California
  • 6 days/5 nights
  • Next Departure: Jul 07, 2019
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,958 to $3,328

Yosemite Family 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 and fascinating history of one of America’s favorite National Parks by foot, and even climbing harness! This all-inclusive, custom Yosemite vacation package includes cozy accommodations at Kid-approved lodges, 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 on our Yosemite Family Vacation Package.

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  • North America Vacations
  • Family
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing

Activity Level: Moderate (3)

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" with this six-day, exclusive Yosemite Family Vacation Package into one of America's greatest national treasures. Stand at the base of a tumbling 2,425-foot waterfall, a soaring 8,842-foot granite dome, a 3,000-year-old, 300-foot Giant Sequoia. Hike and explore the largest subalpine 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!
  • Stare up in awe at Giant Sequoia trees in a quiet, secluded grove
  • Discover your inner Ansel Adams as you snap photos of iconic locations from Tunnel View and Olmstead Point
  • Check out the iconic sites like El Capitan, Lower Yosemite Falls and Half Dome under the navigation of a knowledgeable guide
  • Take a ride back in time on the Sugar Pine Railroad and learn about the fascinating history of powerful locomotives
  • Try your hand at rock climbing alongside an expert instructor and take in a 360-degree panorama of Yosemite Valley on a hike up Sentinel Dome
  • Enjoy a poolside barbecue before calling it a night in the comfort of the Rush Creek Lodge
Half Dome at Sunset
Photo: Half Dome at Sunset

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
Day 1: Fresno / Mariposa Grove / Yosemite National Park 
Sunset over Yosemite Valley, California Family Adventure Vacation Packages
Meals Included:  L, D
Overnight: Rush Creek Lodge

Sunday morning pick up in Fresno. Shuttle north toward the famous Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias where we’ll take a short, peaceful hike amongst these gentle giants. Following lunch we drive into the park, stopping for a picnic lunch and photo ops at Tunnel View, Lower Yosemite Falls and El Capitan. El Capitan, Spanish for The Chief, is a vertical rock formation extending about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face and is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers. It is composed almost entirely of El Capitan Granite, a pale, coarse-grained granite emplaced approx. 100 million years ago. Late afternoon, check into Rush Creek Lodge, your home for the next two nights.

About Rush Creek Lodge

Recently opened in 2016, The Rush Creek Lodge is the first new resort in Yosemite National Park in over 25 years! These brand new accommodations feature two queen beds, private bathroom, and a private deck with scenic views of the forest at sunset. Keeping in the spirit of an authentic, rewarding mountain experience, you won't find televisions or other electronic distractions in room. Instead, you'll find radio streaming, games, and the option of renting a portable DVD player and movies. Hoping to catch the big game? The Tavern offers a selection of local craft brews and sports broadcasts, along with live music or karaoke. And don't forget the pool! The lodge hosts a salt water pool, hot tubs, The Pool Bar, and cozy fire pit lounge. All in all, the pristine luxury of the Rush Creek Lodge is the perfect way to begin our trek through Yosemite.
Day 2: Hetch Hetchy Valley
Hiking to Wapama Falls in Yosemite California Family Vacation Packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Rush Creek Lodge
After breakfast, shuttle to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for our trek to Wapama Falls. Along this fascinating trek, listen as your guides tell you stories of John Muir’s time in Yosemite. He claims the Hetch Hetchy Valley was every bit as beautiful as Yosemite Valley until the 1920s; then the Tuolomne River was dammed to create a water supply for San Francisco. After lunch we will head out for another pleasant hike to a nearby waterfall with a beautiful pool at its base perfect for swimming. Return back to the lodge for relaxation and then dinner.
Day 3: Yosemite Valley
Merced River Yosemite, California Family Active Vacations
Meals Included:  B, L
Overnight: Tenaya Lodge

This morning, we shuttle to the trailhead of the Mist Trail. A 3.3 mile hike takes us to the top of Vernal Fall, tackling 1,000 feet of elevation gain that includes an unforgettable stretch of steep stone steps in the midst of a waterfall. If the group feels up to it, we’ll continue on to Nevada Fall and hike back to where we started along the John Muir Trail. Later, we’ll transfer to Tenaya Lodge, your home for the next three nights. Continue your exploration of this amazing area tonight as you spend dinner and the rest of the evening on your own.

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: Half Dome Village / Yosemite Valley
Climbing tours in Yosemite National Park, California Family Adventure Packages
Meals Included:  B, L, D
Overnight: Tenaya Lodge
Fuel up with a warm, fresh meal before we head out to Half Dome 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, we’ll continue our uphill ascent through early afternoon. Tonight we enjoy a BBQ dinner before hopping aboard a logger steam train for a neat, historic tour of Yosemite Mountain’s Sugar Pine Railroad.
Day 5: Sentinel Dome / Taft Point
Taft Point in Yosemite National Park, California hiking family tours
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. After a full day of exploring, it’s back to Tenaya Lodge for a delicious last night’s dinner at Sierra Restaurant, featuring a wonderful combination of fresh, local produce, meats, seafood and pastas.
Day 6: Tenaya / Fresno
Olmstead Point Yosemite National Park, California active family hiking tours
Meals Included:  B
Overnight: No overnight
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge. This morning you can opt to head out on a guided hike or you can take advantage of some last minute pool or spa time. Reluctantly we say good bye to the park and start our way back to Fresno. Hotel and airport drop offs in the early afternoon (no flights before 3 pm). **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 07, 2019
  • From $3,698 / person
  • ($680 single supplement) Children: $2,958 to $3,328

Confirmed Departures

  • Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 12, 2019
  • Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 19, 2019
  • Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 26, 2019
  • Jul 28, 2019 - Aug 2, 2019

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Additional Trip Information

Arrival & Departures

Please plan on arriving at least one day prior to your trip departure. Day one of your itinerary starts at 8:00 AM or 8:30 AM depending on your hotel. Your trip ends with a drop-off at either the Fresno airport 1:00 PM or your area hotel 1:30 PM. Please book your flights for after 3:00 PM out of Fresno Airport.

Activities

Hiking: 1 to 7 miles per hike, easy to strenuous in difficulty on varying terrain (dirt trails, smooth granite, wet stone, etc.) The longest day of hiking will take place on Day 2 (with a 5 mile hike in the morning and 4 mile hike in the afternoon), but will include many opportunities to rest and/or hike at a leisurely pace. Rock Climbing:  Introductory class on the basics of climbing. No experience necessary – shoes, rope, harnesses and instruction provided by professional rock climbing instructor. Discovery: John Muir named this place the ‘range of light’ and for good reason. You’ll learn how glaciers formed this valley as you stand under granite monoliths rising thousands of feet above you. You’ll understand why this place is commonly called the ‘Incomparable Valley.’ Listen as your guides delve into the controversy over the Hetch Hetchy Valley: Should the valley remain dammed providing water for the nearby city of San Francisco or should it be restored to its formal glory as what John Muir described as “one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain temples.” Visit the famous Yan-o-pah (little cloud) or Vernal Fall as it’s called today to witness its massive cascade of tumbling whitewater drop 317 feet over a cliff. Discover why Yosemite National Park is a rock climber’s mecca as you stare in awe at granite monoliths like Half Dome and El Capitan. Examine black and white photographs from Ansel Adam’s time spent in the park in the 1910’s. Discover for yourself this place they call “The GoldenState”. Austin Adventures guides are experienced facilitators and regional experts. They will take the time to explain the details of each activity, answer any questions, and demonstrate the use of all equipment. Each activity has been carefully planned to include options for all levels. Most importantly, your guides will help you select the distance that’s right for you.

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.
  • Any 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 toughest 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 with our Yosemite Family Vacation Package.
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