California
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 10, 2016
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,638 to $2,968

Yosemite Vacation Package

Pack the kids and your sense of adventure for this nonstop-action, family journey through Yosemite National Park. Join our expert guides as they introduce you to towering redwoods, the lazy ways of the Merced River and fascinating history of one of America’s favorite National Parks by foot, horseback and even climbing harness! This all-inclusive, custom Yosemite vacation package includes cozy accommodations at timeless lodges and iconic park properties complemented with the best in regional cuisine and the tastiest pizza of any National Park. All the while, enjoy the marvelous backdrop of Yosemite Valley’s granite monoliths, pine-studded meadows, cascading waterfalls and curious wildlife as Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service allows you to spend time focusing on the kids without worrying about the small stuff. Truly a family vacation of a lifetime.

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  • Family Vacations
  • Hiking
  • Horseback
  • Paddling

Activity Level: Moderate

About
This Tour

Discover why John Muir described Yosemite as "by far the grandest of all the special temples of nature I was ever permitted to enter" on this six-day, exclusive adventure into one of America's greatest national treasures. Test your bravery learning to rock climb, float down the refreshing Merced River and giddy-up on a horseback ride through postcard-perfect Yosemite Valley. Our expert guides can't wait to share the lore, action and peace found in this majestic haven.

  • Feel the mist of a tumbling 2,425-foot waterfall
  • Be inspired by the 3,000-foot sheer face of El Capitan
  • Try to wrap your arms around a 3,000-year-old, 300-foot-high Giant Sequoia
  • Learn the incredible history of the Yosemite bear population
  • Hike, swim and explore the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada
  • Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like bighorn sheep and foxes
  • Find out why granite will be your new stone of choice as a rock climber
Views of El Cap at Half Dome at Sunset Yosemite Family Vacations
Photo: Views of El Cap at Half Dome at Sunset Yosemite Family Vacations

Beautiful location, great food, terrific lodging, excellent itinerary and THE BEST GUIDES! This was our third Austin adventure and we are looking forward to number four. Our group of 12 ranges in ages from 12 to 76 - we all had a blast.

David D New Brunswick, NJ

Fabulous family vacation. All details were planned out so well. AA planned everything to a "T"! I could never ever have planned and executed this trip. AA had so many "extra touches." Such hardworking and delightful guides.

Cathy G Baltimore, MD

The guides are great. The itinerary is well thought out, and the overall experience priceless.

Russell K Knightdale, NC

Itinerary
& Map

Tour Itinerary

6 days/5 nights

Fresno, CA

Day 1: Fresno / Mariposa Grove
Yosemite Family Vacation Photo
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

Begin with a Sunday morning pick-up in Fresno.

From there, shuttle south toward the famous Mariposa groves of giant sequoias. The sun will light up these giants as we walk around famous trees such as the Grizzly Giant, Fallen Tunnel, Fallen Monarch and others, some 3,000 years old, upwards of 300-feet tall and 40-feet in diameter. 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: Vernal Falls / Nevada Falls
Vernal Falls / Nevada Falls
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Evergreen Lodge

After a hearty breakfast at the lodge, head out for a short shuttle into the park. We’ll arrive at the trailhead of Vernal Falls. 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. Spend the day hiking, swimming and exploring this spectacular sub-alpine valley. A delicious dinner will be served at the Evergreen Lodge dining room tonight.

Day 3: Yosemite Valley / Merced River
Yosemite Valley / Merced River
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Tenaya Lodge

Its time to saddle up before paddling down the Merced River! This morning, exploring the park on horseback. Your morning ride will be full of great photo opportunities.

This afternoon (after a freshly-made lunch), gather up the family for a float down the Merced River. Then, enjoy an early dinner at the Mountain Room located in the Yosemite Lodge where striking views of the 2,424-foot-high Yosemite Falls will be the backdrop of your dinner. After, we’ll transfer to Tenaya Lodge, your home for the next three nights

 

About Tenaya Lodge
Named after the legendary Chief Tenaya, the lodge is located near the Park's south gate. Settle in next to the "incense cedars" and towering sugar pines. Amenities include inviting fireplaces and private outdoor seating areas. The lodge is a year-round destination offering recreational activities to suit the season.

Day 4: Curry Village / Yosemite Climbing School
Yosemite Family Vacation Photo
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Tenaya Lodge

Fuel up with a warm, fresh meal before we head out 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. Spend the better part of the day learning everything there is to know about rock climbing – from tying knots to rappelling, 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: Tenaya 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.

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

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge. Optional bike ride or pool/spa time before we say goodbye to the Park and start our way back to Fresno. Hotel and airport drop-offs in the early afternoon (no flights before 3 p.m.)

 

** 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

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  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 10, 2016
  • From $3,298 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,638 to $2,968

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 10, 2016
  • Jul 17, 2016
  • Jul 24, 2016
  • Jul 31, 2016

Recommended Travel Months

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Additional Trip Information

Departure
  • Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure.
  • Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 a.m. or 8:20 a.m., depending on your hotel.
  • Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Fresno airport (2:00 p.m.) or your area hotel (2:30 p.m.)
Activities
  • Hiking – 3 to 5 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Horseback Riding – Easygoing walking pace, no experience necessary.
  • Rock Climbing – Introductory class on the basics of climbing. No experience necessary.
  • Floating Merced River – 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.
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Testimonials
Testimonials

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

This was a great experience for our family. It really got us out of our usual vacation rut & gave us a chance to share new experiences

Pam V, Dunwoody, GA

Thank you for another unforgettable family vacation. It was the perfect blend between adventure and peacefulness.

Stacey H, Berlin, NJ

Wonderful, educational, personalized, relaxing (not having to plan) Active-Kinetic

Joan R, North Fort Myers, FL

Can't imagine a better way to have experienced Yosemite for the first time - we saw, did, & learned so much

Kendra S, De Pere, WI

I was very nervous- I'm not experienced in outdoor stuff- they took great care of us!

Ellen E, Bloomfield Township, MI

The entire trip was well planned, fun and incredibly rewarding. The guides were amazing and met our every need, down to the smallest detail.

Noelle F, Cincinnati, OH

A wondrous vacation! "the hardest part is going home"

Barbara, R, Richmond, VA
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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 this 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.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: from getting your kids stoked on nature to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.
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