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All entrance fees included
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Your 2-day Yosemite tour begins with a scenic drive from San Francisco, passing through San Joaquin Valley along the way. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some so consult with your guide about taking it. Next, your guided tour visits Yosemite's famous landmarks including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Tunnel View. In addition to offering amazing scenery, Yosemite is home to diverse wildlife such as golden eagles, black-tailed deer, marmots and even black bears – hopefully you'll be lucky enough to spot them during your visit. After your semi-guided tour, enjoy free time to further explore Yosemite at your own pace. There are numerous activities for all interests - go rafting down the Merced River, try out some rock climbing on Yosemite's granite cliffs, rent bikes, or simply relax on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley (not included in tour price). Then, when the tour buses depart for the evening, you can sit back, relax and watch the sun set over Yosemite. Choose from 2 different styles of accommodation to suit your budget for your overnight stay in Yosemite. Settle in at the comfortable Yosemite View Lodge or enjoy convenience and scenic location of Yosemite Valley Lodge. On day 2, after having enjoyed a morning of free time, rejoin your tour group for the afternoon’s guided tour. You’ll be departing Yosemite in the late afternoon, arriving back in San Francisco by nightfall. Drop off at your San Francisco hotel is included.
Day 1: San Francisco – Yosemite National Park Your tour starts with hotel pickup in San Francisco for the approximate 200-mile (320-km) drive east of the city, through San Joaquin Valley, to Yosemite National Park. When you arrive, enjoy a guided park tour to see natural icons like El Capitan, Half Dome, the Tunnel View and Yosemite Falls. Keep your eyes open for native animals such as black-tailed deer, golden eagles, marmots and maybe even black bears.
In the afternoon, you will say good-bye to your guide and you then have free time to explore more on your own until the afternoon of Day 2. There are many activities for all interests—perhaps go rafting down the Merced River, learn how to rock climb on the park’s famed granite cliffs or simply relax on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley (activities at your own expense). At the end of the day, when most tour buses leave the park, you can sit back and watch the sunset in peace.
Overnight: Yosemite Valley Lodge or Majestic Hotel, depending on option selected when booking *If the Majestic Hotel is booked, you will need to take public transportation to get there
Day 2: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco You have free time in the morning (perhaps go for a hike to get your blood pumping), and then enjoy another guided tour in the afternoon. In the late afternoon, you’ll depart Yosemite for the drive back to San Francisco, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel to end your 2-day adventure.
Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
Free Wifi on vehicle
Activities at Yosemite National Park
Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
Customers are allowed up to 2 items (i.e. 1 personal item + 1 carry-on) per passenger allowed free of charge. Maximum carry-on size is 24"x16"x10" (60cm x 40cm x 58cm). Additional items and over-sized luggage is subject to an additional charge, payable direct on your date of travel
Vehicles accommodate up to 41 passengers
California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years or under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height
Free shuttle service inside Yosemite to facilitate movement throughout the park
For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square hotel on 333 O'Farrell Street (we will meet outside the Mason Street entrance) if your hotel is not listed or if you are coming from outside of San Francisco.
The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year. During winter month, temperatures in Yosemite can vary drastically to the ones in San Francisco. Therefore, it is recommend to wear winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads