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“Yosemite Close Up Tours - Great Company a truly wonderful day- Don't hesitate to book with them”

Yosemite Close Up Tours
Ranked #2 of 5 Tours in Mariposa
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Yosemite Close Up Tours engages our guests with the fascinating human and natural history of this spectacular and beautiful area. The depth of our guides’ background connects you with the wonders of Yosemite. Our tours remove the hassles of traffic, parking, and shuttle buses, from your visit. Rather, you will save time, see more, and find inspiration viewing Yosemite’s rock formations, waterfalls, meadows and forests. Please join us for a lovely, memorable Yosemite experience!
Reviewed 13 September 2013

We booked via the website before leaving home in Australia, for a full day tour with CLOSE UP TOURS Yosemite, at the time I hadn’t realised that we booked a private tour; I thought we were on a bus with around 50 others. I certainly struck gold when I made that decision. We were picked up promptly from the Hotel in El Portal. There were only 9 in total in the van, it was nice to be able to laugh and chat with everyone and hear Ira (our guide) many stories along the way. We had the best hands on treatment and service, we stopped at so many places along the way, we saw Waterfalls that no one would have known existed, we climbed rocks and down into the rivers. We had the most wonderful day with our guide Ira. He is a wonderful, caring and patient man with so much knowledge of the area and as another person stated, many secret locations. We saw everything we could have in that one day, we walked through meadows, discussed the trees, discussed at the plant life, the wildlife, we were given a yummy packed lunch that we all ate, sitting beside a beautiful little creek.
We had limited time in Yosemite and without this tour we would have failed to see some truly wonderful sights. It’s a magical beautiful place and anyone, no matter how short a time they have there, do not miss I, never drive past. I would recommend Close Up Tours for any tour, if people only have a full day in Yosemite, spend it with them, you will not be disappointed. We spent our other day at Mariposa Grove and the Giant Sequoias, so we managed in two days to see as much as we could. We even got married the next morning along the river with Half Dome in the distance and Bridalveil Falls in a different picture, before we headed to Vegas, it’s a visit we will never forget. I would recommend this company without hesitation to anyone visiting Yosemite they are so professional, so helpful and truly lovely people. Thank you Close Up Tours- We were there on 17th August 2013 - Thanks IRA You are a legend !!!!!!!! One day we hope to return
Stacy & Dave

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Reviewed 29 August 2013

We met Ken early at Mariposa Tourist info, and left for a fabulous day in Yosemite Park. Ken, an experienced climber, knows just about everything about fauna and flora. We had a fantastic day and came back at 6. I would recommend this company without hesitation. This guided tour makes you see all the major attrations with appropriate comments. Just enjoy !!!

Thank Murielle F
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Our Tour Guide, Kenneth Boche made this tour enjoyable in addition to the scenery of the park .Ken has a personal knowledge of the park that really adds to the experience. He has climbed many of the peaks, hiked the back country, and knows the geology of the park. We had a small group of 6 in a van, which made the tour more personable and really an enjoyable experience. A very good sack lunch was included and we had a beautiful view for our picnic lunch at Glacier Point. We were picked up and returned to our motel.

Thank John G
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Reviewed 3 July 2013

My husband and I took part in this day tour to Yosemite National Park which operates out of Mariposa, and we highly recommend this guided tour for those who are the first time to Yosemite and also who do not have much time there. We decided to visit Yosemite on route of our driving tour of west coast from LA to San Francisco. We knew the accommodation in the National Park was very crowded and expensive, so we stayed at nearby town of Mariposa which was really pretty and compact. We got recommended this one day guided tour at the information centre in Mariposa. We got picked up at 7.30am and it was absolutely full-on tour that we did not get back until 7.30pm! The tour operates with max. of 10pax and very personal and informative. Our guide Ira was extremely knowledgeable on Yosemite (with over 40 years experience!) and took us to all the little spots that the main stream tour wouldn't visit. We got on/off the mini bus all the time and explore so many interesting parts of the park where we could experience the best view of everything! Ira explained that the park he was showing in this one day tour was only a very small part, and gave us very informative tips about the area that we could also visit by ourselves on the following day if the time allowed. The tour included generous size packed lunch which consisted of sandwitch, snack, juice, biscuit and fruit. Although we did a lot of walking and climbing the cliffs and rocks, those who did not wish the hard walk did not have to do so either. Even it was only a day tour, we became very close with other participants of the tour which was really great. Over all, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the tour has become of the highlights of our tour.

2  Thank zawie
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

We just returned from an all day (just under 12 hour) tour of Yosemite. Our tour guide Ira was extremely entertaining and knowledgable. Not only did we get to see the usual "big" attractions, but we also got lessons in botany, entomology, geology, and zoology! We were also taken to some of Ira's secret locations which enabled us to see the park in an up close and personal way. By using only 10 passenger vans,you are able to get individualized attention and lots of opportunities to have all your questions answered. W
were picked up and returned to our hotel, treated to a delicious picnic lunch and got to see things we otherwise would have missed was it not for Ira's expertise, I highly recommend this tour company!

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