Coastal Scenery to Cosmopolitan Vibes

San Francisco to Monterey

Northern California


The majestic Pacific coastal scenery combines with the cosmopolitan vibe of San Francisco, the stunning beauty of Yosemite and Lake Tahoe and the wine country of Napa and Sonoma.

8 Days
From £2195 Per Person

Excluding international flights

Not the right holiday for you?

Discover more...

  1. Day 1

    Arrive San Francisco

    Check into your hotel and enjoy some time exploring San Francisco on your own. At 6pm, gather with your travel director and fellow travellers for a welcome reception.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Fairmont San Francisco

  2. Day 2

    San Francisco Sightseeing - Napa

    As the mist rises over the bay, the great city of San Francisco stands before you. Enjoy a sightseeing tour and free time at Fisherman’s Wharf before driving across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, headed for Napa Valley.

    Hotel: Embassy Suites Napa Valley

  3. Day 3

    Napa - Sacramento - Lake Tahoe

    Enjoy a scenic drive before boarding the Napa Valley Wine Train’s lovingly restored Pullman cars for a taste of the golden age of rail travel. Journey through Napa and indulge in a Regional Meal lunch and wine tasting. Then travel through the Sacramento River Valley to Lake Tahoe.

    Hotel for 2 nights: Lake Tahoe Resort
    Hotel at Heavenly Valley

  4. Day 4

    Lake Tahoe Sightseeing

    After a relaxing breakfast, step back in time as you ride along the Pony Express Trail to America’s largest historic landmark, Virginia City, where Mark Twain once roamed the streets and everybody wanted a piece of the “Richest Place on Earth”. Take some time to visit one of the mansions, museums, gold and silver stores and see a real mine. This evening, join an elegant sunset dinner cruise on the lake, complete with live music and magnificent views.

  5. Day 5

    Lake Tahoe – Yosemite National Park

    Snow covered for much of the year, the Tioga Pass is the perfect entry point to Yosemite. Descend from the Sierra Nevada Mountains into the Yosemite Valley. Enjoy your accommodation inside the park, taking in its wonders after the crowds have left.

    Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

  6. Day 6

    Yosemite – Salinas Valley – Monterey

    Head west today into Salinas Valley and join an agricultural tour to learn about fruit and vegetable production and advanced farming techniques with a local expert. Travel north to Monterey and join your local hosts for dinner this evening. They will share their knowledge and love of food as you dine on the freshest ingredients, and gain an understanding of the farm to table experience.

    Hotel for 2 nights: The Portola Hotel and Spa at Monterey Bay

  7. Day 7

    Monterey & Big Sur

    Experience the glories of the California coast, cruising the scenic 17-Mile Drive to the Big Sur. Stop in the quaint village of Carmel-by-the-Sea to browse the many shops or wander down to the water’s edge. Then it’s on to hidden coves with sandy beaches, towering redwoods touching the sky and dolphins and sea lions cavorting in the clear waters-Big Sur’s natural majesty will take your breath away. Return to Monterey for a tour of Cannery Row, made famous by native Californian author, John Steinbeck. Enjoy some free time at lively, picturesque Fisherman’s Wharf, home to restaurants, shops and vibrant street life, or join an optional visit to the world-renowned Monterey Bay
    Aquarium. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a festive Farewell Dinner.

  8. Day 8

    Monterey – San Francisco departure

    Today, journey back in time to the era of lumberjacks and sawmills in a re-created 1880s logging camp, complete with a general store and railroad depot. Visit the Redwoods State Park and walk among the awe-inspiring trees—some of the largest living things on earth. End your journey in the golden city of San Francisco. Take a transfer to San Francisco International Airport or return to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco if you wish to extend your stay.

    Please do not schedule onward flights before 5pm.

May 12, 26
Jun 16, 23
Jul 06, 28
Aug 04, 18
Sep 01, 15

• 7 nights accommodation
• 11 meals including 7 breakfast, 3 dinners and 1 lunch
• San Francisco city tour
• Napa Valley Wine Train
• Wine Tasting in Napa Valley
• Sunset dinner cruise
• Salinas Valley Tour
• Scenic 17 mile Drive
• Tour of Cannery Row
• Redwoods State Park
• Baggage handling – 1 bag per person
• Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
• Professional Tour Director
• Airport transfers on days 1 & 8
• Audio headsets for guided visits and included sightseeing

  • Flights to/from USA
  • Gratuities for driver & Tour Director
  • Meals & attractions not shown as included
Northern California
From £2195 Per Person


Our Awards

We are very proud that our personal, friendly service and attention to detail has led to us becoming an industry leader in providing tailor-made holidays. We have been recognised throughout the years by winning a number of prestigious awards from within and outside of the travel industry. We won the "Best Operator to Canada" award at the 2017 British Annual Canada Travel Awards for a record 15th time.

Read more