San Francisco, Yosemite & the Pacific Tauck Tours

San Francisco, Yosemite & the Pacific

Stories by Ken Burns

The San Francisco, Yosemite and the Pacific tour is an 8 day Tauck Bridges tour that highlights some of the most amazing travel destinations in Northern California. This is a Stories by Ken Burns tour that features exclusive video to introduce you to cities like Jamestown, Mariposa, Monterey and San Francisco. This tour features many exclusives.

Your San Francisco, Yosemite and the Pacific tour starts in San Francisco, the City by the Bay. San Francisco is about so much more than the popular destinations of Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf and Union Square. You’ll explore the Golden Gate Bridge, the Redwood Forest and so much more in your time in this amazing city. Then your luxury Tauck tour will take you to Yosemite’s Glacier Point to pan for gold, explore before heading off to Monterey Bay. You’ll wrap things up at the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California.


8 Daysfr. $4,590

  • Hear insider stories about Yosemite National Park in filmed narratives produced exclusively for Tauck by filmmaker Ken Burns
  • Enjoy a private cruise along San Francisco Bay, the “golden gateway” to the Pacific Ocean, by catamaran
  • Discover San Francisco's diverse city neighborhoods from Chinatown to Coit Tower
  • Go on a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Enjoy a privately guided visit to Glacier Point overlooking the wonders of Yosemite National Park
  • Explore Yosemite Valley's rocky cliffs, plummeting waterfalls and open meadows
  • Take a moonlit ride on a steam train through the woods and join a campfire sing along
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Kayak, bike or walk along lovely Monterey Bay
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • All customary gratuities for hotel and restaurant staff and local guides are included.
  • The customary gratuities for the Tauck Director and local drivers are not included. We ask that gratuities be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not as a group.
  • All items of a personal nature (room service, beverages, telephone charges, laundry, dry cleaning, special food requests, etc.) and meals not specified on the tour itinerary are not included and must be paid by the client.
  • Airline excess luggage charges, vaccinations, visa fees and services, airport arrival and departure taxes, individual airport transfers (when applicable), and other optional or incidental extras are not included.
  • All rates exclude airfare unless expressly noted.
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 lunches
  • 5 dinners
  • JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square in San Francisco, California (2 nights)
  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite in Fish Camp, California (3 nights)
  • InterContinental The Clement Monterey in Monterey, California (2 nights)

Welcome to San Francisco, the "City by the Bay"

San Francisco, USA

Your California travel family adventure begins 5:30 PM at JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square. A transfer from San Francisco International Airport to JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square is included. Your family will enjoy exploring a little of San Francisco from your hotel's fabulous location conveniently located near Union Square, Chinatown and The Financial District. Join us at 5:30 for our welcome reception and dinner

Dinner

JW MARRIOTT SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE

A bay cruise, city sights & a Golden Gate walk

San Francisco, USA

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. Back on land, enjoy a guided visit to the Sourdough Bread Museum, followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

In the afternoon, keep expanding your horizons on a drive that takes you through some of the city's diverse neighborhoods, tucked into hilly streets and steeped with history; view Nob Hill, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Victorian homes, the Marina District, Coit Tower and Lombard Street, "the crookedest street in the world," then take a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge – all world-famous symbols of San Francisco. The rest of your family's day and evening are free.

Breakfast, Lunch

JW MARRIOTT SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE

A wind farm, history & a forest flashlight hike

Nevada, USA

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.

Yosemite National Park, USA

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

Yosemite's Glacier Point, gold panning & a moonlight train

Yosemite National Park, USA

Your day in Yosemite National Park begins with a privately guided visit to Glacier Point. Towering 3,200 feet above the valley floor, this impressive scenic overlook offers commanding panoramic views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite's high country and – in the distance – the stunning High Sierra. Return to Tenaya Lodge for lunch and time spent as you please – including, if you wish, putting your rock-wall climbing* skills to the test on the rock-climbing wall, or trying your hand at archery.

Join the group this evening to 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!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

Explore Yosemite by tram & as you please

Yosemite National Park, USA

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 open-air tram tour along the Yosemite Valley floor. See waterfalls with names like Bridalveil, Horsetail and Ribbon Falls; spectacular rock formations; nearly vertical granite cliffs; quiet pools and open meadows. Then spend the rest of the day with your family exploring this amazing place... or return to your lodge to go swimming, fishing or hiking, enjoy a ranger program, rent a mountain bike or anything else you choose. Dinner is at your leisure tonight.

Breakfast, Dinner

TENAYA LODGE AT YOSEMITE

From the mountains to the Pacific & Monterey

Mariposa, USA

En route from Yosemite to the coast of the blue Pacific, stop in historic Mariposa – a town settled by families who 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.

Monterey, USA

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. Your family will spend the next two nights in seaside Monterey at InterContinental The Clement Monterey, ideally situated in historic Cannery Row next to the Monterey Bay Aquarium on Monterey Bay.

Breakfast, Lunch

INTERCONTINENTAL THE CLEMENT MONTEREY

Seaside adventures & Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey, USA

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.

Breakfast, Dinner

INTERCONTINENTAL THE CLEMENT MONTEREY

Homeward bound

San Francisco, USA

Your California travel adventure ends in San Francisco. Your family can fly home anytime after 12:00 noon; one group transfer is included from InterContinental The Clement Monterey to San Francisco International Airport, for flights departing after 12:00 noon. Please allow two hours for flight check-in. Ask at booking about additional nights in San Francisco.

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Sun, Jun 16, 2019
$4,590.00
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
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Sun, Jun 30, 2019
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Sun, Jul 07, 2019
$4,590.00
Sun, Jul 14, 2019
$4,590.00
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
$4,590.00
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
$4,590.00
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
$4,590.00
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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.
  • Accommodation Upgrade additional cost per person (limited availability): Double $600; Single $1,200; Triple $410; Quad $310
  • Upgrade to one-bedroom Oceanfront Luxury Suite at InterContinental The Clement Montery: On every departure of Majestic California: San Francisco, Yosemite & The Pacific you have an opportunity to purchase an upgrade to a one-bedroom Oceanfront Luxury Suite at InterContinental The Clement Monterey (limited availability).
  • $200 Child Savings: Children 12 and under (Recommended age: 8+)
  • Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. Triples and quads are usually accommodated in a two-bedded room, or a king bed plus a rollaway, as fire codes restrict rooms to two beds. Quad accommodations are not available for four adults.
  • Reserve your preferred 2020 departure date and we will advise you once the 2020 trip is finalized and priced. You will then have two weeks to cancel; should you cancel, you'll receive a full refund of your trip deposit and the cost of the Travel Protection Product (if purchased with Tauck Tours). If you are making your own air arrangements, do not book your flights until this trip is finalized as start and end cities may change.

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
  • 60 days or more before departure: $350.00 per person
  • 59-8 days before departure: $600.00 per person
  • 7-1 days before departure: $900.00 per person
  • On departure day and later: 100% of total price
  • Any changes or cancellations to airline reservations made through Tauck either before or after departure are subject to the cancellation / change policies of the individual airlines. In n some instances these cancellation / change fees may be up to 100% of the ticket price.
  • 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.
  • 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 $350 non-refundable, non-transferable, per-person, per-vacation deposit is required to reserve space for you. Payment of the deposit indicates you have read and accepted all Terms & Conditions. Your booking is not confirmed until the deposit payment is processed and you receive a confirmation invoice.
  • Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure. 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.
  • Additional deposits or payments are required for international air added to the start and/or end of your vacation.
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