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Yosemite National Park
Departs: September 21st, 2018 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: Tom Mahoney
Retired Chief Meteorologist
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Day 1 : Fly to San Francisco
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 : Cable Cars & City Sights
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. B,D
Day 3 : Napa Valley Wine Train
We travel to the heart o 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. Later we tour the Jelly Belly Factory. Watch the candymaking live, plus interactive exhibits, an art gallery, free samples and much more. After, we arrive at our hotel in the capital city of Sacramento for a two-night stay. B,L
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 spend the afternoon exploring 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. Tonight's dinner highlights scrumptious locally-grown food. B,D
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 a local diner. This afternoon we tour 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. B,L
Day 6 : Welcome to Yosemite
We drive through the scenic protected lands of Yosemite National Park until we arrive at Yosemite Valley Lodge. We tour the astonishing wilderness on the Yosemite Valley Tram, an open-air sightseeing experience led by a Park Ranger, viewing some of Yosemite’s most famous landmarks including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan. After our tour we have free time to discover the park on our own. Stroll to Bridal Veil Falls, watch a film at the Ansel Adams Gallery, or simply relax and enjoy the fresh air. This afternoon takes us to Mariposa Grove to walk among the giant sequoias. Later we have dinner in the park at the lodge-style restaurant Ducey's on the Lake. D
Day 7 : Redwoods
After a leisurely morning, we depart our hotel 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 one of the most authentically preserved narrow-gauge steam engines in America on a round trip journey through the towering redwood groves. This evening, we celebrate our adventure with our new friends at a Farewell Dinner.
Day 8 : Fly Home
We fly home with special memories of our time in California.
September 21st, 2018 - September 28th, 2018
Category - Occupancy
Price (Per Person)
Final Payment Date: 07/8/2018
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Tom Mahoney has a familiar face and is very well respected in Northeast Wisconsin having served as WFRV-TV’s Chief Meteorologist for over 30 years before retiring in 2013.
Tom is an ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church. He makes a number of hospital, nursing home, assisted living and homebound visits each week. Tom also finds time to personally support many local charities.
Tom and his wife Sue have been hosting Holiday tours since 1990, visiting Australia, Hawaii, Alaska, the West Coast, the British Isles, Central Europe, Ireland, Holland, Paris, Normandy & Loire Valley, the Canadian Rockies, Switzerland, Austria & Germany and California by train.
Join Tom and other WFRV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.