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California's Great National Parks

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $3,209 per person
MAY - OCT 2023
Californias Great National Parks

Countries Visited

United States ...more United States

Locations Visited

Las Vegas, Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Los Angeles ...more Las Vegas, Death Valley, Mammoth Lakes, Yosemite National Park, Kings Canyon, Sequoia National Park, Los Angeles
  1. Day 1 Soar Above The Neon Lights Of Vegas

    Begin your exploration in Las Vegas. This evening, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at The LINQ before you head out to the Las Vegas Strip. In the evening you will find yourself soaring 550 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Harrah's Las Vegas
  2. Day 2 Travel Through Stoic Death Valley National Park

    Immerse yourself in the solitude and desolation of Death Valley—UNESCO World Heritage Site and barren, yet unexpectedly lively land of extremes which we will have an opportunity to explore for part of today. Admire scenic views of the undulating rocky landscape at Zabriskie Point and learn about the valley's unique geological features, history and intriguing weather patterns. Descend below sea level to the Badwater Basin. After lunch at 1849 Restaurant at The Ranch at Death Valley, we continue through the desert landscape of Death Valley ascending to Mammoth Lakes, our home for the night.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Mammoth Mountain Inn
  3. Day 3 Dine In The Clouds At Mammoth Mountain Stays With Stories

    Take a scenic Gondola ride to the peak of Mammoth Mountain (seasonal) and enjoy the stunning views while you enjoy a tasty breakfast. Touch the clouds through the Tioga Pass (seasonal) and enter the UNESCO-listed Yosemite National Park. Driving past Tenaya Lake and Tuolumne Meadows, we journey to Yosemite Valley where we’ll embark on a special valley floor tour. View Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. Our Stays With Stories experience tonight includes a cozy, lodge atmosphere and is located just a stone’s throw from Yosemite Falls.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  4. Day 4 Stroll Or Hike In Yosemite Make Travel Matter

    Explore Yosemite National Park today, famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, grand meadows, and iconic rock formations. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you meet a naturalist through the Yosemite Conservancy that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite through fascinating stories, photographs, and demonstrations. The Yosemite Conservancy is a non-profit organization that has provided over $140 million to Yosemite for more than 700 completed projects. They help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers. After the tour, you can explore Yosemite Valley’s El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, and Bridalveil Fall. The rest of the day is yours where in Yosemite the possibilities are endless.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  5. Day 5 Enjoy The Night Sky Under Sequoias And Stars Stays With Stories Make Travel Matter

    Departing Yosemite, stretch your legs in Kings Canyon National Park and gaze towards the sky as you greet the giant boughs of General Grant Tree. Enjoy a birds-eye view of the Kings Canyon before you continue along the Majestic Mountain Loop. Towering redwood trunks frame your journey to Sequoia National Park, where we’ll spend the night in our Stays With Stories surrounded by forest and soaring Sierra peaks. MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® and spend the evening gazing upwards at the star-spangled sky as a local naturalist guides you through the constellations.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Wuksachi Lodge
  6. Day 6 Meet The World's Largest Living Tree Dive Into Culture

    Tread in the footsteps of giants, walking beneath the soaring sequoia canopy to see first-hand the world’s largest living tree, General Sherman. Learn about the Giant Forest and its history during a stop at the Giant Forest Museum, then enjoy a leisurely walk along the Big Trees Trail, connecting with the invigorating natural surroundings before meeting up with a Local Specialist and Old West pioneer reenactor for an insightful lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the park on your terms, using the complimentary shuttle system (seasonal).

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Wuksachi Lodge
  7. Day 7 Get A Taste Of Hollywood

    Travel to Los Angeles, where you'll enjoy a visit to Hollywood, the entertainment center of Los Angeles. As our invigorating encounter with California’s epic natural beauty comes to an end, we join your Travel Director and newfound friends for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Beverly Hills Marriott
  8. Day 8 Farewell California

    After our tremendous journey through California's national parks, the time has come for us to say goodbye. Prepare to leave Los Angeles International Airport or consider extending your stay.

    meals Breakfast
Californias Great National Parks Guided Tour Map
Price Includes

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 2 Lunch (L)
  • 2 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Farewell Dinner (FD)

Dive Into Culture

  • Sequoia National Park: Immerse yourself in the pioneer history of the Old West, joining a living-history reenactor and Local Specialist for a barbecue lunch and stories of early life in the mountains.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Yosemite National Park: Meet a climber and naturalist that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite. Enjoy storytelling, photographs, see the old and new climbing gear, as well as ask questions about how they help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers, and more.

Must-see Highlights

  • : Visit Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley National Park, Giant Forest Museum, Rodeo Drive
  • : See El Capitain, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls
  • : View Zabriskie Point and Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park, General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park
  • : Scenic Drive along Tioga Pass
  • : Tickets Included Mammoth Mountain Scenic Gondola.

Trafalgar Difference

  • Yosemite National Park: Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located close to Yosemite Falls in the middle of the national park.
  • Sequoia National Park: The Wuksachi Lodge in the heart of Sequoia National Park surrounded by forest and soaring Sierra peaks.

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : All transport and transfers shown
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time

Dates & Prices

Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a twin room. To request a personalized travel quote, click "Request Quote" and a Travel Specialist will send your custom quote including airfare if requested.

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Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Lesline Wildman
Monday, October 10, 2022
Service
yes, they were always helpful&kiind
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great time on your tour of California's National Parks. They are certainly a sight to behold! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback!
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
Vacation
our driver our tour guide and our health care person was the best
Michael Pikelny
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Service
The booking experience went smoothly and most of the payment procedures could be done online.
Vacation
The travel director, wellness director and driver were all very professional and friendly. The only negative issues such as understaffing at some restaurants and lodges and certain places on the tour being closed were all due to covid and not to Trafalgar.
Steven Tolf
Monday, June 28, 2021
Service
Everyone was very helpful when I rebooked my canceled trip. They reached out to make sure we knew the trip was occurring and to see if we had any questions.
Vacation
I have given this trip 5 stars because any issues that we encountered were a result of post COVID travel. Great itinerary and the tour director, wellness director and bus driver were excellent. Lack of enough help at some restaurants caused major delays in getting food in a timely manner. Yet , you were expected to be on the coach at the predetermined time. A little more flexibility would have been appreciated and caused less stomach distress! Mother Nature was waiting for visitors to return and I am so glad that we were able to enjoy her beauty.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We are so glad that you could enjoy the beauty of the National Parks while taking the COVID changes in stride. We will however share your suggestions with our operations team for upcoming trips and appreciate you bringing these issues to our attention.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Leslie Weldin
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service
It was easy. The guide and bus driver were outstanding. Local guides in the areas expanded our knowledge of the vicinities. Accommodations were comfortable and authentic to the areas. We would book from GET again.
Vacation
Excellent choice of places to visit. Great variety also. We didn’t feel pressured to do all that was offered. It was a majestic experience.
Thomas Brown
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Service
you are treated as if you are very special. I would and will recommend and am looking forward to our next trip.
Vacation
Well organized trip, we were blessed with great weather, great tour guide, great bus driver. The Sierra Nevada mts are fantastic.
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Service
Excellent service
Vacation
Awesome sights. Great weather
Janis - Rozena Peri
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Service
Yes, I would buy again and recommend to others. My only reservation is the cost: this trip was a little more expensive that other companies going to the same destinations. But it was definitely worth it.
Vacation
A wonderful experience. The food and food service at the next to last lodge (Wasaki? I'm not looking at the brochure at the moment) was not up to the standard of the rest of the trip, but the overall trip was wonderful.
Bruce Grundish
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Service
All arrangements made for you, Tour Guide was excellent, Very informed and knowledgeable about all aspects of the parks and surrounding areas and local culture. Really injoyed his talks along the way and what to do when we arrive at daily destinations.
Vacation
Wanted to see these parks without the hassle of driving, finding places to stay or what to see.
Deborah Campbell
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Service
Excellent excellent service, not a problem came up, not a complaint to be made!
Vacation
Loved the parks, the accommodations, the people; had a wonderful guide, Mark, and a fabulous bus driver, Tim.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous pictures of Yosemite National Park.  Looks like you had great weather for your trip.
Friday, June 9, 2017
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