388 nautical miles*
Ideal for Summer Season
Characterized by endless miles of golden beaches, iconic landmarks, Hollywood heritage and wild rugged shoreline, an itinerary along California's vast coastline promises a truly magical experience of a lifetime.
- Day 1
Begin your adventure overlooking iconic landmarks
Offering spectacular views of the skyline and iconic Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco provides an ideal place to kick off your west coast yacht vacation.
After a welcome lunch on board, arrange to take a tender ashore to downtown San Francisco to experience the heady bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and explore the city’s labyrinthine streets and hidden alleys. Don't miss the chance to visit Lombard Street, the world's ‘crookedest’ street, as well as grabbing some retail therapy in Union Square.
To make your visit truly memorable, head to Pier 33 and take a cruise over to Alcatraz Island – home to the notorious former federal penitentiary. Discover the history of the island and its nefarious inhabitants, choosing from a range of guided tours that are run by National Park Rangers and volunteers. They also operate a night program with guided tours, which leave the mainland at 6.30pm and return by 8.45pm in time for a delicious evening meal on board.
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- Alcatraz Island
- Day 2
Behold the cathedral of towering redwoods
On your first full day on your private yacht charter, we highly recommend a trip to Muir Woods, where you can take in the spectacular sight of hundreds of gigantic ancient redwoods, a truly unmissable event.
Boasting a rich and varied history, visitors will get the chance to discover more about this primeval forest and its early inhabitants by the Coast Miwok people right through to its present day preservation efforts.
For wildlife lovers, there are also opportunities to spot endangered coho salmon fingerlings, Pacific wren, woodpeckers, owls, deer, chipmunks, skunks, river otters and squirrels to name a few.
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- Muir Woods
- Day 3
Point Reyes and Napa Valley
Stunning hikes and world-class wineries
After breakfasting on board the yacht, up anchor and make a beeline north to Point Reyes National Seashore Reserve, and enjoy a beautiful morning hike around wind-swept rocky bluffs and secluded golden beaches.
Due east of Point Reyes, you’ll find California’s world-class Napa Valley wine region, where you'll spend the day tasting some of the world’s finest wines in the California sun against the stunning backdrop of lush hillside vineyards.
There are plenty of upscale restaurants offering exquisite fine dining with wine pairings, presenting a great opportunity for an evening meal ashore, and the perfect way to round off the day before being transported by limo back to the yacht.
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- Napa Valley
- Day 4
Charming waterfront set in a picturesque harbor
Head south past Santa Cruz, before anchoring in the pretty scalloped bay encircling the beautiful town of Monterey.
Immortalized by the Nobel-winning American author John Steinbeck, the bustling waterfront town of Monterey offers plenty to see and do while you're here. The strip hosts numerous gift shops and bars, along with a plethora of dining options where you can enjoy the local specialty of freshly caught squid.
Be sure not to miss the Monterey Aquarium, arguably the best on the West Coast, showcasing thousands of marine animals and interactive exhibits, ideal for all ages.
- Day 5
Channel Islands, Santa Barbara
Whale watching and spectacular sunsets
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on board as the yacht follows the wind and tides to Santa Barbara, while keeping an eye out for migrating whales and dolphins that often come to play in the yacht’s wake.
Anchor up in the Channel Islands National Park, a stunning archipelago of 5 islands off the coast of Santa Barbara offering a heady mix of sea caves, kelp forests, scenic hikes and whale watching.
This is the ideal place for a spot of swimming and snorkeling, while the crew set up a beach barbeque for glorious sundowners and alfresco dining at its best.
- Day 6
Cruise south to the eternally glamorous city of Los Angeles, renowned playground for mega yachts and Hollywood royalty, and grab a slip at Marina Del Rey – only a stone’s throw from the celebrated destinations of Santa Monica and Venice Beach for classic California beach vibes.
Alternatively, cruise to Newport Beach further south and moor up at Newport Beach Club, one of the oldest in the US, and take a stroll across the bridge to Balboa Island, where nostalgically charming cottages with white picket fences, saltwater taffy shops and wooden ice-cream parlors abound.
if you’re after the chance to rub shoulders with Hollywood’s glitterati, then be sure to book a table at the iconic LA restaurant Spago set in the heart of Beverley Hills, offering up elegant gourmet cuisine coupled with a heady atmosphere, making it the perfect place to end your day in this vibrant cosmopolitan city.
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Spago of Beverly Hills
Marina Del Rey
- Spago of Beverly Hills
- Day 7-8
A magical wonderland of experiences
On the final day of your charter experience, you'll be sure of a warm welcome in San Diego; a vibrant metropolis offering everything you could possibly want, alongside gorgeous sandy beaches and acres of wilderness.
A trip to San Diego wouldn’t be complete without stops at San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld, where you can get up close and personal with some of their friendly killer whales. The zoo itself boasts over 12,000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies, with plenty of additional activities to keep you occupied.
If you prefer something a little less touristy, make your way to the Coronados Islands, located 12 miles off the coast of San Diego. This small archipelago has some lovely anchorages surrounded by Caribbean-blue waters and boasts some of the best diving on the west coast, where visibility often exceeds 80 feet.
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*All distances are approximate