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Trafalgar Tours Arrow North America 2023 Arrow California High Country Adventure
California High Country Adventure
Tour Type: Active
Brochure Type: USA Canada and Central America 2023

Adventure awaits you in the incredible landscapes of California's Sierra Nevada Mountains. With destinations including Yosemite National Park, Mammoth Lakes, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience and meet a professional climber in Yosemite and stargazing through Sequoia Parks conservancy. This tour is ideal for those eager to put on their hiking boots and explore-as active as you like.

Choice Highlights
Must-see Highlights
  • Explore Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park
  • See El Capitain, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls
  • Visit Mariposa Grove, Yosemite History Center, Giant Forest Museum
  • View Tunnel View, Olmstead Point, General Grant Tree in Kings Canyon National Park and General Sherman Tree in Sequoia National Park.
  • Hike Dog Lake Trail Yosemite National Park, South Tufa Trail at Mono Lake, Discovery Loop at Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, General Grant Loop and Zumault Meadow Loop at Kings Canyon National Park, General Sherman Tree Trail at Sequoia National Park.
  • Scenic Drive Tioga Pass, Lake Mary Loop Drive, Kings Canyon Scenic Byway, General Sherman Highway.
  • Yosemite National Park: Spend two nights at Yosemite National Park where you'll be able to explore the valley floor with a multitude of hikes and activities.
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER
  • Yosemite National Park: Meet a climber and naturalist that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite. Enjoy storytelling, photographs, see the old and new climbing gear, as well as ask questions about how they help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife, and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers, and more.
Be My Guest
  • Sequoia National Park: Meet your Local Specialist and enjoy stories and the latest astronomical news under one of California's most brilliant skies. The Milky Way galaxy spills out across the broad Sequoia sky, an explosion of stars, planets and infinite questions. Spend the hour touring constellations, galaxies, planets, and the history of human space and exploration.
Whats Included
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
Details
Tour OperatorTrafalgar Tours
OfferOffer valid through 3/31/2023
Duration
9 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
Itinerary
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1FresnoStart Your Wilderness Adventure In Fresno: Welcome to Fresno, your gateway to the Sierra Nevada Mountains! Settle in and unpack before meeting your fellow adventurers at a Welcome Reception. Your Travel Director gives you the rundown of this exciting, active, self-paced tour. From easy strolls to hard-charger hikes, there are plenty of options and no shortage of natural beauty.
Doubletree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center
Day 2SequoiaSequoia Sightseeing Stays With Stories: Up and at 'em this morning for Yosemite National Park, famous for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, deep valleys, and grand meadows. Standing among these towering trees sets the tone for this week's experiences of feeling small within the vastness of nature. After breakfast in Fresno, head to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, home to over 500 mature trees and the largest sequoia grove in Yosemite. An important historical site, you'll learn how in 1864 President Lincoln signed legislation protecting the Mariposa Grove and Yosemite Valley, for the first time in US history setting aside scenic, natural areas to be protected by the federal government, even as the country was embroiled in the Civil War. You're a part of history and your surroundings as you walk the Big Trees Loop or Grizzly Giant Loop (two miles) amongst other options. The 3,000-year-old Grizzly Giant sequoia alone is worth the trip! After your first full day of exploring, the adventure continues as we head to our home for the next two nights: the Yosemite Valley Lodge nestled in the valley and spectacularly located in the heart of Yosemite National Park. Rest up surrounded by nature as you look forward to tomorrow's full day in the park.
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Day 3Walk Or Hike To Your Heart's ContentWalk Or Hike To Your Heart's Content Make Travel Matter: Explore Yosemite National Park today, famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, grand meadows, and iconic rock formations. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience as you meet a naturalist through the Yosemite Conservancy that will delve into the dynamic history of climbing in Yosemite through fascinating stories, photographs, and demonstrations. The Yosemite Conservancy is a non-profit organization that has provided over $140 million to Yosemite for more than 700 completed projects. They help improve trails, restore habitat, protect wildlife and inspire the next generation of nature-lovers. You have the rest of day to spend in Yosemite to really take in and appreciate this bucket list destination, so choose the hike that suits your level and what you want to see. Mirror Lake and Tenaya Canyon offer options from 2.4 (3.8 km) to 4 (6.4 km) miles. You're close to the base of Half Dome, its crown reflected in the lake's waters. Hike to Mirror Lake, one of Yosemite's most popular swimming holes showcasing Mt Watkins and Half Dome. Looking for a few moments of serenity? Tenaya Canyon offers one of the quietest corners of Yosemite Valley. Another choice you can make is Bridalveil Fall 1.2 miles (2 km) hike to the 620 feet tumbling falls resembling a bridal veil. With mist and gusts blowing side to side and lifting water back into the air, you'll understand why the Ahwahneechee people call it Pohono (Spirit of the Puffing Wind). The day can draw to a close at Sentinel Meadow & Cook's Meadow Loop for a 2.25 miles (3.6 km) flat, easy hike through meadows with multiple views of Yosemite Falls and Half Dome.
Yosemite Valley Lodge
Day 4Head To Mammoth LakesHead To Mammoth Lakes: Another day of exceptional hikes begins on the journey from Yosemite to Mammoth. Your first stop is Tuolumne Meadows where, whether it's an explosion of summer wildflowers or fiery fall colors, you'll bask in beauty. Intersected by the Pacific Crest Trail and one of the largest high-elevation meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at 8,600 feet, the meadows are easily explored in a 2-mile (3.5 km) hike along the river with views of rugged granite peaks and surrounding domes. Our next option for adventure takes us to the Cathedral Lakes' trails for treks of up to 7 (11.2 km) to 8-miles (12.8 km). If you choose to take the full climb, it won't disappoint! Part of the John Muir Trail, the hike to the lower lake showcases an amphitheater of granite capped by the iconic spire of nearby Cathedral Peak. Moving further along as you reach the southwestern side as the granite drops steeply away, keep your eyes peeled for Tenaya Lake shimmering in the distance or relax and take in your surroundings with plenty of photo-worthy scenery. We'll then make our way through Tioga Pass (seasonal) to wildlife-rich Mono Lake and, if time allows, enjoy its one-mile (1.6 km) Tufa Trail where we'll walk among the tufa towers feeling as if we're in a cave of stalactites and stalagmites before finishing the day in Mammoth.
Mammoth Mountain Inn
Day 5Mammoth LakesMammoth Lakes Leisure: What better way to start the day than breakfast with a view? Sip your coffee as you take in 360 degree views of the Sierras and beyond on an aerial ride up Mammoth Mountain on the Panorama Gondola. Climbing 11,053 feet to the top of Mammoth Mountain, these sweeping views of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range can't be beat. Next up is a rare geologic site and one of the finest examples of columnar basalt: Devils Postpile National Monument. Take your pick of eight miles of trails surrounding the monument including an easy 0.8-mile hike to the base of Devils Postpile for prime photo opportunities. This afternoon you might enjoy an up to five-mile hike to Rainbow Falls within the Devils Postpile National Monument where a 101-foot waterfall may dazzle with a colorful rainbow in its mist. The rest of the day is yours to continue your Mammoth sightseeing with another boots-on-the-ground exploration at Mammoth Lakes or a well-deserved rest.
Mammoth Mountain Inn
Day 6Wander Through The Oldest Living TreesWander Through The Oldest Living Trees: Departing Mammoth, at Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, you'll walk among the oldest living trees in the world. Some of these living trees are over 4,000 years old, displaying spectacular growth forms of twisted and beautifully colored wood. Then amble the tucked away trails at Schulman Grove before making our way to Bakersfield for the evening of trading tales and photos.
Doubletree Hotel Bakersfield
Day 7King's Canyon National ParkKing's Canyon National Park Stays With Stories: After seeing the world's oldest trees yesterday, today we'll depart Bakersfield for another highlight: Sequoia National Park. Your first stop is at the Giant Forest Museum where a connecting nature trail system introduces the parks features including its giant sequoias, meadows, and history. Then gaze up at the massive General Sherman Tree, the world's biggest tree. At over 36 feet (11 m) in diameter alone, it is estimated to be at least 2,300 years old. Hike the two-mile Congress Trail of giant Sequoias humbled by how small you feel. This afternoon you're in for a treat if you choose to go to Crescent Meadows. Start with the 1.8-mile on the Crescent Meadow Loop or easy .4-mile Moro Rock Trail where, walking in the footsteps of John Muir, you'll understand why he dubbed the area 'the gem of the Sierra Nevada.' Back at the lodge this evening, we take things from land to sky gazing up at the starry night as a skilled naturalist guides you through the constellations, galaxies, and planets. Hear stories and the latest astronomical news as the Milky Way galaxy spills out across the Sequoia sky in this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience.
Wuksachi Lodge
Day 8Sequoia National ParkSequoia National Park Make Travel Matter: Explore Sequoia National Park by starting the day by visiting General Sherman Tree, the world's largest tree. We continue to the Giant Forest Museum where we'll have the option to hike the Big Trees Trail or Moro Rock Trail. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure using the park shuttles. Having trekked Sierra Nevada's peaks, celebrate at tonight's Farewell Dinner followed by an evening MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience where a naturalist will guide you through the constellations in a stargazing adventure.
Wuksachi Lodge
Day 9FresnoFarewell Fresno: Departing Sequoia National Park, for one last memorable morning, we'll visit Fresno's Forestiere Underground Gardens. Tour this open-air museum to explore its wide variety of citrus trees, ranging from oranges to grapefruits. You will also have a chance to view its subterranean complex of patios, grottoes and garden courts built in 1901, all featuring arches and stonework using the local hardpan sedimentary rock. Filled with these unique memories, you'll return to the Fresno Airport for your return trip home. Airport arrival will be 1:30 p.m., please be aware when booking your flights.
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DateDescriptionPrice FromQuote
July 11, 2023Land Price$3,833.00 (USD)Quote
July 18, 2023Land Price - Full$3,833.00 (USD)Quote
August 08, 2023Land Price$3,833.00 (USD)Quote
September 05, 2023Land Price - Full$3,833.00 (USD)Quote
September 19, 2023Land Price$3,833.00 (USD)Quote
October 03, 2023Land Price$3,754.00 (USD)Quote
October 17, 2023Land Price$3,670.00 (USD)Quote
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