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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Get a taste of the Golden State on this tour of Northern California. Explore California icons: Yosemite National Park, the iconic Redwoods, and serene Lake Tahoe. Try Sonoma Valley wines and a Farm-to-Table meal in Monterey.

  1. 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.Accommodation: The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
  2. 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.Accommodation: The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel
    Meals:   Breakfast
  3. 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.Accommodation: Flamingo Resort & Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  4. 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.Accommodation: Harrah's Lake Tahoe
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  5. Day 5
    Embrace The Wilderness Of Yosemite National Park Stays With Stories
    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.Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Taste The California Difference Make Travel Matter Connect with Locals
    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.Accommodation: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  7. Day 7
    Witness The Incredible California Coast Make Travel Matter
    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.Accommodation: Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Inclusions

Dining Summary

  • 1 Welcome Reception (WR)
  • 7 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)
  • 3 Dinner (D)

Be My Guest

  • 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.

Iconic Experience

  • San Francisco: 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.
  • San Francisco: Enjoy a visit to the lovely seaside community of Sausalito where you will have time to shop or grab a bite for lunch.
  • San Francisco: Finish up your day with a ferry across San Francisco Bay and admire all of the great sights along the way.
  • San Francisco: 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 internationally recognized symbols of San Francisco and California.
  • Napa: Visit Napa Valley and bask in the wonderful sights of this city.
  • Napa: Enjoy a visit to California State Capitol and indulge yourself in the rich history of this country.
  • Lake Tahoe: Enjoy a scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountain range as you make your way through the Tioga Pass.
  • Yosemite National Park: Explore the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite. Located in the southern portion of Yosemite, Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is home to over 500 mature giant sequoias and holds an important place in history. Learn how in 1864, in the midst of Civil War, President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley for "public use, resort, and recreation." This marked the first time in history when the federal government set aside scenic natural areas for protection. Mariposa Grove was later added to Yosemite National Park in 1906.
  • Pebble Beach: 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.
  • Monterey: Bask in Carmel's beautiful natural scenery and rich artistic history.
  • Santa Cruz: 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 outdoor activities on more than 4,650 acres of forested and open land.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Castroville: Visit the Salinas Valley for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as you join a Local Specialist for an agricultural education tour. Learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques of the region that is known as the "Salad Bowl of the World". Your experience supports United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production.

Must-see Highlights

  • 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

Trafalgar Difference

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

Whats Included

  • 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.

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Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

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Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.1
Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.6
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 21 reviews - currently showing 9 reviews with comments only

The Trafalgar Northern California trip exceeded out expectations in everyway and we will plan future trips with Trafalgar. We we're also very happy with Affordable Tours as the money they saved us on the trip paid for the Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon ride experience which was one of the highlights of the trip for us. We will be using Affordable Tours in the future when we plan our travel experiences.

Outstanding trip; saw a lot in a week. People on board and tour director fantastic!

Trafalgar does a first class job of making people feel well taken care of. Experience exceeded my expectations. They were respectful, prompt and easy to understand throughout the trip!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Northern California tour with Trafalgar, but I think the company should have notified us about potential changes in the itinerary because of the Yosemite fires. We were never contacted & had no opportunity to cancel, which many on the tour would have done if they had been given the chance.

More time should be allotted to Yosemite . We hardly saw it . The Napa Valley wine train was fantastic and so was the cruise on Lake Tahoe. For tours on July 4th operators should include going to an fireworks display.

This is my second trip with affordable tours and will definitely use them again!

Everything went smooth as silk and we were very pleased. Agent was terrific and was most helpful.

One hotel, Yosemite View Lodge, was well beneath our expectations, and the expectations of the majority of passengers on the tour - and we all commented accordingly. The Lodge was not clean and the service was poor. Otherwise, the Trafalgar tour director, coach driver, and all expected tour sites and services were fantastic. Thanks so much!

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