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Natural Highlights of California

9 days, Las Vegas to San Francisco

Marvel at the natural splendor of California as you delve deep into its incredible national parks. Gaze up at 100-foot-tall sand dunes and the towering trees of Sequoia National Park. Be surprised by the abundance of life that flourishes amid the depths of Death Valley, spot glacial erratics in Yosemite Valley, and watch for endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep roaming the Great Western Divide. Bookend the adventure amid the glitz of Las Vegas and the cultural vibrancy of San Francisco.

9 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

From$25299HKD
Valid on Jul 12 2022
Trip Code: NUCNG

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Marvel at the natural splendor of California as you delve deep into its incredible national parks. Gaze up at 100-foot-tall sand dunes and the towering trees of Sequoia National Park. Be surprised by the abundance of life that flourishes amid the depths of Death Valley, spot glacial erratics in Yosemite Valley, and watch for endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep roaming the Great Western Divide. Bookend the adventure amid the glitz of Las Vegas and the cultural vibrancy of San Francisco.

Is this tour for me?

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 13, Avg 11.

Age requirement: 12+

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

Visa Requirements

9 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco

From$25299HKD
Valid on Jul 12 2022
Trip Code: NUCNG

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

Creating ripples that change lives

The Ripple Score is an honest evaluation of how often we use local businesses and services to create each tour. With this score you can see the percentage of our local expenses that stay in the communities you visit. Learn more

Ripple Score

60

Map of the route for Natural Highlights of California

Places visited

  • United States
Itinerary Notes

There are new Health & Safety Protocols for National Geographic Journeys tours. Please see here for full details and up-to-date requirements as they may change.

Itinerary

Day 1Las Vegas

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Las Vegas/Death Valley National Park

Enjoy a scenic drive through the desert to Death Valley National Park—the lowest, hottest, and driest place in North America. Experience the extremes of this landscape as you pass through the multi-hued badlands of Twenty Mule Team Canyon, take a break to listen to the eroded rock salt at the craggy Devils Golf Course, and descend into Badwater Basin, cradled 282 feet below sea level. Cap off the day at Zabriskie Point as the sun sets over the distinctive Furnace Creek formation.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 3Death Valley National Park/Sequoia National Park

Begin the day searching for animal tracks amid the otherworldly landscape of Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, where shifting sands soar up to 100 feet high. Then discover Father Crowley Vista Point, where an easy hike offers an epic payoff: a sweeping view over Rainbow Canyon and Panamint Valley. Keep an eye out for fighter jets practicing between the cliffs. Continue around the Sierra Nevada mountains to California’s Sequoia National Park.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Sequoia National Park

Enjoy a full day to explore the legendary trees of Sequoia National Park. Walk in the shadow of its formidable giants—including General Sherman, the planet’s largest known living single-stem tree—alongside a naturalist from Sequoia Parks Conservancy. On an afternoon hike along Big Tree Trail, hear how, in 1916, National Geographic deeded tracts of giant trees here to the National Parks Service for safekeeping. This evening, return to the park for an evening of stargazing with a local expert; or, if skies are cloudy, set out on a nighttime walk to witness nocturnal life.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Sequoia National Park Naturalist Hike| Your Journeys Highlight Moment Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Sequoia National Park/Kings Canyon National Park

Embark on a spectacular drive, watching as the scenery changes from towering sequoias to one of the deepest canyons in the United States. On a journey from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove, be awed by the glacially carved Kings Canyon, and keep an eye out for the endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and other majestic wildlife.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Kings Canyon National Park/Yosemite National Park

Head north through the Sierras to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park, a natural wonderland of picturesque valleys and ancient granite formations. Stop at the trailhead to Sentinel Dome and climb to the pinnacle for a picnic lunch and breathtaking 360-degree views of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Or, go on a hike in the old-growth forest of Mariposa Grove. Continue to Glacier Point for another dramatic vista—and a closer view at iconic Half Dome.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Yosemite National Park

This morning, join a Yosemite Conservancy naturalist on a guided excursion around the park, gaining an insider’s perspective on the human, natural, and geological history of the region. Hike through the heart of Yosemite while hearing about its flora and fauna, and learn how this rugged backcountry became the U.S.’s first protected state park in 1864—and, with the help of John Muir, a national park in 1890. Enjoy the rest of the day on your own; choose your own adventure amid majestic waterfalls, crystal-clear lakes, lush meadows, and pristine groves. Keep an eye out for glacial erratics, rock climbers, and a diversity of wildlife. Opt to visit the Ansel Adams Studio or relax by the river with Half Dome as the backdrop.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Yosemite Naturalist Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Yosemite National Park/San Francisco

Pass through the Central Valley of California, stopping at a local farm stand to sample some of the region's best produce. Drive over the Bay Bridge on the way into one of America's most vibrant cities, San Francisco. Settle into the hotel before heading out on a CEO-led guided driving tour of the city. Take in the epic view from atop Twin Peaks, walk across a portion of the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, and stroll past the Painted Ladies—a “postcard row” of Victorian houses that stand as symbols of the city. This evening, consider joining an optional sunset sail in the San Francisco Bay, departing from Fisherman’s Wharf to glide past notorious Alcatraz Island and underneath the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9San Francisco

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia National Park Naturalist Hike, Sequoia National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Sequoia Parks Conservancy Stargazing, Sequoia National Park
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Yosemite Naturalist Experience, Yosemite National Park
  • All national park fees
  • Death Valley National Park visit
  • Sequoia National Park visit
  • Kings Canyon National Park visit
  • Yosemite National Park visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Allow USD475-620 for meals not included.

Transportation

Air-conditioned private vehicle, hiking, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

Sunset Sailing – San Francisco - From $469.00

Board a catamaran and set sail into the setting sun around San Francisco Bay. Take in views of the iconic skyline, breeze past infamous Alcatraz Island, and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. If you haven't fallen in love with San Fran yet, this should do the trick.

My Own Room - From $9629.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Natural Highlights of California

| 9 days - Las Vegas to San Francisco - from $25299 HKD