Eco-Friendly Three Day Yosemite National Park Camping Expedition

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Explore Yosemite, America's favorite national park, on a camping trip that will take you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture here. On our Yosemite Escape Camping Tour you will enjoy 3 days and 2 nights of camping, hiking, and swimming in Yosemite National Park. Never camped before? No problem - we'll provide the gear and our guides will ensure a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere.

Highlights
  • Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and rediscover your love for nature at Yosemite National Park
  • Get a chance to camp, hike and swim at America's favorite national park
  • Learn more about Yosemite's history from your experienced guide

Description

Explore Yosemite on a three-day camping trip that takes you off the beaten path to trails and sights unseen by most who venture into America's favorite national park! Our experienced guides will provide history and insight into Yosemite as you explore some of America's tallest waterfalls, biggest trees, and cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor (keep an eye out for rock climbers!)

You'll enjoy three days and two nights of camping, hiking and swimming in a fun-filled, friendly atmosphere. Visit not only Yosemite Valley, but also the magnificent Giant Sequoia trees and the breathtaking High Country. Never camped before? No problem! The necessary camping gear is provided for you, and the tour is fully-guided.

Itinerary

DAY 1

Three days of hiking and camping is the focus of our Yosemite Escape Camping Tour. In the morning of the first day, our guide will meet you downtown at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell Streets in front of the Hilton Hotel at 08:15. Once out of San Francisco, we cross the Central Valley and through gold country on our way into the mountains. Before reaching Yosemite Valley, we hike down for a picnic* amongst the giant sequoias - the largest living things on Earth.

(*Meals the first day are not included in the tour price. You will have an opportunity to get food en route to the park. Depending upon group interest/logistics you may visit any of the three Sequoia groves)

The hike through the giant sequoias is pleasantly shaded and brings you right up close to these massive wooden monuments, some of which are over one thousand years old and measure up to 30 ft. wide & 300 ft. tall. Continuing into the park on a 1 1/2-hour guided tour, we descend into Yosemite Valley, the most famous and photographed part of Yosemite (thanks to the work of Ansel Adams).

While in the Yosemite Valley, your guide will give you an orientation to the park as well as an explanation of the itinerary and options for the next two days. After some free time in Yosemite Valley, you will head for the campsite to set up camp, ending the day with drinks around the campfire as you decide what to do with your next two days in the park.

DAY 2

Rising early, we prepare breakfast and lunch, clean up camp, and head off in the van for a fun day full of hiking, sightseeing, and exploring. Usually the second day is reserved for exploring Yosemite's High Country. A group hike to May Lake and Mount Hoffman is the highlight of this day (depending upon snowpack). May Lake is a picturesque example of a High Sierra lake. If you want more of a challenge, you can continue past May Lake to Mount Hoffman. Located at the geographic center of the park, Mount Hoffman is a non-technical hike that rewards you with a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain landscape. At the end of the day we head back to camp for dinner and free time to unwind by the campfire.

DAY 3

Day three is a free day, where the itinerary is based on the interests of the group. Normally we head back into Yosemite Valley, where you can choose one of a number of great hikes, rent a bike, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River. After a full day in the park, we'll return to San Francisco, arriving around 21:00.

Please note

  • You will need a sleeping bag. If you don't have one, we will rent one to you for 20 USD for the two nights.

  • Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Everybody is expected to participate in the set-up and breakdown of camp, and our professional guides are there to ensure a positive camping experience. Swimming is available nearby.

  • Please advise us of any food allergies or special dietary needs you may have while booking the tour. All of the food shopping is done prior to the tour departure.

Includes

  • Guide

  • Camping equipment

  • Breakfast

  • Lunch

  • Dinner
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Eco-Friendly Three Day Yosemite National Park Camping Expedition

Duration: 60:30 - 61 hour(s)
Available: Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Guide / Camping equipment / Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Add-ons:
  • Sleeping Bag Rental +
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Schedule

  • Day 1
  • 08:00

    Check-in at San Francisco Hilton Hotel

  • 08:30

    Drive to Yosemite (4.5 hrs)

    Take the most scenic drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. Feast your eyes with stunning views as you cruise along the valley. Don't forget to take some photos as you pass along.

  • 14:00

    Nature Walk & Lunch (own expense) at the Giant Sequoia Trees (2 hrs)

    Roam around the park and admire Yosemite Valley's majestic natural beauty. Take photos of the incredible scenery and breathe in the freshest valley air. As you walk along, gaze in wonder at the ancient and towering giant sequoia trees, among the longest-lived tree species existing.

  • 16:00

    Photo Stop at Tunnel View (1 hr)

    Get one of the most incredible views of Yosemite Valley's famed natural wonders such as El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall from the Tunnel View. Snap effortlessly stunning photos of the scenic view.

  • 17:30

    Camp at Yosemite & Free Time (2.5 hrs)

    Be surrounded by the majestic vibe of the Yosemite Valley as you set up your tent and enjoy the rest of the night freely until you sleep. There is a camp fire where you can huddle in for warmth and do some fun camping activities.

  • Day 2
  • 07:00

    Breakfast & Lunch Prep for the Day (1.5 hrs)

  • 08:30

    Yosemite National Park Hiking & Nature Tour (8 hrs)

    Explore the incomparable beauty of the Yosemite Valley as you hike through its gorgeous sights. See towering cliffs and trees, majestic falls, lush greenery and flowers and wildlife animals along the trail.

  • 18:00

    Dinner & Relaxation (3 hrs)

    After dinner, have time to unwind by the campfire, swim or soak in the hot tub, or play a game of pool at the nearby pub.

  • 21:00

    Free Time Around the Campfire

  • Day 3
  • 07:00

    Breakfast & Lunch Prep for the Day (2 hrs)

  • 09:30

    Free Time in Yosemite (5.5 hrs)

    Spend the rest of your tour freely by exploring the unparalleled scenery at Yosemite. You may also do fun activities at the park such as walking, hiking, biking and swimming, among others.

  • 15:00

    Drive to San Francisco (4.5 hrs)

  • 20:30-21:00

    Check-out at San Francisco Hilton Hotel

  • (For Check-In) Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States) Time: 08:00:00

  • (For Check-Out) Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States) Time: 20:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States) Time: 08:00:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Hilton San Francisco Union Square (Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States) Time: 20:30:00

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • Guests with neck, back or joint problems are not permitted to participate in this activity.

  • This activity is not wheelchair accessible.

  • Children of all ages can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Guests are recommended to wear warm layers, gloves and wool socks during early spring and late fall.

  • Water shoes / sports sandals

  • Bottled water

  • Comfortable clothing

  • Hat

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

  • Towel

  • Swimsuit

  • Change of clothes

  • Rain gear

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Sweatshirt / light jacket

  • Sleeping bag

  • Toiletries

  • Flashlight

  • Hiking shoes

Requirement(s) - Others
  • Participants must complete an application and consent form. Please print out the form and submit it at the time of check-in.

Additional Note(s)
  • Meals are not included on the first day and dinner is not included on the last day. Breakfast and lunch are provided on the second and third day. Dinner is provided on the second day.

  • Meal and food stops will be provided during the camping trip.

  • Sleeping bags are available for rent.

  • Amenities include on-site showers with hot water, flush toilets, tents and sleeping pads, propane stove and cookware, fire pit for warmth and marshmallow roasting, use of indoor/outdoor pools and hot tub at a nearby lodge, nearby store for incidentals and swimming in the Merced River across the road from camp.

  • The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.

  • The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.

  • The tour guide has full discretion to refuse service to customers based on attire, behavior, physical fitness and condition.

  • Gratuity is not included in the price.

Booking Requirements (# of participants, vehicles, hours, etc.)
  • You can book a maximum of 13.

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Cancellation Policy

  • Any cancellations made between 16 business days (08:15:00 local time) to 15 business days (08:15:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 20% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made between 15 business days (08:15:00 local time) to 1 business days (08:15:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.

  • Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 08:15:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.

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