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
from £4,999pp with flights

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, get ready to make your escape to Yosemite National Park. Here, waterfall-stripped walls contrast the emerald-green Yosemite Valley and your heart skips a beat at the haughty profile of Half Dome and as you gaze in wonderment at the subalpine wilderness. 

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
  • Full board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full holiday programme with experienced local guides and a HF Holidays Leader
  • Sightseeing
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel by minibus or coach
  • Tips

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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

Holiday Inn Express, Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
Courtyard Marriott, Oakland - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Guests will enjoy a ferry boat ride across to Fisherman's Wharf so as not to miss out on the district's atmosphere


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 Express, Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon
Courtyard Marriott, Oakland - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Guests will enjoy a ferry boat ride across to Fisherman's Wharf so as not to miss out on the district's atmosphere


Today we head to the internationally renowned Yosemite National Park, our base for three nights. We'll enjoy an afternoon walk amongst Sequoia trees, from Mariposa Grove to Wawona Vista. We'll explore the park further, with walks along the Panorama Trail and a hike to North Dome.

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.


We cross the Sierra to walk at Tuolumne Meadows and up to Lembert Dome. We'll also enjoy walking at South Tufa at Mono Lake before continuing our journey to Mammoth Mountain.

Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Mountain - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Situated at the base of the mountain it takes its name from, the inn offers comfortable ensuite guest rooms. The hotel also features a pool and several hot tubs.


Take a scenic tram ride to the summit of Mammoth Mountain, which stands at 11,053 ft high. After we've had time to soak up the astounding panoramic views, we'll descend the mountain on foot. Back at the bottom, we'll then drive to Death Valley, where we'll have time for some sightseeing in the evening.

The Ranch at Death Valley, Death Valley - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

As its name suggests, this accommodation was originally established as a ranch. On site there is a warm spring-fed pool, a general store and a small museum. It's a short walk to the visitor centre in Furnace Creek.


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. After our first full day in the park, we'll enjoy a great BBQ dinner, hosted by our US guide.


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 Express, Fisherman's Wharf - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Courtyard Marriott, Oakland - San Francisco - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Guests will enjoy a ferry boat ride across to Fisherman's Wharf so as not to miss out on the district's atmosphere

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.

Mammoth Mountain Inn, Mammoth Mountain - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

Situated at the base of the mountain it takes its name from, the inn offers comfortable ensuite guest rooms. The hotel also features a pool and several hot tubs.

The Ranch at Death Valley, Death Valley - Yosemite & Grand Canyon

As its name suggests, this accommodation was originally established as a ranch. On site there is a warm spring-fed pool, a general store and a small museum. It's a short walk to the visitor centre in Furnace Creek.

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

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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.

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2020
13 Jun / 24 Jun 2019 Itinerary £4,999 Available Book Now
11 Jul / 22 Jul 2019 Itinerary £4,999 Available Book Now
12 Sep / 23 Sep 2019 Itinerary £4,999 Available Book Now
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2020
13 Jun / 24 Jun 2019 Itinerary £4,199 Available Book Now
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12 Sep / 23 Sep 2019 Itinerary £4,199 Available Book Now

Important Information

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

11 nights from £4,999pp with flights

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