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

Departing: Sunday, November 27, 2022

4 Day Package
8 Meals Included

$1199 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$1499 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 getaway. Unpack once and enjoy a leisurely 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, nightly 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 all-inclusive western-style ranch resort nestled on 75 acres amongst mature oaks and sycamores in the scenic Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sanger – during your stay here all your meals are included (featuring a “Christmas Court Feast” dinner) along with a nightly hosted “happy hour,” nightly original entertainment, holiday-themed activities and a variety of outdoor activities available including canoeing, fishing, archery, horseback riding and more 
  • Visit Fresno for an included traditional, family-style Basque meal, and a guided tour of Forestiere Gardens – the one-of-a-kind, underground home and gardens dug by one man over a 40 year period! 

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:
  • Nights 1-3: Wonder Valley Ranch Resort - Sanger, CA
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Sunday, 11/27/2022 - Welcome to Wonder Valley Ranch
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. Upon our arrival in the late afternoon we’ll enjoy an historic tour of the ranch followed by a nightly hosted “happy hour.” Following a scrumptious ranch buffet dinner, we’ll gather around the campfire and recall memories of warm family gatherings while sipping hot cider or cocoa amongst the good company of our fellow travelers. Enjoy a horse-drawn hayride for spectacular views of the night sky (weather permitting) and a magic show.  

Day 2
Monday, 11/28/2022 - 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. The gardens were built by Sicilian immigrant Baldassare Forestiere between 1906 to 1946, using 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. Should inclement weather prevent a tour of Forestiere Gardens, alternative sightseeing in Fresno will be arranged. We continue our exploration of Fresno’s European influence with an included traditional Basque meal 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 at leisure to relax or take advantage of a wide variety of activities available at the ranch including a swimming pool, spa, a lake for fishing and canoeing, tennis, basketball, volleyball, horse-shoe pits, a game pavilion with ping pong, foosball and pool tables, cornhole, horseback riding (additional fee), archery (additional fee) and much more! This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner followed by a variety of holiday activities and entertainment including cookie decorating, country crafts, gift wrapping station, a holiday movie, holiday photo booth and more!  
Day 3
Tuesday, 11/29/2022 - Kings Canyon National Park
After an included breakfast at the ranch, we’ll board the motorcoach with our resort guide and travel east into Kings Canyon National Park. After a stop at the Kings Canyon Visitor Center, we’ll continue to the General Grant Grove (elevation 6,600 feet). On a leisurely stroll along the 1/3 mile paved loop General Grant Tree Trail, we’ll stand in awe as we walk amongst this sequoia forest with giant sequoia trees that are 3,000 years old 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, this goliath measures 107 feet in circumference – that’s the same width as three lanes of traffic! The tree is almost 300 feet tall and has the largest base diameter of any tree in the world at more than 40 feet! Named in 1867 for General Ulysses S. Grant, The General Grant Tree was proclaimed “the Nation’s Christmas Tree” in 1926 by President Calvin Coolidge. We return to the resort for an included lunch and an afternoon at leisure to relax and enjoy the resort’s amenities and activities. 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. This evening, the resort’s Lakeshore Lounge will be 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. A 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. 
Day 4
Wednesday, 11/30/2022 - Journey Home
Following an included breakfast, we’ll begin our journey home. We’ll travel south making several stops including a stop for lunch on your own along the way. We’ll return 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
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