Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks

A Land of Giants

September 20-24, 2018

Thu / Mon - 5 Days

Experience the strength of granite, the power of glaciers and the awe of the largest trees in the world in Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Within Yosemite National Park you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, clear streams, ancient giant sequoias and a vast wilderness. Rivers and glaciers have carved into solid granite creating spectacular rock formations, for which Yosemite Valley is famous. Gaze up from the valley floor to appreciate the enormity of Half Dome and El Capitan and explore some of the 800 miles of hiking trails, and 20 miles of paved paths. The park’s multiple eco-systems from oak woodlands to alpine zones reach from below 3,000 feet to over 13,000 feet in elevation.

The dramatic landscape of Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks testifies to nature's diversity – huge mountains, rugged foothills, deep canyons and the world's largest trees. The two parks lie side by side and are managed as one national park. Giant sequoias grow only on the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada in California, between 4,000 and 8,000 feet in elevation. Giant Forest is the largest of the unlogged giant sequoia groves, and contains more exceptionally large sequoias than any other grove and hosts the largest living sequoia, the General Sherman Tree. Experience the awe and wonder that comes from being surrounded by the colossal trees in a land of giants. A steam train ride and al fresco dinner in the Sierra National Forest round out this imposing tour.

Itinerary Hotels

Thu, Sep 20: Fly to Fresno California. Transfer to Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, located near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park, and check in for three nights. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the lodge. (Meal: Dinner)

Fri, Sep 21: Transfer to Yosemite Village and take a ranger-guided Yosemite Valley Floor tour providing a unique look at the park. Learn about the history, geology, plant and animal life while viewing some of the park’s most famous sites including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, El Capitan, Tunnel View and Bridalveil Falls. Have lunch amongst the towering 34-foot high ceilings, enormous pine trestles and granite pillars of the dining room of the Majestic Yosemite Hotel. Formerly known at the Ahwahnee Hotel, the Majestic Yosemite Hotel was completed in 1927 and is now a National Historical Landmark. Explore the Yosemite Village area at your leisure before returning to the Tenaya Lodge. (B,L)

Sat, Sep 22: Today is free to explore the park on your own. Return to Yosemite Village, explore the south end of park including the Mariposa Grove (set to reopen in spring of 2018) or partake in the amenities at the lodge. This evening, enjoy an al fresco dinner at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad station, then board the Logger Steam Train for a narrated excursion. Hear about the Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company’s logging operations, discover the trees of the Sierra National Forest, and find out why the Shay locomotive is unprecedented. At a stopover at Lewis Creek Canyon take a seat near the campfire for some entertainment featuring live music. Hear the whistle blow and see the Shay’s firebox glow under the night sky on your trip back to the station. (B,D)

Sun, Sep 23: Check out of the lodge and transfer to Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks to meet your naturalist guide for an informative tour. At 6,600 feet in elevation the Grant Grove area was originally General Grant National Park, created in 1890 to protect giant sequoias from logging. Take a gentle, well-graded .3 mile stroll to see the Fallen Monarch, literally once a “log” cabin, and the General Grant Tree, the second-largest tree in the world, which stands as a living U.S. war veterans’ memorial. Enjoy a picnic lunch then take .5 mile walk to the General Sherman Tree, the largest living tree in the world by volume, measuring over 36 feet in diameter at the base. Drive along the Kings Canyon Scenic Byway for an incredible view of the dynamic landscape of one of America’s deepest canyons. Explore the visitor center before dinner at the Grant Grove Restaurant in the park. Transfer to Fresno for your final night. (B,L,D)

Mon, Sep 24: Transfer to the Fresno airport and fly home. (B)

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite, Fish Camp, California
Located near Yosemite National Park's south gate, this Four-Diamond resort is nestled on 48 acres in the southern High Sierra and framed by noble evergreen forest. Highlights: comfortable and spacious guest rooms • complimentary Internet access • 4 restaurants/bars, deli • fitness center • 1 indoor pool, 3 seasonal outdoor pools, 4 hot tubs • spa • numerous activities • kids' club • game room • shops.

DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center, Fresno, California
Located in downtown Fresno, this full service hotel has recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. Highlights: rooms feature Sweet Dreams by DoubleTree pillow top bed • in-room mini-refrigerator and coffee/tea maker • iPod Dock alarm clock • complimentary Internet access • restaurant/bar • fitness center • heated outdoor pool and whirlpool.



Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks Pricing

Per Person*

Package with Air

Land Only

Double P/P

$2,269

$1,729

Triple P/P

$2,109

$1,569

Single

$2,819

$2,279

Child (under 18)

$1,589

$1,049


Ambassadair Trip #7497

Highlights Include


  • Guided tours in Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks
  • Free day to explore Yosemite National Park at leisure
  • See the General Sherman Tree, the largest tree in the world
  • Steam train ride and al fresco BBQ dinner in Sierra National Forest
  • Accommodations near the south entrance of Yosemite National Park

Package Includes


  • R/T commercial air from Indianapolis to Fresno, California
  • 4 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions per itinerary
  • Deluxe motorcoach transportation
  • Hotel baggage handling
  • Escorted from Indianapolis

Note:

This itinerary covers areas of higher altitudes and includes activities where moderate walking, possibly on uneven terrain, is required.


 
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