San Francisco - Monterey - Carmel (121 miles)
In the morning, on your way out of San Francisco, we'll pass by popular attractions including Union Square, Chinatown and Golden Gate Park. After arriving in Monterey, we will walk the historic streets of Monterey, visit the aquarium or drive into water sports of your choice. We will make a striking photo stop at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We will also visit 17- Mile Drive, Pebble Beach, Carmel-by-the-sea.
Monterey was the capital of Alta California under both Spain and Mexico. It was the only port of entry for taxable goods in California. In 1846 the U.S. flag was raised over the Customs House, and California became part of the United States after the ensuing Mexican-American War.
Monterey Bay Aquarium
This large aquarium in Monterey, California is home to some of the world's largest and most unique exhibits. It was both the first aquarium to successfully keep a great white shark and cultivate a kelp forest for show.
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm, Winter: 10am - 5pm; Summer: 9:30am - 6pm; Summer Weekend: 9:30am - 8pm; Close on Christamas Day
This breathtaking stretch of coastline along California's Monterey Peninsula takes visitors through a maze of beautiful scenery, unique wildlife, and amazing mansions. Enjoy shopping and dining along the way in addition to taking in the vistas.
Officially called Carmel-by-the-Sea, this coastal Southern California town is known for its amazing scenery as well as its art scene past and present. Former mayors include Clint Eastwood, Perry Newberry, and Herbert Heron, among other artistic icons.
Standard Hotel: Monterey Hotel
Monterey - Yosemite National Park (183 miles)
Today we will cross the fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley, climb the rough Sierra Nevada Mountains and enter Yosemite Valley National Park. 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. Afterwards, 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 valley's key attractions like Mirror Lake, the Ansel Adams gallery.
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.
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.
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
Yosemite National Park - Sausalito (160 miles)
Your first stop will be the giant redwood trees at Tuolunmne Gravo (weather and trail conditions permitting). Be ready for a steep downhill walk to the grove followed by a stiff uphill climb. On our lunch, you'll stroll down the 150-year-old sidewalks in the gold rush town of Groveland. We will then cross the Sacramento River Delta and arrive at the Marin Headlands of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. After that, we will take our 5-course departure dinner in Sausalito. Or if you prefer, finish the day by jumping on the ferry for an early evening bay cruise back to the City.
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.
Breakfast: IncludedDinner: Included