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๐Ÿ”น 3* Handlery Union Square Hotel, San Francisco – 3 nights room only in a Petite Room
๐Ÿ”น 6 day Walk Yosemite National Park walking tour with Intrepid Travel, start and finish in San Francisco
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๐Ÿฝ 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
๐Ÿ› 5 nights accommodation
๐Ÿคฉ Selected activities:
๐Ÿ”น Iron Door Saloon visit
๐Ÿ”น Tuolumne Grove hike
๐Ÿ”น Cathedral Lakes hike
๐Ÿ”น Mist Trail signature hike
๐Ÿ”น Yosemite Valley Conservancy exclusive walk
๐Ÿ”น The Ahwahnee historic lodge visit
๐Ÿ”น Hetch Hetchy Reservoir walk
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โ˜‘๏ธ Available from ยฃ299pp deposit
๐Ÿ“… Valid for departure 01 Jun 2022
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INTREPID – WALKING IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

Day 1: San Francisco

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Welcome to SF! Californiaโ€™s Golden Gate City is packed with plenty of things to do, from exploring the cityโ€™s famous Chinatown, to digging into fresh crab at Fishermanโ€™s Wharf, to wandering through the oldest Japanese tea garden in the USA. Your day is free until our welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight, so if you arrive in town early, feel free to go out and see the sights. After your group meeting, head out for a welcome dinner together and feast on some local cuisine.

Accommodation

  • Hotel (1 night)

Meals Included

  • Dinner

Special Information

Itโ€™s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.

Day 2: Yosemite National Park โ€“ Tuolumne Grove

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After breakfast, head oft for the famous Yosemite National Park, with a lunch stop along the way at the historic Iron Door Saloon, the oldest continuously operating saloon in California, dating back to the mid-1800s. Be sure to check out the saloonโ€™s old photos of the Hetch Hetchy valley and collection of antique gold mining tools. Look around closely and you might even spot a few stray bullet holes in the walls. After lunch, enjoy your first walk today โ€“ an easy, downhill hike โ€“ at the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. The grove is home to, no surprise, a couple dozen mature giant sequoia trees, including one thatโ€™s been carved into a tunnel you can walk right through. Of course, what goes down must come back up, but your return upward climb will be rewarded once you arrive at your accommodation. While many visitors to Yosemite stay in campsites, youโ€™ll get to unwind at Yosemite Bug, a cosy and charming mountain lodge that features a garden deck and views over the gorge. Settle into your home for the next few days and soak up the rustic atmosphere.

Accommodation

  • Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Iron Door Saloon visit
  • Tuolumne Grove hike

Meals Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Special Information

Hiking distance today is 2.5 miles (4 km) roundtrip, with 400 feet (120 m) elevation loss to the grove.

Day 3: Yosemite National Park โ€“ Cathedral Lakes

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Itโ€™s an early start today to the trailhead for the famous Cathedral Lakes, approximately 2 hours away by vehicle. Itโ€™s all worth it though, as this hike reveals some of the most impressive views in the High Sierra. Soak up the jaw-dropping, high-altitude scenery of the Lower and/or Upper Cathedral lakes that are worth every step of your 3- to 5-hour hike. If youโ€™re concerned about difficulty and altitude levels, donโ€™t worry โ€“ youโ€™ll be given a choice of different routes, depending on the groupโ€™s comfort and abilities. Back in Yosemite Bug, you may want to enjoy dinner in their fantastic restaurant where the menu changes daily.

Accommodation

  • Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Cathedral Lakes hike

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Hiking distance today is 7 miles (11 km) roundtrip to Upper or Lower Cathedral Lakes, or 8 miles (12.5 km) roundtrip to see both. Trailhead elevation is 8500 ft (2590 m), heading up to 9290 feet (2830 m) for Lower Cathedral Lake and 9600 feet (2925 m) for Upper Cathedral Lake. While this altitude is not considered โ€˜highโ€™, it is importantย you stay hydrated and inform your Tour Leader in case you feel dizziness, headache or any other symptoms of altitude sickness.

Day 4: Yosemite National Park โ€“ Mist Trail

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Todayโ€™s drive to the start of the trail is shorter (approximately 1 hour), but the hike is no less incredible. The Mist Trail is Yosemite’s signature hike, for good reason. While many of the parkโ€™s hikes leave the best views for the end, this trail is scattered with fabulous views along the whole route, including a few waterfalls (be sure to pack your rain gear as the falls are close to the trail and you will get sprayed). Youโ€™ll also get to see Yosemiteโ€™s iconic Half Dome rock formation. It was once believed that the Half Dome was completely inaccessible to climbers, until George Anderson reached the summit in 1875. Over a century later, famed climber Alex Honnold, star of the 2017 documentary Free Solo, would hold the record for the fastest ascent of the Half Domeโ€™s Regular Northwest Face route โ€“ the first Grade IV climb in the USA. In the evening, rest up back at Yosemite Bug, where, weather permitting, your guide can stoke a roaring campfire.

Accommodation

  • Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Mist Trail signature hike

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Special Information

Hiking distance today is 7 miles (11 km) roundtrip to Nevada Fall with an elevation gain of 1900 ft (580 m).

Day 5: Yosemite National Park

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Today is slightly different, with a free morning for you to enjoy your way. You can take a shuttle to Yosemite Valley for more hiking on your own, or perhaps to visit local museums, rent a bike or anything else that interests you. Or, you may want to sign up for white water rafting (additional cost) with a company thatโ€™s right next door to your accommodation. Your tour leader will be able to help you with arrangements. In the afternoon, your group will rendezvous for an included walk with an expert guide from Yosemite Conservancy. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the important work the group does for the Native American community and preserving their culture within the park. As you walk from the historic Ahwahnee Hotel through the meadows of Yosemite Valley and past the ruins of an old pioneer village, youโ€™ll hear Native American stories and history, and learn about Yosemiteโ€™s role in the countryโ€™s conservationist movement. Your guided walk will end at the Yosemite Valley Lodge, where your leader will be waiting to transport you back to Yosemite Bug for your final night.

Accommodation

  • Lodge (1 night)

Included Activities

  • Yosemite Valley Conservancy exclusive walk
  • The Ahwahnee historic lodge visit

Meals Included

  • Breakfast

Day 6: Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to San Francisco

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For your last day, enjoy a short hike on the shores of the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Not only is this area stunning to see, but itโ€™s also an important historic site for conservationists โ€“ controversy surrounding the construction of the Hetch Hetchy Dam helped lead to the creation of the US National Park Service in 1916. Youโ€™ll then drive back to San Francisco, aiming to arrive around 5 pm to 6 pm, at which point your Yosemite adventure ends and you are free to begin your trip home at your leisure. If you require an additional nightโ€™s accommodation in San Francisco, we can arrange that for you.

Included Activities

  • Hetch Hetchy Reservoir walk

Meals Included

  • Breakfast