Travel Partner: Revealed America
Duration | 8 Days
Destination | California
Starting Price | $12,587
With its forests filled with redwoods taller than skyscrapers and Sequoias wider than your car, cities kissed by ocean shoreline on one side and ragged mountains on the others, and cross-country roads that teeter on the edge of sea cliffs, cut through desert and climb into the alpine mountains, California has earned its place in the spotlight. Begin your journey through Northern California with a few nights in the heart of Sonoma’s wine country. With its varied terrain, soils and climate, Sonoma offers a diverse range of wines, from the cool-weather varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, to heat-loving varietals such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. You’ll have the chance to try – and enjoy – them all. You will continue to Yosemite National Park. To look out at the open expanse of Yosemite Valley in the High Sierras is to look into John Muir’s heart, and his legacy as the Park’s visionary. Discover the best of Yosemite National Park’s famed highlights – like Half Dome rising nearly a mile into the sky – and uncover the lesser-known mysteries within the Park’s 1,200 square miles with our private guides. End your week with a drive down the rugged stretch of Big Sur’s coastline and two nights at the spectacular Post Ranch Inn.
Upon arrival in San Francisco, you will secure your rental car and drive one and a half hours to your overnight accommodations.
Located north of San Francisco in the hub of the Russian River Valley, the Farmhouse Inn is a luxurious fifth generation family owned bed and breakfast that offers guests an authentic California wine country experience. The Inn features a Michelin starred restaurant and spa and is only minutes away from hundreds of wineries and world-class restaurants.
Sonoma Valley’s amazing range of terroir and microclimates distinguishes itself as one of the most diverse wine grape-growing regions in the world. The Pacific coastline, redwood forests, fertile valleys, and mountains produce an array of exceptional wines. Meet your private driver-guide in your hotel lobby to begin your day of tasting. Your driver-guide will take you to specially arranged tastings at three outstanding locations. The entire day will be spent with your private driver-guide as you explore the best of the wine country. This tour can be completely customized to fit your interests, and wineries will be confirmed in accordance with your varietal preferences.
Return to your accommodations in the late afternoon, with time to relax or enjoy a spa treatment before dinner.
After checking out of your hotel this morning, you will continue with your self-drive of four hours to Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel for the night.
Château de Sureau is a fairytale Inn that has earned both the Forbes Five-Star and American AAA’s Five-Diamond awards. The Château is located just sixteen miles from the south entrance of Yosemite National Park and is a romantic haven wherein the classic traditions of old Europe live today. Each guestroom in this magical Inn is named for and decorated after the fragrant herbs and flowers grown on the Estate. Resplendent inside and out, all guestrooms have fireplaces, deluxe bathrooms with silky plush bathrobes, over-sized tubs and separate chambers for the shower and toilet.
Spend the remainder of your day at leisure by relaxing at the Spa du Sureau or enjoy dinner at the award-winning The Elderberry House.
Today enjoy a full day tour of the highlights of Yosemite National Park with your guide, including the major waterfalls and rock formations of Yosemite Valley, plus portions of the high country. In addition, your guide will point out little-known treasures, off-thebeaten path trails, and the best sites that fit your interests.
Return to your hotel after a long day of touring and enjoy the rest of your evening relaxing.
Meet your guide this morning for a half-day private guided hike in a grove of Giant Sequoias. Spend the morning with the largest living things on earth as your guide teaches you about the history and ecology of these beautiful giant trees. You will return to the hotel before lunch and the rest of the day is yours to explore more of Yosemite on your own. Your guide will be an invaluable resource for finding the best places to explore this afternoon.
After checking out of your hotel this morning, continue on your self-drive for four hours to your overnight accommodations in Big Sur.
High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul. Ideal for romance, relaxation or rejuvenation, this Big Sur resort is the ultimate destination for a luxurious escape. The Wine Spectator Grand-Award winning Sierra Mar restaurant offers exquisite dining with a menu that changes daily, complimentary gourmet breakfast buffet and a spectacular setting with endless ocean views. Guests can relax by the pools and take in the splendid views; rejuvenate with an in-room massage, spa treatment or yoga class.
Today you will have a full day free to relax and enjoy Post Ranch Inn and Big Sur. Enjoy one or more of the complimentary activities including daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, and garden tours. Or check out the Post Ranch Spa that has a wide variety of massages, treatments, intuitive healing arts sessions, or specialized therapies.
After checking out of your hotel this morning you will have a three-hour drive to San Francisco. Here you will return your rental car and board your homebound flight.
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