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California
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 12, 2015
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,558 to $2,878

Yosemite Vacation Packages

Yosemite is one of the country’s most iconic national parks and one of the most fun places to explore with the family. And there’s no better way to explore than with one of our sought-after Yosemite vacation packages.

From soaring granite monoliths with winding trails cresting at jaw dropping vistas to sky scraping redwoods that dwarf – well, sky scrapers. With our Yosemite vacation packages you’ll get to hike, bike and create lifelong memories with the whole family.

  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Stand at the base of a tumbling 2,425ft waterfall, a soaring 8,842ft granite dome, a 3,000-year-old giant sequoia and experience why John Muir described Yosemite as "by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.”

  • Hike a scenic canyon to the confluence of the South and Middle forks of the Tuolumne River for a refreshing dip beneath a waterfall
  • Try your hand at rock climbing and rappelling alongside an expert instructor
  • Let the spray of Vernal Falls cool your cheeks on a walk along Mist Trail
  • Explore postcard-perfect lakes and sub-alpine meadows along Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows, keeping an eye out for big horn sheep
  • Walk amongst the aptly named Grizzly Giant and Fallen Tunnel sequoias in Mariposa Grove
  • Unwind with a well-earned plate of pan-seared rainbow trout or grilled flat-iron steak and a restful night's sleep in the comfort of the historic Wawona Hotel
Views of El Cap at Half Dome at Sunset
Photo: Views of El Cap at Half Dome at Sunset

I have seen persons of emotional temperament stand with tearful eyes, spellbound and dumb with awe, as they got their first view of the Valley from Inspiration Point, overwhelmed in the sudden presence of the unspeakable stupendous grandeur.

Galen Clark Guardian of the Yosemite Grant

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Fresno, CA

Day 1: San Francisco / Tuolumne River / Yosemite
San Francisco / Tuolumne River / Yosemite
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

Begin with an early morning pick up in San Francisco.

From there, shuttle east toward the Sierras and Yosemite, with a few quick stops along the way to stretch our legs and explore the area before arriving at Evergreen Lodge for check-in.

After a picnic lunch and a bike fitting, saddle up for a ride along the Yosemite area’s quiet back roads, heading downhill to the historic Rainbow Pools. Once here, cool off with a refreshing swim beneath the waterfalls before shuttling back to the lodge.

Tonight, enjoy a BBQ back at Evergreen Lodge, your home for the next two nights.

About the Evergreen Lodge
Nestled in the woods bordering Yosemite National Park, Evergreen Lodge offers a timeless Yosemite experience, including fully-furnished cabins, delicious food, a classic all-wood tavern and a warm, welcoming environment.

The cabins provide perfect accommodations for couples and families alike. Escape the crowds and enjoy the serenity and mountain charm of this Yosemite hideaway.

Day 2: Tioga Pass / Tuolumne Meadows
Tioga Pass / Tuolumne Meadows
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

On Day 2, you're up early for a road trip!

  • Your guides will prepare a trailside breakfast en route to Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows
  • At 9,941 feet, Tioga Pass (Highway 120 East) is the highest vehicle pass in California; a number of scenic pullouts are located along the way, including a wonderful stop at the picture-perfect Tenaya Lake
  • Further on, Tuolumne Meadows is the largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada
  • Keep an eye out for California bighorn sheep grazing along the Tioga Road beyond the eastern boundary of the Park

Spend the day hiking, swimming, and exploring this spectacular subalpine valley! Afterward, a delicious dinner will be served at the Evergreen Lodge dining room tonight.

Day 3: Vernal Falls / Nevada Falls
Vernal Falls / Nevada Falls
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Ahwahnee Lodge

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, head out for a short shuttle into the park.

Upon arrival in the valley, we’ll ride our bikes to Happy Isles, the trailhead of Vernal Falls. Now at our hiking trail, you will head out on a hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls. Known as the Mist Trail, this hike passes right beside the thundering 317-foot Vernal Falls, which in the spring blows a heavy mist into the air.

Following a freshly made lunch, journey up the rest of the trail and then enjoy a refreshing bike ride back to Yosemite Lodge where striking views of the 2,424-foot high Yosemite Falls will be the backdrop of your dinner tonight.

After, we’ll transfer to Ahwahnee Lodge, your home for the next 2 nights.

About Ahwahnee Lodge
Known for its magnificent façade, and architecture, The Ahwahnee was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality and elegance.

Day 4: Curry Village / Merced River
Curry Village /  Merced River
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Ahwahnee Lodge

On Day 4, fuel up with a warm, fresh meal before we head out on our bikes to Curry Village, where we’ll grab some climbing shoes for a fantastic day of rock climbing and rappelling – no trip to Yosemite would be complete without it!

Classes are designed for climbers of all levels, so everyone from beginners to experts will take away a new skill-set. You’ll spend the better part of the day learning everything there is to know about rock climbing – from tying knots to rapelling, and everything in between.

After a pizza lunch at your climbing site, you’ll have the opportunity to walk to Lower Yosemite Falls. Continue your exploration of this amazing area tonight as you spend dinner and the rest of the evening on your own.

Day 5: Sentinel Dome / Taft Point
Sentinel Dome / Taft Point
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Wawona Lodge

Today, embark on an all-day hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point.

  • Choose your level of activity – your hikes can be short, long, steep, gradual – it’s all up to you!
  • Explore a wide variety of geography and learn how the valley was formed
  • Arrive at Wawona Lodge, your home for the night, late this afternoon

Dinner tonight is at the Wawona Lodge Dining Room, known for its culinary excellence.

About Wawona Lodge
Wawona Hotel, a National Historic Landmark, rests upon verdant meadows and beside rushing streams.

The tranquility of this Victorian-style lodge in Yosemite makes it a favorite of those who prefer a relaxed environment and the gracious charm of a bygone era. Wawona Hotel in Yosemite is located four miles from the Park's south entrance, cradled between the majestic Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and the bustling activity of Yosemite Valley.

From strolling this historic property's grounds, golfing their Audubon Certified Sanctuary, enjoying a stable ride, exploring the Pioneer Museum or simply enjoying a cocktail in one of their Adirondack chairs, Wawona is a lovely option the entire family will enjoy any time of the year.

Day 6: Tenaya Creek Nature Trail / San Francisco
Tenaya Creek Nature Trail / San Francisco
Meals Included:  B, L

On the 6th and final day, wake up early to beat the crowds to the famous Mariposa Groves of Giant Sequoias.

The sun will light up these giants as we walk amongst famous trees, some 3,000 years old, upwards of 300 feet tall, and 40 feet in diameter, such as:

  • The Grizzly Giant
  • Fallen Tunnel
  • Fallen Monarch and others

After our hike we reluctantly say good bye to the park and start our way back to the Bay Area.

From there, head on to San Francisco (5 hours) for late afternoon drop-offs at the airport or your hotel.

** Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Start planning your next adventure now. See the information below for the rates and selection of available dates. For additional information on dates and availability, please contact our travel specialists.

  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 12, 2015
  • From $3,198 / person
  • ($780 single supplement) Children: $2,558 to $2,878

Departure Dates

  • Jul 12, 2015
  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Jul 26, 2015
  • Aug 02, 2015

Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day one of your itinerary starts at 7:00 a.m. or 7:15 a.m., depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the San Francisco airport 5:00 p.m. or your area hotel 5:30 p.m.
Activities
  • Hiking – 3 to 5 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Biking 1 to 14 miles per ride, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Rock Climbing – Introductory class on the basics of climbing. No experience necessary.
Meals

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on your own – are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Double occupancy rooms with private baths.
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions – except one dinner on own your own.
  • Fully trained, first-aid certified professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Bikes, helmets and other necessary equipment – all safe and well maintained.
  • Vehicle support and land transportation during the trip.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt, water bottle, luggage tags and luggage service.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
  • Incidental expenses such as taxes, dining and housekeeping gratuities, local partner and expert gratuities and national park entrance and permit fees.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures guides.
  • Alcoholic beverages and related gratuities.
  • One dinner on your own.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses.
Photos

A few more reasons why you've gotta go…

  • 1. The Yosemite Firefall: learn the history of an 88-year-old tradition deemed so dangerous that it was discontinued in 1968.
  • 2. Taft Point: jutting 1,500 feet over the valley, you can't beat the view from the Point.
  • 3. The trees! It took 15 Austin Adventures guests, hand in hand, to encircle one Giant Sequoia.
  • 4. The rock climbing: after a 60-foot rappel down the base of El Capitan, you and your kids both will have a new perspective on what you can accomplish.
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