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Tour Itinerary

Adventure awaits you in the incredible landscapes of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. With destinations including Yosemite National Park, Mammoth, and Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, this tour is ideal for those eager to put on their hiking boots and explore—as active as you like. This tour requires a reasonable fitness level and relevant gear. If looking for another hiking trip please see Utah's Mighty Five National Parks.

  1. Day 1
    Start 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.Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center
  2. Day 2
    Hike The Yosemite Valley
    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.Accommodation: Yosemite Valley Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  3. Day 3
    Walk Or Hike To Your Heart's Content
    You have the whole 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.
    Meals:   Breakfast
  4. Day 4
    Head To Mammoth
    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.Accommodation: Mammoth Mountain Inn
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  5. Day 5
    Marvel At Devils Postpile National Monument
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  6. Day 6
    Wander 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.Accommodation: Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  7. Day 7
    Gaze At Stars In Sequoia National Park
    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 and Local Specialist 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.Accommodation: Wuksachi Lodge
    Meals:   Breakfast
  8. Day 8
    Explore The Remote Kings Canyon National Park
    Today’s is the final full day of your tour, and you can select the perfect hike to end your trip on a high. Descending into Kings Canyon National Park, even the drive is worth the trip to this remote natural area. Explore the optional Cedar Grove Trails where you’ll walk through Zumwalt Meadow passing high granite walls, lush meadows, the Kings River, and Roaring River Falls. If time allows, take the General Grant Tree Trail. After an immersive week in nature, learn about one of nature’s most fascinating and busy creatures: the bumblebee. Back in Sequoia, under the guidance of a Local Bumblebee expert, you’ll understand the impact of the humble bumble on these national parks. Wind down into the canyon to one of the world's largest living trees deemed by President Coolidge as the Nation's Christmas tree in 1926. Having seen and trekked the best of Sierra Nevada’s peaks, it’s easy to celebrate at tonight’s Farewell Dinner.
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Uncover Fresno's Underground Gardens
    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.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Yosemite National Park, Sequoia National Park, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest and Kings Canyon National Park
  • See giant Sequoia trees, Big Tree Loop, and Mariposa Grove

Dining Highlights

  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
  • 1 Welcome Reception
  • 3 Lunches
  • 8 Breakfasts

First class travel Highlights

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Health and Safety Protocols for Trafalgar Tours

Trafalgar has introduced these enhanced hygiene protocols – for you and team members.

You can travel with Trafalgar and be assured that their team has put numerous new measures in place to elevate their hygiene standards and protocols. The well-being of guests and team has always been, and always will be, their primary concern.

In this new, fast changing Covid-19 era, Trafalgar is doing all they can to adapt to new requirements and expectations. Here are some important new steps and procedures that they have implemented to enhance hygiene protocols, to comply with physical distancing requirements by relevant government authorities and to give you the peace of mind when you are traveling during these new times.

Expertly Trained Travel Directors

Travel Director training equips them with enhanced hygiene and physical distancing procedures. During your trip, they will operate with a duty of care and monitor the hygiene etiquette of the guests, reacting and advising as needed, to ensure high standards are maintained. Before you travel, Trafalgar will also keep you well informed about new protocols required in these areas, and ask that you cooperate with and heed the advice and direction of Travel Directors while on your trip. The Travel Directors have preventative measures in place to try and ensure your well-being and in the event that any unexpected issues arise on trip, they will activate additional protocols.

Stringent On-the-Road Protocols

The customized luxury coaches are sanitised before the start of your trip and have always been kept to very high standards. Following the outbreak of COVID-19, Trafalgar have taken additional measures to elevate hygiene and sanitary practices in accordance with guidance from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and as required, applicable government regulations. The Driver training provides them with the latest hygiene protocols. They will clean and disinfect all surfaces including handrails, door handles, tables, seats, air-conditioning filters and overhead lockers on a daily basis. All the guests are asked to follow hygiene practices recommended by the World Health Organisation including the thorough and regular washing of hands and sanitising when required. Hand sanitiser is freely available on board for your use throughout the day. Please bring your own washable face mask and gloves with you, and additional hand sanitiser to make you feel comfortable, as these will be required to be worn in public in some countries. Should an unexpected situation arise, additional face masks, rubber gloves, antiviral sprays and wipes will be available for guest distribution on all trips.

A Full Team of Support 24/7

It’s not just your Travel Director and Driver who will be taking care of you. Behind the scenes, the operations and guest support teams are in contact with them and on call 24/7, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands.

Physical Distancing

Adapting to the right size groups, based on government distancing requirements, you can rest assured that you will travel with the comfort of your own personal space. Have peace of mind that all of the experiences, hotels and restaurants you’ll enjoy on your trip have been vetted to ensure they adhere to physical distancing and hygiene guidelines.

Trusted Partners, Exceptional Standards

Trafalgar is very selective in who they work with and choose to only use hotels, restaurants, ground handlers and venues that take the well-being of the guests as seriously as Trafalgar does and agrees to meet expected guidelines and specifications. Trafalgar only works with establishments that they are confident will consistently adhere to their high standards.

Always in the Know

As part of The Travel Corporation (TTC) , Trafalgar is kept up to date with all government advisories and travel alerts on a daily basis and is continually in touch with all of the partners on the ground in each destination. Also, rest assured that during your trip, the teams work to ensure the supplier partners (hotels, restaurants, museums and other venues) are also applying the same standard to these new hygiene and distancing protocols, to the extent possible.

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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The combination of the 3-day Sydney stay ahead of the 15-day New Zealand Splendor was perfect. Those first days in Sydney were filled with activities that got us rapidly on the new time zone. New Zealand is so scenic! Our tour guide there was Maori and shared a wealth of insight into the native culture. You should be aware that both tours are operated by the local company AAT Kings, not Trafalgar. However, the service and quality matched or exceeded what we have come to expect from Trafalgar.

Trafalgar is just the most wonderful travel operator - they staff are so kind and generous with their time, they truly make very effort to make you feel as if you are the most important person and your good time is their primary objective - they surprise you throughout the trip with little unexpected treats and stay always close on hand to monitor activities to make sure everyone is smiling and happy - I would not travel with any other service

The value derived from the trip far outweighs the price paid. The hotel accommodations, the food, the optional experience, the hidden gem, the transportation were more than satisfactory. The operator is professional, friendly, safety conscious and enthusiastic.

Trafalgar tours is an excellent company. The tours and people are great and they handle everything. You can never see so much or learn so much on your own.

The trip was much more than we expected! It was very well organized, travel director Brendon was very good, knowledgeable, helpful and everything was explained in detailed to us in every step of all the places we're going! He's awesome as well as our driver Tyson who took care of us iin all our needs! There are no dull moments in the motor coach, we had so much fun!!! Definitely will come back and will recommend Trafalgar! Thanks

This trip was phenomenal and I would definitely recommend it. Trafalgar did an excellent job from start to finish. Tyson, our travel guide, was wonderful. He went above and beyond to make sure our trip was very memorable. The accommodations were very nice, the extra meals were excellent and the itinerary was perfect. We saw some beautiful places. Do not hesitate to take this trip. You will not regret it. We will definitely be booking trips with Trafalgar in the future.

Trafalgar did an excellent job on this tour with a very organized and personable tour director.

This was my second trip with Trafalgar and it was just as amazing as the first. The tour director, Stephen, did a fantastic job of creating an atmosphere of comradarie and fun.

Trip was more strenuous than we had expected. Our tour director, Lutezia was outstanding. She went above and beyond to insure that everyone had a memorable experience,

Booking with affordable tours was as simple and easy as it gets. I was able to get all of my questions answered promptly and got all correct information about our vacation before travel.

This is our second trip with Trafalgar and we are indeed pleased with the wonderful and memorable experiences they have given us . They do plan their itinerary in a very thoughtful and comprehensive way so as to offer the travelers a meaningful and unique experience which they may not be able to do on their own.

Very satisfied with Trafalgar tours and their tour director and bus driver!

Everything went so smoothly & went above our expectations! All of the services booked through affordable tours were on time & professional! Trafalgar planned every detail & their excursions were well worth every penny! We're definitely interested in traveling with Trafgar again!

We had a wonderful tour. Saw a lot, learned a lot, Met a lot of nice people and had a great Tour Director and driver.

It was a great trip carried out by Trafalgar and planned and managed by our two Affordable Tours agents. We'll be happy to you contact Affordable Tours for our next trip in 2020 or 2021.

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