8 Day Yosemite & California's Gold Coast

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8 Day California's Gold Coast & Yosemite
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf San Francisco, CA
Hotel Pacific Monterey, CA
Paso Robles Inn Paso Robles, CA
Yosemite View Lodge El Portal, CA

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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 27  (Sold Out) $1899* $1689
Sep 17  (Sold Out) Call For Air $1849
$1899* $1689

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.

Additional Information:
Land only price does not includes arrival/departure transfers.

Passengers returning to San Francisco from El Portal (Yosemite National Park) on Day 8 should select flights that depart no earlier than 2:00 pm. El Portal (Yosemite National Park) is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco International Airport.

Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, and steps. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height.

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DAY 1 - Arrive in San Francisco
Welcome to San Francisco, the beloved "City by the Bay”and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps stroll along scenic Fisherman's Wharf with its quirky shops, cafes and endless entertainment. Tonight, a briefing by your Tour Manager on the delightful tour that lies ahead followed by a Welcome Drink together. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 PM on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: San Francisco

DAY 2 - Tour San Francisco
A scenic morning drive takes you to the historic Presidio. This inspiring setting with its spectacular vistas was home to native people for more than a thousand years. Transformed by the U.S. Army from windswept dunes to a military post, this area is now a part of the magnificent Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Returning to the city, enjoy views of elegant Nob Hill, bustling Union Square, Chinatown and Ghirardelli Square. Look out over shining Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks for panoramic views. Leisure time to explore on your own, or, join the optional tour to Muir Woods a protected nature reserve that is home to Redwoods, the tallest trees on earth. Then, to the artistic bayside village of Sausalito with time to stroll along the waterfront before returning to San Francisco. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers
Optional: Muir Woods & Sausalito
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - Leisure in San Francisco, Travel to Monterey
Morning at leisure to enjoy the endless delights of San Francisco. A harbor cruise would be a great way to spend the morning! In the afternoon, a drive along the Pacific to stunning Monterey, with its extraordinary coastline and picture-perfect windswept beaches. The rest of the day and evening is at leisure. Perhaps visit the renowned Monterey Aquarium, showcasing uniquely designed marine exhibits along with petting pools or visit the wharf area for a wide choice of casual seafood restaurants, unique shops, outdoor cafes and galleries
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - 17-Mile Drive, Seaside Carmel, Mission San Carlos Borromeo
Today, drive along the breathtaking Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the 17-Mile Drive, one of the most scenic roads in the world. The jagged Big Sur coastline runs along the Pacific to the majestic Del Monte Forest with awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. See multi-million dollar homes of the rich and famous! Marvel at some of nature's greatest treasures including the Lone Cypress, one of California's best-known landmarks. On to the enchanting seaside town of Carmel, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Browse the trendy shops and stop for lunch independently before traveling to the inspiring Mission San Carlos Borromeo del río Carmelo, a Roman Catholic mission church in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Return to Monterey for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - San Simeon, Hearst Castle, Paso Robles
This morning travel to the coastal town of San Simeon. After free time, ascend to storied Hearst Castle, the awe-inspiring mansion and estate designed in the early 1900s for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, one of the town’s most treasured sights. A guided walking tour of this astonishing castle along with an introductory film reveals the history of this landmark perched atop the Santa Lucia Range with magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean*. Afterwards, on to Paso Robles, home to one of California’s finest wine growing areas. Leisure time to explore the many cafes, restaurants and shops
Overnight: Paso Robles
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Travel to Yosemite National Park
Travel through the gorgeous San Joaquin valley on your way to Oakhurst in the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, jumping off point to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite National Park includes nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous scenery, including high cliffs, deep valleys, tall waterfalls, ancient giant sequoias, and a large wilderness. Continue to your hotel for the night. After settling in, the evening is at leisure
Overnight: El Portal (Yosemite National Park)
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Explore Yosemite National Park
A full day to explore wondrous Yosemite National Park. Traveling in an open tram you pass mighty El Capitan, the largest monolith of granite in the world, and pause to marvel at the majestic profile of Half Dome cliff, that rises nearly 5,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley floor. Learn about the history, flora, and fauna of the park with a Park Ranger and keep your eyes open for native animals such as black-tailed deer, golden eagles, and maybe even black bears. Later, set off to explore some of the park's trails independently, where incomparable views await you! Tonight, a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and newfound friends in this astonishing setting
Overnight: El Portal (Yosemite National Park)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Sunday - Return Home
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. Passengers returning to San Francisco from El Portal (Yosemite National Park) on Day 8 should select flights that depart no earlier than 2:00 pm. El Portal (Yosemite National Park) is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from the San Francisco International Airport
Meals: Breakfast

*Due to extreme storms and landslides, a large portion of the Pacific Coastal Highway has been closed for demolition and reconstruction. Until the Pacific Coastal Highway re-opens, passengers will travel inland between Monterey and Hearst Castle.

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Featured Hotels

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Optional Tours

Travel north, across the Golden Gate Bridge, to Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy the scenic, primeval park which features old growth coast redwood forests, dozens of species of birds, ferns, flowers and more. Various trails allow you to explore the area as coast redwoods, the tallest living trees in the world soar around you. Next, enjoy time at leisure in nearby Sausalito. The town of Sausalito, once an industrial center and transportation hub, is now an artistic, charming town that features spectacular waterfront views, art galleries, shops, cafes and more. Stroll Bridgeway the main street or relax and enjoy the vistas of the bay and hillside landscape of the town

Included are round-trip transfers from your hotel. Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #2 16 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017 $45.00
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