Northern California's Finest (AL) - 2014 / 2015

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9 Day Tour from San Francisco to San Francisco

Itinerary




DAY 1Arrive in San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco, the 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.

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DAY 2San Francisco

This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of San Francisco, taking in all the major sites. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, and more. Then, explore historic Chinatown on a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are 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. (Breakfast, Lunch)

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge 
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DAY 3San Francisco–Sausalito–Sonoma–Lake Tahoe

This morning, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and stop in picturesque Sausalito. Enjoy some time to take in the breathtaking waterfront views and explore the many shops and art galleries. We then head to California’s wine country, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GLORIA FERRER CAVES & VINEYARD, makers of award-winning sparkling wines. Continue to beautiful Lake Tahoe for a 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Dinner)

San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge Stroll through the beautiful Vina del Mar park in Sausalito 
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DAY 4Lake Tahoe. Excursion To Virginia City

Step back in time with a visit to historic Virginia City. During its boomtime, 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 PONDOROSA 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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore more of this 4-season resort destination. Perhaps join us for an optional cruise on Lake Tahoe. (Breakfast)

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DAY 5Lake 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)

El Capitan, a popular rock climbing destination in Yosemite National Park 
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DAY 6Yosemite–Mariposa Grove–Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

Before leaving Yosemite we’ll visit the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, where some of these fantastic trees are over 3,000 years old. We then 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite STARGAZING PROGRAM, where you’ll hear ancient and cultural stories about the constellations and enjoy an evening under the brilliant California sky. (Breakfast, 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.

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DAY 7Kings Canyon/Sequoia 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. (Breakfast)

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DAY 8Monterey

Today’s highlights include a journey along scenic 17-MILE DRIVE. Enjoy views of the famous Lone Cyprus, 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 shop 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 Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite 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, Dinner)

Monterey Bay Aquarium 
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DAY 9Monterey–San Francisco

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

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