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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
- Camping equipment (except a sleeping bag)
- Meals as per Itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Camping fees
- All fees and taxes
- Fuel surcharge (USD10)
- Transport by biodiesel van
- Professional guide
- Gratuities (optional)
- Sleeping bag (available to rent for USD20)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
- Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
- Important: Please note if you need a sleeping bag and any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don't worry if you've never camped before; many people haven't. You will be supplied with all the camping equipment necessary for a trip of this nature, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment. Everybody is expected to participate in setting up and breaking down the camp, and the professional guides are available to attend to your needs to ensure a positive camping experience. We camp at the best campsites, with hot showers and modern facilities. Swimming is available nearby. During booking, please note if you will need a sleeping bag
We use 4-person tents but only have two people in each. In the case of odd numbers in your party, there is a chance you will be paired with another person of the same gender from a different party.
You will be provided with the food, but not the chefs. You guys are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers and, of course, the guests. On leaving the city, we stop at a supermarket and buy everything we need. The fare is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian, all-you-can-eat and very tasty. Most people eat better with us than they have done previously on their travels. Please inform us of any dietary requirements/concerns at the time of booking.
Tour operator uses comfortable 15-passenger vans with dual air-conditioning and stereo sound. Our vans are fueled by biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based diesel fuel, to promote green business. All of the vans have large roof racks for your luggage and the camping equipment.
What to bring
On your journeys, you will need sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, sun protection, a water bottle, flashlight and something warmer in case there is a change in weather.
June through September in Yosemite is hot and sunny with occasional afternoon showers. May and October days are warm with cooler nights. As with all mountain environments, weather can vary quickly, so a layer of warm clothing is a good idea.
After leaving San Francisco in your air-conditioned minivan, travel across California's Central Valley and through the old gold country into the mountains. Before reaching Yosemite, you will stop for a pleasant hike in the shade of the giant sequoia trees, some of which date back more than a thousand years. Then descend to the most photographed part of Yosemite, which was so revered by American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. After some free time in Yosemite Valley, head for the campsite to set up tents and have a relaxing drink (drinks not included).
Day 2: Yosemite National Park (B, L, D)
Today, you'll enjoy a full day of hiking, sightseeing and exploring Yosemite's stunningly beautiful High Country. See such iconic sights such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Tunnel View. Take a gentle stroll to May Lake, a picturesque High Sierra lake, and head onward to Mt Hoffman (snow conditions depending) and take in the 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain landscape. At the end of the day, head back to camp for dinner and time to unwind by the campfire.
Day 3: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco (B, L)
Today is a free day, with your itinerary based on the interests of the group. Choose from a number of great hikes, rent a bike or simply relax in the shade by the emerald-green Merced River. In May, June and early July, you also have the option of joining a whitewater rafting trip on the Merced River (additional fee, and dependent on conditions). After a full day in the great outdoors, head back to San Francisco, refreshed and revitalized from your trip to Yosemite National Park.
If you cancel between 7 and 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Lynda R, December 2016
Amazing tour with an awesome guide Leo
Reviewed by: Ranjani A, October 2016
This trip is worth every penny! Our guide Justine was knowledgeable, funny and smart. Her passion for adventure and travel is very evident. Without revealing too much detail on where she took us you deserve the surprise she has in store, il give you a quick review to point out the pros and cons.
All three days were well planned. She had the best music playing in the bus, tracks handpicked for each part of the journey. Justine gave us a peek into the history of the park before we got there. She also had a bagful of facts that she kept throwing at us, making the entire adventure very interesting. While she didnt stick exactly to the plan on the website, she took us to the right places at the right time. She was in charge and we were very happy with that.
The food arrangements were great. There was a wide variety of produce, jams, spreads, breads.. enough for vegetarians and non vegetarians.
The campsite was neat, restrooms clean with hot water. Everyone pitches in to do everything which is a great experience.
Now, here are the cons. Some suggestions too.
Now this is a pro and a con. I have been on hiking tours before and we typically carry all our baggage which includes clothes for all days and everything else. These guys had a trailer where we could leave our bags and just hike with minimal things like camera and lunch. I had no idea about this and wished i had been informed earlier. I would have packed accordingly.
I checked the temp prediction at the park and within a few days, it had become a lot more cold. It would've been great if the tour guys could have told us in advance so we could've avoided buying things like fleece blankets, extra socks, shoes, gloves etc which i ended up buying despite having all of these back home.
Nothing more to say. Difficult to find fault with a guide and trip this great.
The trip is worth the money and make sure you ask for Justine if that is possible.