9 Day California with Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National Park

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9 Day California with Lake Tahoe & Yosemite National Park
Eldorado Resort Casino Reno Reno, NV
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel South Lake Tahoe, CA
Yosemite View Lodge El Portal, CA
Hotel Pacific Monterey, CA
Hotel Zephyr San Francisco, CA

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Additional Information:
Passengers arriving to Reno should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 pm.

For arrival and departure on North America packages with US gateways, transfers are not included with Air & Land packages nor available on an optional basis. See Trip Preparation -> Arrival & Departure for more information regarding options to transfer to your hotel.


Accommodation Details:
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights Chicago-Reno, San Francisco-Chicago
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 8 nights accommodations
    • 1 night Reno
    • 2 nights South Lake Tahoe
    • 2 nights Yosemite Region
    • 1 night Monterey
    • 2 nights San Francisco
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 11 meals: 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Services of English-speaking local guides
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the historic mining town of Virginia City and step back in time to the Wild West
  • Embark on a scenic cruise of beautiful Lake Tahoe aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler
  • At Yosemite National Park, see the Bridalveil Falls and the El Capitan granite monolith
  • Drive along the scenic Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the "17 Mile Drive"
  • Escape to California's famous wine country, one of America's premier wine region

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking every touring day. The pace is moderate, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. During this tour, you may come into proximity of wild animals whose actions can be unpredictable. Certain inherent risks are involved which should be considered at your own discretion. Airport transfers are not included. Consider a taxi or shared ride service as the least expensive options. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Tuesday - Arrive in Reno
Arrive in Reno. Transfer independently to the hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the exciting journey that awaits you. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Reno

DAY 2, Wednesday - Virginia City, Trolley Tour, Ponderosa Mine, Travel to South Lake Tahoe
Depart Reno this morning and drive to the historic Virginia City. The town became a booming mining establishment overnight, with the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859. Take a narrated trolley tour of Virginia City and step back in time to the Wild West. View Victorian-era buildings, Old West saloons and learn about the town's history. After, visit the Ponderosa Mine, located in the heart of Virginia City's historic downtown. During your tour, view complete underground mine workings and displays featuring pieces of antique mining equipment. Later, drive to your hotel in South Lake Tahoe. This evening, gather together with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: South Lake Tahoe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Thursday - Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe Cruise
Morning drive to Emerald Bay, the jewel of Lake Tahoe’s natural sights. Its waters are a bright blue-green color, due to the shallowness of the bay and the remarkable clarity of the lake. Right in the middle of the bay, view the tiny Fannette Island, home to the lake’s only islet. Along the way, stop to admire the cascading waterfalls of Eagle Falls, lush green mountain scenery and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. Later, head to Zephyr Cove to embark on a scenic cruise of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Marvel at the alpine beauty of the surrounding area as you glide across the water aboard the M.S. Dixie II paddle wheeler. Afterward, return back to your hotel for time at leisure
Overnight: South Lake Tahoe
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Travel to Yosemite Region
Depart Lake Tahoe and head south towards Yosemite National Park. Awe-inspiring vistas await you on the drive through the Tioga Pass. At an elevation of 9,940 feet, it is the highest pass between Yosemite Valley and eastern California. Upon arrival at your hotel in Yosemite, spend the evening at leisure
Overnight: Yosemite Region
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Explore Yosemite National Park
Discover the rugged beauty of Yosemite National Park, best known for its magnificent natural attractions. You'll be welcomed to the Yosemite Valley by Bridalveil Falls, one of the park's most prominent waterfalls that thunders during springtime, but has a calm and swaying flow for the rest of the year. View El Capitan, a favorite for experienced rock climbers, the largest monolith of granite in the world, and Half Dome, the recognizable symbol of Yosemite that rises nearly 5000 feet above the Valley floor. Continue to Glacier Point, an overlook offering stunning views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite's high country. Later, return back to your hotel
Overnight: Yosemite Region
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - 17 Mile Drive, Carmel, Monterey
Today, depart Yosemite and drive past the rich farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley and the peaceful San Luis Reservoir. Later, travel along the breathtaking Monterey Bay Peninsula, known as the "17 Mile Drive", widely recognized as one of the most picturesque panoramas in the world. The famous coastal landmark runs from the dramatic Pacific coastline to the majestic Del Monte Forest with awe-inspiring vistas at every turn. Marvel at some of nature's treasures found along the drive including The Lone Cypress, one of California's best-known landmarks, and the Cypress Point Lookout. Continue on to the charming seaside town of Carmel, a haven for writers, artists, and celebrities. Afterward, arrive in stunning Monterey with its extraordinary coastline and check into your hotel
Overnight: Monterey
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Travel to San Francisco
A scenic drive this morning takes you to San Francisco. Upon arrival, spend free time to explore the city on your own. Perhaps, head to Fisherman's Wharf with its quirky shops, cafes and endless entertainment. Visit Ghirardelli Square and sample some delicious chocolate at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, the oldest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer in America. Tonight, discover the city's world-class restaurants
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Tuesday - Wine Country Tour
Today, escape to California's famous wine country. Depart San Francisco and travel north to Sonoma Valley, one of America's premier wine regions. Along the way, admire picturesque views of rolling hills and vineyards. Learn about the history of the area and the winemaking process. Viticulture in the region started when Spanish missionaries brought grapes over from Europe in the early 19th century. Tonight, bid goodbye to the "City by the Bay" at the Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: San Francisco
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Wednesday - Return Home
Transfer independently to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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My trip to Copper Canyon was wonderful. The bus ride was so scenic and Copper Canyon and San Carlos were just magical. I never imagined that Mexico was so beautiful. Our guide, Manuel, made the trip so special. He kept us informed about everything and taught us so much about the floral and fauna of Mexico. The train ride and the cable car ride into the canyon was the icing on the cake for this trip. The memories from this trip will be with me for a long time. Thank you Gate 1 for this special experience.

Penny H. Stone Mountain, GA
10 Day Canada with Toronto, French Quebec & Niagara Falls, September 2019
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Great coach tour, very organized with plenty of attractions. Tom was the best tour guide we have experienced. Your Company will find it hard to replace him! Betty is an excellent driver, often in difficult little streets to navigate as well. Always with a friendly manner, she is good fun. Hotels all good, great locations & amenities.

Peter & Mary D. Bentleigh, Australia
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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Our trip to Mexico and Copper Canyon was wonderful. Edel was a fabulous guide who is incredibly knowledgeable about everything we saw and did. He is a great tour manager who took care of all our needs seamlessly and way exceeded my expectations. I always felt secure with him in charge. This was the 4th Gate 1 trip for my husband and I, and we plan to take many more in the future.

Patricia K. Chapel Hill, NC
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, September 2019
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There are two things that make for a great trip beyond the itinerary: the weather and the tour manager. We were blessed with great weather but the greatest contribution was our manager, Edel. We have taken guided small-group trips with various companies over the years, with this trip being our second with Gate 1. All have been grand experiences, but this one stands out. Edel is the most personable, knowledgeable, caring person we have encountered. At every turn of the road, we would be introduced to local people, who were friends of Edel. This lead to experiences with indigenous people and facets of the varied Mexican cultures we may well have not otherwise experienced. Edel was totally organized throughout the tour, so his clients had no concerns but to soak in all the wonderful sensory inputs. We all left with gratitude, new understandings, and not a small sense of loss in leaving our new friend behind. We cannot say enough positive comments about Edel and Gate 1.

Bruce and Jan E. Deep River, CT
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, September 2019
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Our trip of the National Parks was phenomenal!! The sites were incredible and we wouldn’t have been able to see it all if we did not have an incredible driver. Taking a coach was the best decision as it allowed us to rest, view the landscape and interact. Our tour guide did a wonderful job of making sure we were informed.

Eleanor S. Washington, D.C.
9 Day Colonial Mexico, August 2019
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Fabulous! Our first time with Gate 1 and everything was well organized and thought out. The accommodations, food, and travel were excellent. Best of all, we had phenomenal tour guides. We are now huge Gate 1 fans and intend to try other trips in the near future. Thank you! Thank you!

Harry G. Austin, TX
8 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton, July 2019
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My trip to Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Tetons was great! Gigi, our tour manager was wonderful! She was very organized and made sure everything ran smoothly and on time. She provided excellent commentary and reference materials during the long bus rides. She cared about the comfort and well-being of the entire group. Being a former teacher, Gigi clearly states her expectations and does not sugar coat her words. She has a great sense of humor too! She played very appropriate music during our bus drives, which made the trips even more relaxing and enjoyable. Towards the end of the trip, on our way to Salt Lake City, she made a surprise stop for lunch at Bear Lake, Utah and recommended the Raspberry milkshake, which was absolutely awesome! I am looking forward to taking my younger daughter on this trip in the future and hope to have Gigi again as our tour manager! Thank you Gigi!! You’re awesome!!

Paromita T. Flagler Beach, FL
9 Day Canadian Rockies, July 2019
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Trip was very good. All accommodations were comfortable and offered good amenities. Tour bus was luxurious. Driver Patrick was flawless. Tour guide Andrea was awesome. She had covered and explained in great details about points to see, joking at many occasions. Waterton, Banff and Jasper were all worth visiting. Wish had more time to see city of Calgary. Weather was generally cooperative except on two occasions it rained. Will recommend to anyone without hesitation.

Ramesh C. Orland Park, IL
12 Day Classic Alaska with 7 Day Cruise, July 2019
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Our trip was really great! The accommodations were lovely, and the train ride was a wonderful way to see Alaska. Our tour guide did a terrific job, and we really enjoyed ourselves! We took lots of photos, were well fed, and met lots of nice people. I think my husband’s favorite piece of the trip was that train ride to Denali!! The cruise was also a great way to travel. Our staterooms were very very nice, especially the balcony for viewing glaciers. All of our excursions were very well done, and each of the towns in Alaska had plenty to offer ... We feel we got great value for the money spent on all aspects of our trip. And Gate 1 really delivered on a most enjoyable adventure! Thank you for all your assistance to us. We look forward to our next trip with your help!

Jane R. Brentwood, TN
9 Day Classic National Parks, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone & Grand Teton with the Badlands, July 2019
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GREAT, AWESOME and all the other wonderful descriptive words. The best tour guide ever, he was so very knowledgeable about the area. Never dreamed I was going to see what I got to see. The driver was also wonderful, he really could drive that route with ease, they need to be a permanent team. Cannot wait to take another trip and pray they are my guide and driver and I will have no worries.

Lavria S. Hammond, LA
14 Day Ultimate National Parks, July 2019
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Outstanding! Great parks, well planned itinerary, great hotels! The 14 day Ultimate National Parks Tour is a great way to experience our National Parks and see beautiful area of the USA! Our Tour Manager Leslie was knowledgeable, professional, organized and show us much more than we could have ever expected. Our driver Trevor was the best! This was our first experience with Gate 1 and were very pleased. We highly recommend Gate 1 and will definitely travel again with Gate 1!

Jim & Ellen F. Belford, NJ
9 Day Canada with Toronto, French Quebec & Niagara Falls, July 2019
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The trip was very nice and covered a lot of places. Our guide Sandra and driver Betty were terrific. Did above and beyond. Little surprise tastings every day on the bus. The transfers went smoothly and the hotel locations were really handy to everything. I was traveling alone and felt included. This was my first experience with Gate 1. My friend and I have booked a trip next year with you folks to Southeast Asia. I hope that trip is as good as this one was!

Solange Q. Port Orange, FL
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Our trip was fantastic!!! Andrea is the best!!! We have been in several Gate 1 tours... and Andrea is the BEST! She made the Canadian Rockies come alive!!!

Robin C. Rock Hill, SC
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Our trip was great! We had the best tour director Timothy who was very knowledgeable, organized and passionate. We loved all the information that he shared with us along the trip, we really appreciated the extra material such us maps, games, videos, and trivia that made the trip more enjoyable. He also gave us options during our leisure time that were very helpful. Our driver Eric was also very kind and helpful all the time. The hotels were nice a very good located. And the welcome & farewell dinner perfect!

Maria R. Quito, Ecuador
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We had a wonderful time. Our highlight was going to see bears in their natural habitat.

Pen D. Maitland, FL
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This trip was great, Gary was so great, humorous and knowledgeable. We didn’t know what to expect but we’re still in awe of the experience. From our arrival to departure not a flaw or problem. Schedule was great as well as pace. Lake Louise was beautiful as expected, but other lakes were another nice surprise. Gary took us to some nice side scenery. All travelers (23) was a good number and group.

Walter B. Beecher, IL
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The trip was great. We had so much fun. Tour guide and driver were wonderful. They made half the trip so great!! Looking forward to our next adventure in Morocco. Thanks for all your help Gate 1.

Rosina N. Lanoka Harbor, NJ
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It was pretty darn perfect. Great guide, bus driver and itinerary. We had a sunny day in Denali for viewing the mountain and wildlife. My third trip to Alaska...have visited friends in Juneau and Sitka...and I finally feel I have seen the real Alaska. Eagles, humpback and Orca whales, sea otters, puffins, caribou, mountain goats, sea lions, bears, Dall sheep and moose with beautiful mountains everywhere I looked. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

Corinne Z. Oakdale, CT
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My trip was wonderful. The itinerary was great. I really enjoyed St. Augustine, Beaufort, Savannah and Charleston. The accommodations were good and the sites we saw were very interesting. Gate 1 Travel does a nice job! Gigi and Henry were the best.

Mary D. El Cajon, CA
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The trip was outstanding! The real unexpected gem was the Frogmore Plantation visit. A great combination of past and present cotton commerce, history of the south and slavery, and musical interpretation. We will be on another Gate 1 tour again, for sure!

Edward L. Media, PA
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The trip was great and Dani as a guide was great also. Always wanted to start seeing more states plus other countries and after 5 trips we are going to stick with Gate 1 and book more trips soon. We learned a lot about New Mexico, Indian pueblos, nuclear creations and art. Great hotels always also.

Brian M. Lehigh Acres, FL
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In one word, I will say, “AWESOME “ Words cannot describe the places we’ve been to, e.g., Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, etc. Even a professional photographer can’t capture the beauty of the sites. You just have to enjoy them while you’re there. Camaraderie between the group was great— seemed like we’ve known each other for a while. Accommodations were very nice. Kudos for both Muriel (Tour Guide) and the driver — for a “Job Well Done.” Hope to have the same experience again, the next time around with Gate 1.

Antonio and Divina D. Sugar Land, TX
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Madeline C. Passaic, NJ
8 Day Texas: The Lone Star State, March 2019
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Wonderful! My husband and I enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide Dani and driver Doug are two wonderful people!

Maria M. Lakeland, TN
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was great. Very impressive of the boat ride at Marina San Carlos, and the train ride from El Fuerte to Posada Barrancas and the two day visit at the Copper Canyon. I learned a lot of Tarahumaras people and their community. The Mexican food was very tasty. It was a very good trip arrangement. Thanks again to Gate 1 for providing high quality, and affordable trips. I really enjoyed it.

Greta L. Tallahassee, FL
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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We had a wonderful trip to Mexico. We have taken about 10 Gate 1 tours and liked them all. Our tour manager, Douglas, made this trip special. He is knowledgeable and careful with details to make sure that all of us were pleased. He has a great personality and went out of his way to get to know all of us on the tour, providing us with little extras to make us feel welcome and valued. I can't say enough to praise Douglas. He is a real asset to Gate 1, which he praises regularly, telling us about his training and how Gate 1 goes to great lengths to make sure the meals and accommodations are the best possible. I want to mention Panchito, our bus driver, also. He is a cheerful person and a highly skilled bus driver. We were all impressed by how he was able to maneuver the bus in tight quarters and keep us all safe.

Kathryn R. Fallon, NV
6 Day Alaska with Northern Lights, February 2019
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Our trip was wonderful and our tour guide, Ashley, was the absolute best!! We've been on many tours, not only with Gate 1, and Ashley was the best tour director we've ever encountered. Competent, personable, friendly, courteous, organized, helpful, and knowledgeable. She was always willing to go the extra mile for each of us. I will actually miss her very much!! She made each one of us feel extremely important. Thank you, Ashley, and thank you, Gate 1!! We'll be back! :)

Barbara V. Amelia Courthouse, VA
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson, February 2019
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The trip was wonderful. We were so fortunate to have Raul, the perfect guide! He obviously was so pleased to know we were enjoying ourselves, and we could totally depend on him to look after us. Very sincere, so knowledgeable. I’ve been to Mexico many times, but this was the first time I experienced the range of socioeconomic citizens and learned so much about the history of the country.

Judith S. Langley City, Canada
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Our trip was wonderful! I loved every minute. The tour guide was thoughtful and friendly. And New Orleans was everything I thought it would be! I really enjoyed this trip.

Renee G. Phoenix, AZ
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson with Chihuahua, October 2018
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The trip was very good and our guide, Mr. Douglas did an excellent job. He was very knowledgeable, funny and provided all the important information on arrival. His knowledge of the area was most helpful and we had a great time. I have already recommended this trip to few of my friends who did not make it this time.

Laxmichand S. Schaumburg, IL
10 Day Copper Canyon: Mexico & Tucson with Chihuahua, October 2018
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We had the best time...The tour guide Edel was very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful and overall a great guy...The bus driver Panchito as well was a real professional..We felt very safe traveling through Mexico with him as our driver...Visiting the Copper Canyon is truly a highlight of this vacation..We made new friends, enjoyed the food we ate and took lots of pictures to enhance our memories of this fabulous trip...Thank you for making this excursion possible Gate 1!

Joyce O. Carmichael, CA