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Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite

 

 

8 days from $3,190

California, here we come! Our family California travel adventure takes you from the Golden State's shining seas to its giant trees as you explore San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the Monterey Peninsula together. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and discover "the city by the bay" from a hotel at Fisherman's Wharf. Learn a lot about the world around us under the "living roof" of the California Academy of Sciences. Go back to the Gold Rush era, then see cutting-edge energy technology for the 21st century. You'll be awed by Yosemite... and the awesome activities you'll enjoy in and around the park, including a moonlight dinner train ride in Sierra National Forest. On the Monterey Peninsula, visit the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and choose a walking tour of Old Monterey, a bike ride or a kayak adventure. It's all part of your family's unforgettable California travel experience from Tauck Bridges!

Sierra National Park

 

 

    • Fun in Yosemite and Sierra National Forest with tram rides, gold panning, hiking and rock-wall climbing
    • A moonlight ride aboard a narrow-gauge vintage steam train to a sing-along campfire in a forest
    • An evening flashlight hike in Sierra National Forest
    • Visit to the California Academy of Sciences and a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco Bay
    • A special behind-the-scenes tour and an unforgettable farewell dinner at Monterey Bay Aquarium
    • Choice of kayaking or coastal bike tour in Monterey
    • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
    • Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
    • 15 meals (7 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 5 dinners)
    • A ll gratuities to tour manager, local guides & drivers; service charges, taxes, and porterage

 

Day 1 – Arrive San Francisco
Your California travel family adventure begins at 5:30 PM at the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf. A transfer from San Francisco International Airport to the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf is included. After traveling all day, your family might enjoy taking a dip in the outdoor heated pool or exploring a little of San Francisco's famous Fisherman's Wharf. Please join us to meet your tour manager and the families who will be traveling with you at our welcome reception and dinner this evening. Lodging - Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf (D)

Day 2 – San Francisco Sightseeing
Get a great day of San Francisco exploration started with a private catamaran cruise of San Francisco Bay that takes you under the Golden Gate Bridge and passes Alcatraz Island, the site of the first lighthouse and U.S. fort on the West Coast – and later an infamous federal prison that held some of the most notorious and dangerous criminals of the time. Return to land for a visit to the California Academy of Sciences, where a world of natural wonders waits; it's the only place on Earth with an aquarium, a planetarium and a natural history museum all under one roof! There's a lot to see and a lot to learn at this terrific place that houses more than 38,000 living things including penguins, but maybe one of the coolest things about the Academy is that its roof is alive! This afternoon, your family's California travel continues with a sightseeing drive to view Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Victorian homes and Lombard Street, "the crookedest street in the world" – all world-famous symbols of San Francisco. The rest of the day and evening are free. Lodging - Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf (B,L,D)

Day 3 – Altamont Wind Farm / YosemiteNational Park
As the song says, "run and catch the wind" – and that's just what's been happening at the Altamont Wind Farm, one of the earliest wind farms in the United States, which you'll see en route from San Francisco toward the Sierra Nevada. You can take some great pictures of the kind of giant windmills – technically, wind turbines – that may look like "alien visitors," but will produce more and more of our electricity as the future unfolds. Continue on to Jamestown for lunch in a historic 1859 hotel. Later, arrive at your mountain resort just outside Yosemite National Park, where dinner is at your leisure this evening. Tonight, see what really goes on the woods at night during an interpretive hike lit by flashlights – and perhaps by starlight or moonlight, too – in the Sierra National Forest. Lodging - Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (B,L,D)

Day 4 – Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
Have you ever heard of a drive-through tree? You may see one today, as well as the Grizzly Giant, a humungous sequoia tree thought to be between 1,900 and 2,400 years old! The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias in Yosemite National Park is home to about 500 of such ancient trees – many of them real "celebrities" with their own names and stories – as you'll find out during the Big Trees Tram Tour. After lunch at leisure at Tenaya Lodge, you could spend your free afternoon putting your rock-wall climbing* skills to the test on the rock-climbing wall. Tonight, try your luck panning for gold, just like the old prospectors – then get set for a rip-roaring evening on the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad Moonlight Special. Chow down at a great barbecue dinner while the Sugar Pine Singers entertain you with old-fashioned melodies. Then, it's all aboard The Logger for a narrow-gauge rail excursion powered by a vintage Shay steam locomotive through Sierra National Forest... back in time to the days when lumberjacks ruled the woods. Gather round the campfire for a sing-along during a stopover in the canyon, and hear that lonesome whistle blow as you chug home in the moonlight! Lodging - Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Yosemite National Park Sightseeing
You'll learn about Yosemite's history, geology, plant and animal life, and must-see attractions from park rangers during a two-hour tram tour along the valley floor. Have lunch on your own, then spend the rest of the day with your family exploring this amazing place... or return to your lodge to go for a hike, rent bikes, go to programs presented by park rangers... or anything else you choose. Dinner is at your leisure tonight. Lodging - Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (B,L,D)

Day 6 -- Monterey
En route from Yosemite to the Pacific Coast, visit the California Mining & Minerals Museum – featuring California’s official mineral collection containing over 13,000 objects from mining artifacts to gems from around the world. See the largest remaining intact mass of crystalline gold from the 19th century and walk back in time through the mine tunnel to see how gold was mined in the 1880s. California travel wouldn't be complete without seeing the "salad bowl to the world." At least 25% of America's agricultural products come from California, many of them from the San Joaquin Valley; you may see vineyards, nuts, citrus fruits and vegetables basking in the sun as you drive along. Stop for lunch at Big Bubba's Bad BBQ; check out the huge indoor tree house or pose for family pix sitting on a big pink pig! Traverse the Coast Mountains to the California coast this afternoon and tour the Monterey Peninsula along the 17-Mile Drive to the renowned Pebble Beach golf course. Spend the next two nights in seaside Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa, right on Fisherman's Wharf, near Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Lodging - Portola Hotel & Spa (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Monterey Bay
This morning, your family can choose between three fun things to do - a bike tour* along the coast, a kayak adventure* in Monterey Bay or a self-guided walking tour of old Monterey, once the capital of California. Did you know that an octopus tastes with its tentacles – or that corals and jellyfish are cousins? That's just part of what you may learn at a late-afternoon behind-the-scenes visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, located on the former site of a sardine cannery and one of the world's largest aquariums. Its 200 galleries and exhibits introduce you to an amazing underwater world, including giant octopuses, jellyfish, large green sea turtles, barracuda, sharks and coral reefs, as well as natural displays that showcase playful otters and endearing black-footed penguins. Your visit ends with a special farewell reception and dinner right at the Aquarium in seaside Monterey. Lodging - Portola Hotel & Spa (B,L,D)

Day 8 – Tour Conclusion
Your California travel adventure ends in Monterey. Your family can fly home anytime; a transfer is included from Portola Hotel & Spa to Monterey Peninsula Airport. For those flying from San Francisco International Airport, one group transfer is included from Portola Hotel & Spa for flights after 12:00 noon. Please allow two hours for flight check-in. Ask at booking about additional nights in Monterey.



 

San Francisco: Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
Yosemite National Park: Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Monterey: Portola Hotel & Spa

 

 

 

Departure Date Twin Single Triple
April 20, 2014 $3,190 $3,995 $2,979
June 08, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296
June 15, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296
July 13, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296
July 27, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296
August 3, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296
August 17, 2014 $3,590 $4,635 $3,296

 

Additional Information

 

Children 12 and under Discount $200
Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult; exceptions may be granted under certain circumstances with parental consent. Quad accommodations are not available for four adults. Triples & quads are usually a two-bedded room with a rollaway cot, when available.

Recommended age: 8+

Prices are land-only, per person.

CB = Continental Breakfast, B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner