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The Contrasts of California

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Explore San Francisco before heading to California’s National Parks: Kings Canyon Park, Sequoia, and Yosemite

With an economy that rivals most of the world’s countries, California has some impressive statistics. Outside of its cities however vast areas have been carefully preserved for the sheer enjoyment of nature and its impressive landscape. Inland from the Californian coast the mountains rise sharply, eventually becoming the western extremity of the Rockies.

We fly to San Francisco and spend three nights exploring the icons of the city. A stroll across the Golden Gate with Alcatraz Island below us in the bay. Fisherman’s Wharf and the waterfront restaurants. The steep streets offer visions of Steve McQueen racing up and down in ‘Bullitt’. We will walk the city and cross the Golden Gate to Sausalito, taking the ferry back across the bay.

We then move on to the big names of California’s National Parks: Kings Canyon Park, Sequoia, and finally Yosemite. In Kings we walk remote trails through canyons and up beside waterfalls. In Sequoia we encounter the General Sherman tree, the world’s biggest living thing, we'll reach stunning view points with views cross the mountains.

Yosemite is perhaps the crowning glory of California’s National Parks. Little prepares you for the first neck stretching views of El Capitan and The Half Dome. Our walking here takes in immense vistas. From the valley floor everything around seems to reach up to the heavens.

Finally Napa and wine country. The area is actually two valleys, Napa and Sonoma. Napa is where the serious production takes place, Sonoma is much quieter with more appealing countryside around. We'll explore and taste the best produce of both valleys.


Holiday Highlights

  • Stand close to sequoias - the biggest living things ever!
  • Be amazed by the Half Dome and El Capitan. Two outstanding mountains amongst many in Yosemite.
  • Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Catch a glimpse of bears, deer, elk and coyotes.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to San Francisco (British Airways)
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation with breakfasts taken in the hotels
      Transfers between centres
      Five dinners
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to San Francisco (British Airways)
  • Airport transfers by road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • If direct regional flights are not available, we can often offer add-on flights to a London airport at a competitive rate. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

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Tourist class accommodation is used throughout.
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