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Sequoias & SUP in California

7 days
from
£2,599
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Suitable for:
Age 30s and 40s
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
EAC
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Mixed-Activity
Group size:
4–13

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.  

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 2020.

Highlights

  • See all the major sights of San Francisco
  • Hike one of Yosemite’s most famous trail
  • Take to the blue waters of Lake Tahoe on a SUP

Key information

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

  • Countries visited: USA
  • Countries visited: United States, Yosemite

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts & 1 dinner
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas and Vaccinations
  • Tips for leaders and staff
  • Flights
Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Sustainable Travel

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…

Itinerary

San Francisco
to
San Francisco
  • 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
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

United States

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.

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Eating and Drinking

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

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.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Hotels

Hotel Kabuki

A charismatic boutique hotel located in Japantown, with stylish Japanese décor and free passes to Kabuki Springs and Spa, two blocks away. Hotel Kabuki is a short walk from bus routes that will take you all over San Francisco.

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.

Basecamp Tahoe South

Basecamp is a relaxed hotel that’s centrally located just half a mile from the water. There are plenty of social spaces, including a rooftop hot tub, beer garden, and even an on-site brewery.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3837
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

Call us on 0208 772 3837