Los Angeles – Santa Barbara – 17 Mile Drive – Carmel
We will start from California Coast and stop at Santa Barbara. We will be visiting a Spanish Mission to learn how religion has been a key in the development of this region. From there we will head to Solvang, a Danish community and check few of the shops. From there we will embark on the 17 mile drive along the spectacular Californian coastline. Following we will visit Carmel and stroll around the town for some time after whish we will head to the Silicon Valley.
Hotel: La Quinta Inn or Similar.
San Francisco – Bay CRUISE – Golden Gate Bridge – Chinatown
On day 2, we will visit the Fisherman’s Wharf in the bay and stop briefly under the Golden Gate Bridge. We can also see the Alcatraz Island. We will come to Pier 39 for a leisure lunch. From there we will go on a city tour covering landmarks like Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Union Square and Nob Hill. Later in the night, we will arrive at the Bay Bridge to catch a spectacular night view of the city.
Hotel: Park Inn or Similar.
San Francisco – Yosemite – Los Angeles
We will be moving east through the Joaquin Valley and arrive at the Yosemite National Park. It is a wonderland consisting of forests, waterfalls, lakes in Sierra Nevada. We will also see the Bridal- Veil Falls, El Captain and the Half Dome. We will also see one of the highest waterfalls in North America, the Yosemite Falls.
Today we will begin with a tour to Monterrey to see the Wharf and the Cannery Row. From there we will move south to visit the Hearst Castle. Explore the house which is an antique in the true sense of its term. We will return to Los Angeles in the evening.
- 1. The order of itinerary may change without any notice depending on weather situations or for some other unforeseen circumstances.
- 2. The order of activities held during the tour is planned by the tour guide. So, it may be different from what is mentioned on the tour page. On fewer occasions, Tour Guide has to skip an attraction or few during the tour depending on weather, traffic, group interest or some other reason.
- 3. Some attractions are seasonal. So, when they are closed they will be replaced with some other attraction.
- 4. You can skip some optional activities during the tour and plan something on your own. Make sure that you coordinate with Tour guide and stay with the group with next activity. Please note you cannot stay on the bus if you skip some optional activity.
- 5. Probable hotel names are mentioned in the itinerary. It can be similar or a different hotel of the similar rating. Exact Hotel details can only be provided one day before the departure.
- 6. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel.
- 7. These tours are conducted in a group. A group can have people of several cultures. We expect each person to coordinate with Tour guide to make sure things are on track.
- 8. Though attractions are optional but you have to at least take 2 attractions.
Most of the tours are carried out in air conditioned bus. A minivan can also be used depending on the number of people booking the tour.
Admission to Yosemite Park (Summer) and Hearst castle (Winter)
SFO Bay Cruise
Tour is inclusive of hotel accommodation.
Inclusive of all taxes.
Tour is accompanied by the tour guide.
It is possible for rates to change without notice.
Though meals and drinks are not a part of the package the guide will arrange them upon request.
Telephone services, laundry services, Alcoholic drinks and beverages are private room charges.
Additional personal expenditure.
- 1. All the prices are listed in USD.
- 2. Tour display price is based on double occupancy. It is the price each person will pay if a group of two is traveling.
- 3. Prices may change without any notice.
- 4. Prices include hotel accommodation, transportation and taxes.
- 5. Admission Tickets to different places and meals are NOT included in the tour price.
- 6. Mandatory Tip for tour guide and driver are NOT included.
- 7. Only the tour guide can purchase entrance tickets for you. Pre-purchased tickets are NOT acceptable.
- 8. A free (i.e. Buy 2 Get 1 Free) person, not showing up on a departure date will result in a penalty. The penalty is usually the fourth person price, but it varies. Free person has to pay for some admission tickets that is included in the tour package price of Paid Person.
- 9. There must be at least one passenger of 18 years for every booking made with GoldenBusTours. For Children between the age group of 2 to 14 years, a different price will be charged. Please refer to Child price on our pricing calendar. Child Age may vary between different bus operators. Maximum 4 people of any age can stay in 1 Room in the hotel. If the 5th person is infant you will be charged normally then with the second room as an expense.
- 10. Activities are optional though, but each customer has to participate in 2 activities at least. No city pass allowed. Some attractions are mandatory. Each customer has to take part in them and have to pay for them in cash.
Starbucks Coffee Shop Farmers Market Corner of Fairfax Blvd and 3 rd St at 07:00 PM
4 Points Sheraton Culver City Hotel -5990 Green Valley Circle, Culver City In the lobby of the hotel at 07:00 PM
- 1. Arrive at departure location 10 to 15 minutes before the mentioned time to make sure you catch the bus on time. If in case you are late, the bus will not wait for you at the location and ultimately you will miss the entire tour (no refund in this case).
- 2. Return time on the website is just an estimation. Expect some variation always. Time may change depending on traffic and weather situations
- 3. There is a possibility that tour operator may use a shuttle to drop you off at the return location. It usually happens in the case of multiple return locations.
- 4. You can leave the tour at any place only after signing a Tour Departure Form for leaving the tour early.
- 5. Please note that price will stay the same even if you leave the tour early.
- 6. If you have booked a pre-tour hotel stay, then you will have to arrange your own transport from hotel to departure location.
- 7. If you have booked extra night hotel after the tour, then you will arrange transport from drop off point to hotel.
- 8. On West Coast tours some bus operators have a lot of departure locations. A slow start is expected on these tours.
Reservation, Booking & Redemption
Terms & Conditions
Any travel service purchases indicate your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions set out herein.
You are advised to carefully read through and understand these Terms & Conditions before making your booking.
You will get an email immediately once you place an order. Tour Confirmation usually takes 2, 3 days except for urgent order. Urgent orders can be confirmed in a day or even few hours, but we can’t assure success in these cases. On fewer occasions, some of the others may require a longer period of time for confirmation. You are advised not to book airline tickets unless you have received the confirmation.
E-Ticket (Mandatory to be on bus)
Your e-ticket includes complete operator information such as local telephone numbers at your destination. You are required to print the e-tickets and bring them along with you on the trip. They will be needed as proof of purchase.
Changes in Booking
You may incur a fee for any revisions or alterations made to the reservation when the booking has already been confirmed. Cancellation fees may be applied to things such as name changes or corrections. They may also apply to tour date changes or tour itinerary changes. Please note that no departure changes are permitted 72 hours before departure.
Changes in Tour Itinerary
We are continuously striving to improve tour itineraries and features. In the event of unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the control, we do reserve the right to vary the itineraries and to substitute hotels. Duplicate departures may operate during certain peak periods, sometimes in reverse order. As such, hotels may vary from those included on the itinerary pages.
If you wish to reschedule your tour (change the departure date or choose a different tour) then a reschedule fees may be applied. A reschedule fees of $25 or 6% (which one is higher) will be applied. Please note that all reschedule requests should be made before 12 days of tour departure. Requests made after the mentioned duration shall not be entertained.
Cancellation or Reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection.
1. One room can accommodate maximum 4 people. Even if you are 5 people including 1 month-old baby you still need 2 rooms.
2. If you can carry your child up to 3 years of age then you do not need to book seats for him. It may vary from one tour to another.
3. Service providers hold the right to change the itinerary and hotel arrangements without any notice.
4. Child (0-9 years) and Single traveler going on the tour have special rates. These prices vary from one tour to another.
5. Meals and Attractions are not included. You can ask your tour guide to try to arrange the meal for you as per your requirements. For attractions, admission fees pay it to the tour guide on the tour.
6. Prices may change without any notice because of prices fluctuation in the market.
7. All prices mentioned on the website are in US dollars.
8. In Case of Bank Wire Transfer customer have to bear Wire transfer fee.
9. Tour package price is inclusive of taxes.
10. Tour Prices are every individual and in view of room inhabitance.
Child rates are applicable for children between (0-12 years) of age. Parents are advised to bring car seats for the safety of their child.
Buy 2 Get 3rd discounted: Get 3rd Ticket on special discounted rates on the purchase of 2 tickets.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
No matter the reason for the cancellation, we are forced to carry costly charges from out travel and hotel providers in the form of penalties and fees that re-incurred when there is a cancellation of confirmed or pending bookings. As such, there are cancellation penalties or fees incurred. Determination of the time of cancellation will be done when the notice is received and confirmed by our office. You must make any notice of cancellation directly to GoldenBusTours by email or webmail at the Contact Us section.
We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure with respect to operating requirement or circumstances beyond control. In case a cancellation is made at any given moment in time before departure, our only liability as GoldenBusTours will be to refund you, the passenger with the amount we received for the booking of the tour. We will try our best to re-book the same or similar tour. We are not responsible for any cancellation penalties that may have been incurred on any other travel arrangements inclusive of separate purchase of air tickets.
We are not liable for any other travel arrangements that have been affected as a result of the cancellations.
⇒ A 10% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 8 days or more before the departure date.
⇒ A 25% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 4 to 7 days before the departure date.
⇒ A 100% cancellation fee of the total tour purchase will be incurred if the cancellation occurs 3 days before the departure date.
Cancellation or Reschedule charges are applicable even if you are NOT able to take the tour because of visa rejection. If you reschedule tour and later decides to cancel it then cancellation charges will be applicable to the original departure date and not to the rescheduled one.
There is no refund for unused features. You forfeit the entire payment when you are a no show.
In order for there not to be a cancellation, a minimum number of participants are required. We reserve the right to cancel a scheduled trip although every effort is made by us to ensure that normal operations are maintained.
An add-on fee of 6% for handling fees is charged in addition to the above penalties.
For any refund case, we do include the discount offered already. This is where GoldenBusTours is playing its role to make sure its customers get the best available deal at an affordable price.
No refund request or complaint will be entertained after 30 days of tour departure. You have to send a formal complaint through email.
Note: More 30 days after the completion of the tour, we cannot grant any refunds.
⇒ In the case of free passenger cancellation kindly update us 7 days before the departure.
⇒ In the case of late cancellation request or free passenger does not show up on tour day then $128 will be charged.
3. Before booking any tour make sure to go through every detail like tour itinerary, tour price, cancellation policy, reschedule and refund policies.
4. You should either bring a printed copy of your E-Ticket or bring it in your smartphone on the day of tour departure. You should also bring a valid photo ID along with your E-Ticket. In the case of any issues for not carrying E-Ticket or Photo ID GoldenBusTour will not be responsible.
5. Make sure to provide a valid phone number so we can reach you in the case of any emergency.
6. Please read all important notes, inclusion, exclusion section, terms and conditions, policies and below notes.
6a. Tour Operator holds the right to cancel the tour at any time depending on poor weather condition or some other unforeseen circumstances. However, GoldenBusTour will update its customers about the cancellation and shall not be held accountable for charges other than tour fees.
6b. Change in tour price will not affect any confirmed booking.
6c. Tour Operator can change the order of itinerary at any time without any notice.
7. You will be responsible for your travel documents during the tour.
8. Reach Departure location about 20 to 30 minutes before departure time. Unfortunately, no one will wait for you in case you get in late. The bus mostly has Bus Operator name and logo on it. Even if you are five minutes late and miss the bus then GoldenBusTours or Tour Operator will not be responsible. There will be no refund in this case. You will be charged 100% tour fee.
The 3 days pack to Los Angeles, Yosemite, San Francisco and Santa Barbara was amazing. Everything was seen and the scenic surroundings on our way to all these places were also equally beautiful. The stay at the hotel was decent and our accommodation basic needs were appropriate.
The three day tour I completed just now and am writing it as my fresh experience, before I forget or miss out on something. The beaches, Yosemite national park were good and our tour guide helped us with each detail. He kept in his control all the guests and so the entire tour was good. Even people who returned late after visiting the attraction were handled by him well. There is a need for someone to be strict and he did his job well. The hotel accommodation was good and I loved my stay. I recommend taking this good tour.
In summer vacations, my children were asking for the vacation trip to Yosemite in California. So I planned with my wife to take the offer on goldenbustour.com which was not much expensive but reasonably affordable. My kids really enjoyed the 3-day bus tour to only Yosemite but also Solvang, Carmel, Fisherman Wharf, Hearst castle and countless other attractive places.
This tour for 3 days was with my colleagues and we had the best time. It was more than we expected. All was set right and we enjoyed thoroughly. I recommend this tour as they offer the best comfort and lovely packages.
We took this 3 day tour from Los Angeles and enjoyed visiting the places. This tour operator had done a great job of selecting particular places of visit. They showed us Santa Barabara main sights and we did not miss the Pebble beach as well. In San Francisco it was amazing to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, while the Fisherman's Wharf to see the seals. All the spectacular views made for a great day in this beautiful city. Fortunately we saw so much and am really glad to be in this tour that i recommend 5 stars and also more.
The bus tour was as per schedule and the problem was with the toilet. It was smelly. However, there was not much trouble as they stopped in many rest rooms. Yet the coach smelt. Overall it was a fantastic tour and the guide was knowledgeable. He gave his best cooperation and even on all of us holding him for the smelly toilet, he retained his cool. That was nice and also apologized. On the other hand, the driver did not bother. He did good driving taking a nice tour of the bus. I complained on reaching back about the negligence of the tour bus being smelly.
This was my first time travelling with a tour company. I must say it was a very well organized tour at a reasonable price.. The guides were very nice. Golden bus Tours provided us with an brilliant opportunity to explore Santa Barbara, Carmel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Yosemite National Park, Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Wharf and the Hearst Castle.. I recommend this tour and this company.
Best tour ever! Me and my family like almost ever activity in that amazing tour, we had a great time during these 3 days, our tour guide was a very helpful guy, he was also really funny and very professional, i really wish all tour guides are like that. There were a lot of amazing places and activities in that tour, like anta Barbara, 17 mile drive, Carmel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Yosemite National Park.
The great thing about that tour is that it had an amazing tour guide, very skilled and he was really friendly and helpful and patient, he was nice to all people in the tour. We also liked the accommodation very much. We saw Santa Barbara, 17 mile drive, Carmel, Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Nob Hill, Yosemite National Park, Bridal Veil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Wharf
I would really like to thank my friend who had referred me to Golden Bus Tours, I had many tours with different agencies before, But really Golden Bus Tours is by far one of the best agencies i have dealt with, very organized and their customer service is excellent. I would also like to thank the tour guide who was really helpful guy and he was very professional and well educated. i was really happy about that package.
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