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Visiting Yosemite has been on my wishlist for many many years and this adventure certainly didn't disappoint at all. The camping was fun, we had a very mixed group but everyone pitched in to help. It was extremely cold, which of course could not have been predicted, but our guide, Rourke, made every effort to make us all feel comfortable and provided extra equipment for those of us who needed it. He was a very organised, informative and accommodating guide who quite obviously has a passion for the park which showed through in his enthusiasm. For me particularly, being the oldest, of the group, and not as fit as the others, his attention to ensuring I was still able to gain maximum enjoyment from the tour, and particularly, the hikes, was very much appreciated. I loved this trip and I really thank Rourke for making my first visit to Yosemite, there will certainly be more, one that I will not ever forget. I would recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to see the best of this park and even if you are not much of a camper, you could still, as I did, really enjoy this adventure as you are well looked after.
LONG REVIEW BUT WORTH READING!
I highly recommend this trip! Spending 3 days/2 nights in Yosemite was the perfect way for me to explore Yosemite without being rushed amongst the crowds. My group consisted of 7 people, in their late 20s and 30s. Some of us had previous camping/hiking experience, and the others didn't. The first day started by being picked up around 9am in SF and heading out toward Yosemite. Half way there, our tour guide stopped and gave us some time to pick up lunch at a local grocery store. Before arriving at the Yosemite Valley, we made a brief stop at a forest with beautiful giant Sequoias for a short hike. Upon arriving at the Yosemite Valley, we had the opportunity to stop and drink natural water from a creek Seamus our tour guide took us to, and had time to take a bunch of pics. Then we headed to set up camp around 6pm. It was very easy to set up the tents and sleeping bags. Then we started dinner, which was plentiful! We had both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, which was all worked to cook ourselves! The first night we had a taco/burrito buffet. The first night camping under the stars was beautiful, sitting by the fire and connecting with your peers. The sleeping bags were comfortable and warm. The next day, we woke up around 7:30am for breakfast, which consisted of bread, yogurt, fruit, hot and cold cereal, and coffee/tea. We packed our lunches, and headed out to hike. Our tour guide took us to May lake and close to Mount Hoffman, which was a beautiful hike. We went at an easy pace, which allowed our bodies to get used to the altitude. Then after spending a few hours exploring, we headed back to camp to make dinner. Our second dinner was a meat and vegetarian stir fry. It was delicious and plentiful. On the 3rd day, again we woke up early and headed to the Yosemite valley, after packing up. Our tour guide gave us about 4 hours to ourselves to spend at the valley. Either hiking, bike riding, or simply just exploring the tourist stores and sites. A few of us decided to hike to Vernal falls, which was a semi challenging hike, but well worth it.
I went by myself on this trip and I don't regret one minute of it! I was a bit anxious the night before, not knowing what the group dynamics would be like. However, our tour guide Seamus, did a great job of incorporating everyones personality and helped everyone feel welcomed. I definitely got my money's worth and cannot wait to go back to Yosemite one day! I will definitely use this company for related outdoor tours.
P.S. Bring sweat shirt and warm pants, its warm at night, but gets cold in the morning. Bring a large water bottle, as you will need plenty of water throughout your hikes. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp for inside your tent. Bring appropriate footwear, hiking boots or sneakers.
Amazing trip! Great experience with the hikes and swimming in some of the alpine lakes.
We are first-time campers and were anxious before going. This tour and our awesome guide made it an easy and wonderful experience for us! That said, the only thing you should be aware of is to keep an open mind about the composition and mix of the group. Depending on others' preferences and physical abilities, you may have to compromise on your travel plans. For us, we were very lucky. We had a diverse and good mix of people from five different countries for 10 people. We thoroughly enjoyed our 3-day trip and make some new friends at the end.
This trip exceeded my expectations! Our guide, Sarah, was friendly, very generous with her time, and told us a whole load of interesting info about the history of Yosemite which I would never have found out if i'd been doing the trip on my own. We went to a few different places around Yosemite so got a flavour of how big and diverse it was - it was good not just staying in the valley which is very touristy. We had a really fun group, ranging from a ten-year-old to a very fit! elderly couple, and yet it worked for everyone, which is really impressive. Saw amazing views, tried smores for the first time, enjoyed learning something new from everyone in the group, enjoyed the camping. The only tiny suggestion I'd make is that the food could have been of a better quality. But these 3 days were some of the best of my whole trip! Thank you to everyone who I met there.
Amazing landscape : Check
Fabulous arrangements : Check
Wonderful travel mates : Check
Mesmerizing guide : Double Check
Worth It : Triple!!
Had a great time, 3 days were short, can easily spend a lifetime there, Emily is a great guide and she made sure OUR vacation was comfortable, enjoyed and memorable.
Thanks everyone involved, had a great time.
A brilliant introduction to this wonderful national park.
Our guide, Seamus, was a friendly guy who is very knowledgable of the locality and its flora and fauna. He did an excellent job of balancing the different needs of a mixed group a family with very young children and some younger guys up for some mountains whilst dealing professionally with one somewhat difficult and demanding customer in the group which is sometimes a risk with these mixed groups unfortunately. In the end we split up for an afternoon and took in one of the best peaks I've seen, Mt Hoffman, all the while hardly coming across any of the crowds that litter the more busy areas of the valley. I think that the family who hung out at an awesome lakeside swim spot only a few miles into that trail were happy to have a few hours to themselves and pleased with how it panned out. The park itself is wonderful and I can't wait to go back. If this company offered a tour that was more serious in terms of peak-bagging this is better as an introductory tour of the park in my opinion I would definitely use them again.
We took this tour on our honeymoon and highly recommend for solo travellers/ couples alike. Eric, our guide, was really fun, informative, professional and flexible to the group needs. Importantly, you get to see the best bits of Yosemite as well as having some free time.
Eric was an awesome guide, full of knowledge and good jokes! The tour was great if you want a convenient trip to Yosemite and want to see a lot while you're there. Eric was great at customising the activities to the group, which had a variety of people. The campsite was nice and not too far outside the park, and everything except a sleeping bag was provided which you could purchase if you request one beforehand when you book. The only downside is for what you pay, not all meals and a sleeping bag is included, but besides that, I highly recommend if you want to experience Yosemite the right way if you are a solo traveller!
It was an absolutely amazing experience! Our guide Emily is friendly and experienced. She's been hiking for so many years and you'll feel her passion in outdoor activities once you meet her! We've hiked up to some of the most beautiful sites in the park and it's not until I joined this hiking tour do I know how much I love outdoor adventures! If you're new to camping and hiking and want to explore more than just the Yosemite Valley, you won't regret joining this tour!
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