(Dates have changed – please make note of new dates)
- Round Trip Air from Springfield MO
- Luxury Motor Coach Transportation
- Discover the renowned California State Railroad Museum
- Journey on a splendidly restored Pullman car as you travel through picturesque Napa Valley.
- Take a tram tour through awe-inspiring Yosemite National Park.
- Stroll Old Sacramento— complete with wooden sidewalks and cobblestone streets
- Experience dinner overlooking San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Board the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train for a delicious lunch and incredible wine.
- Sample the many intriguing flavors of local olive oil.
Highlights: San Francisco, Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Sonoma Wine Country, Winery Tours, Napa Valley Wine Train
Trip Protection: $275/pp
Deposit: $500/pp due at time of booking
Final Payment Due: February 27, 2019
Day 1: May 5, 2019 San Francisco, California – Tour Begins
Join us in exploring northern California. From its most popular cities to fertile valleys and historic gold rush towns, many hidden treasures await. Your tour opens in San Francisco, the beautiful “City by the Bay.” Tonight, take in a fabulous view of San Francisco. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf overlooking the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. (D)
Day 2: May 6, 2019
Choice of San Francisco Bay Cruise or City Tour of San Francisco After breakfast, the choice is yours! Take a one-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay featuring in-depth narration plus close up views of Alcatraz* and the Golden Gate Bridge. Or, join a local expert on
a city tour which highlights Fisherman’s Wharf, the famous cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge and the view of the city from the imposing Twin Peaks. The afternoon is yours to
relax or explore this beautiful city independently. Perhaps you’ll hop on a cable car or further enjoy the sights at Fisherman’s Wharf…the opportunities are endless. (B)
Day 3: May 7, 2019 San Francisco – Farm Visit – Tuolumne
After breakfast, travel east through California’s Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Stop in Oakdale where almond and walnut orchards dot the landscape. A local farmer will guide you through the town and take you to visit his small farm where you’ll enjoy a taste of central California. A delightful stop is made at Ironstone Vineyards for a wine tasting with time to explore their gold mining artifacts, antiques and music room with a fully restored Alhambra Theatre Pipe organ. Arrive in historic Tuolumne, a gateway to Yosemite National Park and your home for the next two nights. (B, D)
Day 4: May 8, 2019 Tuolumne – Yosemite – Tuolumne
A scenic drive brings you into awe inspiring Yosemite National Park. Your tram tour through Yosemite’s unique rock formations, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and pristine
wilderness will leave you absolutely amazed. The tram ride experience showcases views from the famous valley floor and offers a fascinating perspective on this glorious park. (B)
Day 5: May 9, 2019 Tuolumne – Sacramento
Upon arrival in Sacramento you’ll visit the California State Railroad Museum, perhaps the best railroad museum in the United States. Enjoy the detailed exhibits and the many historical stories told by your museum guide. Take time for lunch on your own in Old Sacramento’s historic district filled with over 60 restored Gold Rush-era buildings, wooden sidewalks, cobblestone streets and antique gas lamps. Catch a glimpse at what life was like when thousands of “49ers” flocked here during the California Gold Rush. You’ll have plenty of time to visit the unique shops. (B, D)
Day 6: May 10, 2019 Sacramento – Lake Tahoe – Sacramento
Travel over the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the resort town of Lake Tahoe. Upon arrival, enjoy a narrated cruise of spectacular Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler. Discover why Mark Twain was mesmerized by the beauty of Tahoe’s crystal blue waters and towering peaks. (B)
Day 7: May 11, 2019 Sacramento – Sonoma – Novato
Today you travel through California’s treasured vineyards and arrive in Sonoma, one of the world’s premier wine destinations. Learn about the wines that this region is famous for, at a wine tasting at a local vineyard. Breathtaking views abound as beautiful vineyards pepper the countryside en route to Novato. (B)
Day 8: May 12, 2019 Novato – Sonoma – Napa – Novato
A special treat is in store at The Olive Press where you will be able to sample many intriguing flavors and purchase olive oil to ship anywhere you wish. A unique highlight awaits as you climb aboard the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train. Sit back and relax as the incredible scenery, famous vineyards and delicious farewell lunch come together, creating a one-of-a-kind experience. Raise a glass of wine to toast your California adventure. (B, L)
Day 9: May 13, 2019
Novato – Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories as we journey back to Springfield. (B)