California's Great National Parks

Sequoia National Park
8 Days from $2,363 per person

This trip combines all of the best and unique National Parks California has to offer from Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park to stargazing and learning about early life in the Sierras, Mammoth Lakes and Death Valley.


You'll enjoy Insider moments like... enjoying the delicious smoky smells and tastes of BBQ lunch, made with the freshest of ingredients. A history actor takes you back to the times of early settlement in the Californian mountains.

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  1. Welcome to Los Angeles, the City of Angels. Get acclimated and relax at your hotel, located in the heart of the famous Sunset Strip, or explore on your own. At 6 p.m. meet your Travel Director and traveling companions for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.
    hotel:Millennium Biltmore Authentic Accommodations
  2. Head north through the Los Padres National Forest and the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. Join the Majestic Mountain Loop, linking Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite National Parks. Ascend the spectacular Sierra Nevadas toward Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, a stunning area near the southern end of California's famous mountain range. Today, these two National Parks protect nearly half of the remaining sequoias in the world. Stop at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center and enjoy a short movie presentation on the history of the park inside the replica of a burned-out giant sequoia. Stretch your legs on a short hike to the General Grant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. Arrive at Wuksachi Lodge, a beautiful property crafted of cedar and stone, offering wonderful views of the forest and Sierra Nevada peaks. This evening, after dinner, immerse yourself at a star gazing program as a naturalist and Local Specialist guides you through the star spangled sky, far away from the city lights.
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    hotel:Wuksachi Lodge Authentic Accommodations
  3. Explore this “Land of Giants” further with a walk along the General Sherman Tree Loop trail which culminates at the base of the General Sherman Tree—the world's largest living thing, estimated to be over 2,200 years old. Stop at the Giant Forest Museum, where you learn about the history and ecology of the giant sequoias. Walk the Big Trees Trail while enjoying the fresh air of the giant redwood forest. Use the park's complimentary shuttle system to explore further on your own. Perhaps climb up Moro Rock, a massive granite formation right in the center of Sequoia National Park. Old West grilling doesn't get any more authentic than at lunch today as you enjoy an alfresco, all-you-can-eat barbecue and Regional Meal in beautiful Wolverton Meadow while a living-history re-enactor, a Local Specialist, tells stories of early life in the mountains. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your own pace.
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  4. Continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop, winding through groves upon groves of majestic sequoias. Stop at Kings Canyon Lookout for a bird's eye view of the canyon. Later, enter Yosemite National Park, one of the crown jewels in the National Park system, and stop at one of the most photographed vistas in the world. It provides a panoramic view of Yosemite Valley, including El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Rock, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridal Veil Falls. Your accommodations tonight is at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, located inside the national park, giving you more time to enjoy the park when the day visitors have left.
    hotel:Yosemite Valley Lodge Authentic Accommodations
  5. Discover the natural wonders of Yosemite National Park aboard a special open-air vehicle, with opportunities to explore on foot. Led by a Park Ranger and Local Specialist, you'll get to see all of the valley highlights, as you learn about the natural history, indigenous peoples, the first non-indigenous settlers, flora and the fauna throughout the park. As you prepare to leave Yosemite, drive past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows and travel across the Tioga Pass. Heading south, you now drive on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and arrive in Mammoth Lakes late in the afternoon.
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    hotel:The Westin Monachee Resort
  6. Enjoy a full day in Mammoth Lakes, California's premier mountain resort. The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world and Mammoth Lakes is right in the heart of it all. See for yourself with a ride up the Scenic Gondola to the top of Mammoth Mountain, where you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the Sierras. Next is Devils Postpile National Historic Monument, resembling a tidy 60 foot (18 meter) tall lumber pile created by giants. Continue on a short trail down to Rainbow Falls and indulge in the beauty that this area has to offer. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please—explore the town, go hiking, or relax by the swimming pool at your superb resort.
  7. Today, discover North America's lowest, hottest and driest point as you enter Death Valley National Park, the largest National Park in the contiguous United States. Learn about the valley's unique geological features, and enjoy sweeping views of desert gorges, striking peaks, and miles of sand dunes as your Travel Director shares fascinating facts about the area's unique history and intriguing weather patterns. See if you can spot wild burros, bighorn sheep or lizard while taking in the viws. After lunch at the historic Inn at Furnace Creek Resort, dip 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level at the Badwater Basin, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. No putter required at Devil's Golf Course—a massive saltpan of jagged spires—where “only the devil could play golf on such rough links.” Enjoy scenic views at Zabriskie Point over the inferno that is Death Valley and continue through the desert to arrive at the self-proclaimed “Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas. Tonight, join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.
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    hotel:Tropicana Las Vegas
  8. Today a transfer is provided to McCarran International Airport; or perhaps extend your stay in Las Vegas, or choose to connect with our popular The Trailblazer program on selected departures.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

7 nights' accommodations, 7 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Enjoy historic elegance at the Millennium Biltmore in Los Angeles and rustic and authentic settings in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks.

Local Specialist

  • A naturalist guides you through the star-filled landscape of the night sky, a history re-enactor at Wolverton Meadow regales you with tales of early life in Sierras and spend time with a Park Ranger in Yosemite.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • See General Grant Tree in Sequoia National Park, El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridal Veil Falls in Yosemite Valley, Devils Postpile National Historic Monument and Badwater Basin in Death Valley
  • Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Giant Forest Museum in Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, the summit of Mammoth Mountain on a scenic gondola ride and Death Valley National Park
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
30 Apr 17 7 May 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
14 May 17 21 May 17 checkmark $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
6 Jun 17 13 Jun 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
30 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
15 Aug 17 22 Aug 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
12 Sep 17 19 Sep 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp
8 Oct 17 15 Oct 17 $2,625$2,363pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,625 $2,363 pp

These departures connect with The Trailblazer.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,095.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $80 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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