MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM, SOLVANG, WINCHESTER MYSTERY HOUSE, ALCATRAZ, CABLE CARS & JELLY BELLIES
Day 1: Begin the tour travelling westward to Santa Monica. At the world-famous Santa Monica Pier ride the historic 1922 Carousel or the world’s only solar powered ferris wheel. After lunch, enjoy the scenic drive from Santa Monica to Santa Barbara, along Pacific Coast Highway.
Visit the Santa Barbara Mission. Known as the “Queen of the Missions”, the grounds, courtyard and gardens are beautiful and the church stunning.
Arrive in Solvang and check into our accommodations for this evening at the Holiday Inn. Downtown Solvang houses lots of one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants to fill your evening.
Day 2: Enjoy complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Tour the renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. More than 35,000 strange and colorful ocean creatures live inside a former cannery. Sea turtles, hammerhead sharks, and enormous ocean sunfish swim in the million-gallon Open Sea exhibit.
Nearby Cannery Row still retains a scruffy ambiance from the days when sardine factories lined the shore. Watch sea otters, harbor seals and sea lions playing in the kelp forest from the outdoor decks. Shopping and dining options are endless! Take a self-guided historic walking tour.
Tonight’s accommodations are at the Holiday Inn Express, Monterey Bay.
Day 3: Enjoy a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, then depart for San Jose. Visit the famous Winchester Mystery House,the world’s strangest home, containing 160 rooms and costing more than $5,500,000. Unfinished and unfurnished, the house was built by Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Rifle fortune. Curiosities include staircases leading to nowhere and doors in the floor. Pass from completed rooms into incomplete ones, as if the builders lost their place and started anew every day.
By early afternoon arrive in cosmopolitan San Francisco, admire its stunning bay set off in spectacular fashion by the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco is one of the great cities in the world, both interesting and intriguing. Located on a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, the city is very compact, hilly, and scenic, and loaded with world-renowned attractions and activities.
San Francisco accommodations are at the Hotel Zephyr. Settle into the hotel, located adjacent to lively Fisherman’s Wharf. Once home to a fleet of over 400 boats, nowadays Fisherman’s Wharf supplies only a tiny fraction of the fish served in San Francisco restaurants, but a few vintage fishing boats and modern diesel boats still work from here. Fisherman’s Wharf is home to sidewalk seafood vendors, restaurants, souvenir shops and other attractions.
Day 4: Today is unscheduled so you may explore San Francisco. Your tour escort will help you find just the right combination of activities to suit your interests. Ride the cable cars past crooked Lombard Street. Visit Ghirardelli Square or the aquarium, stroll Pier 39, delight in the antics of street entertainers, dine at world-class restaurants, walk the Embarcadero, take a harbor cruise or watch the sunset over the Bay. Discover the city by open-top or hop-on-hop-off bus. Take a scenic ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to the redwoods in Muir Woods and picturesque Sausalito. Do the Chinatown walking tour. The possibilities are endless!
Day 5: Do some time behind bars in Alcatraz, travelling to this island prison by boat. Alcatraz prison wasn’t always a place people wanted to go, but today it’s one of the city’s most popular sights, its mystique pumped up by famous films about the criminals who lived on it or tried to escape from it. An included audio tour lends a sense of life to the abandoned facility.
Day 6: Leaving San Francisco, travel to Fairfield for more sights! Do you like Jelly Belly jelly beans? Step into the factory and smell the aroma of chocolate, peach, cinnamon, or pineapple. Jelly Belly tour guides will show you the real working factory where they cook up over 150 different sweet treats. Learn the secrets to how they create the legendary Jelly Belly jellybean, and discover why it takes more than a week to make a single bean. Sample some jelly bellies and visit the factory store.
Turning southward to begin the return trip, travel through Modesto and Fresno and be wowed by the orchards in bloom. Stops en route highlight the area’s agriculture and food production. Overnight in the Selma area.
Day 7: Homeward bound, we depart and travel east. Enjoy interesting rest and refreshment breaks along the way. The Rio Tinto boron mine never fails to amaze.
This is a moderate activity level tour. Some stairs and/or inclines or uneven ground is present at the destinations. Moderate walking is required, usually at your own pace, and possibly standing in line. Persons of limited mobility should consider the appropriateness of this tour in relation to their physical abilities
Dress in layers. The wind coming off the bay can be harsh, especially at the top of the taller hills or out by the water. The famous fog comes in over the Golden Gate but dissipates leaving a blue sky on most days, but it can still be chilly.
Accommodations at quality hotels. Order of attractions/events subject to change. Three breakfasts included, all other meals no-host.6:00 AM Depart Yuma Foothills 6:30 AM Depart Yuma TWA Office Final Day estimated return 8:00 – 9:00 PM
$1219 pp/do …. escorted tour includes 3 nights hotel accommodation in San Francisco, 3 additional nights accommodation en route and returning from San Francisco, admission to Winchester Mystery House with tour, admission to Monterey Bay Aquarium, transportation to Alcatraz Island Prison and audio tour, tour of Jelly Belly factory, and deluxe motorcoach transportation. $1849 single.
February 25 – March 3 Sunday – Saturday
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