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Travel Package Overview:

graphic-5.jpgAre you dreaming of a unique journey through the wilderness that will take you far beyond your ordinary path?   Join Golden Horizon Private Tours and experience a once-in-a-lifetime discovery private custom adventure through Yosemite wilderness.  The 5 days and 4-night tour includes entrance fees and hotel accommodation.
You can spend weeks in Yosemite wilderness, and you won’t be able to see more than 15% of this massive National Park that covers extensive and endless wild areas. Forests, canyons, ridges, valleys, peaks, rivers, streams, groves of ancient sequoias, granite domes hanging cliffs, inspiring waterfalls, alpine lakes, stunning wildlife including bears, all form part of this magical Park.  In other words, the longer you stay the better.
In Japan, people visit the mountain forests, alpine trees and wild flowers for a therapeutic practice to enjoy fresh air to improve their vitality. Visitors have a sense of well-being in the wild and return home with more energy, feel happier and more enthusiastic.
Life is short. Escape work, the hustle and bustle of the city concrete walls, leave the stress behind and join us now to experience the feeling of serenity, peace, tranquility and take in the awe-inspiring majestic wilderness of Yosemite National Park.
Experience nature at its best and enjoy harmony, enthusiasm, creativity, vitality and balance.  Jon Muir says that “the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”   
Book your private custom adventure now online to save time and money - we are here to make it a once-in-a-lifetime personalized experience!


views_of_tunnel__yosemite_tours_in_winter.jpgTreat yourself to a full 5-day custom outdoor adventure and experience a once-in-a-lifetime private custom tour, discovering the Yosemite wilderness spanning 5 days and 4 nights. Entrance fees and hotel accommodation are included. The more time you spend in Yosemite, the more you will see and appreciate this unique and stunning wilderness! However, if you have only 5 days, this custom outdoor adventure will be perfect for you.

Life is short. Escape work, the hustle and bustle of the city concrete walls, leave the stress behind and join us now to experience the feeling of serenity, peace, tranquility and take in the awe-inspiring majestic wilderness of Yosemite National Park.

Book your private custom adventure now online to save time and money. We are here to make it a once-in-a-lifetime personalized experience!

graphic-6.jpgYour private custom tour itinerary will be handled by your personal and private tour guide.  We assure you that you will be in very good hands.  Your experienced tour guide will escort you every step of the way and guide through Yosemite majestic wilderness, whether you like hiking, walking or simply driving and sightseeing.  Our expert and passionate tour guides tailor-make each trip, based on your needs and expectations, taking into consideration factors such as weather and road conditions, seasonal parks’ closure, among other factors.
Please bear in mind that, after leaving from San Francisco, you will spend about 4 hours before you get to Yosemite.  During this time, your personal tour guide who is also the driver, will discuss the trip itinerary to customize the route according to your needs.
Join us now and experience nature at its best and enjoy harmony, enthusiasm, creativity, vitality and balance.  Jon Muir says that “the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”  


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 Day 1 : Trip Itinerary  

yosemite_activities_adventures_.jpgYour personal tour guide will meet you at your hotel on the morning of day one, at your preferred time. The agenda/program will be discussed, and your guide will take note of any special requests and customize your tour itinerary based on your preferences and travel needs. Please let your guide know how to tailor your trip to your satisfaction.
After leaving the San Francisco Bay or wherever you wish to be picked up, you will head east towards Central Valley, locally known as ‘the fruit basket of the world,’ the largest agricultural region in North America, where farmers grow a large variety of fruit and nuts.

Observe the contrast and changing landscape, from the rugged ranges of Mount Diablo filled with wind turbines, and the flat, green, and endless farmlands of the Central Valley with the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers running through it.
Your knowledgeable guide will drive you through scenic backroads flanked by grasslands, ranchlands, and dairy farms, and may also stop at a local farmers’ market, or a fruit barn, where you can enjoy your breakfast and purchase your favorite fruits or vegetables, directly from the farmers. There are plenty of local roadside fruit and veggie stands where you can taste the fresh local produce. You can also admire the open canal irrigation system as you drive through San Joaquin Valley and its marshlands − the same irrigation that turned California's Central Valley from a desert into productive farmland.
Our route may vary based on factors like your hotel location and points of interests, and there are plenty of grocers, malls and restaurants along the way where you can stop and enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch, you will follow the winding roads uphill through the Sierra Nevada Mountains, heading east toward the Yosemite Valley. There will be numerous photo stops along the way to see picturesque lakes, meadows, rivers, and hidden waterfalls.

Spend the afternoon exploring Yosemite Valley’s natural wonders. Let your personal and experienced guide take you on short hikes to marvel at the beautiful waterfalls, including Bridalveil Falls and Yosemite Falls. Contemplate the sheer granite towering cliffs such as El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, and Half Dome, which is the symbol of the Yosemite Valley.
You may also visit the Yosemite Visitor Center, one of the best interpretive visitor centers in California, where you can learn about Yosemite’s amazing geology and history, including the story of naturalist John Muir, and the Native Americans who called Yosemite Valley their home.

Yosemite Winter Day Tour from San Francisco.JPG5:30 pm Your knowledgeable guide will be on hand to explain and show you hidden iconic sights and wonders. After exploring Yosemite Valley’s attractions, your guide will drive you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Most hotels, motels, and resorts in Yosemite and outlying areas offer swimming pools and hot tubs, depending on your choice of accommodation (please bring a swimsuit in summer). There are a number of attractions surrounding the hotels, as well as restaurants where you can dine, and enjoy your breakfast the following day.

 Day 2: Trip Itinerary

“Don’t be a passive observer of nature - experience it!”

"We must go beyond textbooks deep into the wilderness, travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."
– John Hope Franklin

Day Hikes along the Glacier Point Road .JPGAfter breakfast, get ready for a truly fulfilling journey to the high country to visit famous and hidden natural wonders including the breathtaking Glacier Point overlook. As you head to Glacier Point, your tour guide will take you to a scenic hidden viewpoint located above Tunnel View. Take in Yosemite's breathtaking scenery with Yosemite’s granite monoliths as a backdrop including the iconic El Capitan and Half Dome. The Wawona Tunnel Viewpoint is also a meeting point for professional photographers in winter, which was also immortalized by the famous Ansel Adams’ historic photographs. Another hidden and commanding viewpoint is scheduled off Wawona Road to picture waterfalls and amazing alpine landscape. Our 4x4 SUV will take you all the way up to the Washburn overlook and then to Glacier Point. Once at Glacier Point, you will enjoy spectacular views of the Yosemite Valley floor, hanging cliffs, towering domes like Half Dome, stunning hidden waterfalls including Vernal, Nevada and Illilouette Falls. This spectacular vista is truly inspiring and a must-do as a 3 or even 4-day tour to enjoy it in-depth. You can bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy these amazing and marvelous sceneries from Glacier Point, where you can really connect with nature.

Lunch may take place anywhere you wish to enjoy it − as an outdoor picnic lunch overlooking waterfalls, in the Yosemite Valley’s casual restaurants and cafes, or treat yourself to a culinary dining experience and enjoy the Ahwahnee dining room’s distinctive cuisine.

The road to Glacier Point is open in summer only, but our Yosemite National Park 5-day custom tour has a lot to offer instead, and we will substitute it for another wonderful sight, when required.

Sentinel Dome and Taft Point hiking trail: For hikers, we can add this 2.2 miles (3.5 km) round-trip which takes about 2 hours from Glacier Point Road to Sentinel Dome or Taft Point. This exciting loop will take you to a magnificent rock towering at 8,100 feet (2,470 meters) high and offering breathtaking views of the Yosemite Valley and outlying area. You will also be able to photograph the famous fallen Jeffrey pine tree leaning on the granite surface, that became an icon for photographers and postcard pictures.

When Glacier Point is closed in winter, we offer a number of alternative sites including a hike or an easy walk to Mirror Lake (available in spring only) or hike with your experienced tour guide on the Mist Trail to marvel at breathtaking hidden waterfalls including Vernal and Nevada Falls.

yosemite falls pools swiming.JPGYou may also challenge yourself and hike up to Emerald Pool that forms on the ‘step’ between Nevada Fall and Vernal Fall downstream. Not a hiker? Then you can choose to relax, and your personal tour guide will drive you to iconic sights without any need to hike. This will include places like Hetch Hetchy Valley, located on the Tuolumne River. John Muir called this picturesque valley the ‘Second Yosemite Valley’. In Hetch Hetchy Valley, you can admire picturesque waterfalls and the impressive O'Shaughnessy Dam, which was founded in 1913 to supply the San Francisco Bay area with water. The Yosemite national park is incredibly big, and you will not have a moment without something to see or do.

After this exciting adventure, we will drop you back at your hotel. Your tour guide will meet you the following day at your preferred time and take you on a new adventure before heading back to San Francisco Bay Area.


Day 3:  Trip Itinerary and Tour Description

"Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread.”
Edward Abbey

graphic-5.jpg Depending on the season, weather, and road conditions and closure, we will either explore the hidden gems of Yosemite Valley area, drive to Hetch Hetchy Valley, or travel to the high country including an outdoor adventure that will take you to the Tuolumne Meadows (closed from November to June).

The majestic wonders of the Tuolumne Meadows: A trip to Tuolumne Meadows in the High Sierra is an authentic experience filled with wonder and the stunning beauty of high alpine meadows and streams, along with some of Yosemite’s highest peaks offering unobstructed views of the Yosemite majestic wilderness. In the Tuolumne Meadows, you can walk, hike and stop to photograph stunning alpine lakes like Tenaya Lake, Tioga Lake, Ellery Lake and Tioga Pass that towers above 9,943 ft. These backroads offer stupendous views of picturesque meadows, rivers, waterfalls, massive granite domes and spectacular fauna and flora.

best hikes in yosemite things to do.JPGTuolumne Meadows is located in the high sierra of the Yosemite National Park. This scenic, narrow and winding road is generally open to vehicles from late May or early June through October, it offers incredible vistas of these pastoral meadows alongside the winding Tuolumne River. This scenic drive demands concentration due to the tight bends and steep drops, but your tour guide is also an experienced driver, so you can relax and enjoy the scenery.
This area is less visited than the Yosemite Valley floor and is often referred to as the high country.
Olmsted Point, along the Tioga Road, we will make several stops to capture the beauty of this high country, including a stop at Olmsted Point for remarkable views of both the back side of Half Dome, Tenaya Canyon and Tenaya Lake.As you keep driving up Tioga Road, heading east towards Tioga Pass, the road starts by winding steeply through the Sierras, eventually opening up for expansive views of several surrounding peaks, including Mount Clark and Mount Hoffman. Along the way, you can see 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 views in 360 degrees of snowcapped mountains, flowing rivers and lightly frosted grasslands.
As the road winds to a higher elevation, you can admire the Tuolumne River meandering its way through the rich greens of a grassy meadow dominated by high granite peaks, including Cathedral Peak (10,911 ft.) which is the focal point of the Yosemite high country. Visible from many vantage points in Tuolumne Meadows, its sweeping buttresses are unmistakable. Its narrow summit has been the goal of many an alpine traveler, including John Muir in 1869.
The magic of alpine lakes, rivers, waterfalls, blue sky and greenery of the Tuolumne Meadows covered with snow and ice are the magic ingredients are majestic and glorious.

graphic-3.jpgTenaya Lake is one of your next stops. Here you can take a stroll on one of its sandy beaches. In the background, Mount Dana provides amazing views of the Sierra Nevada at 13,000 feet of elevation.
For hikers, we will assign an expert tour guide to guide you in the Yosemite wildness, with its endless hiking trails and picturesque backroads.
Depending on the season, weather and road conditions and closures, we will either explore the hidden gems of Yosemite Valley area, drive to Hetch Hetchy Valley, or travel to the high country including an outdoor adventure that will take you to the Tuolumne Meadows (closed from November to June).
Hetch Hetchy Valley is a reservoir where the O'Shaughnessy Dam was constructed in 1913 to supply the San Francisco Bay area with water. John Muir referred to it as the ‘Second Yosemite Valley’. Thanks to its wonderful vistas and waterfalls. The scenic and winding road to Hetch Hetchy Valley offers spectacular scenery but requires a high concentration due to the steep and narrow roads.

Day 4: Trip Itinerary  

The splendors of the Yosemite Giant Sequoias

"The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you forever -the feeling
they produce is unique and not transferable, they are ambassadors from another time!
"John Steinbeck

Although, in most visitors' minds, Yosemite is most famous for its lush valley, granite rock formations, and majestic waterfalls, Yosemite National Park's three groves of spectacular giant sequoia trees are equally majestic and unique. The giant sequoia species, or Sequoia Dendron, is relatively rare and only grows in a 250-square mile area of the eastern Sierra Nevada mountain ranges in California.

giant_sequoias_grove_yosemite.jpgThere are three magical groves of giant sequoias located within Yosemite National Park, the largest is known as Mariposa Grove which has been closed since 2015 for renovation and restoration.  It recently opened to the public, but with many restrictions, which makes it less accessible and with a longer drive to get there from Yosemite Valley. Merced Grove is the least busy of these three groves of giant sequoias, however, the Tuolumne Grove is everyone’s favorite’s grove of giant sequoias. It is much closer to Yosemite Valley than Mariposa grove and offers more trees along the hiking trail than Merced Grove. Your expert tour guide will customize the trip itinerary based on factors like weather and road conditions, opening or closure of groves and parks that can occur at any time and deposing on the season.

When open during the summer season, access to Mariposa Grove might still be limited and restricted, so your personal tour guide will drive you to the heart of the grove and save you time. Otherwise you may either have to hike to the main entrance or take the park shuttle if available.

Once you are at Mariposa Grove, discover these giants as you hike alongside them. These massive sequoias will leave you breathless, as you stand face-to-face with them. A sequoia can live as long as 3,000 years, making them among the oldest living trees on earth. This grove is surreal and seems more like a scene from a different planet. John Muir once called these trees the ‘king of all conifers.’ and John Steinbeck called them ‘ambassadors from another time.’

The Mariposa Trail leads you to the grove where there are over 500 giant sequoias. Your fully guided tour will start with a photo stop at the Fallen Monarch tree, then Bachelor and the Three Graces—one of the most remarkable sequoias, weighing an astounding 2 million pounds and standing over 29,000 cubic feet tall. These giants are often targets of lightning: The Grizzly Giant was once hit six times in a single lighting storm!

You will also see many other amazing sequoias including the California Tunnel tree, where a tunnel was carved and cut in 1895, to allow stagecoaches to pass through it. This is the only living sequoia tree with a tunnel in it since the fall of the Wawona Tunnel Tree in 1969, but the Redwood National Park and State Park also have giant tunnel trees. These coastal redwoods are the sisters of the sequoias.

If you wish to see more sequoias in a shorter amount of time without walking, you can ask your guide to take you to see the Big Trees Tram Tour, a 75-minute audio tour of the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. This seasonal open tram tour is usually available in summer based on a first come, first served basis (tickets are not included).

giant_sequoias_photos_yosemite_national_park_videos__(65).jpgMariposa Grove Road is closed to vehicles from November to April or May, and the two other groves of sequoias may be closed for safety considerations in winter as well. The road closure depends on weather and road conditions, but some groves may occasionally close for the entire season to allow for restoration and renovation.
In Mariposa Grove, you can hike with your private tour guide up and down the two-mile road (500 feet of elevation gain) when the groves of sequoias are closed (the road may be snowy or icy). The hike is worth the thrill and your guide will escort you through the mountain to visit these amazing trees − experiencing sequoias in winter is like a revelation, as its red bark vividly stands out in the white snow.
As you leave Yosemite (if this is the last day of your adventure), your guide may stop at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, a historic 3-foot wide gauge railroad with two operating steam train locomotives near Fish Camp. Due to the Great Depression and lack of trees, the operation closed in 1931, but today, two steam locomotives still operate summer guided tours. You can ride the locomotive or choose to watch as you hear the sounds of the old steam powered train. You can also choose to have a lunch break in Oakhurst at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Day 5: Trip Itinerary  

Explore Yosemite hidden gems and wonder or travel to the authentic 'Wild West Gold Country'

"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.
"John Muir

Overview:  Treat yourself to our ultimate full five-day custom outdoor adventure. Expand your horizons and experience this magical once-in-a-lifetime tour that will take to the Yosemite wilderness, spanning 5 days and 4 nights.  All business expenses, entrance fees and hotel accommodation are included in this tour price.
Book your private custom adventure now online to save time and money. We are here to make it a once-in-a-lifetime personalized and a memorable experience!
Escape work, the hustle and bustle of the city concrete walls, leave the modern world and stress behind and join us now to experience the feeling of serenity, peace, tranquility and take in the awe-inspiring majestic wilderness of Yosemite National Park. The more time you spend in Yosemite, the more you will see of the unique and stunning wilderness!
Is it too much time to spend 4, 5 or 6 days in Yosemite National Park? Not at all!  You can spend weeks in Yosemite wilderness, and you won’t be able to see more than 15% of this massive National Park.  The Park covers extensive and endless wild areas of forests, canyons ridges, valleys, peaks, rivers, streams, groves of ancient sequoias, granite domes hanging cliffs, inspiring waterfalls, alpine lakes, stunning wildlife including bears, and much more.  So, the longer you stay, the better.
Your private custom tour itinerary will be handled by your dedicated personal tour guide.  We assure you that you will be in very good hands.  Your experienced tour guide will escort you every step of the way and guide through Yosemite majestic wilderness, whether you like hiking, walking or simply driving and sightseeing.  Our expert and passionate tour guides tailor-make each trip, based on your needs and expectations, taking into consideration factors such as weather and road conditions, seasonal parks’ closure, among other factors.

Description:  Join us now and experience nature at its best and enjoy peace, harmony, enthusiasm, creativity, vitality and balance.  Jon Muir says that “the clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness”   

In winter, and during road closure to Yosemite, there is a lot to do if you seek quality time without rushing the pace.  We also add other side trip and custom tours to visit other sites within and around Yosemite including Hetch Hetchy Valley.

We can also include, at no extra cost, a discovery trip to the authentic Gold Rush Mother Lode. During your adventure in the California Gold Country, you will travel back in time and visit charming old gold mining towns and unique attractions places like Tuolumne and Calaveras Counties; both are nestled in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Both counties offer many things to do and see, and even more than you will have time for. Join us to experience the Wild West spirit and adventure trip that will take you to the backroads to see hidden gems far greater than you could ever expect.

Beside charming gold mining towns, there are endless sights and outdoor activities you can choose from, such as hiking to unique hidden groves of giant sequoias, fishing, golfing, kayaking, thrilling rafting, gold panning, see a steam train and movie locations, visit divine wineries and museums and enjoy music festivals and other venues including the celebration of Mark Twain’s real-life frog jumping contest. Explore amazing caverns where you can get your adrenaline flowing with a rappelling or zip-lining adventure or go on horseback riding and much more.
-Visit the Tuolumne County- Tucked away in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Foothills, Tuolumne County is home to charming old towns like Sonora, which lies in the lush rolling oak covered foothills near the Stanislaus River, and was named after the miners from Sonora Mexico who settled the City in 1848. This old town still holds on to its historic charm with many of its existing buildings dating back to the 1800’s. For that reason, this was the perfect setting for famous and classic movies like ‘48 Hours’ starring Eddie Murphy and Nick Nolte, ‘Back to the Future Part III’, ‘Bonanza’, ‘Come Live with Me’ with James Stewart and Hedy Lamarr, ‘Hidalgo’ starring Omar Sharif, ‘Indiana Jones’ and the ‘Last Crusade’, with Harrison Ford and Sean Connery.

-Visit the authentic old town of Jamestown and take a stroll back in time as you walk down Main Street in Historic Jamestown to picture Victorian style homes, old saloons and a jail. A few blocks east of the historic downtown area is the state park Rail town 1897. Much of the old Sierra Railway, where the famous train scene in ‘Little House on the Prairie’ with Michael Landon was filmed in 1979, was preserved. Other movies like Pale Rider with Clint Eastwood, the Great Race with Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Jack Lemmon, High Noon with Gary Cooper, Grace Kelly, and Bad Girls were all filmed in Jamestown as well. You may also visit Woods Creek, located 1 mile north of Jamestown, where gold was discovered back in 1848, and witness locals still panning for gold there.

-Visit Columbia state park, a living gold rush town, featuring the largest single collection of existing gold rush-era structures in the state. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family, pan for gold, explore exhibits, ride a stagecoach, visit old shops, and learn about the rich history of the California gold rush on a guided town tour. Columbia’s streets are lined with a variety of shops and boutiques with many specializing in nineteenth century goods. Saloons and blacksmith shops, where you can watch iron being skillfully forged into finished goods through fire, water, and shaping on an anvil. You can also buy a personalized horseshoe souvenir.

A journey to Calaveras County known for its Gold Rush ambiance, world-class wines, is home to authentic old towns like Murphy’s, Arnold, Rancho Calaveras, and Angels Camp.

- Travel back in time and visit the city of Calaveras and Angels Camp, old charming gold mining towns known for the celebration of the Jumping Frog contest based a short story written by Mark Twain in this area. You can also visit local attractions like the gold rush museum, Angel Camp old town and its historic saloons among other sights.
- Visit the picturesque village of Murphys, known for its many natural attractions including stunning caverns, a charming Main Street with friendly merchants and unique shops, beautiful vineyards and wineries, gold panning, and outdoor adventures. You may want to visit Murphys when it turns green on March 13th celebrating the annual Irish Day festivities. Attractions include live Irish music and dancing, craft booths, and Irish fare and wares.
Don’t miss out on visiting unique archaeological sites including Caves and Caverns; there are several breathtaking examples of California's caverns including California Cavern, Moaning Cavern and Mercer Caverns. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to experience the thrill of entering the depths of the earth as they descend into these spectacular caverns to marvel at its natural beauty and geology. Early visitors included Bret Harte, Mark Twain and John Muir who have enjoyed the unique delicate beauty of the cavern's rare crystalline formations.
Moaning Cavern now offers an above ground extreme thrills and a high adrenaline rush Race high above the beautiful Gold Country foothills at up to 40 mph on thrilling twin zips 1/4 mile long! No experience necessary, all you need is the guts and go up and jump of the platform.
Take a walking guided tour to the majestic beauty of the giant sequoias in Calaveras Big Trees State Park located 4 miles (6.4 km) northeast of Arnold, North Grove and South Grove offer walking and hiking trails to stunning ancient sequoias. This is the prefect park of sequoias for those who like hiking away from the crowded grove of sequoias. Customers who can’t hike can be taken right to one of the groves on a flat and easy walk.
Don’t miss out on visiting unique archaeological sites, including caves and caverns. There are several breathtaking examples of California's caverns, including California Cavern, Moaning Cavern and Mercer Caverns. Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to experience the thrill of entering the depths of the earth as they descend into these spectacular caverns to marvel at its natural beauty and geology. Early visitors included Bret Harte, Mark Twain and John Muir, who enjoyed the unique delicate beauty of the cavern's rare crystalline formations.
In addition, you can take a guided tour to the best of the Sierra Foothills AVA and viticultural areas. Whether a wine aficionado or just exploring, you’ll notice how relaxing, unpretentious and intimate the wine touring experience is in this remote wine country. There are also great local restaurants that serve excellent cuisine in a cozy atmosphere.
Calaveras County has beautiful lakes where you can go kayaking, canoeing or even have a thrilling white-water rafting adventure down a five-mile stretch of the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. Depending on rainfall and river flows, trips run in spring and occasionally carry through the summer. The run, rated a Class IV, is a fantastic day-long excursion for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. We also have a less challenging rafting trip just outside of Yosemite on the Merced River.
You may also go horseback riding in Calaveras County’s scenic backroads and golden rolling hills, or sign up for a stagecoach ride to explore your favorite historic gold mining towns.

As we head west to San Francisco or wherever you wish to be dropped off on the way back, an optional stop may be planned to visit the historic and charming old gold mining towns of Jamestown or Mariposa. From the indigenous Miwoks to Spanish and Mexican explorers, Mariposa old town was known as a stop on the way to the Sierra Mountains, and the name is Spanish for ‘butterfly.’ Those first explorers discovered a creek while they were meandering through a gentle valley where swarms of butterflies were seen.
If you are interested in gold panning, ask your guide to show you a hidden camp where locals pan for gold.
Book your private custom adventure now online to save time and money. We are here to make it a once-in-a-lifetime personalized experience!

Tour Prices


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

Price per person 1 Guest 2 Guests 3 Guests 4 Guests 5 Guests 6 Guests 7 Guests
Hotel Accommodation Excluded $6958 $3479 $2889 $2529 $2059 $1849 $1559
Hotel Accommodation Included $7598 $3799 $3439 $3189 $2639 $2459 $2049
Price per person 1 Guest 2 Guests 3 Guests 4 Guests 5 Guests 6 Guests 7 Guests
Hotel Accommodation Excluded $6958 $3479 $2889 $2529 $2059 $1849 $1559
Hotel Accommodation Included $7598 $3799 $3439 $3189 $2639 $2459 $2049

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

Price per group 1-5 Guests 6-7 Guests 8-10 Guests 11-12 Guests 13-14 Guests
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Hotel Accommodation Included $15299 $16669 $17129 $17999 $18599
Price per group 1-5 Guests 6-7 Guests 8-10 Guests 11-12 Guests 13-14 Guests
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Included: All applicable taxes, resort fees, pick-up and drop-off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf, a private 5-day private custom vip tour, Yosemite National Park entrance fees, and hotel accommodation, if applicable.

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

Gratuity is not included, but customary in the USA as you may know. For a great service, 20 to 25% tip is customary, however, 20% is considered to be a ‘good tip’. For example, if your private tour cost $1000 (one thousand), the 20% gratuity would be $200 (two hundred).

Common misconception about Yosemite hotel accommodation: There are only a couple of hotels located within the Yosemite Valley area, like the cabin style lodge located by the Yosemite Falls, but these are often booked up 12 months in advance.
If you book our tour package with accommodation, we will include a three-star hotel located as close as possible to Yosemite Valley floor to save you time and hassle.  If you want something more upmarket, we recommend that you choose your own resort or hotel, like the Majestic Yosemite Hotel - formerly known as the Ahwahnee Resort - which is the only luxury hotel located within the Yosemite Valley, and book it directly with them. Since we don’t work on commission, we don’t include luxury hotels in the tours options, as this will increase your private tour rate by at least 25% or more.
We will then provide you with the luxury transportation and an expert tour guide, with all taxes and entrance fees included.
If you choose to book you on resort or lodge, we recommend that you select one close to the valley floor, otherwise you will waste hours every day to get to there and back to your hotel. Since you will not have much time at the hotel anyway, it is better to enjoy the day exploring the park attractions and embrace this wilderness in its all forms.
Most hotels and resorts offer amenities including swimming pools and hot tubs (please bring your swimsuits in summer). In the vicinity of the hotel or within the same resort, there are restaurants and cafes where you can dine and enjoy your breakfast the following day (meals are not included in the tour price).
Note: Many confuse us with travel agents. We are not travel planners and we don’t work on commission. We are a small private tour operator located in San Francisco, focused on providing custom tours and delivering 100% of what we offer on our website. For travel planning purposes and for items such as insurance, please contact your own travel agent or a travel company who can provide such services.


Tips for visitors and hikers:
- If you are subject to car or motion sickness, please consider asking your doctor for recommended medication or stop by a pharmacy and consult a pharmacist in this regard.
- Consider leaving unnecessary luggage at your hotel and travel light so you have more room in the vehicle.
- Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and hiking (Snow shoes in winter are recommended, and a swimsuit to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and hot tub).
- Bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra memory cards, and batteries for your camera (if applicable).
- Warm layers for cooler weather, and a raincoat for summer showers.
- Drink lots of water due to the high altitude and don't hike alone, as we offer fully-guided tours.
- We are not responsible for injuries or accidents that may occur during this trip in or out of Yosemite National Park. Please read our terms and conditions for more information.


The misconception about private tours
Ever wondered why small group private tours are more expensive than large group tours, if in fact you are going to the same place?
Simply because public group tours are more cost-effective for the operator, than private tours. In essence, the input cost of private tours and public tours are roughly the same -  both provide one driver or a tour guide, one vehicle, same trip length whilst both companies assume the same business expenses and commercial insurance liability. However, private tour operators (like ours) make 95% less profit than public group tours, because all our resources are dedicated to a small group (couples or families), whilst the pubic tour operators make 10 times more profits thanks to the volume (quantity)!
We, on the other hand, focus on quality as we never share our private tours with other customers. In addition to offering a more personalized service and customized trip itineraries, conducted in luxury vehicles, we also have access to all sites where large vehicles and buses are prohibited.
When looking at tour options, don’t compare California to your local state or country as the economic factors vary from region to region, and tour operators have to adapt to the cost of doing business in their local environments.  This is a tough time to have a small business in California, due to the huge liability risks and increasing cost of conducting business in this expensive state.  So, before you cancel your tour with us (regardless of the reasons for cancellation) we request that you consider the implications, as we can’t afford any last-minute refunds.  We would have reserved this day or these days for you, and we still have to honor the cost of the expenses and wages, without an income. As a small family business, we don’t have the same credit facilities as large travel companies.
Because we love San Francisco and are passionate about our tours, we want to share our love for San Francisco Bay Area with you.  Customers are free to query our rates, terms and policy and can cancel their reservations before proceeding with their booking.  We require your approval for any and all reservations prior to finalizing bookings, so you should be aware of our policy in advance. However, once the booking has been approved and processed, the question can no longer be about the cost of the tour.  It would therefore be unfair to mention this as a reason for cancellation, and we will only consider issues related the quality of our services and the tour experience. We are extremely honest and very transparent about our detailed terms and cancellation policy.
Note: Please understand that we do reserve the right to refuse service to anyone. We have the right to remove rude customers, and limit unfair demands from clients, wasting the company’s time and resources, which impact other customers and our staff who are also often affected.

To read more about our terms and conditions, please click on this link 


Cancellation & Refund Policy

Term & Refund Policy


General Terms


Declined Transactions


Other terms and information


Additional Terms & Tips for visitors and hikers


More Terms and Miscellaneous


Our Terms, Refund and Cancellation Policy are as follows:

Term & Refund Policy

-91% of the total amount will be refunded to your credit card if you cancel your trip at least 15 business days prior to the scheduled tour (or the date of the tour or service). The remaining 9% covers the required transaction fees; that’s 4.5 % per each transaction (booking is one transaction and refunding is a second transaction for which we get charged as well). (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-50% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 7 business days prior to the scheduled tour date or service. (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-15% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled date of the tour (weekends and holidays don’t count).

-0% of the total amount will be refunded if the tour is canceled 4 business days, or less, prior to the day of the scheduled tour or service. This includes no-shows. (weekends and holidays don’t count)

Please note that all refunds are subject to credit card and merchant’s fees imposed on us by credit card companies and merchant banks or providers. The average amount of credit cards and merchant’s transaction fees may range between 3.9 % to 9.8% of the total amount of your purchase (transaction) based on the type of credit card you use when booking this tour, the credit card issuer, country and conversion fees we are subject to per transaction. Many foreign countries apply additional origination and conversion fees. Important: Please note that we reserve the date(s) you requested and booked on our website for you and we decline taking other tours for these date(s) to honor yours. We keep a tour guide and a luxury vehicle on hold and make all required reservations and arrangements for you and your party, so please don’t change the date or cancel at the last minute as we have other customers and tours to honor.

General Terms 

– We will confirm your reservation by email, and we will send you a tour voucher or email confirmation. This tour is only valid for the specific date you reserved on our website, and only valid for the names listed on the booking. You can’t transfer the names or ask for a different date, as we have other tours to honor. You may not change the tour date within 15 days from the date of the scheduled tour you booked, and there will be no alternative days offered.

In an effort to honor all tours, we reserve the right to partner with other tour operators, freelancers, and/or our sister companies. The exact name and contact information of your tour operator will be stated on your tour voucher and the trip confirmation will be issued especially for you after we received your approved transaction. All tours are subject to availability as we may get several tour requests at the same time. Approved payment transactions do not guarantee your tour unless it has been confirmed via email.

Declined Transactions: 

Please note that when transactions are declined, we do not receive any information in this regard, so do not expect your reservation to be in place unless you received written confirmation. Please contact us asap, but do not expect us to honor your tour without an email confirmation and tour voucher from us.

If your booking was declined by your own bank, this is often due to a mismatch between your bank information (such as the names on the credit card, zip/postal code or billing address) compared to the bank information you provided on our website when placing your order. Sometimes, transactions are declined due to insufficient funds as well. Your tour(s) will not be confirmed until your new transaction is approved by your own bank. We apologize for the inconvenience, but your own bank did so to prevent fraud and protect your credit card information or due one of the above factors.

All our tours are subject to availability even when the transactions are approved. We will get back to you as soon as possible and let you know if the required tour(s) and date(s) are still available. Also, all our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise stated in the email or tour voucher confirmation we will send you soon, once your transaction is approved.

We reserve the right to offer you suitable substitutes or changes to your itinerary, tours or services due to special events, weather conditions, road closures, vehicle breakdowns, unpredictable circumstances, unavailability and/or due to last minute reservations. We assume no responsibility for delays caused by accidents, breakdowns, unforeseen accidents or events, road, weather conditions and/or all other circumstances beyond our control. We do not guarantee to arrive to, or depart from, any point at a specific time for the same above considerations. However, we will do our very best to honor your tour itinerary and schedule accordingly.

Other terms and information

Pets: Pets are not allowed in our vehicles out of respect for those who have allergies to pets.

Smoking: Our vehicles are also non-smoking.

Clothing: Please be prepared for cold weather, slippery roads and hiking trails, so have comfortable waterproof hiking shoes to walk on the snow in winter and spring. This long day-tour is hard on kids and seniors, we therefore recommend the overnight tour package.

Parks, Attractions and Site’s Closures: We are not responsible, nor liable, for road and weather conditions. State and national parks’ closure can happen at any time and without a prior notice, due to bad road and weather considerations. No refund will be issued, regardless of the reasons for which the trip may not reach its destination. If you cancel or stop the tour for personal or medical reasons, there will be no refund or change of tour or dates offered either.

Guided tours in foreign languages: All tours in foreign languages are subject to extra fees to cover tour guides or freelancers we may hire to honor your tour in the required language.

Travel Agents: Travel agents are liable for 20% gratuity when their customer does not tip the driver or tour guides. We require customers’ full name and contact information from all travel agents or the tour will be cancelled. Travel agents are also liable for all overtime when their clients do not pay for it,  and a credit card will be needed on file. Due to the high cost of conducting business in California, we barely cover our business expenses and wages, therefore, all our tours are at non-commissionable rates.

Gratuity: 15 to 20% gratuity is required and customary in the USA. Generally, a tip may vary between 15% to 20% of the total purchase amount, or it can be a flat amount that is near the appropriate percent. It really depends upon the situation.

Additional Terms & Tips for visitors and hikers

– If you are subject to car or motion sickness, please consider asking your doctor for recommended medication. Some visitors underestimate this aspect and end up visiting only 50% of the tour as they suffer from this or altitude sickness and make an excessive number of stops along the way. Please consult your doctor and ensure you have the appropriate medication in advance.

– Consider leaving unnecessary luggage at your hotel and travel light so you have more room in the vehicle.

– Wear clothes and shoes suitable for walking and hiking (Snow shoes in winter are recommended, and a swimsuit to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pool and hot tub).

– Bring sunscreen, bug spray, extra memory cards, and batteries for your camera (if applicable).

– Warm layers for cooler weather and a raincoat for summer showers.

– Drink lots of water due to the high altitude and don’t hike alone, as we offer fully-guided tours.

– We are not responsible for injuries or accidents that may occur during this trip, in or out of Yosemite National Park. Please read our terms and conditions for more information.

-Expect rugged terrain with narrow, steep, and very curvy hiking trails to the sequoias. Also, be prepared for a downhill hike and then back uphill to the parking lot. The trail is very steep right at the beginning on the way back up but mellows out as you get closer to the parking lot. It depends on the grove your driver will choose for you, but they all require hiking. The elevation at the trailhead of both top groves is about 6,200 feet (1,860 meters). The most popular is the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the distance is about 2.5 miles (4 km) round trip and takes about 1.5 – 2 hours of hiking, and recommended for everybody who can hike including kids.

-California Gold Country: When Tioga Pass road (located between Yosemite and the Eastern Sierra where a major highway leads to Tahoe) is closed due to heavy snow that may start as early as October until about June or July, we will drive through the infamous, yet legendary, California Gold Country on day 2 and day 3 of your adventure.

-Please note that we may start in Lake Tahoe first, and then head to Yosemite National Park or vice versa. This will depend on the hotels’ availability, the season, the weather and road conditions. We do not work on commission, so you are welcome to book your own hotel, but if you don’t want to deal with these details, we can take care of that on your behalf when you choose the option ‘hotel included’ from our shopping cart.

Hotel Reservation: To keep costs down, we charge each guest only about $100 per night, for a three-star hotel in and around the Yosemite Valley area, based on availability. However, if you have high expectations of the hotel accommodation, and wish to upgrade, we recommend that you choose your own hotel and book it directly with the required resort or hotel. The Majestic hotel (the former Awhanhee) is the only 4-star hotel in the Yosemite Valley where a suite may go from $600 to $1200 per night based on availability and the season. Please note that there are a very limited number of hotels in Yosemite, and they are often sold out 6 to 12 months in advance, so the sooner you book the better. However, we often manage to get a hotel reservation nearby Yosemite Valley, in one of the small resort or motel style hotels in the area, for reservations closer to the tour date.


More Terms and Miscellaneous

Foreign Languages: Our tours are conducted in English unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher. Some foreign languages are subject to additional fees. For all foreign languages, you must book a Private Tour and not a semi-private tour to enjoy the tour in the required language (subject to availability). Additional fees may apply to any additional foreign languages. All semi-private tours are conducted in English and can be shared with other clients. Semi-private tours will no longer be available on our website.


Miscellaneous: Meals and tour guides/driver gratuities are not included in our tour price unless indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation. Tour prices do not include additional fees including wine tasting, accommodations, and entry fees to see attractions and sites, winery tours, unless otherwise indicated on your tour voucher or email confirmation.

All vehicles operated by Golden Horizon Travel ,Inc. are non-smoking according to state and federal laws.

Golden Horizon Travel ,Inc. reserves the right to hire independent tour guide/drivers, subcontractors and/or contractors to facilitate our tours, shuttle services and travel packages.

In the event that we are unable to facilitate your tour due to weather and/or road conditions, we will attempt to reach each location, site and destination using alternative routes, but we are not liable nor responsible for these unforeseen weather/traffic conditions. No refunds will be available.

All photos or videos taken by our staff of our customers or passengers, during the capacity of the tour, trip or transfer, may be included on our website. Customers hereby agree to the use of these photos and videos and under no circumstances can customers dispute.

No substitution or refunds for any unused part of the tour(s) will be issued. All sales are final.

No refunds will be issued for a no-show or unused portion of the tour.

All refund and/or voided transactions paid on our website by credit or debit cards or via PayPal may take up to 2 weeks before you receive the funds (refunds) back into your account.

Our hot-air balloon rides are not guaranteed to depart and arrive back in Napa Valley and are subject to last-minute cancelations for weather considerations. Golden Horizon Travel,Inc. reserves the right to fly anywhere within an 80-mile radius of Napa Valley depending on the weather conditions.

We reserve the right to refuse service to any person or business who may refuse to comply with our safety instructions, our tour itinerary, or to anyone who may pose a threat to our customers and/or our tour guide-drivers. Screaming at or insulting tour guide-drivers or fellow passengers or third-party businesses and subcontractors is not acceptable under any circumstances and will terminate and cancel your tour without any refund. Discrimination against a customer or a tour guide–driver for any reason is not acceptable either under any circumstance.

Cancellation due to unforeseen weather conditions: Weather/Unforeseen Circumstances like fires, landslide, road closure, vehicle breakdown, employees or driver’s medical emergency or due other weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances; we revere the right to offer you alternative tours, destinations for the same amount of time.

Modifications of these terms and conditions: Golden Horizon Travel,Inc. LLC and its affiliated websites or contractors reserve the right to change any of these terms and conditions under which this website is offered. We reserve the right to change our web contents, update our terms and privacy policy anytime and at our discretion without a prior notice. Learn more about our privacy policy and complete terms and conditions LEARN MORE


Read Some of our Latest Authentic Yosemite National Park Tour Reviews, Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Lakes Trusted Testimonials

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Our Bucket List Overflowed

Our Bucket List Overflowed, a wonderful day in an amazing park with the perfect tour guide!

Katheryn Kennedy - London, UK


Breathtaking adventure in Yosemite Wonderland

Breathtaking adventure in Yosemite Wonderland. We found this company on Trip Advisor & we were not disappointed!

The Jamesons. Sydney, Australia


The best experience ever!

A wonderful tour package in Yosemite National Park with Adam. This tour has totally exceeded expectations! The best experience ever!

Erin M. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


Unforgettable & Fantastic!

Unforgettable & Fantastic! trust their reviews and believe what you read on Trip Advisor; they are consumed professionals.

Chris G., Dallas, Texas


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Explore nature at its best ! Yosemite is magical, unique and must be on everyone’s bucket-list. Golden Horizon Travel staff and tour guides are underrated.


Chicago, Illinois


Just Magnificent & Just Stunning!

Yosemite National Park and Sierra Nevada beauty exceed our expectations. This place is breathtaking but avoid the peak season and stay away from the Yosemite Valley . 5-stars to our tour guide Adam, he made this journey unforgettable. He is an expert photographer too!

M. Hachadourian. Greenwich Village, New York


Fun, informative & very professional

10 Stars! Fun, informative, flexible, indulgent, patient,& very professional guides in a warm & engaging manner.

Jarmila Sramkova. Prague, Czech Republic


Yosemite is Magical and Majestic!

Believe every good thing you read about this tour company; you will not be disappointed!

Mike and Jane - Nashville


Treated like King & Queen!

Treated like King & Queen! Breathtaking, OUTSTANDING and A MUST See!! Without any hesitation, 5 stars!

Loreena’s family Madrid, Spain


They are consummate professionals

They are consummate professionals who really care a lot for their customers' wellbeing and experience- a must do!

Rob & Marhta Baton Rouge


Unforgettable experience!

Impressive! Their Ability of organization, understanding , customizing , entertaining , educating - make them the best at what they do. What unforgettable experience with Buddy!

Natasha C Calgary, Canada


Outstanding bucket-list destination!

Outstanding tour package to Yosemite ,Mammoth Lakes , Sequoia national park & Death Valley with Adam and Jonathan . I've run out of superlatives to describe this unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime experience ...10 STARS + & Highly Recommended

Holly Millard- Holly Millard, IN


"Stop reading reviews and book with Golden Horizon!"

You won't be disappointed if you use Golden Horizon for all your tours! Top notch service!

Susan.S- McAllen, Texas


Top-Notch VIP Service!"

A 6-star experience! Their tag line is to “exceed expectations” and they certainly delivered. From the moment of making a booking to the actual tours - Superb!




10 Stars for Patricia & Golden Horizon: top guides & top-of-the-line luxury SUV tours

Brenna Q. Phoenixville


"Golden Horizon is Truly Golden!"

10 stars! Reliable company, responsive staff & accommodating, fun, informative, flexible, indulgent, passionate guides

Kw9196family- Thurmont, Maryland

I'm a real customer and not some PR guy writing this review!


First, I'd like to say I'm a real customer and not some PR guy writing this review. I'm writing this because I believe good service should be made aware to others who are looking for an unforgettable experience just as I was last week. To save on search time, I figured I'd write a review on my experience with golden horizon travel. I just came back from an amazing Yosemite Tour and I just have to say, our tour guide Adam was not only very knowledge but also super accommodating. When I was evaluating different tours, my priorities were to make the tour as comfortable as possible which meant I wanted a tour that was :

-small, comfortable means to accommodate my motion sickness (winding roads really mess me up)

-an SUV tour (only 3 tour companies offer SUV tours in San Francisco to Yosemite)

-see the Sequoia Trees (most tours do not offer sequoia tree viewings as part of their tours)

-a very knowledgeable and well-rounded tour guide.

-1-day tour... because we were just in town for Memorial Day weekend.

-hotel pickup. I didn't want to go around looking for a meet up point when visiting a city for the first time

- knows where their drivers are and their scheduling. I've called 3 other tour companies prior to this and learned a lot of tour companies just broker out their tours to other big tour companies. A lot of them didn't know what dates or what kind of cars we would be getting. There was another company that offered 4 door jeeps but riding those in a prior experience was beyond rough.


- was responsive to all our questions and wasn't condescending to whatever question we asked about the tour.

Well my girlfriend and I found all this with our tour guide adam not only stopped at a grocery store prior to arriving at the park to save on food for the hike (park prices are astronomical) but he also went as far as giving me the coat off his back to combat my cold and headache condition as a result of my car motion sickness on the way up. The weather conditions this memorial day weekend were rainy and despite how much we were a little bummed because it was cold and rainy, his spirits were up and still tailored on the fly which sites we still could see and better shortcuts to get there to avoid the major crowds.


By the afternoon, the crowd at Yosemite was insane and the 2 lane roads were all backed up in most cases, but Adam always seemed to know where to turn to avoid it. I was particularly impressed that he knew how to combat the areas where there was construction going on and how to get out of a backed-up situation so quickly to get to where we're going instead of wasting time waiting in traffic. We got to see Bridal Falls, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan, and a bunch of other places which I don't remember names of. now that I'm home and thoroughly exhausted from the tour ( which was just 2 days ago), my girlfriend and I were very happy we went and would more than likely book the tour again when we make it back to Yosemite. This time around it will probably be more than one day. Not knowing how many places there are to visit and hike in day just isn't enough and there is something to be said about having a tour guide to show you around the in's and outs and knowing the key places to see most tours don't cover is a definite bonus especially for first timers like us.

I hope this helps others in their search for a tour.

Good luck,

Phillip Kuo

Houston, Texas A


“Alcatraz, Lake Tahoe & Yosemite tour experience from San Francisco!”

What an amazing trip around the entire Lake Tahoe after a 2-hour tour of Alcatraz Island and 4 hours’ drive from San Francisco. I know this is not the ordinary combo tour, but we booked the overnight trip package to South Lake Tahoe combined with a tour package of Yosemite National park, so we can squeeze in the tour of Alcatraz as well, since my kids wanted to see it so badly. My wife, mother in law and my kids loved the snowmobile guided adventure with Alex in Lake Tahoe high country. We enjoyed a thrilling ride throughout Tahoe forest and heavy snow. The stops and vistas along the way were breathtaking, what a peaceful and wonderful destination. Our custom adventure of Yosemite national park sights and attractions was the best trip ever! Go to Yosemite either before Traveling during the off-peak season was the prefect deal for my family, the parks we visited were less crowded; we got cheaper flights, and better hotels in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite.

Chris G., Dallas, Texas


Amazing travel package to Lake Tahoe combined with Yosemite National Park

We booked a tour package to Lake Tahoe combined with a trip to Yosemite National Park, starting in Napa Valley and ending in San Francisco. On day one, Adam came to pick us up at San Francisco International Airport and dropped us off at our hotel in downtown Napa Valley (Andaz Napa by the Hyatt). The next day, we had a private tour of Napa Valley with Adam, where we visited small wineries, including some castle wineries, and had lunch at the Auberge Du Soleil restaurant in Napa. We had a fantastic day in Napa Valley wine country.

On day 3, our tour guide Jonathan picked us up at our hotel in Napa Valley and drove us to Lake Tahoe. Jon was very friendly, informative and highly knowledgeable. We enjoyed the stops he made for us in the Gold Country and in Lake Tahoe, where we had a custom sightseeing tour around the lake. We loved the stop and walking tour to Emerald Bay state park.

This journey in the Sierra exceeded our expectations- what a marvelous place! Our hotel accommodation was in a casino resort style hotel in South Lake Tahoe. The resort has all the amenities and offer plenty of shows and nightlife. The rooms were large and comfortable, with views of the lake. Don’t miss out on the gorgeous sunset over Lake Tahoe.

The next day, we had ski lessons at Heavenly Ski Resort, and then had an exciting snowmobile adventure in the white snowy mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The views of Lake Tahoe from the High Country are breathtaking!

Yosemite on the other hands, is a true wonderland and a magical place. This is where we spent the last 3 days of our travel package to California. I highly recommend this tour package with Golden Horizon Travel to everyone, and specially to families with kids like ours (for spring breaks or holidays). My kids loved it, and my husband and I had a wonderful time.

Alex / Adeline Seah- Singapore


About our Lake Tahoe day trip from San Jose, California

We were a group of 7 travelers from Hong Kong on a business trip to San Jose, California. We booked this private day trip to Lake Tahoe with Golden Horizon Travel in San Francisco and San Jose, and we were not disappointed. We were so excited to play with the snow up at Heavenly Ski Resort, and the views are amazing over the lake from heavenly gondola overlook. We highly recommended this day trip to Tahoe. But if you have time, go for the overnight trip package, which is better because of the long drive from San Francisco. It took us more than 4 hours each way without traffic!

James Wang, Hong Kong


“Pure professionals and a memorable Tahoe -Yosemite combo tour experience”

One of the hardest things to do when trying to book excursions in California from overseas, is being able to trust unknown tour companies in California. After investigating many trip options in the San Francisco Bay Area, considering the costs and reading tour reviews on Trip Advisor, we chose a tour company trusted over many years. We booked two incredible and separate excursions with this travel company based upon older great reviews and friends’ recommendations. We booked the trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park, spent a night in the Yosemite Valley and then the next day we traveled to Lake Tahoe through the Tuolumne meadows - a land of wonders in every sense of the word.

We got to Lake Tahoe in the late afternoon and spent the night and extra day in Lake Tahoe south shore. The lake is picturesque and the cruise ship we took on the lake allowed us to get close to many state parks and beaches not accessible otherwise to vehicles. We highly recommended this travel agency in San Francisco, you will not be disappointed.

Naina Kwok- Jakarta- Indonesia


“Yosemite and Lake Tahoe full experience - excellent service and A 5-star private custom tour”

Our 3-day private tour to Lake Tahoe, Gold Country and Yosemite National Park was excellent and so was our guide Peter. He has immense knowledge of the Sierra and Lake Tahoe. He made stops along the way in Sacramento, Placerville, Lake Tahoe, and Reno in Nevada where we spent one night. Our 2-day trip to Tahoe and Reno were a bit short due to the driving time... but our last day in Yosemite was our favorite part of this outdoor adventure. Yosemite is a must-see place to explore with a real tour guide like our personal guide Pete. He didn’t disappoint us. We will certainly use this tour company again; a 5-star service all the way!

Nicky & BannySh. Kolkata (Calcutta), India


“Increible Vacación e innolvidable experiencia en Lake Tahoe y Reno!!”

Both our tours of Muir Woods and Point Reyes national seashores, combined with a horseback ride, were amazing and unforgettable thanks to our guide Luis. Both trips were totally customized to me and my family. The horseback ride was exciting, and Point Reyes national seashore sights are spectacular. Our adventure to Lake Tahoe and Reno, on the other hand, was a very long trip. It took us almost 5 hours to get to Reno from San Francisco. I wish I knew how far this was, but we still had a great time in both Reno and Tahoe. The next day, after the tour, we were dropped off at Sacramento Airport. Thank you, Nellie, for your help and patience during our booking process. You guys rock.

Gabriela & Oscar Reyes, Lima, Peru

Original review poste don trip advisor in Spanish:

“Increíble Vacaciones e inolvidable experiencia en Lago Tahoe y Reno!
Los dos tours que reservamos con esta empresa fueron el combo Parque de Muir Woods y Reserva de Point Reyes con un paseo a caballo fue maravillo e inolvidable gracias a nuestro guía Luis. Ambas excursiones fueron personalizadas para nosotros. Mi hijo de 13 años le encantó. La cabalgata fue divertida y la reserva de Point Reyes fue espectacular.

Por otro lado, nuestra aventura para visitar Lago Tahoe y Reno fue un día largo, nos tomó 5 horas en llegar a Reno saliendo desde San Francisco, que lástima que no teníamos más días para quedarnos más tiempo, pero definitivamente la pasamos genial tanto en Reno como en Tahoe. Al día siguiente volamos a casa desde el aeropuerto de Sacramento. Muchas gracias, Nellie por toda tu ayuda y tu paciencia durante nuestro proceso de reserva. Chicos son lo máximo...! muchas gracias!

Gabriela & Oscar Reyes, Lima, Perú


“Lake Tahoe sights and attractions are stunning and spectacular!”

Lake Tahoe is the best of the West Coast of both Nevada and California sides. Even if you’re not a fan of the outdoors activities, Lake Tahoe is well worth the long drive from San Francisco. This is must-see destination with remarkable places to please everyone. Tahoe is such a special place; I recommend it to everybody who likes nature.
We also booked Yosemite day trip with tour company, was a very long day trip but worth it.

Martha Frierrs and Family, Alabama


"Lake Tahoe and Yosemite: must-see places when visiting California"

Lake Tahoe region is one of the must-see places in California with an array of activities for both summer and winter. We loved it, and our kids already want to go back there. They took ski lessons and fell in love with Heavenly Ski Resort in South Lake Tahoe area. We would like to visit Tahoe in the summer as well, as I am sure it will look great; all green after the snow season. Don’t miss out on Emerald Bay during your stay - it’s beautiful. We can check that off our bucket list now-awesome):-

Jimmy & family -Belize


“Tahoe is a wonderful place and Yosemite is bucket-list destination”

We spent too much time in Southern California (in Los Angeles) during our last trip to California. But San Francisco Bay Area is way better and has so much to offer visitors. We did a half-day sightseeing tour of the city in Spanish, and then we head east to Lake Tahoe. The Lake is pristine, wonderful and so clean, the air was fresh and pure with magnificent surroundings. The hotel, booked for us by the company, was clean and well-located close to major attractions.

Our tour guide, Guillermo, was awesome - a very friendly and funny guy. Try to avoid school holidays as some places were a bit crowded, but there is no traffic once you get to the lake. As for trip to Yosemite, this was a once-in-a-lifetime vacation and a unique experience, you got to visit Yosemite and see it with your own eyes.

Lucia & Rogelio Mérida-Mexico


"Epic family rafting adventure on the American River combined with Lake Tahoe!"

My family and I signed up for this Lake Tahoe and Whitewater Rafting combo adventure. We started off with the rafting experience, which offered incredible thrill rides on the south fork of the American River. We got a bit scared at some of the rapids, but we managed and had a blast. That was the highlight our 2-day tour package with Golden Horizon Travel They provided us with lots of info beforehand and all necessary equipment required for the trip, so we felt properly prepared and safe for the rafting adventure. The rapids are exciting, challenging and thrilling, and our guide was competent and fun. The Lake Tahoe guided tour was fun, and the alpine vistas are stunning. Overall, an exciting family adventure, with lots of fun, and the best trip so far with our kids.

Alice & Ian Rich, Calgary, Canada


“Absolutely the Perfect Private tour we needed to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco”

Our tour guide-driver, Pat, was the best! She was prompt, and very knowledgeable about the areas we drove through, from the San Francisco Bay area to Lake Tahoe. A beautiful SUV too, and very comfortable! I was nervous at first to book, as it was a little pricey, but it is well worth every single penny!! Trust me. We would definitely use this tour company in our future visits to San Francisco and Yosemite! Tahoe was another beautiful place we would have missed. My kids loved tubbing and sledding in Lake Tahoe meadows. Thank you, guys and good job!!

Gina W. Johnson. Wausau, Wisconsin


An authentic and outstanding Lake Tahoe and Yosemite adventure

From the moment we contacted Golden Horizon Travel via their live chat online, to the tour itself, the booking process and the high level of customer services and dedicated attention, everything went just perfect. They are true professionals and pay a lot of attention to detail. They responded promptly to all of our inquiries and questions, even late at night. As for the tour package, private tours and hikes we took with our passionate and fun tour guide Adam, we enjoyed every single minute of it in the High Sierra Nevada wilderness. Yosemite National Park is a magical place with unique biology and geology. We even had a close-up encounter with a bear by the giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove. While Taft point and Glacier point are a must-see, don’t miss out on Tioga road through the Tuolumne Meadows area. We stopped at the Mono lake visitor center on the way to Lake Tahoe, and that was quite interesting with all these so-called tufa towers in the middle of the lake. Lake Tahoe is another wonderland of the Sierra, with a wide array of outdoor attractions. We were a bit tired, but luckily the 4x4 SUV allowed us to gain access to places where large vehicles are not allowed, so this saved us a lot of hiking. Highly recommended

Julius Ramesh Goodwood Park, Trinidad


Dream vacation to California top attractions: Tahoe, Yosemite, Sierra and Mammoth Lakes

My wife and I want you to know how much we enjoyed our time with you and how much we regret the distance that separates us. Adam was so welcoming and so generous in carrying oBook This Toun with our trip when the two American ladies withdrew at the last moment. Adam's passion for Yosemite and his educated and deeply-researched knowledge of the area, its geography, geology, trees and animals gave us insights, views and opportunities that made us feel less like tourists and more like students Most of all, we loved travelling with your company. We hope that both enjoyed the outing as much as we did. I started out thinking that Adam had taken us to "photographers' Heaven" but with so many subjects and such vast scenery to photograph and my cameras being so inadequate, it was frustrating not to have the skills and equipment to capture the beauty and scale of Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes and Tahoe. However, even better than photos are the vivid memories that we have brought home with us from the wonderful times we had in Lake Tahoe, Eastern Sierra and Yosemite National Park. I have some photos to send to you when I have finished editing and sorting. We thought that San Francisco was a great city and would love to return. We will return soon to go to Big Sur and Hearst Castle, or to the redwood national park area, and hope to visit this amazing place with your guide. Thank you for your company and kindness. If you ever have a chance to travel to Australia, please let us know so that we can attempt to return some of your hospitality. We hope that we can meet again. In the meantime, we are telling all our friends not to visit California without booking a trip with Golden Horizon Travel.

Yours sincerely Bob and Faith Australia


Our day trips to Yosemite and Lake Tahoe from Silicon Valley

We booked the day trip to Lake Tahoe from Palo Alto in Silicon Valley while visiting the area for business purposes, my son and I had a fantastic time with our Japanese tour guide Hiro in south lake Tahoe. We also booked a sperate day trip to Yosemite Valley, that was a long day drive from san Francisco bay area, but we had lot of fun in Yosemite Valley.

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Hisato K.


Awesome ski trip to Lake Tahoe from San Francisco

While visiting friends of mine in San Francisco, we decided to book this one-day trip to Tahoe with golden horizon tours, and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide Adam picked up the prefect ski resort for us; Squaw Valley (the Olympic Valley) and Alpine Meadows, they are now one ski resort with massive and beautiful terrain, quality snow, and friendly staff. This is our favorite place in lake Tahoe for skiing. As soon as we got off the Squaw Valley Aerial Tram (cable car), we fell in love with mastic and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe from this stunning overlook. From easy slopes to challenging bowls, there's something for the entire family, this is an awesome place for young and the elders even without skiing. Our driver Adam is also an expert skier which made it more fun as he knows very well both ski resorts (Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows).

Juan Sandoval and friends Santiago, Chile


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  • Lake Tahoe & Yosemite tour experience

    What an amazing trip around Lake Tahoe after a 3-day custom adventure of Yosemite national park sights and attractions - a wonderful destination.

    Chris G., Dallas, Texas

  • Lake Tahoe is stunning & spectacular!!

    Even if you’re not a fan of outdoors activities, Tahoe worth the long drive from San Francisco. This is a must-see destination with remarkable attractions.

    Martha Frierrs, Alabama

  • Tahoe & Yosemite; must-see destinations in California

    Tahoe is a must-see place & Yosemite is the crown jewel of California, they offer amazing outdoor activities for families with kids

    Jimmy & family, Belize

  • A 5-star Yosemite & Tahoe experience

    Our 3-day private tour package to Lake Tahoe wonders, Gold Country & Yosemite National Park top attractions was excellent, exciting & memorable!

    Nicky & Bannysh. Kolkata (Calcutta), India

  • Tahoe is a bucket-list vacation destination

    The Lake is pristine, wonderful, so clean, the air is so fresh & pure with magnificent surroundings, what an awesome paradise on earth?

    Lucia & Rogelio Mérida, Mexico

  • Our Incredible experience in Lake Tahoe and Reno

    Our adventure to Lake Tahoe and Reno from San Francisco was amazing and unforgettable thanks to Golden Horizon Travel attentive staff, and tour guide.

    Gabriela & Oscar Reyes, Lima, Peru

  • Dream vacation to Tahoe, Yosemite & Mammoth Lakes

    My wife and I want you to know how much we enjoyed our time in Tahoe & Yosemite, we loved travelling with your company

    Bob and Faith, Australia

  • A memorable Tahoe -Yosemite combo tour experience

    Trust their tour reviews on trip advisor 100%, they earned our satisfaction, they have a great customer service and amazing tour guides.

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