This overnight Yosemite National Park tour from San Francisco includes both guided portions and free time, so you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds. When you’re with your guide, you’ll learn facts about the park and see its major sights, but you’ll also be able to explore more at your own pace and take part in activities that interest you most.
Two accommodation options are available when booking. Settle in at the comfortable Yosemite View Lodge outside the park or enjoy modern conveniences and a great scenic location inside the park at Majestic Lodge. Meals are not included so you can choose where and when to eat; there are several restaurants and picnic sites in the park.
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.