Golden California National Parks Tour

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per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days
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Introduction

Get to know the Golden State on this brand-new itinerary through California's famous cities, gold rush history, and magnificent national parks. And as the perfect addition to this fabulous tour, you'll also get to spend a full day in the sparkling city of Las Vegas!

Trip Includes

Sightseeing
  • San Francisco
  • Sutter's Mill
  • Sacramento
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Las Vegas
Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a guided tour of San Francisco, then take tour of the city's harbor by boat to see the skyline, Alcatraz, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge from the water
  • Relive the Gold Rush at Sutter's Mill in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
  • Explore California's capital city, Sacramento
  • See the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite, a crown jewel of America's National Park System
  • Drive through the forest in Kings Canyon National Park and see spectacular trees
  • See the impressive General Sherman, the largest tree in the world
  • Spend 2 nights in exciting Las Vegas

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Golden California National Parks Tour - Start Las Vegas

Tours Starts: Las Vegas, Nevada

Tours Ends: San Francisco, California

Day 1

Arrive in Las Vegas

Guests who book their air through YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred to their hotel. The night is yours to enjoy!

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 2

Las Vegas Leisure Day

Take in this glittering city however you choose! Perhaps explore the reinvigorated downtown, try your luck at winning millions in the casinos, or spend some time at the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It is constantly abuzz, and its reputation as a place where anything is possible is well earned. Its 4.2 miles contain tens of thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of dining options, world class shopping, golf, gaming, and an endless variety of entertainment!

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 3

Las Vegas to Bakersfield

The scenery changes today as you travel along Route 66 through the mesmerizing and colorful Mojave Desert, with a stop in the historic town of Barstow. Continue to Bakersfield for your overnight stay.

Hampton Inn Bakersfield or similar

Day 4

Sequoia National Park

Continue through the forests of Sequoia National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world, General Sherman. Standing 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet, the towering tree is marvelous! The Giant Forest, where you'll find General Sherman, also contains an impressive five of the ten largest trees on Earth.

Sequoia Lodge or similar

Day 5

Kings Canyon National Park

Enjoy panoramic vistas as you explore Kings Canyon National Park. See the ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall and has a base circumference of 107 feet! Take in the forest as your coach drives through Kings Canyon and stop for a picnic break for at one of its countless dazzling vistas.

America's Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 6

Yosemite National Park

Spend most of the day visiting one of the crown jewels of the National Park System: Yosemite! This magnificent and diverse land, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet, abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, giant waterfalls, grand meadows, and towering trees. Central to the National Park idea, Yosemite was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Discover Yosemite Valley, which lies among the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan summits. Rising more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor, Half Dome is appropriately named for its one sheer face and three smooth and round faces, which make it appear like a dome that has been cut in half. The 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan is an impressive vertical rock formation that is a sight to behold, and attracts many serious climbers from around the world. It is the subject of the 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows Alex Honnold's incredible free solo ascent, a magnificent feat that he is the only person to have ever achieved. Enjoy the day at leisure before returning to your hotel for another night just outside this glorious park!

America's Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 7

Sacramento via Sutter's Mill

Experience the birthplace of the California Gold Rush, Sutter's Mill. It was the discovery of gold at this sawmill that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the Golden State. Visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the mill is located, and relive the 1848 Gold Rush. Comprising over 575 acres, the park contains two California Historic Landmarks: a monument commemorating James Marshall, and the actual spot where he first discovered gold. This afternoon we arrive in the capital city of Sacramento, one of California's most historic places, boasting an array of landmarks.

Arden Star Hotel or similar

Day 8

Sacramento to San Francisco

Spend the morning in Old Sacramento, an historic waterfront that served as California's first thriving business district. See the California State Capitol, which was listed as a California Historical Landmark in 1974. The area also features a number of museums and plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities. Don't be fooled, while Old Sacramento is a global tourist destination, this charming town still retains much of its Old West character! Continue to your hotel in San Francisco for a two-night stay.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 9

San Francisco City Tour

This morning we discover the bustling “City by the Bay” on a guided tour. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and see many more exciting highlights! Then, embark on an included sightseeing cruise through the legendary San Francisco Bay. Highlights include the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, likely the world’s most photographed suspension bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Alcatraz was one of the 20th century’s most feared prisons—both because of the dangerous criminals it housed, and because over its 29- year history not a single inmate successfully escaped. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own and enjoy this city, known for its iconic bridge, cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses, however you wish. We recommend joining us on a wonderful optional tour.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.

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Golden California National Parks Tour - Start San Francisco

Tours Starts: San Francisco, California

Tours Ends: Las Vegas, Nevada

Day 1

Arrive in San Francisco

Guests who book their air through YMT will be greeted by a representative and transferred to their hotel. The night is yours to enjoy!

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 2

San Francisco City Tour

This morning we discover the bustling “City by the Bay” on a guided tour. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge, see Nob Hill, catch a glimpse of famed Lombard Street, and see many more exciting highlights! Then, embark on an included sightseeing cruise through the legendary San Francisco Bay. Highlights include the beautiful Golden Gate Bridge, likely the world’s most photographed suspension bridge, and the notorious Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Alcatraz was one of the 20th century’s most feared prisons—both because of the dangerous criminals it housed, and because over its 29- year history not a single inmate successfully escaped. The rest of the day is yours to explore on your own and enjoy this city, known for its iconic bridge, cable cars, and colorful Victorian houses, however you wish. We recommend joining us on a wonderful optional tour.

Holiday Inn Golden Gateway or similar

Day 3

Sacramento via Sutter's Mill

Experience the birthplace of the California Gold Rush, Sutter's Mill. It was the discovery of gold at this sawmill that brought hundreds of thousands of people into the Golden State. Visit Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park where the mill is located, and relive the 1848 Gold Rush. Comprising over 575 acres, the park contains two California Historic Landmarks: a monument commemorating James Marshall, and the actual spot where he first discovered gold. This afternoon we arrive in the capital city of Sacramento, one of California's most historic places, boasting an array of landmarks.

Arden Star Hotel or similar

Day 4

Sacramento Sightseeing

Spend the morning in Old Sacramento, an historic waterfront that served as California's first thriving business district. See the California State Capitol, which was listed as a California Historical Landmark in 1974. The area also features a number of museums and plenty of shopping and entertainment opportunities. Don't be fooled, while Old Sacramento is a global tourist destination, this charming town still retains much of its Old West character! Continue to your hotel near Yosemite National Park for a two-night stay.

America's Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 5

Yosemite National Park

Spend most of the day visiting one of the crown jewels of the National Park System: Yosemite! This magnificent and diverse land, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet, abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, giant waterfalls, grand meadows, and towering trees. Central to the National Park idea, Yosemite was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Discover Yosemite Valley, which lies among the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan summits. Rising more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor, Half Dome is appropriately named for its one sheer face and three smooth and round faces, which make it appear like a dome that has been cut in half. The 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan is an impressive vertical rock formation that is a sight to behold, and attracts many serious climbers from around the world. It is the subject of the 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows Alex Honnold's incredible free solo ascent, a magnificent feat that he is the only person to have ever achieved. Enjoy the day at leisure before returning to your hotel for another night just outside this glorious park!

America's Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 6

Kings Canyon National Park

Enjoy panoramic vistas as you explore Kings Canyon National Park. See the ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall and has a base circumference of 107 feet! Take in the forest as your coach drives through Kings Canyon and stop for a picnic break for at one of its countless dazzling vistas.

Sequoia Lodge or similar

Day 7

Sequoia National Park

Continue through the forests of Sequoia National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world, General Sherman. Standing 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet, the towering tree is marvelous! The Giant Forest, where you'll find General Sherman, also contains an impressive five of the ten largest trees on Earth. Continue to Bakersfield for your overnight stay.

Hampton Inn Bakersfield or similar

Day 8

Drive to Las Vegas

The scenery changes today as you travel along Route 66 through the mesmerizing and colorful Mojave Desert, with a stop in the historic town of Barstow. This evening will be your first of two nights in fabulous and exciting Las Vegas.

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 9

Las Vegas Leisure Day

Take in this glittering city however you choose! Perhaps explore the reinvigorated downtown, try your luck at winning millions in the casinos, or spend some time at the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. It is constantly abuzz, and its reputation as a place where anything is possible is well earned. Its 4.2 miles contain tens of thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of dining options, world class shopping, golf, gaming, and an endless variety of entertainment!

Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino or similar

Day 10

Depart for Home

On certain tour dates, you may choose to combine this with our other national parks tours. If you are joining us for our Ultimate California & Canyons tour or our Ultimate National Parks tour, you can enjoy a museum visit in Las Vegas before continuing to our Crimson Canyons & Mesas itinerary. (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.


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