- Overnight trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco including a stay at a luxury hotel
- Take a scenic drive through the Sierra Nevada mountains on the way to Yosemite
- Learn all about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park from an informative guide
- Enjoy plenty of free time to experience Yosemite's many viewpoints and activities on your own
- Stay at the chic Ahwahnee Hotel and take in gorgeous views of Yosemite
- Make use of a hotel pickup and drop-off service from San Francisco
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What You Can Expect
One night is included at the historical 4-star Ahwahnee Hotel, where famous figures such as Queen Elizabeth II and JFK have stayed; when booking, choose a room for one, two, three or four people. A National Historic Landmark, the Ahwahnee was constructed in the 1920s and continues to offer luxurious amenities. More importantly, the hotel provides views of the park’s major features: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Guided tours of the grounds are sometimes offered, so check that out if you’re interested in learning more about the hotel.
Meals and activities (such as bike rental or rafting) are not included so you have the flexibility to do and eat what you wish.
After pickup from select hotels in the early morning, depart San Francisco by air-conditioned coach for the drive east through California’s Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra mountain range. Drive along the Merced River into the mountains, and arrive at Yosemite in the early afternoon.
You’ll stop by the Ahwahnee Hotel to drop your luggage, and then you have the rest of the day to spend in the park at your leisure. The visitor center is a good place to start if you’re looking for information about what to do and how to use the park tram to access different locations. Perhaps go hiking in search of waterfalls, raft down the Merced River, rent a bike to explore Yosemite Valley or simply stare in wonder at the steep granite face of Half Dome. Keep your eyes open for wildlife like black-tailed deer, golden eagles, marmots and even black bears.
After this long day, treat yourself to a relaxing dinner in the hotel’s grand dining room, or head to one of the other nearby eateries in the village.
Overnight: Ahwahnee Hotel inside the park
Day 2: Yosemite National Park – San Francisco
You have more free time today to continue discovering the park on your own. You can buy breakfast and lunch at one of several eateries in the park. In the late afternoon, you’ll return to San Francisco to end your overnight Yosemite adventure.
My clients enjoyed the trip but they were unable to stay at the Ahwahnnee Hotel. They were told it was overbooked. They were put up at a different hotel, which they said was fine. But I was disturbed to be told that the Ahwahnee was overbooked, especially since we had been given a confirmation.
Yosemite itself was fantastic and well worth the trip. I have to rate the tour a one due to the service/information which could easily have led to me missing the bus back and therefore my plane home the next day.
For the trip down I was transferred from one company to another company. When I checked in I was told I wasn't booked with them for the trip back and I would need to contact the first company. I contacted the first company and was told a completely different bus company name would pick me up at 4.15 for a 4.30 departure. Luckily I was early and noticed a couple I had come down with getting on the same bus company we had come down with. I checked with them and sure enough I was on that bus and the bus was departing before 4pm.
For the price I would also say not being dropped off at your hotel and having to take a shuttle from the drop off point to your hotel is poor. The promised wifi on the bus also didn't eventuate.
The hotel itself has an amazing location in the middle of the park and a short walk to the village shop, but the rooms, particularly the bathrooms, were tired for the price.
The trip to Yosemite is worthwhile but would suggest you book with a tour not run by this company.