Lake Tahoe Blue Views and Reno Craft Brews 4-Day Tour from San Francisco

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Hike, bike, kayak, or just relax on the banks of the deepest alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains, then head out to explore fun and quirky Reno, Nevada and taste some delicious craft beers. Choose from camping or hotel accommodations (included). This epic 4-day adventure will show you the greatest sights east of the Sierras!
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DAY 1 - San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s capital city, Sacramento, through the Sierra foothills, and into the famous Gold Rush Country. You'll crest a high mountain pass within the Sierra Nevada mountains before winding your way through large pine forests and  dramatically descending into South Lake Tahoe.

Once in Tahoe, stretch your legs on a short hike before settling down in your choice of accommodations. Tonight, grab dinner as a group and  watch the sun set over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.

DAY 2 - Full Day Lake Tahoe 

Wake up early to take advantage of a full day near, on, or IN Lake Tahoe. The calm mornings on the lake are the perfect time to enjoy a guided kayak tour* or to beat the crowds and take a quiet hike around picturesque Emerald Bay, or to the top...
DAY 1 - San Francisco to South Lake Tahoe

After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s capital city, Sacramento, through the Sierra foothills, and into the famous Gold Rush Country. You'll crest a high mountain pass within the Sierra Nevada mountains before winding your way through large pine forests and  dramatically descending into South Lake Tahoe.

Once in Tahoe, stretch your legs on a short hike before settling down in your choice of accommodations. Tonight, grab dinner as a group and  watch the sun set over the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe.

DAY 2 - Full Day Lake Tahoe 

Wake up early to take advantage of a full day near, on, or IN Lake Tahoe. The calm mornings on the lake are the perfect time to enjoy a guided kayak tour* or to beat the crowds and take a quiet hike around picturesque Emerald Bay, or to the top of a mountain. Spend the late afternoon exploring the shops of downtown South Lake Tahoe, gambling at the casinos in Nevada (Tahoe is right on the state border), or enjoying a stroll around the lake's shoreline.

DAY 3 - Lake Tahoe to Reno

Today you’ll have the chance to head out for a hike or hang out on a beach before you get back on the road. Driving around the lake will afford you a whole new view of this magnificent blue wonder as you cross the state line and make your way to Reno, Nevada. The Biggest Little City will dazzle you with its tasty food and craft brews. Tonight we’ll have a blast exploring in Reno.

DAY 4 - Reno to San Francisco

Enjoy the morning in Reno, before packing up to head back to San Francisco. This afternoon, you’ll leave the Sierra Nevada Mountains behind and pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento. You’ll follow the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest back to the City by the Bay, and we’ll drop off at our gateway hotel by 9 p.m.
*optional activities are not included in tour price

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Overview
DAY 1 - San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule. Hiking trails abound, and this afternoon your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Afterwards, relax on the... Read More
DAY 1 - San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

Buckle up! After departing San Francisco, you’ll head through California’s famous Gold Rush Country, high into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada. It’s time to experience the majestic views from Yosemite Valley with some of America’s tallest waterfalls and towering granite cliffs rising 4,000 feet from the valley floor. You’ll have the opportunity to explore on foot, by bike, or possibly by raft or mule. Hiking trails abound, and this afternoon your guide will help you find the perfect trail to take in this glacially carved valley. Afterwards, relax on the bank of the Merced River and soak up the spectacular views before heading back to the rustic mountain resort to kick back, have some drinks and share the stories of your day. 

DAY 2 - Yosemite National Park to Mammoth Lakes, CA

The next morning, we’re off to explore more of what Yosemite has to offer. Your guide will set you up with an amazing morning hike or a chance to capture a few more iconic photos followed by lunch among the fabled Giant Sequoias. In the afternoon, you’ll hop back in the coach to ascend to almost 10,000 Feet (3000+ meters), traversing Yosemite’s Tioga Pass viewing iconic sites like the reflective Tenaya Lake and weaving your way through Tuolumne Meadows before descending the fiercely steep eastern slope of the Sierra Nevadas. Next up, an overnight stay in beautiful Mammoth Lakes, California. Hinting at its prehistoric past, the name is quite fitting: explore Mammoth’s huge mountains, numerous lakes, and expansive valleys. Try your hand at mountain biking or take a scenic Gondola ride up to 11,053 ft (3368 meters) and check out one of the most stunning 360 degree views in California. Explore the geologic, natural, and human history of Mammoth Lakes and find out why this is one of the most studied regions in the world. You’ll stay overnight in a quiet hotel or campsite in Mammoth Lakes.

DAY 3 - Mammoth Lakes to Lake Tahoe via Ansel Adams Wilderness Area

You’ll start your third day with the option to visit the Ansel Adams Wilderness area. This rugged place was named in honor of the famed nature photographer. Here you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Devil’s Postpile National Monument; this strange columnar basalt formation is a rare sight in the geologic world. With a name like that, you won’t be disappointed. You may also choose to take a short hike over to Rainbow Falls to snap a selfie! Next, you’re back on the road, this time headed to Lake Tahoe. Along the way, you’ll get off the pavement to experience a bit of Gold Rush history at the remote National Historic Landmark known as Bodie Ghost Town. End your adventure-filled day by trying your luck at blackjack, or the roulette wheel at The Hard Rock, Harrah's or one of South Lake Tahoe's other casinos. Gambling not your thing? We’ll set you up with a  sunset sail or a lake cruise to Emerald Bay. You’ll stay the night in a South Lake Tahoe hotel or campsite.

DAY 4  - Lake Tahoe to San Francisco

This morning, you’ll get to choose your own adventure. Get up close and personal with the highest alpine lake in the USA either by kayak, stand-up paddleboard or bike. If you would prefer more of a bird’s eye view with panoramic vistas of Lake Tahoe, Carson Valley and the Desolation Wilderness, take a 2.4 mile gondola ride up, up, up to Heavenly Mountain resort where an array of adventure activities await you. Having trouble deciding? You always have the option to keep it simple and go on a short hike with the guidance of your professional tour leader.

This afternoon, you’ll leave Lake Tahoe behind and pass through the state’s capital city, Sacramento. You’ll follow the historic Pony Express Trail through El Dorado National Forest back to the City by the Bay, San Francisco, and we’ll drop off at our gateway hotel by 9 p.m.   
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Included
  • 5 meals (camping option only)
  • Breakfast
  • Narrated guided tour
  • 3 nights hotel or campsite accommodations (double occupancy same sex or couple shared)
  • Camping gear provided for camping option; sleeping bags available for $20 rental fee)
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Central San Francisco Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (except Hilton Hotel)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Departure Point
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
8:15 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Accommodations are double occupancy same-sex or couple share.
  • Private rooms for single occupants are available only if option chosen & supplement paid.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 2 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.