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San Francisco, Monterey and the beauty of Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe feature in this Regional Explorer trip.

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      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Wind your way through fresh California cityscapes and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of The Golden State, tasting the golden age of rail travel through Napa Valley wine country.


      Trip type: Country Explorer i

      Trip code: DANC

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      12 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 1 lunch

      • 4 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

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        • City Tour of San Francisco

        • Scenic Drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive, through Napa Wine Country

        • See quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley

        • Visit the historic gold and silver mining town of Virginia City, "The Salad Bowl of the World" in Salinas Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Roaring Camp, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 4 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive San Francisco

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      Day 2

      San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa

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      Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights)

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      Lake Tahoe Sightseeing

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      Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park

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      Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights)

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      Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive

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      Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco

      Day 1

      Arrive San Francisco 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

      Hyatt Regency San Francisco

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Hyatt Regency San Francisco

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa Day 2 - San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa

      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. Spend some time at leisure before driving beneath the glowing orange arches of Golden Gate Bridge en route to Napa Valley's sun-dappled fields.

      Hotel

      Embassy Suites Napa Valley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Embassy Suites Napa Valley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights) Day 3 - Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights)

      Enjoy a scenic drive through the Napa Valley area before boarding the Napa Valley Wine Train's lovingly restored Pullman cars for a taste of the golden age of rail travel and a enjoy a Regional Meal. Travel through the fertile Sacramento River Valley to the alpine splendour of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops.

      Hotel

      Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Optional Experiences

      *Napa Valley Hot Air Ballooning

      Rise early for the experience of a lifetime! Your hot air balloon flight begins at sunrise in the most scenic areas of the Upper Napa Valley – Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena, Calistoga, Capay Valley – as determined by the winds. Soar peacefully in colorful hot air balloons and float silently above the trees and fields, lush vineyards and orchards and world-renowned wineries. The sensation of ballooning is very gentle and its calming effect seems to put the world below into perspective. Your pilots are all experienced, professional and FAA commercially rated. They are familiar with the valley and dedicated to ensuring that your ballooning experience is safe, informative, memorable and fun! Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

      Adult Price: US$250.00
      (Price is subject to change)

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Day 4 - Lake Tahoe Sightseeing

      A leisurely breakfast sets us up for our journey along the Pony Express Trail to America's largest landmark, Virginia City. Imagine a time when Mark Twain roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth". Dive into Culture and immerse yourself in the colourful history of the 19th century mining bonanza, enjoying a private tour of the Comstock Gold Mill. This evening, as the sun sets over Tahoe's clear waters, enjoy an elegant Regional Meal dinner cruise, complete with wine, live music and magnificent views.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park 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

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Yosemite Valley Lodge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights) Day 6 - Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights)

      Leave Yosemite behind and visit 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. Continue to Monterey where we'll Connect with Locals during a Be My Guest farm-to-table dinner.

      Hotel

      The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Hotel

      The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive 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 consider an optional visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Optional Experiences

      Monterey Bay Aquarium

      Located at the ocean's edge on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is your window to marine life. Visit sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and much, much more as you spend time exploring this fascinating museum of the ocean! Approx. duration: 2 hours.

      Adult Price: US$51.00
      (Price is subject to change)

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      Day 8

      Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco Day 8 - Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco

      California's towering redwoods provide an imposing backdrop for this morning as we journey back in time to the era of lumberjacks and sawmills in a re-created 1890s logging camp, complete with general store and railroad depot. We continue to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where we'll have an opportunity to walk amongst these giants that have stood for hundreds of years. We return to the golden city of San Francisco. Take a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or consider extending your stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/en-us/tours/northern-california?tripcode=danc for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located within Yosemite National Park. (Day 5)

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Learn about California's organic food scene and watch two food preservationists prepare your meal using fresh ingredients. (Day 6)

      • DIVE INTO CULTURE
        Learn about West Coast's silver rush history in Virginia City where Mark Twain once roamed the streets. (Day 4)

      • LOCAL SPECIALISTS
        Embark on an agriculture tour in Salinas Valley. (Day 6)

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        • City Tour of San Francisco

        • Scenic Drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive, through Napa Wine Country

        • See quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley

        • Visit the historic gold and silver mining town of Virginia City, "The Salad Bowl of the World" in Salinas Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Roaring Camp, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 full breakfasts

        • 1 lunch

        • 4 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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