Yosemite And Tahoe Sierras Tour From San Francisco

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Overview

Trade the San Francisco fog for the grandeur of Yosemite National Park and the best of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. In four days, you'll explore the majesty of Yosemite National Park's Giant Sequoias and High Country, Mammoth Lakes and rugged Ansel Adams Wilderness, and beautiful Lake Tahoe. Discover a modern day outdoor playground filled with mountain lakes, sweeping vistas and breathtaking natural landmarks, with options for guided and solo hiking, stand-up paddleboarding, biking, and more! Accommodations included.

Highlights

  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Multi-Day Trip
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

Know More about this tour

Anyone short on time will pack in plenty of natural splendor with this 4-day tour of Yosemite, Tahoe, and the eastern Sierra. Travel round-trip from San Francisco and stay overnight at mountain resorts and hotels in each destination.

Inclusions for Yosemite And Tahoe Sierras Tour From San Francisco

  • Central San Francisco Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Narrated guided tour
  • Park entrance fees
  • Hotel or campsite accommodations (double occupancy, single occupancy supplement applies for single bookings.
  • Camping gear provided; sleeping bags available for $20 rental fee. )
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges

Exclusions for Yosemite And Tahoe Sierras Tour From San Francisco

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (except Hilton Hotel)

Itinerary:

DAY 1 - San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule. Hiking trails abound, and this afternoon your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Afterwards, relax on the bank of the Merced River and soak up the spectacular views before heading back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day. 

DAY 2 - Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes, CA

The next morning, we’re off to explore more of what Yosemite has to offer. Your guide will set you up with an amazing morning hike or a chance to capture a few more iconic photos followed by lunch among the fabled Giant Sequoias. In the afternoon, you’ll hop back in the coach to ascend to almost 10,000 Feet (3000+ meters), traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and weaving your way through Tuolumne Meadows before descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. Next up, an overnight stay in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California. Hinting at its prehistoric past, the name is quite fitting: explore Mammoth’s huge mountains, numerous lakes, and expansive valleys. Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride up to 11,053 ft (3368 meters) and check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. Explore the geologic, natural, and human history of Mammoth Lakes and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world. You’ll stay overnight in a quiet hotel or campsite in Mammoth Lakes.

DAY 3 - Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

You’ll start your third day with the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. This rugged place was named in honor of the famed nature photographer. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Devil’s Postpile National Monument; this strange columnar basalt formation is a rare sight in the geologic world. With a name like that, you won’t be disappointed. You may also choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you’re back on the road, this time headed to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, you’ll get off the pavement to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the remote National Historic Landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town. End your adventure-filled day by trying your luck at blackjack, or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. Gambling not your thing? We’ll set you up with a  sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You’ll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe hotel or campsite.

DAY 4  - Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

This morning, you’ll get to choose your own adventure. Get up close and personal with the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike. If you would prefer more of a bird’s eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take a 2.4 mile gondola ride up, up, up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await you. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on a short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader.

This afternoon, you’ll leave Lake Tahoe behind and pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento. You’ll follow the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest back to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, and we’ll drop off at our gateway hotel by 9 p.m.   

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Accommodation is double-occupancy, same-sex share or couple

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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4 reviews by the users

  • Great trip, even though our itinerary needed to be altered because of snow on Tioga Pass. May was a beautiful time to visit.

  • Good. Just wished we were offered the chance to either do the cruise or gondola ride in Lake Tahoe, as we clearly had enough time to do it. Other than that, our guide tried very hard as this was the first tour with this itinerary from this company.

  • This was an amazing four day tour of Yosemite and Sierra Nevada. You really need more than one day in these amazing places and this tour gives you that opportunity. The accommodations for the nights were really top-notch and all different, from the Bug hostel at the edge of Yosemite to the hotel made of repurposed material in Tahoe. Without a doubt these were some of the best places Ive ever stayed at.

    When I did the tour we were a small group of four people, myself and our guide Vern included. Vern was an amazing guide, with great enthusiasm and love for what he did. He customized the tour to our interests, with a lot of options for each location we visited. You want to bike through Yosemite valley, you can do that. You want to walk instead, you can do that too with a custom route so you make the most of your time there. We did a lot every day, but never once did it feel rushed like most day trips tend to be.

    Every day was amazing, but for me, the highlight was the second day of the tour and the hikes in Yosemite up to Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point in the morning, swimming in Tenaya lake in the afternoon, followed by a hike up to the top of Lembert Dome. The view from up there cant be beat, and the climb up the last granite slopes is a thrilling experience.

    If youre thinking of doing a tour to Yosemite look no further than this one.

    TIP: Be as fast as you can and dont waste time when getting supplies at a supermarket, for example for lunch or breakfast. That way youll have more time where it matters, like in the parks.

  • This tour far out weighed my expectations. Our guide Leo made the trip so enjoyable. His knowledge amazed our whole group. He tailored all activities to our individual group. By the time we were finished our group felt like family!

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