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Northern California

8 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

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

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8 Days 1 Country 8 Cities

Northern California

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    Iconic Rockies With Western Canada

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    San Francisco, USA

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    San Francisco, USA

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    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

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    Save: PP

    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call 0808 281 1126

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

      iNotes
      • Airport arrival will be at 1 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 

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      About this trip

      Jump aboard the ultimate northern Californian road trip, winding your way through the fresh cityscapes of San Francisco and Monterey, and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of Big Sur, tasting the golden age of rail travel through Napa Valley wine country and dining on the quiet waters of Lake Tahoe.


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      Trip code: DANC

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      11 Meals
      • 7 full breakfasts

      • 3 dinners (including Be My Guest)

      • 1 lunch

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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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, Big Sur, 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

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 1 lunch


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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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      Your Itinerary

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      Day 1

      Arrive San Francisco

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      Day 2

      San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa

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      Day 3

      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 Big Sur Excursion

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      Day 8

      Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco

      Day 1

      Arrive San Francisco Day 1 - Arrive San Francisco

      Welcome to San Francisco, the City by the Bay, check in to your hotel and explore. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Fairmont San Francisco Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Fairmont San Francisco Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

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

      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 Valley's sun-dappled fields, lush vineyards and fragrant flowers.

      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. Journey through the sparkling sunlight of a Napa afternoon as you indulge in a Regional Meal lunch and wine tasting. After lunch, 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 at Heavenly Valley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel at Heavenly Valley

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Lake Tahoe Sightseeing Day 4 - Lake Tahoe Sightseeing

      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 the West Coast'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 Regional Meal dinner cruise on the lake, 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

      Snow covered for much of the year, stunning Tioga Pass is the perfect entry point to the Golden State's most famous National Park, Yosemite, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (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.) Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Yosemite Valley, passing the misty splendour of Bridal Veil Falls. Enjoy your accommodation inside the park, taking in all of the natural wonders after the crowds have left and just a short stroll from Yosemite Falls.

      Hotel

      Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodation

      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)

      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 with a Local Specialist. Travel to Monterey for a Be My Guest experience. Your hosts share their knowledge and love of food with you this evening as you dine on a meal of the freshest ingredients, an experience meant to empower you as a diner with an understanding of the farm-to-table experience.

      Hotel

      The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Hotel

      The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur Excursion Day 7 - Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur Excursion

      Experience the glories of the California coast cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive past the famed Lone Cypress Tree and Pebble Beach Golf Links before travelling to Big Sur. Stop in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea to browse the many shops, wander down to the water's edge or enjoy a cappuccino at a café. Then it's on to 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 author, John Steinbeck. Enjoy some free time at lively, picturesque Fisherman's Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life, or join an optional visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco 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 a 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 among 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 transfer to San Francisco International Airport or return to the Fairmont San Francisco, if you wish to extend your stay.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Available Departures

      Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/eu/tours/northern-california for the latest discounts & departure information.

      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Fairmont San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA Opened in 1907, this Authentic Accommodation is well known for its impeccable service and centrally located at the top of Nob Hill. Take a stroll or stop for a tropical drink in their historic tiki bar, Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar, opened in 1945 for a truly memorable experience.Yosemite Valley Lodge, Yosemite National Park, California, USA Located right inside Yosemite National Park, the Yosemite Valley Lodge is an idyllic spot for families and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness. Your Authentic Accommodation has a cosy, ski-lodge type atmosphere, redesigned with an emphasis on glass and wood detailing to blend harmoniously with its surroundings.

      • Be My Guest
        Learn about California's organic food scene and watch two food preservationists prepare your meal using fresh ingredients

      • Cultural Insights
        Learn about West Coast's silver rush history in Virginia City where Mark Twain once roamed the streets

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

      • Local Specialists
        Embark on an agriculture tour in Salinas Valley

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour of San Francisco

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

        • See quaint Carmel, Big Sur, 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

        • 3 dinners
          (including Be My Guest)

        • 1 lunch


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      What's Included

      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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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 118 Reviews

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        Enjoyed the itineray, very nice accommodations, great travel director, and wonderful tour mates which made our Northern California a trip to remember.

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        Sarah was an excellent tour director with her knowledge of the sites visited. The music she provided enhanced the enjoyment of what we were viewing. We have toured 3 times with Trafalgar and highly recommend their programs.

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        Service rating : Our tour guide Sarah Kotzman made the trip. Her inside knowledge of the area was amazing. She brought a personal touch to our tour by tying in music, video, along with her personal experiences. She took care of everything and obviously loves what she's doing. The accommodations

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        Service rating : The "Travel Service" was very good. The tour director, Sarah, has great organizational skills and it was obvious that she put a lot of work into keeping the tour on track and providing an informative and historical overview of sights and attractions as we traveled.The Coach

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        Service rating : I love Trafalgar. It was a very nice trip with great people aboard the bus and Sarah Kotzman director. The only thing I would say is it is a little hectic in the beginning of the tour when you're older and the hotel with the cabins with the waterfall and meadow I got lost in the

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