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27 To book or for more information, visit insightvacations.com, call 1800 001 777, or speak to your local Travel Agent. A journey of contrasts through lively and glamorous cities like San Francisco and LA with the rugged, peaceful beauty of the iconic National Parks of the West. DAY 1 SAN FRANCISCO, THE CITY BY THE BAY. Welcome to California. On arrival at San Francisco International Airport, your transfer will take you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner with wine. (DW) Hotel: Westin St Francis, San Francisco. DAY 2 EXPLORING SAN FRANCISCO. Spend the morning with your Tour Director, taking in the sightsof the city, immersed in the bustling activity in Union Square and beautiful Golden Gate Park. (FB) DAY 3 HAIGHT-ASHBURY AND A TASTE OF WINE COUNTRY. Join your Local Expert, a former hippie, for a walking tour of Haight-Ashbury for a flashback to the Flower Power era. Enter California wine country, walk through vineyards and enjoy a private tasting. In the evening, you are treated to a Highlight Dinner with local wine, overlooking the Sonoma Plaza. (FB,DW) Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa. D DAY 4 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Travel through California's Gold Country and into the Sierra Nevada Mountains, to Yosemite National Park. Explore the valley floor with its spectacular waterfalls, the imposing rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome, and abundant wildlife. At night, make the most of your hotel being located inside the park and close to North America's highest waterfall. (FB) Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge. DAY 5 MONTEREY, THE CRADLE OF HISTORY. Drive down the Sierras and through the fertile San Joaquin Valley. As you arrive in Carmel-by- the-Sea, browse the art galleries and shops on Ocean Avenue, before a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along scenic 17-Mile Drive, before arriving in charming Monterey. For your dining pleasure, you have a spectacular selection of local restaurants to choose from during your Dine-Around Evening with wine. (FB,DW) Hotel: Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. DAY 6 HEARST CASTLE AND THE AMERICAN RIVIERA. Head south to La Cuesta Encantada 'The Enchanted Hill', high above the ocean at San Simeon, for a guided tour of Hearst Castle, the grandiose estate of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst. Continue south to the resort town of Santa Barbara, often billed as the 'American Riviera', before relaxing at your beachfront hotel. (FB) Hotel: The Fess Parker - A Doubletree by Hilton Resort, Santa Barbara (Ocean View Rooms). DAY 7 SANTA MONICA AND THE CITY OF ANGELS. Visit the beautiful Mission Santa Barbara and learn about the chain of 21 missions along California's El Camino Real. Then journey along spectacular Santa Monica Bay, passing through glamorous Malibu on your way to Santa Monica. Take a Local Expert led tour of the famous Santa Monica Pier. Continue on to your luxurious LA hotel, the city's one-of-a-kind entertainment destination. (FB) Hotel: JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. GRAND TOUR OF AMERICA'S WEST Join a Local Expert at the magnificent Grand Canyon

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