Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in the American West. During leisurely hikes, discover imposing sequoia trees, towering cliffs, expansive vistas, and cascading waterfalls that comprise this World Heritage site, located in northern California.

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Treasures of Yosemite

7 days from $4,875

Yosemite National Park is home to some of the most magnificent scenery in the American West. During leisurely hikes, discover imposing sequoia trees, towering cliffs, expansive vistas, and cascading waterfalls that comprise this World Heritage site, located in northern California.

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Best Western Plus Fresno Airport

Fresno, United States

Set a mile from Fresno Yosemite International Airport, this 4-story hotel features warmly decorated rooms with cherrywood furnishings that feature complimentary WiFi and 42-inch flat-screen TVs, plus tea and coffeemaking equipment, work desks, and minifridges. The hotel also includes a hot breakfast each morning and a free shuttle service from the airport. There is a fitness room, an outdoor pool, a hot tub, and barbecue grills on site.

Number of nights: 1

Tenaya Lodge (June 2022 Departures Only)

Fish Camp, California, United States

Tenaya Lodge sits among an evergreen forest on spacious, well-maintained grounds, just two miles from the South Entrance to Yosemite National Park. The lodge has undergone a major renovation, and the décor fuses Native American design with classic mountain lodge style, featuring cathedral ceilings, exposed timbers, stonework, and artwork inspired by native Mono and Miwok Indian tradition. Guest accommodations have climate control, cable television, a telephone, WiFi, a coffee maker, refrigerator, and hair dryer.  On the property, you’ll find a state-of-the-art spa with a variety of treatments, one indoor and three outdoor swimming pools, five hot tubs, a steam room, dry sauna, fitness center, game room, retail store, and coin-operated laundry. 

Number of nights: 2

Wawona Hotel (September 2022 & All 2023 Departures)

Yosemite National Park, United States

A National Historic Landmark and situated in a lush meadow near rushing streams, the Wawona Hotel has the tranquility of a Victorian-style lodge and offers the gracious charm of a bygone era. The hotel is located just four miles from the Park's south entrance and most of the hotel's 104 guestrooms open onto spacious verandas. Housed in six buildings, guest rooms are simply decorated and furnished in period pieces and antiques. All rooms offer daily maid service and Smithsonian guests will be in rooms with private baths. There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms. There is a small gift shop for personal items. Meals will be served in the main dining room and there is drink service in the lobby as well as nightly piano music. 

Number of nights: 2

Rush Creek Lodge (June 22 Departures Only)

Groveland, California, United States

Rush Creek Lodge opened in 2016 and sits on 20 forested acres, just a mile and a half from the Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park.  This modern lodge is surrounded by forest and blends comfort and modern amenities with a rustic, natural design.  On the property is a centrally located outdoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tubs, a tavern, restaurant, and general store. Self-serve laundry facilities are available in the main lodge building.

Number of nights: 3

Yosemite Valley Lodge (September 2022 & All 2023 Departures)

Yosemite National Park, United States

Located just steps from the spectacular Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Valley Lodge offers accommodations spread out over several lodge buildings with small patios or balconies for taking in the spectacular sites. All rooms are simply decorated with comfortable beds, a private bathroom, dressing area, telephone and television with limited programming. Participants will have meals in the Mountain Room Restaurant. There is also a lounge where alcoholic beverages are served (Mountain Room Lounge). The Coffee Corner has a variety of hot and cold coffees and tea drinks, bagels and pastries and hand-dipped ice cream. There is a computer center to check e-mail for a small charge.

Number of nights: 3

Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderately Active​

Expectations: This is a moderately active program incorporating walks and hikes from 1 up to 6 miles round-trip with options (at times) for shorter walks and hikes, most on well-marked trails but being a National Park, they will be rocky, uneven and dusty. Elevation gains during these walks and hikes can be strenuous and participants may be affected with shortness of breath. The time on the trails will be taken at an easy to moderate pace suitable for study. Appropriate footwear and gear is very important as we will experience the park rain or shine. We highly recommend dressing in layers and wearing trail shoes with a sturdy tread or well-worn hiking boots as well as having rainwear, a hat, sunglasses, sunblock, and sunscreen on hand. A full list of suggested items to pack will be included with your pre-tour documents.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a somewhat vigorous pace, are comfortable participating in up to five hours of physical activity per day, and enjoy some physical exertion.



Thanks so much!! Experiencing Yosemite was a life time dream for our family! 

- Antoinette, M.
Reading List

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Moon Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon (Travel Guide)
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The Yosemite
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Travel Insurance

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