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Southern California Dreaming

When the skies are gray and sunshine is scarce, join us for a warm California getaway! Begin in sunny San Diego touring the city, visiting the USS Midway Museum, and taking a fun ferry ride across the San Diego Bay. Arrive in Palm Springs where we learn how the rich and famous turned this desert oasis into a playground for the stars, and visit the rugged and cactus-speckled landscapes of Joshua Tree National Park. Learn about the Franciscan friars and pioneers at Old Mission Santa Barbara and enjoy time at leisure to take in its jaw-dropping scenery. Later we feel the splendor of Hollywood on a Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour, and visit Hollywood Boulevard with time to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, see the Dolby and TLC Chinese Theaters, and the iconic Hollywood sign.

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Day 1 : Fly to California

We begin our adventure with a relaxing flight to sunny southern California and check-in to our accommodations in San Diego.

Day 2 : San Diego

A local guide joins us to explore the city. We drive by Petco Park, the home of the Padres baseball club, tour San Diego’s distinct neighborhoods, and visit the historic Gaslamp Quarter.

An included lunch at Peohe’s Restaurant on Coronado Island features a tropical interior with waterfalls and breathtaking views.

Following lunch, we board a ferry for a delightful crossing of the San Diego Bay.

Next we visit the USS Midway Museum. Spend time exploring this floating city and learn about the 225,000 sailors who have served on this vessel through the 60+ exhibits that bring the ship’s history to life.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 : Palm Springs

Enjoy a delicious included breakfast at the hotel before departing for Palm Springs.

Upon arrival, have lunch at “Palm Springs’ hippest restaurant,” Lulu California Bistro. You’ll love its stylish interior and delightful cuisine.

Next, explore the greater Palm Springs area with a local guide. During our tour we’re introduced to native geology, desert wildlife, and the role wind energy plays in this community. Discover how indigenous peoples and early settlers thrived on this desert floor, how the rich and famous transformed Palm Springs into a playground for the stars, and how this area became a home for aficionados of modern architecture.

We check-in to our Palm Springs hotel with the remainder of the evening at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Joshua Tree National Park

Today we visit Joshua Tree National Park. This unique park preserves nearly 1000 square miles of gnarled Joshua Trees which have adapted to the harsh desert climate. Watch for wildlife and migrant birds. Keys View lookout provides panoramic views of the Coachella Valley. On a clear day you may be able to see beyond the Salton Sea to Signal Mountain in Mexico.


Day 5 : Surf City

Tour the elegant Huntington estate in San Marino, now a library with botanical gardens and collections of fine art on display. This Georgian mansion was once the home of California railroad tycoon Henry Edwards Huntington, who was also a collector of 18th-century British portraits. Today the estate features over seven million items including 400,000 rare books and manuscripts from famous authors throughout history, photographs, prints, a hall of rotating exhibits, and much more.

Next we travel to Santa Barbara, popularly known as the "American Riviera" thanks to its Mediterranean-like climate. We check-in to our hotel and then depart for tonight’s included dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 : Santa Barbara

Take in a guided tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara where we’ll learn about Franciscan friars and California’s Mission system. Explore the Sacred Garden, cemetery, church, and museum with artifacts and interpretive displays. See heirloom and historic plants that once grew during the Mission era at La Huerta Garden.

Break for lunch at the Santa Barbara Public Market. Located in the city’s vibrant performing and cultural arts district, this colorful marketplace is home to a wide range of local food vendors and other merchants in a friendly, spacious atmosphere.

The rest of the day is ours to enjoy at leisure. Stroll scenic Stearns Wharf, visit the Santa Barbara Zoo, the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, or simply relax at our comfortable hotel.


Day 7 : Los Angeles

We arrive in Los Angeles and have lunch at the LA Farmers Market. Active since 1934, this marketplace has more than 100 shops and eateries to explore with plenty of outdoor seating.

Afternoon finds us at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Discover over 250 vehicles and learn about the automobile's impact on life and culture around the world, noting the importance of the automobile in Southern California with its expansive, sprawling highway system.

Later, we check-in to our Los Angeles hotel for a two-night stay.


Day 8 : Hollywood

Enjoy a Warner Brothers Studio VIP tour by tram with an expert guide as we go "behind the lens" visiting film sets and working soundstages on the studio lot. The tour continues with an immersive look at how the magic of Hollywood is made at Stage 48: Script to Screen. Here you can lounge on the Friends set couch, build your own costume at the interactive design station, or view authentic headshots and audition reels on the high-definition touch screen casting table.

This afternoon, explore Hollywood Boulevard with time to stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame and see the TCL Chinese Theater, the Dolby Theater, and the Hollywood Sign.

Tonight we gather for a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner, the perfect ending to our fabulous vacation.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 : Fly Home

We fly home from Los Angeles with special memories of our time in California.

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All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay Downtown
  • 2 nights at the Hilton Palm Springs
  • 2 nights at the Hotel Santa Barbara
  • 2 nights at the Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach in the Los Angeles area

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Diego city tour
  • Coronado ferry crossing
  • USS Midway Museum
  • Palm Springs city tour
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
  • Old Mission Santa Barbara guided tour
  • Santa Barbara Public Market
  • Leisure time in Santa Barbara
  • LA Farmers Market
  • The Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Warner Brothers VIP Studio tour
  • Hollywood Boulevard featuring the Hollywood Walk of Fame

11 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at Peohe’s Restaurant on Coronado Island
  • Lunch at Lulu California Bistro in Palm Springs
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Los Angeles

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Birmingham - Birmingham Municipal Airport

Fayetteville/Bentonville - Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport

Little Rock - Little Rock National Airport

Phoenix - Sky Harbor International Airport

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Orange County - John Wayne Airport

San Diego - San Diego International Airport

San Francisco - San Francisco International Airport

Denver - Denver International Airport

Hartford - Bradley International Airport

Washington - Ronald Reagan National Airport

Washington - Washington Dulles International

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Tampa - Tampa International Airport

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Atlanta - Hartsfield International Airport

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Fort Wayne - Fort Wayne International Airport

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Lexington - Blue Grass Field Airport

Louisville - Louisville International Airport

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Lafayette - Lafayette Regional Airport

New Orleans - New Orleans International Airport

Shreveport - Shreveport Regional Airport

Boston - Logan International Airport

Baltimore - Baltimore Washington International

Detroit - Wayne County Airport

Grand Rapids - Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Kalamazoo - Kalamazoo-Battle Creek Airport

Lansing - Capital Region International Airport

Saginaw - MBS International Airport

Duluth - Duluth International Airport

Minneapolis - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Rochester - Rochester International Airport

Kansas City - Kansas City International Airport

Springfield - Springfield-Branson National Airport

St Louis - Lambert St. Louis International Airport

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Jackson - Jackson International Airport

Billings - Billings Logan International Airport

Bozeman - Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport

Missoula - Missoula County Airport

Charlotte - Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Greensboro - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Raleigh - Raleigh-Durham International Airport

Bismarck - Bismarck Airport

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Oklahoma City - Will Rogers World Airport

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Harrisburg - Harrisburg International Airport

Philadelphia - Philadelphia International Airport

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Memphis - Memphis International Airport

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Austin - Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Dallas - Dallas/Ft Worth International

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Green Bay - Austin Straubel International Airport

Hudson - Groome Transportation

La Crosse - Groome Transportation

Madison - Dane County Regional Airport

Menomonie - Groome Transportation

Milwaukee - Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport

Mosinee - Central Wisconsin Airport

Charleston - Yeager Airport

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