The Best of Northern California

  • 10 Days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

An experience of Californian contrasts: explore the canyons, caverns and city landmarks of this remarkable state. Get up close to the Golden Gate Bridge, stargaze in Sequoia National Park, and travel the winding Pacific Coast Highway on the exhilarating 17 Mile Drive.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
VIP private home pick-up
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

of 10 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 31st August 2018

Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

Overview

An experience of Californian contrasts: explore the canyons, caverns and city landmarks of this remarkable state. Get up close to the Golden Gate Bridge, stargaze in Sequoia National Park, and travel the winding Pacific Coast Highway on the exhilarating 17 Mile Drive.

At a glance

  • San Francisco Visit bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sonoma wine caves Wine tasting in the cool and atmospheric caves.
  • Yosemite National Park Visit one of the first wilderness parks of the United States.
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Stay overnight and stargaze at the Wuksachi Lodge.
  • 17 Mile Drive Journey along this famous stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline.

Day 1

UK - San Francisco

Fly to San Francisco where on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your travel companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

San Francisco

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, taking in all the major sites. See Golden Gate National Recreation area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Also see Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square and more. Then explore historic Chinatown on a walking tour. Discover dim sum teahouses, see how fortune cookies are made, wander back alleys and peek into temples in this historic neighbourhood. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a typical Chinatown restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

San Francisco - Sonoma - Lake Tahoe

This morning, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head to California's wine country for a guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting at the Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard, makers of award winning sparking wines. Continue to Lake Tahoe.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Lake Tahoe

Today, enjoy a cruise on scenic Lake Tahoe. Learn how the lake was formed, some of its fascinating history. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park

Leave the shores of Lake Tahoe and travel to one of the first wilderness parks in the United States - Yosemite National Park. The park is best known for it's waterfalls, but within nearly 1,200 square miles there are also deep valleys, grand meadiws, ancient sequoias and much more. This afternoon, enjoy a Valley Floor Tour that highlights the wonders of this incredible park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Yosemite - Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Leave Yosemite and travel to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, the 'Land of Giants'. In these parks discover a land of diversity and beauty, huge mountains, deep canyons, vast caverns and the world's largest trees. Overnight inside the park at the Wuksachi Lodge. This evening, join in a Stargazing Programme and learn about ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy and evening under the brilliant California sky.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks - Monterey

Enjoy more time exploring these magnificent parks, which now protect nearly half the remaining sequoia groves in the world. See the General Sherman Tree and spend some time at the Visitors Centre. Continue across the farmlands of California to the coastal town of Monterey for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Monterey

Today, enjoy a journey along scenic 17-Mile Drive. There will be views of the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Course and million dollar homes. Stop for a while in the seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a haven for writers, artists and celebrities. Spend time browsing the shops or along the beach. Later, return to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Join the Tour Director for a special farewell dinner tonight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Monterey - San Francisco - UK

Travel to San Francisco for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • San Francisco: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
  • Lake Tahoe: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
  • Yosemite National Park: Yosemite View Lodge
  • Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park: Wuksachi Lodge
  • Monterey: Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

Notes

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