Day 1:ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Welcome to San Francisco, gateway to your Northern California adventure. At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey.
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. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City before dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 3:SAN FRANCISCO-SONOMA-LAKE TAHOE.
Today, 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 & VINEYARD, makers of award-winning sparkling wines. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe for an evening at leisure.
Day 4:LAKE TAHOE-TUOLUMNE.
This morning, enjoy a CRUISE on scenic Lake Tahoe. Learn how the lake was formed, some of its fascinating history, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities. Then, travel on the beautiful scenic Carson Pass over the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range to Tuolumne, a historic community with rich ties to the California Gold Rush.
Day 5:TUOLUMNE-YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.
Today, journey into YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1930 square kilometres (1,200 square miles) you can also find grand meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. Enjoy a VALLEY FLOOR TRAM TOUR that highlights the wonders of this incredible park. Later, continue to your elegant resort, the Tenaya Lodge.
Day 6:YOSEMITE-SEQUOIA/KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS.
Travel to SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, the “Land of Giants.” In these parks you’ll discover a land of diversity and beauty- huge mountains, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! This evening, join in a STARGAZING PROGRAM, where you’ll hear ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy an evening under the brilliant California sky.
Day 7:SEQUOIA/KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS-MONTEREY.
Spend more time this morning exploring these magnificent parks, which now protect nearly half the remaining sequoia groves in the world. See the General Sherman Tree, spend time at the Visitors’ centre, and just relax in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find. We then continue across the farmlands of California to the coastal town of Monterey for a 2-night stay.
Day 8:MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL.
Today’s highlights include a journey along scenic 17-MILE DRIVE. Enjoy views of the famous Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes. Stop in the seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Spend time browsing the shops or perhaps take a stroll on the beach. Then, return to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Then, enjoy a visit to the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 9:MONTEREY-SAN FRANCISCO.
This morning, travel back to San Francisco for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights after 1 pm.