California Sierra Nevada Tour

California Adventure Tours, Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks

The California Sierra Nevada Tour is an exciting mix of natural wonders, unique environments, cultural history, and remarkable cities.

These California adventure tours take travelers through some of the region’s most famous attractions and off the beaten track favorites, ideal for our small groups. We explore spectacular natural environments and unique local culture. From Giant Sequoia trees and striking mountain vistas in Yosemite National Park, to the dramatic desert landscapes of Death Valley, experience the natural wonders of this region lead by our knowledgeable, personal guides.

Discover the local color. Visit world famous Las Vegas, dig your toes into the sand at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the heart of California surfing culture, and explore a ghost  town at Bodie State park. Catch glimpses of California’s cultural history at the San Juan Bautista Mission, and drive across the Golden Gate bridge into San Francisco.

We travel in small group with a tour guide and driver and stay each night at a carefully chosen local hotel. The schedule below offers an overview of what each day has in store.

California Sierra Nevada Tour Overview

beach near Monterey California

Along Cabrillo Highway near Monterey,California

Daily Schedule for California Sierra Nevada Tour, 8 days, 7 nights

Day 1: Las Vegas
Welcome to Las Vegas, a colorful, high energy city, famous for its entertainment and casinos, great restaurants and more.  Meet your guide and traveling companions and receive tour documentation and information during dinner.  One night in Las Vegas.  (Note that we are happy to arrange accommodations and assist with activities for those who wish to arrive a day or two earlier in Las Vegas).

Las Vegas by Night

pool at Alexis resort, Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Day 2 Las Vegas, Death Valley, Sierra Nevada, Lone Pine

Travelling through the starkly beautiful Death Valley National Park, we stop for a morning walk near Zabriskie Point, and at several other scenic viewpoints. Then, climb up into California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains to the base Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the Continental US. Stop for a short hike in the Alabama Hills, which served at the backdrop for many American Western films, and spend the night in Lone Pine, California.

Sand dunes in death valley national aprk

Death Valley National Park

Alabama Hills California

Alabama Hills, California

Day 3: Lone Pine, Laws, Mono Lake, Bodie State Park, Bridgeport

Visit the memorable Laws California, with its historic homes and outdoor Railroad Museum, explore the unique ancient Mono Lake with its otherworldly Tufa spires. Then explore the gold rush ghost town at Bodie State Park. We will spend the night in the small farming town of Bridgeport.

old truck parked near ghost town

Ghost town at Bodie State Park

mineral spires in Mono Lake

Ancient Mono Lake

Day 4: Yosemite National Park, Mariposa

Today we ascend 9900 feet (3000 meters) into the Sierra Nevadas to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. View Yosemite Falls, towering Giant Sequoia trees, glacial meadows, half dome, and many other breathtaking sights. Spend the night in the historic mining town of Mariposa or nearby Oakdale.

granite rock formation

El Capitan in Yosemite National Park



Nevada Falls in Yosemite National Park


Day 5: Mariposa, San Luis Reservoir, San Juan Bautista

Stop in the hills of the San Joaquin Valley to contemplate one of California’s largest reservoirs, then learn about some of California’s cultural history at the historic Spanish Mission, San Juan Bautista. We’ll drive to Monterey on the beautiful Pacific Coast, where we spend two nights.

old Spanish style churche

Mission at San Juan Bautista

sunset over mountains and beach

Sunset at Monterey, California

Day 6: Monterey, Pacific Coast, Cabrillo HWY

Spend the morning in Monterey, visiting Cannery Row, made famous in John Steinbeck’s stories, optional visit to Monterey Bay aquarium.  In the afternoon we will travel along the pacific coast, stopping at the beautiful Pebble Beach. We will travel the breathtaking Cabrillo Highway and return to Monterey in time to watch the sunset over the Pacific.

ocean with sand and bolders

View of the Pacific Along Cabrillo Highway

beach grass and natural rock bridge

California’s coast

Day 7: Monterey, Santa Cruz, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

Today we head north along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, we will stop at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk in the popular surfing town and then on to San Francisco, crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. We will drive to Sausalito California for our farewell dinner.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Day 8: San Francisco

Here we say good bye.  You can choose to explore San Francisco independently, with its colorful neighborhoods, science and art museums and unique cultural highlights like Haight St.  We are happy to arrange additional nights of accommodation and give you tips about what to see and do in this amazing city.

view of city form above

San Fransco

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