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Trains, Wineries and Treasures of Northern California
Featuring San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley Wine Trains
October 14-22, 2012
9 days/8 nights
$2999
 

Experience the city of San Francisco during a city tour and dinner overlooking the bay.  Journey on a splendidly restored Pullman car as you travel through picturesque Napa Valley.  Enjoy the incredible beauty of Yosemite National Park.  Glide along the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe as you marvel at the inspiring scenery.


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Day 1 - COMMUNITY OF INDEPENDENCE/WILMINGTONE CITY
Transfer to Philadelphia Airport to board your flight to San Francisco, "City by the Bay."  take in a fabulous view this evening as you dine at Fisherman's Wharf overlooking the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. 
Meals D
MARRIOTT AT FISHERMAN'S WHARF

Day 2 - SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING/AFTERNOON AT LEISURE
Golden Gate BridgeYour morning guided tour highlights the Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Fisherman's Wharf and more.  This afternoon hop on a cable car for a ride to Union Square, center of the city.  Dine at leisure tonight at one of many fine restaurants. 
Meals B
MARRIOTT AT FISHERMAN'S WHARF

Day 3 - SAN FRANCISCO/SONORA
Your morning is at leisure before traveling east through central California to Sonora.  In its gold rush heyday, Sonora was the cosmopolitan city of 1848, attracting people from all over the world.  Meals B
SONORA OAKS INN

Day 4 - SONORA/YOSEMITE/SONORA
A marvelous drive into the Sierra Nevada Mountains running 70 miles east to west across California.  These mountains feature three National Parks including Yosemite, plus Lake Tahoe, and Mount Whitney, highest point in the lower 48 states.  We'll tour through Yosemite's amazing waterfalls, deep valleys, Alpine meadows and pristine wilderness.  Meals BD
SONORA OAKS INN

Day 5 - SONORA/JAMESTOWN/SONORA
Travel to Jamestown to visit Railtown, a 1897 historic state park featuring turn-of-the century locomotives and railcars.  High Noon, The Virginian and Petticoat Junction were filmed here.  Arrive in Sacramento for a panoramic tour including Governor's Mansion where Ronald Reagan once resided, and the State Capitol Building.  Old Sacramento's historic district will show you gold rush-era buildings, wooden sidewalks, cobblestone streets and antique gas lamps when the "49ers" flocked here by the thousands during the California Gold Rush.  A fine dining experience this evening on the Delta King, an authentic 285 foot riverboat stationary restaurant on the Sacramento River.  Meals BD
HOLIDAY INN or similar

Day 6 - SACRAMENTO/LAKE TAHOE/SACRAMENTO
Continue through the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the resort gambling town of Lake Tahoe.  On arrival, enjoy a narrated cruise of spectacular Lake Tahoe aboard the MS Dixie II paddle wheeler.  Later, make a visit to a nearby casino to try your luck or explore the shops before returning to Sacramento.  Meals B
HOLIDAY INN or similar

Day 7 - SACRAMENTO/SONOMA/SANTA ROSA
A visit to Sacramento is never complete without a stop at the California State Railroad Museum, considered to be one of the best railroad museums in the United States.  Enjoy the detailed exhibits and the many historic stories told by your guide.  Later take a short drive into Sonoma County, home to one of California's most fertile wine-growing regions.  special stops will be made for a local winery tour and tasting and at an olive oil press to sample many types of fresh olive oil.  Meals B
FOUNTAINGROVE INN

Day 8 - SANTA ROSA/NAPA VALLEY/SANTA ROSA
An exciting day as we travel in the famed Napa Valley for wine tasting before boarding the elegant Napa Valley Wine Train.  Sit back and relax as the incredible scenery, famous vineyards, and a delicious meal complete the luxurious atmosphere.  Return to Santa Rosa where tonight you'll enjoy a farewell dinner complete with local California wine.  Meals BLD
FOUNTAINGROVE INN

Day 9 - SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT/HOME
Morning transfer to the airport for our return flight to Philadelphia where transportation will be waiting to return to Wilmington and Independence.  Meals B

Tour inclusions:
Roundtrip transportation from the community of Independence and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport with minimum of 20 passengers  *  Roundtrip air Philadelphia/San Francisco/ Philadelphia  *  Air taxes and fees (subject to change until ticketed)  *  Hotel accommodations for 8 nights based on double occupancy  *  Admissions to all sightseeing as per itinerary  *  13 meals include breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 4 dinners  *  Taxes and gratuities for hotels, included meals, luggage handling at hotels  *  Services of a Collette Vacations Tour Manager  *  Services of an accompanying Tour Director from 4 Seasons Tours and Travel with a minimum of 20 passengers.

Not included:
Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, faxes, Internet charges.

  Conditions:
Reservation deposit $250 due with each reservation no later than June 14, 2012.
Balance due August 1, 2012.
Cancellations:  $250 deposit refundable until June 14, 2012.  Insurance of $165 per person allows you to cancel for any reason until the day of departure.  Insurance payment must accompany your deposit.
Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended and available through 4 Seasons Tours and Travel.

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Hotels/Great Locations

Nights 1 and 2
Marriott at Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, CA

Nights 3 and 4
Sonora Oaks Inn
Sonora, CA

Nights 5 and 6
Holiday Inn or similar
Sacramento, CA

Nights 7 and 8
Fountaingrove Inn
Santa Rosa, CA

MS Dixie II Paddle WheelerRailtown 1897 State Park
Napa Valley Wine Train