Golden California National Parks Tour

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

10 Days
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National Parks Vacation Package Details

Get to know California on this celebration of all things golden. Soak in magnificent vistas, the glamour of Los Angeles, and of course the awe-inspiring majesty of Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks. Your tour includes a full day in the sparkling city of Las Vegas! 

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Los Angeles
  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Mammoth Mountain
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Las Vegas
Hotel Accommodations
  • 9 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 6 Breakfasts and 1 Lunch
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Tour Highlights

  • Spend 2 nights in exciting Las Vegas
  • Enjoy an afternoon in Death Valley and a scenic view of Badwater Basin
  • Sightseeing tour of Mammoth Lakes
  • See the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite, a crown jewel of America's National Park System
  • Drive through Kings Canyon National Park and see giant sequoias and redwoods
  • See the imposing General Sherman, the largest tree in the world
  • Guided tour of Los Angeles, Hollywood and Beverly Hills with included lunch at the Getty

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Golden California National Parks Tour 2021

Tours Starts: Los Angeles, CA

Tours Ends: Las Vegas, NV

Day 1

Arrive in Los Angeles

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT Vacations, a YMT representative will welcome you at Los Angeles International Airport and transport you to the hotel. Relax and enjoy the cool sea breeze under LA’s famous city lights!

Holiday Inn LAX or similar

Day 2

Los Angeles to Bakersfield

Start the day at the Getty Villa for a guided tour of the museum, where you will enjoy an included lunch. Next, is a guided tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, seeing many of the can’t-miss highlights. View Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ornate TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Dolby Theatre where every year the world’s biggest movie stars don their finest and shine bright at the Academy Awards. Leave the big city behind for Bakersfield. (B, L)

Day 3

Sequoia National Park to Visalia

Take a pleasant drive to the thick forests of Sequoia National Park. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and administered by the National Park Service with Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia is home to the largest living single-stem tree in the world, General Sherman. Standing 275 feet tall with a diameter of 25 feet, the towering tree is marvelous! The Giant Forest, where you'll find General Sherman, also contains an impressive five of the ten largest trees on Earth. (B)

Comfort Inn & Suites Visalia or similar

Day 4

Kings Canyon National Park to Oakhurst

Enjoy panoramic vistas as you explore Kings Canyon National Park, which is adjacent to Sequoia National Park and just as magnificent. See the ancient giant sequoias and redwoods in Grant Grove. At the center of Grant Grove is the General Giant Tree, the second largest tree in the world. This 3,000-year-old wonder stands almost 270 feet tall and has a base circumference of 107 feet! With terrain ranging from sun-soaked foothills to alpine forests, a huge variety of wildlife call these two national parks home. Look out for animals including gray foxes, bobcats, marmots, pikas, eagles, and bears. Spend the evening in Oakhurst. (B)

America's Best Value Inn Oakhurst or similar

Day 5

Yosemite National Park

Spend most of the day visiting one of the crown jewels of the National Park System: Yosemite! This magnificent and diverse land, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to over 13,000 feet, abounds with spectacular granite cliffs, giant waterfalls, grand meadows, and towering trees. Central to the National Park idea, Yosemite was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. Discover Yosemite Valley, which lies among the impressive Half Dome and El Capitan summits. Rising more than 4,700 feet above the valley floor, Half Dome is appropriately named for its one sheer face and three smooth and round faces, which make it appear like a dome that has been cut in half. The 3,000-foot-tall El Capitan is an impressive vertical rock formation that is a sight to behold, and attracts many serious climbers from around the world. It is the subject of the 2018 documentary Free Solo, which follows Alex Honnold's incredible free solo ascent, a magnificent feat that he is the only person to have ever achieved. (B)

Yosemite View Lodge or similar

Day 6

Mammoth Mountain

Take the scenic Tioga Pass to Mammoth Mountain. Your next stop will be the otherworldly Mono Lake. Look out for birds—between 1-2 million migrate through each year—and for the bizarre tufa towers. Mono Lake is famous for these ghostly limestone growths jutting up like long dead trees on the shoreline. Spend the afternoon relaxing in Mammoth!

Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar

Day 7

Mammoth Mountain

Take a morning sightseeing tour of Mammoth Lakes, where you will see the gorgeous Mammoth Lakes Basin and the sharp mountain peaks of Minaret Vista. During your leisure afternoon in Mammoth, you can opt to take a shuttle to the dramatic Devils Postpile National Monument, an unusual rock formation of columnar basalt. You may also join us for an optional gondola ride to the top of Mammoth Mountain at an elevation of 11,053 feet. (B)

Mammoth Mountain Inn or similar

Day 8

Death Valley to Las Vegas

Drive through the dramatic landscape of the Mojave Desert to the ultimate desert hotspot— the famous City of Sin. En route, stop in Death Valley, one of the hottest, driest, and lowest spots in the world. Lunch is on your own at The Oasis at Death Valley, a quirky-cool hotel inside Death Valley National Park where the Old West meets Old Hollywood. Stop at the blindingly white, astonishingly vast Badwater Basin. This saltwater flat lies 282 feet below sea level, making it the lowest point in North America. The evening in Las Vegas is yours to enjoy. (B)

Golden Nugget or similar

Day 9

Las Vegas

This morning enjoy a photo op at the Las Vegas sign followed by a tour of the Las Vegas Strip. Then, enjoy an optional tour or spend the day at your leisure. Perhaps explore the reinvigorated downtown, try your luck at winning millions in the casinos, or spend some time at the world-famous Strip. It is constantly abuzz, and its reputation as a place where anything is possible is well earned. Its 4.2 miles contain tens of thousands of hotel rooms, hundreds of dining options, world class shopping, golf, gaming, and an endless variety of entertainment! Take in this glittering city however you choose.

Golden Nugget or similar

OPTION: S VEGAS! DINNER & SHOWOPTION: VEGAS! DINNER & SHOW:

Join us for a musical story about Las Vegas, the entertainment capital of the world. Includes an all-you-can-eat Brazilian rodizio dinner at Pampas. $139 p/p.Please add this option at time of booking.

Day 10

Depart for Home

On certain tour dates, you may choose to combine this with our other national parks tours. If you are joining us for our Ultimate California & Canyons tour or our Ultimate National Parks tour, you can enjoy a museum visit in Las Vegas before continuing to our Crimson Canyons & Mesas itinerary.


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tours vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



FAQ

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You can move travel dates easily and without incurring cancellation fees or penalties. You can change your land tour date anytime up to 45 days prior to departure and your cruise tour up to 95 days prior to departure. See our 2021 Peace of Mind Program for more details.

A worry-free experience for our guests is very important to us. With guest's help and the implementation of a few changes and new protocols such as increased sanitization, responsible social distancing, and enhanced tour director training, you can continue to enjoy peace-of-mind while traveling. For more information on our new safety protocols, please see our Travel Safe Program.

Guests do not need a passport or visa for this tour. Starting October 1, 2021, guests are required to have a REAL ID-compliant identification which includes REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses, US passports, US passport cards, US military IDs, and federally recognized tribal-issues photo IDs.

A full list can be found here: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification

Before this date, any government-issued ID, including any state driver's license and any federal ID, will suffice.

You will need U.S. dollars.

No, guests will not need to bring adapters or converters as the U.S. use standard 110V plugs.



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