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Sequoias & Wonder Valley Ranch Holiday Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Three-Night Stay at the Wonder Valley Ranch, Kings Canyon National Park, Forestiere Gardens

Tour Dates: November 28 - December 1, 2021

4 Day Package
8 Meals Included

$989 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1189 Per Person / Single Occupancy

Travel with us “over the river and through the woods” to experience a down-home country holiday on this four-day winter getaway. Unpack once and enjoy a leisure stay at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort – the all-inclusive western-style resort nestled amongst mature oaks and sycamores in the scenic Sierra foothills. This fun-filled resort is California’s oldest guest ranch and during our stay here we’ll enjoy nightly happy hour, bountiful meals, evening entertainment, holiday-themed activities and day excursions into the Central Valley and to Kings Canyon National Park to see the giant sequoias.

Tour Highlights:
  • Visit Kings Canyon National Park to walk the Grant Tree Trail and see the General Grant Tree, known as “The Nation’s Christmas Tree”
  • Stay three nights at an inclusive western-style resort nestled on 75 acres in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills – during your stay all your meals are included (including a “Christmas Court Feast” dinner) along with a nightly hosted “happy hour,” original entertainment, holiday-themed activities and a variety of outdoor activities available including canoeing, fishing, table games and horseback riding
  • Visit Fresno for a family-style Basque lunch and a guided tour of Forestiere Gardens – the one-of-a-kind underground gardens

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-3: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort - Sanger, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 11/28/2021 - Journey to Wonder Valley
From our departure points this morning we’ll travel by deluxe motorcoach into California’s Central Valley. Following a morning rest stop and a stop for lunch on your own, we’ll continue into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Soon we’ll arrive at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, the 75-acre all-inclusive western-style guest ranch located in the scenic Wonder Valley east of Sanger. While enjoying a three-night leisure stay at California’s oldest guest ranch, we’ll appreciate the modern accommodations, paved walkways with antique lamps, gorgeous grounds and the attentive service. The resort offers a wide variety of activities including a swimming pool, hot tub, a lake for fishing and canoeing, tennis, horseshoe pits, a game pavilion with ping pong, foosball and pool tables, archery (additional fee) and horseback riding (additional fee) and much more! Upon our arrival in the late afternoon, we’ll enjoy a nightly hosted “happy hour.” Following a scrumptious ranch dinner, we’ll gather around the fire with a singing cowboy and take a jingle-belled horse-drawn hayride for spectacular views of the night sky (weather permitting). Recall memories of warm family gatherings while you sip hot cider or cocoa amongst the good company of your fellow travelers.

Day 2
Monday, 11/29/2021 - Kings Canyon National Park
Following an included breakfast, we’ll board the motorcoach and continue east into Kings Canyon National Park. The dramatic landscape here testifies to nature’s size, beauty, and diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons, vast caverns, and the world’s largest trees! We’ll enjoy time at leisure to browse Grant’s Grove Visitor Center and then continue to the General Grant Grove (elevation 6,500 feet). On a leisurely stroll along the Grant Tree Trail through the General Grant Grove, you’ll stand in awe as you walk amongst trees that are 3,000 years old, measure 250 feet tall and 35 feet in diameter, with trunks weighing 1,400 tons. The Grove’s most famous and largest tree, is the General Grant Tree – the third largest tree in the world! President Coolidge proclaimed it the “Nation’s Christmas Tree” in 1926. We return to the resort this afternoon for an included lunch and an afternoon to relax and enjoy the resort’s amenities and activities. This evening after an included dinner at the resort, we’ll partake in a variety of holiday activities and entertainment including cookie decorating, country crafts, gift wrapping station, a holiday movie, holiday photo booth and more! Should inclement weather prevent us from visiting Kings Canyon National Park, we’ll remain at the resort for a day of holiday fun including Christmas carols and holiday-themed games.
Day 3
Tuesday, 11/30/2021 - Central Valley Sightseeing
Following an included breakfast, we’ll board the motorcoach and travel to Fresno to tour the Forestiere Underground Gardens. With a docent-guide, we’ll explore this staggering network of underground tunnels, chambers, and grottos that meanders for some 10 acres. Built by Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere between 1906 to 1946, he used only shovels, picks, and other hand tools to create this catacomb-like compound that features a fishing pond, chapel and open-air skylights, so that his collection of fruit trees and grape vines could thrive and bear fruit, even underground. We continue our exploration of Fresno’s European influence with an included traditional Basque lunch at a locals’ favorite. This family-style meal includes fresh bread, homemade soup, a variety of sides, fried chicken, charbroiled lamp chops, ice cream and house wine. We return to the resort with time to relax and enjoy the variety of available activities. This evening, the resort’s Lakeshore Lounge is transformed to the days of a Renaissance Court so that you may join the Lord and Lady of the Court in a celebratory toast with tankards of ale and glasses of wine. The larger-than-life Christmas tree towers over the hall which will be aglow from the candlelight and the fire in the large stone fireplace. “Eat, drink and be merry” is the order of the evening as a Christmas Court Feast is laid out before you. A parade of food and drink and raucous pageant of singers, musicians and magicians will have you dazed and dazzled at this festive holiday pageant. Should inclement weather prevent us from visiting Forestiere Gardens, alternative sightseeing in Fresno will be provided.
Day 4
Wednesday, 12/1/2021 - Journey Home
After an included breakfast and a fond farewell from the Wonder Valley staff, we’ll begin our journey home. As we journey through the Central Valley, we’ll make surprise sightseeing stops as well as a stop for lunch on your own along the way. We’ll arrive back to our drop-off points this evening with fond memories of our old-fashioned holiday at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort.

Tour Inclusions:

  • 3 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 8 Meals: 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 3 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a local guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour
Additional Information: 
  • Maximum elevation: 6,000 feet
  • Join this tour from the following departure points: LB, FV, LHS, SBL
  • A deposit of $100 p.p. is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60 days prior to departure
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: Leisurely (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: Relaxed (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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