Las Vegas to San Francisco

9 days from 2,235pp

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.
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9 days Las Vegas to San Francisco

From 2,235 per person

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Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

 

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

 

Physical Rating: 3 – Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

 

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 12.

 

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Day 1: Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities today until the evening welcome meeting, so check out the strip or get tickets to a show for this evening.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h19:00

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

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.

Drive through the spectacular landscape of Death Valley. Visit Badwater Basin, the lowest, hottest, driest point in North America that sits 282 feet below sea level.

Expect high temperatures of 100°F to over 120°F (38°C to over 49°C). Drink plenty of water and carry extra supplies. Avoid hiking at mid-day.

Private Vehicle
Las Vegas – Death Valley National Park2h30m-3h230km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Death Valley National Park Visit
Death Valley

The Death Valley is one of America’s most extreme locations – from sand dunes and desert, to badlands, towering peaks, and a basin that actually registers below sea-level, this is sure to be an unforgettable stop. Hottest. Driest. Lowest. There’s a bit of everything here on the border of California and Nevada.

Accommodation

Furnace Creek Ranch (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

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, along the famed Tioga Pass. Arrive into the Yosemite area by evening.

Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of “America’s Coolest Mountain Towns.” Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way.

We intend on using the Tioga Pass (weather dependent), a scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range that connects Bishop with Yosemite NP. The status of the road is monitored daily, and our travel plan for the area will be confirmed during the trip.

Private Vehicle
Death Valley National Park – Yosemite National Park8h-10h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Tioga Pass Drive
Tioga Pass2h-4h

Take this scenic route through the Sierra Nevada mountain range connecting Bishop with the Yosemite Valley floor. Pass by lakes, meadows, and groves, and keep your eyes peeled for wildlife along the way.

Accommodation

Pines Inn Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

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 among pristine groves in Yosemite.

Yosemite National Park Visit
Yosemite National Park1h-8h

Picturesque valleys, vast wilderness, powerful waterfalls, elusive wildlife, ancient sequoias and more than 16 types of granite make up this internationally recognized national park. Hike the trails, get up close to ancient rock formations and take panoramic photos of this gorgeous landscape. Keep an eye out for black bears, deer, and coyotes.

Private Vehicle
Yosemite National Park

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

Pines Inn Resort (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

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 and enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail. 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).

In cases where the night sky is cloudy, we will replace the star gazing activity with a nighttime nature walk in the National Park. Embark on a one-mile walk to experience the dramatic changes of the soundscapes and nocturnal biodiversity of the area. This engaging walk will awaken awareness and provide an in-depth experience of Sequoia’s nocturnal plants and animals.

Private Vehicle
Yosemite National Park – Sequoia National Park2h30m-3h222km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia NP Hike

Walk through California’s Sequoia National Park with a naturalist from Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Over 2.5 hours, learn about these impressive giant trees – some so big, they have names. The one called General Sherman is the largest known living single-stem tree on the planet. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the trail and then drive to Big Tree Trail for an afternoon hike. In 1916, National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees in the heart of the park to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. Keep your eyes on the lookout for the plaque commemorating the important work the National Geographic Society has done in protecting this treasure of a national park.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing

The night sky above Sequoia National Park offers one of California’s most dazzling opportunities for stargazing, due to minimal light pollution and a higher altitude. Peer upward alongside an astronomy expert from the park who’ll discuss the constellations, planets, and stars that fill the twinkling sky. (Weather permitting, of course.) G. H. Grovesnor, first full-time editor of National Geographic magazine, first fell in love with national parks while observing the stars here in Sequoia NP. Thanks to his subsequent involvement in the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, we’re still able today to enjoy one of the most impressive dark skies above the Sierra.

Accommodation

Wuksachi Lodge (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

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.

Time and conditions permitting, we will try to make a stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery.

Private Van with Wi-fi
Sequoia National Park – Monterey10h-12h

Stretch out, unwind, and check your messages aboard our private, wi-fi-equipped ride.

Accommodation

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Monterey

Visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium on a tour specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of this 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.

National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive

Visit this world-renowned aquarium on an experience specially arranged for National Geographic Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the workings of the facility and learn about sea otters, kelp and all the marine life that call the Aquarium home. Learn how the Aquarium’s mission aligns with that of National Geographic in efforts to better understand and properly protect marine life. A special experience for every type of traveller.

Free Time
Monterey Afternoon

Don’t waste any time – get out and explore.

Optional Activities – Day 7

Whale Watching
Monterey Bay

45USD per person

Accommodation

Casa Munras Garden Hotel & Spa (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

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 take a cable car ride over the steep hills, explore the city by bicycle, or embark on a boat ride into the setting sun.

Private Vehicle
Monterey – San Francisco3h30m-4h227km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time
San Francisco Afternoon

Enjoy free time to discover San Fran!

Accommodation

Hotel Spero (formerly Hotel Serrano) (or similar)

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9: San Francisco

Depart at any time.

Departure Day

Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

What’s Included

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia NP Hike, Sequoia National Park
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive, Monterey
  • All national park fees
  • Yosemite NP excursion
  • Death Valley NP visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

This adventure boasts vans fitted with wi-fi for up to five users at a time. Check your email, upload a photo to Facebook, or send a tweet to your friends.

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Allow USD400-520 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

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