Northern California Uncovered

San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite and Carmel

From $6000 per person in low season
From $8200 per person in high season

based on 12 nights & selected experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

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  • Accommodation

  • Car rental

  • Private transfer on arrival

  • Napa Valley guided Sip and Cycle experience

  • Private guided hiking in Yosemite National Park

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  • Combine time on the coast with days exploring Napa's wine region and Yosemite National Park

  • California's climate is warm and sunny from April to September, making it an ideal summer or Easter break

  • Enjoy road trip freedom, stopping off at small towns and big sights along the way

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California is an all-year round destination but this road trip is best from Easter through to Fall. Spring time sees wonderful flower displays and the water is flowing from the falls in Yosemite; in the summer there are a host of watersports to be tried at the beach; and autumn brings harvest bounty and temperatures are usually still balmy. The fog is present mostly in May and June, but usually burns off by lunchtime.

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If you have more time, add another week to visit the beaches of Santa Barbara and Santa Monica.

Cycle across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausolito and take the ferry back to San Francisco - a great way to spend an afternoon.

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation.


Road trip through Northern California on an action-packed family adventure ideal for Easter or summer vacations. Sightsee in San Francisco, hot air balloon & bike in Napa, horse-ride & hike in Yosemite National Park and whale-watch & unwind in Carmel.

  1. Days 1-4: California

    Spend three days riding the historic trams up and down the rolling streets of San Francisco, sampling Italian foodie treats on the North Beach and hiring bikes to cycle across the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito. Visit the City Lights book store, founded by Jack Kerouac whose book, On the Road has inspired countless American road trips since the 1950s. Or if you have younger children, head to the Fisherman's Wharf to see the sea lions or go sailing in the harbor, or enjoy a more high-speed trip on the Bay Voyager rib. 

    Accommodation: Hotel Vitale (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-7: California

    Begin your own road trip out to the nearby Napa Valley, famed for its vineyards and fine food. You'll be staying at the beautiful Carneros Resort where there are endless ways to spend your days, from hiking and mountain biking to horse riding, spa treatments and golf. There are child-friendly activities on offer, allowing parents a bit of time to indulge in the fine wines in the area. 

    Accommodation: Carneros Resort and Spa (3 nights)

  3. Days 7-10: California

    Your next stop is Yosemite National Park, with towering granite cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, giant sequoias and pretty valleys. Spend a few days here exploring numerous hiking trails on foot, mountain biking or zip lining. You'll stay in your own private log cabin deep in the woods, where you can rustle up a barbecue on your deck after a day's adventures. 

    Accommodation: The Redwoods in Yosemite (3 nights)

  4. Days 10-13: California

    Finally head south to Bernardus Lodge near Monterey, a mecca for outdoor activities. Whether you want to sail or surf, play a round on a championship golf course, mountain bike, hike or explore the area on horseback, there's plenty here to entertain you. After your three days at Bernardus Lodge you'll drive back to San Francisco for your flight home.

    Accommodation: Bernardus Lodge & Spa (3 nights)


San Francisco, Napa Valley, Yosemite and Carmel

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