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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 20 July 2014

My husband and I vacationed in Mariposa, CA for 4 nights. We had such a lovely time on our van tour with Ira and Daniel. They picked us up at 7:30am. Immediately after introducing ourselves everyone in the van became friends. Ira's knowledge about Yosemite was top notch as he talked about the different pine trees, wildflowers, bugs, animals... They kept us happy with lots of bottled water, and a wonderful sack lunch which we sat by a stream to eat. We took our shoes and socks off and waded in the river as we looked up at El'Capitian. He drove us up to Glacier Point, and was able to walk around for about 1/2 hr. We hiked 1 hour to see and take pictures of Vernal Falls. Well worth the money for this trip as we didnt get back to our Hotel until 9:00 at night! Long day, but lots of wonderful memories were made.

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

Booked this tour up after arriving in Yosemite and wasn't 100% what to expect. What a choice. Ken picked the small group up from the hotel and after a few minutes of meeting him it was clear it was going to be an excellent day. He really knows the park and his passion for park is clear. Incredible knowledgable about everything to do with the park and taught the group about the history and the geology.

Ken wants everyone to share his enjoyment of the park and he couldn't help himself when seeing other people not on his tour lost or unsure of what they were looking at, by helping and assisting.

The fact that he has been around the park since the late 1950s helps him create the perfect tour. Ken has hiked every peak, and climbed every mountain face (many first ascents!!) the stories are amazing. Everything about the day was first class.

I'd go on his tour again and again.

If you visit the park then look this tour up and go along. You won't be disappointed.

1  Thank neil-amy
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Ken & Lisa made the tour special and their knowledge was very interesting.
The tour was in a small group taken in a mini bus this made us feel we had special attention.
They provided a pack lunch.we saw a Black bear at a safe distance.
If we had driven ourselves I am sure we would would have missed a lot of great views.

1  Thank Richard944
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Reviewed 26 May 2014

We had a lovely, interesting, fun day with Ira. He picked us up at 7.30am and we had a very interesting political discussion with him, before picking up 2 other couples. Ira is passionate about Yosemite: he explained the geography, flora and fauna in an interesting, funny manner. We visited many areas that we would not have seen and he showed us some fantastic views from Glacier Point. We picnicked beside a river at the foot of El Capitan and Ira set up binoculars so we could watch the climbers.
The highlight for my husband was the Vernal waterfall - I chickened out halfway up because of the height!! When they came back, they were all drenched, bar Ira, who had been taking the photo's. Although it had been a long day, Ira wanted to make sure that we had seen what we wanted to see and more. We stopped again on the way out at the foot of El Capitan and we watched 6 groups of climbers at various stages of their climb and chatted to the wife of one of them!
We were dropped off at 7pm, so I can say that this tour is excellent value. Ira is a funny, patient, laid back man who has a huge depth of knowledge about Yosemite and other subjects. As an ex teacher, he educates and doesn't lecture. I highly recommend Close Up tours, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Jinty_7
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Along with a Dutch couple my wife and I spent a full and fun day with Ira. Along with the usual sites and sights of Yosemite Ira treated us to lots of political opinions, jokes and his ridiculous but appropriate bear hat! He is a riot! Also though, Ira is incredibly knowledgeable about Yosemite -- his detailed descriptions of geology, history and botany were most informative. Also, of special interest was his explanation of rock climbing on El Capitan, including following climbers up the wall and explaining (with examples) climbing equipment. The only complaint I could register was that it was rather awkward getting in and out of the van with its sliding door -- and we made many exits and entrances. Overall a great day with a most interesting and entertaining guide. Thanks much.

Thank bjlOshawa_Ontario
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