Northern California
Escorted Tour

San Francisco • Napa Valley • Sacramento • Lake Tahoe •
Yosemite • Monterey

Jump aboard the ultimate northern Californian escorted tour, winding your way through the fresh cityscapes of San Francisco and Monterey, and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of Big Sur, tasting the golden age of rail travel through Napa Valley wine country and dining on the quiet waters of Lake Tahoe.
Enjoy some time exploring San Francisco before driving across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, heading for Napa Valley’s sun-dappled fields, lush vineyards and fragrant flowers. Board the Napa Valley Wine Train’s lovingly restored Pullman cars for a taste of the golden age of rail travel and journey through the sparkling sunlight of a Napa afternoon.
From Napa, travel on to the scenic surroundings of glimmering Lake Tahoe before continuing on to the Golden State’s most famous National Park, Yosemite, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Experience the glories of the California coast cruising scenic through Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur. Hidden coves with sandy beaches, towering redwoods touching the sky and dolphins and sea lions cavorting in the clear waters-Big Sur’s natural majesty will take your breath away.
From £2704pp

What's Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to San Francisco
  • 7 NIGHTS in selected tour hotels
  • 7 full breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Transport in luxury air-conditioned coach with on-board Wi-Fi and personal audio headsets
  • Escorted by a professional Tour Director
  • 2018 departure dates: May 12, 26 / June 16, 23 / July 6, 28 / August 4, 18 / September 1, 15
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The Exciting Parts

  • City tour of San Francisco
  • Scenic drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive, through Napa Wine Country
  • See quaint Carmel, Big Sur, Napa Valley
  • Visit the historic gold and silver mining town of Virginia City, "The Salad Bowl of the World" in Salinas Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Roaring Camp, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Your Adventure...

Arrive in San Francisco
San Francisco - Napa
Napa - Sacramento - Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park - Salinas Valley - Monterey (2 nights)
Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur Excursion
Monterey - Roaring Camp - Depart San Francisco
  • Day 1 Arrive in San Francisco

    Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay, check in to your hotel and explore. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
    Hotel: Fairmont San Francisco

  • Day 2 San Francisco - Napa

    As the mist rises over the bay, the great city of San Francisco stands before you. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from Fisherman's Wharf to fashionable Union Square. There's a story around every corner of San Francisco. Enjoy some free time at Fisherman's Wharf before driving across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, heading for Napa Valley's sun-dappled fields, lush vineyards and fragrant flowers.
    Hotel: Embassy Suites Napa Valley

  • Day 3 Napa - Sacramento - Lake Tahoe

    Enjoy a scenic drive through the Napa Valley area before boarding the Napa Valley Wine Train's lovingly restored Pullman cars for a taste of the golden age of rail travel. Journey through the sparkling sunlight of a Napa afternoon as you indulge in a Regional Meal lunch and wine tasting. After lunch, travel through the fertile Sacramento River Valley to the alpine splendour of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops.
    Hotel: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly Valley

  • Day 4 Lake Tahoe

    After a relaxing breakfast, step back in time as you ride along the Pony Express Trail to America's largest historic landmark, Virginia City, where Mark Twain once roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth". Learning about the West Coast's infamous Silver Rush is a true Cultural Insight. Take some time to visit one of the mansions, museums, gold and silver stores and see a real mine. This evening, join an elegant sunset Regional Meal dinner cruise on the lake, complete with wine, live music and magnificent views.
    Hotel: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly Valley

  • Day 5 Lake Tahoe - Yosemite National Park

    Snow covered for much of the year, stunning Tioga Pass is the perfect entry point to the Golden State's most famous National Park, Yosemite, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Weather conditions may cause the Tioga Pass to be closed to traffic, typically from mid-October to the end of May. In this case, an alternate entry point to Yosemite will be used.) Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil Falls. Enjoy your accommodation inside the park, taking in all of the natural wonders after the crowds have left and just a short stroll from Yosemite Falls.
    Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

  • Day 6 Yosemite National Park - Salinas Valley - Monterey (2 nights)

    Head west today into Salinas Valley and join an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques of the region with a Local Specialist. Travel to Monterey for a Be My Guest experience. Your hosts share their knowledge and love of food with you this evening as you dine on a meal of the freshest ingredients, an experience meant to empower you as a diner with an understanding of the farm-to-table experience.
    Hotel: The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

  • Day 7 Monterey, Carmel & Big Sur Excursion

    Experience the glories of the California coast cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links before travelling to Big Sur. Stop in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea to browse the many shops, wander down to the water's edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a café. Then it's on to hidden coves with sandy beaches, towering redwoods touching the sky and dolphins and sea lions cavorting in the clear waters-Big Sur's natural majesty will take your breath away. Return to Monterey for a tour of Cannery Row, made famous by native Californian author, John Steinbeck. Enjoy some free time at lively, picturesque Fisherman's Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life, or join an optional visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.
    Hotel: The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

  • Day 8 Monterey - Roaring Camp - Depart San Francisco

    When Isaac Graham settled in the hills outside of Santa Cruz in the 1830s, Mexican authorities named his rowdy settlement "Roaring Camp". Today, journey back in time to the era of lumberjacks and sawmills in a recreated 1880s logging camp, complete with a general store and railroad depot. Luckily, Graham and his lumberjacks didn't cut down the massive redwoods just minutes away in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Walk among the awe-inspiring trees-some of the largest living things on earth-and admire these treasures of California. End your journey where you began, in the golden city of San Francisco. Take a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or return to the Fairmont San Francisco, if you wish to extend your stay.

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