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John Z.

Rocklin, CA, United States

Hello everyone. I'm John and I appreciate you checking out my profile.

I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and have lived in Northern California my entire life. I currently live just outside of Sacramento with my family of four and have recently retired from a career at United Parcel Service. I would love the opportunity to show you California and everything it has to offer. I believe the journey is as important as the destination, and my tours allow for ample time to stop and enjoy the local ambiance.

The California Gold Rush was the largest mass migration in American history and the peak of the California gold rush was in 1849 thus many immigrants became known as the '49ers. Let's travel this region together.
Within an hour of Sacramento is highway 49, sprinkled with quaint gold rush towns, country wineries, old west museums, giant sequoias and beautiful Sierra Nevada mountain views. Or we can travel east to see picturesque Lake Tahoe, the largest alpine lake in North America, with its jagged snow capped granite mountains and clear cobalt blue water.

I enjoy taking my guests on an adventure to places that are unique and memorable. If you want an experience with beautiful pictures of your visit, these are the trips for you. I relish meeting people from around the world, and I want you and your group to know that I'm here for you, not only as a guide, but as someone you can count on.

I can customize any tour you'd like, and the trips are great fun for families and adults.

A Recent Review of this guide

This was my first tour ever and John was an absolute wonder of a tour guide. On a scale of 1 to 10 he gets a solid 10! Five stars! He picked up my group of 4 at my hotel in Sacramento. Drove us to San Francisco and took us wherever we wanted to go. Most importantly, he took us to places we didn't know of for spectacular photography. It was 14 hours of visual overload. A very exhausting, exhilarating day. We could not have asked for a better tour guide.
Elizabeth Tattershall

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Restrictions

I am not allowed to guide inside museums, state parks etc. due to local restrictions.
Pets may not be welcome as they are not allowed on trails inside many park areas.

Guide Requirements for United States

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Private tour guide John

Day Trip From San Francisco to Santa,...

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Fun Tour of Santa Cruz, Monterey & Carmel

720 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Highlights of the California Gold Country

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Fun Private Tour of the Old West & California Countryside

500 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

10 hours

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Private tour guide John

Yosemite & the California Gold Country,...

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Private Tour of beautiful Yosemite & the Old West

1150 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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Private Tour of Clear Blue Lake Tahoe,...

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Visit Lake Tahoe, the Largest Alpine Lake in North America in all its,...

950 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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Private Tour of Iconic Lake Tahoe & the,...

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Beautiful Lake Tahoe & Fun California Gold Mining Adventure

1485 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

3 days

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Yosemite and the California Gold Country,...

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Private Tour from San Francisco to beautiful Yosemite and the Old West

1325 USD per tour

(for up to 4 people)

2 days

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