Yosemite & Death Valley Photo Tour – 2019

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9 Days
Availability : September 9/17, 2019
San Francisco, California

Yosemite & Death Valley PHOTO TOUR

September 9/17, 2019


What an amazing photo adventure! This will be Darran’s 4th tour through the region. It offers stunning landscapes, great nature and a true feel of America. If you love landscape and creative shooting, then you will love this photo adventure!

We start in San Francisco and finish in Vas Vegas. Our unique itinerary offers more than just the standard tourist locations. Darran has visited and knows the best timing, optimising your photo opportunities. Our quality time at each key region is the perfect balance to allow you to enjoy and experience what can only be described as some of the best nature and landscapes in the world. It is rare to have so many spectacular locations so close together.

Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s famed for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. Yosemite Village offers shops, restaurants, lodging, the Yosemite Museum and the Ansel Adams Gallery, with prints of the photographer’s renowned black-and-white landscapes of the area.

Death Valley is a super surreal location with wide open salt pans and large sand dunes. It is surrounded by rugged mountains.


Darran is joined by Mark Galer as a second guide to optimise your photo and holiday interests.

ITINERARY – to adventure …

DAY 1 – San Francisco
September 9

We meet today at 4pm for a briefing on the adventures to come. (More accommodation can be booked with Julia if you would like to arrive earlier.) We include a workshop to maximise your photo interests for the tour. We include dinner tonight.
Accommodation: 4 Star Hotel – (D)

DAY 2 – San Francisco to Yosemite
September 10

We depart early from San Francisco, quickly leaving the city for the beautiful mountains and nature of the western USA. Yosemite is an icon, not only for travellers, but for photographers. Our drive today will include opportunistic stops and allow us to explore stunning photographic country.

We book into our accommodation for the next four nights. Afternoon shoot in the best light, targeting it’s famed sequoia trees, towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.
Accommodation: Hotel – (B)

DAYs 3/4/5 – Yosemite National Park
September 11/12/13

Early rises will allow us to get the best first light. We shoot iconic subjects, aiming to mix up angles and discover new opportunities. The walks are short and moderate. You will enjoy the quality time offered in woodlands, at streams and the personalise field help by your professional photo guides. We include mini workshops to help you with creative concepts. After a break around lunch time, we again shoot new locations or return to the best spots to shoot in great light.
Accommodation: Hotel – (B)

DAY 6 – Yosemite to Death Valley
September 14

We depart driving over the famed Sierra Nevada mountains. We stop opportunistically today. Beautiful forests give way to alpine country and eventually to desert. What a diverse day! We make our way to one of the most unique landscapes on earth – Death Valley. We book into our accommodation and explore as time allows.
Accommodation: Hotel – (B)

DAYs 7/8 – Death Valley
September 15/16

Two full days exploring the wonderful and weird landscapes of Death Valley. We shoot most of the two days as the light suits different locations that we will visit. Sand dunes in the morning, might be followed by towering peaks, to the lowest location on and land. The stark space and unearthly vistas will amaze you! We are visiting at a mild time of the year for temperatures. We include a final dinner for the night of September 16.
Accommodation: Hotel – (B,D)

DAY 9 – Death Valley to Las Vegas – tour ends
September 17

We drive back to Las Vegas. We arrive in the afternoon and the end of the tour. Julia can book accommodation to suit.

(B,L,D) – Confirms if Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – are included that day.
Itinerary, price and details are subject to change.


AU$8,995.00 Twin Share per person

With all accommodation, meals, access to unique photo opportunities, small group size – local guide and driver and professional photo guide, as per itinerary.


Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our booking form. You should now pay for travel insurance, including deposit protection insurance. Note that your deposit is refundable up to one year before departure, except for a $500 cancellation fee. After this time, deposits are non refundable.


We will try our best to find someone to share with you. However, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.


• All land tour costs as per itinerary.
• Accommodation is 3 star Hotel, or best available.
• Meals as detailed in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees to parks as per itinerary.
• Professional photo guide.
• Local expert guide/driver.


• International & Domestic Air tickets
• Personal expenses
• Items not included in the itinerary
• Tips and drinks