See the serene Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
Explore Lake Tahoe on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule
Experience the highest alpine lake in the US by stand-up paddleboard
Get off the beaten path and into High Country!
See the magnificent Giant Sequoias of Yosemite
Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour
On your four days in the mountains, you’ll see:
…AND stay overnight in comfy accommodations!
Retail price: $769 adult/$749 child*
Web price: $749 adult/$729 child*
Internet savings: $20
*CAMPING rates. Hotel accommodations also available. Child rates are for ages 0-12. Accommodations are double occupancy same-sex or couple share (added supplement applies for single private room/tent request). Rates for tours beyond this year may have adjusted pricing; see booking page for exact rates.
Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour
|Tours:||May-Sept (departs Tuesdays)|
|Departs:||8:15 am pickup from a central SF hotel|
|Duration:||4 days/3 nights|
|Transport:||Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach (14 passengers max)|
|Activities:||Hiking, Swimming, Photography, Camp cookout, Wildlife & Nature, Eco/Sustainable|
|Includes:||Complimentary pick up/drop off from the San Francisco Hilton hotel (Mason St. entrance)
Narrated guided tour by a full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
Park entrance fees
See El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Tunnel View, Giant Sequoias, High Country, and Yosemite Valley
Transportation throughout tour in biofuel mini-coach
|Not Included:||Meals not listed above (stops will be made to purchase food).
Optional activity entrance fees
Guide gratuity (optional)
PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy
** Tour Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in these areas are in very high demand (especially in the summer months), and space on this tour fills up fast! We recommend that you make your reservation far in advance of your intended travel date in order to secure the style of accommodations you want. If your intended date is NOT available, we will try our best to help find something for you. If you’re looking for more options in Yosemite, take a look at our Yosemite 3-Day Camping Tour or our Yosemite 2-Day Hotel Tour**
prices start at $879 double occ*
*Single supplement rate available
Stay in a Comfy Hotel
Relax in comfort with hotel accommodations in all 3 destinations. At the end of a day of hiking and exploring, you’ll have access to hot showers and a cozy bed to get a good night’s sleep.
You may share a room, or select the single occupancy option* for your own private room.
prices start at $749 double occ*
*Single supplement rate available
CAMP with us!
What better way to experience the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains than to sleep outdoors? Spend your days hiking and exploring, and your evenings around the campfire!
Our guides will provide all the gear necessary for a fun, easy camping experience, and sleeping bags are available for rent.
Sample Itinerary – Day 1
San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
|8:00am:||Pick up from San Francisco Hilton Hotel (Mason Street entrance)|
|8:00am – 12:00pm:||Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada.|
|12:00pm – 8:00pm:||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.|
|8:00pm:||Head back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day. Hostel Included.|
Sample Itinerary – Day 2
Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes via Tioga Pass
|8:00am-12:00pm:||This 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.|
|12:00pm – 4:00pm:||This afternoon, you’ll 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.|
|4:00pm:||Next up, an overnight stay in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California. With a hint at its prehistoric past, the name is quite fitting… the size of the mountains, the number of lakes, and the expanse of the 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 and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world.|
Sample Itinerary – Day 3
Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area and Bodie, CA
|8:00am-12:00pm:||We’ll start our day with the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. This rugged place was named in honor of the famed nature photographer where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Devil’s Postpile National Monument that is a rare sight in the geologic world, and with a name like that, you won’t be disappointed. You’ll be amazed by this strange columnar basalt formation and may also choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie.|
|12:00pm – 6:00pm:||Next, you’re back on the road, this time headed to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, we’ll get off the pavement to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the remote National Historic Landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town.|
|6:00pm:||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 you’re thing? We’ll set you up with a sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay.|
Sample Itinerary – Day 4
Lake Tahoe to San Francisco
|8:00am-2:00pm:||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 guide.|
|2:00pm – 7:00pm:||This afternoon, you’ll leave Lake Tahoe behind and, after passing through the state’s capital city, Sacramento, you’ll follow the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest.|
|7:00pm – 8:00pm:||You’ll arrive back to the City by the Bay, San Francisco.|
**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions beyond our control (weather, crowds, traffic) and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **
- Camera & charger
- Sneakers or hiking boots (mountain hiking can be hard on unsupported ankles)
- Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts & T-shirt)
- Change of clothes for 4 days
- Swimwear, sandals
- Toiletries, towel
- Bug repellent spray
- Sun protection, hat
- Water bottle
- Flashlight or headlamp (optional)
- Warm layers (evenings can be cooler)
Early Spring/Late Fall(additionally)
- Hiking boots or durable sneakers (preferably Gortex or waterproof)
- Warm layers (long underwear & wool fleece suggested)
- Waterproof jacket/pants for winter conditions
- Gloves, wool socks and a hat (75% of your body heat is lost through your hands, head, and feet)
Excellent Selection of Spots
Excellent guide! A+++
The trip was great - gave some flexibility to do different activities on the whole. 4 days was a good time period too. Great size of group. Mono Lake was a great bonus!
Traveled July 2016
Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Tour