California | 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.

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.

Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite

San Francisco

8 Days/7 Nights

Begins in San Francisco, and ends in Monterey.

June, July & August.

Your Tauck Bridges itinerary includes:
• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 7 nights as specified
• 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 5 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.
Breakfast included


From £3199 per person based on twin occupancy of a standard room in low season.

Winner of ‘Top Tour Operator to the USA & Canada 2012’ voted by readers of Selling Long Haul magazine.


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