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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