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Join Us In Exploring Northern California. From Its Most Popular Cities To Fertile Valleys And Historic Gold Rush Towns, Many Hidden Treasures Await. (Sign Up By March 1, 2018, Based On Availability Thereafter)


Day 1 | Sunday, September 16 | San Francisco, CA

Your tour opens in San Francisco, the beautiful “City by the Bay.” Tonight, take in a fabulous view of San Francisco. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. (D)

Day 2 | Monday, September 17 | San Francisco, CA

Today you have a choice of either a San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco , the choice is yours! Take a one-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay featuring in-depth narration plus close up views of Alcatraz* and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, join a local expert on a city tour which highlights Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and the view of the city from the imposing Twin Peaks. The afternoon is yours to relax or explore this beautiful city independently. Perhaps you’ll hop on a cable car or further enjoy the sights at Fisherman’s Wharf…the opportunities are endless. (B)

Day 3 | Tuesday, September 18 | San Francisco – Farm Visit – Tuolumne

After breakfast, travel east through California’s Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Stop in Oakdale where almond and walnut orchards dot the landscape. A local farmer will guide you through the town and take you to visit his small farm where you’ll enjoy a taste of central California. A delightful stop is made at Ironstone Vineyards for a wine tasting with time to explore their gold mining artifacts, antiques and music room with a fully restored Alhambra Theatre Pipe organ. Arrive in historic Tuolumne, a gateway to Yosemite National Park and your home for the next two nights. (B)

Day 4 | Wednesday, September 19 | Tuolumne – Yosemite – Tuolumne

A scenic drive brings you into awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park. Your tram tour through Yosemite’s unique rock formations, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and pristine wilderness will leave you absolutely amazed. The tram ride experience showcases views from the famous valley floor and offers a fascinating perspective on this glorious park. (B, D)

Day 5 | Thursday, September 20 | Tuolumne – Sacramento

Upon arrival in Sacramento you’ll visit the California State Railroad Museum, perhaps the best railroad museum in the United States. Enjoy the detailed exhibits and the many historical stories told by your museum guide. Take time for lunch on your own in Old Sacramento’s historic district filled with over 60 restored Gold Rush-era buildings, wooden sidewalks, cobblestone streets and antique gas lamps. Catch a glimpse at what life was like when thousands of “49ers” flocked here during the California Gold Rush. You’ll have plenty of time to visit the unique shops. (B)

Day 6 | Friday, September 21 | Lake Tahoe – Sacramento

Travel over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Upon arrival, enjoy a narrated cruise of spectacular Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler. Discover why Mark Twain was mesmerized by the beauty of Tahoe’s crystal blue waters and towering peaks. (B, D)

Day 7 | Saturday, September 22 | Sonoma – Novato

Today you travel through California’s treasured vineyards and arrive in Sonoma, one of the world’s premier wine destinations. Learn about the wines that this region is famous for at a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Breathtaking views abound as beautiful vineyards pepper the countryside en route to Novato. (B)

Day 8 | Sunday, September 23| Novato – Sonoma – Napa – Novato

A special treat is in store at The Olive Press where you will be able to sample many intriguing flavors and purchase olive oil to ship anywhere you wish. A unique highlight awaits as you climb aboard the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit back and relax as the incredible scenery, famous vineyards and delicious farewell lunch come together, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Raise a glass of wine to toast your California adventure. (B, L)

Day 9 | Monday, September 24 | Novato – Tour Ends

Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories. (B)

Mode of Travel

Pricing Per Person Cash Or Check Price

  • Double – $4,075
  • Single – $4,975
  • Triple – $4,025

Pricing Per Person Credit Card

  • Double – $4,195
  • Single – $5,125
  • Triple – $4,145

Book by March 1, 2018, based on availability thereater

Prices are subject to change without notice. Tours are subject to energy surcharges and other factors beyond our control. Refunds will be based on monies recoverable by Southwest Tour and Travel after final payment is made.