Hill Golf

Spyglass Hill is Pine Valley-by-the-Sea meets Augusta National.

  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Rating: 75.1
  • Slope: 145
  • Yardage: 6,960

Itinerary

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Today, you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival in San Francisco, you will collect your hire car and then make your way to your hotel for an overnight stay. The rest of the evening is free for you to relax after your journey.

Day 2 :
Monterey

Today, you will drive to The Inn at Spanish Bay – Pebble Beach for your golf experience.

Today you will play 18 Holes at Pebble Beach Links.

Breakfast
Day 3 :
Monterey

Continue your stay at The Inn at Spanish Bay – Pebble Beach.

Today you will play 18 Holes at Spyglass Hill Golf.

Breakfast

Make your own way with your rental car to Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal. You’ll drive for approximately four hours to the Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival at your hotel, which is 9 minutes by foot from the park, the afternoon and evening are free to explore the park’s many walking trails while looking out for wildlife such as bobcats, monk deer and bald eagles.

Enjoy a full day exploring the iconic mountain scenery of Yosemite National Park.

There are many viewpoints around Yosemite National Park, such as Glacier Point, some would say, is the most spectacular viewpoint anywhere. Most people agree that its views of the high country and breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley, including Half Dome and three waterfalls, are the most spectacular in the park. Washburn Point, just south of Glacier Point, has similar views, though the views of Vernal and Nevada Fall are better. The road to Glacier Point is usually open late May or early June to sometime in November, though some people prefer to ski there in the winter.

There are a number of activities available, including hiking, climbing and mountain biking. We recommend taking a guided walk to learn more about the park’s geology, wildlife and history.

Make your own way with your rental car to San Francisco. You’ll drive for approximately five hours crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge. Upon arrival at your hotel, which is equal parts hip local haunt and relaxing respite for savvy travelers, why not spend the afternoon exploring some of the city’s attractions, perhaps taking a stroll or a bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge or visiting the resident sea lions on Pier 39.

Breakfast

Today enjoy a Napa Valley Tour by Private Car from San Francisco

  • Enjoy a private tour of Napa Valley by car
  • Decide which wineries you’d like to visit or let the tour operator create an itinerary for you
  • Tour 3 or 4 Napa or Sonoma wineries and taste fine wines
  • Stop for lunch in Sonoma, Santa Helena, or Yountville

Breakfast

Today you will visit Alcatraz!

  • Alcatraz Island Tour
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on an open-top bus
  • Enjoy 2 days hop on hop off access to the Official City Tour
  • Magnificent views during the San Francisco Night Tour

Breakfast

Continue your exploring with the 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Pass.

  • Alcatraz Island Tour
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge on an open-top bus
  • Enjoy 2 days hop on hop off access to the Official City Tour
  • Magnificent views during the San Francisco Night Tour

Breakfast

You have a full day today to explore the great city of San Francisco. Visit vibrant Chinatown, relax in Golden Gate Park or take a tram through the city’s steep streets, enjoy a seafood lunch at Fisherman’s Wharf.

Breakfast

Today you will enjoy a San Francisco Bay Cruise.

  • See Alcatraz Island up close from the water
  • Learn about San Francisco
  • Amazing San Francisco skyline
  • Sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Breakfast

There’s time today for any last-minute shopping and sight-seeing before you head to the airport in time to return your hire car and board your flight home.

Breakfast

What is included?

  • Flights
  • Car Hire
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Excursions as per Itinerary

What is not included?

  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance
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  1. San Francisco
    Grant Kingston
    from United Kingdom (UK)
    1st June 2022
    Now that we have recovered from the flight home and had time to look at our photos etc, we just wanted to drop you a quick line to thank you for arranging an amazing holiday for us. Obviously this was not the most straightforward of trips, and plenty of potential for things to go wrong! I am pleased to say that thanks to your usual attention to detail everything went like clockwork. The hired car was excellent and gave us a great way to see the many sights we had booked. Golf and the accommodation at Pebble Beach was unbelievable, a real bucket list ticked off! We then went on the lodge you booked at Yosemite and were really happy with the stunning river views we had compared to some other rooms with no view. For our last 7 days, the hotel in San Francisco was in a perfect location at Fisherman’s Wharf for us to get around very easily and visit the many restaurants in the area. The Alcatraz trip, Golden Gate cruise, Nappa Valley wine tasting and Muir Woods trips were also amazing and truly memorable experiences. Thanks again and we look forward to planning our next 2023 adventure with you soon!
    Date of Experience: May, 2022

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California Explorer – Self Drive Tour

Trip Facts

  • As Per Itinerary
  • Hotels
  • Hire Car
  • Golf
  • Guided & Self Guided excursions