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California Dreamin



The one that's the ultimate Cali road trip, including the Sonoma Valley, Yosemite & Palm Springs

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  • Duration

    8 days

  • Places

    7 places

  • Meals

    5 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

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  • Group Size

    Maximum 30 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver

San Francisco, Sonoma, Bass Lake, Palm Springs, Santa Monica, Muir Woods, Yosemite National Park

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About this trip

California dreaming? The sunshine state keeps on giving on this unforgettable adventure that brings you all the bucket-list big hitters. Kicking off in the golden city of San Fran, you'll journey to the Sonoma Valley for some wine tasting then hike and bike your way around Yosemite, kick back poolside in Palm Springs and stroll the iconic Santa Monica pier. This sun-drenched road trip will plaster a smile on your face for years to come.

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  • Summer

    Option 1

  • plus Coachella

    Option 2

    This version of the trip is the same total duration, but 1 less night in Sonoma and no overnight stay in Santa Monica, giving you 4 nights in Palm Springs during the Coachella Festival (festival tickets not included)

  • 7 Day

    Option 3

    This version of the trip is one less day, with no overnight stay in Santa Monica.

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DAY 1 - San Francisco to Sonoma via Muir Woods

San Francisco

Welcome to San Fran! We'll meet and greet today in the Golden City before heading somewhere a little more tranquil...

Muir Woods

Is there a more majestic sight in nature than a redwood tree? These giant natural cathedrals - which can be up to 3,000 years old - take the breath away up close. We'll journey into Muir Woods to picnic in their towering shadows, before heading into wine country.


Up for a tipple? Sonoma is a world-class wine-growing region, so touring a winery and taking a tasting is a no brainer. After comparing drops it's time to head to our sweet digs for the night, The Sandman, with its heated pool surrounded by a fence of redwoods. Impressed? You should see what's in store tomorrow.

DAY 2 - Sonoma


Not a bad place to wake up, is it? Known as the valley of the moon, the sweeping, fertile lands of Sonoma are ours to explore today. Lucky us. So, what adventure will we choose? We could hire some bikes and explore the 13,000 acres of parkland, soar through the skies on a hot air balloon, or zipline through the forests. As the evening draws in, why not opt for a tasty dinner paired with local wines?

DAY 3 - Sonoma to Bass Lake


Rise and shine - we're headed out of wine country and into what can only be described as a mountain paradise. 

Bass Lake

This afternoon you’ll become enamored with the tranquility of Bass Lake. You could opt to stand up paddleboard or kayak on the sparkling waters. Later on, kick back and enjoy the view from the chalet deck - it is nothing short of spectacular. Take a dip in the pool, warm up in the jacuzzi and breathe in the fresh mountain air.

DAY 4 - Bass Lake via Yosemite

Bass Lake

Thought the scenery couldn't get any more spectacular? Think again.

Yosemite National Park

We're headed to the most iconic National Park in the world: Yosemite. Here, amongst the towering sequoias, cascading waterfalls and winding trails we'll fall in love over and over again. Hike, bike or invest in some shinrin-yoku time (forest bathing), before heading to the iconic Yosemite Falls. Mother nature has never looked so good, and our eyes have never been wider.

DAY 5 - Bass Lake to Palm Springs

Bass Lake

Full drive day with the idyllic Palm Springs as your reward. Travel through the San Joaquin Valley, the source of a large amount of the agriculture for the world's 7th largest economy - the state of California.

Palm Springs

DAY 6 - Palm Springs

Palm Springs

The day is ours to check out Palm Springs! First up though is yoga by the pool and brunch to follow. Feeling energised and ready for the day, we could stroll the streets checking out the chic boutiques, opt to take the Palm Springs Aerial Cable Car or maybe just hang poolside and soak up some sun. Between the pool clubs, DJs and quirky bars, the heat will be on tonight. It's party time.

DAY 7 - Palm Springs to Santa Monica

Palm Springs

This morning we'll make our way towards LA and your final destination, Santa Monica. You'll arrive mid-afternoon for some activities by the beach, or take some time to explore Santa Monica Pier and the end point of famous Route 66. Tonight is a final dinner together at True Food Kitchen for some proper Cali vibes, before a night checking out Third Street Promenade.

Santa Monica

DAY 8 - Depart Santa Monica

Santa Monica

Time to say goodbye to your crew. It's been a blast, but all good things must come to an end. With our sun-kissed skin and eyes on the next horizon, it's time to plan our next Contiki. Peru, anyone?

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    The Pines Resort

    Bass Lake, United States

    Framed by the stunning alpine vistas of the Sierra National Forest, this mountain lodge sits right on the shores of Bass Lake

    2 nights

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    The Saguaro Hotel

    Palm Springs, United States

    This sun-soaked resort is bursting with colour and beach party vibes. Sip a cocktail at the pool bar, do yoga on the lawns or grab some Mexican Street Food at the on-site restaurant. The best bit? For every room booked at the Saguaro a donation is made to a youth LGBTQ charity

    2 nights

  • 7 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

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