Highlights of the trip include:
- Three nights at the St. Regis San Fransisco in the artsy SoMA district, and two nights at the Ahwahnee, the historic hotel and remarkable architectural wonder in the heart of Yosemite National Park.
- Holiday pageantry at its finest when the Ahwahnee transforms itself into a 17th century English Manor and event guests attend the annual Bracebridge Dinner - a 7 course holiday feast with entertainment and a highlight sought after holiday tradition since 1927.
- Daily sightseeing tracks - small groups immerse in the iconic beauties of San Fransisco including Muir Woods, the Yosemite Valley and western film making, and the Gold Rush at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.
- Rail travel through California's Central Valleym roughly following the Buffalo Soldier Trail from San Fransisco to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a scenic rail route highlighted by vineyards, small towns and farms.
- Note speakers include Michael Adams, son of legendary photographer Ansel Adams, who discusses his father, his works and his lifelong love of Yosemite, and San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art Photography Curator Corry Keller who gives insight into "The Earthquake and Great Fir of 1906."
- Filmmaker and author Dayton Duncan, who co-crafted this event with Tauck, collaborated with filmmaker Ken Burns on the National Parks: America's Best Idea, he gives a special keynote address celebrating Yosemite's sesquiceentennial
- Private evenings and dinners including cocktails, canapes and dinner in the beautiful Legion of Honor, part of the Fine Arts Museum of San Fransisco, and a holiday concert in the Great Lounge at the Alwahnee featuring a massive stone fireplace and floor to ceiling windows.