SAN FRANCISCO TO SAN DIEGO
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Day 1: ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO
Arrive San Francisco or Oakland Airport and meet your Western Leisure Guide; depart airport and make a stop for lunch on own; this afternoon, enjoy touring of the San Jose Mission; then visit the Winchester Mystery House, a massive Victorian Mansion with stunning and bizarre architecture; in the evening, arrive at your hotel in San Jose and join the group for a welcome dinner.
Day 2: SANTA CLARA - MONTEREY
This morning, start the day with a tour of Mission Santa Clara de Asis; then travel to Santa Cruz and continue south along the coast on Hwy 1; take a short trip inland to visit Mission San Juan Bautista; return to the coast and continue on to beautiful Carmel by the Sea to enjoy some free time; after lunch, enjoy one of the most spectacular views of the Pacific as you travel along scenic 17 Mile Drive past Pebble Beach; then arrive in Monterey for touring along the wharf including the Monterey Bay Aquarium; after checking into your hotel, join the group for an included dinner and take time to stroll along the beach of Monterey Bay.
DAY 3: BIG SUR - HEARST CASTLE
Depart Monterey and travel south along the pacific coast on Hwy 1; travel through Big Sur and other scenic areas with picture stops along the way; then visit the residence of one of America's truly romantic millionaires, Randolph Hearst and "Hearst Castle"; today, you'll enjoy the art and opulence that only truly fabulous wealth can achieve; explore Hearst Castle, glimpsing its magnificent suites and immaculate grounds; next, continue on past Morro Bay, arrive in the pleasant town of San Luis Obispo for overnight.
DAY 4: SANTA BARBARA - LOS ANGELES
Start the day with a visit to Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa; then continue south to the quaint Dutch community of Solvang; visit Mission Santa Inez, then enjoy free time to explore the wonderful shops and restaurants on your own; depart Solvang and take a short drive to Santa Barbara for a stop at Mission Santa Barbara, considered the Queen of the California Missions; in the later afternoon; arrive Simi Valley for touring of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum; then arrive in the Los Angeles area and check into your hotel for a 3 night stay.
DAY 5: LOS ANGELES
This morning, drive to downtown Los Angeles and attend Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels; then travel south to Orange County and stop at The Block, an outdoor shopping mall for lunch on own; after lunch visit the beautiful Crystal Cathedral for touring; then travel north to experience a quintessential California beach community, Santa Monica; you will have time to stroll along the boardwalk and the Santa Monica Pier, then join the group for dinner with a view of the ocean; return to hotel.
DAY 6: LOS ANGELES
This morning enjoy a half-day tour of Los Angeles & Hollywood. Visit famous sights including The Hollywood Bowl, Sunset Strip, Walk of Fame, Chinese Theater, Kodak Theater, Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills; today lunch will be on own at the Farmer's Market; this afternoon get a behind the scenes view of filmmaking as you tour Warner Brothers Studios; return to the hotel with the rest of the evening free on own.
DAY 7: LOS ANGELES - SAN DIEGO
This morning, depart LA and travel south with a stop at Mission San Juan Capistrano for touring; then arrive San Diego for a city tour including the Gas Lamp District, Horton Plaza and Seaport Village. This afternoon, take a tour of the USS Midway Museum; then check into your hotel with some time to freshen up before a wonderful evening and special dinner at beautiful Hotel Del Coronado.
DAY 8: HOME
Today, continue touring of San Diego with a visit to the very first of the California Missions, Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala; next arrive in historic Old Town with some free time for shopping and lunch on own; in the afternoon continue to Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo; tonight join the group for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant, then transfer to the San Diego Airport for your departure home
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