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Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Traditional Cable Cars
Seals at Fisherman's Wharf
Yosemite National Park
California Wine Train
California State Capitol Building
Sequoia National Park
Half Dome in Yosemite National Park
Wineries in Napa Valley
Departs: June 7th, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Experience monumental Yosemite National Park, a leisurely ride on the Napa Valley Wine Train, and city sights in Sacramento and San Francisco. Begin in San Francisco touring the city with an expert guide, ride iconic cable cars, see Golden Gate Park, and enjoy leisure time at Fisherman’s Wharf. Experience Yosemite’s famous landmarks in an open-air tram led by a park ranger and enjoy time on our own to make the most of our time here. This tour also includes three wonderful rail attractions: Enjoy lunch and a leisurely afternoon on the Napa Valley Wine Train, a visit to Sacramento’s California State Railroad Museum, and an excursion through towering groves of redwood trees on a 19th century steam train at Roaring Camp Railroad.
Hosted By: Erik Maitland
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Day 1 : Fly to California
We begin our adventure with a leisurely flight to the City by the Bay and transfer to our deluxe accommodations for two nights.
Day 2 : San Francisco
This morning we board San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and ride along downtown’s fascinating streets. An expert joins us for a guided tour of the city by motorcoach where we see Twin Peaks, Market Street, Golden Gate Park, and much more. We break for lunch and leisure time at Fisherman’s Wharf, a historic bayside district with plenty of restaurants, shops, and sea lions sunning themselves. There’s time to freshen up at our hotel before we get to know our traveling companions at a Welcome Dinner in nearby Sausalito.
Day 3 : Napa Valley Wine Train
We travel to the heart of one of the most celebrated wine-growing regions in the world, Napa Valley. Upon arrival, we board the elegantly restored Napa Valley Wine Train, where a gourmet lunch and wine tasting awaits. Our journey includes scenic vineyards, wineries, homes, and gorgeous valley landscapes. After, travel to our hotel in the capital city of Sacramento for a two-night stay.
Day 4 : Sacramento
This morning we tour America’s Farm to Fork capital city. During our tour we see California’s capitol building and learn about Sacramento’s gold rush history. We have lunch and free time in the historic Old Sacramento district and then explore the California State Railroad Museum. We learn about the 150-year history of rail’s impact on the Golden State and see some of the original engines dating back to the 1860s. This evening we partake on a local food tour. We will visit various restaurants and learn the local "Farm to Fork" culture of Sacramento while enjoying a selection of delicious dishes.
Day 5 : Mariposa
We get a sense of the Old West as we make our way to Mariposa, just outside Yosemite National Park. En route we stop in Jackson for lunch at Teresa's Place Restaurant, originally started as a boarding house for miners back in 1921. This afternoon we take a surface tour of the Kennedy Gold Mine, one of the deepest mines in the world and among the most iconic mines of the California Gold Rush. We learn about the miner’s way of life and even pan for gold. We arrive at our accommodations in Mariposa in the evening for two nights.
Day 6 : Yosemite National Park
This morning we drive through the scenic protected lands of Yosemite National Park until we arrive at the entrance to Mariposa Grove. After a hike through the Giant Sequoias, we drive to Yosemite Valley Lodge and tour the astonishing wilderness that surrounds us on the Yosemite Valley Tram, an open-air sightseeing experience led by a Park Ranger. View some of Yosemite's most famous landmarks including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. This afternoon explore Yosemite on your own before heading back to the hotel for the evening.
Day 7 : Roaring Camp Railroad
We depart our hotel this morning, heading west toward San Francisco. We stop at the charming roadside resort of Casa De Fruta, featuring a restaurant, deli, farmers market, wine shop, gift shop, park, and more. This afternoon we arrive at the Roaring Camp Railroad Station to board a round trip rail journey through the towering red¬wood groves. We return to the San Francisco area with time to unwind before we celebrate our adventure with our new friends at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Fly Home
We fly home with special memories of our time in California.
June 7th, 2019 - June 14th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 03/24/2019
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Erik returned to KWQC in 2011 after spending 4 years in Minneapolis/St. Paul as the weekend meteorologist at KMSP-TV. Before that, he spent 13 years here at KWQC.
Erik studied Meteorology and Broadcasting at Arizona State University and is a proud Sun Devil. Outside of his first year forecasting in the desert at KPNX in Phoenix, Erik has had a Midwestern career with stops in Traverse City, Michigan and Mason City, Iowa before heading to the Quad Cities. Growing up in Minnesota Erik is a HUGE hockey fan and loves to follow the Storm. In the warmer months you’ll find him at as many River Bandits or Lumber Kings games as he can fit in. Erik’s hobbies include woodworking, soap making and cooking. Outdoors He enjoys golfing and Nordic walking. He LOVES kayaking and is a certified kayaking instructor. While he enjoys setting sail on our local lakes and rivers you’re more likely to find him paddling on Lake Michigan or Lake Superior! Erik has 3 Quad Cities Marathons under his belt and numerous Bix 7s. Other outdoor endeavors include doing anything from flying kites to road-tripping. Don’t be surprised if Erik drives in to your town on any given weekend in his pride and joy: a red 1987 Porsche 924S He calls “The Chili Pepper”.
Erik enjoys speaking to school kids about weather and entertaining community groups with talks about weather, television, and his favorite subject: Erik Maitland! Thankfully, he’s kept humble by his daughter Eryn and his cats, named Puppy, Rupert, and Barnaby!
Join Erik and KWQC-TV6 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.