Northern California's Finest

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Southern California may be known for its stars, but northern California is the home of true legends. Despite the absence of paparazzi, you’ll hear countless shutters click as you enjoy a scenic tram ride through stunning Yosemite and coast along Monterey’s jaw-dropping 17-Mile Drive. From the hilly streets of San Francisco to the towering-tree-lined slopes of...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Very Easy
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • San francisco: Sightseeing
    • Sonoma: Guided tour of wine caves & tasting
    • Lake tahoe: Scenic cruise
    • Yosemite national park: Yosemite Valley floor tour by tram
    • Sequoia & kings canyon national park: Sightseeing, stargazing program
    • Monterey: Sightseeing including scenic 17-Mile Drive; visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium; farewell dinner
    • This magnificent Northern California tour blends the sights of sophisticated San Francisco with the inspired beauty found in California’s national parks and picturesque areas, including its scenic towns—Carmel and Monterey
    • Spend two nights in San Francisco, where Globus has arranged a city tour of all the “must see” sites

What's this trip about?

    Southern California may be known for its stars, but northern California is the home of true legends. Despite the absence of paparazzi, you’ll hear countless shutters click as you enjoy a scenic tram ride through stunning Yosemite and coast along Monterey’s jaw-dropping 17-Mile Drive. From the hilly streets of San Francisco to the towering-tree-lined slopes of Sequoia and King Canyon National Parks, there are endless highpoints included in this nine-day tour through northern California. Visit a family-owned winery in the serene Sonoma Valley to see how their award-winning wines are made. Other stellar experiences to toast on this northern California vacation? Stargazing under the sequoias and bidding the moon goodnight in two signature stone and cedar national park lodges. Sweet dreams.

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age range6 years and up
Flights and transportN/A
Start City SAN FRANCISCO,CALIFORNIA
End CityMONTEREY–SAN FRANCISCO

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • North America
  • United States

Attractions

  • California
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Lake Tahoe
  • San Francisco
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

Activities

  • Culture

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Travel Map

Day 1: ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO,CALIFORNIA

Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

FREE TIME TIPS EXPLORE MORE in San Francisco with a walk on Fisherman’s Wharf, a bowl of clam chowder with famous sourdough bread, or a Ghirardelli chocolate o...

Day 2: SAN FRANCISCO

The City by the Bay This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco to take in its famous sights. Enjoy free time to explore the Golden City before dinner at a local restaurant. (Breakfast,Dinner)

TOUR HIGHLIGHT CITY SIGHTS San Francisco is a city to be...

Day 3: SAN FRANCISCO–SONOMA–SACRAMENTO

Bridge to Bountiful Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sonoma for an orientation tour and free time for lunch on your own. Delight in a tasting at a [LF] family-owned winery. Continue to the capital of California, Sacramento, for a sightseeing tour and a free eve...

Day 4: SACRAMENTO–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Treasures of the High Sierras Travel south through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Best known for its waterfalls, but with nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find grand meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. Continue to the Tenaya Lodge ...

Day 5: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Nature’s Cathedral Today, descend into the 4,000-foot valley for an open-air Valley Floor Tram to explore the famous sites of El Capitan, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome. Enjoy free time for the balance of the day in Yosemite National Park. (Breakfast)...

Day 6: YOSEMITE–SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS

Forest Giants & Heavenly Objects Travel to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Tonight, enjoy dinner followed by a [LF] stargazing experience. (Breakfast,Dinner)

LOCAL FAVORITE NATURAL WONDERS Explore the “Land of Giants” in Sequoia and Kings Canyon ...

Day 7: SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS–MONTEREY

Old-Growth Trees & Ocean Tides Spend more time this morning exploring these magnificent parks, which now protect nearly half the remaining sequoia groves in the world. See the General Sherman Tree, spend time at the Visitors’ Center, or simply relax in one of the...

Day 8: MONTEREY. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

The Rocky Shores of Pebble Beach This morning, spend your free time visiting historic Cannery Row. Other highlights today include a journey along scenic 17-Mile Drive and the seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea. Return to Monterey, where your Tour Director hosts a speci...

Day 9: MONTEREY–SAN FRANCISCO

Safe travels until we meet again! This morning, travel back to San Francisco for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights after 1 pm. (Breakfast)

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