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 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 vacation.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

SAN FRANCISCO
Sightseeing
SONOMA
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided tour of wine caves & tasting
LAKE TAHOE
Scenic cruise
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 behind-the-scenes tour at the Monterey Bay Aquarium; farewell dinner

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, including admission charges where applicable.

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 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.

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

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.

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—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 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 SEQUOIA/KINGS CANYON 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. EXCURSION TO CARMEL

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, immortalized by John Steinbeck in his novel of the same name. Enjoy a special Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite behind-the-scenes tour at the world-famous MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

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.

LINDA PEREZ

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

By the time I was 11 years old, I knew I wanted to be a Tour Director. My parents loved to share photos of their trips with me, and they would tell me, "You should do that; you'd be great at it!" They planted a seed that grew. On my 21st birthday, I traveled on a 12-country, 30-day tour of Europe. Six months later, I enrolled in tour directing school, and I've been in this career for over 30 years. My travel advice is simple: enjoy the experiences that are unique to the places you are visiting.

Tour Director - LINDA PEREZ

 Accommodations

San Francisco
Lake Tahoe
Yosemite National Park
Sequoia National Park
Monterey

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


San Francisco

San Francisco

Rocket Boat

Rocket Boat

Get blown away on this 30-minute high-speed tour of the City's historic waterfront.

Price Range: $

Bay Cruise

Bay Cruise

This fully narrated one-hour cruise sails under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. Experience the thrilling history of San Francisco Bay with all the sound and glory it deserves.

Price Range: $

 Know Before You Go

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