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Northern California

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Nature and Landscapes
Tour Region:Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska)

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Northern California

Duration:8 days 7 nights
Tour Type:Escorted Coach Tours USA
Tour Activity:Nature and Landscapes
Tour Region: Pacific Region (includes Hawaii and Alaska)

Tour Information

The Northern California tour begins in San Francisco and ends in San Francisco.

A showcase of California's many sides: the culture of San Francisco, the wines of Napa, the coastal retreat of Monterey and the beauty of Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. You'll enjoy Insider moments like: tasting the heartiness of locally grown beets and smelling wonderful rosemary sea salt made from locally sourced, organic ingredients. You'll spend an unforgettable evening with a pair of renowned food preservationists and share a meal together, from the freshest of ingredients.

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Tours and holidays in Usa - ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Day 1

ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay. After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers. Be sure to visit the pier's resident sea lion population. At 6 p.m., gather at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

Tours and holidays in Usa - SAN FRANCISCO - NAPA

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.

Tours and holidays in Usa - NAPA - SACRAMENTO - LAKE TAHOE

Day 3

NAPA - SACRAMENTO - LAKE TAHOE

Rise early this morning for an unforgettable optional hot air balloon ride over the lush Napa Valley. 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.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LAKE TAHOE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

Day 4

LAKE TAHOE SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

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 California's infamous Gold 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 dinner cruise on the lake, complete with live music and magnificent views.

Tours and holidays in Usa - LAKE TAHOE - YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

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. (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.

Tours and holidays in Usa - YOSEMITE - SALINAS VALLEY - MONTEREY

Day 6

YOSEMITE - SALINAS VALLEY - MONTEREY

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.

Tours and holidays in Usa - MONTEREY, CARMEL AND BIG SUR EXCURSION

Day 7

MONTEREY, CARMEL AND 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 Link 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.

Tours and holidays in Usa - MONTEREY - ROARING CAMP - DEPART SAN FRANCISCO

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 re-created 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 Hyatt Regency San Francisco, if you wish to extend your stay.

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DEPARTURES 2017 PRICE FROM
MAY 13, 27 2243
JUNE 17, 24 2243
JULY 8, 29 2243
AUG 5, 19 2243
SEP 2, 16 2243

YOUR ESCORTED MOTORCOACH TOUR INCLUDES
- Services of a professional Tour Manager throughout
- Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach with onboard restroom facilities
- Hotel accommodations as specified or similar
- Sightseeing as specified
- Hotel taxes; service charges; and baggage (one suitcase per person)

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

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
- 7 full breakfasts
- 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)
- 1 lunch

TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
- Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
- Be My Guest: Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced food with your hosts in Monterey
- Cultural Insights: Learn about California's gold rush history as you visit Virginia City
- Hidden Treasures: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure
- Local Specialists: An agriculture tour in Salinas Valley

NIGHT CITY HOTEL ACCOMMODATION
1 San Francisco Hyatt Regency San Francisco
2 Napa Embassy Suites Napa Valley
3-4 Lake Tahoe Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly
5 Yosemite Yosemite Valley Lodge
6-7 Monterey The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

PRE & POST HOTELS
PRE: San Francisco, Hyatt Regency San Francisco
POST: San Francisco, Hyatt Regency San Francisco

OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES
We offer a range of optional experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip.