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Yosemite escape 3-day camping tour

Availability: Monday-Wednesday, Fridays, Sundays
Duration: 3 days
Language: English
Mobile voucher accepted
INSTANT CONFIRMATION
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  • See El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Tunnel View, Giant Sequoias, High Country and Yosemite Valley
  • Don’t worry about packing all of your camping equipment – the guides provide it for you
  • Find your way around Yosemite with help from full-time expert guide
What to expect

Explore Yosemite on a three-day Yosemite camping tour that takes you 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 Yosemite High Country.Never camped before? No problem! The necessary camping gear is provided for you, and the tour is fully-guided, weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip.

You’ll stay at a campsite with modern facilities and the tour will provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care of and have a great time.

Campsite amenities include:

  • On-site showers with hot water (don’t forget your towel and toiletries)
  • Flush toilets
  • Tents and sleeping pads
  • Propane stove and cookware
  • Fire pit for warmth/marshmallow roasting
  • Use of indoor/outdoor pools and hot tub at lodge nearby
  • Nearby store for incidentals
  • Merced River across the road from camp (may swim in river)
  • Sleeping bags available to rent (additional fee)

Itinerary Day 1:

8.15am: Pick up from San Francisco Hilton Hotel (Mason Street entrance)

8.30am – 1.00pm: Cross the Bay Bridge and see Alcatraz and Angel Island. Travel through Oakland and the East Bay, then on to the Central Valley. There will be a stop at a local fruit stand to pick up some fresh produce and an opportunity to buy lunch in advance (not included). Travel through the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills.

2.00pm – 4.00pm: Arrive at a grove of Giant Sequoia trees. Find a quiet place to enjoy your picnic lunch while wandering amongst these massive wooden monuments, some of which are over one thousand years old and measure up to 30 ft. wide & 300 ft. tall!

4.00pm – 5.00pm: Make your way through Yosemite to a beautiful photo stop at Tunnel View, a spectacular view at the mouth of the valley looking east towards El Capitan, Half Dome, and BridalVeil Falls.

5.30pm: Arrive at camp. Your guide will give a campground orientation while you set up camp. You can then relax by the river, swim in the pool/hot tub, get dinner in the restaurant (not included), or hang out in the pub.

8.00pm: Drinks around the campfire at night is a great way to end the day. You’ll want to get a good night’s rest for a full day of hiking on Day 2.

Day 2:

7.00am-8.30am: Rising early, guides prepare breakfast and lunch, while you clean up camp, and head off in the van for a fun day full of hiking, sightseeing, and exploring.

8.30am – 4.30pm: Usually the second day is reserved for exploring Yosemite’s High Country. Picturesque lakes, vistas from mountain summits, and winding paths through serene meadows are some of the highlights of the high country landscape. Your guide will choose a hike in high country that is suitable for the activity level of the group. Then head back to camp for a cookout.

6.00pm: Dinner tonight is a camp cookout where you help cook. Then you’ll have time to unwind by the campfire, swim or soak in the hot tub, or play a game of pool at the nearby pub.

9.00pm: Swap stories around the campfire with your new friends. “Hit the sack” when you’re ready, but in the morning, you’ll “break” camp and head to the famous Yosemite Valley.

Day 3:

7.00am-9.00am: Rising early, guides will prepare breakfast and lunch while you "break” camp. As soon as you're all packed up, you'll head to Yosemite Valley.

9.30am – 3.00pm: Day three is a free day, where you choose what you’d like to see and do in Yosemite Valley. You can hike to a waterfall, rent a bicycle to cruise around the valley floor, check out the visitor’s center, museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River.

2.30pm – 3.00pm: Regroup for one final group activity, a visit to the El Capitan Meadow to view rock climbers conquering the largest granite monolith in North America.

3.00pm – 8.30pm: After a full day in the park, you’ll head back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving around 8.30pm-9.00pm.

Please note: Due to rapidly-changing conditions beyond control (weather, crowds, traffic) and the small size of vehicles/groups, guides are allowed the the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While it is guaranteed that they’ll do their best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), it is not guaranteed in this specific order

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What's included
  • Complimentary pick up/drop off from the San Francisco Hilton hotel (Mason St. entrance)
  • Narrated guided tour by a full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • 5 Meals provided (BLD Day 2, BL Day 3)
  • All camping equipment is provided except sleeping bag
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
What's not included
  • Meals Day 1, dinner Day 3 (stops will be made to purchase food).
  • Sleeping bags (available for rent)
  • Guide gratuity (optional)
Reduced price
  • Children 0-12
Where

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Meeting point:

Please notify Incredible Adventures if you're arriving at the Dublin/Pleasanton BART Station, coming from the East Bay and the tour guide will meet you there. Please wait on the Pleasanton side by the coffee kiosk. You must make your own way to the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

What to remember
  • Hotel pickup confirmation required for this tour. You must call at least 24 hours prior to departure to set exact pickup time and location
  • Tour guides tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group
  • If you’re running late and will not make it to your pickup location on time, please call the number provided immediately
  • All Season:
    • Camera and charger
    • Sneakers or hiking boots (mountain hiking can be hard on unsupported ankles)
    • Comfortable hiking clothes (shorts & T-shirt)
    • Change of clothes for 2 days
    • Swimwear, sandals
    • Toiletries, towel
    • Bug repellent spray
    • Sun protection, hat
    • Water bottle
    • Flashlight or headlamp (optional)
    • Warm layers (evenings can be cooler)
    • Raincoat/jacket
  • Early Spring/Late Fall: (additionally)
    • Hiking boots or durable sneakers (preferably Gortex or waterproof)
    • Warm layers (long underwear & wool fleece suggested)
    • Waterproof jacket/pants for winter conditions
    • Gloves, wool socks and a hat (75% of your body heat is lost through your hands, head, and feet)
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When
  • May-Oct (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
  • June-Sept (additional Sundays and Tuesdays)
  • Departs 8.15am from pickup location
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Provider
Incredible Adventures
Booking fee
Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.

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