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Yosemite Grand Adventure
This tour is not currently operating. It will be back in the Late Spring of 2018
Tour departs between 5:30am and 6:00am and returns at around 8pm
Adults $170 Age 17 & under $150.00
*tours are subject to cancelation due to lack of interest, weather and road conditions.
Tour to Yosemite – every Thursday from mid-May through October (when Tioga Pass is open)
Tour departs from the select hotels in South Shore Lake Tahoe. As we drive along the east side of the Sierra (Hwy 395), we’ll make a couple of restroom and snack stops along the way. We enter the park at Tioga pass. Once arriving to the Valley, we’ll make multiple stops: Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome Vista, Yosemite Falls, Valley View – El Capitan.
Picnic lunch with drinks will be served in Yosemite Valley.
Before driving home, we make a stop in Lee Vining at the small restaurant/convenience store, The Whoa Nellie Deli where you can have a snack, soup, salad, sandwich and much more. From there, it takes 1 1/2 hour to get back to Tahoe.
Even though each tour is always unique depending on weather and park conditions, we are planning to make these stops in Yosemite park: Tioga Pass, Tuolumne Meadow, Lembert dome, Olmsted point, Lake Tenaya
In Yosemite Valley: Cascade Falls, Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, Half dome vista, Yosemite Falls, Valley View – El Capitan vista
Included in a tour is PICNIC LUNCH with DRINKS , PARK FEE and a NATURE WALK to either Bridalvail Falls or Yosemite Falls ( depends on weather and season )
What’s for lunch?
We provide a wide range of options for any diet including organic, gluten free, and vegan. Aside from the sliced meats, there are mostly vegetarian choices with fine cheeses, breads, fresh lettuce, tomato, and other vegetables, hummus, home made healthy side salads, salsa, healthy chips, fruit, and more. Condiments include a various types of mustard and dressings. Individuals can make their own custom sandwiches, salads, or both.
Adults $170 Age 17 & under $150.00
Cancellation policy is 24 hours and 72 hours for parties of 4 and more
- Dress code is smart casual, don’t over dress, it’s warmer in Yosemite Valley
- Not recommended for child aged 3 and under
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered a full refund
- Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
- A small amount of walking is involved
- Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
- Not wheelchair accessible
Tour departs from:
Lake Tahoe Vacation Resort – the bench on Ski Run Blvd. 5:30am
Marriott Resorts – Bus stop on Hwy 50 – Heavenly Gondola 5:35am
Harrah’ Lake Tahoe – Main lobby Valet 5:45am
Daggett Summit ( The Summit Village – The Ridge ) Hwy 207 / Tramway 5:55am
*Times are subject to change
Detailed description of this tour: The Yosemite tour is an in depth, full day, multimedia, documentary tour with a blend of narration, short films, and music to go along with the outstanding scenery throughout the bus trip to Yosemite Valley.
The tour adjusts to the seasonal conditions so it switches focus from waterfalls in spring and early summer to cliffs, climbers, and big trees in late summer and fall. There are still waterfalls flowing at slower flows from August through October such as Bridalveil Falls, Cascade Falls, and Wildcat Falls. The tour does highlight these falls regardless of the season.
Pick up for the tour begins as early as 5:30am and makes the first stop in Walker on Hwy 395 which is 1 hour into the trip depending where the pick ups are. A short preview film of Yosemite is shown during this section of the trip. The next stop is at Whoa Nellie Deli for restrooms and snacks. Next, we’ll drive up Highway 120 to Yosemite’s Eastern gate at Tioga pass and highest point on the tour. It’s also one of the grandest entrances to any national park. The tour reaches the gate by 9am.
Another photo and restroom stop takes place in Tuolumne Meadows or Tenaya Lake depending on congestion and season.
Half an hour drive from Crane Flat is Yosemite Valley. Bus goes straight to the Cascade and Wildcat Falls picnic area 2 miles downstream from the valley. We will stop for lunch at the picnic grounds near Cascade Falls, among the Live Oaks and Ponderosa Pines, and large cliffs. This picnic area has tables, restrooms, and trash disposal.
After lunch is the tour of Yosemite Valley with various views including Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls (spring to mid summer), Sentinel Falls (spring to mid summer), Three Brothers Cliffs, and Glacier Point. Photo stops are part of the experience on this trip.
The final stop in the valley is the Valley View along the Merced River which provides panoramic views from Bridalveil Falls to El Capitan. This is one of the signature views of the valley.
The tour continues back toward the high country where it started with a one of a kind stop at Olmsted Point to see Cloud’s Rest, Half Dome, and Tenaya Canyon to the West and the Sierra Crest to the East. The views along Tioga Pass Road change throughout the day according to where the sun is so the tour makes more stops there in the afternoon than in the morning. Various stops are made according to season and congestion along the way to the entrance gate at Tioga Pass. At the gate are final photos and a chance to get the Yosemite stamp (if you have a parks passport). The tour leaves Yosemite approximately 4pm and stops in Lee Vining after a scenic drive down the East side of the Sierra. The Whoa Nellie Deli and gift shop provide a nice place to relax, sample great food, and freshen up before the drive back to Tahoe.
The drive back to Tahoe includes music and video as everyone socializes and absorbs the experience. Customers are usually back to their place of pick up at around 8:00pm
I was recently visiting Lake Tahoe and while I was there signed up to take your Yosemite tour on Thursday, June 13. I wanted you to know that I had a wonderful time and that our tour guide, Snowshoe John, was both informative and delightful. My friend and I had an exciting day of beautiful sights, snacks and lunch. I would definitely recommend your company to friends. Thanks! Christine Kozlevcar
We wanted to let you know we really enjoyed the Yosemite tour. John is excellent! Very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, respectful of people and nature, great driver. We went on the wine tour a couple of years ago and John was the driver/guide for that trip and was equally as excellent Thank you so much! Tim & Margaret Meints