(San Francisco, Yosemite National Park)
Discover the natural splendor of California's Yosemite National Park with a 3-day exploration of the park's many highlights alongside your private driver-guide. Stand in awe as Giant Sequoias tower over you at the park's Mariposa Grove, imposing their ancient grandeur dating back as far as 2,000 years. Visit the glacially sculpted Yosemite Valley, densely forested with pines, and home to cascading waterfalls within the granite mountain peaks. Explore Glacier Point with its panoramic viewpoint of the Yosemite Valley below and set out on a hike alongside the Nevada and Vernal Falls. Visit North America's highest waterfall, Yosemite Falls, dropping over 2,400 feet to a plunge pool at its base. Familiarize yourself with the renowned photographic works of the late Ansel Adams with a visit to his gallery within Yosemite, which was one of his favourite subjects as depicted in his stark black and white environmental works. Gain a brand new appreciation and perspective on natural preservation as you uncover the magnificent treasures of Yosemite National Park.
Meet your professional driver for an airport transfer with private vehicle.
The Grand Hyatt San Francisco Hotel is located in San Fransisco, California. This hotel towers 36 stories above historic Union Square in the heart of downtown at the center of shopping, entertainment and finance. Amenities include a restaurant, room service, coctail lounge, coffee shop, meeting/banquet facilities, concierge, safe-deposit service at the front desk and dry cleaning/laundry service. Recreational facilities include a 24-hour fitness center. 685 accommodations available!
With a pickup by your private driver-guide, you'll depart San Francisco for Yosemite National Park. Along the way you'll make a stop in San Joaquin Valley before an afternoon arrival to Mariposa Grove in the southernmost part of Yosemite National Park. Several hundred mature Giant Sequoias can be found in this area, including 'Grizzly Giant', thought to be between 1900-2400 years old. The tree stands 210 feet tall, and has a base diameter of 30 feet; an absolutely massive natural relic. After a visit to the grove, you'll continue to Yosemite Valley, an incredible glacial valley in Yosemite N.P., densely forested with pines and sinking up to 1 mile below the peaks of the granite walls containing it. To conclude your day, you'll be dropped off at your hotel.
The Ahwahnee Hotel is perfectly located for leisure guests to Yosemite National Park. All the modern facilities are available in all of the hotel's 123 rooms. Hotel's guests can experience on-site latest leisure and sports facilities such as tennis courts and enjoy hiking and cycling are available to explore the hotel property or reach other parts of the park. Yosemite Falls and the Half Dome are each close to the hotel. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay.
This morning, you'll set out with your driver-guide for a private tour of Glacier Point (weather permitting). At the viewing area, Glacier Point offers a tremendous view out over the Yosemite Valley and its various parts such as Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Clouds Rest.After a break for lunch (not included), hikers can choose to hike down to the Yosemite Valley through Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls. The Half Dome hike is great for extreme hikers (hiking permit & advance reservation required). In the afternoon you'll enjoy a Yosemite Falls tour, the highest measured waterfall in North America.
In the heart of the Yosemite Valley, you'll find the Ansel Adams Gallery, displaying works of this renowned photographer, many of which cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Focusing on the American West, and particularly Yosemite National Park, Adams' refined depth and contrast of his black & white environmental shots has garnered much notariety in the field. Visit the gallery with your private driver-guide for some vivid and beautiful documentation of Yosemite's past.
Depart Yosemite with your private driver-guide for San Francisco, visiting Groveland, and Hetch Hetchy along the way. Groveland is a historic town with a gold rush-era main street with a great nostalgic ambience. The Hetch Hetchy Valley is a glacial valley in the northwest corner of Yosemite National Park, featuring two of the largest waterfalls in North America. Your day will conclude with arrival and drop off in San Francisco.
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