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Length:  9 days from San Francisco to San Francisco

2019 Season Departs From:  San Francisco


Overview

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. 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 a cruise on beautiful Lake Tahoe. 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 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.



Duration:  9 Days

Schedule:   

Start Date End Date
28 June, 2019 06 July, 2019
05 July, 2019 13 July, 2019
12 July, 2019 20 July, 2019
26 July, 2019 03 August, 2019
23 August, 2019 31 August, 2019
20 September, 2019 28 September, 2019
21 September, 2019 29 September, 2019
27 September, 2019 05 October, 2019


City Highlights

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing

SONOMA
[LF] 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, [LF] stargazing program

MONTEREY
Sightseeing including scenic 17-Mile Drive; visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium; farewell dinner





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. After lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day 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. (B)

Day 4   LAKE TAHOE. Today, enjoy a CRUISE on scenic Lake Tahoe. Learn how the lake was formed, some of its fascinating history, and enjoy fantastic photo opportunities. During your free time, you may want to take a hike, browse the local art galleries, or consider a trip on Heavenly Gondola (seasonal) for amazing views of the lake and valley below. (B,D)

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 grand meadows, ancient sequoias, and much more. This afternoon, enjoy a VALLEY FLOOR TRAM TOUR that highlights the wonders of this incredible park. (B)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Tenaya Lodge is nestled among towering Sugar Pines in the Sierra National Forest offering an elegant stay with access to five restaurants, a world-class spa, three swimming pools, and refined guestrooms with deluxe amenities. The pinnacle of Yosemite-area lodging, Tenaya Lodge offers Globus travelers something special.


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! 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. (B,D)

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


Day 7   SEQUOIA/KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS–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. (B)

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. Then, enjoy a visit to the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day 9   MONTEREY–SAN FRANCISCO. This morning, travel back to San Francisco for your homebound flight. Please schedule flights after 1 pm. (B)

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

Transportation

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





Note: Flights are NOT included with the Tour and unless otherwise stated above transfers are also NOT included.