Northern California’s Finest (AL)

9 days from San Francisco to San Francisco

2019 Tour Details

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 special experience for you…a walking tour of Chinatown with lunch at a typical Chinese restaurant. Other tour highlights include a stop in California’s wine country for a tour and tasting at a Sonoma vineyard (another exciting adventure offered by Globus), and an excursion to historic Virginia City from Lake Tahoe to learn about this old, Wild West mining town. In Monterey, journey along 17-mile drive and enjoy views of the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Links, and million-dollar homes.

Spectacular scenery awaits you on this Northern California tour. Marvel at Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake surrounded by the magnificent Sierra Nevada Mountains. Enjoy the beauty of Yosemite National Park, one of the country’s first wilderness parks with waterfalls, grand meadows, and ancient sequoias. Stand in awe as you witness the world’s largest sequoia trees in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, including General Sherman Tree, the world’s largest tree (by volume). You’ll overnight in the heart of Sequoia National Park at the Wuksachi Lodge, a beautiful stone-and-cedar mountain lodge surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Enjoy a stargazing program in Sequoia, where you’ll witness the brilliant sky while listening to ancient and cultural stories about the constellations—another unique experience Globus has arranged for you!

California offers some amazing scenery and on this Northern California tour, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it plus much more. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this memorable vacation.

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; [LF] Chinatown walking tour with lunch

SONOMA
[LF] Guided tour of wine caves & tasting

VIRGINIA CITY
Historic trolley tour; guided silver & gold mine tour

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite Valley floor tour by tram

SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing, [LF] stargazing program

MONTEREY
Sightseeing including scenic 17-Mile Drive; [LF] farewell dinner at Monterey Aquarium

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Monterey

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco. Welcome to San Francisco, gateway to your Northern California adventure. At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming journey.

Day 2

San Francisco. This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, taking in all the major sites. See Golden Gate National Recreation area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio. Also see Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and more. Then, explore historic Chinatown on a [LF] WALKING TOUR. Discover dim sum teahouses, see how fortune cookies are made, wander back alleys, and peek into temples in this historic neighborhood. Afterward, enjoy lunch at a typical Chinatown restaurant. This evening is free for you to explore more of this vibrant city on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. (B,L)

Day 3

San Francisco–Sonoma–Lake Tahoe. This morning, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head to California’s wine country for a guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting at the [LF] GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARD, makers of award-winning sparkling wines. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a 2-night stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 4

Lake Tahoe. Excursion to Virginia City. Step back in time with a visit to historic Virginia City. During its boom time, Virginia City’s mining proceeds amounted to billions of dollars. Your TROLLEY TOUR takes you back to the mining town the way it was. Learn the interesting history and the scandalous secrets; see the Victorian mansions, Opera House, and the red-light district. Then, visit PONDEROSA MINE to see antique mining equipment and learn the workings of an underground mine. Afterward, there’s time to stroll the authentic sidewalks and check out the Old West saloons, shops, museums, and restaurants. Enjoy dinner tonight at a lakeside restaurant.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 5

Lake Tahoe–Yosemite National Park. Leave the shores of Lake Tahoe and travel to one of the first wilderness parks in the United States—YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK. The park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles you can also find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. This afternoon, enjoy a VALLEY FLOOR TOUR that highlights the wonders of this incredible park.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 6

Yosemite–Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks. Travel to SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, the “Land of Giants.” In these parks you’ll discover a land of diversity and beauty—huge mountains, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! Overnight inside the park at the Wuksachi Lodge. This evening, join in a [LF] STARGAZING PROGRAM, where you’ll hear ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy an evening under the brilliant California sky.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

SPECIAL FEATURE: Wuksachi Lodge sits in the heart of Sequoia National Park. The lodge is beautifully crafted of cedar and stone, and enjoys panoramic views of the surrounding forest and High Sierra peaks.

Day 7

Sequoia/Kings Canyon–Monterey. 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, and just relax in one of the most beautiful settings you’ll find. We then continue across the farmlands of California to the coastal town of Monterey for a 2-night stay.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8

Monterey. Excursion to Carmel. Today’s highlights include a journey along scenic 17-MILE DRIVE. Enjoy views of the famous Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Course, and million-dollar homes. Stop in the seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Spend time browsing the shops or perhaps take a stroll on the beach. Then, return to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Your Tour Director hosts a [LF] special farewell dinner tonight at the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. Enjoy incredible views of the bay while you and your new friends reminisce about your journey.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 9

Monterey–San Francisco. This morning, travel back to San Francisco for our homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 1 pm.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LINDA PEREZ

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"By the time I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a Tour Director. My parents loved to share photos of their trips with me, and they would tell me, "You should do that; you'd be great at it!" They planted a seed that grew. On my 21st birthday, I traveled on a 12-country, 30-day tour of Europe. Six months later, I enrolled in tour directing school, and I've been in this career for over 30 years. My travel advice is simple: enjoy the experiences that are unique to the places you are visiting."

Tour Director -  LINDA PEREZ

 Accommodations

LAKE TAHOE

THE LAKE TAHOE RESORT HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

MONTEREY

HILTON GARDEN INN MONTEREY

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SAN FRANCISCO

SAN FRANCISCO MARRIOTT MARQUIS

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK

WUKSACHI LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
National Park
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

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