National Geographic Journeys: Natural Highlights of California (NUCNG)
Countries Visited: United States All the adventure you want, with a softer landing Handpicked, character-rich accommodations with upgraded amenities services Upgraded and private transport, including flights to maximize time More included meals, activities and transfers
Trip Style: Information Not available
Service Level: Upgraded
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 15, Avg 12.
Meals Included: 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Immerse yourself in the stark beauty of Death Valley, cross the stunning Sierra Nevada mountains, explore world-famous Yosemite National Park, marvel at ancient trees in Sequoia National Park, go behind the scenes at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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 Yosemites awe-inspiring panorama of granite domes, this adventure covers a lot of ground - and almost every type of terrain imaginable.
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|Day 1||Las Vegas||Day 1 Las Vegas|
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. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK||Day 2 Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park (1B)|
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. Additional Notes: Expect high temperatures of 100øF to over 120øF (38øC to over 49øC). Drink plenty of water and carry extra supplies. Avoid hiking at mid-day. Included Activities: Death Valley National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 230km)
|Day 3||Yosemite National Park||Day 3 Death Valley National Park/Yosemite National Park (1B, 1D)|
Surrounded by peaks which soar more than 14,000 ft (4,593m) in elevation, Bishop, one of "Americas Coolest Mountain Towns." Travel via the Tioga Pass viewing Mono Lake and the Tufa Towers on the way. Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Tioga Pass Drive Transport: Private Vehicle (8.00-10.00 hours)
|Day 4||Yosemite National Park||Day 4 Yosemite National Park (1B)|
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. Included Activities: Yosemite National Park Visit Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 5||Sequoia National Park||Day 5 Yosemite National Park/Sequoia National Park (1B)|
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). Additional Notes: 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. Included Activities: Sequoia NP Hike Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing Transport: Private Vehicle (2.50-3.00 hours, 222km)
|Day 6||Monterey||Day 6 Sequoia National Park/Monterey (1B, 1D)|
Time and conditions permitting, we will try to make a stop to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. Transport: Private Van with Wi-fi (10.00-12.00 hours)
|Day 7||Monterey||Day 7 Monterey (1B)|
Go behind the scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on an experience customized for Journeys travellers. Get an inside look at the inner workings of the facility and learn about sea otters, kelp and all the marine life that call the Aquarium home. After, enjoy a free afternoon, opt to explore the Bay, or wander historic Fishermans Wharf and Cannery Row. Included Activities: Monterey Aquarium Exclusive
|Day 8||San Francisco||Day 8 Monterey/San Francisco (1B)|
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 Americas 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. Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 227km)
|Day 9||San Francisco||Day 9 San Francisco (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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