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.
Arrive San Francisco, California
Arrive in San Francisco, where your driver-guide meets you and transfers you to your hotel. Check in and then begin your California adventure, boarding a hybrid ferry to Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of its infamous prison-turned-museum. Nicknamed “The Rock,” Alcatraz once held a rogue’s gallery of notorious criminals, including Prohibition-era kingpin Al Capone and Robert Stroud, better known as “the Birdman of Alcatraz.” Enjoy views of the city skyline from a hilltop on the island, and note the lively bird species — gulls, herons, cormorant, egrets — that populate the skies above its craggy terrain. Then, head inside the penitentiary’s long-deserted cellblock and wander past former cells, the cafeteria and the guard’s office, guided by expert audio narration. Later, ferry back to San Francisco for an evening at leisure.
San Francisco | Biking Across the Golden Gate
After a leisurely breakfast, your driver-guide chauffeurs you to a bicycle shop, where you are fitted for bikes — a perfect size for each member of the family. Then, embark together with a local guide on a pedal through the city, stopping at Crissy Field for choice views of San Francisco Bay, on your way up to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Opened in 1937, the massive yet graceful bridge spans the 1.7 miles between San Francisco and Marin County with a roadway suspended from two towers, each 746 feet tall. Ride across this world-famous landmark to charming Sausalito, cycling at a leisurely pace to the center of town. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
San Francisco | America’s Cup Yacht Excursion
Today, you are driven to a local pier to meet the captain and crew of an International America's Cup Yacht. Board the sleek racing vessel as part of a small group of participants and let the crew outfit you for a comfortable ride. Learn from the captain about sailing the boat, take turns steering and working the controls, or simply sit back and enjoy the thrill of sailing over the deep blue. Then, join your local guide for an afternoon tour of the city. Navigate the hilly streets around Union Square and, pass through North America's oldest Chinatown and storied North Beach. Wind your way down Lombard Street, deemed “The Most Crooked Street in the World,” visit Fisherman's Wharf and stop at the Palace of Fine Arts or the Presidio. Time permitting, pass through Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury district, and view some prime examples of San Francisco's renowned Victorian architecture. Visit the kid-friendly Cable Car Museum, followed by a ride on the real thing. Return to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
Yosemite | Scenic Drive to a National Treasure
This morning, travel with your driver-guide to Yosemite National Park, enjoying varied sightseeing along the way. Cross the newly built Bay Bridge and pass through Oakland and Berkeley. Travel through the Central Valley, one of the world’s most productive agricultural regions, and then on to Mariposa, a historic gold mining town. Follow the Merced River until you enter the west entrance to Yosemite. Enjoy a scenic and informative drive into the valley, arriving at your hotel by late afternoon.
Yosemite | Discover Yosemite, Your Way
Explore Yosemite with an expert naturalist guide, enjoying activities customized to your physical abilities and interests. You may devote your day to exploring the Yosemite Valley and some of its majestic sights. Stop to view El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Inspiration Point (otherwise known as Tunnel View) and Yosemite Village. The park covers nearly 1,200 square miles that feature deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias and a vast wilderness area. If you are an avid hiker, suggested routes can be recommended. Likewise, if you enjoy photography, A&K can tailor the tour to focus on the park’s most photogenic features. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon and spend an evening at leisure.
Carmel Valley | From High Tech to Horseback Riding
After breakfast, your driver-guide chauffeurs you to the scenic Carmel Valley. On the way, enjoy the option to swing by Silicon Valley and stroll the campus of Google or Facebook. Peruse the Apple store on site or walk through the beautiful sculpture garden at Stanford University before continuing to Carmel Valley. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel, and then saddle up for a horseback ride through the hillsides and meadows above your ranch resort, led by a private guide. Tonight, enjoy your evening at leisure.
Carmel Valley | Monterey Bay Aquarium Visit
Travel to Monterey today, where you go behind the scenes at the fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium, exploring areas of the facility not open to the public, in the company of your private guide. Experience the Aquarium’s many marine species up close, viewing stingrays, jellyfish, sea otters, bluefin and yellowfin tuna, and other fascinating ocean denizens. Next, embark on a private eco-raft ocean safari aboard a boat originally designed for military patrol use. Seek out the region's magnificent wild residents, including humpback and blue whales, orcas, dolphins, seabirds, and seals, as you explore the beautiful coastline of Monterey Bay as well as Point Lobos or Elkhorn Slough. Return to the Carmel Valley for a leisurely evening.
Depart San Francisco
After breakfast, you are chauffeured to San Francisco airport to board your departing flight.
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 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.
View the Bay Area on a Private Seaplane Flight
Board a seaplane for private flight that takes off near the Golden Gate Bridge and soars along the rugged coastline for sweeping views of the bridge and the city's dramatic skyline.
Savor the Flavors of Chinatown
Enjoy a special Chinese Cooking demonstration and sample the cuisine that is a hallmark of San Francisco, on a visit to a fine local restaurant in the city's storied Chinatown.