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Northern California

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,995 per person
APR - OCT 2022
Lake Tahoe with rocks, trees and mountains, California

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

San Francisco, Napa, Zephyr Cove, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite Village, Yosemite National Park, Castroville, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Felton (CA) ...more San Francisco, Napa, Zephyr Cove, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite Village, Yosemite National Park, Castroville, Pacific Grove, Monterey, Felton (CA)
  1. Day 1 Hello 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 travelers for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Clift Royal Sonesta
  2. Day 2 Dive Into Eclectic San Francisco

    Fuel up for a full day of indulging in San Francisco’s many sites. Admire the eclectic mix of Victorian and Modern architecture, vibrant culture, and cuisines of one of the world's most livable and iconic cities. Embark on a morning exploration tour that takes you from the lively hotspot of Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square, a historical landmark linked to the American Civil War. This afternoon’s Your Choice Sightseeing offers a deeper look into two of the city’s iconic spots. A guided Golden Gate Bridge walk takes you across the 1.7-mile span of the magnificent "bridge that couldn't be built." As you gaze across the water (one the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, learn how this iconic engineering marvel was constructed). You’ll arrive in the quaint seaside community of Sausalito with time for shopping or lunch before finishing up with a different view of the bay: a relaxing ferry cruise back to the city. If you choose to explore Golden Gate Park with your Travel Director, you’ll love learning how this urban oasis of over 1,000 acres supports 7 distinct ecosystems as you stroll the green lawns, bridle paths, and lakes of this expansive park right in the heart of San Francisco.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Journey To Napa Wine Country

    Start off your day with breakfast in San Francisco before we head out to Sonoma and Napa Valley. Today, we'll visit a local winery and enjoy a unique experience and exploration of wine with a tasting. Enjoy an included lunch this afternoon with fellow travelers.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Embassy Suites Napa Valley
  4. Day 4 Entice Your Senses At Lake Tahoe

    Travel through the scenic fertile Sacramento River Valley to find yourself in the alpine splendor of Lake Tahoe. Its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops provides you with a picturesque scenery to behold. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner as you cruise on the beautiful Lake Tahoe.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Lake Tahoe Resort
  5. Day 5 Embrace The Wilderness Of Yosemite National Park

    Touch the sky and embark on a scenic road-trip into the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 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 splendor of Bridalveil Fall. Tonight, our Stays with Stories takes us overnight in the park.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  6. Day 6 Taste The California Difference

    Tempt your taste-buds today with a visit to the Salinas Valley where you’ll join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit, vegetables, and advanced farming techniques of the region that is known as the “Salad Bowl of the World”. Continue to Monterey where we’ll Connect With Locals for a farm-to-table Be My Guest dinner including the freshest local ingredients.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Casa Munras Garden and Spa
  7. Day 7 Witness The Incredible California Coast

    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 to Cannery Row, immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Monterey’s vibrant street life or guests can visit on their own the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Take A Walk Through The Redwoods

    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 over a thousand​ years. We return to the golden city of San Francisco. Take a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or consider extending your stay.

    meals Breakfast
Northern California
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Regional Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 7 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

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

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore San Francisco, Napa and Salinas Valley with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Drive along spectacular 17-mile Drive, and through Napa Wine Country
  • See quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley, and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park
  • Visit Yosemite National Park
  • Connect With Locals Learn about California's organic food scene and enjoy your meal prepared by two food preservationists using fresh ingredients.
  • Stays With Stories Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located close to Yosemite Falls in the middle of the national park.

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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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Napa

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: $249

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Julie Brown
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
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Originally our reservation was made in 2020, then cancelled and rebooked in 2021.
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We sure did see "highlights" of Northern California. The itinerary was packed full. In future, for me, I would like a bit more down time in the hotels. Our days were full and we didn't get a chance to enjoy the areas we stopped at for the one night stays.
Karl Andersen
Monday, August 2, 2021
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My party of three——my daughter Julie Brown, my wife Joanne and myself——thoroughly enjoyed our experience of Northern California with Trafalgar. Our team was professional and thoroughly practical in bringing us safely around fire and storm.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that your family had a great time and that the California fires didn't affect your ability to enjoy yourselves. We are happy that everyone is safe and sound with memories of a splendid vacation.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
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Our party of three thoroughly enjoyed our traveling team bringing us safely through our Northern California tour.
Debra Waguespack
Monday, August 2, 2021
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Wonderful tour director and driver. very organized and very fun!!!
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wonderful hotels and meals. made good friends on this trip. tour director was excellent. great itinerary.
Response from Grand European Travel:
That is fantastic to hear! Thank you for booking with us and for sharing the memories of your trip.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
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David Frontella did a wonderful job. All of my questions were answered quickly.He always returned my phone calls efficiently. Good job Dave
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It was a great trip; we visited many beautiful places. Would definitely use GET to plan my next vacation
Lucille Giambalvo
Friday, May 31, 2019
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The agent made the process easy and pleasurable.
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Our Director, Daniel Hernandez was great fun and had lots of interesting information re: our tour spots. Our Driver, Angel did a great job taking us around. Hotels, restaurants, places of interest were all great.
Jerry Schrager
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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Very impressed with all services and the Tour was everything we could have hoped for. The TD. Monte McCann was exceptional, the best. Our bus driver, Angel Gonzalez was perfecto, very congenial!!
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Value was there, hotels, stops, extras, all added to the tour!
Joan Schrager
Saturday, July 7, 2018
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This was our fourth trip with GET and have loved them all! Amazing itineraries, wonderful tour guides, and a great way to travel!
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Great company to work with!
Carmen Ziegler
Saturday, June 30, 2018
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The agenda was what I expected. Four out of the five hotels were excellent. Our leader was very informative and knowledgeable.
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Vera Grainger
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Courteous/knowledgeable director and coach driver. Well laid out schedule. Excellent accommodations and meals. I will be using GET/Trafalgar again.
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Quality service for a fair price.
Donna Griffith
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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Booking was easy and any questions that I had were always answered, either by phone or email.I got really helpful information about arrival and departure times in relation to the beginning and end of the tour in San Francisco so that I could arrange my flights. Also, I appreciated the early booking, AARP and previous booking discounts.
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There was great value for the price. I got early booking. AARP and frequent traveler discounts. The hotels, sites visited and meals provided were all top rate. I saw every thing that I wanted to see and even more that I had no idea about but thoroughly enjoyed. The tour director, Danny Hernandez, went above and beyond to keep us safe, happy and informed. The tour bus driver, Wray, with Royal Coach was very safety conscious and pleasant. I also really liked being able to book a room to myself.
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