Full Day Whitewater Rafting Tour

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Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
A memorable experience
A memorable experience
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Have fun with your family and friends
Have fun with your family and friends
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River
Sample Californian wine at a local winery
Sample Californian wine at a local winery
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What To Expect

Whitewater raft the South Fork of the American River in the heart of the California Gold Country. This Whitewater Rafting day tour takes you into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains for an exhilarating day on the water! Descend 15 miles down the American River, navigating Class III rapids such as the Meat Grinder, Triple Threat and Troublemaker, and float past the the historic gold discovery site of Sutter's Mill! All rafting gear, training, and professional guide are provided! Halfway through your journey, stop for a delicious picnic lunch by the riverside. After an exciting day of whitewater rafting, dry off and head back to the city by the bay.

Highlights

  • Embark on an exciting whitewater rafting adventure at the South Fork of the American River

  • Savor a tasty picnic lunch prepared by your guides

  • Enjoy the views of historic California Gold Country and learn its history

  • Conveniently ride through the city in a bio-fueled mini-coach

Specifications

Type:
Rafting Tours from San Francisco
Departs From:
San Francisco
Meeting Point:
Pick up from San Francisco hotels
Duration:
14 hours
Availability:
Friday at 6:00 AM
Product Code:
10081
Voucher info:
Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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Description

Start the day and head straight east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the East Bay.

Stop for a quick snack/breakfast in the Central Valley (not included in tour price). Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is a booming agricultural region known for almonds, grapes, tomatoes, peaches and strawberries. Then continue our journey up through the cattle and horse ranching foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains to the American River.

Enjoy a short pre-trip briefing by your trip-leader, which will cover what to bring and what not to bring on the raft. You can ask lots of questions as well so you get a better understanding of what to expect on your rafting trip. With a life jacket, helmet and paddle, and your guides will make sure your gear is a proper fit. Then listen to a detailed safety talk and show you how to sit in the raft and how to paddle.

This South Fork rafting trip starts off with a slower pace consisting of mostly Class 1 and 2 rapids, great for warming up before getting into the bigger Class 3 whitewater. So sit back on the boat, enjoy and soak up the sun. After about an hour and half of mellow rafting and enjoying the scenery, it's time to get fueled up with a hearty lunch. This yummy lunch includes several choices of meats, cheeses, vegetables, PB and J, finger food, condiments and cookies; you will definitely not go hungry.

After lunch, it's time to get back on the river! Sit up and lock your feet in as you enter the Gorge Section on the South Fork with all the big rapids. Soon, get very wet, paddling as well as laughing your way down rapids like Fowlers Rock, Triple Threat, Satan's Cesspool, Hospital Bar. The few hours of rafting after lunch go by fast as you paddle from one exciting rapid to another. After all the enjoyment of whitewater rafting your trip will culminate with your rafts entry onto Folsom Lake. The last few miles of flat water are made effortless, as the raft is towed out by a Honda Jet Ski!

Back on land, dry off and hop back into the vehicle to head back to the city.

Includes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Narrated guided tour through California's Gold Country

  • Picnic lunch, served river-side

  • 15 miles of whitewater rafting with a professional guide

  • All necessary rafting gear

Excludes

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

Please Note

  • This tour is ideal for beginners and intermediate paddlers.

  • Pick up at most San Francisco hotels at 06:00 - 07:00.

Minimum age: 8 years

Minimum weight: 80 pounds

No prior whitewater experience is required.

  • Please bring:

  • Swimwear

  • Sun protection

  • Shoes you don't mind getting wet (and that will stay securely on your feet)

  • Dry change of clothes for after rafting

  • T-shirt or long sleeve shirt if you are sensitive to the sun

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 16 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 1 to 15 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 0 day or less prior to date of activity.

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