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Northern California’s Finest

Price per person
from £2,761

Check availability and prices for your preferred airport below. To book, please call our travel specialists on 0330 058 8241

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Western USA

  • Active pace

  • Globus escorted tours

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 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 holiday.

At a glance

  • San Francisco Visit bustling Fisherman’s Wharf and see the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Sonoma wine caves Wine tasting in the cool and atmospheric caves.
  • Yosemite National Park Visit one of the first wilderness parks of the United States.
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park Stay overnight and stargaze at the Wuksachi Lodge.
  • 17 Mile Drive Journey along this famous stretch of Pacific Ocean coastline.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

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 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 holiday.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners

UK - San Francisco

Day
1

Fly to San Francisco where on arrival transfer to your hotel.

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

San Francisco

Day
2

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

San Francisco–Sonoma–Lake Tahoe

Day
3

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 & VINEYARD, makers of award-winning sparkling wines. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Lake Tahoe

Day
4

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Tahoe–Yosemite National Park

Day
5

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. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Yosemite–Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

Day
6

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 STARGAZING PROGRAMME, where you’ll hear ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy an evening under the brilliant California sky.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks–Monterey

Day
7

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Monterey. Excursion to Carmel

Day
8

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, immortalised 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Monterey–San Francisco

Day
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

Accommodation as stated or similar

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

San Francisco - Marriott Marquis

Rooms have cable TV, internet access, in-room safe, mini-bar, coffee maker, iron/ironing board, and hairdryer. The hotel features Concierge desk, gift shop, indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness centre, three restaurants, lounge, and coffee bar.

  • Location

    780 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Lake Tahoe - Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

This warm room gives a welcome feeling when you enter as all the rooms come with minifridges and microwaves, plus flat-screen TVs and limited free Wi-Fi meaning that you can take your home comfates with you. 

  • Location

    4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa
    • Fitness Centre

Yosemite National Park - Yosemite View Lodge

The hotel has three swimming pools, gift shop, two restaurants, and a lounge. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, hairdryer, and iron/ironing board.

  • Location

    11136 CA-140, El Portal, CA 95318, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

Sequioa/Kings Canyon NP - Wuksachi Lodge

This hotel has warmly decorated rooms which create a welcoming feeling. The Hotel is set apart from the main lodge, and feature flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and minifridges meaning that you don't have to leave all your home comforts at home.

  • Location

    64740 Wuksachi Way, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar

Monterey - Hilton Garden Inn

All of our rooms offer unique decor, comftable custom-designed beds and balconies, plus flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and free WiFi.

  • Location

    1000 Aguajito Rd, Monterey, CA 93940, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

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