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From US$ 2,978 US$ 2,494
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highlights
  • 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
The Northern California Summer 2018 tour starts and ends in San Francisco. The Northern California Summer 2018 is an Explorer tour that takes 8 days taking you through San Francisco, USA and 21 other destinations in the USA.

Jump aboard the ultimate northern Californian road trip, 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.
Day 1 Arrive San Francisco 1 day

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.Welcome Reception

Day 2 San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa 1 day

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.Full Breakfast

Day 3 Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights) 1 day

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.Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 4 Lake Tahoe Sightseeing 1 day

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. Full Breakfast, Regional Meal

Day 5 Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park 1 day

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.Full Breakfast

Day 6 Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights) 1 day

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.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Day 7 Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur Excursion 1 day

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.Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Day 8 Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco 1 day

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 Fairmont San Francisco, if you wish to extend your stay.Full Breakfast

what’s included
  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Group Tour  
Age Requirement 5+ yrs
guiding method Live guide/instructor
guide language English
Starts/Ends San Francisco, USA/San Francisco, USA
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customer reviews
4.6 - Excellent Based on 35 reviews
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“Regarding the itinerary.....the Carmel By The Sea stop was my least favorite. Not a lot of lunch choices and a downhill walk to the beach. I would take it off the itinerary. And like many otters have suggested, one more night in Yosemite would be great....I felt it was the highlight of the trip and you needed more time. I was disappointed that the hotel in Monterey didnt have a water view....I would have liked to stay close to Cannery Row with a water view. The redwood forest was great, but the roaring camp was not impressive....I wouldn't advertise that it was part of this trip. Not really anything to see there. Other accommodations and stops were great! Tour guide was excellent. Overall a good trip.”
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5 - Excellent
“This was our first time on a coach tour. So nice to have a daily itinerary that plans the day for you and is led by a local expert. Jason was so knowlegable. If he did not have an answer to a question he would find one and get back to you. We saw so much, learned a lot and met many wonderful people thanks to Jason and Angel.”
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4 - Very Good
“would have liked more time in Tahoe and Yosemite”
Excellent
5 - Excellent
“The itinerary was a perfect mix for me and would not change anything.
Favorite highlights are the Redwoods and Wine Train.”
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A deposit of 271 USD is required to confirm this tour. For any departures within 06 November 2017 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Northern California tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Northern California tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Cancellation No additional cancellation fees apply for this Northern California tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 45 days of departure.
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