The Sierra Nevada Mountains are home to some of the best rivers in the world. Join Water By Nature for this trip offering some of the best whitewater in the US, all in just one week. Differing from many of our destinations, this trip offers 5 different rivers, a chance to experience some of the best rafting in the world and a chance to soak up small town American hospitality. Stay in charming hotels every night except your overnight camping trip on the Tuolumne and take a visit to the spectacular Yosemite National Park. Rivers we plan to raft, are the South Fork of the American River, the North Fork of the American River, the Merced, a two day Tuolumne River trip and the finale? The Amazing Cherry Creek section of the Tuolumne River. This trip is offered at prime time for rafting in spring run off. If you are an adventure seeker who has tackled the Zambezi and Nepal and are looking for your next challenge, come and join our team for some California Dreamin’.
Arrive into San Francisco where you’ll be met by your Water By Nature guide and transferred to your hotel. Time to explore the iconic cable car, Fishermans Wharf and Union Square.
No meals Included
Board our private minibus to our first river of the trip. The South Fork of the American. A gorgeous and iconic river to get warmed up on. Overnight in Placerville.
Included: All meals
After breakfast at our lodge, we take the gorgeous one hour drive to the North Fork of the American River and it’s Emerald Green water and stunning rapids. This is a free flowing river with no dams and wonderful Class 4 whitewater. The afternoon sees us driving to Murphys to stay in the heart of vineyard country.
Included: All meals
This morning we head into the heart of the Calaveras Big Tree State Park for views of some giant sequoia trees. But our destination is the North Fork of the Stanislaus today, a classic whitewater run. Today we’ll take a drive through the iconic Yosemite National Park where we’ll have dinner. Overnight in historic Groveland
Included: All meals
Tuolumne is a wild and scenic river flowing through a stunning wilderness canyon. The highlight of the day is bound to be Clavey Falls. We’ll camp riverside tonight, sharing stories of the day.
Included: All Meals
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|Saturday 7 May 2022 - Saturday 14 May 2022||8 days||£2995||€3450||$4295|
|Saturday 9 July 2022 - Saturday 16 July 2022||8 days||£2995||€3450||$4295|
We suggest arranging your flights directly into San Francisco (airport code SFO). You can schedule your arrival at anytime on day 1 of the itinerary. We are always happy to advise on flights. Please call our UK or US office for advice. Why not use your frequent flyer miles for your adventure, if you have them? There are many options for your flight to San Francisco with Virgin, BA, United Airlines or BMI. We also suggest checking on skyscanner.net for good deals. Please ensure you DO NOT book your flights until your trip is CONFIRMED to run by our office.
We have price and departure information about the following trips in USA (river prices only – flights not included).
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We find most of our clients have in their posession already what is needed for a river journey. We have broken down here the items into what you’ll need on the river and in camp. An equipment list of what you will require for your adventure will be sent to you prior to your departure.
We provide personal floatation jackets and helmets.
Yes, you can travel to California and join us on our California Dreamin trip. There are currently no additional restrictions on travel to California from within the United States, and all of the state’s major airports, including Los Angeles International Airport and San Francisco International Airport, remain open with flights operating.
From November 2021, foreign travellers will be allowed to fly into the US if they are fully vaccinated, and undergo testing and contact tracing.
Under the new rules, foreign travellers will need to demonstrate proof of vaccination before flying, obtain a negative Covid-19 test result within three days of travelling, and provide their contact information. They will not be required to quarantine.
Details to follow.
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Travelling from elsewhere then contact us to find out the latest.
This was a bit different to the normal trips I take, in that it was a multi- river trip, using various locations as a base. It was awesome – the rivers did not disappoint and culminated with Cherry Creek, where we needed to do a brief swim test before they would let us run the rapids.
We stayed in some great hotels, met some brilliant people and visited Yosemite National Park. This trip packs a lot in, but you never feel rushed..!!
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