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San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

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lariss01
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

1 day in Yosemite Valley - I feel itinerary may be misleading - if time in Yosemite matters to you, rethink this tour.

Reviewed January 2020

For years I have dreamed about visiting Yosemite and exploring its iconic sites - waterfalls, El Capitan, Half Dome, the church, Gallery, the river, meadows and more. I thought I did my research and read the itinerary carefully, but in my opinion it was misleading because you will not spend a lot of time right in Yosemite Valley. You will spend one day from about 7:30am - evening. If your true desire is to spend time right in Yosemite Valley I would not choose this tour. If you are okay with 1 day Yosemite valley itself, then this tour was good.

First of all, we did not camp in the National Park ,as the itinerary led me to believe. We camped an hour drive from Yosemite valley. For me this was a surprise and cut a lot of my time down exploring all that I had hoped. Day 1 - we did not go into Yosemite Valley itself. The camp ground we did stay was nice, had wifi, showers etc. I Made the best of this surprise, though quite surprised, had a good night with everyone on my tour. Wonderful to meet people from around the world.

You will only have day 2 of the tour in Yosemite Valley- FINALLY. We left campsite at 6;30-7, drove for an hr, and started hiking around 9-10am - the fabulous Mist Trail, John Muir. When we arrived back in the village (3:30pm.) we raced to rent bikes so we could explore more because we knew our tour would leave the valley in the evening. Honestly, I was heart broken that I had to rush so much and would not see much. Luckily we did visit Glacier Point at sunset which was AMAZING. We left in the evening and again left park and returned to camp ground an hr away. 1 day in Yosemite valley is all this tour really is.

Day 3: again itinerary led me to think I would be in the valley to explore but we left campsite right away in the morning. Felt rushed again, in order to leave and get back to San Fran for some reason. While I adore San Fran and we had a blast there, no time on day 3 in the park again was a surprise and so disappointing. We had made the best of our tour, I wish I had known truly what this tour entailed as I would have chosen differently. Again, I think because my sole purpose was to be right in the Yosemite park/valley..... this is my view of the tour. If you are just wanting to go check it out, have fun etc., then this tour was awesome.

Food decent, tour guide decent, music awesome, driving by guide excellent....people on tour amazing.

Vicki Johnson
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

A great escape from the city to the mountains!

Reviewed September 2017

After 2 weeks spent in and around San Francisco it was so lovely to get out into the hills. We had a full mini-bus of people from all over the world and all ages. Everyone was easy to get on with. You head straight out to Tahoe from San Fran arriving there for a picnic lunch by the lake - beautiful views. Our guide then gave us 2 options for a walk during the afternoon. We had a couple of hours so opted for a hike to Eagle Lake (well worth it). Then it was straight to the campsite near Zephyr Cove to learn how to pitch our tents and set up camp. No-one on my trip wanted to do the boat trip so instead we all had a BBQ by the lake and watched the stunning sunset. It was a short but sweet visit to Tahoe - I now want to go back for longer. The next morning it's a long, but scenic drive to Yosemite. We arrived early afternoon and had about 3 hours to explore. We walked to Yosemite Falls and then Mirror Lake. Others hiked up to Vernal Falls. Then a drive to the campsite where we made Fajitas and Smores for tea! The next morning we had time to visit the Giant Sequoia grove, have a couple of photo stops and then head back to San Fran. Another long trip with an In &Out Burger stop off! This trip doesn't give you long in each place but is still well worth doing as it's just so great to escape the city and see more of what California has to offer. Our guide was fantastic and I'll definitely be doing another trek in the future :-)

Past Trekkers Review
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

Beautiful roadtrip

Reviewed September 2014

The Yosemite & Tahoe mini trip is the perfect chance to get out of the city and enjoy a few days camping in bear country! We had a great, small group of trekkers and a lovely tour leader. It would have been nice to stay an extra day in either Tahoe or Yosemite as you only get a few hours in each place but its great to experience both of these places with a leader if you are pushed for time in the area!

Past Trekkers Review
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

Absolutely amazing experience

Reviewed September 2014

Such an amazing experience and a good way to see the important bits if you are on a short time scale or unsure where to go! Would love to go back again and spend more time there. Guide was lovely and food was good too.

Past Trekkers Review
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

Amazing experience

Reviewed September 2013

Despite the bush fire, we had a really good time, the food was really healthy and the camp site at Lake Tahoe was beautiful. Yosemite is definitely a highlight for those who like to do a bit of hiking, or if you just want to get the shuttle round the park. No bears seen though!! I recommend the sunset catermaran on the Lake Tahoe for sure.

Past Trekkers Review
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

Amazing Road-trip & camping experience !

Reviewed August 2013

I had a blast ! Besides the weather that decided to let it rain on us the first day at Lake Tahoe, it was absolutely amazing ! Our tour guide was lovely, the food was super healty, much better than expected & of course the views were priceless !
We even saw a bear at the Yosemite National Park ! Just lovely (:

Past Trekkers Review
San Francisco to Yosemite Mini

Absolutely one of the best experiences I have done

Reviewed November 2012

Only wish we had another day in Lake Tahoe, would make this a 4 day but in the time we travelled to Lake Tahoe and Yosemite was an absolutely amazing experience... Totally recommend!!!

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