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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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About this trip

A showcase of California's many sides: the culture of San Francisco, the wines of Napa, the coastal retreat of Monterey and the beauty of Big Sur, Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like... tasting the heartiness of locally grown beets and smelling wonderful rosemary sea salt made from locally sourced, organic ingredients. You'll spend an unforgettable evening with a pair of renowned food preservationists and share a meal together, from the freshest of ingredients.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

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.

Highlights

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of San Francisco

    • Scenic drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive

    • See quaint Carmel, Big Sur and Napa Valley

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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

Day 2

San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa

Day 3

Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights)

Day 4

Lake Tahoe Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 5

Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park

Day 6

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

Day 7

Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur Excursion

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. After checking in at your hotel, enjoy a real San Francisco treat and 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. At 6 p.m., gather at a local restaurant with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

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

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)

Rise early this morning for an unforgettable optional hot air balloon ride over the lush Napa Valley. 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 and Free Time 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 Gold 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

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. (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 Link 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 Hyatt Regency San Francisco, if you wish to extend your stay.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 8

Available Departures

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The Trafalgar Difference

  • Authentic Accommodation
    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
    Enjoy a dinner of locally sourced food with your hosts in Monterey.

  • Cultural Insights
    Learn about California's gold rush history as you visit Virginia City.

  • 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

    • City tour of San Francisco

    • Scenic drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive

    • See quaint Carmel, Big Sur and Napa Valley

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


What's Included

Dining

    • 7 full breakfasts.

    • 3 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 1 lunch.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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

    • 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 35 Reviews

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    Service rating : Patrice was greatProduct : No time to experience Lake Tahoe or Yosemite National Park. Monterey was great.

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    Service:

    Tour Guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. The bus driver was excellent in maneuvering through narrow streets and keeping us safe throughout the trip.

  • Trip:

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    Service rating : Knowledgeable Tour Director. Excellent accommodations and meals. Friendly and helpful driver. Clean and modern tour bus.Product : Itinerary was a good selection of interesting places just not enough free time to completely enjoy them.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Some of the meals were sub-par especially the boat trip on Lake Tahoe.Product : Enjoyed San Francisco, wine country train, Monterrey aquarium, Yosemite (in a different season!),Sacramento.

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    Service rating : Our tour director Patrice was very knowledgeable about the area--she kept us informed as we traveled, & was well organized. Our bus driver Angel was great, very skillful. The stops along the way were timed just right & interesting, & the hotels were very nice. There were a number

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