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Northern California's Finest

9 days with Globus   Rating: First Class

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO.
Welcome to San Francisco, gateway to your Northern California adventure. At 6 pm, meet your traveling 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. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B,L)

Day 3 SAN FRANCISCO–SONOMA–LAKE TAHOE.
This morning, 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 [LF] GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARD, makers of award-winning sparkling wines. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a 2-night stay. (B)

Day 4 LAKE TAHOE. 
Today, enjoy a CRUISE on scenic Lake Tahoe. Learn how the lake was formed, some of its fascinating history, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities. During your free time, you may want to take a hike, browse the local art galleries, or consider a trip on Heavenly Gondola (seasonal) for amazing views of the lake and valley below. (B,D)

Day 5 LAKE TAHOE–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.
Leave the shores of Lake Tahoe and travel to one of the first wilderness parks in the United States—YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. The park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles you can also find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. This afternoon, enjoy a VALLEY FLOOR TOUR that highlights the wonders of this incredible park. (B)

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! Overnight inside the park at the Wuksachi Lodge. This evening, join in a [LF] STARGAZING PROGRAM, where you’ll hear ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy an evening under the brilliant California sky. (B,D)

SPECIAL FEATUREWuksachi Lodge sits in the heart of Sequoia National Park. The lodge is beautifully crafted of cedar and stone, and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding forest and High Sierra peaks. 

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’ Center, 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. (B)

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, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Enjoy a special [LF] behind-the-scenes tour at the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 9 MONTEREY–SAN FRANCISCO.
This morning, travel back to San Francisco for our homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 1 pm. (B)
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All This Included
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.

Spectacular scenery awaits you on this Northern California tour. Marvel at Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake surrounded by the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy the beauty of Yosemite National Park, one of the country’s first wilderness parks with waterfalls, grand meadows, and ancient sequoias. Stand in awe as you witness the world’s largest sequoia trees in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, including General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree (by volume). You’ll overnight in the heart of Sequoia National Park at the Wuksachi Lodge, a beautiful stone-and-cedar mountain lodge surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Enjoy a stargazing program in Sequoia, where you’ll witness the brilliant sky while listening to ancient and cultural stories about the constellations—another unique experience Globus has arranged for you!

California offers some amazing scenery and on this Northern California tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it plus much more. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this memorable vacation.
  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Monterey
  • Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.
  • Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable
  • Professional tour director, local hosts, and local guides
  • Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling
  • Private deluxe motorcoach with air-conditioning, extra leg room, and emergency washroom while touring
Highlights
  • SAN FRANCISCO Sightseeing
  • SONOMA[LF] Guided tour of wine caves & tasting
  • LAKE TAHOE Scenic cruise
  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Yosemite Valley floor tour by tram
  • SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing, [LF] stargazing program
  • MONTEREY Sightseeing including scenic 17-Mile Drive; [LF] behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium; farewell dinner
Accommodations
San Francisco: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
South Lake Tahoe: The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
El Portal: Yosemite View Lodge
Sequoia National Park: Wuksachi Lodge
Monterey: Hilton Garden Inn Monterey
Pre and Post Add-ons
Extra Nights per person in San Francisco: 
in single room $304; in twin room $178; in triple room $141
Notes
  • [LF] refers to Local Favorites where Globus takes you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique – and to introduce you to its local flavors.
  • Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.