California Classics

San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, and Monterey Bay

Trip Details

Sea otter eating crab

What’s Included? Everything you need, plus everything you want.

  • Guided hiking in Yosemite: Spend a day with a guide in Yosemite, hiking and learning the history of this important park.
  • Bike the Bridge: Cruise the National Park Bike Path from the Presidio, across Golden Gate Bridge, to Sausalito.
  • Stay happy: Stay in distinctive, perfectly located lodgings for delightful evenings after those special days.

California Classics

Trip Type: Custom-Made Travel

Territory:

Region: Pacific Northwest

Trip Price: $4,275

Duration: 10 days/9 nights

Trip Begins/Ends: San Francisco, California / San Francisco, California

National Parklands:

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All custom travel is tailored to the desires and interests of our traveling clients (see How Custom Travel Works tab). Trip pricing detailed is an estimate of the per person pricing for the sample itinerary detailed and includes all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences described. Actual pricing for the trip designed expressly for you and others traveling with you will depend on the features and elements developed during the trip planning process. Travel with Off the Beaten Path requires agreement to our standard Terms & Conditions.

Energy Index

Energy Index Spectrum

No Sweat - 1-2 miles of walking or hiking per day, plus easy activities

Nice & Active – 3-6 miles of hiking or walking per day, plus physically active exploration

High Five! – 5-12 miles of hiking per day, plus possible peak bagging or other action-oriented fun

California Classics

California Classics - Energy Index

The Energy Index detailed above relates to the level of exertion associated with the sample trip detailed. This would be modified to fit the style and ability of your group as a part of the custom trip planning process

How custom-made travel works at Off the Beaten Path

We’ve been tailoring custom journeys for clients since our very inception in the mid-1980s! The process is all about connecting the interests of the travelers with the best that a given destination has to offer. To achieve this, we rely upon good ol’ fashioned conversation! Our geographically focused travel designer love to meet new people and learn about their interests for travel. Understanding your goals informs the process immensely and serves as the foundation for the development of a bespoke travel experience for you and yours.

The trip detailed on this web page is a sample of something we’ve done for other clients over the years. In order to start the process of designing your own custom travel experience, just call us at (800) 445-2995 and ask to speak with one of our Travel Advisors. After a bit of time on the phone, you will then have the opportunity to connect with one of our travel designers.

The entire planning process is very personalized and works in an iterative fashion until a final, perfect trip has been created. We then secure all of the lodging, activities, and guided experiences associated with your trip and send along abundant trip materials capturing these details – and much more about your travels!

Itinerary

Days 1-2: San Francisco

Welcome to California! Get the lay of the City by the Bay on a private guided half-day bike tour, then consult your custom OBP Journey Guidebook for other ideas, like Fisherman’s Wharf, hiking in Golden Gate Park, or a trolley tour.  

Days 3-6: Yosemite National Park

Pick up your rental car and make your way to beautiful and historic Yosemite National Park. Get off on the right foot on a privately guided hike with a naturalist guide. You’ll learn so much, and this will set you up perfectly for further explorations on your own. Don’t miss El Cap, Half Dome, Ansel Adams Gallery, Tuolumne Meadows, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and giant sequoias. 

Days 7-9: Carmel-by-the-Sea

This storybook city on the beach has it all: scenery, trails, historic sites, galleries, restaurants—and the nearby fabulous Monterey Bay Aquarium. A highlight for this portion of the trip will surely be a morning of privately guided tide-pooling with a marine biologist and behind-the-scenes aquarium visit. Other great experiences could include coastal hiking and sea kayaking in the wildlife-rich kelp beds off Cannery Row.  

Day 10: San Francisco for departures home

You’ll leave with a list of things to do and places to see on your next visit back.  

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