Tour OverviewHead west for a 9-day adventure with the pioneer spirit of Northern California. How will you strike gold in the Golden State? Riding the rails in Sacramento or gliding by kayak on an ancient lake? Trekking the trails in Yosemite or treading lightly on the streets of a ghost town? Soaring to mammoth views or singing the Folsom blues? With complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you choose to climb to new heights or dig deeper to find your California dream. What a rush!Why This Tour is El Capitan: A journey to uncover Northern California's historic sites and scenic sights from San Francisco to Yosemite. The Wild West and the Pony Express … grapevines and gold mines … granite cliffs and guitar riffs!Included YourChoice Excursions in Sacramento, Mammoth Lakes, and Yosemite National Park. Eureka!
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Itinerary OverviewCalifornia Dreamin': Northern California By Design
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Day 1 ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.
Day 2 SAN FRANCISCO–SAUSALITO–SONOMA–SACRAMENTO SAUSALITO Free time to explore shops and galleries.SONOMA Orientation tour and free time for lunch on your own. Guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting of award-winning sparkling wines at the Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard.SACRAMENTO Free time this evening. (B)
Day 3 SACRAMENTO SACRAMENTO City sightseeing tour. YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:Choice(B,D)
Day 4 SACRAMENTO–LAKE TAHOE–MAMMOTH LAKES SACRAMENTO Scenic ride along the “Most Beautiful Drive in America” en route to Lake Tahoe. LAKE TAHOE Scenic drive continues and includes photo stops at viewpoints and free time in Heavenly Village. MAMMOTH LAKES Guided sightseeing. Free time this evening. (B)
Day 5 MAMMOTH LAKES MAMMOTH LAKES YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:ChoiceFree time this evening. (B,L)
Day 6 MAMMOTH LAKES–YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Explore Yosemite on a scenic drive through the park, including photo stops and free time to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Free time this evening for the first of three nights at the luxury Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite resort. (B)
Day 7 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:ChoiceFree time late afternoon and evening to enjoy the resort. (B)
Day 8 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Free time this morning and afternoon to enjoy Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Consider hiking, electric-assist mountain biking, or a visit to the Ascent Spa and Fitness Center. A farewell dinner this evening followed by a private stargazing excursion with a local expert. (B,D)
Day 9 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–SAN FRANCISCO This morning, return to San Francisco International Airport or Marriott Marquis hotel. Please schedule departing flights after 4pm. (B)
Tour Dates & Pricing
- Friday September 17th, 2021 - Saturday September 25th, 2021
- Friday September 24th, 2021 - Saturday October 2nd, 2021