Treasures of Northern California
From $3,379* pp | 9 Days • 12 Meals *Rate is per person, land only, double occupancy.
With our tour, you’ll be immersed in the Northern California culture of laid back cities, some of the world’s finest wines and most historic railways.
- Experience dinner overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Enjoy the incredible beauty of one of America’s most beloved national parks – Yosemite.
- Glide along the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe and marvel at the inspiring scenery.
- Journey on a splendidly restored Pullman car as you travel through picturesque Napa Valley at an unhurried pace.
Experience Northern California at its Finest
Experience the Northern California lifestyle. Explore must-see’s such as Fisherman’s Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Marvel at the beauty of one of America’s most beloved National Parks, Yosemite. Glide on the pristine waters of the breathtaking Lake Tahoe on a paddlewheeler. Step back in time at Sutter’s Fort, a living museum, and discover how the first California Pioneers lived during a Pioneer Dinner. Discover some fascinating facts about train travel at the California Rail Museum. Sip California’s wines at a wine tasting. Relax in a Pullman car aboard the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train, savouring the beauty of the vineyards while enjoying a delicious dinner. This is a chance to live the good life.
Day 1. San Francisco, California – Tour Begins
Join us in exploring northern California. From its most popular cities – to fertile valleys and historic gold rush towns – many hidden treasures await. Your tour opens in San Francisco, the beautiful “City by the Bay.” Tonight, take in a fabulous view of San Francisco. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Dinner High 21 Low 13 Marriott At Fishermans Wharf
After breakfast, the choice is yours. You may take a one-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay featuring in-depth narration plus close up views of Alcatraz* and the Golden Gate Bridge; or, you may choose to join a local expert on a city tour which highlights Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and the view of the city from the imposing Twin Peaks. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore this beautiful city independently. Perhaps you’ll hop on a cable car or enjoy the sights at Fisherman’s Wharf…the opportunities are endless.
Day 3. San Francisco – Tuolumne
Spend a relaxing morning in San Francisco. Take some time to independently explore the city, do some shopping or perhaps enjoy lunch. Then, travel east through California’s central valley and the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. Arrive in Tuolumne, a gateway to Yosemite National Park and your home for the next two nights.
Day 4. Tuolumne – Yosemite – Tuolumne
A scenic drive brings you into awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. Your tram tour through Yosemite’s unique rock formations, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and pristine wilderness will leave you absolutely awestruck. The tram ride experience showcases views from the famous valley floor and offers a fascinating perspective on this glorious park.
Upon arrival in Sacramento, your guide will take you on a tour through Old Sacramento’s historical district filled with over 60 restored Gold Rush-era buildings, wooden sidewalks, cobblestone streets and antique gas lamps. Catch a glimpse at what life was like when thousands of “49ers” flocked here during the California Gold Rush. You’ll have plenty of time to visit the unique shops.
Day 6. Sacramento – Lake Tahoe – Sacramento
Travel over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Upon arrival, enjoy a narrated cruise of spectacular Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddlewheeler. Discover why Mark Twain was mesmerised by the beauty of Tahoe’s crystal blue waters and towering peaks. An evening visit to Sutter Fort reveals daily life during a pivotal point in California’s history. Step inside this living museum and be transported back to yesteryear. Get to know the music, food and means of transport as you enjoy your “pioneer dinner.”
Day 7. Sacramento – Santa Rosa
A visit to Sacramento would never be complete without a stop at the California State Railroad Museum, perhaps the best rail road museum in the United States. Enjoy the detailed exhibits and the many historical stories told by your museum guide. This afternoon, we make our way to Sonoma to visit one of the famed local wineries. Afterwards depart for Santa Rosa, en route watch as beautiful vineyards start to pepper the countryside.
Day 8. Santa Rosa – Sonoma – Napa – Santa Rosa
This morning, a special treat is in store at The Olive Press where you will be able to sample many intriguing flavours and purchase olive oil to ship anywhere you wish. A unique highlight awaits as you travel through California’s treasured vineyards and arrive in Napa, one of the world’s premier wine destinations. Breathtaking views abound. Then, climb aboard the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit back and relax as the incredible scenery, famous vineyards and delicious lunch come together, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Raise a glass of wine to toast your California adventure.
Day 9. Santa Rosa – Tour Ends
Meals as per itinerary
Activities as stated
Please note: Accommodation is subject to change.
Meals not indicated on the itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Items of a personal nature – laundry, telephone, room service
Tips and gratuities
- California is 18 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.
- The highest point on this tour is 3,990 feet above sea level.
- The currency in the United States is the United States Dollar.
- For electricity, the United States uses 120 Volts.
- Why not consider a pre and post tour extension. Start and end your holiday rested.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.
Jun 12 – Jun 20. $3,379
Jul 24 – Aug 1. $3,379
Aug 7 – Aug 15. $3,379
Sep 5 – Sep 13. $3,379
Sep 11 – Sep 19. $3,379
Sep 25 – Oct 3. $3,379
Sep 30 – Oct 8. $3,379
Oct 9 – Oct 17. $3,379
Oct 16 – Oct 24. $3,379
Oct 23 – Oct 31. $3,379
Oct 30 – Nov 7. $3,379
Nov 6 – Nov 14. $3,379
Mar 19 – Mar 27. $3,379
Mar 26 – Apr 3. SOLD OUT
Apr 30 – May 8. $3,379