California Dreamin': Northern California By Design Globus

California Dreamin': Northern California By Design

Head west for a 9-day adventure with the pioneer spirit of Northern California. How will you strike gold in the Golden State? Riding the rails in Sacramento or gliding by kayak on an ancient lake? Trekking the trails in Yosemite or treading lightly on the streets of a ghost town? Soaring to mammoth views or singing the Folsom blues? With complimentary YourChoice Excursions, you choose to climb to new heights or dig deeper to find your California dream. What a rush!


9 Daysfr. $3,068

Tour Highlights & Offers

  • YourChoice Excursions in Sacramento, Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park
  • A welcome drink as you meet your Tour Director and traveling companions
  • Orientation tour of Sonoma
  • Guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting of award-winning sparkling wines at the Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard
  • Scenic ride along the “Most Beautiful Drive in America” en route to Lake Tahoe.
  • Guided sightseeing in Mammoth Lakes
  • Explore Yosemite on a scenic drive through the park, including photo stops and free time to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center
  • A farewell dinner in Yosemite followed by a private stargazing excursion with a local expert
  • Transfer to San Francisco International Airport or Marriott Marquis hotel. Please schedule departing flights after 4pm.
  • Free Wi-Fi available in most hotel lobbies.
  • Tips for personal services and to tour directors and drivers are not included in tour cost and left to your discretion.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • Breakfast daily (except Day 1)
  • 1 lunch
  • 2 dinners
  • San Francisco Marriott Marquis in San Francisco (1 night)
  • Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade (2 nights)
  • Mammoth Mountain Inn in Mammoth Lakes (2 nights)
  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite (3 nights)
  • The hotels listed are intended to be used on all departures however Globus reserves the right to substitute other hotels than those listed. If a change becomes necessary for any reason, the hotel substituted will be of equivalent quality to those listed. No refunds are provided for hotel changes and full cancellation penalties apply.

ARRIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO Location Information Description

San Francisco, USA

Welcome to San Francisco! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome drink.

SAN FRANCISCO MARRIOTT MARQUIS

SAUSALITO Location Information Description

Sausalito, USA

Free time in Sausalito to explore shops and galleries.

SONOMA Location Information Description

Sonoma, USA

Orientation tour and free time for lunch on your own. Guided tour of the wine caves and a tasting of award-winning sparkling wines at the Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyard.

SACRAMENTO Location Information Description

Sacramento, USA

Free time this evening in Sacramento. Overnight in Sacramento.

Breakfast

EMBASSY SUITES SACRAMENTO RIVERFRONT PROMENADE

SACRAMENTO Location Information Description

Sacramento, USA

Enjoy a city sightseeing tour of Sacramento.

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

OPTION 1: Prison Blues with the Man in Black. Join an excursion to the town of Folsom for a visit to the Folsom Prison Museum. Here, you'll see how country music-legend, Johnny Cash, made a big impact on the town and the inmates at Folsom Prison as he performed Folsom "Prison Blues" in 1968. Learn about Cash's contributions to the town with exhibits and artifacts chronicling the nearly 140-year-old prison. Also spend time on the Folsom Cash Art Trail, where public art celebrates and honors Cash's contributions to Folsom. Return to Sacramento for a guided walking tour of Old Town Sacramento and dinner at a local restaurant.

OPTION 2: Hometown Roots. A Local Roots Food Tour connects you with Sacramento's restaurants, chefs, architecture, and history with a 3-hour walk through this California culinary destination. While on the walk, discover the stories behind the murals and meet an artist of one of these famed pieces of art.

OPTION 3: Off the Rails. Discover Sacramento's historic role in the California Gold Rush, the Pony Express, and America's first transcontinental railroad, preserved in Old Sacramento and the California State Railroad Museum. Enjoy free time to explore the California State Railroad Museum, followed by a 1½-hour scenic ride and happy hour on the historic River Fox train. Next, take a nostalgic guided walking tour of Old Town Sacramento, including dinner at a local restaurant.

Overnight in Sacramento.

Breakfast, Dinner

EMBASSY SUITES SACRAMENTO RIVERFRONT PROMENADE

SACRAMENTO Location Information Description

Sacramento, USA

Enjoy a scenic ride along the “Most Beautiful Drive in America” en route to Lake Tahoe.

LAKE TAHOE Location Information Description

Lake Tahoe, USA

The scenic drive continues and includes photo stops at viewpoints and free time in Heavenly Village.

MAMMOTH LAKES Location Information Description

Mammoth Lakes, USA

Guided sightseeing in Mammoth Lakes. Free time this evening. Overnight in Mammoth Lakes.

Breakfast

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INN

MAMMOTH LAKES Location Information Description

Mammoth Lakes, USA

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

Location Information Description

Bodie State Historic Park, USA

OPTION 1: Strike Gold in a Ghost Town. Take a guided walking tour of Bodie State Historic Park to discover the history and colorful characters who called this once-bustling gold-mining town (pop. 10,000) home. Walk down the deserted streets, seemingly frozen in time with furnishings and goods remaining within the walls of the homes and general store. Peer inside the windows of the abandoned houses, local church, saloon, jailhouse, and other preserved structures that evoke the bygone days of the Wild West. Enjoy a box-lunch during your excursion.

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN Location Information Description

Mammoth Mountain, USA

OPTION 2: Elevate Your Spirit. Feel your spirit soar with an aerial ride on the Panorama Gondola to the summit of Mammoth Mountain (elev. 11,053 ft.). Enjoy lunch at Eleven53 Café with sweeping views and discover the geological history, hearty culture, and natural wonders of the Sierras at the interpretive center and learning stations here. Spend free time hiking in search of wildflowers, wildlife, or the serenity of the alpine terrain and pristine lakes.

MONO LAKE Location Information Description

Mono Lake, USA

OPTION 3: A Walk on the Moon. Embark on a 4-hour excursion to Mono Lake, resembling a lunar landscape with its surreal Tufa tower limestone formations rising from the glassy waters of one of Earth's oldest living lakes. Called the "Dead Sea of California," Mono Lake is actually teeming with life, including trillions of brine shrimp that provide an unlimited buffet for nesting California Gulls and other migratory birds traveling the Pacific Flyway. Take a guided kayak tour with a Naturalist Guide, and glide along the striking shoreline to the Rush Creek delta for dynamic views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and volcanic mountain ranges. You'll paddle to a little-known spot on shore to explore the extraordinary ecosystem here, before concluding your day with stunning views of the Eastern Sierra, jutting more than 13,000 feet (3962.4 m) into the sky. Enjoy a box-lunch during your excursion.

MAMMOTH LAKES Location Information Description

Mammoth Lakes, USA

Free time this evening. Overnight in Mammoth Lakes.

Breakfast, Lunch

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN INN

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description

Yosemite National Park, USA

Explore Yosemite on a scenic drive through the park, including photo stops and free time to visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. Free time this evening for the first of three nights at the luxury Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite resort.

Breakfast

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description

Yosemite National Park, USA

YourChoice Excursions include one of the following activities of your choice:

OPTION 1: Westward, Ho! Get up close to the wonders and wildlife of Yosemite on a guided 2-hour tram tour. Return to the park this morning and join a Park Ranger to discover the natural history and the stories of Native Peoples and new settlers who moved west to a wilderness like no other.

OPTION 2: Yosemite, Naturally. Feel your senses awaken with a nature walk in the place where John Muir discovered "Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees." Your Naturalist Guide will show you the breathtaking views of the Yosemite region, while encountering the fantastic flora and fauna of this magical wilderness.

OPTION 3: A Kaleidoscope in Black and White. Photography buffs and aspiring shutterbugs won't want to miss this private guided photography tour courtesy of the Ansel Adams Gallery. Whether you have your own camera equipment or want to snap your own masterpieces with your Smartphone, you'll find your focus with photography guides to escort and instruct you in the best vantage points, hidden locations, and perfect time for the best light.

Free time late afternoon and evening to enjoy the resort.

Breakfast

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK Location Information Description

Yosemite National Park, USA

Free time this morning and afternoon to enjoy Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite. Consider hiking, electric-assist mountain biking, or a visit to the Ascent Spa and Fitness Center. A farewell dinner this evening followed by a private stargazing excursion with a local expert.

Breakfast, Dinner

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - SAN FRANCISCO Location Information Description

San Francisco, USA

This morning, return to San Francisco International Airport or Marriott Marquis hotel. Please schedule departing flights after 4pm.

Breakfast

Departure Date
Price
Fri, Jun 10, 2022
$3,339.00
Fri, Sep 16, 2022
$3,239.00
Fri, Jun 09, 2023
$3,158.00
Fri, Jun 23, 2023
$3,158.00
Fri, Jul 07, 2023
$3,158.00
Fri, Jul 14, 2023
$3,158.00
Fri, Jul 28, 2023
$3,221.00
Fri, Aug 11, 2023
$3,221.00
Fri, Aug 25, 2023
$3,221.00
Fri, Sep 08, 2023
$3,104.00
Fri, Sep 15, 2023
$3,068.00

Important information:

  • All rates listed are per person based on double occupancy and are subject to change without notice. Your land package pricing will be confirmed and guaranteed once your deposit is received and applied to the booking, except where price increases may result from increases in government taxes or fees. Room configurations are subject to availability. Guests added to your party after the booking are priced at the prevailing rate at the time they are added.

ALL guests must carefully verify the existing identification requirements for their particular travel situation DIRECTLY WITH THEIR LOCAL CONSULATES OR EMBASSIES or with a visa service, as these requirements may change. Guests without proper documentation may be denied entry and will not be entitled to a refund
  • 45-22 days prior to commencement of services: 20% of total price*
  • 21-8 days prior to commencement of services: 30% of total price*
  • 7-1 days prior to commencement of services: 50% of total price*
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price*
  • *Total price does not include any Instant Purchase Air or Instant Purchase Air service fees, which are non-refundable after 24 hours from purchase. Intra-vacation air is non-refundable after final payment.
  • Cancellation fees may also apply to any additional services, including extra night accommodations, independently supplied services, and optional excursions reserved prior to, during, and after the tour. If flight changes, including, but not limited to, flight cancellations or name changes, are requested after full land and air deposits are received, revision fees, change fees, or airline cancellation fees will apply.
  • In many instances, airline revision or change fees can be up to $300, but in some instances may be up to 100% of the ticket price. Cancellation penalties will be quoted at time of cancellation.
  • All cancellations must be received in writing prior to tour departure. The cancellation policy will apply according to the date that the cancellation notification is received. The MINIMUM cancellation penalty is the deposit amount.
  • The purchase to trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended.
  • Land only “from price” is per person based on two people sharing a room together and does not include airfare unless expressly stated.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.
  • A $250 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you, with some limited exceptions, as noted below. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted theseall Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure, with some limited exceptions, as noted below. Within the final payment date, payment in full is required at time of booking to reserve space. Reservations (land, cruise, and air) are canceled if final payment is not received by the due date. The payment policy may vary for group reservations.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation and/or for intra-vacation air, as specified in the itinerary (“air-inclusive vacations”). Air-inclusive vacation pricing is guaranteed upon receipt of full land plus air deposit or land deposit plus full airfare price, depending on type of airfare purchased (Flex-Air or Instant Purchase Air).
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