California Explorer

  • $1599
  • 9



From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to the beauty and serenity of Yosemite, you’ll find it all on this California adventure. Experience the magic of Disneyland or go behind the scenes at Universal Studios Hollywood before you head to the beautiful waterfront vistas of Southern California’s most stunning seaside towns. You’ll experience the splendor of Highway 1 as you head north to Yosemite en route to San Francisco. Once in San Francisco, you’ll have the chance to explore the mysteries of Alcatraz, admire the Golden Gate Bridge, or savor the food and wine in Sonoma.

On this smarTours American Road Tour, enjoy the convenience of a thoughtfully planned itinerary and carefully selected accommodations combined with the freedom and flexibility to travel from the comfort of your own car (or rental car)! We’ll have scheduled guided tours along the way to tell you about the rich history and culture of each destination and you’ll share this experience with other like-minded smarTours travelers!


For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours requires all travelers to provide a negative, viral COVID-19 antigen or PCR test issued no more than 3 days prior to departure, documentation of recovery from COVID-19 from your healthcare provider, or proof of full vaccination before leaving the United States.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 1 night Los Angeles
  • 2 nights Cambria
  • 1 night Monterey
  • 2 nights Yosemite
  • 2 nights San Francisco


  • Enjoy the 17-mile Scenic Drive to Monterey
  • Guided visit of Yosemite National Park with lecture by a Park Ranger
  • Comprehensive city tour of San Francisco
  • Scenic cruise on San Francisco Bay (optional)
  • Welcome reception on the rooftop of the Cova Hotel in San Francisco

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • Carefully selected accommodations
  • 10 meals: 8 breakfasts & 2 dinners
  • Thoughtfully planned meet-ups, group meals & excursions
  • Sightseeing tours & entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Local welcome guide
  • Parking at hotels
  • All applicable taxes

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Before you depart, we’ll send you detailed tour information including directions, meeting times, routes, places of interest, recommendations, and more. We look forward to being your trusted guide on this remarkable journey.

We’re also monitoring the situation in these states very closely and will provide additional details about our hygiene and safety guidelines before you depart. These include social distancing practices, optional meet-ups and/or meals, and more.

Arrive in Los Angeles

Today you’ll arrive in beautiful Los Angeles where you will have plenty of time to explore the city. There’s so much to see from the beautiful beaches of Santa Monica and Venice, to the legendary Walk of Fame in Hollywood, not to mention the numerous world-class museums. When you arrive at the hotel, you’ll find a Welcome Desk with a “smarTours” sign and your local Tour Guide will be there to answer any questions you may have.

Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport or similar | Dinner

Los Angeles/Pacific Coast Highway/Malibu/Santa Barbara/Central Coast

You’ll start the day with a drive through stunning Santa Monica and the famous beaches of Malibu. You’ll then continue up the coast to Santa Barbara, a beautiful seaside community with its famous mission and palm-lined walkways. The harbor and wharf areas are great to explore on foot or rent a bike. Further north, the classic beach towns of California’s Central Coast beg to be explored. You’ll spend the night in the heart of California’s Central Coast.

Cambria Pines Lodge Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Central Coast

Today, you’ll enjoy a free day in the beautiful Central Coast. You may choose to enjoy a visit to the historic Hearst Castle, which is about 30 minutes from Cambria. Or you may wish to back track a little and enjoy Pismo Beach, known for its picturesque wineries and many breathtaking beaches.

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Central Coast Highway/Highway 1/Monterey

Today you’ll continue your journey north on Highway 1 which is renowned as one of the most scenic roadways in the U.S. You’ll experience stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Pacific on this 17-Mile Scenic Drive, which passes through the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. On this journey, you’ll visit the quaint village of Carmel and enjoy the charming seaside town of Monterey.

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey Hotel or similar | Breakfast

Monterey/Carmel/Yosemite National Park

Today you’ll continue across California’s agricultural Central Valley before ascending into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You’ll take Highway 49 and travel south through California Gold country following in the footsteps of the thousands of gold seekers during the gold rush of 1849. Today this area’s streams and creeks are still considered some of the best for gold panning enthusiasts. Today’s journey will end when you arrive at Yosemite National Park.

Cedar Lodge or similar | Breakfast

Yosemite National Park

Today you will have a full day to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park. Before you start, you’ll be greeted by a Park ranger who will provide important and fascinating information about the park to help you plan your adventure. Yosemite National Park embraces some of the world’s most spectacular scenery and affords a wonderful collection of waterfalls, meadows and forests, including groves of giant sequoias. You’ll marvel at the sheer granite domes and cliffs that soar thousands of feet up from the valley floor. The massive glacial-shaped rock formations of El Capitan…

Yosemite/San Francisco

Today you’ll say good-bye to Yosemite and head for the City on the Bay. This scenic drive will take you into the heart of San Francisco. This afternoon, a city tour provides a fun and exciting way to get an overview of the city and enables you to truly appreciate many of San Francisco’s most famous sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Union Square, and Fisherman’s Wharf. After your city tour, you may wish to take an optional cruise along the historic waterfront which reveals the city’s spectacular skyline. The remainder of the day is yours to explore the city’s…

San Francisco

Today you have a full day to explore the City by the Bay at your leisure. We recommend you spend time in Fisherman’s Wharf or take a ferry to Sausalito for a unique perspective on the skyline. Also, if you would like to spend time in Wine Country, we suggest a half day in Napa Valley and Sonoma. You may wish to take the Napa Valley Train and enjoy a Gourmet Lunch with 2 visits to local wineries. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell dinner including (1) Glass of Wine at a local restaurant (Transportation on your own).

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Depart San Francisco

Time to say good-bye to California and head home relaxed, refreshed and filled with lasting memories.

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Guided Tour Pricing

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Oct – Nov 2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $749
Mar – May 2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $829

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.