Grand Journey of America’s West

From a mix of glamour and bohemian charms in San Francisco, to the lush landscapes of the Sierras, this unique trip takes you on an eclectic journey through the heart of America’s West. A combination of our Enchanting Canyonlands and American Parks Trail trips, you’ll experience everything from the mystical healing powers of Sedona, to the world famous Grand Canyon and the Japanese tea gardens of Golden Gate Park. You’ll enhance your experience by staying at lodges within the National Parks themselves, allowing you to not only witness, but wake up to show stopping views.

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

California here we come. You’ll be picked up at San Francisco International Airport and whisked straight to your upscale hotel. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, 2 nights

Get ready for a fun-filled day exploring the city. Hop aboard an iconic cable car for a ride along the picturesque streets. Visit the Cable Car Museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. Afterwards, take in the city with a few photo stops. Visit the Conservatory of Flowers and Golden Gate Park, before walking across the emblematic Golden Gate Bridge and travelling on to the city of Sausalito. A scenic ferry ride will bring you back to San Francisco, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Your Travel Director is on hand to make suggestions for making the most of your evening.

Today you’ll witness the mountainous scenery of Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelling through California’s Gold Country, you’ll drive through the imposing Sierra Nevada mountains. Explore spectacular waterfalls and striking rock formations of El Capitan and Half Dome on a private, ranger-led valley floor tour. Rest up on your free evening at your lodge, located inside the park and close to Yosemite Falls, North America’s highest waterfall. On a clear evening you’ll be able to take in the sparkling night sky over the park.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

Leave Yosemite behind as you take in the Sierras before you are swept through the fertile San Joaquin Valley, also known as the “food basket of the world”. Stop at the Merced Fruit Barn which features its diverse produce. In Salinas, the heart of “The Salad Bowl of the World”, enjoy a famer’s agricultural tour of a local farm, known for heirloom artichokes. Once in Monterey you’ll head to your hotel situated on the waterfront street Cannery Row.

Hotel: InterContinental The Clement Monterey, 2 nights

Today you’ll journey to Carmel-by-the-Sea, a quaint seaside community where you’ll have ample free time. As you travel along Pacific Coast Highway, enjoy a relaxing drive across the Monterey Peninsula and along 17-Mile Drive. Stop at Pebble Beach and its world-renowned links, as well as Lone Cypress and Seal and Bird Rocks for a glimpse of sunbathing seals and sea lions. A Dine-Around Evening awaits upon your return to Monterey, with your choice of three local restaurants.

Day 6: The American Riviera

Head on to sunny Santa Barbara. Along the way, experience a guided tour and wine tasting served at a Paso Robles winery. On arrival, Santa Barbara greets you with its white buildings, terracotta roofs, beautiful weather and an array of bars and restaurants. Walk along Santa Barbara’s Historic State Street to Stearns Wharf. In the evening, dinner awaits at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Visit iconic Mission Santa Barbara, before making your way to Santa Monica and Venice. A Local Expert will take you on a walking tour of Venice Beach, Muscle Beach, the Canals and Walkways and explain Abbot Kinney’s role in the development of the ‘Venice of America’. Continue on to your modern L.A. hotel, in the city’s entertainment district.

Hotel: InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown, 2 nights

Explore Los Angeles with your Travel Director. Experience a bit of nostalgia in Downtown as you ride aboard the lovingly restored Angel’s Flight Railway. Next, you will be treated to an exclusive and private guided visit of the Los Angeles Theatre, a grandiose historic movie palace. Visit Hollywood and Highland, where observation decks allow for the best views of the Hollywood sign. See the iconic TCL Chinese Theatre as you walk along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Drive along the famous Sunset Strip to Beverly Hills before walking along Rodeo Drive. Select a visit to either the Petersen Automotive Museum or the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures for a Your Choice experience. Tonight, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Nick and Stef’s Steakhouse.

Experience the rugged charms of the Mojave Desert wilderness as you make your way to Scottsdale. Look out for the Joshua trees and wildlife found in the National Park, you might just spot a jackrabbit or coyote. Once in Scottsdale you can relax in the hotel after a long day and replenish for your upcoming adventures.

Hotel: Hotel Valley Ho

Journey north to the bohemian colony of Sedona. Attractive to healers, this spiritual town’s vortexes are rumoured to offer alternative medicines and practices. If retail therapy is more your thing, explore Sedona’s shops and galleries, or simply take in its natural rugged beauty, which makes it a hotspot for hikers, swimmers and eager campers. Journey on to Grand Canyon National Park, where you have the opportunity to take an optional, once-in-a-lifetime, flightseeing tour by helicopter or plane. Join a Local Expert for an informative talk about the wonders of the Grand Canyon before ending your day with a tranquil night inside the park and an appetizing Highlight Dinner with wine in the inviting Thunderbird Room of your lodge. Located on the South Rim, this beautiful venue offers a wet-bar, barbeque and private balcony, so you can feast on hearty food while taking in the stunning views.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Head through striking crimson landscapes to the historic Cameron Trading Post where you can familiarize yourself Native American arts and crafts. Journey on through the barren beauty of the desert to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, where you will board all-terrain vehicles with open sides(8) to explore the valley with your Navajo guide. Hear about Navajo heritage from your guide and more about life on their beautiful land. Later today, you’ll stop by the Glen Canyon Dam where you’ll learn about its history and impact on the Colorado River, before arriving at your lakefront resort. In the evening relax by your hotel’s swimming pool or simply take in the beautiful views across the lake from the comfort of the hotel’s bar and restaurant.

Hotel: Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, 2 nights

Your morning is at leisure. Simply relax and enjoy the resort’s facilities or enjoy some extra time to catch up with your fellow travellers. Later today, a serene cruise through the narrow sandstone turns of Antelope Canyon awaits. End the day with a breathtaking sunset from your lake view or marina view room.

Prepare for a day of Norse legend, as you head to the sandstone cliffs of Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah. Here you will be met by pine trees, red rock pillars and Thor’s hammer. You’ll take a leisurely walk along Sunset Point to view the great amphitheatres of the odd-shaped monoliths, known as hoodoos, before travelling through more amazing scenery to the lush cliff-and-canyon landscape of Zion National Park. A day of sightseeing deserves some evening festivities. Join your Travel Director and new friends for a Highlight Dinner and wine to discuss your take on the ethereal characters of Utah’s famous canyon.

Hotel: Zion National Park Lodge

Depart the tranquil ambiance of Zion National Park Lodge and board a private Zion Canyon Shuttle. Live commentary will take you through the scenic highlights of the park, followed by some downtime to explore on your own. Depart the natural beauty of the park to arrive in the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas. With an array of shopping malls, live shows and dining opportunities, this dazzling destination is sure to entertain. And for those looking to hit the casinos, make sure you come with your poker face ready.

Hotel: Caesars Palace

Today you’ll travel to Utah’s capital, Salt Lake City, where you’ll spend the night. Lying between Wasatch Range and the Great Salt Lake, this mountainous city is perfect for outdoorsy types, with a strong focus on skiing and fishing. It is also the headquarters of the Mormon faith.

Hotel: Little America Hotel

As you move on from Salt Lake City, take in iconic Temple Square and the State Capitol building, before heading north across the Oregon Trail to historic Jackson. Have your cameras ready for the famous elk antlers that adorn the central square, and for eager shoppers there are a number of charming traditional boutiques to browse. In the evening, relax at Jackson Lake Lodge, where you’ll be presented with the stunning peaks of Grand Teton National Park. Staying in the park itself, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the grounds after hours.

Hotel: Jackson Lake Lodge

Wake up to a mountainous view like no other and witness the striking Grand Tetons thrust skyward 6,562 feet (2,000 metres) from the valley floor. In keeping with today’s rustic country charm, you’ll enter Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park. Known for its unique geothermal activity, spectacular landscapes and abundant wildlife, you’ll experience Wyoming in all its glory. Keep an eye out for black bears or wolves. Tonight you’ll stay in the National Park Lodges, allowing you to experience the park after hours, in its natural glory.

Hotel: National Park Lodges, 2 nights

Savour the surreal surroundings of Yellowstone with a relaxed start. Walk among the rainbow tinted hot springs and watch the erupting geysers as you take in the history of the park on an informative stroll with your Travel Director. Catch the renowned colourful bubbling mud pots and observe Old Faithful geyser shooting water over 120 feet (37 metres) into the air. You’ll behold the powerful roar of Lower Yellowstone Falls, before heading back to your Park Lodge rooms. The National Park is also famous for its wildlife, so keep an eye out for the Yellowstone ram, wolves, bears and elk.

Set off on your travels through the stark Shoshone Canyon and Absaroka Rocky Mountains to the Wild West Town of Cody. Learn more about America’s great Western legends at the Buffalo Bill Centre, known for its Western art collection, firearms and natural history. End the day in Clearmont, Wyoming where you’ll check in to your abode for the night. Here you’ll enjoy an All-American ranch style Highlight Dinner with wine.

Hotel: Ranch at UCross

Live the American frontier dream and begin your day with a scenic country horseback ride (8). If playing cowboy isn’t your thing, perhaps go fishing or merely relax and take in your beautiful surroundings, the choice is yours. Make your way to Devils Tower, an astounding geological feature that protrudes out of the surrounding the Black Hills. This symbolic landmark is considered sacred to the Lakota and other tribes. Experience Spearfish Canyon, a favoured spot among wildlife enthusiasts and one famous for its elvish woodland beauty. The limestone palisades of this creek-carved gorge are more ancient than the Grand Canyon.

Hotel: Spearfish Canyon Lodge

A day for those looking to explore the wild west, try to spot pronghorn antelope as you cross the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Once in Deadwood, you’ll also get to speak to members of the Lakota tribe as they share a fascinating live narrative of the Great Sioux Nation. You’ll have the opportunity to join Kevin Costner’s Original Deadwood Tour, while a Local Expert will talk about the days of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, who made this once lawless town famous during the Gold Rush of the 1870s. Continue on to Custer State Park, renowned for its beautiful landscape and abundant wildlife.

Hotel: The State Game Lodge, 2 nights

What better way to spend your last full day than delving further into the history of this fascinating country? The heart of the Black Hills offers spectacular representations of the nation’s past. You’ll start by viewing Crazy Horse Memorial, which is dedicated to all Native Americans. An exclusive Insight Experience awaits as you are taken up to the 641 feet (195 metres) long and 563 feet (172 metres) tall sculpture to stand face to face with the world’s largest mountain carving. Afterwards, travel to iconic Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Here, carvings of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt overlook the landscape. The rest of the day is yours to explore in Custer State Park. Join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Celebration Dinner with wine, as you reflect on your adventure across the wide-open spaces of America’s national parks.

Travel south from Custer State Park where your trip ends on arrival in Denver. A transfer is available to Denver International Airport. Airport arrival in Denver will be at 16:30.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 10, 12$12,350.00Price on Application
April: 14$12,450.00Price on Application
May: 01$12,625.00Price on Application
May: 05, 13, 15$12,875.00Price on Application
June: 04, 18$12,950.00Price on Application
July 03, 10$12,795.00Price on Application
August: 21, 22$12,725.00Price on Application
August: 28$12,695.00Price on Application
September: 11. 18$12,550.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 22 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 22 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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Western Discoverer

Champion happy on this epic encounter with Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, the splendour of Yosemite Falls, astounding views of the Grand Canyon and a dazzling playground in the desert, Las Vegas.

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

Day 1: Arrive Los Angeles

Immerse yourself in the creative energy of the City of Angels – your launch pad to an effortlessly delivered exploration of the iconic sights and sounds of the West, with a bit of sun-kissed California in the mix. After a short transfer to Beverly Hills, settle in to your hotel, where you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott

Day 2: Los Angeles – San Diego

Ease into the laid-back surfer-style vibes of San Diego. Discover Balboa Park, the Old Town and Victorian Gaslamp Quarter, dating back to the 1850s. Spend some free time exploring “America’s Finest City” on your own terms before joining your newfound friends for a memorable Regional Dinner.

Hotel: Carte Hotel San Diego Downtown

Day 3: San Diego – Scottsdale

Spot the sanguaros as you traverse the great Sonoran Desert en route to the trendy Arizona town of Scottsdale. This evening, the Valley of the Sun shines brightly as you enjoy free time to explore its galleries, boutiques and chic eateries.

Hotel: Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale

Day 4: Scottsdale – Sedona – Grand Canyon National Park

Journey to the artists’ enclave of Sedona – your rocky red gateway to an unforgettable encounter with the epic natural beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. We arrive at the UNESCO-listed Grand Canyon this afternoon where we’ll meet a Local Specialist who will share insights into the canyon’s geological marvels. Watch how the light plays on its layered cliffs and peer down into its depths to see the Colorado River as you skirt the South Rim.

Hotel: National Park Lodges

Day 5: Grand Canyon National Park – Las Vegas

We leave the world’s largest canyon behind and head towards the dazzling lights of Las Vegas, where we’ll spend the next two nights. The Entertainment Capital of the World blooms in the midst of the desert and you’ll have an opportunity to explore it over the next two nights.

Hotel: Harrah’s Las Vegas, 2 nights

Day 6: Las Vegas Free Time

Shrug off the shackles of responsibility and embrace fun and games in the city that never sleeps. Break the bank at one of the casinos, enjoy some retail therapy or have lunch at one of the city’s larger-than-life restaurants. This evening, we enjoy one of the elaborate Regional Dinner buffets for which Las Vegas is renowned.

Day 7: Las Vegas – Mammoth Lakes

We leave Sin City behind, travelling through the vast arid landscapes of the Mojave Desert, to Mammoth Lakes, an outdoor adventure playground amidst the rolling peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy an evening at leisure. (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 overnight city and entry point to Yosemite will be used.)

Hotel: Mammoth Mountain Inn

Day 8: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains through stunning Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. We journey through Yosemite Valley, admiring the natural wonders of Bridal Veil, Yosemite Falls and El Capitan’s imposing granite cliffs. Spend the rest of the day delving into the natural history, flora and fauna of one of the world’s oldest national parks.

Hotel: BW Plus Yosemite Way Station

Day 9: Yosemite National Park – Napa and Sonoma Valleys – San Francisco

We head north to Northern California’s original wine country this morning, past Napa and on to Sonoma, where we’ll ‘Dive into Culture’ and visit a family-owned winery for an exclusive tour and wine tasting. A short journey down the coast sees us arrive in San Francisco. Travel beneath the glowing orange arches of the Golden Gate Bridge into “The City”, where you’ll enjoy a Regional Dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.

Hotel: The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2 nights

Day 10: San Francisco Sightseeing

Embark on an exploration of San Francisco and its iconic sights, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park. Indulge in the Bay Area’s best artisan foods and fresh farm produce, then spend the rest of the afternoon discovering the city’s cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, including the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia.

Day 11: San Francisco – Monterey

A leisurely start to our morning sees us enjoy a final encounter with San Francisco, before continuing along the rugged, remote Pacific coastline to Monterey where we’ll ‘Connect with Locals’ for a ‘Be My Guest’ dinner crafted from the freshest farm-to-table local ingredients.

Hotel: Hotel Pacific, 2 nights

Day 12: Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea Sightseeing

Admire the inspiring natural scenery as you continue along the iconic 17-Mile Drive, past the Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links. We will stop by the Carmel Mission and then the rest of the day is free to explore Monterey’s strong coastal heritage. Visit the historic waterfront district and Cannery Row, immortalised by the John Steinbeck novel bearing the same name – the choice is yours.

Day 13: Monterey – Santa Barbara

We journey south onto idyllic Santa Barbara. Spend some time discovering the city’s Spanish colonial heritage. This evening, join our newfound friend to toast our holiday during a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Hilton Santa Barbara

Day 14: Santa Barbara – Depart Los Angeles

Head to Hollywood to see Tinseltown’s most famous icons: Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. We continue to Beverly Hills for those extending their stay or take a transfer to the Los Angeles International Airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 16$5,350.00$8,300.00
May: 07, 14$5,550.00$8,500.00
May: 21$5,575.00$8,525.00
June: 11, 18$5,495.00$8,445.00
July: 02, 09$5,495.00$8,445.00
July: 30$5,450.00$8,400.00
August: 20$5,425.00$8,375.00
September: 03$5,425.00$8,375.00
September: 17$5,375.00$8,295.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 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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California’s Great National Parks

Discover the Majestic Mountain Loop, linking Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Groves of larger-than-life sequoias frame your path through the Land of Giants and the natural wonders of California, from the inferno of Death Valley to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

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

Day 1: Arrive Las Vegas

Begin your exploration of California’s national parks in Las Vegas. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception at The LINQ. In the evening you will find yourself soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

Hotel: Harrah’s Las Vegas

Day 2: Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park – Mammoth Lakes

Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley-UNESCO World Heritage Site and barren, yet unexpectedly lively land of extremes which we will have an opportunity to explore for part of today. Admire scenic views of the undulating rocky landscape at Zabriskie Point and learn about the valley’s unique geological features, history and intriguing weather patterns. Descend below sea level to the Badwater Basin. After lunch at 1849 Buffet at The Ranch at Death Valley, we continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley ascending to Mammoth Lakes, our home for the night.

Hotel: Mammoth Mountain Inn

Day 3: Mammoth Lakes – Yosemite National Park

Take a scenic Gondola ride to the peak of Mammoth Mountain and enjoy the stunning views while you enjoy a tasty breakfast. Touch the clouds through the Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter the UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. Driving past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, we journey to Yosemite Valley where we’ll embark on a special valley floor tour. View Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. Our ‘Stay with a Story’ tonight exudes a cosy, ski-lodge atmosphere and is located just a stone’s throw from Yosemite Falls.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4: Yosemite Free Time

Explore the Yosemite National Park today, famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees and grand meadows, there is plenty to explore here. Join a Local Specialist Park Ranger to delve into the natural history, flora and fauna, and people who found sanctuary in these tranquil emerald-green surrounds over the centuries. Our tour takes us out to view Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. The rest of the day is free to go for a walk or hike and take in the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite.

Day 5: Yosemite National Park – Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks

Stretch your legs in Kings Canyon and gaze towards the sky as you greet the giant boughs of General Grant Tree Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Kings Canyon before you continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop. Towering redwood trunks frame your journey to Sequoia National Park, where we’ll spend the night in our ‘Stay with a Story’ surrounded by forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Spend the evening gazing upwards at the star-spangled sky as a naturalist and Local Specialist guides you through the constellations.

Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge, 2 nights

Day 6: Sequoia National Park Excursion

Tread in the footsteps of giants, walking beneath the soaring sequoia canopy to see first-hand the world’s largest living tree, General Sherman. Learn about the Giant Forest and its history during a stop at the Giant Forest Museum, then enjoy a leisurely walk along the Big Trees Trail, connecting with the invigorating natural surrounds. Immerse yourself in the pioneer history of the Old West, joining a living-history reenactor and Local Specialist for a barbecue lunch and stories of early life in the mountains. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the park on your terms, using the complimentary shuttle system (seasonal).

Day 7: Sequoia National Park – Los Angeles

Travel to Los Angeles, where you’ll stroll down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, considered America’s epicenter of luxury, fashion and lifestyle. As our invigorating encounter with California’s epic natural beauty comes to an end, we join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Beverly Hills Marriott

Day 8: Depart Los Angeles

After our tremendous journey through California’s national parks, the time has come for us to say goodbye. Prepare to leave Los Angeles and take your transfer to Los Angeles International Airport or consider extending your stay.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 09, 16$4,075.00$6,125.00
June: 06, 13, 20$4,125.00$6,175.00
June: 27$4,175.00$6,225.00
June: 29$4,250.00$6,300.00
July: 01$4,295.00$6,345.00
July: 03$4,695.00$6,745.00
July: 05$4,325.00$6,375.00
July: 08$3,995.00$6,045.00
August: 01, 08, 15$3,995.00$6,045.00
September: 12$4,125.00$6,175.00
October: 03$4,125.00$6,175.00
October: 10, 24, 31$3,825.00$5,875.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 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

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
Inclusions 
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

Inclusions 
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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California Classics

From San Francisco to Los Angeles, see the famous sights of California on this spectacular holiday. Enjoy the excitement and faster pace of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and take a deep breath and slowdown in the areas of Napa Valley and Yosemite National Park. If you’re interested in seeing some of California’s amazing scenery, this California tour offers you a chance to admire some of its best. Enjoy a tour and tasting at a local vineyard in Napa Valley. Marvel at the spectacular alpine scenery in Yosemite National Park with its waterfalls, mountain peaks, ice – sculpted domes, and meadows. Sit back and watch the views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, the dramatic Pacific coastline, and the Lone Cyprus on 17 – Mile Drive, one of the most scenic drives in the world.

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

Day 1: Arrive In San Francisco

Welcome to the Golden State! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Hotel: Marriott Marquis, 2 nights

Day 2: San Francisco

Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Next, visit the Japanese Tea Garden, the oldest public Japanese garden in the United States. Learn about the history of the park and enjoy time to explore the five acres of native Japanese plants, serene koi ponds, pagodas, and more. Afterward, there’s still plenty of time for pursuing your favourite interests and activities – ride the world – famous cable cars, shop in Union Square, or visit the Museum of Modern Art. This evening, enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 3: San Francisco – Sausalito – Napa Valley

Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge this morning to the charming town of Sausalito. Enjoy waterfront views, breathtaking scenery, and a vibrant downtown area with a large variety of shops, restaurants, and art galleries. This afternoon, visit a local Vineyard for a tour and tasting. This evening is free to explore more on your own.

Hotel: Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa

Day 4: Napa Valley – Yosemite National Park

Travel southward through the Sierra Nevadas to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite has innumerable lakes, meadows, ice – sculpted domes, forests, waterfalls, and unspoiled alpine scenery. Descend into the 1220 metre (4,000 – foot) valley, where you’ll board an open – air Tram to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. The scenery is nothing short of spectacular!

Hotel: Yosemite View Lodge

Day 5: Yosemite National Park – Monterey

Before departing Yosemite National Park, visit Mariposa Grove, home to 500 mature sequoias. Stand in awe as you look skyward at these massive giants, the Earth’s largest and longest living organisms. Then, on to Monterey and Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Watch for humpback whales in the bay.

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel & Spa, 2 nights

Day 6: Monterey – Excursion to Carme

Enjoy a visit to the resort town of Carmel, a popular haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. A high point on today’s journey is the beautiful 17 – Mile Drive, with views of famous Pebble Beach Golf Course and the tenacious Lone Cypress. Return to Monterey for a behind – the – scenes tour at the worldfamous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Learn about the marine life found in the bay, such as sea otters, humpback whales, great white sharks, and more.

Day 7: Monterey – Big Sur – San Simeon – Solvang

This morning, journey south through Big Sur to San Simeon and visit Hearst Castle, the opulent mansion of wealthy newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, which houses splendid antiques, art treasures, and exotic possessions purchased at an estimated $50 million. The tour shows off the highlights of the impressive 123 – acre estate. Continue to Solvang for an overnight stay.

Hotel: Hotel Corque

Day 8: Solvang – Santa Barbara – Los Angeles

After breakfast, enjoy coffee and a Danish Specialty at a local bakery. Then, travel through the Santa Ynez Mountains to beautiful Santa Barbara, where the Spanish influence is apparent in quaint whitewashed and tile – roofed buildings. Visit the impressive 200 – year – old Mission on a guided tour to learn about its history and the world famous twin bell towers. Continue to metropolitan Los Angeles, the motion picture capital of the world.

Hotel: LA Grand Hotel Downtown, 2 nights

Day 9: Los Angeles

Morning sightseeing of this gigantic metropolis takes you from Olvera Street – the oldest thoroughfare in the city – to Hollywood. Step into the shoeprints of famous movie stars at TCL Chinese Theatre, and see the Sunset Strip and Beverly Hills. Later, visit the Getty Museum, housing a collection of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. Wonderful conversation and cuisine make the perfect finale for your holiday.

Day 10: Depart Los Angeles

The tour ends this morning after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 08, 15$4,639.00Price on Application
June: 05, 12$4,639.00Price on Application
August: 21$4,739.00Price on Application
September: 04, 11, 12, 18$4,739.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport: Deluxe air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 9 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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