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Northern California

Operated by: Trafalgar

8 Days from $2,606 per person
Lake Tahoe with rocks, trees and mountains, California

Countries Visited

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Locations Visited

San Francisco, Union Square, Napa, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite Village, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Felton (CA) ...more San Francisco, Union Square, Napa, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite Village, Yosemite National Park, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Carmel Valley, Felton (CA)
  1. Day 1 Arrive San Francisco (2 Nights)

    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 Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
  2. Day 2 San Francisco Sightseeing

    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 this afternoon.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 San Francisco – Napa

    Today, we'll visit a local winery and enjoy unique experience and exploration of wine with a tasting. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner with your fellow travellers.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Embassy Suites Napa Valley
  4. Day 4 Napa – Lake Tahoe

    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. This evening, enjoy a Regional Dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Tahoe.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    hotel Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
  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 Breakfast
    hotel Yosemite Valley Lodge
  6. Day 6 Yosemite National Park – Salinas Valley – Monterey (2 Nights)

    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 and vegetable production 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 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 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 Breakfast
Northern California
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 7 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • 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
  • VISIT "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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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 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 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

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Saturday, June 29, 2019
David Frontella did a wonderful job. All of my questions were answered quickly.He always returned my phone calls efficiently. Good job Dave
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
The agent made the process easy and pleasurable.
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
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!!
Value was there, hotels, stops, extras, all added to the tour!
Joan Schrager
Saturday, July 7, 2018
This was our fourth trip with GET and have loved them all! Amazing itineraries, wonderful tour guides, and a great way to travel!
Great company to work with!
Carmen Ziegler
Saturday, June 30, 2018
The agenda was what I expected. Four out of the five hotels were excellent. Our leader was very informative and knowledgeable.
Read the previous statement.
Vera Grainger
Saturday, May 26, 2018
Courteous/knowledgeable director and coach driver. Well laid out schedule. Excellent accommodations and meals. I will be using GET/Trafalgar again.
Quality service for a fair price.
Donna Griffith
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.
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
Saturday, May 26, 2018
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.
Nice hotels. Paramount and staying inside Yosemite park are awesome !
Sandra Lasky
Sunday, August 13, 2017
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
Mostly I bought food and drinks
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