Travel 2 Touring 18/19

RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

UNITED STATES

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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Nevada

California LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED

Lake Tahoe

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Sonoma

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LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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Yosemite National Park

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San Francisco 1

LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Take a self-guided cycle tour of San Francisco and take in the beautiful Bay Area scenery • Hike through redwood forest at Muir Woods • Discover the wineries of Sonoma Valley on leisurely biking trails • Get out by bike or by foot to appreciate the beauty of sparkling Lake Tahoe • See Yosemite Falls the highest waterfall in North America 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1

SELF DRIVE TOUR PRICES FROM £1349pp

12 day Northern California Charm San Francisco • Sonoma • Lake Tahoe • Yosemite

Day 1: Arrive San Francisco Arrive at San Francisco International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. Days 2 & 3: San Francisco Discover the adventures the city has to offer as you cycle your way along the coast, experience the vibrant neighbourhoods, and witness the world Famous Golden Gate Bridge on your rental bike (included). If time permits, why not take the ferry to Alcatraz? (optional, own expense). Later, take the time to visit exciting San Francisco hotspots such as Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf, and enjoy a dinner at restaurants in Chinatown or Little Italy. On day 3 get a unique perspective and take in the beautiful sights on an exciting hike to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the Bay Area. Some of San Francisco’s best nature can be found on various hiking trails that include Muir Woods, featuring the redwood forest, The Presidio, offering an uninterrupted view of the ocean, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, allowing you to get up close to the historic Golden Gate Bridge. Day 4: San Francisco – Sonoma (85km/53 miles) Pick up your rental car and journey north to Sonoma County, well-known for its exceptional wineries and a host of outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, golfing, and more. On your way, spend the afternoon in the hub for American cycling, Santa Rosa, with roads tested by both world-class and first-time riders. Days 5 & 6: Sonoma The next 2 days are free to explore the Sonoma Valley, why not pick up a bike (own expense) and take a leisurely ride on vineyard lined roads to one of ten wineries within 5-miles? After experiencing Sonoma on two wheels, discover some of the valley’s scenic gems walking and hiking then neighbouring area. Head to the hiking trails of Sugarloaf Park, or take a stroll through Sonoma State Historic Park where there is also the chance to visit the Mission San Francisco Solano. Be sure to visit the Sonoma Plaza as well where you will find a plethora of wine tasting rooms, shopping, galleries, and restaurants serving local produce.

Days 7 & 8: Sonoma – Lake Tahoe (275km/171 miles) Continue to Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine Lake in North America nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Here, you will have the opportunity to bike away with calm paved roadways for the family and mountain biking for the more experienced traveller (optional). For those wanting to explore by foot there are endless hiking trails for all abilities. The Fallen Leaf Lake hike is perfect for families and for the more adventurous the Skyline trail, accessed by a lift (not included) is a more exciting challenge. Days 9 & 10: Lake Tahoe – Yosemite (304km/189 miles) Continue on to Yosemite, a highlight and iconic destination for anyone planning to visit the United States. Covering over 1,000 square miles it provides visitors with exciting wildlife, stunning waterfalls, giant sequoias, and an unforgettable experience. Take a nature walk following one of the best trails in the National Park taking you along the Yosemite Valley on a wide and smooth path allowing you to calmly enjoy the natural landscape and beautiful scenery. Highly recommended is the Yosemite Falls trail that leads to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America and you do not even need to reach the top to enjoy the amazing views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock. Days 11 & 12: Yosemite – San Francisco (306km/190 miles) Enjoy a last morning exploring Yosemite before taking the leisurely drive back to San Francisco. Spend the afternoon exploring Oakland’s waterfront or take a detour and visit San Jose or Silicon Valley. Your tour concludes on day 12 after check out of your hotel.

TOUR DETAILS

£1349 per person

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PRICES INCLUDE • 11 nights’ accommodation on a room-only basis • 9 days’ fully-inclusive compact car hire • 1 day bike rental in San Francisco

DEPARTURES Daily

TOUR STYLE: Self Drive

GROUP SIZE: 1+

Optional Pre/Post Stay Additional nights are available on all stops on the route; it can also be tailored to include additional destinations as required.

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ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: 3 - 5 stars

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

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