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Northern California - Trafalgar Escorted Holiday
This eight day leisurely escorted tour of Northern California is a perfect introduction to this scenic part of the USA. Showcasing the very best of California with San Francisco culture, Napa wines, coastal locations and the beautiful Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.
Price per person includes :
Return flights from UK to San Francisco
UK private chauffeur driven door to door airport transfers and transfers in the USA
7 nights superior accommodation in sought after locations
7 full breakfasts,1 lunch, 3 dinners
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Complimentary keepsake photo and My Journey book
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
San Francisco, Sonoma and Napa Valley
Lake Tahoe and Mono Lake
Yosemite National Park and Salinas Valley
Carmel, Monterey and Big Sur
Henry Cowell Redwood State Park
Please phone Bon Voyage for the most up-to-date
departures for this itinerary
Day 1 : Arrive San Francisco for two nights
Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay. After checking in at your hotel, dive into exploring on your own at nearby Pier 39, the famed marketplace filled with shops, attractions and street performers. Be sure to visit the pier’s resident sea lion population.
Gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : San Francisco Sightseeing and Free Time
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 Valleyand it's lush vineyards.
Day 3 : Napa - Lake Tahoe
Enjoy a scenic drive through the Napa Valley region before boarding the Napa Valley Wine Train's lovingly restored Pullman cars. Journey through the sparkling sunlight of a Napa afternoon as you indulge in a Regional Meal lunch and wine tasting. Then from the fertile Sacramento River valley to the alpine splendour of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops. In season, choose to take a gondola ride for unparalleled views of the lake and nearby mountains.
Day 4 : Lake Tahoe Sightseeing and Free Time
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 California'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 dinner cruise on the lake, complete with live music and magnificent views.
Day 5 : Lake Tahoe -Yosemite National Park
Lying just east of the Sierra Nevada, Mono Lake feels like another world. Its salty waters and limestone formations called “tufa towers”were once part of a great inland lake that covered most of Nevada and Utah. Currently, migrating birds use Mono Lake as a resting point on their journeys to South America or tropical seas. Snow-covered for much of the year, stunning Tioga Pass is the perfect entry point to the Golden State’s most famous National Park (weather permitting). Descend from the Sierra Nevada into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil and Yosemite Falls. Gaze in wonder at the granite walls of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Day 6 : Yosemite - Monterey for 2 nights
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. After cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links, stop in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Browse the many shops, wander down to the water’s edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a sidewalk cafe. Travel north to Monterey for two nights.
Day 7 : Monterey Peninsula & Big Sur Excursion
Experience the glories of the California coast on your day trip to Big Sur. Highway 1 hugs the rocky cliffs, high above the dazzling Pacific.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 John Steinbeck. Enjoy some free time at lively, picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life, or join an optional tour to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Monterey - Roaring Camp - Depart San Francisco
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 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 amongst 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 complimentary transfer to San Francisco International Airport or return to the hotel in San Francisco if you wish to extend your stay.
This is your last day of this escorted tour, however your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and fly to one of the Hawaiian Islands for some relaxation, or maybe head to the bright lights of Las Vegas before returning back to the UK.
Call the USA travel specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Northern California adventure.