Due to forest fire, portions of Yosemite (including Yosemite Valley) are closed "indefinitely" until the fire is under control. The tour itinerary during this period will take you to another section of the same breathtaking Sierra mountains and the beautiful Lake Tahoe. You may choose from different hiking options and capture some refreshing views from fantastic viewpoints. Also rent a standup paddleboard or go for a swim in the clear cool waters of America's deepest freshwater lake. And enjoy comfortable hotel accommodations in the South Lake Tahoe area.
There will be no change in the pickup time on day 1 and dropoff time on the final day of your tour.
Pack an overnight bag and your spirit of adventure and visit the legendary *Yosemite National Park on a delightful two-day getaway.
Formed from granite and sculpted by the Ice Age, Yosemite National Park boasts a landscape of heart-stopping beauty. Towering peaks, mile-high rock walls, massive monoliths, vast U-shape valleys and cascading waterfalls make up a terrain fit for giants.
Let your guide show you the highlights such as Glacier Point, the giant sequoia trees and more! You will also have some free time to explore the valley.
Spend the night in a comfortable three-star lodge, and be up early next morning to enjoy another day in this place of natural wonders.
Our local supplier is committed to protecting this incredible environment for future generations. All vehicles used operate on petroleum-free biofuel made from recycled cooking oil or plant-based stocks.
Your accommodation options:
You have the choice of 2 lodges for your overnight stay.
Yosemite Lodge is located right in the heart of the national park at the foot of Yosemite Falls. Rooms open to a private patio or balcony. Yosemite Lodge rooms are not air conditioned
Cedar Lodge is located outside the park on the Merced River. All rooms have TVs and the hotel offers an indoor and outdoor pool.
You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00am and 9:00am in a bio-diesel van. An English-speaking guide will go with you.
You will cross the Bay Bridge with views of Alcatraz and Angel Island through Oakland and the East Bay, then proceed to the Central Valley through the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills. Around 11:30am you will arrive at Yosemite National Park.
Once in Yosemite, your guide will give you a 1 ½ hour narrated tour of Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas. You will stop by the giant sequoia trees. The towering sequoias (Californian redwoods) are the largest living things on the planet. They are found in one area of the world only, the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains.
at around 1:30pm, you will enjoy a further guided tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations.
The Yosemite Valley is approximately 1mile wide and 7miles long. During the tour, you will make numerous stops to enjoy, photograph and appreciate the spectacular beauty. You will see the valley from a number of superb vantage points, the best of which is perhaps 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 feet sheer rock face is quite amazing (seasonal).
At around 3:00pm, you will stop near the base of Yosemite Falls. Your guide will offer a choice of activities. These include various walks, a visit to the gallery of the celebrated landscape photographer Ansel Adams, or to the Ahwanhee Hotel, known for its magnificent architecture. Alternatively you could swim at your hotel, or relax along the river.
In the evening you can dine at Lodge (payable direct) and relax in the bar.
By 8:00am you should be ready for an exciting day in Yosemite.
You will drive as a group to Glacier Point for views of Yosemite Valley. Here you have the option to hike back to the Valley or return in the van and have a full free day in Yosemite. You get to choose. There are plenty of different hiking options, from short easy walks to long, strenuous ones. Your guide will give you all the details. You can also choose to check out the main visitor's center, The Ansel Adams Gallery, The Ahwanhee Hotel, spend time by the river, or rent a bike (not included).
You will rejoin your group and head to the base of El Capitan to watch the climbers doing their stuff on El Capitan. It will then be time to head back to San Francisco. You will stop on the way for a bite to eat (payable direct).
Around 9:00pm you will be nearing San Francisco. Enjoy the sight of the City lights as you cross Bay Bridge. The tour vehicle will drop you back at your hotel.
The tour vehicle will drop you back at your hotel.
Please call the activity operator at least 72 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm your pick up details.
The activity operator reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to lack of participation, vehicle breakdowns, or weather or road conditions.
Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. Should the minimum number not be met the tour operator will refund your monies but will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may have incurred.
Tours may include some element of risk. The activity operator assumes no liability for injuries.
No smoking in tour vehicles.
Due to forest fire, portions of these tours are not accessible and you will be taken to an alternative area around the Sierra Mountains and Lake Tahoe. Please call the activity operator for exact tour information.