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390
9 Days
Availability : May to Oct 2019
Las Vegas - U.S
San Francisco - U.S
National Geographic Expeditions

TRIP OVERVIEW
  • Examine Sequoia National Park’s giant trees with a naturalist, and then stargaze with an astronomy expert after the sun goes down.
  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Monterey Aquarium and learn about the facility’s National Geographic-sponsored research.
  • Discover the breathtaking landscapes of Yosemite National Park.

 
ITINERARY

Set out on a nine-day quest through some of California’s greatest national parks. From the arid, sun-scorched landscapes of Death Valley to the astonishing giant redwoods of Sequoia National Park and Yosemite’s awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, this adventure covers a lot of ground—and almost every type of terrain imaginable.

This trip is offered in partnership with G Adventures.

 
DAY 1: LAS VEGAS
Arrive at any time.
Accommodations:Stratosphere Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 2: LAS VEGAS/DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
Leave the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas behind, and travel to Death Valley – the lowest, hottest and driest place in North America. Marvel at the extremes of this landscape and opt to take a jeep tour.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Furnace Creek Ranch (or similar)
 
DAY 3: DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK/YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
Sit back and enjoy the views on this full day drive via the mountain town of Bishop and across the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, via the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive this evening into the Yosemite area.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Pines Inn Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 4: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
With our CEO, explore stunning Yosemite National Park in the High Sierra. Explore on foot to view majestic waterfalls, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows and walk amongst pristine groves in Yosemite.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Pines Inn Resort (or similar)
 
DAY 5: YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK/SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK
Depart early and walk through California’s Sequoia National Park alongside a naturalist. Learn about these impressive giant trees, enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail, and then drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike and learn about how National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, we return to the park for an evening of stargazing with an expert from the Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC).
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Wuksachi Lodge (or similar)
 
DAY 6: SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK/MONTEREY
Travel to Monterey and marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations:Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar)
 
DAY 7: MONTEREY
Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travelers. Get an inside look at the workings of the world-class organization and find out how the Aquarium’s mission aligns with that of National Geographic. After, enjoy a free afternoon, opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fisherman’s Wharf and Cannery Row.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Optional Activities:Whale Watching
Accommodations:Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar)
 
DAY 8: MONTEREY/SAN FRANCISCO
Continue on a scenic coastal drive along the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco for our final evening. Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America’s most popular cities. Opt to catch a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle or set sail into the setting sun.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:Serrano Hotel (or similar)
 
DAY 9: SAN FRANCISCO
Depart at any time.
Meals Included:Breakfast
 
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation: Hotels (8 nts).
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Transport: Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking.
  • All national park fees
  • Death Valley NP visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What’s Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities
MY OWN ROOM

During your trip, sometimes it’s just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That’s why we offer the “My Own Room” option – a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $3,963

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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