PRE AND POST CRUISE TOURS TO CALIFORNIA
AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

U.S. Group Planners provides customized private pre and post cruise tours to world-class destinations throughout California and the Pacific Northwest (Seattle and Vancouver). We can setup shore excursions, city packages, sightseeing excursions, multi-venue tours, special interest tours and affinity tours.

California is home to the three major port cities of San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego; each of which is itself a world-class destination for leisure and corporate incentive groups and offers travelers additional options to enhance their vacation time. Especially for travelers who have not visited these cities previously, there is much to see and do - and at a minimum additional cost. In addition, extending the time on shore before and after a cruise relieves the stress accompanying the likelihood of flight delays and baggage mishaps.

Perhaps no other city in the United States combines an atmosphere of metropolitan sophistication with its incredible natural views than San Francisco. This world-class city is also renowned for its many neighborhoods which celebrate the ethnic and cultural diversity of Northern California. Whether the ethnic neighborhoods of Chinatown, Japantown, the Mission or North Beach, or the cultural diversity experienced in Haight-Ashbury or the Castro, San Francisco offers tourists experiences not available in any other city.

The Fishermans Wharf attractions, Muir Woods, Sausalito and the Wine Country should not to be missed during a pre cruise visit to San Francisco. Post cruise options include Carmel and Monterey, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park. Pre or post cruise trips can also be planned in conjunction with the following annual events - Chinese New Year in February, San Francisco Flower & Garden Show in March, Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in April, Bay to Breakers Race in May, Gay Pride Parade in June, the crush and the harvesting of the grapes in the wine country from late August through early October and Fleet Week in October.

What is commonly referred to as Los Angeles is a region that is actually comprised of over eighty cities; among them are Hollywood, the home of the American film industry, Beverly Hills, featuring the homes of the stars and the shopping Mecca Rodeo Drive and the beaches of the rich and famous in Malibu. Local attractions for a pre cruise visit include the Getty Center, Universal Studios, the Disney Resort, the Queen Mary and LA's coastal communities. A post cruise trip can encompass Santa Barbara, a coastal trip north to San Francisco, Palm Springs, Las Vegas or San Diego. Pre or post cruise tours can be set up around these world-class special events in the Los Angeles area - the Tournament of Roses Parade, the Long Beach Grand Prix, Cinco de Mayo, the Festival of Arts and the Pageant of Masters in Laguna Beach, and the Hollywood Christmas Parade.

San Diego, the second largest city in California and considered to be the best year round climate in the United States, is home to a number of must see attractions including Balboa Park, The San Diego Zoo, Seaworld and Old Town. The area features unrivalled coastal scenery, colorful wineries, historic missions and championship golf courses. A pre cruise stay in San Diego can include the local sights and attractions and a post cruise tour can focus on other world-class venues in Southern California such as Laguna and Newport Beach, the Disney Resort, Los Angeles and Palm Springs.