Springtime in Yosemite

At-A-Glance

Trip Dates:

May 17, 2015 through May 22, 2015

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995-$3,395 per person double occupancy; $950 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

Related Parks

Merced River
Yosemite National Park

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Contact ParkScapes at 800.628.7275 or travel@npca.org

May 17-22, 2015

Only 2 spots left on this springtime journey to Yosemite!

Yosemite has captured the hearts of millions, but only a privileged few experience this legendary landscape burst into life each spring.

Start your journey at the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. At Pioneer Yosemite History Center, you’ll learn about people who played important roles in this park’s protection. Head deeper into the park as you descend into Yosemite Valley and retrace favorite locations of renowned naturalist John Muir where you gaze upon the park’s other iconic features, such as El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall, and Lower Yosemite Falls.

Staying in the park, but moving decidedly off the beaten path, you’ll venture over to the Hetch Hetchy Valley. Located in the northwest corner of Yosemite, this broad, glacial valley was at the center of one of the nation’s first high-profile environmental battles over dam building in the 1920s. Despite its tangled history this is a beautiful place, with gorgeous spring wildflowers.

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Tour Highlights

A Special Season 

Discover the splendor of Yosemite in the spring. Wildflowers pop up in the park meadows and the iconic falls are at full flow, benefiting from the melting snow in higher elevations.

Unqiue Accommodations

Step into a bit of history at the Wawona Hotel, which dates back to 1876 and is now a registered a National Historic Landmark. At the Yosemite Lodge, you’re just a five-minute walk from Yosemite Falls. The tranquility is evident in the attractive and well-appointed rooms

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Tour Details

Arrive/Depart

Fresno, California

Length of Tour

6 days/5 nights

Pace

Moderately active, offering a choice of activities each day to suit different activity levels and interests. Be prepared for a variety of hikes and walks on uneven trails.

Price Includes

All accommodations, meals as noted (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner), ground transportation, entrance fees, professional guide services, park and other entrance fees, and miscellaneous program expenses.

Price Does Not Include

Roundtrip airfare to and from destination, gratuities for naturalist guides, alcoholic beverages, or personal expenses.

Payments/Cancellations

Space is confirmed by calling the NPCA at 800.628.7275. A $500 per person deposit is due at registration. Final payment will be invoiced separately and is due 90 days prior to departure. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing and is effective upon date of receipt. Cancellations up to 90 days prior receive a refund, less the $250 per person handling fee. Cancellations 90-61 days prior to departure, 25% of the tour cost is forfeited; 60-31 days prior to departure, 50% of the tour cost is forfeited; 30 days or fewer prior to departure result in the loss of 100% of your total cost.

Travel Insurance

To protect yourself from the loss of deposit and cancellation fees, you are encouraged to purchase travel insurance. Information on a comprehensive travel insurance coverage plan will be included with trip confirmation packets.

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Daily Itinerary

May 17: Fresno, CA to Yosemite National Park

Meet your tour guides and fellow NPCA participants this morning and travel to the south entrance of Yosemite National Park, considered by many to hold the most magnificent scenery in the American West. Towering cliffs, expansive vistas, abundant waterfalls and important wildlife habitat are all components of John Muir’s legacy. Gather this evening for opening remarks and a festive dinner in Wawona's hsitoric dining room.

Your stay this evening is at the Wawona Hotel, which is located four miles from the park’s south entrance and is cradled between the majestic Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias and Yosemite Valley. The Wawona Hotel dates back to the 1870s and as the largest existing Victorian hotel complex within the a national park, is designated as a National Historic Landmark for its architectural significance. Wawona Hotel (L,D)

May 18: Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park

Today you’ll have the opportunity to explore the impressive Mariposa Sequoia Grove. This amazing stand of 500 giants is the largest of Yosemite’s three sequoia groves. Your guide will explain the ecology of the trees as well as some history about conservation. Late in the afternoon, a historian from the Pioneer History Center will join us for a talk about the rich history of the park, and point out key features of the Wawona Hotel, built in 1879. Afterward, enjoy a group dinner then relax with time for stargazing. Wawona Hotel
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May 19: Wawona to Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

We make our way from historic Wawona into the heart of Yosemite Valley for a look at the classic features of El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, and other breathtaking natural attractions. Enjoy some amazing hikes today that could include Glacier Point, Bridalveil Fall, and Lower Yosemite Falls. As you explore the valley, learn more about the legacy of renowned naturalist John Muir; retrace his steps at some of his favorite park locations. The day winds down at our lodge, in walking distance of Yosemite Falls. The lodge offers a great vantage point to view the spectacular falls in the midday light. Yosemite Lodge (B,L,D)

May 20: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

Most of this day is reserved for hiking and valley exploration. “Guide’s choice” trails for the day might include the famed “mist trail” to Vernal Falls, Muir Trail, Mirror Lake, or Cook’s Meadow. If we’re lucky we’ll see some of Yosemite’s resident wildlife. Visit the Valley Visitor Center, Yosemite Museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery. Enjoy a private afternoon tour of the Ahwahnee Lodge. Return to Yosemite Lodge for a group dinner this evening. Yosemite Lodge (B,L,D)

May 21: Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park

Journey to the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir located in a beautiful valley for hikes through the wildflowers. Hetch Hetchy, a lesser known twin to Yosemite Valley, is home to spectacular scenery and is the starting point for many less-used wilderness trails. Enjoy a festive farewell dinner at the beautiful Ahwahnee. Yosemite Lodge (B,L,D)

May 22: Departures home from Fresno, California

Transfer to the Fresno airport for flights home after Noon. (B)

Note: Several daily activities will include easy to moderate hikes within the park. Hiking options may include elevation gain and/or loss; the degree of difficulty will be determined based on participant. The itinerary for the days in the park may vary based on weather conditions.

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Pricing Details

NPCA Member Price From

$2,995-$3,395 per person double occupancy; $950 single supplement.

Deposit

$500 per person

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Alternate Departures

If you cannot join us for the NPCA departure there are alternate departure dates for this tour which are

April 26-May 1, 2015
September 27-October 2, 2015
October 4-9, 2015

If you choose to travel on an alternate departure date rest assure that 10% of your tour cost will still be donated to NPCA from Off the Beaten Path.

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Our Travel Partner

The National Parks Conservation association is delighted to be partnering with Off the Beaten Path (OBP) to bring you excellent, insider experiences in our cherished national parks. This well-respected travel company shares our love of national parks, and understands the significant role they play in safeguarding America’s most majestic landscapes. Off the Beaten Path also shares our travel philosophy of small group sizes and unique itineraries.

NPCA’s collaboration with Off the Beaten Path allows us to open up an even broader range of opportunities through which you can appreciate and enjoy your national parks. Off the Beaten Path is offering additional dates with similar kinds of experiences to the trip described in this official ParkScapes departure.

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Lodging Info

Wawona Hotel

Yosemite Lodge

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Booking Info

To contact NPCA's ParkScapes program for questions or reservations please call 800-628-7275 or email travel@npca.org. You may also book directly online.

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