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TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Hear insider stories about Yosemite National Park in filmed narratives produced exclusively for Tauck by filmmaker Ken Burns


Tauck Value Includes


All gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides & drivers


Enjoy a private cruise along San Francisco Bay, the “golden gateway” to the Pacific Ocean, by catamaran


Discover San Francisco's diverse city neighborhoods from Chinatown to Coit Tower


Go on a walk on the Golden Gate Bridge


Enjoy a privately guided visit to Glacier Point overlooking the wonders of Yosemite National Park



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World Travel. Family Discovery.

Our California family tours take you from the Golden State's shining seas to national park treasures as you explore San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and the Monterey Peninsula together.

Tauck brings you behind the scenes with filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan – creators of The National Parks: America's Best Idea – who share personal stories of the dreamers, visionaries, and unsung heroes who shaped the preservation of Yosemite. Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and discover "the city by the bay" from a hotel in the heart of it all at Union Square. Go back to the Gold Rush era, then see cutting-edge energy technology for the 21st century. You'll be awed by Yosemite... and the awesome activities you'll enjoy in and around the park, including a moonlit dinner train ride in Sierra National Forest. On the Monterey Peninsula, go behind-the-scenes at the amazing Monterey Bay Aquarium and choose a walking tour of Old Monterey, a bike ride or a kayak adventure. It's all part of our unforgettable California family tours from Tauck Bridges!

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Cruising by private catamaran on San Francisco Bay

Day 2

Who's that sailing on San Francisco Bay?

When it opened for business back in 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge – which links the city of San Francisco with California’s Marin County across San Francisco Bay – was both the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world. Although it no longer holds those records today, this beautiful structure is still a pretty big deal, and officially ranks among the “Wonders of the Modern World.” And just think… you and your family will take a walk across it. But first, you’ll do something just as cool… sail underneath the Golden Gate Bridge on a private catamaran cruise on San Francisco Bay... feeling the wind in your hair as you take in the sights from the water… including infamous Alcatraz Island, once home to an “escape-proof” Federal prison.

Trek up to Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

Day 4

Overlooking Yosemite's treasures from Glacier Point

You’re on top of the world at Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park, which your family will visit with a National Park Service guide. The view from up here might be the most famous on the planet – offering a stirring panorama including the Yosemite Valley, America’s tallest waterfall, Yosemite’s high country, famous Half Dome and a parade of glacier-formed peaks. And you’re standing where history was made… because on this very spot in 1903, conservationist John Muir stood with Teddy Roosevelt during a private tour of the area that persuaded the President that Yosemite should be protected as a national park.

The Aquarium & seaside adventures in Monterey Bay

Day 7

Family adventures aquatic on Monterey Bay

In Monterey, go adventuring by the sea on Monterey Bay with your choice of bicycling, kayaking, or a walking tour of old Monterey. Then, on a private behind-the-scenes tour of the acclaimed Monterey Bay Aquarium, get close to otter pups, penguins, sharks, octopuses, jellyfish, sea turtles, barracuda and more – just a few of the more than 10,000 live aquatic animals that call this place home, where huge glass tanks make you feel like you’re under the sea. And wrap it all up with a private farewell reception and dinner inside the Aquarium itself!

The campfire in the woods after the train ride was my favorite part. I loved sitting outside listening to the songs with my grandma.


Age 16


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One Upfront Price – All Inclusive Value

With Tauck Bridges, everything is taken care of; just pack and go! Everything is included in one upfront price so you don't have to worry... no extra costs, no hidden fees, no worries. Most every travel expense is included in one upfront price – all hotels, gratuities, most meals, admissions fees, sightseeing, exclusive experiences and more.

Airport Transfers Included

Upon arrival and departure, transfers to and from your hotel are included as noted.

Book Your Air

Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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Before You Go


Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Guest Protection Product

Your vacation is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Guest Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!

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Great! Loved San Francisco, Yosemite, and Monterey. Tour director was excellent. People on tour all friendly and the group meshed together.

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Kayaking on the Monterey Bay, the Fisherman's Wharf, Days in San Francisco, Glacier Point, the tram ride in Yosemite, Cannery Row in Monterey. So many favorites.

OK, but nothing we could not have done on our own, for the most part. Other Tauck tours have been better.

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Call us, or call your travel advisor, to book your preferred departure date today – and explore our beautiful brochures to find your inspiration for your next journey.