Yosemite and Tahoe tour in California


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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are traveling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travelers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travelers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is one of our Basix trips, designed specifically for budget travelers who still want the security of group travel without lots of added inclusions. These trips don't have many included activities and meals are rarely included in the price, giving you the opportunity to search out local restaurants and sample regional specialities to your heart's content. The amount of free time in these itineraries means that the Basix trips often appeal to younger travelers looking to explore independently and tailor the trip to your own interests. You often won't spend too many days in any one place and you'll pack lots of different locations into your vacation.

As you might expect, accommodation on a Basix trip will be fairly basic! We'll stay in 1-2 star accommodation, often including homestays and there may be nights where the group stays somewhere multi-share / in a dormitory-style. Most accommodation however will be twin share; with solo travelers automatically roomed with a fellow group member of the same sex, this means that there are no single supplements on Basix trips.

On camping trips you will be expected to help out around the camp; putting up and taking down your own tent, helping with meals and other camp duties. We often find the nights where we are without a few creature comforts are those that are most amazing; wild bush camping in Serengeti anyone?! We'll use local transport where ever possible which is a great way of seeing the country and meeting locals as we travel.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your vacation package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Yosemite and Tahoe tour in California

The very ethos of our style of travel is responsible; small groups on fully escorted tours, experiencing the very best of a region, a culture and a landscape, with a friendly local hand guiding the way. Our itineraries are designed to give our travelers real life experiences without compromising the part of the world we are exploring; to travel responsibly is at the heart of our commitment as a global tour operator.

We believe that responsible travel is about the attitude you take with you and the choices you make when traveling - to respect and benefit local people, their cultures, economy and the environment. We travel by these values wherever our groups go; whether exploring remote regions of South East Asia or taking an American road trip taking in Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park.

Your local guide will accompany your group throughout your short 3 day itinerary. Recruited for their knowledge of this great region, they will be on hand to help and assist throughout. Employing locals as group leaders allows us to support local economies through the creation of employment opportunities, but it also gives travelers insider knowledge of the parks they are visiting. From the best place to hire bikes from in Lake Tahoe to the most stunning hiking trails to follow, they’ll be on hand to help – you’ll even be supporting local industry through bike hire or taking a sailing trip on the lake as we use local suppliers there too!

This trip takes in some outstanding wilderness areas and we do everything we can to ensure that following our visit there is no negative trace of us left behind, taking away our rubbish, recycling where possible and staying at approved campsites within the parks with the infrastructure to support our small groups. We follow the park guidelines of activity in order to protect this fragile environment, from staying on the designated paths and tracks while hiking to not approaching or encouraging the feeding of the wildlife we encounter. In addition to these measures, we financially support the conservation of these areas of outstanding natural beauty through the entrance fee we pay for access and through the camping fees we pay to stay overnight.

These small steps combined make a big difference to the overall responsibility of touring vacations and you’ll notice other measures we take en route too. On short camping trips like this one, meals will be prepared by the group as a whole using a food kitty system to buy supplies en route. We encourage the use of local, smaller suppliers who have often sourced the fresh foods they are selling regionally, reducing the food mile carbon emissions of our food. You’ll be encouraged to travel with a refillable water bottle during the trip rather than purchasing a new plastic bottle each time you want a drink. The overuse of plastic bottles is becoming a massive problem and one which our travelers can easily stop contributing too.

Environmentally, we are a carbon neutral company, offsetting the ground emissions of all our passengers on all our trips. On this short American odyssey that equates to 173kgs of carbon offset per passenger, per departure! We also offer all our travelers the opportunity to offset the cost of their international travel with us.

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