Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
Yosemite National Park ~ Lake Tahoe ~ Sequoia Trees
Napa Valley ~ Virginia City ~ Reno
Nine Day Tour ~ Fall 2021
Highlights: Nonstop, Roundtrip Air from Newark to San Francisco • One Night in the Embassy Suites in Napa • Two Nights in Embassy Suites Old Town Sacramento • Three Nights in Lake Tahoe • Two Nights in The Best Western Plus Yosemite Way Station • Napa Valley Winery • California State Railroad Museum • Lunch on The Delta King • Boat Ride on Lake Tahoe • The Nevada Cities of Reno, Carson City & Virginia City • Gondola Ride in Lake Tahoe • Emerald Bay • Train & Trolley Ride in Virginia City • Open Air Riding Tour of Yosemite Valley • Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Trees • All Breakfasts • Three Lunches • One Dinners • And More • Fully Escorted
Words fall short when they are assigned the task of describing the spectacular natural beauty of the many places we visit on this amazing summer excursion. Our itinerary explores a diverse, historic and beautiful region of eastern California and western Nevada that is unequaled. We visit the land of the 49ers, learn about the California Gold Rush and relive the romance of America’s Western Frontier. In the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Trees we walk in a land of giants. In Yosemite National Park, we sense a euphoric mist that shrouds the valley as we are in awe of the dominating walls of granite that tower above us. Crossing from Nevada into California, we straddle across mountaintops and view breathtaking landscapes as if we are on the top of the world. We’ll see the sparkling clear waters of Lake Tahoe surrounded by the panorama of surrounding mountains that make this area famous. Our tour of the Napa Valley finds us in the heart of America’s most famous wine growing region. Our two-night stay in the capital city of Sacramento is close to its vibrant Old Town, near dozens of shops and riverfront restaurants. It’s a perfect summer getaway that will amaze us beyond our imagination.
Day 1. Upon arrival in San Francisco, we make our way to the charming waterfront community of Sausalito. This world-famous destination has been featured in numerous movies, television shows and travel magazines. From here we motor to the nearby Napa Valley where we overnight in the in the Embassy Suites Napa. Our resort is on seven acres of landscaped grounds. Its beautiful outdoor courtyard contains gardens and charming sitting areas beside a pond with a mill, complete with swans. Tonight, enjoy a two-hour manager’s reception that features wine, beer, mixed drinks, and an assortment of snacks.
Day 2. This morning we are treated to a riding tour of the Napa Valley and a tasting at a popular area winery followed by lunch on our own. From here, we head to the western frontier-style town of Sacramento where we spend the next two evenings in the riverfront city of Sacramento, in the Embassy Suites Hotel. Our evening stays include a manager’s reception complete with snacks and an open bar. This city’s history has grown leaps and bounds from when it was a major distribution center during the California Gold Rush. However, it still retains its 49ers architecture and atmosphere. It was where the transcontinental railroad started from and was a hub for riverboats and stagecoaches in this wild west town.
Day 3. Today we visit something that is truly unique, the California State Railroad Museum, rated one of the finest museums of its kind. It features over 20 restored locomotives and many outstanding exhibits and dioramas that relate to the history and development of the railroad. This afternoon we are treated to lunch aboard the Delta King, an authentic 285-foot riverboat that is the sister ship and a replica of the Delta Queen. The boat is permanently docked in the historic area. The balance of the day is free to explore this city at our leisure. There are several nearby museums, stores and attractions. Ask your escort for suggestions of other things to do.
Day 4. After a visit to the grounds of the state capitol, we depart to Reno, “The Biggest Little City in The World.” Here, we enjoy an included lunch with time to stroll along its riverfront, shop and sightsee on our own. We then depart to Lake Tahoe. As we pass through Carson City, another capital city we learn about Nevada’s history and how the Comstock Lode brought fame to this bustling pioneer town. Accommodations for the next three nights are in the heart of Lake Tahoe where we will be near numerous stores, restaurants and attractions.
Day 5. In historic Virginia City, we relive the excitement of the gold and silver rush days and experience a place where the West was truly wild. The Cartrights from the television show Bonanza would still recognize its western frontier style architecture and atmosphere. Here, we stroll along wooden sidewalks, browse in the unique shops, take a train ride, enjoy a historic trolley tour of the downtown and witness a recreated western shootout. Free time is provided to lunch on our own, browse in the stores, sightsee and visit the Bucket of Blood Saloon (1876) before we return to our resort hotel.
Day 6. This morning we make a picture stop at Emerald Bay, one of the most photographed places in California. We then enjoy a scenic boat ride on Lake Tahoe, one of the most beautiful lakes in the west. After lunch on our own, we take a gondola ride that ascends to an elevation above 9,000 feet, where we may feel like we are sitting on top of the world. Here, there are breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe, Desolation Wilderness and the Carson Valley. The balance of our day is free to enjoy on our own in our luxurious resort accommodations or at numerous nearby places of interest.
Day 7. Today and tomorrow we visit Yosemite National Park, one of the nation’s most premier national parks. We approach this national treasure from the east and travel west over a mountain ridge that is one of the most scenic roads in North America. Along the way we view snowcapped mountains, breathtaking vistas and truly unique areas that are rarely found anywhere else on earth. When we arrive in one of the most unique places on earth, the Yosemite Valley, time is provided to lunch on our own and tour the visitor center. Accommodations for the next two evenings are in the Best Western Plus, just outside the park and near restaurants and shops.
Day 8. This morning we complete our visit to Yosemite with an exceptional riding tour of this majestic valley. Prepare to be spellbound when we drive on this glacially formed valley floor in an open-air tram and gaze at the majesty of the sheer granite cliffs that tower thousands of feet above us. It’s an extraordinary way to experience the majesty of one of the most famous valleys in the world. This afternoon we visit The Mariposa Grove of Sequoia Trees. Once again words cannot describe the beauty of this area. These trees are over 2,000 years old and are among the largest and oldest living things on this earth.
Day 9. This morning we travel West through California’s scenic farmlands on our way to San Francisco where we board our early afternoon nonstop flight back to NJ.
Roundtrip air transportation is provided by United Airlines. A surcharge will apply if United Airlines increases the price of its airfare. One piece of luggage per person (baggage fee by United is not included) and one small carry-on are permitted. A valid government issued picture ID is required to board the plane.
Monday, July : Flight # departs Newark at AM and arrives in San Francisco at AM.
Tuesday, July : Flight # departs San Francisco at PM and arrives in Newark at PM.
Price per person: $3,975.00 Twin & $5,145.00 Single. No reservations accepted without a deposit of $500.00 per person. Make checks payable to “Group Tours & Travel”, and mail to the above address. Final payment is due April 1, 2021. If cancellation occurs on or before April 1, 2021, a full refund will be granted. No refunds will be granted if cancellation occurs after April 1, 2021. Group Tours & Travel reserves the right to change the tour itinerary and cannot be held responsible for delays, injuries, cancellations, surcharges or circumstances beyond its control. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State, and Local guidelines and/or mandates. Travel protection/cancellation coverage is available and recommended, but not included. It costs approximately 10% of the cost of the tour.
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