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Northern California
8 Days
1 Country

United States

8 Cities

San Francisco, Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Napa, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, Salinas Valley, Monterey

12 Meals

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Leisurely

3 or more nights in 1 destination. Requires 1-2 miles of walking per day to participate in top sites primarily flat surfaces and with some stairs.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar
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If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Get a true taste of the Golden State on this tour of Northern California. Passing cityscapes and seaside cliffs of 17-Mile Drive. Explore California icons: Yosemite National Park, the iconic Redwoods, and serene Lake Tahoe, topped off with world renowned Sonoma Valley wines and a Farm-to-Table meal in Monterey.

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Day 1

Hello San Francisco

From the iconic to the unexpected, the city of San Francisco never ceases to surprise. Kick-start your Northern California holiday in the cosmopolitan city by the Bay. Join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner at your hotel.

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA
Accommodation The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Included Meals Dinner

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. This afternoon offers a deeper look into two of the city’s iconic spots. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing ferry cruise to the quaint seaside community of Sausalito with time for shopping. This evening is at your leisure. Perhaps choose to join an optional guided walking tour of Chinatown including a delicious feast and a city illumination tour.

Cable Cars in San Francisco, USA
Accommodation The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Archictecture in San Francisco, California, USA
San Francisco City Tour

Indulge in the many sites that San Francisco has to offer. From the eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture to its vibrant culture and tasty cuisines. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Waterfont houses at town beach, Sausalito, California, USA
Visit Sausalito

Enjoy a visit to the lovely seaside community of Sausalito where you will have time to shop or grab a bite for lunch.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience
Ferry Across the San Francisco Bay

Finish up your day with a ferry across San Francisco Bay and admire all of the great sights along the way.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Enjoy a guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour in San Francisco, USA
Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Pier 39 and City Illuminations Tour

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Day 3

Journey To Wine Country

Start off your day with a guided Golden Gate Bridge walk across the 1.7-mile span of the magnificent "bridge that couldn't be built." As you gaze across the water (one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World), learn how this iconic engineering marvel was constructed. Continue 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 your fellow travelers.

Vineyard in Napa Valley, USA
Accommodation Flamingo Resort & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience Golden Gate Bridge in San Fransisco, USA
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Walk across and marvel at this modern wonder of the world. Golden Gate has the second-longest main span in the Americas and is one of the most inte...

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Iconic Experience

Wine Country Tour

Visit a local winery and enjoy a unique experience and exploration of wine before sitting down to eat a tasty lunch with your fellow travelers.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience Porter Creek Winery Napa California, Usa
Visit Napa

Visit Napa Valley and bask in the wonderful sights of this city.

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Iconic Experience

Day 4

Entice Your Senses At Lake Tahoe

Enjoy a visit to California's State Capitol before traveling 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. 

View of Lake Tahoe, USA
Accommodation Harrah's Lake Tahoe
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience
Visit California State Capitol

Enjoy a visit to California State Capitol and indulge yourself in the rich history of this country.

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Iconic Experience

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. 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 brings us into the park at Yosemite Valley Lodge.

 

Tioga Pass: weather conditions may cause 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 entering through the west side of the park. While this may not cause a change in overnight, sightseeing will be affected this day.

Vernal Fall in Yosemite National Park, USA
Yosemite Valley Lodge View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Yosemite Valley Lodge

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Yosemite National Park, United States

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Yosemite Valley Lodge

Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located close to Yosemite Falls in the middle of the national park.

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Trafalgar Difference

Iconic Experience Tunnel on Tiogra road in Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Scenic Drive Along Tioga Pass

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountain range as you make your way through the Tioga Pass.

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Iconic Experience

Day 6

Taste The California Difference

After breakfast, head to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias (seasonal), home to over 500 mature trees and the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite National Park. Continue to Monterey where we’ll Connect With Locals and enjoy a Farm-to-Table Be My Guest experience including the freshest local ingredients. Meet Todd and Jordan Champagne who have been dedicated to providing simple, delicious and farm driven foods for the local community from their storefront Happy Girl Kitchen Co.

Food Stand in Salinas Valley, USA
Accommodation Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Enjoy a Farm-to-Table dinner in Monterey Bay, USA
Farm-to-Table Dinner in Monterey

Visit Happy Girl Kitchen in Monterey, where your hosts share their knowledge and love of food using the freshest ingredients during an outstanding farm-to-table experience. 

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Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Giant Sequoia trees in Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Visit Mariposa Grove

Explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite. Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, Mariposa Grove of...

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Iconic Experience

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. Visit the Salinas Valley where you'll love this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with an agricultural education tour to learn about fruit, vegetables and advanced farming techniques. You'll visit one of the oldest family farms in Monterey County and taste a local delicacy. We return to Monterey, home to Cannery Row, immortalized in the John Steinbeck novel. You’ll have some time to unwind at your hotel or stroll through the streets of Monterey. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Whale in Monterey Bay, USA
Accommodation Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit 17 Mile Drive Monterery, USA
17-Mile Drive

The stunning California coast passes by you, cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive. This drive is full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses.

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Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Pacific Ocean coastline in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, USA
Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea

Bask in Carmel's beautiful natural scenery and rich artistic history.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Agricultural Farm tour in Salinas Valley, USA
Salinas Valley Agricultural Tour

Visit the Salinas Valley for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour. Learn about fruit ...

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MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Day 8

Take A Walk Through The Redwoods

California’s towering redwoods provide an imposing backdrop for this morning. 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 where you might consider extending your stay. Complimentary airport drop off at San Francisco International Airport is scheduled for 1:00 PM. Please be aware when booking your flights.

Sequoia National Park in Redwood, USA
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Circle of Coast Redwoods at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, USA
Visit Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains is famous for the 40-acre grove of redwood trees. You can enjoy hiking and other outdo...

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Iconic Experience
San Francisco City Tour

Indulge in the many sites that San Francisco has to offer. From the eclectic mix of Victorian and modern architecture to its vibrant culture and tasty cuisines. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Sausalito

Enjoy a visit to the lovely seaside community of Sausalito where you will have time to shop or grab a bite for lunch.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Ferry Across the San Francisco Bay

Finish up your day with a ferry across San Francisco Bay and admire all of the great sights along the way.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Cross the Golden Gate Bridge

Walk across and marvel at this modern wonder of the world. Golden Gate has the second-longest main span in the Americas and is one of the most inte...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Napa

Visit Napa Valley and bask in the wonderful sights of this city.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit California State Capitol

Enjoy a visit to California State Capitol and indulge yourself in the rich history of this country.

Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Yosemite Valley Lodge

Stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge located close to Yosemite Falls in the middle of the national park.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Along Tioga Pass

Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountain range as you make your way through the Tioga Pass.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Farm-to-Table Dinner in Monterey

Visit Happy Girl Kitchen in Monterey, where your hosts share their knowledge and love of food using the freshest ingredients during an outstanding farm-to-table experience. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Mariposa Grove

Explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite. Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, Mariposa Grove of...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
17-Mile Drive

The stunning California coast passes by you, cruising scenic 17-Mile Drive. This drive is full of dramatic coastal cliffs, snow-white beaches, mystical forests and iconic golf courses.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Carmel-by-the-Sea

Bask in Carmel's beautiful natural scenery and rich artistic history.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Salinas Valley Agricultural Tour

Visit the Salinas Valley for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour. Learn about fruit ...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains is famous for the 40-acre grove of redwood trees. You can enjoy hiking and other outdo...

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About this trip

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
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Salinas Valley with a Local Specialist
Visit Yosemite National Park, Sausalito, quaint Carmel-by-the-Sea, California State Capitol, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, local Sonoma County Winery for Tasting and Picnic Lunch, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias
View Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Tunnel View
Scenic Drive along spectacular 17-mile Drive, through Wine Country and Tioga Pass
Cruise San Francisco Bay

Authentic Dining

4 Dinners, 7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Wine Country Tour

Visit a local winery and enjoy a unique experience and exploration of wine before sitting down to eat a tasty lunch with your fellow travelers.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Pier 39 and City Illuminations Tour

Explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining at Swiss Louis on iconic Pier 39. Af...

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Additional Cost Applies

Flexible booking 30-day deposit refund guarantee + no change fees See flexible booking terms >

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Languages across USA: English the official language of USA.
  • Currency used in USA: The currency of USA is the American Dollar ($).
  • Capital:: The capital of USA is Washington, DC.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA: Several time zones are used across different regions of the USAs to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Alaska Standard Time (AKST), Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time (HST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

 

The climate and weather in the United States vary greatly due to its large size and diverse geography. The country experiences a wide range of climate types, including temperate, Mediterranean, subtropical, arid, and alpine climates. In general, the eastern and central parts of the United States have a humid continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers, and cold winters. The western coastal regions, such as California and the Pacific Northwest, have a more Mediterranean climate with mild, wet winters and warm, dry summers. The southern states have a subtropical climate, with hot and humid summers and mild winters. The southwestern and western regions, including states like Arizona and Nevada, have a desert or arid climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild winters. The northernmost parts of the country, particularly Alaska, have a subarctic and alpine climate, with extremely cold winters and cool summers.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. North and Central America, along with Canada, offer a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities, from strolling on Hawaii's beaches to dining at a sophisticated restaurant in Toronto.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the steamy jungles of Costa Rica, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour within the USA, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. Since you are traveling within the USA, you won't need to worry about voltage and plug type differences. Just pack your electronic devices as you would for any domestic trip, and you'll be all set to enjoy your guided tour in the United States!

  • Voltage and Plug Type: As an American traveler, you won't need a voltage converter or plug adapter for your electronic devices within the country.
  • Compatibility: Since you are traveling within the USA, your electronic devices, such as smartphones, laptops, and camera chargers, should be compatible with the standard voltage and plug type used in the country. You can use your regular chargers and power cords without any issues.
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in the USA provide electrical outlets compatible with American plugs. You won't need to worry about adaptors or converters within the country.
  • Airports and Public Places: Airports, train stations, and other public places in the USA will have outlets that match the American standard, so you can quickly charge your devices while on the go.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Since you don't have to worry about converting the voltage, you can bring a travel dryer or pack one from home. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in the USA, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while traveling.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include COVID, measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Julie Brown
Review date: 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
Review date: Monday, August 2, 2021
Service
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
Review date: Monday, August 2, 2021
Service
Wonderful tour director and driver. very organized and very fun!!!
Vacation
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
Review date: Saturday, June 29, 2019
Service
David Frontella did a wonderful job. All of my questions were answered quickly.He always returned my phone calls efficiently. Good job Dave
Vacation
It was a great trip; we visited many beautiful places. Would definitely use GET to plan my next vacation
Lucille Giambalvo
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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
Review 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.
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Vera Grainger
Review 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
Review 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.
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