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California Dreamin

(San Fran to Santa Monica)

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

8 Days
8 places

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

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Travel Style

In-Depth Explorer

Group Size

Maximum 30 people

Transport Style



  • Picnic lunch in Muir Woods
  • Hot Air Ballooning in Sonoma
  • Bike rental in Sonoma
  • Only $200 deposit to book
  • Pay over time, interest free
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  • No booking fee, no change fees
  • Financing available with UpLift

What's included?

7 nights accommodation

5 nights in Hotel, 2 nights in Contiki Special Stay

As well as comfy and conveniently located hotels, we've got some sweet digs lined up for you. How does a summer camp resort on the fringes of Bass Lake and a pool party hub in Palm Springs sound?

7 Meals

1 Lunch, 5 Breakfast, 1 Dinner


Expert Trip Manager, Driver

A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life. An expert driver who knows foreign roads better than Google Maps. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.


All transport included during the trip

Included in your trip is transport on our fleet of comfy, private coaches. They're kitted out with all the necessities: Air Con and a rocking sound system. You bring the other essentials, like tunes, friendships and stories from the night before.


11 included, 7 optional that you can add


  • Take a picnic lunch in the shadow of a Redwood in Muir Woods
  • Go wine tasting in the sweeping Sonoma Valley
  • Hot air ballooning in the Sonoma Valley *
  • Go ziplining across the Redwood trees in the Sonoma Valley *
  • pair west coast wines with their food matches in the sweeping Sonoma Valley *
  • Hike in Yosemite National Park
  • Afternoon pool party with DJ in Palm Springs (seasonal)
  • Palm Springs Cable Car *
  • Yoga by the pool in Palm Springs
  • Enjoy a classic American brunch in Palm Springs
  • Parasailing in Santa Monica *
  • Surf lesson on Santa Monica Beach *

* This experience is a Free Time Add-on and not included in the trip price

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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California Dreamin (San Fran to Santa Monica)

11 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Picnic lunch in Muir Woods
  • Stand up paddleboarding on Bass Lake
  • Kayaking on Bass Lake
  • Entry to Yosemite National Park
  • Yosemite base camp orientation
  • Yosemite park shuttle
  • Yoga by the pool in Palm Springs
  • Afternoon pool party with DJ (seasonal)
  • Included Brunch in Santa Monica
  • See El Matador State Beach in Malibu
  • Dinner at True Food Kitchen Santa Monica

7 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Sonoma
  • Bike rental in Sonoma
  • Forest Flight Tour Ziplining in Sonoma
  • Food & wine pairing dinner in Sonoma
  • Palm Springs Cable Car
  • Parasailing in Santa Monica
  • Surf Lesson in Santa Monica


Nights spent per location

  1. San Francisco

  2. via via

    Muir Woods

  3. 2 2 nights


  4. 1 1 night

    Bass Lake

  5. 1 1 night

    Yosemite National Park

  6. 2 2 nights

    Palm Springs

  7. 1 1 night

    Santa Monica


What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter the USA and Canada on your trip. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your trip. You can find more info at Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa and other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs and quarantine regulations) do change regularly.

Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry and deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they only intend to stay for a short period. Important to consider:

• Visas can take up to six weeks and a fee is normally charged
• Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of
your trip and will result in you incurring considerable expense and
• It is better for you to apply for all visas before you leave home
• It is essential that the entry and exit dates are correct on the visa

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our American trips you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73 x 50 x 25 cm (or 29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20 kg (44 lbs) & one piece of hand luggage.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. Their passion for getting you in the know on every single detail of America is what makes our travellers walk away from their experience knowing that they made every moment count. Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Your Drivers are the experts on getting you from A to B efficiently and safely in North America. They know their way around like the back of their hands & they’ll drop you at your door & unload your bags for you. Local guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

Aside from essentials like flights, how much spending money you’ll need will depend on the duration of the trip and how much you anticipate spending on personal expenses like alcohol or shopping. Before you travel, it’s also a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
- Cost of a local lunch
- Cost of a local dinner
- Cost of a bottle of water
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
Tipping is customary in North America. It is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry, & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. It’s common practice to tip if you feel that the service provided has been excellent.
The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that your Trip Manager & Driver’s service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them if you feel they’ve done a great job. If you choose to tip, we recommend around US$3 per person per day, however whether or not you choose to tip (& how much) is up to you.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

We love WiFi, and keeping your accounts updated as you travel is key! The hotels all have WiFi where you can access your email to let your friends & family know you have arrived safely in Los Angeles, or email after your trip with all your stories.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. In the USA & Canada we have programmes such as our Wheels For Change program, FareStart’s flagship restaurant in Seattle, and the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot in Toronto. To find out more about our conscious travel experiences in North America, visit


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