We've got the ideal way to add a camping experience to your California holiday. Our fully-guided, all equipment provided 3-day Yosemite camping adventure is the perfect mix with a coastal itinerary.
Experienced guides will take you off the beaten path and provide history and insight into Yosemite not many visitors get. Explore some of America's tallest waterfalls, biggest trees and cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. 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.
Meet your guide in downtown San Francisco at 8:15 am. Once out of San Francisco, you will cross the Central Valley through gold country on your way into the mountains. Before reaching Yosemite Valley, you'll enjoy a hike and picnic* amongst the giant sequoias.
(*Meals on 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 brings you right up close to these massive wooden monuments, some of which are over one thousand years old and measure up to 30 feet wide and 300 feet tall. Continuing into the park on a 1 1/2-hour guided tour, you will descend into Yosemite Valley, the most famous and photographed part of Yosemite (thanks to the work of Ansel Adams).
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.
Rising early, you will prepare breakfast and lunch, clean up camp then head off in the van for a full day 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). At the end of the day you'll head back to camp for dinner and time to unwind by the campfire. The odd campfire sing-song has been known to take place, so be prepared!
This is a free day where the interests of the group will base the itinerary. Typically, you'll head back to the Yosemite Valley to hike, rent a bike, or relax in the shade by the Merced River. After a full day in the park, you'll transfer back to San Francisco with an arrival time of 9pm.
What's Included On Your 3 day Camping Trip .
Pick-up and drop-off downtown San Francisco (Hilton Hotel)
3-day fully guided, narrated tour by expert guides
5 fresh meals
Yosemite Park entrance fee
Tents/sleeping pads/camping gear*
* You will need a sleeping bag available for rent at $20 per person for the trip.
Notes for Campers!
Don't worry if you've never camped before - you won't be the first! Quality tents, camping and cooking equipment is provided. Sleeping bags are not, but available for rent. This is very much a community experience and everyone is expected to participate in the set-up and breakdown of camp. Campsites are very comfortable with hot showers and modern facilities.
Food is provided, but not the chefs. Not only are you the guest, but also the cook, waiter and dishwasher. The fare is all-you-can-eat, very tasty and a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian.
Vans have large roof racks or trailers for your luggage and camping equipment. Campers are welcome to leave their luggage in the tents for the duration of the trip or in the locking trailer.
Recommended Gear List
Small overnight bag (that can fit under seat)
Sneakers or hiking boots
Hiking clothes (shorts & T-shirt)
Swimwear & towel
Sun protection & bug spray
Warm layers (evenings can be cooler)
June through September the weather in Yosemite is hot and sunny with occasional afternoon showers. As in all mountain environments, weather can be unpredictable, so having a layer of warm clothing is always a good idea. Vans have large roof racks or trailers for your luggage and the camping equipment.