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Northern California

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,725 per person
Lake Tahoe, California
  1. Day 1 Arrive 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 travellers for a Welcome Reception at your hotel.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hyatt Regency San Francisco
  2. Day 2 San Francisco Sightseeing – Napa

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Embassy Suites Napa Valley
  3. Day 3 Napa – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe (2 Nights)

    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 splendour of Lake Tahoe, its clear blue waters surrounded by evergreen pines and rocky outcrops.

    meals Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
  4. Day 4 Lake Tahoe Sightseeing

    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 colourful 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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Regional Meal
  5. Day 5 Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park

    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 splendour of Bridal Veil Fall. Tonight, our Stay with a Story sees us overnight in the park, just a short stroll from Yosemite Falls.

    meals Full Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  6. Day 6 Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights)

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast, Dinner with wine
    hotel The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay
  7. Day 7 Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive

    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, immortalised 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 travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

    meals Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  8. Day 8 Monterey – Roaring Camp – Depart San Francisco

    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.

    meals Full Breakfast
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Dining Highlights

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 dinners

First class 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
  • All 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

Sightseeing Highlights

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

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
Price Discount Availability Price
Start Date: Sat, Aug 31, 2019
Return Date: Sat, Sep 7, 2019
$2,725pp AARP members save an additional $100 checkmark Request Quote Book Now
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: $250

Monterey

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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.
Adult Price: $51

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Lucille Giambalvo
Travel date: Friday, May 31, 2019
Service
The agent made the process easy and pleasurable.
Vacation
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
Travel date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Service
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!
Joan Schrager
Travel date: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Service
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!
Carmen Ziegler
Travel date: Saturday, June 30, 2018
Service
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.
Vera Grainger
Travel date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service
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.
Donna Griffith
Travel date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service
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.
Lisa S
Travel date: Saturday, May 26, 2018
Service
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 !
Sandra Lasky
Travel date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Service
Excellent tour guide, comfortable bus, sights, tours were well chosen.Choice of hotels were very good w/exception of hotel in Lake Tahoe. The meals, parties that where hosted by your company/tour guide were all excellent. The bus driver did a super job of getting us around in a safe and timely fashion. The bus was always neat, clean and filled with water, snacks, etc. The photos, films and educational info chosen by tour guide were informational and/or entertaining. Have already recommended your company to others and will certainly take future trips with you, and hope to have Sarah K. as a future guide. She is so much fun, so organized, so knowledgeable and not intimidated by anyone or anything. She has become a new friend who I plan to see and stay in touch with in the future. She goes out of her way to make sure everything and everyone is well taken care of and all of our expectations are met.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you very much for sharing this delightful feedback!  Sarah is truly a gem.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Vacation
Mostly I bought food and drinks
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