DAY 1 – San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe
Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s capital city, Sacramento, through the Sierra foothills and into the famous Gold Rush Country, cresting a high mountain pass within the Sierra Nevadas. Then we’ll wind our way through large pine forests, before dramatically descending, catching our first views of the glittering waters of South Lake Tahoe.
As soon as we stretch our legs, we’ll set off on a short hike to take in the beauty of our home for the next few days before settling in and the campground. We’ll spend some time getting to know the group as we grab dinner, sealing the first night watching the sunset over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
DAY 2 – Full Day Lake Tahoe
After a restful night, we’ll rise early to take advantage of a full day of activities. Enjoy a peaceful morning on the water with a guided kayak tour, hit the trails to discover a nearby waterfall, make the short journey west to marvel at the visual feast of Emerald Bay, or grab a memorable photo on the top of a mountain.
Be sure to check out the cute local shops, restaurants, and casinos (if you’re feeling lucky!) or simply end the evening enjoying a sunset walk along the lake’s beautiful shoreline.
DAY 3 – Lake Tahoe to Reno
Couldn’t get enough of the shoreline? Was there one more hike you wanted to get in? You’ll have the morning to take advantage of Lake Tahoe’s endless offerings before we set sail for Reno. The route will have us circle the lake, giving you many gorgeous angles of the sparkling blues of Tahoe as we make our way across the state line to Reno, Nevada. Known as The Biggest Little City, you’ll have your fill of delicious restaurants and plenty of time to tour Reno’s burgeoning craft brewery scene, which is now over 28 unique brands strong. With casinos, delicious bites, and plenty of culture, you can make a night of exploring the many different scenes.
DAY 4 – Reno to San Francisco
We’ll say our goodbyes to the Sierras as we start on our way back to the city by the bay. We’ll pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento, following the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest, getting you back to the hotel drop-off in San Francisco by 9pm.
*optional activities are not included in tour price
ADDITIONAL CAMPING INFORMATION:
Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don’t worry if you’ve never camped before; many people haven’t. We supply the gear, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment (you will need a sleeping bag – they are available for rent). Everybody is expected to participate in the set-up and breakdown of camp, and our professional guides are there to ensure a positive camping experience. We camp at comfortable campsites that have hot showers and modern facilities.
Camping Food: We provide the food, but not the chefs. Our guests are the cooks, waiters, and dishwashers. The fare is all-you-can-eat and very tasty, and is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian. Most people eat better with us than they do on the rest of their travels. Please inform of any dietary restrictions or allergies prior to your trip.