- 4 days (Approx.)
- Mobile ticket
The ultimate Sierra Mountain adventure! Spend 4 FULL DAYS hiking & exploring some of the lesser-traveled areas of Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Lake Tahoe, with hotel or camping accommodations included! Visit Bodie Ghost Town, the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias, and more on this epic tour from San Francisco.
- Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Small group ensures personal service
- See native wildlife in their natural environment
- Multi-Day Trip
- All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
- Central San Francisco Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- Narrated guided tour
- Hotel or campsite accommodations (double occupancy, single occupancy supplement applies for single bookings.
- Camping gear provided; sleeping bags available for $20 rental fee.
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (except Hilton Hotel)
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
Returns to original departure point
Anyone short on time will pack in plenty of natural splendor with this 4-day tour of Yosemite, Tahoe, and the eastern Sierra. Travel round-trip from San Francisco and stay overnight at mountain resorts and hotels in each destination.
DAY 1 - San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule. Hiking trails abound, and this afternoon your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Afterwards, relax on the bank of the Merced River and soak up the spectacular views before heading back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day.
DAY 2 - Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes, CA
The next morning, we’re off to explore more of what Yosemite has to offer. Your guide will set you up with an amazing morning hike or a chance to capture a few more iconic photos followed by lunch among the fabled Giant Sequoias. In the afternoon, you’ll hop back in the coach to ascend to almost 10,000 Feet (3000+ meters), traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and weaving your way through Tuolumne Meadows before descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. Next up, an overnight stay in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California. Hinting at its prehistoric past, the name is quite fitting: explore Mammoth’s huge mountains, numerous lakes, and expansive valleys. Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride up to 11,053 ft (3368 meters) and check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. Explore the geologic, natural, and human history of Mammoth Lakes and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world. You’ll stay overnight in a quiet hotel or campsite in Mammoth Lakes.
DAY 3 - Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area
You’ll start your third day with the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. This rugged place was named in honor of the famed nature photographer. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Devil’s Postpile National Monument; this strange columnar basalt formation is a rare sight in the geologic world. With a name like that, you won’t be disappointed. You may also choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you’re back on the road, this time headed to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, you’ll get off the pavement to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the remote National Historic Landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town. End your adventure-filled day by trying your luck at blackjack, or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. Gambling not your thing? We’ll set you up with a sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You’ll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe hotel or campsite.
DAY 4 - Lake Tahoe to San Francisco
This morning, you’ll get to choose your own adventure. Get up close and personal with the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike. If you would prefer more of a bird’s eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take a 2.4 mile gondola ride up, up, up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await you. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on a short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader.
This afternoon, you’ll leave Lake Tahoe behind and pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento. You’ll follow the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest back to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, and we’ll drop off at our gateway hotel by 9 p.m.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Accommodations are double occupancy same-sex or couple share.
- Private rooms for single occupants are available if option chosen.
If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 2 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 1 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
The attraction of the tour were OK. WIFI connection was not in the bus, the return time after seeing the sequoias was not enough, you get back drowned by the eight, I would have liked to do it at my own pace. The guide needs more training and more communication, she must explain how high one goes. On the outward journey From San Francisco to Yosemite Park it took 6 hours there were many stops and we only stayed 3 hours in the park. They should live earlier. Executing the first hotel, the other two were very good.
From beginning to end this was such a memorable experience. Our guide was quite young but had no problem being with a bunch of oldies who all thought he was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about everything from where to get the best take out lunch to the history of all the amazing places he shared with us. I believe he went above and beyond what was required of him. He took us hiking thru beautiful nation parks to see the sequoia trees, chip munks and squirrels. On our tour through Lake Tahoe one of our group just had to go for a swim, so of course our young energetic guide went in for a dip too. After this we continued driving through beautiful countryside and magnificent blue and turquoise lakes. It is difficult to pick a highlight as the whole 4 days was the highlight of my 4 week trip to the US. I would definitely recommend this tour to all
Great trip, even though our itinerary needed to be altered because of snow on Tioga Pass. May was a beautiful time to visit.
Good. Just wished we were offered the chance to either do the cruise or gondola ride in Lake Tahoe, as we clearly had enough time to do it. Other than that, our guide tried very hard as this was the first tour with this itinerary from this company.
This was an amazing four day tour of Yosemite and Sierra Nevada. You really need more than one day in these amazing places and this tour gives you that opportunity. The accommodations for the nights were really top-notch and all different, from the Bug hostel at the edge of Yosemite to the hotel made of repurposed material in Tahoe. Without a doubt these were some of the best places Ive ever stayed at.
When I did the tour we were a small group of four people, myself and our guide Vern included. Vern was an amazing guide, with great enthusiasm and love for what he did. He customized the tour to our interests, with a lot of options for each location we visited. You want to bike through Yosemite valley, you can do that. You want to walk instead, you can do that too with a custom route so you make the most of your time there. We did a lot every day, but never once did it feel rushed like most day trips tend to be.
Every day was amazing, but for me, the highlight was the second day of the tour and the hikes in Yosemite up to Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point in the morning, swimming in Tenaya lake in the afternoon, followed by a hike up to the top of Lembert Dome. The view from up there cant be beat, and the climb up the last granite slopes is a thrilling experience.
If youre thinking of doing a tour to Yosemite look no further than this one.
TIP: Be as fast as you can and dont waste time when getting supplies at a supermarket, for example for lunch or breakfast. That way youll have more time where it matters, like in the parks.