Northern California Highlights

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: Chris Ewing

Meteorologist

WABI TV

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Day 8 : Fly Home

We fly home with special memories of our time in California.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in San Francisco
  • 2 nights at the Embassy Suites Sacramento
  • 2 nights in Mariposa

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Francisco cable car ride and city tour
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Napa Valley Wine Train lunch & wine tasting
  • Sacramento city tour
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Kennedy Gold Mine Surface Tour
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mariposa Grove hike
  • Yosemite Valley Tram tour
  • Roaring Camp Railroad's Redwood Forest Train Journey

9 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Sausalito
  • Napa Valley Wine Train lunch & wine tasting
  • Dinner during a Farm to Fork Food Tour

Tour Dates & Pricing

September 29th, 2019 - October 6th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$4199

Quad

$3899

Single

$5199

Triple

$4049

Final Payment Date: 07/16/2019

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Boston, MA - Logan International Airport

Chris Ewing

Chris grew up in Charlton, Massachusetts. At the age of five he knew he either wanted to play for the Red Sox or become a meteorologist. The call from the Sox never came.

He joined WABI in 1990. Chris prepares and presents the weather forecast at 5, 6, 10 and 11PM each weeknight.

Along with his TV duties he makes it a point to speak at several civic events each year, but finds the most joy is talking about the “Science of Weather” with students at local schools.

He has degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and the School of the Lifelong Learning at the University of New Hampshire where he studied meteorology at Plymouth State.

Chris has been happily married to his lovely wife Debbie for the last 30 years and has a son named Chris.

His passion has always been the meteorology and loves Maine because of the variety of weather and the challenges the 4 seasons can present. In his spare time Chris loves playing golf, tennis and working in his yard and spending time with family and friends. He loves watching and talking sports, especially the Red Sox, New England Patriots and University of Maine Football where his son played.

Join Chris and WABI TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.