Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners
An experience of Californian contrasts: explore the canyons, caverns and city landmarks of this remarkable state. Get up close to the Golden Gate Bridge, stargaze in Sequoia National Park, and travel the winding Pacific Coast Highway on the exhilarating 17 Mile Drive.
Fly to San Francisco where on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your travel companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
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 walking tour. Discover dim sum teahouses, see how fortune cookies are made, wander back alleys and peek into temples in this historic neighbourhood. Afterwards, enjoy lunch at a typical Chinatown restaurant. The rest of the day is at leisure.
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 Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyard, makers of award winning sparking wines. Continue to Lake Tahoe.
Today, enjoy a cruise on scenic Lake Tahoe. Learn how the lake was formed, some of its fascinating history. The rest of the day is at leisure.
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 it's waterfalls, but within nearly 1,200 square miles there are also deep valleys, grand meadiws, ancient sequoias and much more. This afternoon, enjoy a Valley Floor Tour that highlights the wonders of this incredible park.
Leave Yosemite and travel to Sequoia Kings Canyon National Parks, the 'Land of Giants'. In these parks 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 Stargazing Programme and learn about ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy and evening under the brilliant California sky.
Enjoy more time exploring these magnificent parks, which now protect nearly half the remaining sequoia groves in the world. See the General Sherman Tree and spend some time at the Visitors Centre. Continue across the farmlands of California to the coastal town of Monterey for two nights.
Today, enjoy a journey along scenic 17-Mile Drive. There will be views of the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Course and million dollar homes. Stop for a while in the seaside town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a haven for writers, artists and celebrities. Spend time browsing the shops or along the beach. Later, return to Monterey and visit Cannery Row, immortalised by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Join the Tour Director for a special farewell dinner tonight.
Travel to San Francisco for your flight to the UK.
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