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Northern California Highlights

Explore city sights in Sacramento and San Francisco, experience monumental Yosemite National Park, and sample wine in the heart of one of the most celebrated wine-growing regions in the world, Napa Valley. Begin with a tour of San Francisco joined by an expert guide, ride the iconic cable cars, see Golden Gate Park, and enjoy leisure time at Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a foodie’s delight during the farm-to-fork tour that features a variety of locally-sourced, gourmet Sacramento dishes. Learn about the California Gold Rush and pan for gold! Experience Yosemite’s famous landmarks in an open-air tram led by a park ranger and enjoy an excursion through towering groves of redwood trees on a 19th-century steam train at Roaring Camp Railroad.

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Day 1 : Fly to California

We begin our adventure with a flight to the City by the Bay and transfer to our deluxe accommodations for two nights.

Day 2 : San Francisco

This morning board San Francisco’s iconic cable cars and ride along downtown’s fascinating streets. After, a local expert joins us for a driving tour of the city where we see top highlights including Twin Peaks, Market Street, Golden Gate Park, and much more. We break for lunch and leisure time at Fisherman’s Wharf, the historic bayside district with restaurants, shops, and sea lions sunning themselves. There’s time to freshen up at the hotel before crossing Golden Gate Bridge and getting to know your new traveling companions during a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in nearby Sausalito.


Day 3 : Napa Valley & Sacramento

This morning we travel to the heart of one of the most celebrated wine-growing regions in the world, Napa Valley. We arrive at a charming Napa vineyard & winery where we receive a delightful tour and tasting. This evening, partake in a local food tour. We visit restaurants and meet chefs who teach us about the local farm-to-fork culture in Sacramento while enjoying a selection of delicious gourmet dishes. We spend the night in Sacramento.

Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Railroad Museum & Kennedy Gold Mine

We begin the day in Sacramento, discovering the Golden State’s 150-year rail history at the California State Railroad Museum including original engines dating back to the 1860s. This afternoon, tickle your imagination with a guided tour of the Kennedy Gold Mine. An expert guide emphasizes California’s gold rush era of the mid-1800s. Learn about mining, then take a complimentary poke sack for collecting your own treasures and try your hand at panning for gold! Our destination this evening is Mariposa where we check in for a two-night stay.


Day 5 : Yosemite

Today we explore the scenic protected lands of Yosemite National Park. At Mariposa Grove, have a delightful morning hike through enormous sequoias. These remarkable trees can live for more than 2,000 years and grow up to 300 feet tall! A park ranger joins us as we view some of Yosemite’s most famous landmarks including Yosemite Falls, the Half Dome, and El Capitan. Late afternoon you have time to explore Yosemite on your own. Browse the Ansel Adams Gallery, a collection of famous nature photography, take a walk along a beautiful trail, visit the park store, or watch a short film at the onsite theater.


Day 6 : Castle Air Museum & Monterey

Driving back towards the California Coast, we stop at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater. This military aviation museum features exhibits that showcase technology from the past and give sneak peeks into the future of flight. Located adjacent is Castle Airport, a former U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command Base that’s been closed since 1995 during the end of the original Cold War. Our journey back to the coast also includes a visit to Casa de Fruta, a family-owned orchard featuring nuts, wine, sweets, and other gifts. We arrive at our Monterey hotel for a two-night stay.


Day 7 : Whale Watching

Today we come together for a fun day filled with California marine life. Start the day with a bang as we join a privately-chartered whale watching cruise in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Gain insight from the onboard naturalist or marine biologist. After our cruise, we visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, commonly rated as one of the top aquariums in the United States featuring regional marine life including its groundbreaking living kelp forest. Enjoy your evening at leisure.


Day 8 : Roaring Camp Railroad

After a leisurely morning, we arrive at the Roaring Camp Railroad Station for a round-trip journey through towering groves of redwood trees. While similar in tremendous size, redwoods are taller than sequoias, but their cones are smaller, and their bark is darker. We return to the San Francisco area with time to unwind before celebrating our adventure with our new friends at a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 : Fly Home

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights in the San Francisco area
  • 1 night in Sacramento
  • 2 nights in Mariposa
  • 2 nights in Monterey
  • 1 night in Burlington

Attractions & Highlights

  • San Francisco city tour & historic cable car ride
  • Napa Valley winery and tasting tour
  • Farm-to-fork local food tour
  • California State Railroad Museum
  • Kennedy Gold Mine and gold panning
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mariposa Grove hike
  • Yosemite Valley tram tour
  • Castle Air Museum
  • Casa de Fruta
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Redwood forest Roaring Camp Railroad ride

9 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Sausalito
  • Lunch in Napa Valley
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Tour Dates & Pricing


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Final Payment Date: 03/26/2023

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Departure Cities

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Greensboro, NC - Piedmont Triad International Airport

Wanda Starke

Wanda began working at WXII 12 in 1994 and was an anchor and special projects reporter until her retirement in 2020. At her core, Wanda describes herself as a storyteller and continues to write and produce videos.

She also volunteers with the Shepherd’s Center and serves on the Executive Committee of the Women’s Council of Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation.

Wanda has been honored by The Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences because of her significant contributions to the television industry. She was also awarded the President’s Award for Volunteer Service from President Barack Obama, The Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Excellence Award Honoring Women in Media from UNCF, and the Anna Quindlen Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Join Wanda and WXII 12 News viewers on this beautiful vacation.