Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour - 4 Day Hotel and Hiking Adventure

Why We Love This Tour

“Mountains for days! If you want to see the highlights of the Sierras, but also get a little off the beaten path, this tour is an awesome choice.”

– Sam Brogden
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Tour Highlights

  • Yosemite Valley
  • Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Yosemite High Country
  • Camping & Hotel Options
  • Mammoth Lakes
  • Devil’s Postpile
  • Bodie Ghost Town
  • Lake Tahoe
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Price: $749

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*CAMPING rates. Hotel accommodations also available. Child rates are available for those under 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.

Emerald Bay Sunburst c Rod Hanna CREDIT
See the serene Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe
Woman Mountain Biker in South Lake Tahoe c Jamie Kingham CREDIT
Explore Lake Tahoe on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule
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Experience the highest alpine lake in the US by stand-up paddleboard
Get off the beaten path into Yosemite National Park's High Country
Get off the beaten path and into High Country!
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See the magnificent Giant Sequoias of Yosemite

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Overview

Are you ready for an escape from the clamour of the city? On this four-day, curated adventure, you’ll travel into the vast natural grandeur that takes you deep into the Sierra Nevadas. Revel in the dramatic, glacier-formed cliffs, enjoy the soft, wildflower-speckled meadows, wonder at the towering sequoias, and take in the clear sparkling water of Lake Tahoe, in this dynamic tour along the mountain range that inspired John Muir’s most powerful conservation efforts.

You’ll get a taste of California’s rich agricultural hub as we pass through a slice of the Central Valley and connect with the rich history of California’s gold country, passing through some of the first settlements built during the Gold Rush.

During this comprehensive four-day Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour, you’ll have opportunities to hike through the Ansel Adams Wilderness Area, admire the dramatic rock formation of Devil’s Postpile National Monument, and brave a dip in in the startlingly clear Lake Tahoe waters.  

Weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip. This tour runs weekly, May-September (see Yosemite Escape 3-day Camping Tour and Yosemite Experience 2-day Hotel Tour for additional summer overnights in Yosemite)

Choose Your Accommodations

STAY IN A COMFY HOTEL!

Hotel Becket South Lake Tahoe

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.

Prices start at $879 double occ*

CAMP WITH US!

Yosemite Campground

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.


** Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in the summer are in very high demand, 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 accommodation is NOT available, we will to the best we can to help find something for you. **

Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 1

SAN FRANCISCO TO YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. Once we reach the drop-off location, you’ll have 4 hours of free time to explore this natural playground. 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 options to meander or bike down paved paths, hike the trails, engage further with the park’s history at the visitor center, or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. Just a few hours in the park will show you why the iconic landscapes have been the inspiration for countless artists and photographers dating back to John Muir’s first expeditions in the late 1800s.

After a full day of traipsing around the park, we’ll head to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 2

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK TO MAMMOTH LAKES VIA TIOGA PASS

Did you catch the scent of a trail you didn’t have time for? This morning you’ll have plenty of time to follow your inspiration. Next, we’ll set off for Yosemite High Country with views like no other.

Prepare to dine among giants as we arrive at a grove of Sequoia trees. You’ll take in the meditative views as next to trees that measure up to 300 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and older than one thousand years.

In the 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.

You’ll have some time to explore beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California before hitting the hay. 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

The third day begins with a hike through the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Named in honor of the famed nature photographer and conservationist, this area is a truly beautiful a preserved treasure, housing both unusual and beautiful natural sites. The Devil’s Postpile National Monument, named for the rare dark basalt columns, was formed less than 10,000 years ago when a mass of lava pooled and cooled into stacks. The result is a stunning view of jutting vertical rocks, a photogenic sight on a trail that continues to the gorgeous Rainbow Falls, the highest waterfall on the Middle fork of the San Joaquin river.

After a quick lunch, we’ll set our course for the world-famous glittering waters of Lake Tahoe. We’ll follow a historic route that runs into a bit of California’s Gold Rush history, where we’ll make a stop to check out the remote landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town which was been abandoned since the early 1900s.

We’ll arrive in South Lake Tahoe in time to end your adventure-filled day sailing into the sunset on Emerald Bay or you can try your luck at blackjack, or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah’s or one of other famous casinos in town.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 4

LAKE TAHOE TO SAN FRANCISCO

As you take in the crisp morning air, your guide will facilitate a personalized adventure schedule! Get up close and personal with Lake Tahoe, the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard. Rent a bike to trundle the paths along the lake’s gorgeous sandy shores. If you would prefer more of a bird’s eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take the 2.4 mile gondola ride up to Heavenly Mountain resort where you can hike, go tubing, or explore the zipline or ropes course. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on a short hike with the expert direction of your guide.

We’ll wave goodbye to this natural playground as leave Lake Tahoe behind. 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. We’ll deliver you back to San Francisco in time for dinner.

 

 

**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. **

Tour Details

About Your Yosemite and Tahoe Sierras Tour

Departure: May-Sept (departs Tuesdays)
8:15 am pickup from a central SF hotel

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Transportation: Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach (14 passengers max)

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)

 

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Reviews

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Amazing 4 Days in Yosemite and the Sierras

“We took the 4 day trip to Yosemite and the Sierras last Sept and we were very happy that we signed with Incredible Adventures. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very flexible, he knew just what to do when we hit an unpredictable snowy weather along Mammoth Lakes. The added bonus of going to Glacier Point was just beautiful. Overall it was a great trip. And the way he ended the tour just watching the San Francisco skyline at night was magical. I would highly recommend this tour especially with Robert as the guide.”

– Adele V Traveled September 2017 Yosemite and Tahoe Camping Tour

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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!

– Madhyama Traveled July 2016 Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Tour

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