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  • San Francisco

    Experience the rich cultural life of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The many hills of the city afford visitors plenty of perfect views over San Francisco Bay.

    • Golden Gate Bridge

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    • Alamo Square

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    • AT&T Park - San Francisco Giants Stadium

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    Experience the rich cultural life of San Francisco, one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities. The many hills of the city afford visitors plenty of perfect views over San Francisco Bay.

    The biggest names in retail can be found at Union Square. Virtually every fashion label in the world has set up shop in and around Square, a landmark park in the heart of the downtown shopping and hotel district.

    Crossing the strait of the Golden Gate from San Francisco to the Marin headlands for 1.7 miles is the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, Take a walk across it - well over a mile - and enjoy a gull’s eye view of the shipping traffic passing far below. Visit Golden Gate Park, over 1000 acres of lawns, lakes and a riot of flora.

    Take a ride on one of the famous cable cars in San Francisco. With over 50 hills in the city to climb, you will not only delight in the experience but appreciate the ride. Nob Hill boasts perhaps the best view of San Francisco Bay. See also Lombard street, known as the crookedest street in the world.

    One of the most photographed locations in San Francisco, Alamo Square's famous "postcard row" at Hayes and Steiner Streets is indeed a visual treat. A tight, escalating formation of Victorian houses is back-dropped by downtown skyscrapers, providing a stunning contrast.

    Step through Dragon’s Gate and find yourself in a totally different world. Welcome to China Town. Stroll through the 24 blocks of hustle and bustle with exotic shops, food markets, temples and museums. Buy herbal remedies, enjoy samples at a tea bar and be sure to try the best Dim Sum.

    North Beach, rich in Italian heritage, compresses cabarets, jazz clubs, galleries, inns, family style restaurants and gelato parlors into less than a square mile. Coit Tower atop Telegraph Hill is blessed with marvelous views. A 360-degree view of the city is visible from the observation platform at the top of the tower.

    A visit to San Francisco is not complete without visiting Fisherman’s Wharf with its fishing boats, sea lions basking in the sun, seafood stalls, steaming crab cauldrons, seafood restaurants and sourdough French bread bakeries. Head to Pier 39 and explore the dining, shopping and attractions on offer. Lined with deep-water piers, The Embarcadero is literally where one embarks. And, oh, “the places you’ll go!” At the foot of Market Street, is the Ferry Building, a vibrant public space housing a food hall, restaurants and a farmers market.

    A mile and a half from Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz was the site of the first lighthouse built on the Pacific Coast, then a federal prison for such notorious convicts as Al Capone. Now it is one of the city's most popular attractions. A visit to the island includes a tour of the cell house where visitors can see where the prisoners lived.

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

    • Top Tip 2

      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

    • Top Tip 3

      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

    • Top Tip 5

      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

    • Top Tip 6

      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

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      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

    • Top Tip 8

      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

    • Top Tip 9

      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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  • California's Pacific Coast

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends San Diego, California

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
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    • San Francisco

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel in Union Square.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    San Francisco

    San Francisco is perhaps one of the most enchanting cities in the United States. From the crooked street in the world, Lombard Street, to Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf; Union Square to the Cable Cars; Chinatown to the Golden Gate Bridge – the city is packed with things to see and do to suit everyone.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

    85Mi/143Km

    Day 04

    Carmel

    This morning collect your rental car in downtown before you head south to the beautiful coastal town of Carmel. Browse the charming tree lined streets and its quaint shops, galleries and restaurants.

    Hotel: La Playa Carmel

    Day 05

    Carmel

    Enjoy a relaxing day in the Carmel area. Travel the ‘17 Mile Drive’ through Del Monte Forest to Cypress Point or sit and soak up the scenery from the beautiful grounds of your hotel.

    Hotel: La Playa Carmel

    115Mi/185Km

    Day 06

    Pismo Beach

    The Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most spectacular scenic drives you’ll find, so today’s journey is guaranteed to create a lasting memory for you. En route, visit Hearst Castle at San Simeon, the grandiose estate of publisher William Randolph Hearst. Your hotel this evening is in the pretty seaside town of Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: Dolphin Bay Resort & Spa

    80Mi/128Km

    Day 07

    Santa Barbara

    After a leisurely morning, continue south along Highway 1, to Santa Barbara, silhouetted against the Santa Ynez Mountains.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

    Day 08

    Santa Barbara

    You are sure to enjoy today. Relax in the surroundings of your beautiful hotel, explore the shops and restaurants of Santa Barbara, or enjoy a walk along the beach or Stearns Wharf Pier.

    Hotel: Hyatt Centric Santa Barbara

    84Mi/135Km

    Day 09

    Los Angeles

    En route to Los Angeles, include a visit to the J Paul Getty Museum, featuring an extensive collection of art and sculpture. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the Beverly Hills area of Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    Day 10

    Los Angeles

    Your hotel is a short drive from world-famous Rodeo Drive, so take some time to ‘window shop’ where the rich and famous make their purchases. Include a visit to the new Walt Disney Concert Hall and Staples Centre, both in downtown Los Angeles.

    Hotel: Mr. C Beverly Hills

    35Mi/56Km

    Day 11

    Huntington Beach

    Now it’s time to relax by the beach. From Los Angeles, a short drive will take you to ‘Surf City – California’, Huntington Beach. Your hotel is ideally located across the road from some of the best surfing California has to offer and a short stroll from its quaint Main Street.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

    Day 12

    Huntington Beach

    Take a day to pamper yourself in the hotel’s wonderful spa or relax by the pool. Wander along the beach and watch with amazement as the surfers ‘ride the waves’.

    Hotel: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

    85Mi/137Km

    Day 13

    San Diego

    Allow plenty of time today to include stops at Newport Beach and Laguna as you journey south to San Diego, sitting at the southern tip of California.

    Hotel: Andaz San Diego

    Day 14

    San Diego

    San Diego has much to offer all visitors, young and old. Sea World and the San Diego Zoo are certainly worth a visit, or you may prefer to explore the Mission Bay or Coronado Bay area of the city, both offering fabulous beaches.

    Hotel: Andaz San Diego

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Time for some last minute shopping, sightseeing or relaxing before you return your rental car and check-in for your flight to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2882 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Sample San Francisco & the Wine Region

    Begins in and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: year round

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Hotel Zelos, which is your accommodation for the next 4 nights.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

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    San Francisco

    The next 3 days are at leisure to explore the 'city by the bay'. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a trip to Alcatraz, riding one of the trolley cars down the steep streets or seeing the sea lions down in the harbour at Fishermans Wharf. Your hotel in San Francisco is ideally located in Union Square, making it the perfect base for sightseeing and also shopping and dining.

    Hotel: Hotel Zelos

    46Mi/74Km

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    Napa Valley

    This morning you will collect your hire car from downtown San Francisco before driving out of the city and heading for the wine region of Napa Valley. Widely considered one of the best wine regions in the US, Napa boasts more than 400 wineries. During your stay in Napa, you will have chance to partake in wine tasting sessions at a variety of different wineries or maybe take a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train. Your hotel in Napa, the River Terrace Inn, is located on banks of the Napa River and offers an idyllic setting for a relaxing stay.

    Hotel: River Terrace Inn

    59Mi/95Km

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    Enjoy time for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before making your way to San Francisco Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    West Coast Golden Triangle

    Begins in San Francisco and ends in Los Angeles

    10 Days/9 Nights

    Departures year round

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer independently to the Handlery Union Square Hotel, where you will be staying for the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

    Day 02 Day 03

    San Francisco

    One of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the world, San Francisco has something to offer for every taste. The next two days are yours to explore the city and take in the many sights it has to offer. Take a ride on a famous cable car as they climb one of the 50 steep hills which make up San Francisco. Why not cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and have lunch across the bay in one of the cafes in Sausalito, before taking the ferry back to San Francisco? Of course, no trip to San Francisco would be complete without a trip to Alcatraz.

    Hotel: Handlery Union Square Hotel

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    Las Vegas

    Today, you will head back to San Francisco International Airport for your flight down to Las Vegas. Upon arrival in Las Vegas, grab a taxi to The Cosmopolitan, which will be your accommodation for the next 3 nights. Las Vegas is truly a 'must see' destination offering a near perfect climate year round. Experience the shopping, dining and nightlife of the strip, or head down to Fremont Street and see the glitz and glamour of the past. Don't forget to pre book a helicopter trip out to the Grand Canyon, to give you a birds eye view of one of the most iconic sights in the world.

    Hotel: The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

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    Los Angeles

    Leaving Las Vegas and taking the short flight to Los Angeles, you will spend the next 3 days experiencing the best of what Los Angeles has to offer. Head down to Hollywood to see the 'Walk of Fame' or the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where the imprints of celebrities adorn the floor outside. Beverly Hills offers you to take a stroll down the famous Rodeo Drive and maybe glimpse someone famous. No trip would be complete without a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. Take a studio tour or spend the day on thrilling rides in the theme park.

    Hotel: The Garland

    Day 10

    Journey Home

    Spend some time in the morning doing some last minute sightseeing or shopping before heading back to Los Angeles International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1599 per person based on two sharing a standard room. Other prices available on request.

  • California's Gold Coast

    Begins in San Diego, California and ends in San Francisco, California

    12 Days / 11 Nights

    Departures: April, May, June, July, August, September and October

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    Your Escorted Tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodation for 10 nights as specified
    • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 7 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    • Scenic Carmel beach

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Diego

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Diego. Upon arrival, transfer to the US Grant. This evening, join your travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: US Grant (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    San Diego

    This morning, enjoy a guided visit to San Diego Zoo, followed by a city tour, which starts with the Gaslamp Quarter and the extensive harbor area. Then it is on to historic Point Loma before viewing the city’s unforgettable skyline from the Juan Cabrillo National Monument. There is time to explore Seaport Village at leisure before departing on an evening champagne cruise aboard a private yacht, showcasing San Diego’s beautiful harbour and skyline.

    Hotel: US Grant (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Los Angeles

    Following breakfast, your journey continues north to the historic ruin of Mission San Juan Capistrano which was founded in 1776. Next it’s on to glittering Los Angeles where lunch is enjoyed at the legendary Los Angeles Farmer's Market. A tour of the city includes the sights and sounds of Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills before reaching the TCL Chinese Theatre, where celebrities’ autographs, handprints and footprints are immortalized in concrete. 

    Hotel: Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Santa Barbara

    This morning’s highlight is a visit to The Getty Museum, set high in the Santa Monica Mountains. Next, it’s just a short journey to Mediterranean-inspired Santa Barbara, filled with soft white beaches, terracotta buildings and an eclectic mix of shopping options. Your afternoon is at leisure to wander picturesque Stearns Wharf, before checking into your deluxe hotel and deciding where you’d like to enjoy dinner from a choice of restaurants.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Santa Barbara

    There is so much to see outside of downtown Santa Barbara and all is revealed on this morning’s city tour. Highlights include the city’s historic 1929 Courthouse and Mission Santa Barbara which is still active after 225 years of service. The afternoon is yours to relax by the hotel pool or explore further.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 06

    Central Coast and Morro Bay

    Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills on this morning’s road trip along coastal Highway 101. Entering the Central California wine region, you’ll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds – as you’ll learn on a vineyard tour and tasting. Lunch follows at a restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach, known for long white beaches and ocean views. Near the fishing village of Morro Bay, join our naturalist guide for a walking tour of this rich habitat for birds and wildlife; you'll also visit Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic plug. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, a fabulous hotel overlooking the Pacific in Pismo Beach.

    Hotel: The Cliffs Resort (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Big Sur & Hearst Castle

    Whilst in San Simeon you’ll visit Hearst Castle, before continuing on scenic Highway 1 – perhaps one of the most beautiful drives in America, along the famed Big Sur Coast. Your destination is the small coastal city of Monterey, where you’ll dine at your hotel on the pristine bay.

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Monterey & Carmel

    Take a tour of the Monterey Peninsula, including 17 Mile Drive, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach before heading to pretty Carmel-by-the-Sea for lunch. A short stroll from your hotel is the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where this afternoon you’ll discover the unexpected delights of marine life. 

    Hotel: InterContinental, The Clement Monterey (Breakfast included)

    Day 09

    Yosemite National Park

    This morning, you drive through the farmlands, orchards and vineyards of California’s Central Valley before heading high into the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Yosemite National Park. Dinner is enjoyed at your hotel. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 10

    Yosemite National Park

    Today, enjoy a full day exploring this famous landmark on a tram tour, including visits to the world-famous El Capitan and Half Dome cliffs, and the plunging waters of Bridalveil Falls. Following lunch at Wawona Village, you’ll visit Mariposa Grove – prepare to be amazed by the sheer size of the Giant Sequoias. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 11

    San Francisco

    Your final destination is beautiful San Francisco, filled with amazing landmarks such as Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Bridge and Lombard Street. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 12

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK. 

    Prices

    From £4799 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite

    Begins in San Francisco, California and ends in Monterey, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, July and August

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    • Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
    • 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Family friendly
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    • Yosemite National Park

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    • Giant Redwoods

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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. This evening you’ll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner with you fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    San Francisco

    This morning, enjoy a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco’s Bay area, taking you under the Golden Gate Bridge and past Alcatraz Island. Back on land you’ll visit the California Academy of Sciences before embarking on a sightseeing tour, taking you to some of the city’s most famous attractions including Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and Lombard Street. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore this iconic city; perhaps enjoy some shopping, take a trip over to Alcatraz Island or stroll around Fisherman’s Wharf.

    Hotel: JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square (Breakfast included)

    Day 03

    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll leave San Francisco behind this morning as you travel towards the Sierra Nevada. En route you’ll visit the Altamont Wind Farm, one of the earliest wind farms in the United States. Continuing on to Jamestown, you’ll enjoy lunch in a historic 1859 hotel. Tonight’s accommodation is a mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park. Have dinner at leisure before embarking on an interpretive hike into the Sierra National Forest, using flashlights to light your trail. 

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll come face-to-face with humungous Sequoia trees this morning on a sightseeing walk through The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park, home to around 500 ancient trees. This evening try your luck panning for gold before boarding The Logger train for a narrow-gauge rail excursion through the Sierra National Forest.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Yosemite National Park

    You’ll learn about Yosemite’s history, geology and wildlife this morning during a two hour tram tour. The rest of the day is yours at leisure to explore the wonders of Yosemite National Park.

    Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Monterey

    During a stop at the Mariposa Museum & History Center you’ll learn about the area’s unique history, from the Gold Rush era to the indigenous Miwuk Indians. Continuing on through the San Joaquin Valley you’ll travel along California’s Pacific coast towards your destination of Monterey, where you will spend the next two nights.

    Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 07

    Monterey

    Located on Fisherman’s Wharf, your hotel is ideally located to explore the pretty town of Monterey. This morning you can choose between a bicycle tour along the coast, a kayak adventure or a self-guided walking tour. During a visit to the Monterey Aquarium you will learn all about marine life, before enjoying a private farewell dinner with your fellow travelling companions. 

    Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before your transfer back to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3169 per person sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, separate rooms for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

    Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California

    Begins and ends in San Francisco, California

    8 Days / 7 Nights

    Departures: June, August, September and October

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    • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
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    Day 01

    Arrive San Francisco

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel The Westin St Francis, the elegant Grand Dame of Union Square, ideally located amidst the city's attractions. This evening, enjoy a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

     

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Muir Woods

    This morning you cross the city for a visit to the Presidio, a former Army base and now a National Historic Landmark rich with history; the base was home to the “Buffalo Soldiers,” the African-American cavalry troops who earned their fighting reputation in the Indian Wars, and were among the U.S. troops who served as the earliest caretakers of the national parks. From here, a short drive over the Golden Gate Bridge brings you under the green canopy of Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest preserved as a national monument. These towering ancient trees, some 20 stories high, are among the last remnants of a fog-shrouded primeval forest that once blanketed the northern coast. Following lunch in picturesque town of Sausalito, you hop aboard a ferry for the return trip to San Francisco. After docking at the historic Ferry Building terminal with its famous clocktower and arcade of shops and cafés, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights.

    Hotel: The Westin St Francis (Breakfast and lunch included)

    Day 03

    Sequoia National Park

    Before there was a National Park Service, the job of policing and protecting the national parks belonged to the U.S. Army. At Sequoia and Yosemite, the parks’ guardians were the Buffalo Soldiers, who rode out every spring from the Presidio, crossing 300 miles on horseback to the Sierra Nevada. Your route follows the Buffalo Soldiers’ path across the agricultural Central Valley. A stop for lunch is made in Fresno before making the 7,000-foot climb to Sequoia National Park. In the afternoon, an expert from the Sequoia Field Institute describes how John Muir found and documented the “Giant Forest” in 1875, offering a perfect introduction to the park. This evening at your lodge, a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that fill the night skies.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 04

    Sequoia National Park

    Today begins with a privately guided walk among ancient Giant Sequoias soaring to the height of skyscrapers. Walking through the Giant Forest Grove you'll see the General Sherman Tree, estimated to be over 2,500 years old (and still growing) before strolling beautifully restored Round Meadow. Enjoy a private barbeque lunch at Wolverton Meadow and an opportunity to climb the steps to the top of Moro Rock for stunning views of the park and Great Western Divide. Next you'll explore the Giant Forest on a narrated guided tour with stories of Muir, Charles Young and other park pioneers.

    Hotel: Wuksachi Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Yosemite National Park

    Today you leave Wuksachi Lodge and journey to Fresno and the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Your Yosemite tour begins with a film by Ken Burns describing Muir’s passion for the Yosemite Valley, and his activism to preserve it for future generations. Lunch is at the Wawona Hotel, an inn that was once a stagecoach stop, where you’ll meet a National Park Service ranger for a private lecture on the unique history and legacy of Yosemite National Park. Next, visit Glacier Point for a stirring view of the Valley, overlooking Half Dome and a panorama of glacier-formed peaks. It was on this spot in 1903 that John Muir stood with Teddy Roosevelt during a private tour of the area and persuaded the President that Yosemite should be under federal protection as a National Park. This evening, settle into your room at The Ahwahnee, a historic masterpiece of stone, timber and soaring stained glass windows in the heart of Yosemite, and dine at leisure.

    Hotel: The Ahwahnee (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Yosemite National Park

    'Yosemite is the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter' wrote Muir, who regarded such settings of awesome natural beauty as sacred places with restorative powers, 'where the galling harness of civilization drops off and wounds heal, ere we are aware'. Today you discover the park's power on a guided Yosemite tour in a special open-air vehicle. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the park at your own pace, with optional activities including biking, a hike over the footbridge at Vernal Falls, and a visit to the Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum and Village.

    Hotel: The Ahwahnee (Breakfast included)

    Day 07

    San Francisco

    This morning you depart Yosemite for the return to San Francisco, first visiting the Mariposa Museum and then driving across the populous Central Valley with a stop for lunch. Filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan weave together the past seven days of history and nature, with insights you won’t get anywhere else. One of the stories you'll hear relates to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, a glacial valley that Muir fought unsuccessfully to save. In the 1920s, the federal government allowed its river to be dammed, turning the valley into a reservoir for the city of San Francisco - a campaign continues today to restore the valley to its original state. This afternoon you arrive at The Fairmont San Francisco, a Beaux Arts-style, premier hotel on Nob Hill, listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In the evening, celebrate your journey with a farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

    Hotel: The Fairmont San Francisco (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Journey Home

    Spend your final morning in San Francisco, perhaps shopping for souvenirs before taking your transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3656 per person based on twin occupancy of standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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    Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

    Join America’s latest trend and hop aboard an energising Segway tour. A two-wheel self-balancing electric vehicle, a Segway gives a smooth journey to its riders. With a group of fellow Segway drivers and a professional tour guide providing narration via individual headsets, this exclusive tour around Golden Gate Park is a fabulous way to see the 1000 acres. Gliding across the roads and trails this fully narrated journey visits hidden locations and shares the history of this oasis from the city.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Chinatown Segway Tour

    Enjoy San Francisco by night on this fully narrated Segway tour. Departing from the West end of Fisherman’s Wharf you’ll see fabulous views of the San Francisco skyline as you glide through the city on two wheels. Some of the highlights include Little Italy, Chinatown, the Embarcadero and San Francisco’s waterfront. Travelling with a professional tour guide and a group of fellow drivers you’ll be told fun facts and shown the hidden gems of the city.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    Embark on a Segway journey around the San Francisco Bay area, showcasing some of its best highlights and most memorable views. Visit Ghiradelli Square; home to the delicious chocolate, and tour Municiple Pier, Aquatic Park and Fish Alley. See the National Maritime Mueum and view the historic sailing ships at Hyde Street Pier before riding to North Beach and looping through Little Italy and Washington Square Park. This fun way of touring allows you to stop at anything of interest, ensuring you don’t miss a thing.

    Duration: 2 Hours

    Prices

    Golden Gate Park Segway Tour

    From £69 per person.

    Chinatown Segway Tour

    From £69 per person.

    Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    From £69 per person.

    San Francisco Hop on Hop off Bus including Alcatraz

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    No trip to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to infamous Alcatraz Island, the former prison home of some America’s most notorious criminals. This great value ticket combines the city-wide All Loop Double-Decker bus tour and return ferry tickets to ‘the Rock’ where you will enjoy an audio walking tour of the Prison.

    The All Loops ticket is valid for 72 hours and allows you to explore the city at your own pace - see San Francisco from the top of an authentic English Double Decker Bus and hop-off at any of the convenient stops around the city.

    Your ferry ticket for Alcatraz will be confirmed for the date you request at the time of booking, but the actual time will not be advised until you exchange your voucher in San Francisco. Most visits to Alcatraz are in the afternoon. The self-guided audio tour gives you the flexibility to stay on the island as long as you like.

    Prices

    From £96 per adult

    From £72 per child (5 to 11 years)

    San Francisco CityPass

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    Explore the fabulous city of San Francisco with the CityPass, including five of the city’s most exciting attractions:

    • Muni & Cable Car 3-day Passport
    • California Academy of Sciences
    • Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure
    • Aquarium of the Bay 
    • Exploratorium OR de Young Museum + Legion of Honor

    Pre-booking takes away any worries of missing out and saves you time and money, often allowing you to skip the queues. CityPass tickets are valid for nine days from the first day of use.

    Prices

    From £77 per person

    Yosemite National Park Day Tour

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    Experience the magnificent wilderness of Yosemite National Park on this fabulous day trip from San Francisco. Witness spectacular views of Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge as you leave the city behind. You’ll travel through California’s Central Valley and pass through gold-rush towns before arriving at Yosemite. Once in the park you’ll embark on a 90 minute fully-guided coach tour, taking you to landmarks including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan Meadow and Yosemite Village. You’ll enjoy photograph stops to capture the amazing rock formations, expansive skylines and thundering waterfalls. You’ll then have three hours to explore the park at leisure, perhaps hike some of the trails, walk the base of Yosemite Falls and check out the visitor centre. You’ll regroup late afternoon to make your way back to San Francisco.

    Duration: 12 Hours

    Prices

    From £135 per person.

    If you’d like to spend more time in Yosemite, explore our range of hotels, some of which actually sit inside the National Park.