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The Best of Northern California

Operated by: Insight Vacations

7 Days from $4,040 per person
AUG - DEC 2022
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San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Mendocino, Calistoga, Napa ...more San Francisco, Sausalito, Muir Woods, Point Reyes, Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Mendocino, Calistoga, Napa
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  1. Day 1 Welcome to San Francisco

    When you arrive in The City by the Bay, you will be instantly struck by its vibrant and eclectic charm. Check into the iconic Westin St. Francis Hotel. This hotel's central location in the heart of Union Square means you can absorb the local ambiance and explore all the sights with ease. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for an intimate Welcome Dinner with drinks.

    meals Dinner with Wine
    hotel Westin St. Francis
  2. Day 2 Discover the Golden City

    Admire San Francisco's eclectic mix of architectural styles and cultures as you head out this morning with your Travel Director. Visit vibrant neighborhoods and see places such as the lively Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square, a historical landmark linked to the American Civil War. Take a walk along the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, spanning 1.7 miles. Learn why it is considered an engineering marvel and discover more about the people who built this icon of San Francisco. Next, set out to visit the quaint seaside community of Sausalito and browse the shops or have lunch along the picturesque bay.The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Try taking a walk through Chinatown, the largest of its kind outside of Asia.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Westin St. Francis
  3. Day 3 Towering Trees and Honey Bees

    Depart San Francisco and take a short journey to the Muir Woods National Monument to spend the morning walking among the towering ancient Redwoods. Enjoy a tasting of locally made cheese in a beautiful setting at a Point Reyes at a creamery. Then, join a Make Travel Matter® Experience at the Heidrun Meadery, a bee forage oasis. Have a picnic lunch and learn about the production of natural sparkling mead varietals using traditional methods. Enjoy an evening at your leisure in the vibrant town of Santa Rosa, nested in the heart of Sonoma wine country.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Flamingo Resort, Satna Rosa
  4. Day 4 From Sonoma Valley to Mendocino Relaxed Start

    Enjoy a relaxed start this morning before visiting nearby Healdsburg, in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country. Savor the small-town charm, stunning vistas, and award-winning wines, all centered around a charming town plaza lined with shops, tasting rooms, galleries, and bars. In the afternoon, travel to nearby Boonville in Mendocino County for an Insight Choice. Choose a beer tasting at Anderson Valley Brewing Company and try hand-crafted authentic ales and lagers. Alternatively, choose a cheese tasting at Pennyroyal Farm, where you'll sample mouthwatering cheeses made daily on the premises. Arrive in Mendocino for your stay at the charmingly rustic Stanford Inn Resort on the Coast, and enjoy a delicious dinner at the acclaimed Ravens Restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino
  5. Day 5 The Mendocino Coast

    Get ready for a scenic day in the delightful coastal community of Mendocino. Visit the Mendocino Headlands State Park with your Travel Director and take a walk along the gentle trails, rugged coastline and secluded beaches. Next, join a Make Travel Matter® Experience as you explore the Botanical Gardens on a self-guided walk. Founded in 1961, the superb gardens and coastal pine forest display and conserve plants in harmony with the Northern California coastal ecosystems, while also protecting public access to the coast. In the afternoon, stroll along Glass Beach, one of Mendocino Coast's most unique and photographic destinations, then spend the evening at your leisure.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Stanford Inn by the Sea, Mendocino
  6. Day 6 A Journey to Napa Wine Valley

    Depart Mendocino in the morning for a fascinating voyage through California's famous wine country. Admire the sweeping vineyard views and sample the finest Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel at two renowned wineries before arriving in Calistoga. Famed for its vineyards and hot mineral springs, take a break and meander through the streets of this rustic yet refined retreat. Perhaps sip a coffee and browse the shops on the main street. This evening toast to your journey with your fellow travelers at a delicious Celebration Dinner and enjoy the relaxing ambiance of your boutique hotel, the River Terrace Inn.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel The River Terrace Inn, Napa, CA
  7. Day 7 Depart Napa for San Francisco

    It is time to say goodbye as you and your fellow travelers are transferred to San Francisco International Airport for your departures. Estimated arrival time to airport is 1 pm.

    meals Breakfast
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Price Includes

Additional Included Highlights

  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Choice Highlights

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • : Enjoy hand-crafted authentic ales and lagers and share the Anderson Valley Brewing Company's passion for sustainable brewing practices.
  • : Sample cheeses made daily at this local creamery. Each cheese is produced in small batches with milk from the farm's own goats and sheep.

Well-being

  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.

Authentic Dining

  • San Francisco: Enjoy a delightful Welcome Dinner with your fellow travellers and Travel Director at your hotel.
  • : Enjoy a tasting of locally made cheese at a creamery, in a beautiful setting in Point Reyes.
  • Mendocino: Nationally acclaimed for its outstanding vegan cuisine, The Ravens Restaurant uses produce grown on the property with a focus on health and ethical sustainability. Enjoy delicious and nutritious fare packed full of flavor.
  • Dining Summary: 3 Dinner with Wine (DW), 6 Breakfast (B), and 1 Lunch (L)

Top Rated Highlights

  • San Francisco: Linking San Francisco to Marin County across the three-mile Golden Gate strait, this magnificent suspension bridge was built between 1933 and 1937. Renowned as an engineering marvel due to the precise planning, design and construction processes that were applied, all over treacherous open water, it remains one of America's most fascinating landmarks.
  • San Francisco: Federally protected as a National Monument since 1908, this stunning 558-acre site preserves one of the last remaining ancient redwood forests in the Bay Area. Wander the magical paths among the trees, some of which are 1,000 years old and over 250 feet tall.
  • Mendocino: One of the Mendocino Coast's most unique and photogenic destinations, Glass Beach gets its name from the smooth colorful glass pieces mixed into the pebbly beach. This colorful wonderland is the result of shards of broken bottles, windows and other debris worn down over the decades by the rolling surf.
  • Napa: Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley are both world famous for their vineyards and wine production, and for good reason! Taste some of the finest wines produced here, including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel.

Make Travel Matter

  • Healdsburg: Visit the Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes and learn all about the production of sparkling mead varietals (wine made from honey rather than grapes), using the traditional French Methode Champenoise. Flowering plants are cultivated in the pastures, gardens and greenhouse to provide healthy, natural, yearlong forage for Honey Bees colonies.
  • Mendocino: Walk along this unique blend of gentle trails, rugged coastline and secluded beaches. Myriad trails wind along the cliffs, giving you spectacular views of sea arches and hidden grottos.
  • Mendocino: Founded in 1961, the gardens aim to engage and enrich lives by displaying and conserving plants in harmony with the Northern California coastal ecosystems, and to preserve public access to the coast. The beautiful site features manicured formal gardens and flower-filled coastal slopes overlooking the ocean.

Insight Choice

  • : Enjoy hand-crafted authentic ales and lagers and share the Anderson Valley Brewing Company's passion for sustainable brewing practices.
  • : Sample cheeses made daily at this local creamery. Each cheese is produced in small batches with milk from the farm's own goats and sheep.

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.

San Francisco

Available on Day 2

Guided Chinatown Walking Tour, Chinese Dinner and City Illuminations Tour

Explore the Chinese markets, herb shops, a fortune cookie factory and more (weather permitting), before dining family-style with a Chinese feast. After dinner, board your motorcoach for the City Illuminations Tour. Drive past the colorful signs and glittering lights of North Beach, the Embarcadero, Fisherman’s Wharf, Telegraph Hill, Coit Tower, the Broadway Strip and the historic Ferry Building. After crossing the Oakland Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, catch a spectacular night panorama of sparkling San Francisco!
Adult Price: $66

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