Northern California

San Francisco, Monterey and the beauty of Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe feature in this Regional Explorer trip. Wind your way through fresh California cityscapes and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of The Golden State, winding your way through Napa Valley wine country.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive San Francisco

From the iconic to the unexpected, the city of San Francisco never ceases to surprise. Kick-start your effortlessly delivered Northern California holiday in the cosmopolitan hills of ‘The City’. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

Hotel: Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: San Francisco Sightseeing

Admire the eclectic mix of architecture, culture and cuisines of one of the world’s most livable cities. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from the lively tourist hotspot of Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square, a historical landmark linked to the American Civil War. This afternoon, spend some time at leisure as you explore what else this wonderful city has to offer.

Day 3: San Francisco – Napa

Start off your day with breakfast in San Francisco before we head out to Napa Valley. Today, we’ll visit a local winery and enjoy a unique experience and exploration of wine with a tasting. Enjoy an included lunch this afternoon with fellow travellers.

Hotel: Embassy Suites Napa Valley

Day 4: Napa – Lake Tahoe

Travel through the scenic fertile Sacramento River Valley to find yourself in the alpine splendour of Lake Tahoe. Its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops provides you with a picturesque scenery to behold. This evening, enjoy a your Regional Dinner as you cruise on the beautiful Lake Tahoe.

Hotel: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Day 5: Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park

Touch the sky and embark on a scenic road-trip into the Sierra Nevada, winding along the Tioga Pass to California’s UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. (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.) Marvel at the incredible natural beauty that inspired naturalist John Muir to dub Yosemite Valley the “Incomparable Valley”, passing the colossal granite faces of El Capitan and the misty splendour of Bridal Veil Fall. Tonight, our ‘Stay with a Story’ sees us overnight in the park, just a short stroll from Yosemite Falls.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Day 6: Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey

Tempt your taste-buds today with a visit to the Salinas Valley where you’ll join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques of the region that is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”. Continue to Monterey where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ for a farm-to-table ‘Be My Guest’ dinner including the freshest local ingredients.

Hotel: Casa Munras Garden Hotel and Spa, 2 nights

Day 7: Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive

The pinch me moments continue as we follow the sun-kissed California coast, cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive. We return to Monterey for a visit of Cannery Row, immortalised in the John Steinbeck novel. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Monterey’s vibrant street life or guests can visit on their own the world-reowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 11$3,575.00$5,470.00
May: 09$3,895.00$5,790.00
May: 16$3,995.00$5,890.00
June: 06, 27$4,125.00$6,020.00
July: 18, 25$4,125.00$6,020.00
August: 01$4,125.00$6,020.00
August: 22$4,075.00$5,970.00
September: 05$4,075.00$5,970.00
September: 19$3,995.00$5,890.00
October: 10$3,875.00$5,770.00
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Northern California’s Finest

This magnificent Northern California tour blends the sights of sophisticated San Francisco with the inspired beauty found in California’s national parks and picturesque areas, including its scenic towns—Carmel and Monterey. Spend two nights in San Francisco, where Globus has arranged a city tour of all the “must see” sites. Other tour highlights include a stop in California’s wine country for a tour and tasting at a Sonoma vineyard (another exciting adventure offered by Globus), and a cruise on beautiful Lake Tahoe. In Monterey, journey along 17 – mile drive and enjoy views of the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and million – dollar homes.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

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.

Hotel: Marriott Marquis, 2 nights

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.

Hotel: Lake Tahoe Resort

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.

Hotel: The Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort

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.

Special Feature: Tenaya Lodge is nestled among towering Sugar Pines in the Sierra National Forest offering an elegant stay with access to five restaurants, a world – class spa, three swimming pools, and refined guestrooms with deluxe amenities. The pinnacle of Yosemite – area lodging, Tenaya Lodge offers Globus travellers something special.

Hotel: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

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.

Special Feature: Wuksachi Lodge sits in the heart of Sequoia National Park. The lodge is beautifully crafted of cedar and stone, and offers panoramic views of the surrounding forest and High Sierra peaks.

Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge

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.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

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 – Depart San Francisco

This morning, travel back to San Francisco for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights after 1 pm.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
May: 01, 22, 29$4,299.00Price on Application
June: 16$4,389.00Price on Application
July: 03, 10, 24$4,389.00Price on Application
August: 21, 28$4,389.00Price on Application
September: 04, 18, 19, 25$4,389.00Price on Application
October: 02, 09, 16$4,389.00Price on Application

Meals: 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 8 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Tour Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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