San Francisco - Yosemite (167 miles)
Guests will be picked up by San Francisco, we will be heading across California's fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and approach the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. At the entrance to grand Yosemite Valley National Park, we will first stop at the Tuolumne Grove (trail conditions permitting) and walk among Giant Sequoias, some of the largest and most long-lived trees in the world. We will enjoy views of Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow, Half Dome, Lower Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls. During spring and summer days, you'll have time for a challenging hike to the top of Nevada Falls. Afterward, beat the heat with a dip into the chilly waters of the Merced River. The shorter days of fall and winter have their own special appeal. We'll show you where to rent a bike to get to the valley's key attractions like Mirror Lake, the Ansel Adams gallery, and Yosemite Village.
Yosemite National Park, CA
Yosemite National Park in central California is best known for the amazing granite cliffs of the Yosemite Valley as well as the towering Yosemite Falls and Sequoias. Millions of people every year journey to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Due to government shutdown, park is open but operating with emergency staff only. Some park services like snow removal and trash service will not be available but hotels are open and operating.
The largest granite monolith in the world, El Capitan is located across from Bridalveil Falls in Yosemite National Park. It juts up about 3,000 feet from the ground, and is a favorite of experienced rock climbers.
The Half Dome is one of the most recognizable formations in California's Yosemite National Park. It is known the world over as a challenging and rewarding hiking and mountain climbing location, attracting thousands of adventurers every year.
The Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, California are the highest known waterfall in all of North America. The Falls are on one of the park's most famous attractions, especially in the spring when they have the most water.
Bridal Veil Falls
Located in the Yosemite Valley California's Yosemite National Park, Bridal Veil Falls are one of the park's most famous sites. Millions of people every year come to see the 617-foot-high waterfall, which flows year-round.
This 145-mile-long river flows from the Sierra Nevada down into California's Central Valley. Visitors to Yosemite National Park can hike along the river's banks or even go for a whitewater rafting trip down its rapids.
Standard Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge or similar
Yosemite National Park - Napa Valley (154 miles)
Rise for an early morning hike or to catch breakfast at the Hotel. Then, we'll get on our way to the renowned wine-making regions of Napa and Sonoma Valleys. On our way, we'll stop for a stroll on 19th-century wooden sidewalks of the gold rush town of Groveland. Then we will move to Napa Valley. Our first stop will be at Oakville Grocery, the perfect place to pick some freshly-prepared picnic items. Then, on to our first winery where you'll enjoy a friendly wine country welcome, breath-taking scenery, and wines selected exclusively for us by the winemaker. By special arrangement, our second winery visit will be at a small family-owned winery in Sonoma Valley where you will be treated to an in-depth tour of the winemaking process. Be ready to add to your wine cellar - these wines not available in retail stores. After the winery tours, here's a nice option: board the Napa Valley Wine Train's lovingly restored glass-domed Pullman cars to experience the golden age of rail travel. We've also arranged a gourmet food and wine pairing option. At the end of a fabulous day, retire to the comfort of your Sonoma Valley suite.
Napa Valley, CA
This region between San Francisco and Sacremento is internationally famous for its wines, which are considered among the best in the world. Visitors can tour many of the more than four hundred vineyards and wineries that dot the area.
Standard Hotel: The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn or similar
Sonoma - Sausalito - San Francisco (40 miles)
We'll make a leisurely start on day three on our way to Point Reyes National Seashore. We will also visit Point Reyes lighthouse and the Cypress tunnel of trees! You'll get a chance to sample many of these local treats when the entire group is treated to a departure lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients. Then we will move to Muir Woods National Monument and take photos under the northern footing of the Golden Gate Bridge. Our return across the iconic San Francisco landmark will be as the sun is approaching the restless Pacific Ocean. We'll arrange for an evening of dining and dancing while cruising on San Francisco Bay.
Sonoma is a city in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, United States, surrounding its historic town plaza. Today Sonoma is a center of the state's wine industry for the Sonoma Valley AVA Appellation, as well as the home of the Sonoma International Film Festival.
Sausalito is north across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. It is the home of Vista Point, the Marine Mammal Center, and beautiful views of San Francisco Bay.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco, the heart of central California's Bay Area, is famous for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its unique culture, and its position at the forefront of technological innovation. Beautiful weather and waterfront views await visitors as well!
Breakfast: IncludedLunch: Included