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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required! 

Highlights

  • 3-day guided camping trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Enjoy a tour of Yosemite Valley with a professional guide
  • Go off the beaten track in one of America's favorite national parks
  • View the magnificent giant sequoia trees
  • Tents and cooking equipment provided
  • Eco-friendly transport in a biodiesel van

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

The support of the guide and modern amenities make this an ideal hike for a first-time camper or seasoned campers traveling without their gear. The planned hikes and activities give the tour structure, while still allowing you time to connect with this beloved national park in your own way.

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

May Lake, Yosemite National Park

Your Yosemite adventure starts in San Francisco, where you’ll depart the morning of Day 1. For three days, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty of one of the most famed national parks in the US, where highlights like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, mountain lakes and towering sequoia trees have impressed travelers from all over, including nature photographer Ansel Adams.

Bring your active wear, as opportunities for hiking, swimming, biking and even rafting are available. You’ll explore some of the park with your guide to check out off-the-beaten-path trails and sights unseen by most who venture here, plus have free time to enjoy the park at your leisure (additional costs may apply).

Two nights of tent camping are included; tents are provided but sleeping bags are not (you may rent one if you are not bringing your own). Five meals are included: breakfast and lunch on Day 2 and Day 3, as well as dinner on Day 2. Other meals, drinks and snacks can be purchased on your own. See the Itinerary for details on each day.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park
After leaving San Francisco in your air-conditioned minivan, travel across California's Central Valley and through the old gold country into the mountains. Before reaching Yosemite, you will stop for a pleasant hike in the shade of the giant sequoia trees, some of which date back more than a thousand years. Then descend to the most photographed part of Yosemite, which was so revered by American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams. After some free time in Yosemite Valley, head for the campsite to set up tents and have a relaxing drink (drinks not included).

Overnight: Campsite

Day 2: Yosemite National Park (B, L, D)
Today, you'll enjoy a full day of hiking, sightseeing and exploring Yosemite's stunningly beautiful High Country. See such iconic sights such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Tunnel View. Take a gentle stroll to May Lake, a picturesque High Sierra lake, and head onward to Mt Hoffman (snow conditions depending) and take in the 360-degree view of the surrounding mountain landscape. At the end of the day, head back to camp for dinner and time to unwind by the campfire.

Overnight: Campsite

Day 3: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco (B, L)
Today is a free day, with your itinerary based on the interests of the group. Choose from a number of great hikes, rent a bike or simply relax in the shade by the emerald-green Merced River. In May, June and early July, you also have the option of joining a whitewater rafting trip on the Merced River (additional fee, and dependent on conditions). After a full day in the great outdoors, head back to San Francisco, refreshed and revitalized from your trip to Yosemite National Park.

Customer Reviews

Paul N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Terrific three-day trip through Yosemite with a cool group. The tour covered some amazing scenery, opportunities for swimming, short walks/hikes and the camping ground had all of the basics plus a bar/restaurant next door. Our tour guide Leo was very knowledgeable and laid-back - it felt like he was showing us his backyard!! Fun times

Ali M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

A fantastic tour that was very well organized and catered to the group's needs. I highly recommend anyone thinking of visiting Yosmite to go on this tour, you get to experience some amazing scenery, hike and camp in beautiful surroundings yet with all comforts provided, with an amazing tour guide thanks Anne!.

Brad V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Super awesome trip, Gina was an amazing guide and knew so much about the area. She got us to a lot of locations that were remote and did not have the crowds!

Don't expect to do a lot the first day, given the long drive, but the trip makes up for that. Camping is a lot of fun, you will meet people from all over the world. Yosemite tours on Saturday and Sunday are absolutely beautiful, especially Nevada and Vernal Falls and the Sequoia trees.

If traveling in the summer, bring a small fan for your tent.

Thanks again Gina for all you did!

Quentin H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great trip with an awesome guide, thanks for everything.

Milena C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I recently did the 3 day tour and it was great, our tour guide Vincent was very knowledgeable and helpful, he tried to tailor our trip as much as he could depending on what we wanted to see, he suggested the best places and explained everything, The camping area was very clean, had bathrooms and showers, the food was good and they had tons of it. I'm not too much into camping but they do all the hard work for you so they made it seem very easy. He also showed us the places you go on the 1 day trip and I think if you want to have a full experience is better to do the 2 or 3 day, you see a lot more and is worth it.

richierocks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was well balanced with a mix of sightseeing, hiking, swimming in rivers and lakes, and socializing. Some care had been taken to find hikes that suited a range of abilities, so less able walkers could turn back if they needed to without missing out. Our guide was knowledgable about the area.

Aaron E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Who ever is looking at this trip, instantly book it. You will not regret it. The views and experience in Yosemite is out of this world. Really big shout out to our tour guide and #39; Tim and #39;. One of the nicest person I have met and extremely knowledgable. The fact he has a passion for Yosemite really helped

Dennis W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Recently done this tour at the end of sept,superb and worth every penny,excellent guides who know there stuff,meeting new people from around the world,seeing the most incredible sights,10/10

amundeid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent guide, beautiful nature and great group.

Chloe S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A well organised and extremely enjoyable three days in Yosemite. Our guide Leo shared huge amounts of information with us, and was full of lots of local stories. Camping was great fun - as was swimming in the river. This was a brilliant way to see Yosemite - I only wish we could have had a longer trip as there is just so much to see and experience.

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