California Family Experience

Price

$3,105/Group of 4 for 5 NIGHTS

Yosemite
Brilliant sunshine, coastal sceneries, boundless open country, rolling hills, and pristine beaches make this journey the ultimate California vacation. We will take you to towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys, unveiling Yosemite, "Land of the Gods". This family-oriented package will begin and end with visits to two of the most popular amusement parks in the country, Disneyland ''The Happiest Place on Earth" and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Summary

Los Angeles International Airport is the primary airport serving the Greater Los Angeles Area, the second-most populated metropolitan area in the United States. The airport is sixteen miles south of downtown Los Angeles, in the neighborhood of Westchester.

The most populous city in the U.S. state of California, Los Angeles is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles includes Hollywood and leads the world in the creation of television productions, video games, and recorded music; it is also one of the leaders in motion picture production. Additionally, Los Angeles hosted the Summer Olympic Games in 1932 and 1984.

The leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area. Today, San Francisco is ranked 44th of the top tourist destinations in the world and is the sixth most visited one in the United States in 2011. The city is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former prison on Alcatraz Island, and its Chinatown district. It is also a primary banking and finance center.

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY #1

MEET & GREET AT LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LAX)
CHECK-IN AT HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL – FULLERTON (2 NIGHTS)

DAY #2

DISNEYLAND

DAY #3

ROAD TRIP – SANTA BARBARA
ROAD TRIP – SOLVANG
CHECK-IN AT CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL – SAN FRANCISCO (2 NIGHTS)

DAY #4

SAN FRANCISCO CITY TOUR

DAY #5

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - WORLD HERITAGE SITE
CHECK-IN AT HOWARD JOHNSON HOTEL – FULLERTON (1 NIGHT)

DAY #6

LOS ANGELES CITY TOUR
UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD
TRANSFER TO LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LAX)

Activities

Disneyland has a larger cumulative attendance than any other theme park in the world, with over 650 million guests since it opened, making it the second most visited park in the world that calendar year. There are eight major areas. A ride on a "steam locomotive" on Main Street U.S.A and monorail trolley takes one back to the simple life in early American towns; in Tomorrow land, high-speed spinning flying vehicles carry you into the galaxies of the universe; New Orleans square recreates enchanting scenes of new Orleans in yesteryear Louisiana; Adventure land features primeval forests and swamps; the "Indiana Jones Adventure" train is a favorite with visitors; in Mickey's Town you can chat with Mickey and Minnie; in Frontier land, river boats and mine wagons give you an idea of the ardors of the former Wild West; a small raft will take you to Tom Sawyer's island; in Fantasy land you can pose for picture with Snow White, Donald Duck, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and other favorite Disney characters, or soar through the skies with peter Pan, or wander through Wonderland hand-in -hand with Alice. The newly completed "Tomorrow land" draws even more tourists who enjoy themselves so much they can hardly tear themselves away.

Visit Stanford University which is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. It was built in 1891 by the railroad tycoons – Leland Stanford. The quiet campus is the home to a rich collection of historical and contemporary buildings as well as various plants and works of art. It covers an area of 35 square kilometers. It is the second largest university in the U.S. Afterwards, you will cross the Bay Bridge to the enchanting San Francisco and explore the magnitude of Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman Wharf, Lombard Street, Palace of Fine Arts and more. You may take a bay cruise at your own cost and sail through the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge, pass by the Alcatraz Island, Angel Island and Treasure Island, and enjoy the view of east bay and the skyline of San Francisco. You will be enlightened by the fresh sea breeze and the beautiful ocean. You will join the extensive San Francisco tour which will cover St. Mary Cathedral – the principal catholic church of San Francisco, Twin Peaks, the Civic Center and Castro District – "the gay capital of the world", Painted Ladies and city hall of San Francisco.

California's best-known Yosemite National Park, one of the wonders of Nature and World Heritage Site. Yosemite is located near the geographical center of the Nevada mountain range. Towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys give Yosemite all the aspects of a "land of the gods". Giant trees, water gushing from the mountains, huge rocks and cliffs carved to create a land of fantasy. There is little doubt that water – in both its liquid and solid form – was the chief architect of Yosemite's landscapes. Here you will see the biggest granite rock in the world-El Captain, the fifth waterfall in the world-Yosemite Waterfall, and Half Dome at the Tunnel View Point.

The first stop is the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was built in 1958 by California's artist Oliver Weissmuller. It consists of more than 2,400 five-pointed stars embedded in the sidewalks. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry. Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles, starting from Grauman's Chinese Theatre where the Oscar ceremony was held from 1944 to 1946. The Oscar ceremony has changed to be holding in Kodak Theatre (which is next to Chinese Theatre) since 2001. In fact, this is the home for many movie premieres.

The Universal Studio, is located in Hollywood, capital of the American film industry, occupies an entire hill and covers 525 acres, 485 of which are in actual use. It comprises 48 film studios, of which 32 are devoted to shooting films. Universal Studio City is the biggest film and TV producer in the world. The tour takes visitors through thrilling cinematic spectacles, such as bridge-crushing snow avalanches, exploding mountain torrents, giant white sharks, a roaring effigy of King Kong, and so forth. Virtual reality mock -ups from the films "Back to the Future", "Jurassic Park", and "Aliens" are excruciatingly life-like, And awe-inspiring are the nerve-shattering special effects in "Water World" and "Wild West", and in the stereoscopic films "Terminator 2 3D" and "4D." The fun is accentuated by song- and dance performances and animal show as well as humorous and comic children's programs.

Tour Highlights

  • 100% GUIDED TOUR
  • LUXURY EXCURSION ALONG THE BEAUTIFUL PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY
  • ADMIRE THE EFFECTS OF GLACIAL EROSION OF GRANITIC BEDROCK
  • ADMISSION TO CALIFORNIA THEME PARKS
  • VISIT BEAUTIFUL CITY OF SAN FRANCISCO AND ITS MOST FAMOUS LANDMARKS

Lodging

Howard Johnson Hotel - Fullerton

Modern and tastefully decorated from the lobby to your comfortable room, our hotel in Fullerton, keeps you happy in Southern California, and our multilingual staff is happy to help you get acquainted with the area. Enjoy a swim in our outdoor pool. Your in-room amenities include a work desk and free Wi-Fi Internet access. Adjoining rooms for families, as well as handicapped-accessible and non-smoking rooms. Free hot buffet breakfast before heading out. 1 Family Room Sleeps 4.

Crowne Plaza Union City Hotel - San Francisco

This six-story hotel is anchored by a gleaming lobby and beautiful landscaping. Its 268 rooms come with free Wi-Fi, triple-sheeted bedding, coffeemakers, cable TV and "sleep care" goodie bags. On-site restaurant, business center, piano bar, fitness center and an outdoor seasonal pool are available. 1 Family Room Sleeps 4.

Transportation

Luxury coach transport service offers a safe, convenient, and flexible way to travel anywhere within The United States. Each bus is equipped with an on board restroom, airline style seating and foot rests to ensure the most comfortable tour. Our coaches are also equipped with televisions. Your professional driver/guide will provide live narration en route to all of our destinations, while you sit back and relax in true luxury on board our state-of-the-art luxury buses. Double Decker Buses may be substituted for single decker buses depending on tour volume and availability.

Not Included

  • MEALS (U.N.O.)
  • INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE
  • GRATUITIES
  • HOTEL EXTRAS

What to Bring

  • Binoculars, preferably 7x35 or bigger
  • Camera with extra batteries & film
  • Money in small denominations
  • Toiletries & personal medications
  • Hat, Day pack / dry sack

What to Expect

  • Day tour guide: US$10.00 per person/day
  • Transfer driver: US$2.00 per person
  • Tour driver: US$5.00 per person/day
  • Hotel bellman: US$1.00 per person per suitcase
  • International airport bellmen (red caps): US$1.00 per piece of suitcase
  • Prices and itineraries are correct at the time of printing, however they are subject to change due to tidal/weather or local conditions, availabilities or factors beyond our control.
  • Weight restrictions apply to luggage in domestic flights as follows: each passenger is allowed 1 bag of up to 25 lbs. (11 kg) per person. Carry-on luggage is limited to 10 lbs. passenger (4.5 kg).
  • Passengers are responsible for excess baggage fees and are subject to US$1.00 per extra pound and only allowed depending on flight occupancy.
  • Travel protection is the unique combination of insurance benefits and assistance services specifically designed to help protect travelers.
  • Coverage benefits can include Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical/Dental Coverage, Emergency Medical Transportation, Travel Delay, Baggage Delay, Baggage Coverage, and Accidental Death.
  • Travel protection insures your prepaid and nonrefundable tickets, accommodations and other travel expenses, in case you miss your trip for a covered reason.
  • There are many covered reasons for cancelling a trip; however, the most common is an injury or illness. For example, a family is planning a summer vacation and a week before the trip, a close relative is admitted to the hospital with a life-threatening illness. The family could file a claim for any prepaid, nonrefundable expenses or other costs associated with a change or cancellation of their vacation plans.
  • While you can buy travel insurance up until the day before you depart, we recommend you purchase as early as possible to receive the maximum benefits if you have to cancel your travel arrangements for a covered reason.
  • Travel protection policy coverage generally starts at 12:01 A.M. on the day the scheduled trip begins. Therefore, travel protection cannot be purchased after that time.
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