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Natural Highlights of California
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This nine-day quest through some of California's greatest national parks covers almost every type of terrain imaginable. From the arid, sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite's awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, the sites in this region of the United States simply have to be seen to be believed.

North America
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Moderate%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 166150
  • Starts: Las Vegas,
  • Finishes: San Francisco,
You will Visit
  • Las Vegas
  • San Francisco

Itinerary

01

Day 1: Las Vegas

There are no planned activities today until the evening welcome meeting, so check out the strip or get tickets to a show for this evening.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

02

Day 2: Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park (1B)

Drive through the spectacular landscape of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest, hottest, driest point in North America that sits 282 feet below sea level.

Additional Notes:
Expect high temperatures of 100°F to over 120°F (38°C to over 49°C). Drink plenty of water and carry extra supplies. Avoid hiking at mid-day.

Included Activities:
Death Valley National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 230km)

03

Day 3: Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1D)

Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "America's Coolest Mountain Towns." Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.

Additional Notes:
We intend on using the Tioga Pass (weather dependent), a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Included Activities:
Tioga Pass Drive

Transport:
Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)

04

Day 4: Yosemite National Park (1B)

With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows and walk amongst pristine groves in Yosemite.

Included Activities:
Yosemite National Park Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle

05

Day 5: Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park (1B)

Depart early and walk through California's Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees, enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail, and then drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC).

Additional Notes:
In cases where the night sky is cloudy, we will replace the star gazing activity with a nighttime nature walk in the National Park. Embark on a one-mile walk to experience the dramatic changes of the soundscapes and nocturnal biodiversity of the area. This engaging walk will awaken awareness and provide an in-depth experience of Sequoia's nocturnal plants and animals.

Included Activities:
Sequoia NP Hike
Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 222km)

06

Day 6: Sequoia National Park/Monterey (1B, 1D)

Time and conditions permitting, we will try to make a stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.

Transport:
Private Van with Wi-fi (10.00-12.00 hours)

07

Day 7: Monterey (1B)

Go behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on an experience customized for Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the inner workings of the facility and learn about sea otters, kelp and all the marine life that call the Aquarium home. After, enjoy a free afternoon, opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fisherman's Wharf and Cannery Row.

Included Activities:
Monterey Aquarium Exclusive

08

Day 8: Monterey/San Francisco (1B)

Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Opt to catch a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 227km)

09

Day 9: San Francisco (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • All national park fees
    • Yosemite NP excursion
    • Full day Sequoia NP excursion with naturalist guide
    • Stargazing activity
    • Exclusive Monterey Aquarium tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (8 nts)
    • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
    Transport
    • Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking
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Tour Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in the stark beauty of Death Valley
  • Cross the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Explore world-famous Yosemite National Park
  • Marvel at ancient trees in Sequoia National Park
  • Go behind the scenes at Monterey Bay Aquarium.