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Explore California Overview
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Travel from San Fran to Las Vegas on this tour of wine country and epic national parks
Bask in big city lights and glorious Californian sunshine on this unforgettable tour. Venture from sunny San Fran to the incredibly tranquil wine country of Sonoma and Napa. After a few glasses of primo vino, travel to Yosemite National Park for some seriously incredible scenery. Seemingly at the centre of Mother Nature’s verdant heart, hike and explore this pristine paradise before heading off to Sequoia National Park to mingle with giants. Witness an eerier side to nature in the smoking hot Death Valley then rest and relax in the weird and wonderful Las Vegas. With a little something for everyone, be sure to pack hiking boots, swimsuits and a big sense of adventure.
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This chilled out waterfront city greets you briefly, but it is as swift a kiss as the breeze off Pier 39. If you'd like extra time to explore the wonders of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and SoMa, journey to this gorgeous city a few days early.
Welcome to wine country. Explore the vast stretches of rolling vineyards, quaint farms and acres of parkland around this scenic valley. Perhaps visit the home and final resting place of author Jack London and, of course, sample some the region’s best wine and cheese.
Big brother to Sonoma, Napa first boomed during California’s gold rush and never really stopped. Visit the old downtown area to admire the Victorian buildings and tranquil waterfront. But of course, the main drawcard is the vino. Pair the world’s very best Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Merlot with some of the country’s most incredible dining experiences.
Be dwarfed by the world’s largest living tree, the giant sequoia tree, spot bucks prancing in the wild and gaze in wonder at the 3,081 sq km that is America’s most popular national park. Yosemite is an historic emblem of California and offers visitors incredible hiking trails, impressive geological formations and jaw-dropping scenic views. Spend a few days getting in touch with nature while hiking to the Nevada Falls and serene Mirror Lake.
Welcome to the land of giants, where every huge mountain has a twin plunging canyon. The major drawcard of this region is visiting the Giant Forest, where breathtakingly tall trees stretch up to 11 m. Perhaps climb the impressive Moro Rock, which will elevate trekkers to 2,050 m above sea level. Be sure to visit the country’s deepest canyon and then take a breather in a quiet spot to truly appreciate the spectacular surrounding scenery.
It may sound grim, yet Death Valley is anything but. Explore huge sand dunes, sculptured rocks and volcanic craters before taking a stroll on the stunning salt flats. It is bizarre, unearthly and hot – but worth every moment.
There is no greater contrast than the serene surroundings of the great outdoors and the mouth of ‘Sin City’. Play responsibly, chomp away at an all-you-can-eat buffet, see a volcano at the Mirage, meet a gladiator at Caesars and spot the Eiffel Tower and pyramids on the strip. A whirlwind final stop? That’s Vegas, baby.
Explore California Reviews
Our Explore California trips score an average of 4 out of 5 based on 7 reviews in the last year.
Explore California, May 2014
I was on this trip just thrilled. the various destination have impressed me. he has not so much experience and do not know so much about the individual locations. but it was only his third tour and thus understandable. if he goes on like this, he is a very good leader. i did a very good job.
Review submitted 27/06/2014
Explore California, May 2014
Explore California was a brilliant tour, very varied, well managed with some fantastic highlights. The accommodation was nice, tour leader great and lovely group of people (fewer than max but it would have been challenging with a full bus!). Very envious of the people continuing on to LA! Nick was a fantastic group leader, amazing that it was only his 2nd or 3rd trip! He was really capable and organised, keen to make it the best possible experience for us, and often went over and above the call of tour guide duty, whether organising additional activities on location, or assisting with shopping emergencies! Nick had a decent knowledge of the local areas we were in but could do with a bit more familiarity and/or better wi-fi service in the hotels!
Review submitted 08/06/2014
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