Yosemite & The Grand Canyon Guided Walking Holiday

Hiker at the Glacier Point with View to Yosemite Falls and Valley in the Yosemite National Park, California, USA
Duration: 11 nights
Type: Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2
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Start among the Victorian roof lines of San Francisco and the fog rolling over the Golden Gate Bridge, whetting your appetite for the adventures to come. After a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz, it’s time to head out of the city to enjoy the wilderness in Yosemite National Park. Here, waterfall-striped walls contrast the emerald-green Yosemite Valley and the haughty granite profile of Half Dome. Explore further with visits to Sequoia and Death Valley National Parks, before taking in the majesty of the seemingly endless Grand Canyon and travelling on Route 66 to the glittering lights of Las Vegas.

Holiday Highlights

  • Enjoy the sights of San Francisco including a visit to Alcatraz
  • Walk in Yosemite National Park beneath its grand granite peaks
  • Be dwarfed by giant trees in Sequoia National Park
  • Explore Death Valley - hottest place on Earth
  • Feel tiny hiking into the depths of the Grand Canyon
  • Travel to Las Vegas on Route 66

What’s included

  • 11 nights' en-suite accommodation
  • Half board including 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 8 evening meals
  • A full holiday programme with experienced local guides and a HF Holidays Leader
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel by minibus or coach
  • Tips

Trip Notes

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Fly to San Francisco and transfer to our hotel, where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Holiday Inn - San Francisco - Golden Gateway - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A newly renovated hotel located in downtown San Francisco, boasting spectacular views, heated outdoor pool and fitness centre.


We'll explore the city on foot today, including taking a cable car ride. This evening we'll take the boat across the bay to Alcatraz Island, home to the famous prison complex.

Holiday Inn - San Francisco - Golden Gateway - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A newly renovated hotel located in downtown San Francisco, boasting spectacular views, heated outdoor pool and fitness centre.


Today starts with a morning walk over the Golden Gate Bridge, before we transfer to Yosemite and enjoy dinner at our hotel.

After dinner, we will take a wildlife and sunset photography walk in the Valley with a chance to see coyote, deer, and even the occasional bear. We will walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, and along the Merced River with incredible views of Half Dome and El Capitan and the waterfalls.

Yosemite View Lodge, Yosemite - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

This riverside lodge gets you close to the wild beauty of the national park, located only a few minutes from the entrance to the park, and offers comfortable guest accommodation.


Today we walk the Panorama trail guided by your HF leader, followed by dinner at the hotel.

Yosemite View Lodge, Yosemite - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

This riverside lodge gets you close to the wild beauty of the national park, located only a few minutes from the entrance to the park, and offers comfortable guest accommodation.


Today is the spectacular North Dome hike in the Yosemite National Park. This iconic walk is 9.3 miles at an elevation of 2,400m.

We then transfer to our hotel in Dinuba and enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant.

Holiday Inn Express, Dinuba - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A comfortable hotel located near the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, allowing you to experience the wonders of nature.

The hotel has free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, whirlpool and 24 hour fitness centre.


We spend today simply enjoying the spectacular Sequoia National Park. The park is notable for its Giant Sequoia trees, including the General Sherman Tree, the world's tallest tree. 

There is also a visitor centre which we can visit.

Holiday Inn Express, Dinuba - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A comfortable hotel located near the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, allowing you to experience the wonders of nature.

The hotel has free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, whirlpool and 24 hour fitness centre.


Today begins with our transfer to Death Valley National Park. 

We spend the afternoon sightseeing in Death Valley with some short walks to stretch our legs after our journey.

We then enjoy dinner at our hotel.

Longstreet Hotel & Casino - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A cosy hotel located in Death Valley.

The hotel boasts 60 newly renovated rooms, and includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a petting zoo.


To beat the heat of Death Valley National Park, we'll get up early to explore and take a short walk. From here, we then drive via the historic Route 66 to the Grand Canyon, our base for three nights.

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

The Canyon Plaza Resort is situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself. The outdoor pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing weary limbs after a long day walking.


We've got two full days to explore this vast national park. Our guided walks on these days will take in the West Rim and the South Kaibab Trail. You're free to explore independently if you wish, too. 

*Dinner included on Day 9, day hike on Day 9 is self guided

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

The Canyon Plaza Resort is situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself. The outdoor pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing weary limbs after a long day walking.


We've some free time this morning before we drive to Las Vegas, so a perfect opportunity for taking an optional helicopter tour (payable locally) or simply spend the morning at leisure. Once in Las Vegas, you're free to explore the bright lights at your own pace and we'll enjoy a final meal together.

Golden Nugget - Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget offers iconic Vegas ambience with a luxurious, modern feel. In the vibrant downtown area, the hotel features a lagoon-style pool and spa.


During the day, you are at leisure to enjoy more of what the city has to offer and to explore its many sights before we transfer to Las Vegas airportin the evening for our return flight.


Yosemite and Grand Canyon Itinerary Map

Holiday Inn - San Francisco - Golden Gateway - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A newly renovated hotel located in downtown San Francisco, boasting spectacular views, heated outdoor pool and fitness centre.

Yosemite View Lodge, Yosemite - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

This riverside lodge gets you close to the wild beauty of the national park, located only a few minutes from the entrance to the park, and offers comfortable guest accommodation.

Holiday Inn Express, Dinuba - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A comfortable hotel located near the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park, allowing you to experience the wonders of nature. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, whirlpool and 24 hour fitness centre.

Longstreet Hotel & Casino - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

A cosy hotel located in Death Valley. The hotel boasts 60 newly renovated rooms, and includes complimentary Wi-Fi, a swimming pool and a petting zoo.

Grand Canyon Plaza Hotel, Grand Canyon - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

The Canyon Plaza Resort is situated only a mile south of the entrance to the Grand Canyon itself. The outdoor pool and jacuzzi are perfect for relaxing weary limbs after a long day walking.

Golden Nugget - Las Vegas

The Golden Nugget offers iconic Vegas ambience with a luxurious, modern feel. In the vibrant downtown area, the hotel features a lagoon-style pool and spa.

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

As you’ll be carrying your own luggage at airports and between your transport and hotels we recommend you try to keep your luggage to a minimum. These items are a general suggestion of what to pack for an active outdoor and walking holiday; depending on your destination, you may need more of some things and less – or none! – of others. You’ll know best what you prefer to wear when out walking or while taking part in other outdoor activities.

  • Please ensure you have access to emergency funds should you need them; carrying a credit card is probably the most convenient method.
  • Passport (and copies); booking confirmation; insurance cover note; HF Holidays’ registration form.
  • Walking boots (worn in), with good ankle support and spare bootlaces
  • Walking socks
  • Walking sandals
  • Lightweight fleece, waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Shorts and short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long trousers and long-sleeved lightcoloured shirts with collars to protect from the sun. Your clothing should ideally be pre-treated with insect repellent and in-built sun protection (available from specialist clothing stores such as Rohan, Cotswold Outdoor).
  • Warm fleece, scarf/buff hat and gloves
  • Torch
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for evenings and sightseeing
  • Sun protection – sun hat, sunglasses, high factor sunscreen and lip protection
  • Water bottle – at least 2-litre capacity
  • Lightweight survival bag
  • Small/medium rucksack (30 litre) and a liner or cover to keep contents dry
  • Insect repellent
  • Universal travel plug
  • Personal first aid kit including: personal medication, tissues, plasters, blister kit, painkillers, antiseptic wipes, Imodium, rehydration sachets
  • Trekking poles (especially if you find these useful for descents); camera; umbrella; binoculars; high energy food bars. Please note that the HF Holidays’ leader reserves the right to refuse to take any guest on a walk should they consider that a lack of suitable clothing/footwear may affect safety

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £20 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
2020
12 Sep - 23 Sep
11 2020 Itinerary £4,999 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
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2020
12 Sep - 23 Sep
11 2020 Itinerary £4,199 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes

Important Information

  • Single room supplement: £999
Duration:
11 nights
Type:
Worldwide Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2

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