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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 entrance to the Bay is spanned by the famous 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. No visit to San Francisco can be complete if it doesn’t include Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square.

Some Other San Francisco Escorted Tours

All escorted tours starting in California

Majestic California: The Pacific, Redwoods & Yosemite

San Francisco


8 Days/7 Nights

Begins in San Francisco, and ends in Monterey.

Departures 
April, 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

DAY 1 ARRIVE SAN FRANCISCO

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to San Francisco. Upon arrival transfer to the Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf. You'll enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening, with your new fellow travelling companions.
Hotel: Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
Dinner included

DAY 2 A bay cruise, wonders of science and more in San Francisco

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.
Hotel: Hyatt at Fisherman's Wharf
Breakfast included

DAY 3 BACK TO THE FUTURE, AND, THE PAST AND A FLASHLIGHT HIKE in Sierra National Forest

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.
Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 The giant trees of Yosemite and a ride on a moonlight dinner train

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 a boxed lunch in the park, 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!
Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 ALL AROUND YOSEMITE

You'll learn about Yosemite National Park'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.
Hotel: Tenaya Lodge At Yosemite
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 6 From the mountains to Mariposa to the Pacific coast and Monterey

En route from Yosemite to the coast of the blue Pacific, stop in historic Mariposa a town settled by families came in search of grazing and farmland after prospectors in California's Gold Rush of the 1850s began abandoning hopes of striking it rich. Visit the Mariposa Museum & History Center, whose exhibits tell the stories of indigenous Miwuk Indians, Chinese immigrants who came to California seeking a better way of life and the oldest county courthouse west of the Rockies. Continue your California travel through the San Joaquin Valley, part of a region dubbed the "salad bowl to the world." At least 25% of America's agricultural products come from California, many of them from this area; you may see vineyards, nuts, citrus fruits and vegetables basking in the sun as you drive along. After lunch, traverse the Coast Mountains to California's Pacific coast, winding your way along the Monterey Peninsula via the 17-Mile Drive to the renowned Pebble Beach golf course. Spend the next two nights in seaside Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay, right on Fisherman's Wharf, near Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa
Breakfast and lunch included

DAY 7 Seaside adventures and behind-the-scenes at Monterey Bay Aquarium

This morning, your family can choose between three fun things to do in Monterey - a bicycle 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 octupuses, 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, private farewell reception and dinner right at the Aquarium in seaside Monterey.
Hotel: Portola Hotel & Spa
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 8 JOURNEY HOME

There may be time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before you transfer back to the airport for your flight home.
Breakfast included

2014 Prices

From £3437 per adult and £2473 per child, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under 12 year), sharing a standard room in low season. Prices for children over 12 years, alternative party sizes, seperate room for children and other date seasons are all available on request.

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