Cali Hawaii

$ 2100

Overview

Waipio Valley
Kailua-Kona
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Mahana Bay
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach camping
Kalapana
Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park
San
Francisco
Yosemite National Park
Death Valley
Las Vegas
Grand Canyon
San Diego
Los Angeles
Route 66

Group size:

Max 14

Camping

12 nights

Hotel/Hostel

5 nights

All Camping Meals

Cali Hawaii - Perfect for those who can’t decide between the "Cali Dream” and the "Aloha Hawaii”: the “Cali-Hawaii” combination! Spend 18 days on an adventure from Hollywood to Hawaii! After an exciting road trip through California, there's no better way to top off your vacation than with beach and aloha time on The Big Island. These 18 days of awesome vacation were planned just for you!

12 Camp Nights, 2 Hotel Nights, 2 Hostel Nights,

1 Pre-Night Hawaii

All Camping Meals (12 Breakfasts - 12 Lunches - 12 Dinners)

2 hr Surf Lesson

2-hour Volcano Lava Sunset Bicycle Ride

Camping Equipment*

All Park Entrances

*Sleeping bags are not provided; please bring your own.

What's Included

Itinerary

Day 1: San Francisco: City of Lights


On your first day, you’ll meet your tour leader & fellow travelers at the tour meeting point found in your e-mail package. We’ll kick things off by visiting some epic sites, such as the Golden Gate Bridge or Fisherman’s Wharf, before moving on to lesser-known top spots your tour leader knows about. Excited for day one? In the Afternoon we’ll drive to Yosemite National Park for our first camping night. Don’t worry about supplies. We’ll stop at a grocery store and grab anything we need. When we reach the campsite in the afternoon, you’ll set up your tents. (Tents are shared. So, for two of you, it will be a breeze to set it up.) The exact type of tent can vary, but we often use Igloo tents. After showing you how to get started on your first camping adventure, your tour guide will set up all the cooking equipment so we can enjoy our first camping meal! S’more’s, anyone? Location: San Francisco, California Camping Night




Day 2: Yosemite National Park


In the morning after breakfast we will load up the tour van and drive to Yosemite National Park, America’s first National Park, which features massive granite rocks, huge waterfalls, and breathtaking views. (Fun fact: it has over 1,000 miles of hiking trails and can fit two times the country of Netherlands!) Sometimes during the end of summer, Yosemite’s waterfalls are dried out. So, it makes more sense to spend time at a beautiful alpine lake or on a few small, beginner hikes. (accessible to all) Whatever you’d rather do, your tour leader has you covered. After a scenic drive on Tioga Pass road with amazing vistas over the Sierra Nevada, we will end up for the evening in Bishop, a town near Death Valley. (Rest reassured, we are not camping in Death Valley!) Location: Yosemite National Park, California Camping Night




Day 3: Death Valley & Las Vegas


Get excited for Las Vegas! But before we arrive in Sin City, we spend an amazing day in Death Valley National Park. Myths say that there is no water nor people, and that Death Valley is the hottest place on Earth! True, it is very hot, and yes, there is water, and believe it or not, a native tribe called Timbisha Shoshone lives in Death Valley. But there is even more! After the previous active day in Yosemite, enjoy a scenic drive of Death Valley with some stunning opportunities to stretch your legs and snap some amazing photos. (Fun facts: There used to be roaring Volcano and you can find a type of stone called Death Valley Borax in laundry detergent!) After a long drive, it’s finally time for Las Vegas, the city in the desert that never sleeps with themed casino hotels. Tonight, let’s get together for a fun Las Vegas Limo Party (optional), stop at the world-famous Vegas sign, and simply have a blast together, the YPA way. Location: Death Valley, California & Las Vegas, Nevada Hotel Night Optional Awesomeness: 2hr Limo Party




Day 4: Las Vegas


After a fun party evening, it’s your time to explore Las Vegas at your own pace. Some of you maybe want to sleep in and take a day to recharge. Others prefer to soak at the pool. For anyone not sure what to do or where to go, your tour leader can provide suggestions. Las Vegas has five casino hotels you don’t want to miss: 1) The Bellagio, with a beautiful fountain show, 2) New York and its rollercoaster, 3) Paris with a huge reproduction of the Eiffel Tower 4) Caesars Palace from the movie Hangover and 5) the Venetian, with real gondolas inside! Your tour guide can assist you with finding shows. There is plenty of fun for any age! Location: Las Vegas Hotel Night




Day 5: The Grand Canyon


You have heard about it. You have seen pictures on Instagram! Close your eyes, imagine a big canyon’s South Rim and North Rim, with 16 kilometers between both sides, a 1,634-meter vertical drop, and the Colorado River in between. Now, step out of your tour van, and here you are: facing the Grand Canyon! Nothing beats the real thing! After a 4.5-hour drive, we set up camp and explore. Walk around viewpoints, take the perfect Instagram picture, or go on a small, beginner’s hike. (Accessible to all)Fun fact: you can even see this 7th wonder of the world from space! Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona Camping Night Optional Awesomeness: Helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon




Day 6: Route 66


Today we head towards Lake a Havasu, Desert Lake on the Colorado River where you can soak in the water, get a tan, and even sleep outside tonight with very mild temperatures. We will drive the legendary Route 66, the perfect place to buy souvenirs for your family and friends, particularly grandparents that grew up hearing the Route 66 myth. No other road has captured the imagination and the essence of the American Dream quite like this. The idea behind the “Mother Road” was to connect urban and rural America from Chicago all the way to Los Angeles, crossing eight states and three time zones. Today, most of us know Route 66 from the movie, Cars. Maybe we will even spot one of the original Cars! Location: Lake Havasu, Arizona Camping Night




Day 8: San Diego


Welcome back to California! On Day 7, we have a very long drive (about 6 hours) ahead of us through the Mojave Desert. In San Diego, we’ll spend two nights camping. The drive takes us even through Coachella Valley, where the famous music festival is each year. As we get closer to San Diego, you will be amazed by the change of scenery. With miles of sandy beaches, comfortable weather and a very chill vibe, San Diego has it all. Historically, San Diego is also considered as the birthplace of California. Thanks to Missions (like a church), the Spanish colonized California all the way to LA and San Francisco. Among the places we will see are Old Town San Diego, Downtown Gaslamp District (famous for its architecture), and Coronado Island, which is so close to Mexico, you can even take the tramway to the Mexican border & walk over. Location: San Diego, California Camping Night




Day 9: San Diego Surf Vibes


In the morning, we will continue to explore San Diego and check out spots you have not seen the day before, then it’s time to check out the waves when YPA takes you to our very own surf lesson! The Surf School at Mission Beach will provide you with wet suits and surfboards and 2-hours of surf instructions. San Diego is the perfect spot to try this for the first time because the waves are smooth and the ocean is not too rough. Ready to hang loose? In the afternoon, we can continue our San Diego exploration. Why not check out the Mexican border & go for real Mexican food! Location: San Diego, California Camping Night Included YPA Awesomeness: 2hrs Surf Lesson




Day 7: Los Angeles


This is the last full day of the tour and we’re on our way to Los Angeles, including Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica & Venice Beach. Hollywood is famous for the Hollywood sign, of course, as well as the stars on the ground. (There are over 2,500 of them!) Supposedly, Beverly Hills this is where plenty of celebrities visit & shop on Rodeo Drive. Which celebrity will you spot? To finish off the day, we’ll try to catch a sunset at Venice Beach, famous for its Skate Bowl, and Muscle Beach! Location: Los Angeles-Santa Monica, California Shared Accommodation: Hostel or Hotel




Day 10: Say Goodbye to California and Aloha to Hawaii! Today is a Free day, also known as Transfer Day.


Transfer day is the last day in San Diego before you fly to Hawaii. You have this full day to fly to Kona, Hawaii. You can fly out at the time you wish. However, we recommend arriving in the afternoon in Kona, that leaves you time to get to your pre-departure accommodation, settle down and enjoy the first moments in Hawaii. Airport transfers are not included. On the mainland, USA Tour vans are not authorized to drive into the airport property. Your tour leader will help you arrange airport transfers. By the time you get to San Diego, you will make new friends and sharing an Uber, Lyft or Airport shuttle will be affordable and easy. There is a good chance some of you are on the same flights. Your tour leader will collect flight info at the beginning of the trip and together, we can organize the airport transfer and make transfer day a breeze. Can I leave San Diego in the evening before the transfer day? We do not recommend that, as you may miss out on the last San Diego day. As a reminder, it is your responsibly to get to the airport. Your tour leader won’t be able to leave the group to drive you to airport shuttle or bus locations. You would have to take a taxi, Lyft or Uber form San Diego or most likely from our San Diego campground.




Day 11: Aloha i ka Hawaii


Aloha i ka Hawaii, or welcome to Kona, Big Island Hawaii. Dear, Cali Hawaii Adventurers, you are finally in Hawaii. After spending a night together in Kona, you are for sure already in Aloha moon. “Aloha” is more than just a way to say “Hello”. It’s the Hawaiian lifestyle we will adopt for this week. Upon re-connecting with your tour leader, we will head towards Captain Cook Monument and get our first epic views on the Hawaiian Coast. After a lunch, it’s time to continue our road towards Ho`okena Beach Park. If time allows, we’ll stop at White Sands Beach, a pristine white sand beach and top-notch spot for Body Boarders. Today will be our first Hawaiian camp night, right here on the Kona side of the island, famous for its awesome weather. We will stop at a grocery store for supplies and get the fun going. Ready for the Hawaiian version of S’mores? Add some pineapples. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 12: Snorkeling & Ocean Adventures


Ready, Set, TAN & Go! Put your swim suit on, get out your sunscreen, and let’s roll to the beach. Today, we are going snorkeling at one of Big Island’s most beautiful spots: Pu’uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park, a place the native Hawaiians used for ancient practices and rituals. Crystal blue lagoon water, beautiful white sands & colored fishes are just a few of the natural wonders you will see in Hawaii’s waters. After, we’ll take some time for well-deserved sunbathing. After lunch, we head toward Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, the most southern point of the island, a beach where the sand is really black! Maybe we get lucky & can spot some friendly Honus (Hawaiian green sea turtles)! In the afternoon, we will head towards Volcano National Park for our second camp night. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 13: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park & Hilo


After an amazing beach day, it’s time to explore the volcano side of Hawaii. At its heart are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes. Kilauea is Hawaii’s most active volcano and you can see lava and fumes coming out when overlooking the Halema’uma u Crater! Our tour leader will know what to show us the day we drive there. We can go explore some magic lava tubes. If you feel up for it, we can hike the Kilauea Iki trail, a small hike (accessible to all), which descends from the beautiful Volcano rainforest into the caldera, where you can see firsthand the effects of millions of years of volcanic activity. In the afternoon, we will drive to Hilo in Big Island’s historic town. If it’s market day (Wednesday or Saturday), stop at the Farmers Market to see how shopping is done, local-style. Let’s pick up some souvenirs or some fresh fruit. After dinner, we can go stargazing or check out the lava fumes & flow at night from the park’s visitor center. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 14: Beaches, & Red Hot Lava


The Adventure continues! We will check out Wailuku River State Park where we can see 25-feet high waterfalls and some gorgeous Banyan trees. If time permits, let’s go swimming at Coconut Island or one the beaches in the majestic Keaukaha area. In the afternoon, get ready for some relaxation time at the Kapoho or Ahalanui Tide Pools. Many of them are large and deep enough to provide enough room for swimmers and snorkelers. Some of the pools are volcanically heated and quite warm, up to about 32 Celsius. Kapoho tide pools are a perfect spot for sunbathing, chilling or even sitting in the grass for some social time. Today, we want to have early dinner so we can fuel up for some YPA Awesomeness: we will bicycle on a lava rock trail to watch a red hot lava flow sunset in Kalapano. Each way takes about 35 to 40 mins, so it’s a fairly easy ride. At the end of the road, a beautiful sunset awaits with lava flow as a backdrop. Today, we’ll get back to camp a bit later as usual. Late night snacks, anybody? Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night YPA Awesomeness Included today: Bicycle ride to Red Hot Lava Flow




Day 15: Green Sand Beach & Coffee Farm


This morning, we head to the most southern point & check out Green Sand Beach. This is a must for any real authentic Hawaiian tour. On the way, we can find many interesting coastal areas, ancient ruins, and incredible views. Once we get there, get excited for a super scenic small hike (accessible to all) We’ll follow the shore for 2.5 miles until reaching Mahana Bay and the Green Sand Beach. Here, typically the waves are a bit stronger. At the beach, you should definitely jump in the water and splash around. Before heading back to camp this evening, we will also have time to visit a Big Island coffee farm. This is a super authentic experience because by 1922, most coffee production in Hawaii had disappeared, except in the Kona district. The Kona Region and its Ideal Climate - Grown on the mountain slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa volcanoes - Tropical sun-drenched mornings and misty afternoons. This excellent quality has made Kona coffee one of the most highly valued coffees in the world. A must bring souvenir for friends, family and Coffee Lovers alike! Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 16: Road trip to Waipi’o Valley & Water Falls


Just outside Hilo, we’ll enjoy the magical drive along the Hamakua Coast, with lush rainforests, tropical plants and breathtaking views. On the way, we’ll stop at the Uma Uma Falls and Akaka Falls State Park to see two of the most famous waterfalls in Hawaii. The Ka Wailele (“Waterfall” in Hawaiian) has a very precious meaning in the ancient culture, as it’s the connection between the earth and the sky and is therefore the symbol of life. This brings us to green lush rain forest, just a short drive to the Waipi’o Valley Overlook, which will allow you a stunning view of the “Valley of Kings”, one of the most culturally significant spots for native Hawaiians and a hot spot for the traditional cultivation of the locally-prized “kalo”, or taro crop. Tonight is our last night of camping! Let’s get together, make a bonfire, watch the stars or have a last camp night party! Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 17: Beach & You Time - Hapuna Beach State Park


Today, it’s all about enjoying our last day, the Hawaiian way. This morning, we’ll get a very relaxed start and head to Hapuna Beach State Park, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get your swim suit on for a last time, bring your sunscreen and let’s gear up with some beach toys, volley balls, body boards, or snorkels The choice is yours! Your leader has plenty of options ready for you, from free time to a small hike down to Polulu Valley! In the evening, after a last farewell dinner together, it’s time to say “Mahalo”, which means “goodbye” in Hawaiian. By now, you have made new friends and loaded your heart with memories. Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night




Day 18: My last day on Big Island: It's not over yet


Wow, you did it! 18 days, 12 nights of camping, 5 nights of hostel/hotel. Today, it’s all about enjoying our last day, the Hawaiian way. This morning, we’ll get a very relaxed start and head to Hapuna Beach State Park, voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get your swimming suit on for the last time, bring your sunscreen and let’s gear up with some beach toys, volley ball or body board. You can also go snorkeling again. The choice is yours! Your leader has plenty of options ready for you, from free time to a small hike down to Polulu Valley! In the evening, after a farewell dinner, it’s time to say “Mahalo”, which means “goodbye” in Hawaiian. By now, you have made new friends and loaded your heart with memories. We hope to see you soon again on another YPA adventure! Location: Big Island, Hawaii Camping Night





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The basics

Info I should Know

Meeting Your Fellow Travelers

YPA is here to make you feel at home and bring people together, regardless if you travel solo or with a group of friends. Whether you are an au pair, student, young professional, or simply like to travel the world, simple things like rotating the seats in the tour van or grocery shopping together will make it a breeze to make new friend.

Included Meals

All camping meals are included on your trip. Your tour leader will always inform you ahead of time whether or not a meal will be included. While the number of included meals are always the same, we keep it flexible and up to you & your tour guide when a meal is included. This allows the tour leader to run a trip tailored to his specific group and the plans for that day.

Organization

Your tour leader will make sure you are comfortable and get answers all your questions. We plan to make groceries stops together and, if time allows, help you find stores for other supplies (like a sleeping bag).

Driving Times

Driving times vary depending on the program of the day. In general, a short driving day is about 3 hours, and a long driving day can be up to 6+. We rarely simply drive from A to B. On the drives, we will make stops to explore awesome view points and the local culture. After all, half the fun is getting there!

Departure & Arrival times

Most departures from campgrounds are early in the morning, 8:30 AM or much earlier, depending on the next destination.

Flexible Itinerary

All tours go to the same places, but on-site activities depend on the group, day, and tour leader. Your tour leader’s mission is to show your group the best possible places and activities, and make sure that you get the most of your trip!

Your Day as a Group

Your tour guide will tailor a daily program adapted to the group as a whole. If there is a particular activity you want to do or you do not want to take part in an activity, just let your tour leader know.

Language spoken on the trip

The main language your tour leader will speak is English so everyone can understand what’s going on. However, often times your tour leader will speak a second language. At the end of the day, so many nationalities come together that we end up in a cultural melting pot. You don’t need to speak good English at all.

© 2018 By Nikola Milanovic.

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