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  • 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 2,425-foot-high waterfall, a soaring 8,842-foot-high granite dome, a 3,000-year-old, 300-foot-tall 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, swim and explore the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like black bears, bighorn sheep and foxes. Find out why granite will be your new stone of choice as a rock climber. Discover just how huge a giant sequoia really is by standing at the base of one of these forest monsters and looking up skyward. Explore Yosemite National Park with the experts in adventure travel!

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: Fresno / Mariposa Grove
Fresno / Mariposa Grove
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 aroundt 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-tall 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 and paddle! This morning enjoy saddling up to explore 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
Curry Village / Yosemite Climbing School
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. You’ll 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

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 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.
Photos

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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 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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