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Tailor Made California: A Taste of Wine Country
Days: 7 | From: $10,395
Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
Day 1: Arrive San Francisco, California
Arrive in San Francisco, where you are met by your driver-guide and transferred to your luxurious, enchanting accommodations in Napa Valley.
Day 2: Napa Valley | Wine Lover’s Paradise
After a leisurely breakfast, set out with a local driver-guide, for a tour through northern California wine country. Over the next several hours, visit three carefully selected, off-the-beaten-track wineries usually not open to the public, and enjoy lunch. Meet and talk to a proprietor or winemaker and experience the kind of unique access not available to the public at large, such as a barrel tasting and a visit to a cave where wine is aged.
Auberge du Soleil | Meals: B L
Day 3: Carmel Valley | Your Serene, Secluded Retreat
After a morning at leisure, begin your journey down the California coast, pausing for pictures and a stroll through Monterey before driving the famous 12-mile road through Pebble Beach to your serene, intimate accommodations in the highlands of Carmel Valley.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa | Meals: B
Day 4: Carmel Valley | Local Food & Wine Tastings
Enjoy breakfast before setting out to the charming, European-style town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, where Clint Eastwood once served as mayor and the houses have no street addresses. Meet a local food guide with whom you wander the streets and partake in a series of unique tastings of local culinary specialties paired with delicious wines. Return to your accommodations for an afternoon at leisure.
Bernardus Lodge & Spa | Meals: B L
Day 5: Santa Barbara | Sailing the Harbor at Sunset
After breakfast, join your driver-guide on a scenic journey along the incredible California Coast to Santa Barbara, with the option to stop for lunch at a fine seafood restaurant along the way. On arrival, check in to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax and freshen up. This evening, embark on a 28-foot sailboat for a cruise along the Santa Barbara coastline, keeping an eye out for dolphins or whales, as the golden sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Disembark and return to your hotel or consider a dinner at leisure at one of the fine local restaurants along the harbor. Your driver brings you back to the hotel when you’ve finished.
Belmond El Encanto | Meals: B
Day 6: Santa Barbara | Farm-to-Table Picnic Lunch
After breakfast, you are chauffeured by your driver-guide to Solvang, a quaint village in the Santa Ynez Valley where residents preserve and celebrate their Danish heritage. On arrival, join a local guide and get fitted for a bicycle. Then, set out on a leisurely bike ride through the nearby rolling countryside, among the picturesque vineyards of Santa Barbara. Time permitting, stop in Los Olivos for a complimentary olive-oil tasting and at a lovely lavender farm to learn the process of pressing lavender into oil. After a gourmet, farm-to-table picnic lunch and wine tasting, enjoy a leisurely pedal back to lively Solvang, where your local guide points you to the best sights and shops. Afterward, return to your hotel, chauffeured by your driver-guide. This evening, explore Santa Barbara at your leisure.
Belmond El Encanto | Meals: B L
Day 7: Depart Los Angeles
In the morning, privately transfer to Los Angeles airport and depart or begin a two-night extension in glamorous Los Angeles.
Enhance Your Journey
Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.
Alternate hotels and room upgrades are available for this journey.
Make this Journey a Self-Driving Adventure
If you'd prefer added privacy and flexibility as you travel, drive a GPS-equipped luxury rental car throughout this journey. Just ask, and A&K will have it waiting for you at your first hotel, ready for you to drive off in style and explore at your own pace.
Lift Off in Style on a Private Hot Air Balloon Ride
Rise early for a private hot air balloon adventure over the splendid Napa Valley, gliding above the corridors of grapevines and between the rolling hills.