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.
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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 & Prices
June: 06, 27
July: 18, 25
7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
Luxury air-conditioned coach
7 nights accommodation
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.