I agree with what Shreyasi said in his/her review. I had some problems finding my ride as well but the call center was great in helping me locate him. In my case, I did the tour in December. One thing... More>>
The tour is semi-guided, so our guide was speaking both in Chinese and in English but most of the times in Chinese. The itinerary is well-planned and they made some last minute changes so we would hav... More>>
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Buy 2 get 3rd Discounted (3 or 4 pax sharing one room): (1) Price has been adjusted to reflect the discount (2) Cancellation of discounted passenger must be made at least 3 days before departure. (3) No-show (or late cancellation) of discounted passenger incurs $178 penalty fee for the reserved bus seat. (4) Self dismiss of discounted passenger incurs about $100 - $250 penalty fee depending the date you leave.
Child Rate: Child rates apply to those 2-9 years and using existing bedding with 2 full-paying passengers (regardless of ages). Please note each hotel room can only accommodate 4 guests (adults or children).
Today we will gather in Los Angeles. Please meet our tour guide at the Baggage Claim Area of each Terminal. He will be wearing a blue uniform. From there we will transfer to the hotel for checkin. Those who arrive outside the transfer time can take the free shuttle to the hotel on their own.
All who arrive before 5:00pm (during the winter season, it gets dark early, so the time will be 3:00pm) are invited to take a trip to Santa Monica, CA for an extra fee. The last shuttle available from Santa Monica to Los Angeles is at 9:00pm.
More»Santa Monica is a beachfront city in western Los Angeles County, California, US. Santa Monica is home to executives and Hollywood celebrities amongst others and it is a mixture of very affluent, single-family neighborhoods, renters, surfers, young professionals, and students.«Less
More»Gorgeous seaside Santa Monica is best known for the Santa Monica Pier amusement park and fairgrounds. Guests on this tour can head to the boardwalk or do some upscale shopping at places like the Third Street Promenade!«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $25; Child $25
More»Many upscale designer stores, such as Armani, Gucci, and Boss, have locations in the Third Street Promenade, a famous shopping and dining complex in Santa Monica, conveniently located near the beach.«Less
More»This large pier in Santa Monica, California is an iconic and historic waterfront amusement park. It first opened in 1909. The building that houses its 1920s carousel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.«Less
Standard Hotel: Best Western,15000 Hawthorne Boulevard, Lawndale, CA 90260 OR Similar near LAX
Breakfast: Included (Breakfast may not inside hotel.)
Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - Monterey - San Francisco (364 miles)
In the morning, the tour group will head north towards Santa Barbara along California golden Pacific coast. Upon arrival, you are able to visit the court house, where in the viewing deck is the best place to appreciate this exotic and Mediterranean style resort city. After lunch, the group will keep going north along world famous California PCH #1 towards 17 miles area. During the tour in 17 Miles, you are able to visit Lone Cypress, Bird Rock as well as prestigious Pebble Beach Golf Club. Stay in Bay Area overnight.
More»Santa Barbara, also known as the "American Riviera", is just 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Its natural beauty, pristine beaches, local-inspired gourmet cuisine, and nearby vineyards have been beckoning Southern Californians for years.«Less
More»Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the ensuing Mexican-American War.«Less
More»This breathtaking stretch of coastline along California's Monterey Peninsula takes visitors through a maze of beautiful scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing mansions. Enjoy shopping and dining along the way in addition to taking in the vistas.«Less
Admission (Mandatory): Adult $10; Child $10
More»An icon of the Western United States, this tree stands alone on a cliff overlooking the ocean along Monterey's 17-Mile Drive. It is one of the most photographed trees in the country and is almost 250 years old.«Less
More»It is a small island in the west coast of 17 miles scenic area and often frequented by many seabirds.«Less
Standard Hotel: Marriott/Super 8 or similar
San Francisco - Stanford University - San Francisco (55 miles)
In the morning, the tour group will visit the Stanford University. After then, we go inside the San Francisco city via Silicon Valley area. The first stop of SF city tour will be Twin Peaks, where you are able to appreciate a panorama view of this amazing city. Afterwards, you will see the fantastic Palace of Fine Arts, and the landmark SF Golden Gate Bridge. At lunch time, we will stop by the famous Fisherman's Wharf Pier 39. You can choose to take a boat ride at your own expense around the beautiful SF Bay area enjoy the scenic views of the SF City Skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the special pier with hundreds of joyful sea lions. In the afternoon, you can choose to join our Extensive City Tour at your own expense. This in-depth tour of the city will bring travelers to other famous sightseeing points in SF, such as: Cable Car, Lombard Street, City Hall, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Chinatown in San Francisco.
More»Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. It covers an area of 35 square kilometers. It is the second largest university in the U.S..«Less
More»Located in northwestern Silicon Valley, this famous research institution is not just one of the best schools in the United States, but one of the top universities in the world. Its large campus is a sight to behold.«Less
Stanford Campus will blackout on those dates in 2017: 01/01, 02/24, 02/25, 04/27, 04/28, 04/29, 05/12, 05/13, 05/14, 06/15, 06/16, 06/17, 06/18, 09/20, 09/21, 09/22, 09/23, 09/24, 11/23, 12/25. However, we will use University of California - Berkeley to replace it.
Admission (Mandatory): Adult $10; Child $10
More»San Francisco, the heart of central California's Bay Area, is famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its unique culture, and its position at the forefront of technological innovation. Beautiful weather and waterfront views await visitors as well!«Less
More»The Twin Peaks, Eureka Peak (the North Peak) and Noe Peak (the South Peak), offer some of the best and most scenic views of the San Francisco Bay Area in addition to being major landmarks for the city.«Less
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
More»The grandiosely-named Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California is a huge, ornate outdoor structure that is part of the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Its amazing architecture has made it popular for weddings and photography.«Less
More»The iconic arches of San Francisco, California's Golden Gate Bridge are known the world over as a symbol of California and the San Francisco Bay area. From movies to postcards, the Golden Gate Bridge is an American icon.«Less
More»This San Francisco neighborhood is a popular tourist area due to its lovely scenery and abundance of shops, restaurants, museums, and other attractions. The area also hosts several annual events, such as a July 4th fireworks show.«Less
More»Take a boat ride around one of the most famous and historical bays in the United States, the famous San Francisco Bay. Guests can enjoy the scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Angel Island.«Less
Admission (Optional): Adult $38; Child $26|Opening Hours: Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day
More»This in-depth tour of the city allows guests time at more of the famous Bay Area sights like Cliff House, Twin Peak, City Hall, St. Mary's Cathedral, and Castro Street.«Less
Standard Hotel: Clarion Inn Conference Center, Modesto, CA (close to Yosemite, 2 hours away from SF downtown and airport) or similar
San Francisco - Yosemite National Park - Los Angeles (430 miles)
In the morning, the group will tour the Yosemite national park which is famous for its colossal granite rocks, spectacular waterfalls, and glacier formed U-Shaped valley. You will have a chance to see the Yosemite waterfall,the El Capitan and Tunnel View Point. After the lunch, the group will drive through the richest California Central Valley before heading back to Los Angeles We will arrive in Los Angeles in the late evening. See "Departure and Return Details" for more information.
More»Yosemite is one of the wonders of Nature. It is located near the geographical center of the Nevada mountain range. Towering granite rocks, mighty waterfalls and placid valleys give Yosemite all the aspects of a "land of the gods".«Less
If U.S. National Park Service announces closure of major roads that lead to Yosemite National Park due to extreme weather condition such as heavy snow, we will then use two replacement scenic sites Paso Robles Winery and Solvang -Danish Village to replace Yosemite National Park. Mandatory fees will not be refunded.
More»This granite cliff on the north side of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is world-famous as a challenge for rock climbers. The top can also be reached by taking a hiking trail out of Yosemite Valley.«Less
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
More»The Yosemite Falls tumble down in three separate sections. In addition to being the tallest waterfall in North America, the Yosemite Falls are the seventh-tallest in the world. The falls process the most water during the springtime.«Less
Duration: Approx. 40 Minutes
More»One of Yosemite National Park's most popular outlooks, the Tunnel View near the Wawona Tunnel is often the first look at some of the famous formations visitors get. The site was renovated and re-dedicated in October of 2008.«Less
Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes
More»The Half Dome is one of the most recognizable formations in California's Yosemite National Park. It is known the world over as a challenging and rewarding hiking and mountain climbing location, attracting thousands of adventurers every year.«Less
Free Pickup: Between 8:30am and 10:30pm, a tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. If arriving outside this period, you should take the free shuttle to the hotel on your own.
Return: Please schedule your flights to depart from Los Angeles airport (LAX) after 8:30pm (U.S domestic flights) or 9:30pm (international flights).
3 nights hotel accommodation
All domestic ground transportation via air-conditioned vehicle
Prices are subject to change without prior notice.
If you would like to join the optional activities, please pay the fee in cash to the tour guide. You cannot buy / use the tickets on your own or use City Passes. The tour guide will arrange the tickets for the group.
Mandatory Admission Fees: 17-Mile Drive + Stanford University + Yosemite National Park
Air fares between your city and the departure city.
Personal room fees such as laundry or valet services, telephone calls, or alcoholic beverages/ mini bar items.
All meals and drinks during the trip, although eating arrangements will be made by the tour guide.
A mandatory service fees for tour guide and bus driver (total $8.00/day per passenger and $4.00 per passenger for airport transfer.
Any private expenses
LA Hotel Upgrade: Please note that there is no hotel upgrade option on the first day. All guests will stay at the same "standard" hotel, Best Western LAX (or similar).
Booking: Please book airline tickets after your tour booking is confirmed, which should occur within 1 business day.
Lodging: Single price is for one person staying in one room. Double, Triple and Quadruple prices are for two people, three people and four people staying in one room respectively.
Language: All tours are escorted by professional bi- or multi-lingual tour and/or driver guides (English/Chinese). Depending on the number of passengers booked for a particular departure, tours and/or languages may be combined to operate the tours.
All purchases are subject to re-confirmation within 2-3 business days after booking. Please do not book airline tickets until you receive the confirmation.
You will receive a confirmation email (e-ticket) after your order is processed. Complete operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, is included on your e-ticket. You must print the e-tickets and take them along on your trip; they are your proof of purchase.
Terms & Condition
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The purchase of any travel services represents your acceptance Terms & Conditions set out herein. Please ensure that you read carefully and understand these Terms & Conditions prior to booking.
A fee may be charged for any revision or alteration made to a reservation after the booking is confirmed. Name changes or corrections may be treated as a cancellation and cancellation fees will apply. A change of tour date or tour itinerary may be treated as a cancellation, and normal cancellation fees will apply.
Cancellations and Cancellation Fees
Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed and pending bookings. Therefore, cancellation penalties and or fees will apply. Time of cancellation will be determined when notice is received and confirmed by our office. Notice of cancellation must be made directly to Taketours by email or through web mail at Contact Take tours for details.
Cancellation penalties per person (Notification day and departure day are not counted)
8-14 days or more prior to departure - 30% of total purchase amount.
4-7 days prior to departure - 50% of total purchase amount.
Within 3 days prior to departure - 100% of total purchase amount.
Day of departure or no show - 100% per person.
Unused features are non-refundable. No shows forfeit entire payment.
Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. We reserve the right to cancel a schedule trip to fully refund affected customers although tour companies will make every efforts to maintain the normal operation.
There is 6% handling fee add-on to the above penalties.
NOTE: We cannot grant any refunds more than 30 days after completion of tour.
We constantly strives to improve tour itineraries and features. If such improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances beyond our control make changes necessary - we reserve the right to vary itineraries and to substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate, and sometimes in reverse order in which case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary pages.
We reserves the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. If cancellation is made any time prior to departure* of the tour, Taketours' only liability will be to refund to the passenger the amount it has received for the tour booking. We will try to re-book the same or similar tour.. Please note that we are not liable for any cancellation penalties incurred on any other travel arrangements including air tickets purchased separately from customers.
We are not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected due to our cancellations.
Customer Q & As
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I am traveling from San Diego, CA via Car. Can I meet directly at the hotel?
What about parking?
Anil by Anil Kumar Ohri on 2016-12-30
Hello! For this tour, you could meet the tour at the 1st night hotel on Day-1. Usually they will stay in the hotel near airport. For parking, you will have to check with the hotel please. Thank you!
Taketours on 2017-01-01
Hi, May i ask are we able to be drop off at somewhere in LA beside the LAX airport after the tour? by Karen on 2016-12-11
Thank you for your email,
Unfortunately this tour only picks up and drops off at the airport. We will not be able to drop you off in any other locations. If you have any further questions feel free to contact our support team available 24/7. Best Regards.
Taketours on 2016-12-11
May I return San Francisco after visiting the Yosemite National Park? Will my friend and me (2ppl total) have a twin room every night? by Homer on 2016-11-04
The drop off for the last day is at LAX airport in Los Angeles. We do not deviate from this itinerary . You can however depart from the tour and go to San Francisco on your own. Simply inform your tour guide at the start of the tour to coordinate your early departure.
Taketours on 2016-11-04
How will we meet and find your tour guide or point of contact at the airport ?
Is there a free shuttle available at the airport to the hotel and whom to contact ? by samina on 2016-09-20
Hello! After your tour is confirmed, you will see the airport pick-up guide information on your tour voucher. Thank you!
Taketours on 2016-09-25
CAN WE PAY FOR SANTA MONICA TOUR ON THAT DAY1 IN CASH ? by samina on 2016-09-20
Yes , you can pay cash for the Santa Monica tour. Your guide will collect the fess for optional attractions at the start of the tour on day 1.
Taketours on 2016-09-21
what time will we reach LA airport for return ? by samina on 2016-09-20
We recommend to schedule your flights to depart from LAX (Los Angeles airport) after 8:30 PM (U.S domestic flights) or 9:30 PM (international flights).
Taketours on 2016-09-21
1 - How will we meet and find your tour guide or point of contact at the airport ?
2 - Is there a free shuttle available at the airport to the hotel ?
3 - If yes .is this free shuttle available to all hotels near LA airport ?
4 - On the return date my flight would be at 4.30 pm- so would we be able to reach back on time on Day 4 for us to take our international flight back ?
If not then I will need to book an additional day - in that scenario for travel to international airport from hotel will ther be a Free shuttle service ?pl confirm by samina on 2016-09-20
Passenger pick is based on the flight details you provide. We wait for our guests at the luggage claim are based on your arrival flight. Yes free shuttle service is provided for this tour in the following hours. Free Pickup: Between 8:30 am and 10:30 pm, a tour guide will be waiting for you at the airport to transfer you to the hotel. Return: Please schedule your flights to depart from Los Angeles airport (LAX) after 8:30 pm (U.S domestic flights) or 9:30 pm (international flights).
Taketours on 2016-09-28
Can i stay in San Francisco after visiting Yosemite? by jo on 2015-12-09
Hello, the tour will go back Los Angeles after the Yosemite visit. If you would like to go to San Francisco, you will need to arrange your own transportation. Please note, thank you.
Taketours on 2015-12-09
I want to know if we stayed at Las vegas on 25 june in morning and we will join with your tour in 25 june.how we can go to meet your guide? except by plane.we wanna go by bus or train. Thank you. by eve on 2014-05-13
Hi Eve, Thank you for emailing us. This tour's departure and return will be in the airport. So if you take a bus or train to LA then you'll need to meet the tour guide at the airport by yourself.
Should you have any more questions, please let us know.
Taketours on 2014-05-14
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Posted on: 2015-12-15
I recommend this tour!
I agree with what Shreyasi said in his/her review. I had some problems finding my ride as well but the call center was great in helping me locate him. In my case, I did the tour in December. One thing to note during this time is that since the days are shorter, you'll see Silicon Valley in darkness. Also, the weather was too dangerous for driving in Yosemite Park so we had to do the 17-Mile Drive instead. I was disappointed at first but when I saw Pebble Beach, etc, I was more than happy with this alternative. Larry was a great guide and made me feel comfortable despite being a solo traveler and being one of the few people on the tour that didn't speak Chinese. Overall a good tour for those who are budget conscious.
Posted on: 2015-02-10
I recommend this tour!
The tour is semi-guided, so our guide was speaking both in Chinese and in English but most of the times in Chinese. The itinerary is well-planned and they made some last minute changes so we would have to wake up a little late the next day to go to Yosemite. The last day is mostly travel, but you cover a lot of places in a span of just 4 days. Since the first day is free, I suggest you arrival early to see Los Angeles on your own. When we arrived, the shuttle had trouble locating us, so it was a bit of a hassle, but while returning back, all of them were really helpful and helped us to catch our flight right on time.
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