Yosemite Firefall Photo Tour - John Gravett

USA, Photo Special, 10 days - from $4,890 (land only)

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Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: On arrival at Fresno Airport, we will be met by our local guide, who will be holding a KE sign. We then transfer to the group hotel in Fresno, located 10 minutes from the airport. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight stay (no meals).

Day 2: After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the small, historic gold town of Mariposa. We will put on our hiking boots to wander amongst some of the world's most magnificent and giant trees. Known as Californian redwood or sequoia, these are massive - the world's largest tree by volume. Overnight at a Mariposa hotel. (B,L)

Day 3: Today, we drive to the Yosemite National Park, entering this sacred territory from the west. Ringed by 1000 metre-high sheer granite rock formations, such as El Capitan and Half-Dome, the Yosemite Valley is famous amongst the world's rock climbers. We have our first opportunity to take some photos. Overnight at the Yosemite View Lodge (B,L)

Day 4: After breakfast, we go back into the park and explore the valley by walking on interpretive trails alongside the Merced River. Passing through forest and open areas, we will have the opportunity to photograph the Yosemite landscape, whilst also looking out for deer, bobcat and gray fox. Overnight at the Yosemite View Lodge. (B,L)

Day 5: Today our highlights are Tunnel View, Bridal Falls and Yosemite Falls, all great locations for taking pictures. We have an afternoon hike to the lower Yosemite Falls and, for those who are feeling fit, there is the option of ascending to the crest of the Yosemite Falls (700 metres of elevation gain). Overnight at the Lodge at the Falls 2. (B,L)

Day 6: Today we get our hiking shoes on and trek to Vernal Falls, at the base of Half-Dome. This 4-hour hike is one of the most popular in Yosemite. We will have plenty of stops along the way to take pictures. Overnight at the Lodge at the Falls 2. (B,L)

Day 7: Today we explore the most photogenic spot along the Merced River, taking a 2 mile hike up to Mirror Lake. At the end of the day, we drive to the historic gold mining town of Groveland and spend the night in a charming historic hotel. (B,L)

Day 8: After breakfast at our hotel, we set out to drive to San Francisco, with a detour en route to visit the Napa Valley. Here, weather permitting, we will have a wine and cheese picnic in one of the vineyards. Our drive to San Francisco brings us into the city via the Golden Gate, for one of the best view of San Francisco Bay. Overnight at a San Francisco hotel. (B,L)

Day 9: Today we have some free time in San Francisco. The guide will drive the group to some of the key photographic attractions; the Golden Gate, Fisherman's Wharf and the Coit Tower. Overnight at our San Francisco hotel. (B,L)

Day 10: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel. Depending on your flight time, there may be time for independent sightseeing in San Francisco. Airport transfers can be booked through the hotel. (B)

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