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Discover the magnificent gardens of California.

Cruise North America with Botanica World Discoveries, and experience the many beautiful gardens.

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In a small group, travel from Los Angeles to the seaside resort town of Santa Barbara and onto San Francisco. Experiencing beautiful gardens, mansions, museums and art galleries throughout California. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTLA7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Los Angeles to San Francisco
Meals included: 10

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Los Angeles

You are met at the airport and transferred to your Los Angeles Hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening at 6:30pm to meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.
Stay: Three Nights: Los Angeles, Loews Hollywood Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Getty Museum & Villa

Today visit the architectural masterpiece that is the J. Paul Getty Museum. Costing $1 billion to build in 1997, and with views of Los Angeles skyline, the stunning gardens surrounding this museum were designed by artist Robert Irwin. The waterfall terraces flow down to the floating azalea maze which resembles a floating labyrinth creating a unique centerpiece to the garden. After exploring the gardens, lose yourself in one of the art galleries filled with European treasures. You may wish to visit the Getty Villa and garden this afternoon. Once J. Paul Getty’s home, it became his first museum. Housing Greek, Roman and Etruscan antiques. Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Huntington Gardens

Today explore the Huntington Gardens, sprawled over 207 acres with 14,000 different plant species and maintained by 40 gardeners. These gardens have an amazing art collection and a world famous library of books. There are gardens representing all parts of the world including Australia, a Desert Garden, a Jungle Garden as well as a Japanese and Chinese gardens. Enjoy a tour of the gardens followed by lunch in a relaxed setting, at the Tea Room overlooking the three-acre rose gardens.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Lotus Land, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo

Lotus land is a fantasy world created with dramatic plant combinations and exotic hard landscaping. Paths are lined with huge diamonds of green glass and a Mediterranean blue kidney shaped pond is bordered by abalone shells. The creation of Polish Opera Singer, Madame Ganna Walska, this is a garden that will challenge and excite you. We then travel on to San Luis Obispo.
Stay: Cambria, Pines Lodge
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Hearst Castle

Today, visit and amazing castle created by mining magnate William Randolph Hearst and designed by Julia Morgan. There are 165 rooms and 127 acres of gardens to explore, a huge feat of engineering. Many tonnes of topsoil were poured onto the rocky site to create the gardens. Courtyards, terraces with their own gardens, staircases, pools and fountains were used to link all the buildings. Hearst loved to swim in the famous Neptune pool with his favourite Dachshunds. You can wander through the gardens or choose to visit one of the museums to view the art collections. We then continue on to San Francisco.
Stay: Two Nights: Parc 55 on Union Square
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. San Francisco Gardens

Considered among America’s finest gardens, Filoli is now owned by the National Trust. Among the sections of the gardens to explore are the Sunken Garden, Pool Pavilion Garden, a large Walled Garden, Rose and Knot Gardens, plus topiary and beautifully manicured hedges. San Francisco Botanical Gardens at Strybing Arboretum is a botanical treasure with more than 7,500 varieties of plants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart San Francisco

Your tour concludes after breakfast in San Francisco this morning.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the Filoli gardens, considered one of America’s finest gardens
  • Visit Hearth Castle and its gardens
  • Visit the fantasy world of Lotus Land in Santa Barbara
  • Visit the $1 billion J Paul Getty Museum & Getty Villa

Map

Included Experiences

  • Services of a Botanical Guide & Experienced Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers on first & last day of tour
  • 10 Meals – 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunches & 3 Dinners
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle

Additional Information

Botanical Guide - Talei Kenyon

  • Talei has had the opportunity to live in parts of Asia & the Pacific, enjoying an early introduction to exotic landscapes and food plants. Through Talei’s work with the Diggers Club, she has enjoyed leading a number of international tours with Botanica, sharing her knowledge about plants, gardens, history and the culinary world

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

Discover the magnificent gardens of California.

Experience the beauty of North America's gardens, with Botanica World Discoveries.

Request quote

  • Watch video

In a small group, travel from Los Angeles to the seaside resort town of Santa Barbara and onto San Francisco. Experiencing beautiful gardens, mansions, museums and art galleries throughout California. View complete itinerary

Trip code: BTLA7
Duration: 7 days
Accommodation: Hotels offering superior comfort
Journey: Los Angeles to San Francisco
Meals included: 10

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Los Angeles

Be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel before enjoying a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Three Nights: Los Angeles, Hilton Pasadena Hotel or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Dinner

Day 2. Getty Museum and Villa

Today visit the J. Paul Getty Museum. Costing $1 billion to build, the stunning gardens surrounding this museum were designed by artist Robert Irwin. The waterfall terraces flow down to the floating azalea maze creating a unique centrepiece to the garden. After exploring, lose yourself in the galleries filled with European treasures. You may wish to visit the Getty Villa and garden this afternoon.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 3. Huntington Gardens

Enjoy a visit to the Huntington Gardens, which are sprawled over 207 acres with 14,000 different plant species and are maintained by 40 gardeners. Explore the amazing art collection and a world famous library of books. Enjoy a tour of the gardens, followed by a relaxing lunch in the Tea Room overlooking the rose gardens.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Lunch

Day 4. Lotus Land, Santa Barbara

Lotus land is a fantasy world created with dramatic plant combinations and exotic hard landscaping. With paths lined by diamonds of green glass and a Mediterranean pond bordered by abalone shells, this is a garden that will challenge and excite you.
Stay: Cambria, Pines Lodge or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 5. Hearst Castle

Today, visit the amazing castle created by mining magnate William Randolph Hearst and designed by Julia Morgan. A tangle of courtyards, terraces with their own gardens, pools and fountains were used to link all the buildings. Choose to wander through the gardens or visit one of the museums.
Stay: Two Nights: San Francisco, Parc 55 on Union Square or similar
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Day 6. San Francisco Gardens

Considered among America’s finest gardens, Filoli is now owned by the National Trust. Among the sections of the gardens to explore are the Sunken Garden, Pool Pavilion Garden, a large Walled Garden, Rose and Knot Gardens. San Francisco Botanical Gardens is a floral treasure with more than 7,500 varieties of plants.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast
  • • Dinner

Day 7. Depart San Francisco

Your tour concludes after breakfast in San Francisco this morning.
  • Daily Meals Included:
  • • Breakfast

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the $1 billion J Paul Getty Museum and Getty Villa
  • See the Huntington Gardens as well as the amazing art collection and library
  • Visit the fantasy world of Lotus Land in Santa Barbara
  • Visit Hearst Castle and its gardens
  • Explore the Filoli gardens, considered one of America’s finest gardens

Map

Included Experiences

  • All sightseeing as mentioned
  • Services of a Botanical Guide and Experienced Tour Manager
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Travel in a small group in a luxury vehicle
  • 10 Meals - 6 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 3 Dinners 

Additional Information

This tour can be combined with:

  • Gardens of Vancouver and Victoria and the Rocky Mountaineer Train BTCAN8
  • Enquire for more details

 

Fitness level

  • Our tours and cruises cater to various fitness levels
  • This tour requires a medium level of fitness – Involves walking on uneven surfaces for more than one hour, multiple two-night stays in one location with potential for unexpected changes to itineraries

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Prices are for land only. Flights not included

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