Pacific Coastal (4 Days)

Cruise Line: Holland America Line
Ship: Volendam  |  57 Reviews
San Francisco, CA, United States to Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dates: 05 May 2019 - 08 May 2019

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DAY
PORT
ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
05 May 2019
San Francisco, CA, United States
5:00 PM
DAY 2
06 May 2019
Day-at-Sea
DAY 3
07 May 2019
Victoria, BC, Canada
2:00 PM 11:00 PM
DAY 4
08 May 2019
Vancouver, BC, Canada
7:00 AM
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What's Included

Included

  • Shipboard accommodations

    Onboard meals and entertainment

Not Included

  • Airfare

    Items of a personal nature

    Shore excursions and meals ashore

    Hotel service charge

    Anything not noted as included

About Us

For more than 140 years, Holland America Line has been a recognized leader in cruising, taking our guests to exotic destinations around the world. If you are looking for some of the most spacious and comfortable ships at sea, award-winning service, five star dining, extensive activities and enrichment programs and compelling worldwide itineraries, you've come to the right place. We are committed to our mission: through excellence, we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences, every time.

Insider Tip

The Holland America Line Culinary CouncilĀ® is an innovative team of top-name chefs from around the world assembled to guide and enhance all aspects of the shipboard culinary experience.

Terms & Conditions

Featured fares are per person based on double occupancy, cruise or Land+Sea Journeys only. Fares are in U.S. dollars. All savings amounts are included in the fares shown. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional. Subject to availability. For more information about our stateroom categories and suite descriptions, to view deck plans and for full terms and conditions applicable to your cruise, please contact your Virtuoso Travel Advisor for more details. Offers are capacity controlled, and may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Other restrictions may apply. Ships' Registry: The Netherlands.



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Add-Ons

Shore Excursions

San Francisco, CA, United States - 05 May 2019

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Length: 10 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Tech Day In Silicon Valley
From San Francisco, we head southwest to explore the incomparable Silicon Valley, global center of technology and innovation. Your guide will give you a narrated tour of the highlights before stopping at the Apple Visitors Center. With its bright, open architecture reflective of the private Apple campus, you'll enjoy the Visitors Center's interactive exhibits, beautiful rooftop park and gift shop, bursting with all things Apple.

To gain an understanding of the evolution of technology, a visit to the Computer History Museum is a must. From the Univac to autonomous vehicles and beyond, from basement start-ups to major tech players, the exhibits here will inform, entertain and give you a new appreciation for the field, the pioneers and the possibilities.

Say what you will, where would we all be without Google? We will visit their campus, have a look around and stop in the gift shop to get all your "must have" Google gear.

Next on the agenda is a visit to the famous Facebook "Thumbs Up" sign for a selfie stop.

Finally we head to Silicon Valley's backyard, Palo Alto, a hotbed for start-ups and investors. Absorb the start-up culture as you enjoy a downtown lunch break (cost of lunch not included) before we make our way back to San Francisco.

Departures:
08:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- No bottled water is provided for sustainability reasons. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle with you as there are drinking fountains available throughout the day.
- Bring money for lunch and shopping.
- Dress for the weather. Bring sunglasses and sunblock.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Length: 10 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Muir Woods, Sausalito And Wine Country With Wine Tastings
Heading north out of San Francisco, we'll cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, stopping on the other side for a panoramic view of the city skyline, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Driving through the Marin Headlands your guide will inform you about its history and ecosystem as you admire the spectacular rugged coastal scenery.

Just ahead is Muir Woods National Monument, an awe-inspiring forest best known for its towering cathedral of old-growth redwood trees. Named after John Muir, naturalist, environmentalist and "Father of the National Parks", these woods are contemplative, earthy and ancient. We'll spend an hour or more here, allowing you time to appreciate and reconnect with nature.

Continuing on, we begin to enter the rolling, romantic hills of wine country! A lunch stop will happen at either a vineyard or the Sonoma Town Square. Take in the Mission San Francisco de Solano or browse the shops and boutiques.

Surrounded on all sides by lush vineyards, you'll be anxious to stop and get a closer look. We'll while away the afternoon, stopping at 2 or 3 Sonoma wineries, with at least 2 full flights of wine tastings. Take your time and savor the reds, whites and dessert varietals offered for your enjoyment.

As we make our way back to the city, we'll visit charming Sausalito, known for its art, shopping and especially its houseboats...some luxurious, some spartan, some quirky, but all interesting and unique.

There's a final view of the San Francisco skyline as we once again cross the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of the day.

Departures:
08:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- Dress for the weather. Bring sunglasses and sunblock.
- Don't forget your camera.
- No bottled water is provided for sustainability reasons. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle with you as there are drinking fountains available throughout the day.
- Bring money for additional tastings or shopping.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Length: 10 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Sonoma And Napa Wine Country Tour
Heading north out of San Francisco, we'll cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, stopping on the other side for a panoramic view of the city skyline, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Driving through the Marin Headlands your guide will inform you about its history and ecosystem as you admire the spectacular rugged coastal scenery.

Continuing on, we begin to enter the rolling hills of wine country! Surrounded on all sides by lush vineyards, you'll be anxious to stop and get a closer look. Your guide has arranged a 45-minute tram ride through a family-owned winery. Traveling through the property you will learn about the art and science of biodynamic wine making, see the fermentation facilities, wine caves and bottling process. At last, the time has arrived for you to move from tour to tasting and you'll delight in sampling some of their signature varietals.

At this winery or perhaps their sister property, we'll enjoy an outdoor deli-style lunch (weather-permitting), surrounded by vineyards and beautiful countryside. The afternoon will be spent driving the rolling hills and visiting additional wineries in Oakville, Yountville or the town of Napa, each offering tastings (for purchase) of their finest, award-winning wines. Or in lieu of one of the wineries, a stop might instead be made a a local public market, offering a wide variety of products, including wines, cheeses, charcuterie and everything in between.

As we make our way back to the city, there will be a stop to take photos of the dramatic San Francisco skyline before we once again cross the Golden Gate Bridge at the end of the day.

Departures:
08:00 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- No bottled water is provided for sustainability reasons. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle with you as there are drinking fountains available throughout the day.
- Two wine tastings are included in the cost of the tour. Bring money for additional tastings or shopping.
- You will be asked to pre-order your lunch choices during the check out process.
- Lunch choices are turkey, roast beef, ham or a vegetarian sandwich, all on whole wheat bread. All sandwiches come with lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, onions and pickle. Vegetarian sandwich also includes olives, sprouts, pepperoncini and cucumbers. Turkey comes with pasta salad, roast beef and ham come with potato salad and vegetarian comes with coleslaw. All lunches include a piece of fruit and a cookie or brownie.
- Dress for the weather. Bring sunglasses and sunblock.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Length: 14 Hours 30 Minutes
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
A Day In Yosemite National Park
We'll get an early start to make the most of this very special day. With your knowledgeable local guide at the wheel, the tour begins by driving across the Bay Bridge, providing great views of the city skyline, Alcatraz and the Embarcadero.

Continuing on, we'll enter the Central Valley, the largest agricultural area in the United States. This particular area grows an abundance of strawberries, cherries and a variety of nuts. We'll make a stop at a roadside stand for you to purchase the freshest of produce.

Soon the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains are in front of us, and shortly thereafter we'll drive through California Gold Rush towns.

We've finally reached Yosemite! Your guide will provide a 90 minute narrated driving tour, showcasing the park's most famous and beloved highlights including the imposing El Capitan, powerful Yosemite Falls, impressive Half Dome and beautiful Bridalveil Falls. There will be photo stops along the way, including Tunnel View. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this mountainous vantage point affords spectacular views of Yosemite Valley.

Now that you have a general layout of the park, we'll give you 3 hours in the valley to spend as you wish. Hike the nearby trails, take photographs, go for a swim or rent a bike. You could wander through the Ahwahnee Hotel, perfectly situated near Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point or perhaps visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to appreciate the master's talents at capturing the soul of this incredible place.

After regrouping with our tour, we'll make our way back to the city, with a short stop along the way. A most memorable day, indeed.

Departures:
06:30 AM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- You will meet your tour operator at one of several meeting locations. You will notified of your exact meeting location and pickup time once your booking is confirmed. Pickup times will vary between 6:30am -7:15am.
- Dress for the weather. Bring sunglasses and wear sneakers or hiking boots.
- From May-October, bring sunblock and insect repellent and optional swimsuit, towel and sandals.
- From November-April, bring a coat, warm hat and gloves.
- Camera and charger.
- No bottled water is provided for sustainability reasons. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle with you as there are drinking fountains available throughout the day.
- Money for lunch and incidentals.

Offered by: ShoreTrips
Location: San Francisco, CA United States
Length: 5 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages:
Activity Level:
Experience(s): None Specified
Mystical Muir Woods And Charming Sausalito
Heading north out of San Francisco, we'll cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, stopping on the other side for a panoramic view of the city skyline, San Francisco Bay and Alcatraz Island. Driving through the Marin Headlands your guide will inform you about its history and ecosystem as you admire the spectacular rugged coastal scenery.

Just ahead is Muir Woods National Monument, an awe-inspiring forest best known for its towering cathedral of old-growth redwood trees. The Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree species in the entire world. Even more impressive, these trees only thrive in Northern California and Oregon, courtesy of the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer months. Named after John Muir, naturalist, environmentalist and "Father of the National Parks", these woods are contemplative, earthy and ancient. We'll spend an hour or more here, allowing you time to appreciate and reconnect with nature.

Just a short drive away, we'll visit picturesque Sausalito. Your guide will drive you around to familiarize yourself with the area. Then you're off on your own for about 30 minutes to explore this town that was a shipbuilding center during World War II. Since then it has become a residential and artistic community, and is well-known for its houseboats...some luxurious, some spartan, some quirky, but all interesting and unique.

At this point, you have the option to stay in Sausalito (to browse the shops and galleries, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch or further explore the town) or return to the city with your guide. If you decide to stay, choose the "Sausalito Ferry Option" at check out. Your guide will provide your ticket.

If you have chosen to return with your guide, you'll have a final view of the San Francisco skyline as we once again cross the Golden Gate Bridge.

Departures:
07:15 AM, 01:00 PM,



Meeting instructions:
Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.



Special instructions:
- You will need to take a taxi from the cruise ship pier to the meeting location at a downtown San Francisco Hotel. The ride takes approximately 20 minutes and costs $10-15. The length and price of the taxi ride will vary for hotel guests based on where their hotel location. Specific instructions will appear on your voucher.
- Dress in warm layers. The woods and the waterfront can be foggy and windy. In the winter months, bring a raincoat/jacket. Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes.
- Bring sunglasses and sunblock.
- Don't forget your camera.
- A small, soft-sided day bag is permitted. No large luggage.
- No bottled water is provided for sustainability reasons. We suggest bringing a refillable bottle with you as there are drinking fountains available throughout the day.

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