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249 trips to California tours from 51 tour companies. 81 reviews. 4.9/5 avg rating.
The westernmost mainland state, California is an incredibly diverse destination. Its population grew exponentially after the 1849 Gold Rush, when thousands struck out west seeking fame and fortune. Today tourists flock to California for everything from surfing to skiing. With a stunning coastline, world famous food and wine, and vibrant cities, nothing beats a California vacation.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Northern California Summer 2019

Trafalgar
Preferred
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8 days
$ 337 / day
$ 2,695
From : $ 3,315
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • City Tour of San Francisco
  • Scenic Drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive, through Napa Wine Country
  • See quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley
  • Visit the historic gold and silver mining town of Virginia City, "The Salad Bowl of the World" in Salinas Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Roaring Camp, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
Visits:
California, Lake Tahoe, Napa, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, United States
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Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California 2019

Tauck
By Tauck
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
8 days
$ 661 / day
$ 5,290
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Discover the story of John Muir and America's national parks
  • exploring Muir Woods
  • Sequoia and Yosemite national parks
  • plus three nights in San Francisco - Crafted by Tauck and Ken Burns; filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan tell the stories behind the creation and preservation of the national parks; visit the Presidio
  • home of the 'Buffalo Soldiers' who played a key role in the history of the national parks; discover the night sky over Sequoia National Park with a naturalist
Visits:
California, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, United States
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Natural Highlights of California

G Adventures
Premier
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9 days
$ 214 / day
$ 2,749
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the stark beauty of death valley
  • Cross the stunning sierra nevada mountains
  • Explore world-famous yosemite national park
  • Marvel at ancient trees in sequoia national park
  • Visit the world renowned monterey bay aquarium
Visits:
California, Death Valley, Death Valley National Park, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite National Park, Golden Gate Bridge, United States
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Californias Great National Parks Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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8 days
$ 334 / day
$ 2,675
From : $ 3,290
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • See General Grant Tree in King's Canyon National Park, General Sherman, Sequoia National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridal Veil Falls, Devils Postpile National Historic Monument, Badwater Basin in Death Valley
  • Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, the summit of Mammoth Mountain on a scenic gondola ride, Death Valley National Park
Visits:
California, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Sequoia National Park, Sierra Nevada, Yosemite National Park, United States
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Best of California (Summer 2019)

9 days
$ 366 / day
$ 3,295
From : $ 4,448
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
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  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Sonoma: Sample local wines at a private tasting at an eco-friendly vineyard.
    • Dining Summary: 8 Breakfasts (B) and 4 Dinners with wine (DW).
    • San Francisco: Revisit the 'Summer of Love' with a Local Expert and former hippie at Haight-Ashbury, the iconic district where the hippie counterculture evolved.
    • Los Angeles: Join a Local Expert for a behind-the-scenes tour of a historic downtown theatre.
    • San Francisco: Timeless yet modern, The Westin St. Francis on Union Square, San Francisco has a vibrant, directly located on Union Square, with cable cars stopping just outside the doors.
    • Sonoma: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa is surrounded by lush vineyards and dotted with natural hot springs.
    • Yosemite National Park: Stay in the park and enjoy Yosemite after the crowds have left, just a short walk to Yosemite Falls.
    • Monterey: Located on Cannery Row, Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa is the most dramatic waterfront hotel in California.
    • Santa Barbara: Stay at the Double Tree Fess Parker in beautiful mission-style rooms, with views of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains.
    • Los Angeles: Stay at JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE. situated in downtown L.A., within walking distance of the city's most noteworthy attractions.
    • San Francisco: See the iconic cable cars, Union Square and Golden Gate Bridge.
    • Sonoma: Browse the unique shops on the historic Sonoma Plaza.
    • Yosemite National Park: Experience the park's natural beauty and wildlife. See the El Capitan and Half Dome rock formations.
    • Carmel-by-the-Sea: Browse the art galleries and shops in this quaint beach city.
    • San Joaquin Valley: Stop at a historic fruit stand where seasonal delights are grown, farmed, and sold.
    • Scenic Drives: 17-Mile Drive past the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
    • Santa Barbara: Visit Mission Santa Barbara, a historic Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order in 1786.
    • Los Angeles: Drive along Sunset Boulevard, see the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
    Visits:
    California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, United States
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    Coastal California with Yosemite National Park Su ...

    Trafalgar
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 330 / day
    $ 3,295
    From : $ 4,053
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • City Tour in Los Angeles, San Francisco
    • Scenic Drive along Highway 1, 17-Mile Drive
    • See spectacular Half Dome, Golden Gate Bridge
    • Visit Hollywood, Santa Monica, Malibu, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Monterey, Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, Napa and Sonoma Valleys, San Francisco
    Visits:
    California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, United States
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    Pacific Northwest & California featuring Wash ...

    Collette
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    $ 331 / day
    $ 2,649
    From : $ 3,258
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
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    • Visit lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous fish and vegetable market.
    • Venture to Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about its eruptions.
    • Visit Columbia River Gorge's Bonneville Dam.
    • Embark on a sightseeing tour of Seattle, the "Emerald City."
    • Behold the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest's "Avenue of the Giants."
    Visits:
    Portland, San Francisco
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    Gray Whales, Sea Turtles & National Parks of ...

    Global Basecamps
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    8 days
    Check price
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Discover the best of Magdalena Bay and Cabo Pulmo in the comprehensive eight-day itinerary
    • Camp on the beach, visit Espiritu Santo Island, and hike through Sierra de La Laguna Biosphere Reserve
    Visits:
    Mexico
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    Best of USA (Start Los Angeles)(Twin Room,Start L ...

    Contiki
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    13 days
    $ 218 / day
    $ 2,835
    From : $ 3,969
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • See Rodeo Drive and Melrose Avenue
    • Visit Santa Monica and its famous pier
    • Drive along famous Sunset Strip
    • See the famous Hollywood sign, Mann's Chinese Theatre & Hollywood's Walk of Fame
    • Flight and tranfers to New York
    • City sightseeing tour
    • 7 Day Metro Pass
    Visits:
    Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, York, United States
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    Lost Coast Trek

    6 days
    $ 229 / day
    $ 1,375
    From : $ 1,829
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges. Camping
    Highlights
    • Visit California Coastline
    • Remote Black Sand Beaches
    • Dense Old Growth Forests
    • View Ocean Wildlife
    • Stunning Beach Camping
    Visits:
    California, United States
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    Joshua Tree & Palm Springs

    6 days
    $ 558 / day
    $ 3,345
    From : $ 4,516
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Ride through the famous neighbourhood of Palm Springs
    • Experience Hike through Indian Canyons followed by Palm Canyon’s fan palm tree
    • Opportunity to ride through Anza Borrego State Park features palm canyons, cacti, and plentiful wildlife, including bighorn sheep
    • Hike along a boulder-strewn river bed to one of the region’s only native palm canyons
    Visits:
    California, United States
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    California: Sonoma Wine Country & Coast

    6 days
    $ 458 / day
    $ 2,745
    From : $ 2,995
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Experience awesome California Wine tasting and bike ride
    • Gorgeous walk along a grassy headland high above the pounding surf
    • Explore world-famous wineries of the Russian River Valley, where the Pinot Noir is among the world’s finest
    • Take a Ride through Chalk Hill to the Alexander Valley
    Visits:
    California, United States
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    Death Valley National Park Quick Escape

    4 days
    $ 500 / day
    $ 1,999
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Hike through Golden Canyon’s narrows to the phenomenal Zabriskie Point
    • Visit the lowest point in the U.S. at Badwater and explore the salt flats
    • Journey up Mosaic Canyon, a multi-hued display of Death Valley’s rock layers
    Visits:
    California, Death Valley, Las Vegas, United States
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    Napa & Sonoma A Cyclist’s Paradise

    7 days
    Check price
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights

    Enjoy riding along the Silverado Trail

    Enjoy five miles of practically car-free climbing up Howell Mountain

    Riding on scenic lanes that meander through the vineyards of the Dry Creek Valley

    Enjoy some classic Californian coastal riding south to Bodega Bay

    Visits:
    California, Napa, Pacific Ocean, Sonoma Coast, United States
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    California Coast and Yosemite Park

    9 days
    $ 188 / day
    $ 1,695
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Explore Yosemite National Park.
    • See the Monterey's famous Seventeen Mile Drive
    • Visit the Getty Villa which is a world famous museum
    • Get an Opportunity to cruise on San Francisco Bay
    • Discover California
    Visits:
    California, Los Angeles, Monterey Peninsula, Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Yosemite National Park, United States
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    Top California Experiences and Attractions

    Top California Experiences

    • Walking across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
    • Wine-tasting and visiting Chateau Montelena, the winery that put California wine country on the map in 1973
    • Driving along the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway
    • Getting a taste of old Hollywood glamor in Los Angeles 
    • Stopping at the old haunts of 1950s beat poets in San Francisco 
    • Eating at the famous Chez Panisse in Berkeley
    • Being awestruck by the views in Yosemite and Big Sur
    • Recreating a certain Jawa scene from Star Wars in Death Valley
    • Bike riding around beautiful Tahoe Lake
    • Feeling dwarfed by ancient redwood trees
    • Exploring Bodega Bay and feeling the spirit of Hitchcock
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    California Trip Reviews

    81 California Tour Reviews - Summary 100% Recommend

    4.9 out of 5
    Excellent 73
    Great 6
    Average 1
    Disappointing 0
    Terrible 1
    Value
    4.9
    Guide
    4.9
    Activities
    4.9
    Lodging
    4.9
    Transportation
    4.9
    Meals
    4.8

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    Top Autumn Walking

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    There is a lot of enjoyable walking to be had on this trip, varied routes and
    tantalising views of big ridges and high peaks. There is also wildlife a
    plenty but it does need looking hard for. There are some steep ups and
    downs in places but the paths are considerably better than I had expected and
    are all very 'doable' if you have a reasonable level of fitness.

    The hotel in Berchules is a comfortable and very friendly base to operate
    from, Wendy and her staff couldn't do enough to help and they serve up some
    appetising food too; tThe packed lunches are perhaps the best I have had
    anywhere. If you have an interest in avaiation history ask Wendy about the
    Royal Air Force Asscoiation plaque that is on the bar!

    Granada is a complete and very enjoyable contrast, a city with a really nice
    'feel' to it. A different but decent hotel. The Alhambra really is a must -
    it would be a shame to not see it if you are in the city.
    There are no truely stunning or inspirational moments but spending time
    walking in the relatively empty mountains of the Sierra Nevada with the
    possibilities of wildlife spotting and the sun on your back (or face) is
    pretty fine stuff.


    Dan is a Yorkshireman - and he is a good bloke (high praise). The sort of
    leader that that gives a group confidence. Punctuality and organisation were
    pretty much his trademark, his knowledge of the local area, its history,
    wildlife etc was detailed and his skill with gaffer tape was impressive.
    Would be very happy to go into the mountains with him again


    To get the most out of it a reasonable level of fitness is needed. Poles are
    useful for some of the descents.

    If you have tickets for the Alhambra you do need to be at the right place at
    the right time or you won't go in - we witnessed some interesting
    conversations at the entrance point - if you end up with a bit of paper that
    says 'this is not a tick' which has to be exchanged for a ticket at the box
    office make sure you have your passport with you - or you won't get your
    ticket!


    Another excellent Exodus trip, made not only by the walking, venues,
    accommodation and guide but by the smashing bunch of people who were also on
    the trip.


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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Spain

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    This is a wonderful combination of walking in the lovely Sierra Nevada
    mountains and then staying in Granada, although we extended our trip to give
    us 3 days in Granada, which meant we could explore most of this interesting
    and beautiful city.
    I loved the wide expanse of the mountains and the family run hotel in
    berchules was just perfect, the staff could not do enough, so friendly and
    lots of lovely home made food. Granada is a wonderful city to explore,
    churches and Alhambra amazing


    Knew the mountains well


    Many of the walks involve rivers and river crossings, so waterproof boots and
    some agility needed. Food is very plentiful so be hungry! Well worth
    extending stay in Granada we stayed in same hotel. Perfect


    Another brilliant exodus holiday


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    Berchules, Sierra Nevada, Spain

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Another great holiday thanks to Exodus! This was my 13th walking holiday with
    Exodus and one of the best, thanks to the varied walks, excellent leader,
    great scenery, wonderful family run hotel and good weather.
    Following the Moors waterways into the hills and enjoying the long varied
    walks along the rugged landscape and through pretty little villages. We
    covered 9 miles, 10 miles, 9 miles, 10 miles, then 12 miles during the week,
    which was challenging enough for a Grade 3 walk. It was great to be out for a
    full day, before returning "home" to the wonderful, family run Los Berchules
    Hotel. Our hosts were Alejandro, his wife Csilla, the lovely Wendy
    (Alejandro's mum) and Omar.

    The staff were amazing and nothing was too much bother for them. Alejandro
    cooked us fantastic, locally sourced food, whilst Csilla and Omar waited on.
    Wendy made the excellent home made puddings and gave us a warm welcome "home"
    each day front of house.


    Dan was a great leader. His local knowledge of history, the way people live
    and wildlife was second to none and his Yorkshireman sense of humour added to
    that! Dan allows you to walk on at your own pace, but has control of the
    group is an unassuming, professional way.


    Having exhausted most of the Grade 5 centre based options over the years, we
    were looking for a more challenging Grade 3 walking trip and this one
    surpassed our expectations in terms of terrain, scenery, length of walks and
    accommodation. I would highly recommend this holiday.


    We are used to a large group of 14 to 16 people, but on this occasion, there
    were only six of us. That did not detract from the holiday at all, in fact,
    it added to it as we all got on so well. Thanks Exodus for another fantastic
    walking holiday!


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    Operator Exodus Travels

    Loved it!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Our first Exodus holiday and it will certainly not be the last. Everything
    ran smoothly even though we had to have a replacement guide due to illness.
    Dan, our guide, had a great sense of humour and was knowledgeable about the
    region. The walks were varied and the scenery was beautiful.
    Hotel Los Bérchules was comfortable and very clean. Wendy, Alejandro, Csilla
    and Omar made us all feel so at home. The food was super, tasty homemade
    bread and marmalade at breakfast, satisfying packed lunches and generous
    portions at dinner with always a homemade pudding. Finally our fellow
    travellers were a great group of people, so interesting and full of fun.
    Managing to keep on walking whatever the weather threw at us!


    Dan is a great leader, calm and confident with a great sense of humour.


    Take an extra day for Granada, so much to see, so little time.


    No complaints at all!

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    Great time

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Stars aligned for this trip, Outstanding Lead, Landscape, hosts and crew.
    Our guide Dan, had a bit of style and swagger. instilled confidence in all
    the group making all the walks of Sierra Nevada a stroll in the park.
    Hotel Los Berchurles a welcome retreat full of charactor and warmth. Wendy,
    Shelia, Alejandro and Omar,all served us well.
    Our fellow guests was the final part in the alignment and it was great to
    share anniversaries, quizs, horse wrestling with them all.
    Great restaurant recommendation for Granada and what a beautiful city. Be
    warned one day does not do it justice.


    Top of the tree, lucky to have Dan


    Extend your break to take in Malaga and Granada. take a earlier/later plane


    Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Well done Exodus.


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    Horrible!

    1.0
    • Value 1.0
    • Guide 1.0
    • Activities 1.0
    • Lodging 1.0
    • Transportation 1.0
    • Meals 1.0

    We did not do this trip with REI, but did this trip by ourselves and had the group from REI camp next to use. We were there from 7/19-7/22/2018. My girlfriend and I are experienced backpackers. This is some of the things we noticed WRONG! Most of these have to do with the Leave No Trace policy that are strict rules, especially on the PCT. Some are just common courtesy. Some of these things aren’t bad when it is one person, but when thousands do it, it poses real environmental problems. Guides, especially, should not be teaching future backpackers the wrong mentality about leaving our wildernesses as pristine as possible.
    LNT = Leave No Trace policy
    They camped 15-25 (some tents were closer than others) feet from the water. LNT states it should be at least 100 feet away from water to minimize pollution of water.
    They cooked and washed dishes and brushed their teeth 15 feet from water. LNT states it should be at least 100 feet away from water and camp site to minimize water pollution and critters in/near your campsite.
    People were putting on sunscreen and then going swimming very shortly after. This clearly pollutes the water.
    At one point around 7pm, the two guides left the entire group, with their packs on, and did not come back until around 9pm. What if someone tripped and fell and hit their head while the guides were gone?
    While walking down a really narrow steep section from Mt. Eddy, the group was walking uphill and did not slow down or move over for us at all, forcing us to move to the side. The rule of thumb is that people going downhill have the right away because of momentum. People going up should always yield to those coming down.
    The entire group hung and and swam right in front of our campsite, even-though they could have very easily gotten into the water and hung out around the water close to their campsite. People obviously go into the back-country to get away from people. Why would these ‘experienced’ guides let 10 people block the view and disturb other people when there was no need. This seemed very rude and selfish.
    At one point we heard one guide talking about our bear hanging method (The Piutte or PCT method using a locking stick method), saying it was “Unnecessary”. We don’t know what they did for bear safety but we also heard the same guide telling the clients that bears and other animals were not a concern because she had “guided this for 4 years now and have never had any issues”. This is the wrong mentality. Maybe she simply got lucky for 4 years.
    We heard one of the guides, while talking about glass in the area that “if you feel comfortable, you can just throw it in the fire pit. It’s better than it being on the ground or in the water”. This is the wrong mentality. They should inform the guide, and the guide should make a conscious effort to pack it out, versus simply throwing it into a fire pit where a ranger is simply going to spread the ashes away from the pit, later spreading the glass around.

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    California Attractions & Landmarks Guide

    The westernmost mainland state, California is an incredibly diverse destination. Its population grew exponentially after the 1849 Gold Rush, when thousands struck out west seeking fame and fortune. Today tourists flock to California for everything from surfing to skiing. With a stunning coastline, world famous food and wine, and vibrant cities, nothing beats a California vacation.

    The Wine Industry

    In 1973, Chateau Montelena was largely responsible for putting the now famous California Wine Country on the map. Immortalized in the 2008 film, Bottle Shock, blind tasters in France were astonished that each of them preferred the California wine over their own. 

    Today, California’s wine country has expanded far beyond it’s Napa beginnings. The perfect destination for wine enthusiasts to explore other micro regions in the area, for the thrill of discovering new varietals and getting a real sense for how the wine industry has shaped Napa, Sonoma, and beyond. 

    The area is not only known for wine today, but also a hotbed of up and coming cuisine, as well as old standards, such as the French Laundry - where you’ll be treated to a meal of several courses, crafted by renowned chef Thomas Keller.

    From Snow to Surf

    Many think of California and think only of the sun and ocean. In reality, California features a wealth of landscapes and weather, from snow to surf and everything in between. From the popular ski destinations in Tahoe, to the aptly and ominously named Death Valley, to lush and fertile wine country, to the romantic desert winds in the south, California has something to offer everyone. 

    There are 13 national parks in California including Yosemite, a very popular vacation and tour destination. And no trip to California would be complete without a stop in Redwood National Park, or one of several Redwood state parks. 

    Showbiz

    The sprawling city of Los Angeles is home to many things, but perhaps most known for the glitz and glamor of Hollywood. On a visit here, walk to the famous Hollywood sign, visit backlots, and various filming locations. Before filming “on location” became the new normal,  epics such as Gone with The Wind were shot entirely in and around Los Angeles. 

    Visit the Hollywood Forever cemetery and walk among such names as Mickey Rooney and Douglas Fairbanks. This cemetery also hosts a very popular film series in the summer enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.


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