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Golden Gate Holiday

 


One departure only
September 6 - 14, 2011
9-Days from $2,395. pp


DAY
Day 1
ARRIVE SALT LAKE CITY
  Guests arrive in Salt Lake City and are transferred to the elegant Little America Hotel with the balance of the evening at leisure. The hotel is in the heart of downtown.
Day 2 SALT LAKE CITY-THE GREAT WESTERN LIMITED BD
  All morning to sleep in with a midday sightseeing tour of this lovely City with the afternoon at leisure with plenty of time for taking in the Mormon Temple and its fascinating museum. Tonight is our casual Welcome dinner at the Little America Hotel and since we do not depart until 10pm for the special train, our rooms are available for relaxing in until our 10pm departure. Upon boarding the train, we enjoy a second dessert as we roll west in great style over the Union Pacific Railroad. Tonight, comfortable beds with soft pillows await.
Day 3 THE NAPA VALLEY
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  Morning finds us passing through Reno and beginning our ascent of the Sierra Nevada Mountains with brunch served as we travel past Donner Lake. This is the storied route carved out of sheer rock by Chinese workers for the original Central Pacific Railroad and every mile is tinged with history of this epic achievement. Later today, we pass Sacramento and disembark in Martinez for the very short drive to Napa where luxury accommodations await at the River Terrace Inn. Evening at leisure. B
Day 4 THE NAPA VALLEY
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  We have left the morning free for you to explore quaint downtown Napa and at midday we board the famed Napa Valley Wine Train for a pretty ride through the Napa Valley with lunch en route in the elegant dining car before we stop for a winery tour, with tasting. We reboard the train and are back in Napa in late afternoon with a special dinner awaiting. Overnight at the River Terrace Inn.
Day 5 SAUSALITO & SAN FRANCISCO
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  Another magical day as we depart Napa and drive to San Francisco, stopping en route in enchanting Sausalito with time for lunch in this amazing setting. We arrive at the Hilton at Fisherman’s Wharf this afternoon with all evening free to enjoy ‘Everybody’s Favorite City’. We have intentionally left the evening free.
Day 6 SAN FRANCISCO
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  An entire free day to enjoy the City by the Bay is perhaps the ultimate luxury and we have included two helpful ingredients for this, a cable car ride ‘Halfway to the Stars’ and a casual dinner tonight at a typical North Beach Italian restaurant. The rest of the day can be spent visiting Chinatown, Union Square for great shopping, the wonderfully redone Ferry Building or Alcatraz. Overnight at the Hilton.
Day 7 YOSEMITE-SAN FRANCISCO
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  One of the wonders of the world is Yosemite and words do not do justice to this extraordinary valley. While many tours offer an endless day by bus, our guests travel round-trip to Merced by train for the shorter scenic drive along the Merced River into Yosemite Valley where we enjoy a tour of the Valley floor including views of El Capital and Bridal Veil Falls. You will want to have your camera ready. We return to San Francisco quite late this evening. B
Day 8 SAN FRANCISCO
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  Our final full day to enjoy San Francisco and we have included a bay cruise today that passes under the Golden Gate Bridge, a great opportunity for photos. We have left the afternoon at leisure, with time to perhaps visit the Palace of Fine Arts, the new Museum of Modern Art or the nearby Marina district. Tonight is our special Farewell Dinner overlooking the Bay. A final night at the Hilton.
Day 9 HOMEWARD
  Guests depart for home today by air or train or may extend their holiday, even taking in Southern California if they like.

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