Jonathan: Jonathan hails from Auckland, New Zealand, and was a professional rugby player in college. In 1998, Jon moved to New York where he lived and worked as tour guide for a couple of years, before relocating to Las Vegas. In Vegas, he worked as tour guide with small groups doing daily and weekly tours to the Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Brice Canyon, Lake Powell, Sedona, and Antelope Canyon. He later moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a tour guide for 5 years. In 2004 he started working as a professional tour guide in Yosemite National Park. Jon has 2 loves: Rugby and Yosemite. He recently reached a new milestone of having given 1,000 tours of Yosemite!
Buddy: Born in Florida, Buddy was enamored with the unique biology and ecology of San Francisco Bay Area, Yosemite and the American West, and following a decade abroad, he and his family decided to call California their permanent home. His background as an international student and traveler cultivated a deep understanding of literature, art history and language (he speaks 6). Buddy is also an artist, photographer, and community volunteer.
There are very few tour guides in California who can match Buddy ’s expertise and knowledge in this field, he is not just a driver, but an expert and fun tour guide.
Tom: Tom grew up in western Ireland and moved to Louisiana in the early 1980s, where his two sons were born. He later moved to San Francisco and has since led over a thousand private guided tours and private motor coach charter trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. He is a dedicated professional, well organized and very meticulous with his job. He served as the president of the San Francisco Guild - the organization that educates and certifies professional tour guides.
Tom also leads escorted vacation packages to states in the western US. He loves national parks and is very knowledgeable about the biology, geology, fauna and flora of each national park in the Wild West. His favorite, however, remains Yosemite National Park, where he spends at least 3 days a week.
Leo: Leo is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, but he has spent more time in Yosemite than in the Bay Area. He is an experienced and professional tour guide specialized in backpacking and hiking. He knows the famous sights and hidden gems of Yosemite like the palm of his hand. His excellent guiding service and unique style have earned him hundreds of 5-star reviews.
When not guiding, Leo spends time as a professional artist and sculptor. He is also currently studying to become a national park ranger. Leo is always willing to go the extra mile so our customers can have an unforgettable Yosemite experience.
If you are looking for off-the-beaten-path treks, backpacking trips or day hikes, Leo, is your man. Leo is not an average hiker. He is an avid rock climber/hiker who knows the Eastern Sierra, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite wilderness better than the bears. If you’re looking for new horizons and challenges, ask for Leo, and you’ll be in very good hands.
Patricia: Patricia was born in Dublin, Ireland, where she grew up before moving to the USA. She first came to San Francisco as a visitor, but she fell in love with the city, and decided to move to the Bay Area, settling down in Sausalito. She is an engaging guide specialized in tours of San Francisco, Point Reyes, Hearst Castle and Big Sur. Her passion is fueled by her love for her job and the people she meets as a guide.
She knows the hidden gems and unique sights. Anyone who has met her would say that Patricia is simply awesome. She’s earned 5- star reviews for every single guided tour she has conducted. If you’re looking for a fun and passionate tour guide with an enchanting Irish accent, Patricia will not disappoint.
Mary: Mary is a native of San Francisco with Irish heritage. She is passionate about her job and has 25 years’ experience as a certified professional tour guide. Her knowledge, personality and sense of humor shine through on every tour. She has a way of blending in with any travel group, particularly families with kids. She loves leading private tours to Yosemite, San Francisco, Muir Woods, Mendocino, Lake County, Silicon Valley, Sonoma County, Napa Valley, Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, and Central California.
Adam: Adam has lived all around the world. He considers himself a global citizen. He grew up in Paris, France, where he studied history and literature at the Sorbonne University before becoming an Art History student at a different university in Paris. He was a certified a state tour guide in many of the top museums in Paris, including the Musee d'Orsay and Le Louvre. He has guided tours of all the top French castles, wine regions, attractions, parks and monuments. He led travel package journeys as a guide to Belgium, Holland, the UK, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Peru and Mexico.
In 1996, Adam traveled to the US as volunteer for the summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and was soon crisscrossing the nation. After touring up and down the East Coast, he explored the Midwest and most of the Western states extensively before settling in San Francisco, where he has lived since. In 1998, he started working as an adventure tour guide leading excursions and VIP service to California, Oregon, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and Colorado.
In early 2000, he founded Golden Horizon Travel but decided to keep working as an outdoor adventure guide. He is a people person driven by a love for his profession who still prefers to be on the ground as a guide after 20 years in the business. With Adam, a tour is like photograph. He captures real moments and creates happy memories that last a lifetime. His approach makes every journey unique and memorable. His rich and unique experience, combined with a fun personality, guarantees that he’ll bring your tour experience to life.
Denis: Denis is a biker, professional ski instructor and avid cyclist. He specializes in leading guided bike tours to Yosemite, Eastern Sierra and Lake Tahoe. He especially loves offering guided tours to Yosemite, Mammoth and Lake Tahoe in the winter. As a ski instructor, he enjoys showing our valuable customers the sparkling white mountains of Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes and sharing his deep knowledge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Gerard: Gerard is from Paris, France, where he led group tours from Paris to Normandy, Châteaux of the Loire Valley and to the Champagne wine region. He has been living in Oakland since 1980 and works as professional tour guide and driver. He has an intimidate knowledge of Northern California, but nothing makes him happier than leading guided tours to Yosemite National Park. Gerard is very patient, knowledgeable and passionate about everything he does
Mariana: Native to San Francisco, Marina has worked for the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and is a martial arts instructor. She has lived in Spain and South America, volunteering as a schoolteacher, which gave her the perfect background to become a tour guide, especially for families with kids. Yosemite is her favorite destination, and she regularly volunteers at the park to help keep it safe and clean.
Luis: Luis studied tourism and hospitality and was a state-certified tour guide for many years in his home country of Argentina. He’s also lived in Chile, where he guided whitewater rafting tours and acted as multi-sport vacation travel agent. In early 2005, Luis moved to San Francisco, where he started working as tour guide for Yosemite Private Tours and has been with the company ever since. Luis has vast knowledge of Yosemite and the region. Luis specializes in Spanish guided tours and is truly an amazing tour guide. You’ll love him.
Peter: Peter grew up in London and moved to California in the early 1990s. He loves Yosemite and has taken hundreds of customers to the park’s famous hidden gems. He has a great sense of humor and is very knowledgeable and passionate about his job. Peter is an excellent hiking guide and a photographer as well.
Antony: Antony is from Bilbao in northern Spain but has been living in San Francisco for over 25 years. With a background in education, Antony is an excellent tour guide and driver, but also a professional actor and comedian. He performed in many movies – with famous actors like Nicole Kidman – as well as in TV commercials and standup comedy specials. He has a strong passion for international cultures and cuisines.
David: David is a veteran who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces overseas. He has been working as tour guide for the last 6 years and loves sharing his passion for work and touring California parks and wine countries. His favorite destination is California Wine Country, and he is an expert at food and wine paring. If you are looking for a memorable day trip to Sonoma, Napa Valley, Russian River Valley, Edna Valley or Paso Robles, David is the best man for job.
Wendy: Wendy a professional tour leader and avid mountain hiker guide. She was Born in Berkeley, California where she studied foreign languages and civilizations. She is an excellent guide/interpreter in French, German, Spanish, and Russian. She can guide and lecture on the anthropology, geology, flora, fauna, geography, history, social and political structure, art history of many areas in California , Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, and Colorado USA.
Leonid: Leonid is an experienced and professional guide who speaks English, Russian and French. He is a former ballet instructor and has worked for well-established dance schools including the San Francisco Opera House. He takes his job seriously, and believes safety is not negotiable. With Leonid as a guide, you will be in very good hands and no doubt have an excellent and fun touring experience regardless of the destination you may choose. He loves Opera music, Ballet, and most of all working as a tour guide in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Danielle: Danielle is a group tour specialist, and she specializes in small business and large corporate group tours. She loves going on the road for days and weeks with groups who book our overnight travel packages or our excursions to explore the Wild West and California National Parks. She grew up in France and has been living in California for the last 40 years. Danielle is a knowledgeable, reliable, engaging tour leader, who is safety conscious and customer oriented.
Jimmy: Jimmy grew up in the old town of Mariposa, which was first settled in 1849 and located in the southernmost part of the Gold Rush chain. Jimmy loved fishing trout in Yosemite rivers when he was younger, which is how he fell in love with the Yosemite wilderness and became a professional tour guide. Being so close to Yosemite National Park all his life, Jimmy has an unsurpassed knowledge of the park and he spends more time in Yosemite than in his own home. As an avid hiker and guide, he loves sharing his passion with his customers and taking them to hidden and magical places that most visitors never see.
Jan: Jan was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, and she has a background in sales, real estate and travel. Jan is an excellent tour director and an expert driver. She conducts outdoor adventures such as camping, hiking and sightseeing tours throughout California State and National Parks, including in the Sierra Nevada, Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Parks. Her knowledge and expertise make her an asset for our tour company.
Julio: Julio is an expert limousine and bud driver-guide with 35 years of experience. He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.
Jessica: Jessica is our IT guru. She looks after website maintenance and ongoing updates.
Our back-office staff and managers are the backbone of our tour company. We have been satisfying customers and winning 5-star reviews since early 2004 thanks to their hard work. Our success story is truly a testament to their accomplishment, hard work, reliability, accountability and unlimited commitment to assist and accommodate our valued clients. They also supervise daily operations, dispatch drivers and assign vehicles. Some of our managers include General Manager Nelly Young, Operations Manager Adam, Executive Assistant Manager Mike, online customer service and live chat agent Nick, Buddy (who is like the company God Father), Danielle, and Maryanne and Tom, who are in charge of other administrative and legal tasks.
Our mission is to ensure that your journey with us will be one-of-a-kind and create memories that last a lifetime!
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