California

Sightseeing & Excursions

2018 Prices in £’s

Anaheim – Disneyland Area

Knott’s Berry Farm (SNAKBF-ADM ATI)   Experience the pride of Southern California and visit America’s first theme park! The historic Knott’s Berry Farm boasts a lineup of ride and attractions to suit everyone, ranging from 50mph thrill rides and nine world-class roller coasters, to a variety of children’s rides and refreshing water rides!   Knott’s Berry Farm has its roots in Great Depression-era highway commerce and an entrepreneurial fruit-stand enterprise that grew with the advent of a hybrid type of berry—the Boysenberry. Now the park boasts a lineup of breathtaking rides and entertainment, while still retaining that old-world California charm that draws in thousands of visitors each day. Prices £42.00 per adult / £38.00 per child (8-11 yrs).

Los Angeles

Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Tour All Loops (LAXSLT-T09 & T11 ATI):  StarLine’s Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker City Tour allows you to discover all the sites and major attractions of Los Angeles. It’s a city tour that gives you the freedom to get on or off the bus at over 70 stops around the city. At any stop you can spend as much time as you want shopping, eating at various restaurants or checking out attractions. When you are ready to continue with the tour, you can get on the next scheduled bus and continue the tour. Passes are valid for all 4 tour routes, as well as the 2 connector routes. Hop-On, Hop-Off Double Decker City Tour voucher holders may board the bus at any stop. Vouchers can be presented to any StarLine driver upon boarding the first bus or at one of StarLine’s ticket offices, located in the forecourt of Chinese Theatre, by the Pantages Theatre at Hollywood & Vine or on the Santa Monica Pier, in exchange for a 24 or 48 Hour tour pass. Reservations are not required. Prices 1-day £42.00 per adult / £26.00 per child (3-11 yrs).   Prices 2-day £53.00 per adult / £35.00 per child (3-11 years inclusive).

Grand Tour of Los Angeles (LAXSLT-T17 ATI)  The Grand Tour of LA is one of our most popular StarLine L.A. city tours, leading you on a voyage of discovery through Tinseltown’s most famous and glamorous districts and neighborhoods. This five-and-a-half hour tour is available all year long, with your choice of 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. departure times.

Reservations required. Please call StarLine Tours 24 hours at 800.959.3131 prior to your scheduled tour date to reconfirm your tour time and joining instructions. Tour Duration: Approximately 51⁄2 hours. Tour Schedule: (subject to change without notice) Daily 9.30am. Courtesy shuttle transportation to tour departure point is available from centrally located hotels.

If departing from LAX Terminal (SGT/6) hotel pick up is available from the following areas; Santa Monica; Venice Beach; Marina Del Rey; West of LAX; Redondo Beach; Hermosa Beach; Manhattan Beach; Lawndale; El Segundo; Hawthorn, Subject to Change. If going directly to the LAX Terminal: 9830 Bellanca Ave.

Departure from Hollywood Terminal: (2) hotel pick up is available from the following areas; West Hollywood/Hollywood; San Fernando Valley / Universal/ Hollywood; Valley; Mid Wilshire/ East Hollywood; Downtown LA; Pasadena/ Glendale/ Burbank; Beverly Hills/Brentwood/Bel Air; Century City, West LA, Subject to change. If going directly to the Hollywood Terminal: The fore-court of the TCL Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.)
Prices £67.00 per adult / £53.00 per child (3-11 yrs).

Universal Studios Hollywood(sm) General Admission 1-day Pass (LAXUST-ADM ATI):   Welcome to the Entertainment Capital of L.A. Find a full day of action-packed entertainment all in one place here at Universal Studios Hollywood. With thrilling park rides and shows, a real working movie studio and L.A’s best shops, restaurants and all-new cinemas at CityWalk, Universal Studios Hollywood is a unique experience that’s fun for the whole family.. Prices £83.00 per adult / £79.00 per child (3-9 yrs).

NEW ATTRACTIONS
The Simpsons   The first-ever mega-attraction based on the blockbuster TV series, The Simpsons. Featuring the show’s classic humor and many of its instantly recognizable characters – all voiced by the original actors.
Studio Tour Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at how your favorite movies and TV shows are made on the Studio Tour. See more sets than ever before like The War of the Worlds, and sets from ABC’s hit series ‘Desperate Housewives’ and other award winning TV shows, along with hundreds of facades on Hollywood’s most famous locations.
King Kong 360 3-D Experience  The worlds largest and most intense 3-D experience.Jurassic Park Experience hair-raising thrills and heart-pounding surprises on rides like the Revenge of the Mummy thrill coaster and the Jurassic Park 80-foot raft plunge.backlot.
Shrek 4-D  Join Shrek and Donkey on an ogre-the-top adventure in Shrek 4-D.
Universal CityWalk  Finish your day off at Universal CityWalk, where there’s always way more new and way more to do.

Universal Studios Hollywood – Front of Line Pass. (LAXUST-AD4 ATI) Get one-time priority access to all rides, shows and attractions including Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, Transformers: The Ride-3D and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. One time priority allows guests to use the pass to move to the front of line once for each ride.Ticket includes reserved seating at each show, 1-day admission and skip the ticket booth lines when you arrive!  Prices £138 to £206 depending on the season.

Warner Brothers Studio Tour (BURWRB-ADM ATI)  Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood brings you closer to the entertainment you love. You’ll never see Hollywood the same way again as you explore the working sets and actual sound stages where the biggest names in entertainment made history. From The Big Bang Theory to Batman and beyond, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood takes you behind-the-camera for a revealing look at the magic of Hollywood. Your knowledgeable tour guide will take you through backlot streets and sound stages. You’ll also get to check out Stage 48: Script to Screen, a new interactive sound stage where you can learn about the production process of a film or TV show, sit on the couch at Central Perk on the actual set of Friends, become Hobbit-sized at our forced perspective special effect table, soar above Hogwarts on a broomstick and much more. Make sure to visit The Archive, with two floors of memorabilia, including costumes and props from the Harry Potter films, and explore the Picture Car Vault, currently featuring all the Batmobiles from the celebrated film series.
Open daily from 9am to 3pm. The tours depart every 15 minutes.

Part 1 (Guided): Approximately 2 hours. • Backlot• Soundstages• Prop department

Part 2 (Self-guided): Approximately 1 hour. Stage 48 and Retail Store

Reservations required. Arrival time: Please arrive 15-20 minutes prior to your tour time to have all guests receive their ticket and to allow extra time for security check.When making your booking please include desired tour time.Age Limit & ID: Every guest must be at least 8 years old to take part in the tour. Anyone 18 or above must bring photo ID for check-in. On arrival to the Studio Tour Center proceed to the box office and exchange the voucher for the tickets.Parking: VIP Tour parking lot/Gate 6 is $7.00 cash per vehicle for all day parking. Limited street parking is around the building, but be sure to check all street signs as much of it is only 2-hour parking.  Open daily from 9am to 3pm. The tours depart every 15 minutes.   Prices £41.00 per adult / £36.00 per child (8-12 yrs).

San Diego

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Old Town Trolley Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour (SANOTT-T01 ATI)   Explore the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and experience Mexican and early American life in the 19th century, including 5 original adobe homes filled with fascinating artifacts. Tour the Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum and learn about the Navy’s longest serving carrier. Enjoy the shopping, dining, and entertainment at Seaport Village. Check out the historic Gaslamp Quarter, with its Victorian- themed buildings and dozens of shops and nightclubs. Visit the William Heath Davis House, a “saltbox” style home similar to Davis’ original home, the founder of New Town San Diego.Take the trolley to Coronado, “the Crown City,” home of the famous Hotel del Coronado, one of the nation’s top resorts. See Balboa Park, a city park that combines open space and greenery with cultural attractions. Stroll through El Prado, a long promenade running through the park, lined with Spanish architecture. Don’t miss the San Diego Zoo, one of the largest, most progressive zoos in the world with over 4,000 animals!Tours begin at 9:00 am and final boarding time 4 pm (August-October), 3 pm (November- February), 4 pm (March – June), 5 pm (July). Trolleys depart approximately every 30 minutes. Tour does not operate on Christmas Day. Please exchange your voucher at the main Old Town Trolley Tour ticket booth..  Prices £32.50 per adult / £22.00 per child (4-12 yrs).

SeaWorld San Diego 1-day admission (SANSEA-ADM ATI):  Discover all the wonders of the seven seas at SeaWorld, the world’s premier marine life park! Sea World brings the wonders and the mysteries of the ocean together and is filled with attractions, shows, aquariums, marine life habitats, and even an exciting new ride, Journey to Atlantis! You can also explore Shamu’s Happy Harbor, a 2 acre tropical theme-play land; see and touch the dolphins at Rocky Point Preserve; take a “flight” over the frozen Arctic landscape at Wild Arctic; or come face to face with the ocean’s most feared predators at Shark Encounter.Park Hours, Ride Hours and Show Schedule Opening and closing times vary by season. Hours are extended during holiday periods and summer evenings (May through Labor Day). Ride operating hours vary from normal park operating hours. Please contact Sea World directly for the most up-to-date park schedule. Seaworld (426(A)/425(C): Please present this printed voucher at the guest relations window in exchange for your admission ticket(s). For exact hours of operation please call (800) 257-4268. All shows, exhibits, aquariums and rides (with the exception of Skyride and Sky Tower) are included with park admission. Food, dining experiences, merchandise, Behind-the-Scenes Guides tours and animal interactions are optional and an additional cost. Skyride and Sky Tower tickets may be purchased inside the park for $3 for one ride or $5 for two rides.  Prices £59.00 per person

San Francisco and Northern California

 

Big Bus San Francisco
Big Bus Tours San Francisco

Big Bus Double-Decker Sightseeing: Enjoy an Big Bus double-deckerBig Bus logo bus tour and hop on and hop off at any of the 20 stops throughout the city. This is a great way to see the city, enjoy the views and learn about the city’s fascinating history and culture. Stops including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square.

Classic Ticket 1-day pass (SFOOTS-T06 ATI):  Hop on board a Big Bus Sightseeing Tour of the ‘City by the Bay’ and experience the best views of its distinctive landmarks, and delve into its fascinating history. You can explore San Francisco’s famous landmarks; from the Golden Gate Bridge to Fisherman’s wharf.Includes: 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket, 4 Walking Tours: North beach Walk, Chinatown Walk, Fisherman’s Wharf Walk, Barbary Coast Walk.    Adults £40.00 / Children 5-15 yrs £32.00. Under 4 yrs-free.

Big Bus San Francisco Premium Ticket (SFOOTS-T07 ATI):   The Premium Ticket covers all of San Francisco from day to night. Our unique city tour stops at 20 key points of interest all around spectacular San Francisco. Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture and picturesque views atop an open air bus. Hop on or Hop off at your leisure to create your own customized journey around the city.Includes: 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off Big Bus Ticket, Panoramic Open Top Night Tour 4 Walking Tours: North beach Walk, Chinatown Walk, Fisherman’s Wharf Walk, Barbary Coast Walk. 1 Hour FREE Bike Rental with purchase of 1 Hour & Players Arcade & Grill- Pint and Game Play Tokens  Adults £53.00 / £42.00 per child (15 and under).

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge. Copyright Mike Easton

Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours ( SFOBCB-T04 & T05 ATI)  Starting in one of the only true Fisherman’s Wharfs left in America you will be lead on a journey along the coast to see sea lions, dolphins, military forts, wave & wind organs and San Francisco’s most elegant of neighborhoods. As you cycle your way to and over The Golden Gate Bridge, photographing every moment, take in the unique topography and skylines that will lead you from one waterfront to the next. Once over the “International Orange” Golden Gate Bridge, coast downhill into sunny Sausalito to catch a ferry back, with the bike!Departure times 10am and 1pm (1pm option not available November – February). Please specify which departure time when making reservation. The up to 3 hr tour begins in Fisherman’s Wharf at our 2661 Taylor Street Tour Center. After a proper bike fitting where guests are outfitted with a current year model bike with front handlebar bag, rear gear rack, and takeaway map. Daily Guided tour guests depart & follow the guide along the San Francisco waterfront past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. Guests may return right after the tour completes with the included ferry ticket, or choose to keep the bike until closing hours, enjoying a BONUS BIKE RIDE… Prices (Standard bike) £54.00 per adult / £37.00 per child (5-11 yrs)  (Electric bike) £75.00 per adult / £37.00 per child (5-11 yrs)

San Francisco City Pass (CITY01-GTA01)    Visit five famous San Francisco attractions and ride the world famous cable cars for one amazing low price! Includes Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport plus tickets to California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, choice of Aquarium of the Bay OR Monterey Bay Aquarium, choice of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Exploratorium OR de Young Museum/ Legion of Honor- plus money saving sightseeing and shopping! See more and avoid most ticket lines! CityPass is good for nine days beginning date of first use.
Includes: Muni & Cable Car 7-Day Passport plus tickets to California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, Aquarium of the Bay OR Monterey Bay Aquarium, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Exploratorium OR de Young Museum/ Legion of Honor.  Please note: When going to each attraction, some of the attractions may advertise that kids under age 6 may be eligible for free or discounted admission, however, you are often required to stand in line with them to secure a free child’s ticket. By purchasing a CityPASS instead your family’s vacation experience may be improved by zipping past main ticket lines to the CityPASS entrance , even if it costs you a few extra dollars. Please exchange your voucher at any of the mentioned attractions except, the Cable Cars or Muni stations. Open hours and days will vary with each attraction. THIS VOUCHER EXPIRES SIX MONTHS AFTER THE TRAVEL DATE LISTED ON THE VOUCHER. Pass attractions are subject to change or be removed without prior notice. CityPass is valid for nine days from first use.  Prices £85.00 per adult /£63.00 per child (5-11 years inclusive).

Wine Country Tour (SFOGRY-T06 ATI):  Sonoma and Napa counties’ Mediterranean climate makes them the premium wine grape growing provinces of North America. Your most knowledgeable driver-guide will leisurely lead you to and from the wine country. We will visit a couple of wineries for tasting and a winery tour. Lunch opportunities abound at Yountville’s rustic Vintage 1870. We promise a day that is as informative as it is fun – jokes tend to get better and better after each wine tasting! TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Narrated Tour of Napa and Sonoma Wine country, Winery Tour and Tastings (2 or 3 of the following wineries: Madonna Estates, Cline Cellars, Sutter Home and Jacuzzi Family Vineyard. Winery stops depend on timing and are subject to change.) Vintage 1870, Silverado Trail, Sonoma Town Square, Viansa Winery & Italian Marketplace, and Kirkland Ranch Winery Note: Lunch is not included on this tour. Daily departures at 09.00.  Adults £72.00 / £43.00 per child (11 and under).

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

Total Yosemite Experience (SFOEXT-T01 ATI)   This one-day combination of Yosemite National Park & the Giant Sequoias tour from San Francisco is a great way to get the most out of your Yosemite tour. This tour maximizes the time in Yosemite National Park by starting early and traveling efficiently in a 36 passenger van or mini bus. This tour spends more time in the park (at least five hours) than any other one day Yosemite tour available. In the Yosemite Valley leg, we generally stop to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View). Unlike most tours, we will also drive to a higher altitude and a lesser traveled part of Yosemite National Park, for a chance to hike in the evergreen forest to see a grove of Giant Sequoia trees, the world’s largest living things.Tour is offered daily. Approximate tour length is 14 hours. Hotel Pick up is available from Downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf between 6:00am-7:00am. Return time is around 8:30pm-9:00pm.  Park entrance fee is included, meals and gratuity are not included.  Prices £149.00 per adult / £119.00 per child (0-12 years).

California Parlor Car Tours – Northern California.   California Parlor Car Tours, a San Francisco based company has operated quality motor coach tours since 1924 – going over highways to places where trains cannot go and driving is best left to locals who know. Carefully planned trips of one to seven days, well chosen meal stops, essential sightseeing, tours, admission tickets and rooms at very good hotels and train tickets as needed are prearranged.

Yosemite National Park 2-days/1 night from San Francisco.

Yosemite Half Dome
Yosemite National Park. Copyright Mike Easton

Yosemite Valley is located about 215 miles east of San Francisco.  We recommend that visitors spend at least one night in order to see the incredible sights in and around the Yosemite Valley.  It is possible to stay right inside the Valley at Camp Curry Cabins, Yosemite Valley Lodge or The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly Ahwahnee Lodge)

2 or 3 day packages include:  Transportation, park entrance fee, room (including tax) at your choice of Curry Village Cabins, Yosemite Valley Lodge or The Majestic Yosemite Hotel , and Glacier Point tour – from late May to October or Valley Floor Tours from November to early May.

Day 1: Pick up from almost any hotel in central San Francisco between 06.15 and 06.45.  Direct motor-coach leaves San Francisco around 07.00 going through Livermore Valley and over Altamont Pass.  With a short stop en route, arrival at Yosemite Big Oak Flat entrance is about 12.00.  Dropping into Yosemite Valley you see magnificent sights.  Drive along the south side of the Merced River you see the Half Dome, El Capitan and several of the valley’s waterfalls.  The tour drop-off at Yosemite Valley Lodge is at about 13.45.  If you are staying at Curry Village or The Majestic Yosemite Hotel the shuttle takes you there.  Check in is at about 16.00 so they will store your luggage while you enjoy independent touring of the valley by the free park shuttle.

 

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Yosemite National Park. Copyright Alex Easton

Day 2: You have reservations to take the Glacier Point Tour leaving Yosemite Lodge at 8:30 a.m. This takes about four hours and goes up to about 8,000 feet in elevation. When that tour is not operating or if the elevation bothers you the alternate is the 2-hour Yosemite Valley tour.

Giant Redwood - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park. California Parlor Car Tours

The return trip (Day 2 or 3) starts with pick up at Yosemite Lodge at 15:30. A brief stop is made at about 18:00. Coming over the Altamont Pass we drive through Livermore Valley arriving San Francisco after 9:00. You are dropped off at the hotels from where you were picked up. There can be traffic delays or late departure – please do not expect to catch a flight at night. If you are going on to San Francisco International Airport it is best to take a shuttle or taxi from the first stop.

Package tours staying at Yosemite Valley Lodge or The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly Ahwahnee Lodge) are available all year. Curry Village rooms are available up to October 30. Rates per person include round trip transportation, park entrance fee, room with tax, baggage handling and Glacier Point or Yosemite Valley Floor tours.

Camp Curry has modest motel rooms with private bath. Above you are the Half Dome and Glacier Point in the heart of Yosemite Valley.  A delightful economical place to stay.
Yosemite Valley Lodge   Located near the Yosemite Falls there are several two-story buildings amidst the sugar pine and redwood trees surrounding a central core that has a cafeteria, a food court and Mountain Room restaurant.  Air conditioning has not yet invaded these nicely appointed rooms each with two beds, bathroom,  balcony or patio.  There is a well-stocked gift shop and store, a swimming pool and a post office on the grounds.

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is a world-class hotel built in 1927 and kept in an excellent condition.  All rooms have air conditioning, TV and wireless internet.  Some rooms are available with king size beds. Dinner at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Dining Room will be in your memory for ever.

2 or 3 Days Deluxe Tour Stay in Yosemite Valley Operates daily all year around (except certain holidays)

California Parlor Car Tours – booking conditions and information.

Prices: (per person in £’s) On request.  Child rates apply for children 5-11 years inclusive

Monterey Scenes

 Deluxe narrated motor coach tour to Monterey

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Big Sur coast. Copyright Mike Easton

Day1: San Francisco to Monterey  (154 miles). Pick up from any central hotel between 7:15 and 7:45. Leave San Francisco at 8:00 a.m. by motor coach. About two hours later we reach the Monterey Peninsula.
*Historic Monterey   *Cannery Row   * Pacific Grove   *Pebble Beach    * 17 Mile Drive *Carmel.
Hotel check in by 4:30 p.m – Bay Park Hotel, Monterey.

Day 2: Free time in Monterey.  Spend the day in Monterey. You can play golf, visit the Aquarium go to
Fisherman’s Wharf, The Maritime Museum or go spend time in Carmel. Or simply enjoy your stay at Bay Park Hotel. Return to San Francisco (arr. approx. 7pm). Approx. 120 miles.

Prices on request

 

 

Tour Includes:  Deluxe narrated motor coach tour to Monterey.
Transfer to SFO or return to San Francisco
on the second day. 1night hotel
17 miles Drive fee.
Room tax and porterage.
California Parlor Car Tours – booking conditions and information.

Call Just America for reservations on 01489 892329

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