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Yosemite Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Younger Kids

Giant Sequoias, Iconic Half Dome & Yosemite Falls

Yosemite is one of California's most epic natural playgrounds. Carved by ancient glaciers into the western slope of the Sierra Nevada, this magnificent expanse of unmatched wilderness has beckoned adventurers and artists for centuries. Walk in the steps of Ansel Adams and John Muir and take your family adventure to the next level while exploring this land of superlatives. 

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights

ACCOMMODATIONS: Premiere Hotels*

FROM: $4,149 pp dbl occ
($1,200 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Walk/Hike
Bike

California

Start: San Francisco / End: San Francisco

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

Highlights
  • Hike among dense groves of giant sequoias, among Yosemite's famous glaciated domes and to viewpoints offering dramatic views of the Sierras  
  • Connect with a local naturalist on an inspiring walk through Yosemite Valley and discover the unique flora, fauna and geologic history of the region 
  • Bike together as a family along easygoing paved trails, surrounded by spectacular scenery including some of the park's most iconic natural features 
  • Kids learn the ropes from expert mountaineers during an introductory rock-climbing class on a granite rock face 
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Premiere Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Day 1

Walk in the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite's largest stand of these ancient trees | One noteworthy resident is the Grizzly Giant, with a base diameter of 30 feet! | In the mood for some R&R? Kick back at the lodge, lounge by the pool or perhaps indulge at the spa.

Tenaya Lodge
Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp
| Premiere Hotel

A comfortable mountain resort near Yosemite's South Gate with plentiful amenities and panoramic forest views. (pool, spa) 

Days 2-3
The Ahwahnee
The Ahwahnee
Yosemite Village
| Premiere Hotel

A National Historic Landmark, this iconic hotel features elaborate stained-glass windows, original Miwok Indian arts and crafts, Oriental rugs and Shaker-style furnishings. (pool)

Days 4-6

Set out on foot from Glacier Point, savoring the scent of ponderosa and cedar, and taking in views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome and the Sierra Nevada | Climb to the top of immense granite-faced Sentinel Dome | Grown-ups glean secrets of Yosemite Valley from a local naturalist while youngsters take a kid-friendly rock-climbing class on world-famous granite walls | Spin along the valley bike path, which offers unforgettable views of iconic Half Dome, Royal Arches and Clouds Rest | Relax at The Ahwahnee—the best way to stay in the valley! Alpine lakes, rushing rivers and deep canyons provide the backdrop to our hikes today in Tuolumne Meadows | Circumnavigate the base of Lembert Dome, an 800-foot-tall granite rock formation | Stay at Evergreen Lodge, a rustic property steeped in history | ​Visit Hetch Hetchy, in the northwestern part of the park, where we hike to see Wapama Falls | Play bocce or relax under the stars in the saltwater pool or the hot tub | Cap off the week with a bike ride along the South Fork of the Tuolumne River to Rainbow Pools | Enjoy a refreshing dip in one of the many natural pools before we journey back to San Francisco. 

Rush Creek Lodge
Evergreen Lodge
Groveland​
| *Casual Hotel

Elegantly rustic and welcoming cabins nestled amid towering pines on the western border of Yosemite. (pool)  

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

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Activity Level: 1-3

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.

Note: The minimum age required for kids to ride their own bike on this trip is 7+

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles* | 400 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles* | 1000 ft. gain
Day 3
Biking
Level 1 | 7 miles | 300 ft. gain
Just For Kids
Rock Climbing Class (4 hours) | min. age: 6+
Other
Adults' Naturalist-Guided Walk (3 hours)
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 4 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 3 | 7 miles | 1100 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 800 ft. gain
Day 6
Biking
Level 1 | 11 miles | 200 ft. gain
Level 1 | 14 miles | 200 ft. gain
* Includes shuttle.

What's Included

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day's ride is a bike that's perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Performance Road Bike

This custom-designed titanium bike is lightweight and responsive, featuring Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic shifting, 11-speed compact gearing, a premium Mavic Ksyrium Pro wheelset and a full carbon fork. 

Touring Bike

A proven classic, our most popular custom-designed titanium bike is suited for a wide range of cyclists. It features a comfortable ergonomic seat and a long wheel base that add to the bike’s control and stability.

NEW! Electric-Assist Bike

Our newly redesigned titanium e-bike is a lightweight yet powerful machine unique in the world of e-bikes. It provides plenty of power to flatten the hills and more than enough battery range to cover the distance.

Kids' Bikes

Backroads is the only travel company to manufacture its own line of kid's bikes. While the wheels might be small, the performance is big—it's the perfect choice for kids. On our Family Trips, you'll find 20" and 24" bikes.

Trailer Bike

The Burley Kazoo trailer bike, for children up to 85 pounds, attaches to an adult bike with your child providing some of the pedal power for a real team effort! It's ideal for kids who aren't yet ready for bike touring. 

Also Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

We know you signed up for an active vacation, so why would you want to spend time sitting in a van? The truth is, we do spend more time shuttling on this trip than we do on many other Backroads trips, but that's because we're willing to go the distance to bring you the very best of Yosemite's natural wonders. Of course, we could cut out some shuttle time by only exploring one corner of the park, but how could we possibly choose which experiences to sacrifice? Rest assured that we have planned our itinerary to make the most of this vast and spectacular national park. 

Service at The Ahwahnee

The Ahwahnee is a historical treasure and by far the best place to stay in the Yosemite Valley. Its location within Yosemite National Park makes it an ideal base for exploring the valley's many sights, but also means it is run by the national park and subject to park regulations and oversight. Similar to many national park lodges, service at The Ahwahnee can seem slow and brusque compared to the normally high standards found on other Backroads trips.

Biking in Yosemite

Because of national park regulations, biking is limited on this trip and leaders are not allowed to offer full support for the ride in Yosemite Valley, but you will be supplied with maps, directions and locks for the ride, which is almost entirely on flat bike paths.

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