San Francisco

Edits: Sequoias & SUP in California Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Destinations:
USA, Yosemite, California
Programmes:
Exodus Edits
Trip Code:
EAC
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

7 Days Land only
Ages: 30s and 40s

Trip Overview

We’ve designed a week-long Californian adventure to experience some of the northern highlights of this powerhouse state. Explore San Francisco. Get lost in a secluded Sequoia grove. Then prepare to a take on the epic Panorama Trail in Yosemite. Finally, kick back on Lake Tahoe, sip a local beer and swing by Napa Valley to try the wine on your way back to San Francisco.

Edits trips are for those in their 30s and 40s. We also have a range of trips for everyone, including our similar trip Hawaii Islands Adventure, or you can view our full range of Edits trips.

At a Glance

  • Seven nights in a comfortable lodge and boutique hotels 
  • Travel by private vehicle

Is This Trip for You?

This trip involves some long drives but it’s balanced with plenty of activity. This tour includes an eight-mile hike in Yosemite National Park, which is a strenuous day of hiking. Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility, and from time to time, your tour leader may suggest changes.

Min group size:
4
Max group size:
13

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
San Francisco
End City:
San Francisco

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Welcome to San Francisco

    Welcome to San Francisco – charming, vivacious, inclusive. Downright wonderful. You’ll be staying in Japantown that has a culture all its own in this diverse city. It’s also well placed to access the best of what San Francisco has to offer. Tonight, you’ll meet your fellow travellers and your tour leader will tell you more about what California has in store for you.  

  • Day 2

    Explore the city highlights

    After breakfast, you’ll be ticking off the highlights of San Fran with your group. You’ll walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. You’ll visit Lombard Street with its eight hairpin turns. You’ll go via the hub of Union Square on your way to see the sealions at Pier 39. In the afternoon, you’ll wander the hippy neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury to snap some pictures of the famous murals. After nightfall, perhaps the vibrant bars in the Mission District will tempt you. Or for an excellent slice of pizza, look no further than North Beach.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Marvel at the sequoias

    Leaving San Francisco behind, you’ll travel to Yosemite National Park today on a scenic drive, stopping en route to walk among the giant sequoia trees – some of the largest living trees in the world. Then you’ll journey onwards to the majestic Yosemite National Park to spend the next two nights at Yosemite View Lodge.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Hike the Panorama Trail in Yosemite National Park

    Pull on your walking boots. Today you’ll tackle the spectacular Panorama Trail, an 8.5 miles route with panoramic views of Half Dome, Yosemite Valley and some incredible waterfalls. This evening, the spa at the Lodge awaits to soothe weary muscles.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Arrive in Lake Tahoe in time for a sunset cruise

    After a scenic drive through Yosemite and over the highest highway pass in California, Tioga Pass, you’ll arrive at Lake Tahoe. Beautiful skies, clean air and a cobalt blue lake await. After checking into the supercool Basecamp Tahoe South, you’ll take a sunset dinner cruise.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Try out SUP, then sample the local brews

    It’s back on the water this morning - this time on a stand-up paddleboard. You’ll have a lesson before heading off on a guided tour to explore the coastline and enjoy the mountainous scenery. After lunch by the water’s edge, you’ll visit a brewery to try a beer made with pure Lake Tahoe water.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast
  • Day 7

    A wine stop in Napa, before returning to San Francisco

    You’ll swap beautiful shorelines for beautiful Winelands today – you’re bound for Napa Valley. You’ll stop for a tasting before continuing to San Francisco where your tour wraps up in the late afternoon.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

Accommodation

Hotels

EAC

Stanford Court Hotel

A historical but modern hotel located in Nob Hill, one of San Francisco’s most in-demand neighbourhoods. It offers great transport links as next to the hotel is the only intersection of San Francisco’s famous cable car lines. It is also within walking distance of Union Square and the Financial District.

Yosemite View Lodge

This cosy lodge is located two miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park and is in a beautiful location overlooking the Merced River. The property has both indoor and outdoor pools and a spa.

Hotel Becket

Hotel Becket is a boutique hotel that’s centrally located just half a mile from the water. There are plenty of social spaces, including an outdoor seasonal pool, indoor hot tub, sauna, and an outdoor patio with a fire pit and grilling area. 

Where a solo room is available, paying for a solo room only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for solo occupancy.

Please note that a member of the group may be allocated a solo room by default if the make-up of the group means there isn’t anyone for them to share with. Paying the supplement in advance is the only way to guarantee a solo room.

Solo supplements cannot be refunded retrospectively.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

  • All breakfasts and one dinner
  • Vegetarians and Vegans can be catered for

Joining Instructions

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Airport arrival and departure transfers are not included on this trip.  You can arrange transportation at the designated shuttle area outside of baggage claim, or through the hotel directly. A taxi to or from the airport will cost approximately US$50 plus tip.

We know that the unexpected can happen. Your plane may get delayed, or things just don’t go to plan. If you miss your tour departure, check with the hotel to see if your tour leader has left you a message with details of how to catch up with your group. If not, call our emergency number (you will find it on the final joining instructions) and our team will help you. Don’t forget that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred if you miss your tour departure.

Flights

Remember, flights aren’t automatically included in your trip. The recommended flights for this trip are with British Airways but there are alternatives. If you’d like the Exodus Edits team to help you find some good options, give us a call on 020 8772 3837.

Location start:
San Francisco
Location end:
San Francisco

What to Take

Essential Equipment

  •  Small day pack
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm sweater / fleece
  • Hiking shoes / boots and walking socks
  • Comfortable day shoes
  • Warm hat / gloves
  • Swimwear
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen / insect repellent
  • Travel power adaptor

Please note airlines have various rules on what can be carried in your luggage. If in doubt, check with your airline before travelling.

Practical Information

Passport

USA

All nationalities require a full passport that must be valid for the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

USA

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found on our USA visas page.

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

There are no specific health risks on this trip.

Vaccination

USA

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

As we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Exodus Edits

Local Time

USA's Timezone:
America/Los_Angeles PST (GMT -08:00)

Electricity

USA's Electricity:

120 Volts. Plug types A & B; establishments take two flat parallel pin plugs.

Money

USA's Currency

The national currency of USA is the Dollar (USD), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (June 2017) of approximately 1.3 to the GBP, 0.75 to the CAD, 1.12 to the EUR, 0.6 to the AUD and 0.57 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

ATMs are widely available throughout the trip

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

We recommend you take at least US$50 dollars per day for meals not included in the tour, drinks, snacks and other incidentals. You should also budget for expected tipping, as well as for the optional activities that you would like to do. Guideline prices for the most popular optional activities are listed on our website.

Tipping

Although it may not be customary in your country, it is normal and expected in North America to tip local guides, waiters, bar staff, taxi drivers and anyone who provides a service for you. Service workers are paid a low wage and depend on tips for their livelihood. It can be embarrassing if you’re confronted by a local who is expecting a tip and you are not aware of how much to offer. For this reason we have listed guideline prices below.

A 15-17% tip is standard in restaurants and you should also expect to tip $1 per drink in bars, $1-2 per bag for porters and 10-15% for taxi drivers. It’s also typical to tip around 10% for local guides who provide optional activities.

Your tour leader will work long and hard for you during your tour and we recommend a discretionary tip of US$7-$10 per passenger per day if your leader’s performance meets or exceeds your expectations. This is of course entirely optional.

Responsible Tourism

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

Learn more about what sustainable travel means to Exodus Edits here…

Live Adventure, Give Adventure.

Each time you book an adventure with Edits, we’ll contribute £15 to the Inspiration Project. That’s enough money to fund a day trip for a local child. Since 2017, our guides have been taking disadvantaged children to see their country’s famous sights and you’ll help us do this more in 2021.

Exodus Community

Join the Exodus online community

Don't forget to visit the Community area on our website. You can view the range of Exodus videos and podcasts, read trip write-ups which have featured in the national media and take advantage of some special deals on travel gear and equipment.

In the Community Travel Forum you'll find the Departure Lounge where you can discuss your trip with fellow travellers before you depart. When you get back from your holiday remember to upload your images to the relevant trip page on our website. This helps other people see what our holidays are really like and you'll be entered automatically into our monthly photo competition.

To make full use of the Community you'll need to join My Exodus. It's free, registration is simple and easy, so what are you waiting for?

Important Information

On all guided trips

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

On all trips

In booking this trip you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability you should call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary.

 

Every time that you travel abroad you should take the time to read the warnings in the essential information in the brochure.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

As fuel prices, airport taxes and exchange rates fluctuate, and airlines manage their rates to match demand, it is proving harder than ever to guarantee our Flight Inclusive prices. Although we endeavour to keep our website as accurate as possible, daily fluctuations mean that our Flight Inclusive price may be out of date. For accurate prices we recommend that you contact one of our Travel Experts, or your Travel Agent.

TRAVEL AWARE – STAY SAFE & HEALTHY ABROAD

 

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the NHS have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad. For more on security, local laws, plus passport and visa information, see https://travelaware.campaign.gov.uk/

Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/

Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

For all latest travel information about your holiday, please visit our Travel Safety Advice page.

Important Notes

In line with our ‘book and travel with confidence’ promise which allows you to cancel free of charge up to 42 days prior to departure, or transfer to another trip free of charge up to 21 days prior to your trip starting in country, please be aware that this excludes ‘irrecoverable costs’. Details can be found here: https://www.exodus.co.uk/about-exodus/exodus-booking-conditions

For this trip the irrecoverable costs related to in-country operations are outlined below, if booking flight inclusive your sales agent will confirm the terms related to your international flights at the time of booking.

Accommodation £510 / US$630 / AU$882 / €548
Activities £169 / US$209 / AU$293 / €182

Costs are accurate at time of writing in September 2021

How to Book

1. Check availability

Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.

2. Secure your place

You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.

3. Complete your booking and payment

When you're ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque. Book with confidence: Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582 issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA ‐ The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all monies paid to us for your trip are fully protected.

TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.