Northern California's Finest with Extended Stay in San Francisco (ALE)

11 Day Tour from San Francisco to San Francisco

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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. Start your tour in San Francisco, where Globus has arranged a special experience for you…a walking tour of Chinatown with lunch at a typical Chinese restaurant. Spend another two nights at the end of your tour with a 1-day Go San Francisco Card. In between, stop in California’s wine country for a tour and tasting at a Sonoma vineyard (another exciting adventure offered by Globus), and enjoy an excursion to Virginia City from Lake Tahoe to learn about this old, Wild West mining town. In Monterey, journey along 17-mile drive and enjoy views of the Lone Cypress, Pebble Beach Golf Course, 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. 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!

This Northern California tour offers all of this and more. It’s a memorable vacation!

 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Chinatown walking tour with lunch; One-day Go San Francisco Card
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of wine caves & tasting
Historic trolley tour; guided silver & gold mine tour
Yosemite Valley floor tour by tram
Sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite stargazing program
Sightseeing including scenic 17-Mile Drive; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite farewell dinner at Monterey Aquarium

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Yosemite National Park


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


 Meals & Itinerary

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


Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

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 National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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 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. This evening 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.


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 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.


Day 4 Lake Tahoe. Excursion to Virginia City

Step back in time with a visit to historic Virginia City. During its boom time, 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 PONDEROSA 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. Return to Lake Tahoe and perhaps join us for an optional cruise on Lake Tahoe. Enjoy dinner tonight at a lakeside restaurant.


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


Day 6 Yosemite–Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

Travel to National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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.

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.


Day 7 Kings 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.


Day 8 Monterey

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 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. 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.


Day 9 Monterey–San Francisco

Return to San Francisco and check into your hotel, the Marriott Marquis, for the next two nights. Tonight, why not enjoy dinner or a cappuccino in one of North Beach’s Italian restaurants?


Day 10 San Francisco

A full day to experience more of San Francisco. Included in your extension package is a 1-day GO SAN FRANCISCO CARD, giving you access to dozens of San Francisco attractions, including the hop-on/hop-off trolley tour.


Day 11 San Francisco

Your tour ends this morning. Transfers are provided to San Francisco International Airport.


 Tour Director

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