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Natural Highlights of California (National Geographic Journey)

9 days with G Adventures   Rating: Budget

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Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Las Vegas
Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park 
Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind, and travel to Death Valley – the lowest, hottest and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape and opt to take a jeep tour. (1B)

Day 3 Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park 
Sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the mountain town of Bishop and across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, via the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive this evening into the Yosemite area. (1B, 1D)

Day 4 Yosemite National Park 
With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows and walk amongst pristine groves in Yosemite. (1B)

Day 5 Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park 
Depart early and walk through California’s Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees, enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail, and then drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC). (1B)

Day 6 Sequoia National Park/Monterey 
Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. (1B, 1D)

Day 7 Monterey 
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travelers. Get an inside look at the workings of the world-class organization and find out how the Aquarium’s mission aligns with that of National Geographic. After, enjoy a free afternoon, opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row. (1B)

Day 8 Monterey/San Francisco 
Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to catch a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun. (1B)

Day 9 San Francisco 
Depart at any time. (1B)
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All This Included
Set out on a nine-day quest through some of California’s greatest national parks. From the arid, sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite's awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, this adventure covers a lot of ground – and almost every type of terrain imaginable.
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia NP Hike, Sequoia National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive, Monterey
  • All national park fees
  • Yosemite NP excursion
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Hotels (8 nts).
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners.
  • Transportation: Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.
Highlights
  • Immerse yourself in the stark beauty of Death Valley
  • Cross the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Explore world-famous Yosemite National Park
  • Marvel at ancient trees in Sequoia National Park
  • Visit the world renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium
Accommodations
Hotels (8 nts)
Notes
  • Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 12.
  • Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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