Golden State of Mind: Northern California By Design

Golden State of Mind: Northern California By Design

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Golden State of Mind: Northern California By Design

9 Days Starting and ending in San Francisco, CA, USA

Visiting: San Francisco, Sonoma, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, North America

Tour operator:

Globus

Tour code:

F8G-2024

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 36

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Hiking, Wine Tasting

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$4577
$3975 (USD) Operator discount: -$489 The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$112 -13%
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Tour Overview

Head west for a 9-day adventure with the pioneer spirit of Northern California. How will you strike gold in the Golden State? Traipsing through coastal canopies of Redwood trees or touring foodie fun in Frisco? Trekking the trails in Yosemite or treading lightly on the timeless lanes of an old west town? Gliding to new heights or sailing scenic sights? With complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you choose to climb to new heights or dig deeper to find your California dream. What a rush! (P)

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 ... lake time and gold mines ... granite cliffs and wine sniffs!
•Included YourChoice Excursions in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and Yosemite National Park.
•Eureka!

Highlights

  • Sightseeing tour includes California’s State Capitol building, Midtown with its boutique shops and restaurants, the famed Johnny Cash mural.

  • Guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting of the historic Kunde Family Winery.

  • Explore Yosemite National Park on a scenic drive through the park, including photo stops.

Places You'll See

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade

Margaritaville Resort Lake Tahoe

Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive In San Francisco
Location: San Francisco
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Meals Included: No Meals

Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travel companions for a welcome drink.

Day 2 : San Francisco
Location: San Francisco
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Meals Included: No Meals

Enjoy morning sightseeing in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. See Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the Golden Gate Bridge and the Presidio.
YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

DELVE: Rooted in Beauty
A self guided tour through the California Academy of Sciences and Steinhart Aquarium immerses you in the stunning ecosystems of the California Coast.

TASTE: "Carbe" Diem!
Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant streets of Little Italy in San Francisco, and savor some of the best Italian food the city has to offer.

TREK: Redwood ReTREEt!
Journey through the Redwood canopies of Muir Woods and take a scenic drive through the charming seaside town of Sausalito.

Day 3 : San Francisco-Sonoma-Sacramento
Location: San Francisco, Sonoma, Sacramento
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SONOMA Orientation tour and free time for lunch on your own. Guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting of the historic Kunde Family Winery.
SACRAMENTO Sightseeing tour includes California’s State Capitol building, Midtown with its boutique shops and restaurants, the famed Johnny Cash mural and more. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

Day 4 : Sacramento-Lake Tahoe
Location: Sacramento, Lake Tahoe
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Scenic ride along the “Most Beautiful Drive in America” en route to Lake Tahoe.
LAKE TAHOE Scenic drive continues and includes photo stops at famous viewpoints in the area.
Free time this evening.

Day 5 : Lake Tahoe
Location: Lake Tahoe
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

LAKE TAHOE YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

SAIL: Yachts of Fun!
Embark on a scenic cruise on Lake Tahoe and glacier-carved Emerald Bay.

GLIDE: Heavenly Hideaway
Soar to the 9,150-foot-high observation deck above Heavenly in a glass-cabin gondola for stunning views over Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

DELVE: Historic Haunts
Explore the American Wild West in Virginia City, Nevada, and follow the Pony Express route to the mining motherlode site at Comstock Lode.
Free time this evening.

Day 6 : Lake Tahoe-Yosemite National Park
Location: Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Day 7 : Yosemite National Park
Location: Yosemite National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Meals Included: Breakfast

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

STROLL: A Kaleidoscope in Black and White
Join a private guided photography tour courtesy of the Ansel Adams Gallery with instruction by expert photography guides.

TREK: Yosemite, Naturally
Feel your senses awaken with a nature walk in the place where John Muir discovered "Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees." Your Naturalist Guide will show you the breathtaking views of the Yosemite region, while encountering the fantastic flora and fauna of this magical wilderness.

GAZE: Westward, Ho!
Get up close to the wonders and wildlife of Yosemite on a guided 2-hour tram tour. Return to the park this morning and join a Park Ranger to discover the natural history and the stories of Native Peoples and new settlers who moved west to a wilderness like no other.
Free time late afternoon and evening to enjoy the resort.

Day 8 : Yosemite National Park
Location: Yosemite National Park
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

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.

Day 9 : Yosemite National Park-San Francisco
Location: Yosemite National Park, San Francisco
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, return to San Francisco International Airport or Marriott Marquis hotel. Please schedule departing flights after 4pm.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Transport

    Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

What's Not Included

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Meals

Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Notes

We encourage all guests to prebook their YourChoice Excursions to ensure your preference is available. YourChoice Excursions booked on-tour are subject to availability and vendor terms.

Accommodation

San Francisco:San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Sacramento:Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
Lake Tahoe:The Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Yosemite National Park:Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

UNESCO Sites

Yosemite National Park

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • What is the maximum group size?

    Usually max 43 people

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    For over 90 years.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Travel documents, including any air tickets, itineraries, and other information, are available approximately two to three weeks prior to departure provided full payment has been received.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    The Globus Lighthouse Project - an illuminating initiative where we can all come together to tread lightly and give generously for the globe's greater good. Globus, along with sister companies Avalon Waterways and Cosmos, invite our travellers and partners to help us in supporting causes that provide for a more sustainable planet and a brighter tomorrow.

Reviews of this Operator

Lisset  

Great Value for your Money

19-Dec-2022

This is my second time travelling with Globus, would have been my third if not for COVID. The way they plan everything is super organized, the tour managers are very caring and knowledgeable. We always enjoy all the site visits planned for each trip. They start by picking you up from the airport and from then on everything is taken care of up until the last day of your trip, even dropping you off at the airport not matter the time of day or night. The hotels at every city are always great and centrally located so you can walk around during your free time or plan your own visits to different sites.

Joan Cupp (Google Reviewer)  

My go-to escorted travel Co My...

01-Mar-2024

My go-to escorted travel Co My 4th trip with Globus and the did not disappoint. The sales deals they offer make it affordable for me to travel. All of the guides are well versed in the history of the area you travel in.

David R  

What a wonderful trip, thanks Globus

10-Jan-2023

Globus is my favorite travel agency. I tried others, but always come back to Globus. It is a 100% stress free one-stop shop. Easy booking with flight, hotel, transportation and travel insurance all in one place. Great customer service at reasonable prices. Lots of information prepared for the trip to handle travel logistics. I planned and booked my trip within 24 hours. Highly recommended to everyon

Alexander Wright  

Great guide, accommodations, and tours.

28-Dec-2022

We had a fantastic guide, with a great mix of free time and guided tours.

CTRTeach 11  

Globus exceeded my expectations!

20-Dec-2022

This is my first Globus tour. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth and quality. The hotels were top notch, and the cruise on the Nile exceeded my expectations. The cabins were roomy and comfortable, and the food was very good.

Nancy Arias  

The experience was amazing!!

30-Dec-2022

The trip was amazing. Our tour guide was so kind and very knowledgeable. I needed to attend a very important meeting via zoom. She was very understanding and accommodating to my needs and made it happen. I was very grateful! Our driver was by far the best driver I’ve ever encountered! I was beyond impressed with our guide, driver and trip!! I will definitely be back for another adventure!!

Irish Beth Maddock (Google Reviewer)  

Did the Globus Highlands and...

30-Sep-2023

Did the Globus Highlands and Islands Scottish Tour with Ian and Allister. What a trip!! With his sharp wit, immense knowledge and fun humour, Ian absolutely brought Scotland to vivid life with his many tales, informative quips and total, utter passion for history. Was spellbound. Am so VERY thankful I had the opportunity to be on Ian's last bus tour before retiring with Globus. In addition, to being so hard working and helpful, with Allister our driver, I cannot tell you how safe and secure I felt in his capable driving hands. He had some very awkward traffic and interesting roads to navigate with our large bus, (especially on the islands and up north) but he handled it all expertly and without a hitch. So much so, I was able to relax and enjoy the journey. All in all, with our tour, you could tell both these kind men cared very much for those of us who needed the extra help and advice. Made my bucket list trip to Scotland so memorable and wonderful. Thank you Ian and Allister! Globus is truly fortunate to have you both.

Dates & Availability

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Friday - Saturday

Aug 09, 2024 - Aug 17, 2024
$4443 $4140 (USD)

Operator discount: -$187 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$117 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Jun 20, 2025 - Jun 28, 2025
$4664 $4049 (USD)

Operator discount: -$501 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$114 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Jul 11, 2025 - Jul 19, 2025
$4770 $4138 (USD)

Operator discount: -$514 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$117 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Jul 25, 2025 - Aug 02, 2025
$4832 $4192 (USD)

Operator discount: -$522 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$119 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Aug 08, 2025 - Aug 16, 2025
$4832 $4192 (USD)

Operator discount: -$522 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$119 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Aug 22, 2025 - Aug 30, 2025
$4770 $4138 (USD)

Operator discount: -$514 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$117 (USD)

Friday - Saturday

Sep 05, 2025 - Sep 13, 2025
$4577 $3975 (USD)

Operator discount: -$489 (USD)

The Big ADVENTURE Sale: -$112 (USD)

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  • Low Deposit

    Globus requires a minimum deposit of 200 GBP per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of globus charges.

    Up to 90 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 89 days before tour starts: Forfeit 20% of booking price.

    At 21 days before tour starts: Forfeit 30% of booking price.

    At 7 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 1 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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