Northern California's Finest (AL)

9 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. Spend two nights in San Francisco, where Globus has arranged a special experience for you…a walking tour of Chinatown with lunch at a typical Chinese restaurant. 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 an excursion to historic 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 (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 vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Chinatown walking tour with lunch
SONOMA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of wine caves & tasting
VIRGINIA CITY
Historic trolley tour; guided silver & gold mine tour
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Yosemite Valley floor tour by tram
SEQUOIA & KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite stargazing program
MONTEREY
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

Transportation:

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

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

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

 Itinerary

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
LunchLunch

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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 National Parks FoundationNational Parks Foundation 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 Breakfast

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.

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

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.

Breakfast Breakfast

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.

Breakfast Breakfast
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Monterey–San Francisco

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

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

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 Accommodations

San Francisco
Lake Tahoe
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia National Park
Monterey

San Francisco

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

780, Mission St
San Francisco, CA United States

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

Hotel Amenities

  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Shoe Shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • In-Room Safe
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Television
  • Window Opens
  • Voicemail
  • Climate Control
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Mini-bar
  • Alarm Clock
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Air Conditioning

Lake Tahoe

The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel

Superior First-Class

4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA United States

Nine story Bavarian Tudor style resort hotel in California on Nevada state line - Walk to casinos and Heavenly Ski Resort.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Luggage Storage
  • Elevator
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Hot Tub
  • Parking/Valet
  • Fitness Room
  • ATM

Room Amenities

  • Coffee Maker
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Room Service
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Air Conditioning
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Television

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite View Lodge

PO Box D
El Portal, CA United States

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

Hotel Amenities

  • ATM
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Luggage Storage
  • Concierge desk
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Window Opens
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Internet Access
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Voicemail
  • Air Conditioning
  • Climate Control
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer
  • Cable/Satellite

Sequoia National Park

Wuksachi Lodge

National Park

64740 Wuksachi Way
Sequoia National Park, CA United States

Free Wifi

In the Heart of an Ancient Forest, wood and stone forge together. Hearth and kitchen glow with warmth. And all comes to rest in a lodge that bears the name of its ancestors.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Free WiFi
  • Elevator
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Business Center
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Desk
  • Internet Access
  • Television
  • Hair Dryer
  • Disabled Access / Rooms
  • Phone
  • Coffee Maker

Monterey

Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

First-Class

1000 Aguajito Rd
Monterey, CA United States

Free Wifi

Newly renovated hotel located near Pebble Beach, Carmel & scenic Seventeen Mile Drive.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Hot Tub
  • Fitness Room
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Free WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Desk
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Phone
  • Voicemail

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise

Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay Sightseeing Cruise

This two-hour narrated tahoe boat cruise offers non-stop photo opportunities to the crown jewel of South Lake Tahoe Emerald Bay. As you cruise to, through, and back from Emerald Bay, you'll learn how it was formed and some of its fascinating history with a special video presentation.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

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