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Northern California

8 Days from $2,426 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Wind your way through fresh California cityscapes and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of the Golden State, tasting the golden age of rail travel through Napa Valley wine country.

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Wind your way through fresh California cityscapes and along the sun-kissed seaside cliffs of the Golden State, tasting the golden age of rail travel through Napa Valley wine country.

  1. 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.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Hyatt Regency
  2. Admire the eclectic mix of architecture, culture and cuisines of one of the world's most livable cities. Embark on a morning exploration that takes you from the lively tourist hotspot of Fisherman's Wharf to Union Square, a historical landmark linked to the American Civil War. Spend some time at leisure before driving beneath the glowing orange arches of Golden Gate Bridge en route to Napa Valley's sun-dappled fields.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Embassy Suites Napa Valley
  3. 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 and a enjoy a Regional Meal. Travel through the fertile Sacramento River Valley to the alpine splendor of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel:Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
  4. A leisurely breakfast sets us up for our journey along the Pony Express Trail to America's largest landmark, Virginia City. Imagine a time when Mark Twain roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the "Richest Place on Earth". Dive into Culture and immerse yourself in the colorful history of the 19th century mining bonanza, enjoying a private tour of the Comstock Gold Mill. This evening, as the sun sets over Tahoe's clear waters, enjoy an elegant Regional Meal dinner cruise, complete with wine, live music and magnificent views.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  5. Touch the sky and embark on a scenic road-trip into the Sierra Nevada, 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 Bridal Veil Fall. Tonight, our Stay with a Story sees us overnight in the park, just a short stroll from Yosemite Falls.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Yosemite Valley Lodge
  6. Leave Yosemite behind and visit the Salinas Valley where you'll join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques. Continue to Monterey where we'll Connect with Locals during a Be My Guest farm-to-table dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  7. 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 of Cannery Row, immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Monterey's vibrant street life or consider an optional visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium. Tonight, we join our Travel Director and fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. 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 hundreds of years. We return to the golden city of San Francisco. Take a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or consider extending your stay. Airport arrival will be at 1 pm. Please be aware when booking your flights.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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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: $1,125.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $89 per person.

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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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

12 meals: 7 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners.

Included Highlights

Dive into Culture

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

Connect with Locals

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

Stay with Stories

  • Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located within Yosemite National Park

Local Specialist

  • Embark on an agriculture tour in Salinas Valley

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of San Francisco
  • 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
  • See quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, Napa Valley
  • Scenic drive along spectacular 17-Mile Drive, through Napa Wine Country
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Reviews

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Jerry Schrager
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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!!
Vacation : Value was there, hotels, stops, extras, all added to the tour!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Joan Schrager
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : This was our fourth trip with GET and have loved them all! Amazing itineraries, wonderful tour guides, and a great way to travel!
Vacation : Great company to work with!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Carmen Ziegler
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : The agenda was what I expected. Four out of the five hotels were excellent. Our leader was very informative and knowledgeable.
Vacation : Read the previous statement.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Vera Grainger
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Courteous/knowledgeable director and coach driver. Well laid out schedule. Excellent accommodations and meals. I will be using GET/Trafalgar again.
Vacation : Quality service for a fair price.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Donna Griffith
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : 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.
Vacation : 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.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Lisa S
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Enjoyed the trip very much. Wonderful hotels. Daniel our guide is very nice, patient, knowledgeable. GET should be happy they have him as a guide. Ray is an awesome driver, I felt very comfortable with him as our driver. Loved Yosemite. Would recommend this trip.
Vacation : Nice hotels. Paramount and staying inside Yosemite park are awesome !
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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 24 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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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

Adult Price: 249.00

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.

MONTEREY

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Adult Price: 50.00

Located at the ocean's edge on historic Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium is your window to marine life. Visit sea otters, penguins, sharks, jellies and much, much more as you spend time exploring this fascinating museum of the ocean! Approx. duration: 2 hours.

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