Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Group, Private

California Family | Yosemite National Park (6 days)

Austin Adventures

Fresno, CA, United States To Fresno, CA, United States

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Fresno, CA United States
Rush Creek Lodge Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 1: Fresno / Nelder Grove / Yosemite National Park

Sunday morning pick up in Fresno • Shuttle north toward the famous Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias where we’ll take a short, peaceful hike amongst these gentle giants • Following lunch we drive into the park, stopping for a picnic lunch and photo ops at Tunnel View and El Capitan • El Capitan, Spanish for The Chief, is a vertical rock formation extending about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face and is one of the world’s favorite challenges for rock climbers • It is composed almost entirely of El Capitan Granite, a pale, coarse-grained granite emplaced approx. 100 million years ago • Late afternoon, check into Rush Creek Lodge, your home for the next two nights • Overnight at Rush Creek Lodge

Day 2
Yosemite National Park, CA United States
Rush Creek Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 2: Hetch Hetchy Valley

After breakfast, shuttle to Hetch Hetchy Reservoir for our trek to Wapama Falls • Along this fascinating trek, listen as your guides tell you stories of John Muir’s time in Yosemite • He claims the Hetch Hetchy Valley was every bit as beautiful as Yosemite Valley until the 1920s; then the Tuolomne River was dammed to create a water supply for San Francisco • After lunch we will head out for another pleasant hike to a nearby waterfall with a beautiful pool at its base perfect for swimming • Return back to the lodge for relaxation and then dinner • Overnight at Rush Creek Lodge

Day 3
Fish Camp, CA United States
Tenaya Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Day 3: Tenaya Lake / Merced River

This morning we shuttle east with a stop at Olmstead Point to take in incredible views from high up • Continue on to Tenaya Lake where we’ll take an easy but beautiful hike to explore the area • After lunch, we get a new perspective of Yosemite by inner tube on the Merced River** • Later, we’ll transfer to Tenaya Lodge, your home for the next three nights • Continue your exploration of this amazing area tonight as you spend dinner and the rest of the evening on your own • Overnight at Tenaya Lodge

** If the Merced River is running too high or too low, we will do an alternate hike along the Mist Trail instead.

Day 4
Yosemite National Park, CA United States
Fish Camp, CA United States
Tenaya Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 4: Half Dome Village / Yosemite Valley

Fuel up with a warm, fresh meal before we head out to Half Dome Village, where we’ll grab some climbing shoes for a fantastic day of rock climbing and rappelling – no trip to Yosemite would be complete without it! • Classes are designed for climbers of all levels, so everyone from beginners to experts will take away a new skill-set • You’ll spend the better part of the day learning everything there is to know about rock climbing – from tying knots to rappelling, and everything in between • After a pizza lunch at your climbing site, we’ll continue our uphill ascent through early afternoon • Tonight we enjoy a BBQ dinner before hopping aboard a logger steam train for a neat, historic tour of Yosemite Mountain’s Sugar Pine Railroad • Overnight at Tenaya Lodge

Day 5
Fish Camp, CA United States
Yosemite National Park, CA United States
Tenaya Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snack

Day 5: Sentinel Dome / Taft Point

Today, embark on an all-day hike to Sentinel Dome and Taft Point • Choose your level of activity – your hikes can be short, long, steep, gradual – it’s all up to you! • Explore a wide variety of geography and learn how the valley was formed • After a full day of exploring, it’s back to Tenaya Lodge for a delicious last night’s dinner at Sierra Restaurant, featuring a wonderful combination of fresh, local produce, meats, seafood and pastas • Overnight at Tenaya Lodge

Day 6
Fish Camp, CA United States
Fresno, CA United States
None Breakfast, Snack

Day 6: Tenaya / Fresno

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the lodge • This morning you can opt to head out on a guided hike or you can take advantage of some last minute pool or spa time • Reluctantly we say good bye to the park and start our way back to Fresno • Hotel and airport drop offs in the early afternoon (no flights before 3 pm) •

**Trip itineraries are subject to change without notice due to road, weather and other factors outside of our control, for the safety and enjoyment of our guests, as deemed necessary and appropriate by Austin Adventures.

Activities

Hiking – 1 to 5 miles per hike, easy to strenuous in difficulty on varying terrain (dirt trails, smooth granite, wet stone, etc.) The longest day of hiking will take place on Day 2 (with a 5 mile hike in the morning and 4 mile hike in the afternoon), but will include many opportunities to rest and/or hike at a leisurely pace.

Tubing – Sit back and relax as you float the Merced River in individual inner tubes. An alternate hike will replace tubing if the Merced River is running too high or too low.

Rock Climbing – Introductory class on the basics of climbing. No experience necessary – shoes, rope, harnesses and instruction provided by professional rock climbing instructor.

Discovery

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Description

Stand at the base of a tumbling 2,425-foot waterfall, a soaring 8,842-foot granite dome, a 3,000-year-old, 300-foot Giant Sequoia and experience for yourself why John Muir described Yosemite as “…by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” Hike, swim, and explore the largest subalpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife like black bears, bighorn sheep, and foxes. Find out why granite will be your new stone of choice as a rock climber. Discover just how huge a Giant Sequoia really is by standing at the base of one of these forest monsters and looking up skyward. Explore Yosemite National Park with the experts in adventure travel!

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