CALIFORNIA COAST, CULTURE & CUISINE
Exploring "The American Mediterranean"
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Prices are set per person, per double occupancy, and do not include airfare, travel insurance or gratuities. Please contact us for an exact quote.
April 19-25, 2020
PRIVATE GROUP DATES
Best in March, April, May & June
TRIP LENGTH & GROUP SIZE
7 days, 6 nights; 4-14 guests
Easy to Moderate
Explore the San Francisco Bay and Monterey Bay areas and discover their rich natural, political and cultural histories
Hike some of Northern California’s most beautiful natural landscapes: Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore, Jack London State Park, and Big Sur
Walk the Sonoma Plaza, tour the Mission of San Francisco de Solano and its neighboring barracks, and learn Sonoma’s role in California state history
Savor wine from California’s oldest winery, taste locally made olive oil and cheese, and feast on freshly harvested oysters
Discover the places that inspired authors John Muir, Jack London and John Steinbeck
ABOUT YOUR EXPEDITION
California Coast, Culture & Cuisine: Exploring "The American Mediterranean"
California’s San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas are blessed with diverse landscapes and temperate microclimates, fascinating history, and world-class food and wine. Known as “The American Mediterranean,” they boast several large metropolitan areas, small rural towns, national and state parks, countless vineyards, and immense spans of permanently protected pastoral lands. All of these highlights make the area a must-see destination for nature and culture lovers alike.
Starting and ending in San Francisco, this unique tour explores three of Northern California’s most beautiful counties: Marin, Sonoma and Monterey—picturesque areas, rich in natural, political, and cultural history. Begin your adventure with a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, where you’ll hike under the canopy of the tallest trees on earth and along the wild coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore. Continue to the small-town city of Sonoma, the heart of Sonoma County, to learn its important place in California history, taste wine at California’s first winery, and wander Jack London’s idyllic estate. Next, travel south to Monterey to discover incredible marine wildlife, walk along Cannery Row, and hike spectacular coastline along the northern reaches of Big Sur before returning to San Francisco for your flight home.
At the end of each action-packed day, delight in comfortable, well-situated hotels and inns, delicious farm-to-table restaurants, and fabulous local wines and beers. With two nights in each county, you’ll get a broad perspective of coastal California while enjoying rich historical tours, daily 3-to-5-mile moderate hikes, and culinary and wine-tasting experiences to inspire your palate. For those who appreciate both the finer and the wilder things in life, this is one trip you won’t want to miss!
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