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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: Darren Maier

Chief Meteorologist

WEAU 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 redwood 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 at the Embassy Suites Sacramento
  • 2 nights in Mariposa

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Francisco cable car ride
  • San Francisco city tour
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Napa Valley Wine Train
  • 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

June 14th, 2019 - June 21st, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$4199

Quad

$3899

Single

$5199

Triple

$4049

Final Payment Date: 03/31/2019

Departure Cities

WEAU TV Pickup Locations:

Baldwin, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-02

Black River Falls, WI - Perkins Restaurant

Chippewa Falls, WI - McDonalds

Eau Claire, WI - Holiday Vacations Office

Hixton, WI - Hixton Travel Plaza

Hudson, WI - WisDOT Park & Ride 55-05

Marshfield, WI - Holiday Inn & Conv. Center

Menomonie, WI - AmericInn

Neillsville, WI - Shopko

Onalaska, WI - Holiday Inn Express

Osseo, WI - McDonalds

Minneapolis, MN - Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport

Darren Maier

Having grown up in New England, Darren is happy to be in a part of the country that reminds him of home and the beautiful outdoors, with plenty of lakes, hills and forests.

His meteorology and forecasting career began in 1997 in Lima, Ohio, where he dealt with everything from blizzards and ice storms to floods and tornadoes.

Darren received his B.S. in Atmospheric Science from Central Connecticut State University, along with a certificate in broadcasting from the Connecticut Schools of Broadcasting. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned his certified broadcast meteorologist designation in 2009.

His hobbies include tennis, vegetable gardening, and his most recent interest – tropical fish. On the top of Darren’s list are his two children, Shane and Samantha.

Darren has previosuly hosted Holiday Vacations’ Alaska & Inside Passage Cruise and Railroading in the Rockies tours.

Join him and WEAU TV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.