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Discover the magnificent gardens of California.

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

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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


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


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
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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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