Northern California's Wine Country & Sierra Nevada

Lake Tahoe shoreline with snow capped mountains behind

Self-drive Holidays

This relaxed 9-day road trip is all about finding your freedom amongst the wineries and mountains of Northern California. It’s an opportunity to take your time at tasting sessions and enjoy the relaxed vibe of farmers’ markets as you pick up a few snacks for impromptu lakeside picnics. Discover little offbeat restaurants and stroll through shaded pine forests as well as driving through some of the state’s most scenic settings. Spending the first three nights in the wine country gives you a base to experience the Sonoma and Napa Valley vineyards. You’ll then head east towards Lake Tahoe where the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada extend to ski resort gondolas and alpine trails. From Tahoe you’ll head south to Yosemite National Park for a couple of nights surrounded by giant sequoias, waterfalls and world-famous rock formations. The trips wraps up where it started, in San Francisco, and ideal base from where you can continue your travels. PLEASE NOTE: To ease overcrowding during peak times, Yosemite National Park has implemented a reservations system for vehicle entry into the park. This will be in operation at weekends from 13 April 2024 – 30 June 2024; daily from 01 July 2024 – 15 August 2024; and again at weekends from 16 August 2024 – 27 October 2024. Full-day and afternoon-only permits, which are subject to terms and conditions, will be available for purchase online at

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8 nights in hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Spend two days in Sonoma and Napa Valley
  • Wine trains, farmers’ markets and tasting tours
  • Pay an optional visit to the up-and-coming city of Sacramento
  • Head into the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Pine forested hiking trails around Lake Tahoe
  • Breath taking views in Yosemite National Park

Not included

  • International flights
  • Visas (if required)
  • Activities, sightseeing and attraction entrance fees
  • National Parks Pass (or entry fees)
  • Resort Fees (if required by any of your chosen hotels)


Economy car rental (9 days) with unlimited mileage, third party insurance and CDW – please ask for vehicle upgrades and full terms & conditions

Personalised digital destination guide & driving instructions (accessed via online/mobile app, and printable at home)


  • 8 nights

  • North America . USA . California . San Francisco

  • International flights not included

From £993 per person

Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm

Saturday: 9am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm


Duration: 9 days


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