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Discover Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, and Eastern Sierra’s breathtaking wonders
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"Visit the mountains and nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees, the winds will blow their own freshness into you …"

~ John Muir~

RAINBOW FALLSOverview: Are you dreaming of a unique journey through the wilderness that will take you far beyond your ordinary path? Discover Sierra Nevada through Golden Horizon Travel’s Four- or Five-day combo adventure tour. You will get exclusive access to a brand-new off-the-beaten-path adventure through the Sierra Nevada wilderness, Mammoth Lake’s sublime wonders, and Yosemite National Park’s world-renowned giant sequoia trees, waterfalls, glacier points, and endless meadows (like Tuolumne Meadows) and countryside.

Discover Mammoth Lake’s natural wonders, breathtaking Alpine Lakes, and unique geology, including hot springs and the world famous Devil Postpile National Park. Hike to Rainbow Falls and Mono Lake in the morning, and spend the afternoon in the Ghost Town of Bodie, or in Alabama Hills, famous as the production location of hundreds of motion pictures located between Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the U.S., and the lowest point in North America, Death Valley.

Drive up to 11,000 feet to discover the stunning 4,000 to 5,000-year-old ancient Bristlecone Pines and much more. This seasonal adventure is available only in summer due to the high elevation, snow, and other weather considerations. This journey may start or end in Yosemite, depending on your hotel reservation, weather, and road conditions.

Tours Description and Details

Day 1: Travel to Yosemite National Park to visit one of its three groves of giant sequoias!

Yosemite sequoiasTravel to Yosemite via the Central Valley and Gold Country’s historic charming towns. On the first day of your experience, you will visit one of the three giant sequoia groves in Yosemite National Park − home to some of the oldest and largest sequoias in the park. The true majesty of Yosemite will be unveiled in the sights − with hanging cliffs, deep canyons, streaming waterfalls, stunning meadows, lush valleys, and massive ancient trees encountering you at every turn.

Let your knowledgeable guide take you on a personalized walking tour, which will help you learn more about the ancient sequoias. Did you know both species of redwood trees (the Sequoiadendron giganteum and the Sequoia sempervirens) are dually designated as the State Trees of California? Growing in California only, these redwoods were once the dominant trees in North America and Europe, during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods (More than 200 million years ago). In fact, Sequoiadendrons can be traced to the Triassic Period, when dinosaurs first appeared.

After an exciting day of hiking, and/or walking to the giant sequoias, your guide will help you check-in at your hotel or resort. We will offer you complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your hotel, even if you made the reservation yourself.


Day 2: Visit Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point

Glacier PointStart your morning with a hearty breakfast. On day 2, we will be driving to Glacier Point − a stunning overlook which is located above the South Wall of Yosemite Valley (elevation: 7,214 feet; or 2,199 meters). This magnificent viewpoint will leave you speechless.

On the way up, your tour guide will show you different views and overlooks along an easy walking trail. From this perspective you will be able to admire the nature below, as well as the other surrounding peaks (Tenaya Peak, Echo Peaks, Tressider Peak, Cloud’s Rest, the Half Dome, and many more). You will then be taken to the famous Washburn Point overlooks, where you will be able to photograph t the breathtaking Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls and Illilouette Falls.

The views throughout your complete experience will be unsurpassed anywhere else in California. Hikers can request their tour guide to take them to some of the more challenging hiking trails, like Sentinel Rock, rising up to 7,038 feet (or 2,145 meters) above the Yosemite Valley.

During the off-season, when Glacier Point is closed for traffic, we substitute this tour stop with other wonderful sights like: Hetchy Valley − a reservoir where the O’Shaughnessy Dam was constructed in 1913 to supply the San Francisco Bay Area with water. John Muir referred to Hetchy Valley as the ‘Second Yosemite Valley’ thanks to its gorgeous vistas and waterfalls. You will encounter spectacular scenery along the winding road to Hetchy Valley. Warning: Please avoid driving up here on your own, as the road requires a high level of driving skill due to the deep and narrow roads. However, with our tour you will have the professionalism of our expert tour guides to get you there safely.

Upon descending from Glacier Point, we will travel down to the Yosemite Valley floor − the crown jewel of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. No trip to Yosemite National Park is complete without a guided tour of the Valley’s floor. This part of the experience is truly inspiring, and a real treat for the millions of visitors who travel to the Yosemite Valley yearly from all over the world. Besides the known sights in Yosemite Valley, our tour guides will provide you with insider access to the hidden wonders that you would miss had you traveled on your own.

We will visit many of the Valley’s lush natural wonders, including: waterfalls, streams, rivers and picturesque meadows. You will also see the Half Dome, in all its glory; El Capitan; Bridal Veil Falls; Yosemite Falls; and much more. A short visit at the Valley Visitor Center will provide amazing history of the Valley and its diverse geology, and biology. Other popular museums and galleries are open to the public in this area, and you might even end up with a great lunch at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel.

After exploring the Yosemite Valley, we will travel to the high country − an exciting stop which will take you to the Tuolumne Meadows, located in the High Sierra. This visit offers the opportunity for an authentic experience filled with the beauty of high alpine meadows, lakes, rivers and streams; as well as some of Yosemite’s highest peaks, which will allow for continued unobstructed views of Yosemite’s majestic wilderness. The Tioga Pass towers 9,943 feet above sea level (or 3,031 meters).

Located in the High Sierra of the Yosemite National Park, the narrow winding route to the Tuolumne Meadows is incredibly scenic, and generally open to vehicles from late May/early June through October. This drive has incredible vistas of the pastoral meadows which lay alongside the winding Tuolumne River. Like the road to Hetchy, this drive requires a high level of concentration due to the tight bends and steep drops, but again − you are in great hands with your experienced guide.

You will stop at Olmsted Point, which is located along the Tioga Road. This stop offers remarkable views of both sides of the Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon and Tenaya Lake. Capture the beauty of this high country − an area that is one of the least visited on the tour, ensuring a more original experience.

As we continue making our way on Tioga Road, heading east towards Tioga Pass, the road will begin winding steeply through the Sierra Mountains − eventually opening up for expansive views of several surrounding peaks, including Mount Clark and Mount Hoffman. Along the way, you can photograph other high peaks covered with snow, like Lembert Dome − a granite monolith standing 800 feet above the meadow floor, with a sheer cliff at its peak giving spectacular 360 degree views of snowcapped mountains, flowing with rivers and lightly frosted grasslands.

The closer we get towards higher elevation, admire the Tuolumne River, meandering its way through the rich greens of grassy meadows dominated by high granite peaks, including Cathedral Peak (10,911 feet; or 3,325 meters). Cathedral Peak is a focal point of the Yosemite High Country; its sweeping buttresses are unmistakable from various vantage points. Its narrow summit has been the goal of many alpine rock climbers like John Muir, who climbed it back in 1869.

The magic of the alpine lakes, rivers, and waterfalls, when added to the blue skies and greenery surrounding the Tuolumne, all make for magical ingredients for a landscape and wilderness retreat. During the summer, Tuolumne Meadows is covered in wild flowers, whilst Tenaya Lake offers sandy beaches for swimming and Mount Dana provides amazing views of the Sierra Nevada at 13,000 feet of or 3,962 meters).

Hikers, we will pair you with the right tour guide and expert to assist you throughout this amazing touring experience.


Day 3: Mammoth Lakes Basin, June Lake Loop and Mono Lake full day guided tour

Day 3 will begin after breakfast at your hotel or preferred restaurant along the way. Your adventures on the third day will take you to sightsee June Lake and Mammoth Lakes Basin. Mammoth Lakes Basin is a beautiful and stunning alpine setting, home to spectacular alpine lakes such as Lake Mamie, Lake Mary, Lake George and Horseback Lake. We will also drive you to Minaret Vista to enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the Ansel Adams and John Muir Wilderness (from 9,265 feet of elevation; or 2,824 meters). Photographs of the Earthquake Fault Line, where a sizable fissure was formed when the Inyo Craters erupted centuries ago, is a must.

You will visit the Hot Creek geologic site, which offers a colorful display of geothermal activities, and we will drive you to hidden and natural hot springs as well (no entrance fees apply in this wilderness). Find time to relax while swimming in the geothermal and healthy waters. Continuing the tour towards Convict Lake, we will pass by Lake Crowley, an area dominated by rugged mountain scenery and sheer cliffs reflecting on the beautiful and natural lake.

Yosemite lake pictureShould you choose so, a scenic ride may be available to the summit of Mammoth Mountains via gondola − this is optional, so check with your tour guide if interested. This addition provides visitors with further panoramic views, from higher than 11,000 feet (or 3,354 meters). You may also visit the Mammoth Ski Museum − home to one of the largest single collections of skiing art, literature and heritage − or the Mammoth Visitor Center of Natural History (fees may apply).

Enjoy lunch at your own pace, but prepare yourself for a fresh adventure which will take you through a scenic loop in June Lake − popular for hiking, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. Following this, we will veer off towards Highway 395, admiring the beauty of alpine lakes like Grant Lake and Silver Lake. The afternoon’s journey includes trips to June Lake, Gull Lake, Carson Peak, and much more.

Depending on time, you will embark on the Mono Lake Tour on either day 3 or day 4. A massive waterbody, Mono Lake covers more than 60 square miles. During its 700,000+ years, Mono Lake has had salts and minerals washing into it from the Eastern Sierra steams, making it a paradise for millions of migrating birds. Visitors marvel at the uncanny Tufas Towers. Tufa is a rendition of limestone, formed after the precipitation of carbonated minerals from ambient temperature bodies of water. Finally, you will enjoy a tour of the Mono Lake Visitor Center − a true museum of natural history − topped off with an on-foot tour of the Mono Lake shores.
At the end of day 3, your tour guide will drop you off at your hotel, or provide transportation to a restaurant of your choice before heading in for the night.


Day 4: Visit Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls and Bodie Ghost Town

RAINBOW FALLSOn day 4 you will visit more astonishing geological sights and national monuments. Day 4 includes Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls, and the authentic ghost town of Bodie, among many other stops.
To reach Devils Postpile National Monument, we will drive through the town of Mammoth Mountain. In the main lodge and ski resort, you will find a giant mammoth statue rising from the middle of the square. During the drive you will pass an interesting geological site where a major fault line is still visible − an obvious fissure that resulted from the continuing movement of the Sierra Nevada fault zone.
Afterwards, you will board a local shuttle bus service which will pass Minaret Overlook as you head down to Devils Postpile National Monument. No public vehicles are allowed in this area.

Devils Postpile NationalFrom the parking lot, a short hike will lead you to Devils Postpile National Monument which is a unique six-sided polished and colorful foundation of basal in the form of vertical columns, which was formed by a volcanic eruption almost 100,000 years ago. When the eruption occurred, the lava was carried away by San Joaquin River, and this continued motion of moving lavas and ice along the river overrode the fractured mass of lavas, carrying them away from the river to these meadow − creating and forming the actual Devils Postpile columns. The process exposed a sheer wall of 60 feet (or 18 meters) high colorful columns, and sculpted them to the amazing formation that is the Devils Postpile columns today.
Following this, you will hike through the striking meadows towards Rainbow Falls. An easy 1.5 mile hike through Red’s Meadows, and along the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, you will be rewarded with a beautiful waterfall where the San Joaquin River tumbles over an abrupt 101-foot (or 31 meter) drop, sending spectacular and colorful rainbows into the mist, hence the name ‘Rainbow Falls’. The refreshing mist invites visitors to hang around for a while, enjoying the spectacular scenery. You may set up a picnic lunch here, or head back to the town in Mammoth Lakes for lunch. Please note: Devils Postpile Monument and Rainbow Falls are only accessible by foot in summer.
Following lunch, we will head north on rough, yet scenic backroads, in the direction of Bodie State Historical Park, and Ghost Town. Bodie is an old and authentic gold mining town which is located 36 miles north of Mammoth Lakes in Mono County − just miles from the Nevada border. Bodie was once the third largest city in California. In the 1870’s, gold was discovered in Bodie. Stage coaches and gold miners would line the roads of this town, eventually departing Bodie with tons of gold. The town had it all: a church, banks, a railroad, its own newspapers, a sheriff department, unions for the miners and mechanics, a jail, enough Saloons for us all, and even a small Chinatown area.

BODIE GHOST TOWNBodie Museum offers exhibits which include memorabilia from the rowdy, gold mining boomtown years.
After day 4 of adventuring in the Sierra Mountains, your guide will drop you back in San Francisco, again passing the Tuolumne Meadows on Highway 120, or Sonora and the Gold Country on Highway 108 depending on weather and road conditions. In case of unexpected storm, we are not liable for the additional night hotel accommodations and meals expenses, if needed. Weather forecast and road conditions are out of our control.
If you’d like to further expand your horizons and book our 5-day journey, we will visit the oldest trees on Earth, and marvel at the invigorating sights of the Eastern Sierra Nevada unavailable on our 4 day trip. You may also include an additional trip to Death Valley, and/or Lake Tahoe as well.


Day 5 of our Yosemite and Eastern Sierra Combo Adventure

If Day 5 is added on, this new opportunity to adventure will cover these additional sights, parks, wonders, monuments and attractions:

Ancient BristleconeAfter commencing the day with breakfast at your hotel, your tour guide will take you up a winding, scenic road towards the grandiose and ancient trees in Bristlecone Pine Forest − located between 11,000 and 12,000 feet above sea level (or 3,352-3,658 meters). The pine trees in this forest are up 5,000 years old!
Note: Please ensure you will be comfortable with the high elevation, and inform our tour company or your tour guide in advance should you have any medical conditions.

Biologists and visitors are all puzzled at the survival and longevity of these ancient pine trees. How could pine trees survive in the extreme and severe weather conditions of the White Mountains, while being above 11,000 feet high (or 3,352 meters)?

These ancient Bristlecone Pines were discovered growing on the ridges of the White Mountains back in 1953. Despite the high elevation, poor soil, harsh landscape, gusty wind blowing from all directions, and heavy snow storms with ice crystals, these pine trees remain intact long after they die.

Did you know that these age-old trees live for more than 45 centuries, and only grow for about 45 days in a year? The rest of the time they remain dormant.

As you descend back towards the Valley floor, there will be many photo opportunities, where you can capture the unique geology of the Sierra Crest, Palisades and massive granite walls along the way − including Mount Whitney, the highest summit in the continuous United States.

There will be a short break after the descent, stopping off at Big Pine, which is located in Owens Valley − an arid valley located at the foothills of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, and West of the White Mountains. Owens Valley is dominated by Mount Whitney (elevation: 14,505 feet; or 4,421 meters). This makes Owens Valley one of the deepest valleys in the United States.

Owens Valley was formed about three million years ago when the Sierra Nevada Fault and the White Mountains Fault systems became active. The topmost part of this escarpment is exposed at Alabama Hills, and is one of the stops on your tour. This is the mecca of over 390 motion pictures, and is considered a living museum of legendary movies and classic heroes, such as: ‘Lives of a Bengal Lancer’ starring Garry Cooper; multiple John Wayne movies, including ‘The New Frontier’; and other films including names you might be familiar with (Richard Burton, Tony Curtis, George Kennedy, Mel Gibson, Kevin Costner, John Travolta, Demi Moore, Nicolas Cage, Alec Baldwin, and many more).

From here we will travel to Lone Pine. A stop which is nestled in the Owens Valley, and sits at the foot of the mighty Sierra Nevada Mountains. When the sun begins to set, Mount Whitney casts its long shadow over the valley. This dramatic setting incited Hollywood directors to make Lone Pine and Alabama Hills the new ‘El Dorado’ for movie sites. The history of Lone Pine was dramatically altered when it became the setting for endless Western films and action movies.

In this area you will find the Lone Pine Indian Reservation as well, home to the Owens Valley members of the federally recognized Paiute and Shoshone tribes. For more history, north of Lone Pine you will find Manzanar National Historic Site, which is where the Japanese were relocated following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. President Roosevelt signed an executive order that required people of Japanese ancestry living along the pacific coasts to be placed in relocation camps like Manzanar.

All our tours can be customized to meet your travel needs and expectations. Upon your request, certain sights and national parks can be skipped, while having the flexibility to add other sites of interest, like: Death Valley National Park, Las Vegas, Reno or Lake Tahoe − based on your preference and the season. Let us make your dream come true!


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2 Guest $2,699.00 $3,139.00
3 Guest $2,099.00 $2,699.00
4 Guest $1,619.00 $2,399.00
5 Guest $1,529.00 $1,899.00
6 Guest $1,329.00 $1,619.00
7 Guest $1,129.00 $1,429.00

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or without Hotel
accommodation
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Van Tour. Tax,
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your favorite hotel
Private 4-day
Van Tour. Tax,
entrance fees
& hotel
accommodation
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***Hotel based on
double occupancy
1 - 5 persons $7,259.00 $8,299.00
6 - 7 persons $7,599.00 $9,699.00
8 - 10 persons $8,599.00 $10,599.00
11 - 12 persons $9,489.00 $11,399.00
13 - 14 persons $9,999.00 $11,999.00
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Included: A private 4 or 5-day guided adventure (depending on your choice), tax, pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf or anywhere along the way, Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes park entrance fees, and hotel accommodation in both Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes Area, if applicable (you may also book your own hotel)

Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, and optional activities or features


5- Day Tour Prices

This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.

Tour Prices:
Price is
per person.
Tax & Entrance
Fees.
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or without Hotel
accommodation
Private 5 day
SUV Tour. Tax,
entrance fees
& hotel
accommodation
excluded –Book your
favorite hotel
Private 5-day
SUV Tour. Tax,
entrance fees
accommodation
included
***Hotel based on
double occupancy
1 Guest $6,658.00 $7,598.00
2 Guest $3,329.00 $3,799.00
3 Guest $2,779.00 $3,339.00
4 Guest $2,100.00 $2,649.00
5 Guest $1,749.00 $2,309.00
6 Guest $1,529.00 $1,929.00
7 Guest $1,409.00 $1,749.00

Private
Tour by
Luxury SUV

SUV
SUV

 

 

5- Day Tour Prices

This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.

Tour Prices
is per party
(not per person).
Tax & Entrance
Fees Choose with
or without Hotel
accommodation
Private 5-day
Van Tour. Tax,
entrance fees
accommodation
excluded –Book your
favorite hotel
Private 5-day
Van Tour. Tax,
entrance fees
& hotel
accommodation
included
***Hotel based on
double occupancy
1 - 5 persons $9,299.00 $10,889.00
6 - 7 persons $9,559.00 $12,699.00
8 - 10 persons $9,999.00 $13,699.00
11 - 12 persons $10,189.00 $14,689.00
13 - 14 persons $10,399.00 $15,999.00
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Included: Tax, pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf or anywhere along the way, a private 4 or 5-day guided adventure (depending on your choice), Yosemite National Park and Mammoth Lakes parks’ entrance fees, and hotel accommodation in both Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes Area, if applicable (you may also book your own hotel)

Not included: price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime, and optional activities or features



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