Yosemite National Park Photo Expedition

A 7-Day National Geographic tour starting from $4,895

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Tour Length: 7 Days
Countries Visited: United States
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Tour Type:
 National Parks Tours
Tour Category: Luxury Tour
Tour Operator: National Geographic
Tour Code: NG-YNPPE
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Cities Visited:
San Francisco, Mariposa, Glacier Point, Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, Hetch Hetchy

Follow in the footsteps of Ansel Adams in one of North America's most spectacular national parks. Find a unique angle on sites he made famous: El Capitan, Half Dome, and the myriad waterfalls that splash into the Yosemite Valley. Trace Adams' legacy at the Ansel Adams Gallery, long owned by his family. Capture the spirit of the California Gold Rush on a photo shoot in historic Mariposa and discover creative ways to frame the massive sequoias of Mariposa Grove.

The expedition cost includes meals, accommodations, and excursions as indicated in the itinerary; services of the National Geographic expert or expedition leader and local guides; ground transportation; most transfers; baggage handling; gratuities (except for those for the ship or train crew, where applicable, unless otherwise noted in the itinerary); and pre-trip materials. Included meals are noted at the end of each day on our itineraries with a B for breakfast, L for lunch, and D for dinner.
Day 1 — San Francisco, California
Arrive in San Francisco and transfer to our hotel for an evening at leisure.
Accommodations: The Prescott Hotel

Day 2 — Mariposa
Drive into the Sierra Nevada foothills on our way to the gold rush town of Mariposa. Visit the renowned Mariposa Museum and History Center. Enjoy a picnic lunch at a nearby farm. Step into a multitude of colossal sequoias at the Mariposa Grove and ride a tram or hike a variety of trails to see some of its most significant specimens. Check into our lodge near the south entrance of Yosemite tonight.
Accommodations: Tenaya Lodge | Meals: (L,D)

Day 3 — Glacier Point
Today, actively explore and photograph breathtaking views of Yosemite Valley and the Southern Sierras from Glacier Point. Journey north to magnificent Yosemite Valley and ascend to Glacier Point for optimal opportunities to photograph the sweeping vistas of El Capitan and Half Dome. Hear about the park’s geology and walk the granite slopes of Sentinel Dome if you wish. Then go on an optional hike on the valley floor before a picnic lunch. Arrive at our lodge this afternoon and learn about its art and architecture on a guided tour.
Accommodations: The Ahwahnee Hotel | Meals: (B,L)

Day 4 — Yosemite Valley
Join a naturalist for a morning hike from El Capitan Meadow to Swinging Bridge, where we’ll stop for a picnic. This afternoon, enjoy the opportunity to photograph the valley floor, go biking, ride a tram, or hop into a raft for a float down the Merced River. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Ahwahnee, followed by stargazing from the Great Lawn.
Accommodations: The Ahwahnee Hotel | Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Yosemite Valley
Embark on a photo hike to Lower Yosemite Fall or opt for a more strenuous climb to top of Vernal Fall. Later, pay a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery, founded as an artists’ studio in 1902 by Harry Best, whose daughter Adams later married.
Accommodations: Evergreen Lodge | Meals: (B,D)

Day 6 — Tuolumne Meadows
Head into the vast, high-mountain meadows above the Tuolumne River today for spectacular photographic opportunities. Walk to Soda Springs and see an exhibit on John Muir and the region’s early residents at the historic Parsons Memorial Lodge. Gaze up at Lembert Dome, a popular climbing spot, and go for a hike in the area if you wish. Or return to the lodge for a talk on geocaching.
Accommodations: Evergreen Lodge | Meals: (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Hetch Hetchy
Explore and photograph the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley, submerged by the construction of the O’Shaughnessy Dam in the 1920s and 1930s and now the site of a proposed cutting-edge environmental restoration project. Enjoy a farm-to-table lunch and stop at the Oakdale Cheese & Specialties shop on our way back to San Francisco.
Meals: (B,L)

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TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Necessary Travel Documents such as Passports and Visas is the responsibility of the traveler. Passports must be valid six months from your return travel date.

Explore and photograph the spectacular vistas of Yosemite, from the dramatic crag of El Capitan and the plunging waterfalls of the Yosemite Valley to the landscapes of Hetch Hetchy

Photograph the legendary giant sequoias on a walk through Mariposa Grove, home to some of the largest living beings in the world

Trace the history of Yosemite and the lives of two of its greatest champions, John Muir and Ansel Adams, during talks by local experts

Stay at lodges that reflect the local character, including the incomparable Ahwahnee, a National Historical Landmark


Price is per person, double occupancy. For a single room, add $1,500.

Airfare from/to your home city is not included in the expedition cost.


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