John Gravett 2019 Yosemite itinerary
Day 1. On arrival at Fresno Airport, we will be met by our local guide. We then transfer to the group
hotel in Fresno, KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay. The hotel provides a
complementary airport shuttle.
 
Day 2. After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the small, historic gold town of Mariposa. We will put
on our hiking boots to wander amongst some of the world's most magnificent and giant trees. Known
as Californian redwood or sequoia, these are massive - the world's largest tree by volume. Overnight
at the Mariposa Lodge. (B,L)
 
Day 3. Today, we drive to the Yosemite National Park, entering this sacred territory from the west.
Ringed by 1000 metre-high sheer granite rock formations, such as El Capitan and Half-Dome, the
Yosemite Valley is famous amongst the world's rock climbers. We have our first opportunity to take
some photos. In the late afternoon, we return to our accommodation in Mariposa. (B,L)
 
Day 4. After breakfast, we go back into the park and explore the valley by walking on interpretive trails
alongside the Merced River. Passing through forest and open areas, we will have the opportunity to
photograph the Yosemite landscape, whilst also looking out for deer, bobcat and gray fox. In the late
afternoon, we return to our accommodation in Mariposa. (B,L)
 
Day 5. Today our highlights are Tunnel View, Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls, all great locations for
taking pictures. We have an afternoon hike to the lower Yosemite Falls and, for those who are feeling
fit, there is the option of ascending to the crest of the Yosemite Falls (700 metres of elevation gain). In
the late afternoon, we return to our accommodation in Mariposa. (B,L)
 
Day 6. Today we set off on the scenic drive on Tioga Road which will take us across the Sierra
Nevada at the dramatic Tioga Pass. There are lots of great photo opportunities along the way, such
as Tenaya Lake and Lembert Dome. Overnight at Mammoth Mountain. (B,L)
 
Day 7. Today we have an early visit to Mono Lake with its weird tufa formations – some great photo
possibilities. Then, it’s back in the support vehicle for the drive back across the Tioga Pass and
onwards to Yosemite Westgate where we spend the night at a lodge. (B,L)
Day 8. After breakfast at our hotel, we set out to drive to San Francisco, with a detour en route to visit
the Napa Valley. Here, weather permitting, we will have a wine and cheese picnic in one of the
vineyards. Our drive to San Francisco brings us into the city via the Golden Gate, for one of the best
view of San Francisco Bay. Overnight at a San Francisco hotel. (B,L)
 
Day 9. Today we have some free time in San Francisco. The guide will drive the group to some of the
key photographic attractions; the Golden Gate, Fisherman's Wharf and the Coit Tower. Overnight at
our San Francisco hotel. (B,L)
 
Day 10. KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight
time, there may be time for independent sightseeing in San Francisco. A transfer to the airport is
provided mid-afternoon. (B)

Yosemite, Lake Mono & S.F. Itinerary