Choose from the following tours:
Yosemite Escape 3 Day Camping Tour- Adlt $359 Chld $339
Yosemite 2 Day Hotel Tour- Yosemite Lodge $509 Cedar Lodge $419
Yosemite in a Day Tour- $149
Yosemite Escape 3 Day Camping Tour:
Explore America's favorite National Park on a camping trip that will take you off the beaten path-to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. 3 days and 2 nights of camping, hiking, and swimming, in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.
We leave San Francisco in the morning after pickups from your accommodation. Once out of the city we stop to purchase fresh food for our time in the park. Once we have all of our provisions we will cross the central valley and through the Gold Country on our way into the mountains. Once in the park you will have a 1 1/2 hour guided tour as we descend into Yosemite Valley, which is the most famous and picturesque part of Yosemite with some of the world's tallest waterfalls and incredible vistas made famous by the photographer Ansel Adams. While in the valley your guide will give you an orientation to the park as well as an explanation of the itinerary and options that you will have for the next two days. After a some time in the Yosemite Village you will head for the campsite to set up the tents and cook a delicious meal, ending the day with some drinks around the campfire as you decide what to do with your next two days in the park.
Rising early we prepare breakfast and lunch, clean up camp and head off in the van for a fun day in the park full of hiking, sightseeing and exploring. The itinerary can vary depending on the chosen hike for the day but we normally go up into the high country to explore the beautiful mountain lakes, snow melt waterfalls, amazing granite rock formations and trails as high as 11,000 feet. On this first day we can also hike down to the Giant Sequoia trees, the largest living things on earth. The hike through the Sequoias is shaded and pleasant and brings you right up close to these massive wooden monuments, some of which are over one thousand years old and measure up to 30ft wide & 300ft tall. At the end of the day we head back to camp for dinner and to unwind by the campfire.
This is what we call the free day where the exact itinerary is flexible, based on the interests of the group. Normally we head into Yosemite Valley where you can choose one of the number of great hikes, rent a bike or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River. After another full day in the park we head back to San Francisco arriving in the city around 9pm.
This adventure includes camping equipment (except a sleeping bag), six meals (DBLDBL), park fees, tax, and transportation. If you need to borrow a sleeping bag, we will rent it to you at a rate of $30 for the trip. Trips depart every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from May 23- October 19. Come enjoy the good times with M06040.
Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don't worry if you've never camped before, many people haven't. We supply all the camping equipment necessary for a trip of this nature, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment. Everybody is expected to participate in setting up and breaking down camp. We camp at the best campsites, most with hot showers and swimming in rivers, pools, or the ocean.
We provide the food, but not the chefs. You guys are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers and of course the guests. On leaving a city we stop at a supermarket and buy everything we need. The fare is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian, all you can eat and very tasty. Most people eat better with us than they have done previously on their travels.
We use 15 passenger vans with air conditioning and stereo for a comfortable ride. Our vehicles are fueled by Biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based diesel fuel, to promote green business. All of our vans have large roof racks for your luggage and the camping equipment.
For camping, you will need a sleeping bag. If you don't have one, we will rent one to you for $30 for the two nights.
What to Bring
On our journeys you will need sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, sun protection, a water bottle, flashlight, and something warmer in case there is a change in weather.
June through September Yosemite is hot and sunny. May and October days are warm with cooler nights and occasional showers.
Most of our travelers are young international backpackers. Whether traveling on your own, or with friends, M06040 is a great way to meet others, see the sights and really explore Yosemite.
Yosemite 2 Day Hotel Tour
*There are two hotel options for this tour. Yosemite Lodge is located in the heart of the valley and close to all major valley highlights.
Cedar Lodge is located about 10 minutes from the park along the peaceful Merced River valley.
Yosemite is the flagship of America’s National Park Service. You will be able to enjoy more time in the park than on any other overnight tour because your guide stays at the same hotel. On our tour you get to spend all day in the park and then your guide will deliver you to the door of your hotel room for a comfortable night’s rest. The next day you will be driven directly into the park to take advantage of another full day. There’s no need to waste time waiting for shuttle or bus transfers to get to/from the park.
The two days in the park are divided between Yosemite Valley and the High Country. Yosemite Valley is a glaciated valley famous for waterfalls and rock formations including Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest on Earth), El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Dome and many more. The valley is approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) wide and 7 miles (10 km) long so we conduct our tour by stopping and getting out for a number of photo opportunities. During the tour you will see the valley from a number of great vantage points, possibly the best of which is Inspiration Point at 4,500 feet above sea level. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,000 ft (1 km) sheer rock face is quite amazing (seasonal).
The High Country of Yosemite ranges from 8,000ft to the peak of Mt. Lyle which is over 13,000ft high! Most often we visit Glacier Point (seasonal) on these tours where you can look down on the valley from a bird’s-eye view 3,000ft above. In addition to the spectacular views you can take a hike to the top of Sentinel Dome or Taft Point. On one of the days you will have the opportunity to hike amongst the Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the planet. This plant species is found in one area of the world only, the western slope of the Sierra Nevada.
We stay at the Cedar Lodge which is situated in the picturesque Merced River canyon close to the river. The river flows heavy in spring and early summer but is beautiful to swim in during August and September. Cedar Lodge has private beach access on the Merced River along with a heated indoor pool and jacuzzi as well as another pool outdoors. All you need to take with you on this tour is a day pack with what you need to hike. This way you can leave your larger luggage items at your hotel in San Francisco and travel lightly with no hassles.
Yosemite Valley, the High Country, Giant Sequoias, and the comfort of a bed: Our overnight hotel trip has it all.
Yosemite in a Day
Hailed as the "crown jewel" of the National Park Service, Yosemite is truly a breath of fresh air. On this day tour you'll spend 5-6 hours snapping photos of waterfalls, and watching climbers scale granite cliffs. As with all our tours, the price includes the entry fee so you won’t be surprised by unexpected costs when you get to the park.
The day begins with picking you up from your lodging between 6:30 and 7am and heading east across the Bay Bridge offering great views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Fisherman's Wharf.
On the way we stop at a fruit stand in the Central Valley. Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is a booming agricultural region best known for almonds, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and strawberries.
After our rest stop we begin our journey up through the cattle and horse ranching lands of the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Continuing on through California Gold Country, and the old gold rush town of Groveland, we wind our way into Yosemite National Park.
Maps and guides in hand we begin with a one and a half hour guided tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations including Yosemite Falls -- the tallest waterfall in North America and fifth tallest on Earth, El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, Sentinel Dome and many more. The valley is approximately 1 mile (1.5 km) wide and 7 miles (10 km) long and we conduct our tour by stopping and getting out for a number of photo opportunities. During the tour you'll see the valley from a number of great vantage points the best of which is Inspiration Point at 4,500 feet above sea level. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,000 ft (1 km) sheer rock face is quite amazing (seasonal).
After the tour we stop for the afternoon near the base of Yosemite falls (seasonal). Here you'll get a chance to walk to the base of the falls, get some lunch, visit the main visitor's center, The Ansel Adams Gallery, The Ahwahnee Hotel, rent a bike or hike some of the shorter trails. Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours you get on your own is time enough to experience what has made Yosemite one of America's most popular national parks. We know you'll be impressed.
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