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Sierra Foothills and Gold Country

Dig into California’s fascinating 1849 Gold Rush history on this 5 day, self-drive Sierra Foothills and Gold Country Expedition to Lake Tahoe. Traversing the iconic Highway 49, you’ll follow in the footsteps of the 49ers as local experts show you around the gold mining museums, jailhouses and saloons of Sonora, Nevada City and tiny Downieville. Hopping from one character-filled hotel to the next, and sampling the many excellent local eateries, your exploration will also include on-site wine and beer tastings at some of the hidden gems of the Sierra Foothills, including Sutter Creek Winery. Top it off with a high-country overnight adventure to majestic Lake Tahoe.

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Starting from $2,490 per person

Pricing includes everything from your international arrival to your departure, with the exception of flights and a few lunches and dinners.


  • Explore delightful Sonora, an important Gold Rush way station boasting period architecture, historic salooons and charming Victorian B&Bs.
  • Enjoy a full-day exploration of Highway 49 en route to Nevada City, taking in a personalised wine tasting in up-and-coming Placerville on the way.
  • Spend a full day discovering quirky Nevada City’s gold rush past and bohemian present (great beer!) in the fascinating company of our local docent.
  • Take a detour to tiny Downieville (population 250) where a local guide will give you the inside scoop on the town’s Gold Rush past.
  • Using the Yuba River as your guide, venture high into the mountains of rural California as you make your way towards spectacular Lake Tahoe.

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