Yosemite Escape Camping Tour 3D/2N
Explore Yosemite on a three-day Yosemite camping tour that takes you to trails and sights unseen by most who venture into America’s favourite 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 breath-taking 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.
This tour runs daily, May-October (see Yosemite Stay & Play Winter Hotel Tour for off-season overnights in Yosemite)
- Explore America’s tallest waterfalls, biggest trees and stunning cliffs
- Experience guides provide history and insight
- Enjoy breath-taking Yosemite high country
Max group size:
CAMPINGOur three day camping tour is designed to be comfortable for all levels of camping experience, from first time campers to veteran outdoors people. We stay at a campsite with modern facilities and we provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care of and have a great time. This tour offers the full camping experience where group participation is part of the fun! Camp set up is a snap with our easy set-up tents, sleeping pads, and camp stove. The cookout dinner is a group event where everyone helps out, campers take turns cleaning up after meals, and we swap stories by the camp fire. 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)
- - All camping equipment is provided
- - Complimentary pick up/drop off from the San Francisco Hilton hotel (Mason St. entrance)
- - Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach (Max 14)
- - Narrated guided tour by a full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
- - 5 Meals provided (BLD Day 2, BL Day 3)
- - See El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Tunnel View, Giant Sequoias, High Country, and Yosemite Valley
- - Yosemite Park entrance fee
Departures - Small-Group Adventure:
- - May-Oct (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays)
- - June-Sept (Additional Sundays and Tuesdays)
- - 8:15 am pickup from a central SF hotel
SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 1
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 Bridal Veil Falls.
Arrive at camp. Your guide will give a campground orientation while we 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.
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.
SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 2
Rising early, we prepare breakfast and lunch, 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.
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.
Swap stories around the campfire with your new friends. “Hit the sack” when you’re ready, but in the morning, we “break” camp and head to the famous Yosemite Valley.
SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 3
Rising early, we prepare breakfast and lunch, and “break” camp. As soon as we are all packed up, we 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, we head back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving around 8:30pm – 9pm.