DAY 1 – San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe
After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s capital city, Sacramento, through the Sierra foothills, and into the famous Gold Rush Country. You’ll crest a high mountain pass within the Sierra Nevada mountains before winding your way through large pine forests and dramatically descending into South Lake Tahoe.
Once in Tahoe, stretch your legs on a short hike before settling down in your choice of accommodations. Tonight, grab dinner as a group and watch the sun set over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.
DAY 2 – Full Day Lake Tahoe
Wake up early to take advantage of a full day near, on, or IN Lake Tahoe. The calm mornings on the lake are the perfect time to enjoy a guided kayak tour* or to beat the crowds and take a quiet hike around picturesque Emerald Bay, or to the top of a mountain. Spend the late afternoon exploring the shops of downtown South Lake Tahoe, gambling at the casinos in Nevada (Tahoe is right on the state border), or enjoying a stroll around the lake’s shoreline.
DAY 3 – Lake Tahoe to Reno
Today you’ll have the chance to head out for a hike or hang out on a beach before you get back on the road. Driving around the lake will afford you a whole new view of this magnificent blue wonder as you cross the state line and make your way to Reno, Nevada. The Biggest Little City will dazzle you with its tasty food and craft brews. Tonight we’ll have a blast exploring in Reno.
DAY 4 – Reno to San Francisco
Enjoy the morning in Reno, before packing up to head back to San Francisco. This afternoon, you’ll leave the Sierra Nevada Mountains 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, and we’ll drop off at our gateway hotel by 9 p.m.
*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.