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OFF-THE-BEATEN PATH


Delightful discoveries await around every bend as Tauck takes you off-the-beaten path through the heart of California – from wine and Gold Rush country in the north, inland to the natural wonders of Yosemite, and along the Pacific Coast to the mission towns of the south.


“We LOVE Tauck! Our Tauck Director was so well informed with facts that would have been difficult to


obtain had we traveled on our own; he and our driver were a great team. All accommodations were stellar! The food was outstanding and luckily offset by ample time to walk it off. Thanks for a wonderful trip! – Jackie Mueller & Scott Coffman, IL





THE FRUIT OF THE VINE IN SONOMA COUNTY Bucolic Sonoma County is home to small family-owned wineries that carefully cultivate their vineyards to produce their own distinctive brand of signature wines. Your visit to a picturesque local vineyard inspires with a guided tour and a tasting.


been dubbed “America’s Salad Bowl” due to their production of citrus fruit, leafy vegetables and nuts. Stop in Merced for lunch, then the scenic feast continues in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Founded as a small artists’ colony, today it is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the state, thanks to its celebrity residents and its undeniably romantic charm. Enjoy time at leisure, browsing in art galleries and boutiques, before arriving in another incredibly beautiful Pacific gem – seaside Monterey. Meals BLD


ALONG THE 17-MILE DRIVE


Tauck takes you for a spin along one of America’s most spectacular stretches of road – the scenic 17-Mile Drive, hugging the Pacific Coast as it winds its way through the Del Monte Forest, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.


6. MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM / 17-MILE DRIVE Your accommodations at the InterContinental the Clement Monterey are next door to the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium; Tauck’s guided tour of the aquarium showcases some of the 200 marine life exhibits that make it one of the most respected aquariums in the world. Drive out to the Monterey Bay Peninsula, viewing a parade of impressive homes and lovely beaches, and travel along the 17-Mile Drive, renowned as one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world. Many of the sights you’ll pass by this afternoon may look familiar; several have been in films with such stars as Elizabeth Taylor, Dean Martin and Marlon Brando. You’ll be back in Monterey in the afternoon, where the rest of the day is free for you to enjoy as you wish. Meals B


7. BIG SUR AND HEARST CASTLE Redwoods and seals are just a few of the sights that may be seen today on a drive along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway #1 as it follows the Big Sur coastline – this drive was named one of National Geographic’s “Ultimate Road Trips” and is considered one of the world’s best drives. Stroll the manicured grounds and explore Hearst Castle during a guided visit that reveals the grandiose lifestyle of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst, who referred to this 165-room Spanish-Moorish mansion as “the ranch.” He tinkered with it so much during the 27 years he lived there that it was never completed in his lifetime. Arrive at The Cliffs Resort on Shell Beach for a memorable night’s stay overlooking the Pacific Coast! Meals BLD


HEARST CASTLE, SAN SIMEON


A place that has to be seen to be believed... visit the incredible estate of William Randolph Hearst. The 165-room mansion evokes the very picture of “Xanadu,” the fictional counterpart it inspired in the film Citizen Kane.


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8. SANTA BARBARA / PASADENA / LOS ANGELES Seaside Santa Barbara is your next stop along California’s Gold Coast. See the Spanish Mediterranean architecture of the old courthouse, designated a National Historic Landmark, before free time to explore the city. Journey on to Pasadena this afternoon to The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles – a short drive


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