California's Yosemite Easygoing Family Walking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

From $4,849 /person

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Plus Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

California's Yosemite Easygoing Family Walking Tour

Small Group Adventures for:

Couples, Friends & Solos Adults 18+

Women's Adventures Women 18+

Families with Young Adults 20s & Beyond Best for ages 20+ (min. age 18)

Families with Older Teens & 20s Best for ages 17-23 (min. age 14)

Families with Teens & Kids Best for ages 9-17 (min. age 4)

One or more kids 20+ required (siblings 17+ ok)

6 days

5 nights

Activity Levels 1-2

We categorize our trips based on a range of activity levels from leisurely (1) to avid (5) with plenty of options in between.

Casual Plus Hotels

Premiere Hotels - From lavish luxury to on-trend boutique, offering experiences as unique as the regions we explore.

Casual Plus Hotels - A step above Casual but not quite Premiere.

Casual Hotels - Known for their character, charm and proximity to outdoor adventures and Backroads activities.

Small Luxury Ships - Unpack once and cover more distance on an intimate ship with spacious staterooms and superb amenities.

2024: Jul

From $4,849 /person

Dolce Tempo Journey from National Park's Dramatic Half Dome to Waterfalls

Welcome to one of America’s most prized natural wonders—the imposing cliffs, towering waterfalls and endless beauty of Yosemite National Park. Carved by ancient glaciers into the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this gorgeous expanse of trails, viewpoints and raw wilderness has beckoned adventurers and artists for centuries. Walk with your family in the steps of Ansel Adams, John Muir and Alex Honnold while soaking up the grandeur of this world-renowned treasure. 

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Highlights

  • Explore one of America’s most beloved national parks, following walking trails that lead to the bucket-list vistas and iconic geological formations that John Muir fought to protect
  • Marvel at Yosemite's world-famous landmarks—one-of-a-kind Half Dome, towering El Capitan, gorgeous Tuolumne Meadows and breathtaking Bridalveil Falls
  • Converse with local naturalists who unravel the mysteries of Yosemite’s towering giant sequoia trees and share the fascinating history of early pioneering conservationists
  • Experience the historic elegance of the Ahwahnee Hotel, the most prized of all the national park lodges, and savor a locally sourced gourmet Backroads picnic in the heart of Yosemite Valley

 

 

California Yosemite Valley Walking and Hiking Tour

California

Start/End San Francisco

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Itinerary

Day 1

Description

Welcome to Yosemite! Discover the mighty Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees, the largest living organisms on the planet • Walk through the “tunnel tree” and marvel at the grandeur of Grizzly Giant, estimated to be around 2,000 years old • Unwind with family at our mountain resort cradled by the pines of Sierra National Forest • Opt for a poolside cocktail or a rejuvenating spa treatment.

Accommodations
Tenaya Lodge

(1 night)

Night 1

Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp
Casual Plus Hotel

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

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 2-3

Description

Stroll along the canyon rim overlooking Yosemite Valley with expansive views of the park’s most famous landmarks, including Half Dome and Yosemite Falls • Enjoy a scenic drive into the heart of the valley passing El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls • Keep an eye out for Yosemite’s plentiful wildlife, including black bears and their springtime cubs • Learn about the park's landscape and history from a local naturalist as we walk along the shore of the meandering Merced River • Explore Yosemite Valley at your family's leisure—opt to hop on an e-bike and visit Mirror Lake, walk an easygoing trail to Yosemite Falls or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery • Settle in at The Ahwahnee, an iconic lodge tucked in a grove of trees beneath towering granite walls • Take in the unique design and architecture of this historic jewel and savor a memorable dinner with park views out of floor-to-ceiling windows. 

Accommodations
The Ahwahnee

(2 nights)

Nights 2-3

The Ahwahnee
Yosemite Village
Casual Plus 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)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Days 4-6

Description

Be immersed in Tuolumne Meadows, a less-visited corner of Yosemite, rich in subalpine meadows, wildflowers and granite domes • Visit Hetch Hetchy, a dramatic glacial valley far from the crowds • Walk to Wapama Falls and relish views of misty rainbows and the surrounding glacially carved cliffs reaching into the sky • Delight in the amenities of Yosemite’s newest lodge situated on a wooded 20-acre expanse • Stroll along the south fork of the Tuolumne River to a two-tiered waterfall where swimming opportunities await • End your epic family adventure in the ever-fascinating city of San Francisco. 

Accommodations

Nights 4-5

Rush Creek Lodge
Groveland​
Casual Plus Hotel

Set on 20 wooded acres at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park, this new lodge offers an ideal blend of contemporary sophistication and rustic warmth. (pool, spa)

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

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We want to make sure you're on the trip that's right for you. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Shuttle Time

We spend more time shuttling on this trip than we do on many other Backroads trips in order to bring you the very best of Yosemite's natural wonders. We want to make the most of your time in this vast and spectacular national park, and our itinerary—complete with shuttles—has been specifically designed to do just that.

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 it 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 casual when compared with the hospitality found on other Backroads trips.

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Hotels

Adventure-Ready Hotels

Ideally located with ready access to trip activities, our Casual hotels are also known for their character and charm.

Hotels may vary based on departure. Any variations will be displayed when selecting a departure under Dates & Prices.

Night 1

Tenaya Lodge
Fish Camp

Casual Plus Hotel

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

Nights 2-3

The Ahwahnee
Yosemite Village

Casual Plus 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)

Nights 4-5

Rush Creek Lodge
Groveland​

Casual Plus Hotel

Set on 20 wooded acres at the doorstep to Yosemite National Park, this new lodge offers an ideal blend of contemporary sophistication and rustic warmth. (pool, spa)

From $4,849 /person

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