California hiking vacation, America

“Seven days of an eclectic mix of California dreaming as you hike through Yosemite NP, around Lake Tahoe and along the Pacific coast. On a small group guided vacation.”


San Francisco | Yosemite NP | Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park | Monterey | Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary | Whale watching | Lake Tahoe | Maggie’s Peak


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09 Jun 2017
US $ 2639
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18 Jul 2017
US $ 2759
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15 Aug 2017
US $ 2759
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03 Sep 2017
US $ 2759
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Our top tip:
The national parks are pretty wild. So always follow safety rules. These are not just a walk in the park.
Trip type:
Small group, max. 12 people. Min.age 18.
Activity level:
Moderate. 3-4 hours hiking/day.
3 nights 3* hotel, 3 nights Lodge.
Solos welcome. Surcharge for own room.
Meals not included. Budget at least $50/day.
Accommodation, guides, transport, whale watching, NP fees.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: California hiking vacation, America

We are committed to offering low impact tours that benefit both the places and communities we visit as well as our travelers. It is important for us all to be aware of the delicate balance that exists in the variety of natural wonders you will visit. National Parks and monuments, archaeological sites and other sensitive areas should and must be treated with respect.

We have created a 'Travelers' Code of Conduct' to help prepare and inform our groups of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. The code includes tips on everything from handling wildlife encounters to how you can help to conserve precious natural resources. Our tour leaders will explain this code of conduct during the first night’s orientation talk and encourage you to follow it throughout the tour.

This code includes following the ‘Leave No Trace’ ethic, this is an international campaign that is designed to help us minimise the impact on the National Parks and other wilderness areas that we visit. Some key guidelines we follow include keeping to existing trails, staying in official campgrounds and disposing of all waste responsibly and recycling whatever we can.

We are proud supporters of the American Hiking Society, which champions conservation issues in the United States and represents millions of hikers committed to preserving America’s vast network of hiking trails and their surrounding ecosystems.

Whenever possible, we use local accommodation and activity providers. We also shop locally for groceries, eat in small family-run restaurants and visit local shops whenever possible. This all brings economic benefit to the local communities that we visit.

We spend a significant amount of time at various National Parks on this tour, the included entrance fees help to preserve the status and upkeep of the park on a continued and sustainable basis. Interaction with National Park Rangers helps to preserve this role as an employment opportunity for local people and future generations.

Our tour leaders will educate travelers on how best to interact with the wildlife in the parks, for example advising people not to feed the animals to stop them becoming dependent on hand-outs from humans.

Reviews of California hiking vacation, America

You can trust Responsible Travel reviews because, unlike many other schemes, reviews can ONLY be written by people who we have verified have been on the vacations.

I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

A couple of lovely walks

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Lots of driving. Hotels poor.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not really

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


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