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Yosemite National Park: Share an American Icon With Your Grandchild

Program Number: 21069RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/23/2013 - 6/28/2013; 7/12/2015 - 7/17/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/7/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $1,225.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Intergenerational; National Parks
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Program intended for grandchildren from 9 - 12 years of age.

Yosemite National Park is a must-see for nature enthusiasts — and it’s an incredible national treasure to share with your grandchild. Experience all that Yosemite has to offer from the Valley floor to the High Sierras. Walk the trails with naturalists and hear from a local rock climbing expert. Enjoy the park’s majestic scenery on a mule ride adventure. “Capture” the beauty of this national park during an art session led by local artists.




Highlights

• Join a naturalist for an exploration of Yosemite’s greatest wonders, including El Capitan, Bridal Veil Fall and Yosemite Falls.
• Travel along Tioga Pass Road and enjoy a picnic lunch at Tenaya Lake.
• Capture the iconic view of Yosemite Valley, El Capitan and Half Dome from historic Tunnel View.



Activity Particulars

Elevations of 4,000-8,000 ft; Hiking up to five miles with elevation gains of 500 feet; Two hour mule ride, suitable for beginners.



Itinerary Summary

Arrival Burlingame (close to SFO airport), 1 night; coach to Yosemite National Park, 4 nights; coach to Burlingame, departure.



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Burlingame: Comfortable, hotel convenient to the San Francisco airport. Yosemite National Park: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Frank Helling

Frank Helling is an active adventurer and naturalist who has spent much of his life “sauntering” in the footsteps of the great mountaineer, philosopher and nature writer John Muir. He has backpacked, hiked and climbed in the Sierras, Rockies, Cascades, Alps, Alaska, Hawaii and the deserts of the American Southwest. A former high school science teacher, Frank has also worked as a ranger and naturalist in Kings Canyon National Park and as a professional wilderness instructor.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport
  Burlingame, California 1 night
   Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
  Yosemite Valley, CA 4 nights
 Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 835 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-344-5500
web: www.doubletree.com
  Room amenities: Hairdryers, irons, ironing boards, coffee makers and two-line speaker phones with ISDN modem lines atop work desks.
  Facility amenities: Library, fitness room and bayside jogging path. Restaurant and 24-hour food service. Full-service business center.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Please check with the hotel Please contact DoubleTree Hotel Reservations directly at 650-344-5500 for additional reservations.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Type: Hotel
  Description: As the closest property to Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls is an idyllic spot for families, group retreats and visitors seeking the comforts of a hotel after an exciting day exploring the wilderness.
  Contact info: 9006 Yosemite Lodge Drive
Yosemite, CA 95389 USA
phone: 209-372-1001
web: www.yosemitepark.com
  Room amenities: Rooms are furnished with a desk, private bathroom, telephone and television with select programming.
  Facility amenities: There is an outdoor swimming pool available to hotel guests.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights after: Call the reservation desk. Reservations necessary well in advance. Call the individual reservations number at 801-559-5000. Mention that you are with the EduQuest/Road Scholar group, Intergenerational program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts at 4:00 p.m. with registration in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends with return to San Francisco International Airport and DoubleTree Hotel Burlingame at approximately 3:00 p.m. You will be staying at Yosemite Lodge at the Falls the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A release form may be required for some park activities.
  Parking availability:
Lodge has free parking
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame, California
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco. California
  Nearest highway: US Hwy 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location:  Yosemite Valley, CA
  Nearest city or town:  Mariposa, CA
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 5
  Nearest airport:  Fresno, CA
Travel Details
 

Oakland

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Super Shuttle
phone: 800-258-3826
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Please call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approx. 45 minutees 

 

Distance:

 

29 miles

   

Suggest calling ahead for Super Shuttle schedule and rates.

 

San Francisco

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
DoubleTree Hotel
phone: 650-344-5500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 mins. 

 

Distance:

 

3 miles

   

Please call the hotel after your arrival at the airport.

 
Driving Directions
  From San Franciso International Airport Start out going southeast on T-1 turnaround. Merge onto US-101 S. via the ramp on the left toward San Jose. Take the Broadway exit toward Burlingame. Take the ramp toward Overpass. Turn right onto Rollins Rd. Turn slight right onto Broadway. Turn right onto Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto airport Blvd. End at 835 Airport Blvd. Burlingame, CA 94010
  From the north Take US 101 south to Broadway/Burlingame exit east. Go east over the overpass, remain in the right lane. Turn right at the first light (Old Bayshore Rd.) and left at the next light onto Airport Blvd. follow the road around until you see the hotel on your right, approximately a quarter of a mile.
  Los Angeles Take Hwy. 101 north to Burlingame. Exit Anza Blvd. Hotel is on the left side.
  Sacramento or locations to the east Directions Take I-80 west to Hwy. 101, south to Burlingame, exit Broadway-Burlingame, just east to 835 Airport Blvd.
Elevation Note: Elevation betrween 4000 ' and 5000'.

Equipment Requirements: A digital camera is recommended.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrive at DoubleTree Hotel San Francisco Airport and check in, dinner in the hotel meeting room followed by orientation and get-acquainted.
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Arrive To: Check in after 4 p.m. Register for your Road Scholar program in the lobby of the hotel.
 Dinner: Banquet dinner in the hotel meeting room.
 Evening: Our evening get together gives us a chance to meet one another and go over the program schedule. We have an introduction to Yosemite in preparation for our stay in the park.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel - San Francisco Airport
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Travel to Yosemite National Park, introductory class on outdoor and nature photography, instructor-led visit to El Capitan, early evening photography excursion.
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full, hot breakfast buffet in the hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Travel to Yosemite National Park. For tens of thousands of years, humans have changed, and have been changed by, this place we now call Yosemite. “It is by far the grandest of all the special temples of Nature I was ever permitted to enter.” said famed naturalist John Muir. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is known for its granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves and biological diversity. Two Wild & Scenic Rivers, the Tuolumne and Merced rivers, begin in the park and flow west to the Central Valley. Yosemite is one of the first wilderness parks in the United States comprised of nearly 1200 square miles. The park is a shrine to human foresight, strength of granite, power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra. En-route, our on-board instructor will offer tips on outdoor and nature photography, aiming to help you capture the magnificent scenery you will encounter in the park.
 Lunch: Lunch in El Portal.
 Afternoon: We board the motor coach and continue to Yosemite Valley with a stop at Tunnel View for a photo op at one of the world famous views of the Valley. We travel into the Valley and check in to the Yosemite Lodge where we'll stay for four nights. Meet our instructor, naturalist, Becky Zentmyer for history and an overview of rock climbing at El Capitan.
 Dinner: We have an extensive buffet dinner at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court.
 Evening: Photography excursion to capture the landscape in the early evening light.
   
Accommodations: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Instructor-led exploration of Yosemite Valley's highlights, including Happy Isles Nature Center, Bridal Veil Fall and Yosemite Falls. Presentation by a John Muir interpreter.
(Tuesday, June 25)

Note: Walk to Lower Falls 1/2 mile roundtrip, walk at Mirror Lake 1 miles roundtrip, ranger led walk, 1/2 mile



   
 Breakfast: A full buffet breakfast at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court.
 Morning: We are joined by our naturalist, Becky Zentmyer, for an exploration of some of Yosemite Valley's highlights, including Happy Isles Nature Center, Bridal Veil Fall, Yosemite Falls, Yosemite Village and Sentinel Bridge. Our instructor leads us on a field trip through Yosemite Valley. We'll view the Valley's impressive granite formations including Half Dome, El Capitan, Sentinel Rock and more. First stop is Bridal Veil Falls and the Chapel. The Yosemite Chapel became listed on the prestigious National Register of Historic Places in 1973 based on its “simple architecture” that was representative of “a particularly fine example of the early chapels constructed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.”
 Lunch: We enjoy a picnic lunch at Happy Isles..
 Afternoon: We continue our exploration of Yosemite Valley's highlights. Half Dome is perhaps the most iconic symbol of Yosemite, rising nearly 5,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Yosemite. El Capitan is a favorite for experienced rock climbers. Rising more than 3,000 feet above the Valley floor, it is the largest monolith of granite in the world. Cathedral Rocks and Spires form the eastern side of the canyon through which Bridalveil Creek flows. Some people think these rocks are even more impressive than El Capitan! We finish just to the east with the Three Brothers: Eagle Peak (the uppermost "brother"), and Middle and Lower Brothers.
 Dinner: We head to the Yosemite Lodge Food Court for dinner.
 Evening: After dinner the kids begin work on their memory books and John Muir pays us a visit for an evening presentation.
   
Accommodations: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: All day instructor-led field trip, hike at Crane Flat and Giant Sequoia grove, visit Olmstead Point and swim at Tenaya Lake.
(Wednesday, June 26)

Note: Hike at Crane Flat is about 2 and 1/2 miles with an elevation gain of 500' Bridalveil Fall is about 3/4 mile roundtrip, slight elevation gain.



   
 Breakfast: Full, buffet breakfast at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court
 Morning: Our on-board instructor, Becky Zentmyer, provides the narrative for our field trip to the gateway to Yosemite's back country along Tioga Pass to Tuolomne Meadows, Olmstead Point and Tenaya Lake. Tioga Pass Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive between Crane Flat and Tuolumne Meadows through forests and past meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Many turnouts offer broad and beautiful vistas. Tuolumne Meadows is a large, open sub-alpine meadow graced by the winding Tuolumne River and surrounded by majestic peaks and domes. From sometime in November through late May or early June, this area is only accessible by cross-country skis or snowshoes. At Crane Flat we'll walk the nature trail in the Tuolomne Grove of Sequoias.
 Lunch: We have a picnic lunch.
 Afternoon: Olmsted Point looks down on Yosemite Valley from the east--and from a very different angle. Though you might not immediately recognize Half Dome, it is one of the most prominent peaks you can see from Olmsted Point. Tenaya Lake is a magnificent High Sierra lake surrounded by granite domes, lodgepole forests, and Yosemite’s vast wilderness. It offers the chance for the kids to take a memorable swim in the midst of the dramatic scenery.
 Dinner: We return to the Lodge for dinner at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court and relaxation after a busy day.
 Evening: Families enjoy a free evening to relax or attend one of the park's varied evening programs. .
   
Accommodations: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Mixed media art class followed by free time to explore or revisit favorite park sights. Rafting on the Merced River, ranger program and complete memory books.
(Thursday, June 27)

Note: Walk at Indian Cultural Center is less than 1/2 mile.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a full breakfast buffet at Yosemite Lodge Food Court.
 Morning: We meet our instructor for a field class exploring mixed media art techniques followed by free time to further explore the park, hike some of the many paths and trails the park offers or revisit favorite spots.
 Lunch: Lunch in Yosemite Village.
 Afternoon: "The most relaxing way to enjoy the summer in Yosemite" is on a raft on the Merced River. This afternoon we'll see all the sights of Yosemite Valley from a different perspective on a stillwater rafting trip down the Merced River. By summer, the river has calmed from its rushing winter snow run-off pace and provides a slow-moving and sunny course to travel the length of the valley. Unique views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, away from the hustle and bustle of the summer valley traffic, as well as sandy beaches for swimming.
 Dinner: We enjoy dinner at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court.
 Evening: After dinner the kids complete their memory books while the adults enjoy the ranger program in the Yosemite Lodge Amphitheatre.
   
Accommodations: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Farewell breakfast, program wrap-up and sharing of memory books, return to San Francisco Airport and DoubleTree Hotel in Burlingame.
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Farewell breakfast buffet in the Mountain Room restaurant.
 Morning: Depart for return travel to San Francisco Airport and the DoubleTree Hotel in Burlingame. Program wrap-up and and kids share their memory books in transit.
 Lunch: Lunch in Pleasanton.
 Afternoon: Drop off at San Francisco International Airport and return to DoubleTree Hotel in Burlingame.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame, California General Overview
Participants may choose to arrive early in order to spend a day in San Francisco.
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