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Natural Highlights of California


The West - Natural Highlights of California

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BOARD:  Mixed Meal Plan    DATE: 09/06/2018    NTS: 8 NIGHTS

FROM £2587

SAVE up to £150 per on this epic National Geographic GAdventures Tour of California!

Our Offer Includes:
- Flights from London
- 8 Nights accommodation with breakfast and some evening meals
- Expertise of a tour guide throughout
- Many tours and excursions
- Transfers in America
- Small Group tour, average of 12 people

   
   
 
   
 

G Adventures National Geographic Natural Highlights of California

A nine-day quest through some of Californias 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 Yosemites awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, the sites in this region of the United States simply have to be seen to be believed.

The small group tour offers greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam, all without sacrificing comfort. Quality accommodation and inclusions such as meals, private transport and 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. Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Our Opinion
A fascinating and unique way of touring California from a National Geographic perspective, perfect for outdoor-sy, adventurous types!

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
 
Full Itinerary

Day 1: Las Vegas – Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Arrive at any time. 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. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you are back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your tour guide will review the details of your tour. Overnight at the Stratosphere Hotel or similar.

Day 2: Las Vegas - Death Valley National Park
Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind, and travel to Death Valley; the lowest, hottest and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape and opt to take a jeep tour. 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.


Death Valley National Park Visit
- The Death Valley is one of Americas most extreme locations; from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There is a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada. Overnight at Furnace Creek Ranch (or similar) including breakfast.  
 

Day 3: Death Valley National Park - Yosemite National Park
Sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the Mountain town of Bishop and across the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, via the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive this evening into the Yosemite area. Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of Americas Coolest Mountain Towns. Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way. Travel the Tioga Pass (weather dependent), a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP.


Tioga Pass Drive
- Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way. Overnight at Pines Inn Resort (or similar) including breakfast and dinner.

Day 4: Yosemite National Park
With your tour guide, 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.

Yosemite National Park Visit - Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized national park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape. Overnight at Pines Inn Resort (or similar) including breakfast.

Day 5: Yosemite National Park - Sequoia National Park
Depart early and walk through Californias 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,  return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. 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 Sequoias nocturnal plants and animals.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia Hikes
- Walk through Californias Sequoia National Park with a naturalist from Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Over 2.5 hours, learn about these impressive giant trees; some so big, they have names. The one called General Sherman is the largest known living single-stem tree on the planet. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail and then drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike. In 1916, National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. Keep your eyes on the lookout for the plaque commemorating the important work the National Geographic Society has done in protecting this treasure of a national park.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia NP Stargazing -
The night sky above Sequoia National Park offers one of Californias most dazzling opportunities for stargazing, due to minimal light pollution and a higher altitude. Peer upward alongside an astronomy expert from the park who will discuss the constellations, planets, and stars that fill the twinkling sky. (Weather permitting, of course.) G. H. Grovesnor, first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine, first fell in love with national parks while observing the stars here in Sequoia NP. Thanks to his subsequent involvement in the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, you are still able today to enjoy one of the most impressive dark skies above the Sierra. Overnight at Wuksachi Lodge (or similar) including breakfast.
 

Day 6: Sequoia National Park – Monterey
Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Time and conditions permitting, the tour will try to make a stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. Overnight at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar) including breakfast and dinner.


Day 7: Monterey

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 Fishermans Wharf and Cannery Row.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive - Jump the line and arrive before opening hours at this world-renowned aquarium on an experience customized for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of the facility and learn about sea otters, kelp and all the marine life that call the Aquarium home. Learn about National Geographic supported research based at the aquarium in their efforts to better understand and properly protect marine life. A special experience for every type of traveller. Enjoy free time in Monterey in the afternoon. Overnight at Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar) including breakfast.


Day 8: Monterey - San Francisco

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 Americas 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. Enjoy free time in San Francisco in the afternoon. Overnight at the Handlery Union Square Hotel (or similar) including breakfast.

Day 9: San Francisco
Tour ends after breakfast, depart at any time.

 

We can of course extend your stay before or after your tour. Please call us on 01928 246 243 to find out more about this exclusive trip.