8 Day California Dreamin’
8 Day California Dreamin’
Bask in the lively Californian atmosphere on this adventurous trip along the West Coast of the United States. Visit a number of fun-filled landmarks; from the cascading falls of Yosemite National Park and the eerie rock formations of Mono Lake, to the steam train of Roaring Camp and private tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, all on this tour of the California highlights.
Tour highlights
  • Wander around the magical California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
  • Ride the gondola at Lake Tahoe for some truly stunning views.
  • See the strangely shaped limestone rock formations of Mono Lake.
  • Hike to the top of Yosemite Falls to witness the tallest falls in the U.S.
  • Take a private behind-the-scenes tour of Monterey Bay Aquarium while it’s closed.
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Day 1: Arrive in San Francisco
Arrive in San Francisco where you will be transferred to your hotel situated along the Embarcadero waterfront. At 6:00pm, gather at the hotel with your fellow adventurers for a kick-off party.
Day 2: San Francisco
Explore the beautiful city of San Francisco today, uncovering its many landmarks, such as the sea lions of Pier 39 and the sightseeing wonderland of the California Academy of Sciences. Indulge in a Chinese banquet in the evening in Chinatown, but not before uncovering the wonders found within, such as the golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 3: San Francisco – Sacramento – Lake Tahoe
Depart San Francisco for the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento, filled with restored locomotives, cars, and exhibits showcasing the history of the railroads and their impact on California and the West. Continue on to Lake Tahoe and marvel at the views from the Lake Tahoe Gondola and the observation platform on The Deck, 9,123 feet high.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 4: Lake Tahoe – Mono Lake – Yosemite National Park
Travel on to the other-worldly Mono Lake today for a unique experience as you witness the strange shaped limestone rock formations known as “tufa towers”. The Visitor Centre details the history of the lake, its geology, and its indigenous wildlife. Next is the crossing of Tioga Pass if weather permits, into Yosemite National Park where a local expert will teach you all about the park’s popular black bears.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 5: Yosemite National Park
Discover some of the most famous landmarks of Yosemite National Park on a narrated open-air tram with a Park Ranger guide. Hike up to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the United States. In the afternoon you are free to explore as you see fit, perhaps bike the trails around the park, float down the Merced River on a rented raft, or attend a ranger presentation. In the evening you are treated to a barbecue Highlight Dinner before huddling around a campfire.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 6: Yosemite – Salinas Valley – Carmel - Monterey
Your adventures bring you west today to the “Salad Bowl of the World”, Salinas Valley. Here you will embark on an educational tour to uncover the secrets of what makes Monterey County the number one vegetable growing region in the world. Continue on to the California coast, home of the Lone Cypress Tree along 17-Mile Drive, a coastline with abundant marine life and stunning manses. Witness the awe-inspiring views from the Pebble Beach Golf Links before spending time exploring the village of Carmel, filled with charming cottages. Finally, head on to Monterey.
  • Standard: (B)
Day 7: Monterey
Take a special tour today in a behind-the-scenes look at the Monterey Bay Aquarium before it opens. See the marine life and speak to the staff before enjoying free time around the aquarium to take in the exhibits. See the giant octopus, the tall Kelp Forest, the giant tunas of Outer Bay, or explore the waters of Splash Zone. Leave the aquarium later for a number of included activities, including kayaking Monterey Bay, cycle from Cannery Row to the Pacific Grove Lighthouse. Spend the evening with your fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner, featuring tiki torches, grass huts, and a glowing bonfire. Enjoy the barbecue and games on your last night.
  • Standard: (B,D)
Day 8: Monterey – Depart San Francisco
Journey inland today heading towards the Santa Cruz Mountains, arriving at the train depot of Roaring Camp. Ride aboard the authentic steam train that takes you over trestles and through towering California Redwood groves.  The conductor will guide you with a narration of the railway and surrounding dense forestry before the train comes to a stop, signalling the end of your tour in California. Transfer to San Francisco airport for your return flight home.
  • Standard: (B)
Please do not schedule any flights before 4:30 p.m.
  • 6 nights accommodation in hotels as specified
  • Meals as specified (4 breakfasts, 3 lunches)
  • Touring by air-conditioned motorcoach and/or rail transport
  • Services of a qualified English-speaking guide
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff as well as sightseeing as per itinerary (excl. Optional items)
  • International flights in Tour Only prices

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