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Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among giant sequoias, ascend the summit of Sentinel Dome, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either inside the park or at a nearby lodge on the banks of the Merced River.

Highlights

  • 2-day tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Explore spectacular Yosemite Valley and the high country, filled with giant sequoias, waterfalls and famous sites such as Half Dome
  • Enjoy several scenic tours and hikes with your knowledgeable guide
  • Choose from a variety of activities to enjoy on your own such as biking, hiking and swimming
  • Stay overnight at either Cedar Lodge or Yosemite Lodge
  • Round-trip hotel transport by comfortable van included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you can, opt for this two-day trip to Yosemite--there's so much to see! You'll get both a guided tour and plenty of free time to try activities on your own (check out mule riding). I recommend staying in the park at Yosemite Lodge, especially in springtime when the waterfalls are at their peak.

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

Maximize your time in California’s favorite national park, and go deeper than a day trip allows on this 2-day wilderness adventure from San Francisco. Travel in a bio-diesel mini-coach and let your guide do all the driving so you can focus on the world-class scenery and famously photogenic views of park attractions like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

Split your time between the famous features of Yosemite Valley and the high country, and enjoy a mix of guided activities and leisure time to explore the park on your own. Enjoy a narrated drive through the valley when you first arrive, and hike, swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Stroll among ancient sequoia groves, and trek to the summit of Sentinel Dome of or Taft Point if you like. See Itinerary below for a complete description of each day. 

Choose from two different accommodation options to suit your style and budget. Spend the night inside the park at the newly remodeled Yosemite Lodge, the closest hotel to the base of Yosemite Falls. At Cedar Lodge, located just outside the park on the Merced River, enjoy an on-site pub, a private river beach and access to indoor/outdoor pools and a hot tub.

Please note: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. In this event, you will be offered similar accommodation at the Cedar Lodge.

Itinerary

Day 1: San Francisco -- Yosemite National Park
Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills.

Arrive at Yosemite National Park after approximately 3 hours and hike down to the giant sequoia trees for a picnic lunch. After lunch, enjoy a fully narrated 1.5-hour tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley with your guide, and admire the waterfalls and rock formations.

In the afternoon, head to Yosemite Falls, where you'll have the choice of activities including a walk to the base of the falls, time at the main visitor's center, swimming, biking or hiking.

Regroup and head to your selected accommodation for dinner. At Cedar Lodge, situated near the picturesque Merced River, enjoy time to relax by the river and hang out in the pub. Enjoy private beach access and take advantage of the indoor and outdoor pool and Jacuzzi.

At Yosemite Lodge, located in the park at the foot of Yosemite Falls, the scenery is nearly unbeatable. This lodge embraces the beauty of the wilderness that is certain to be a highlight of your visit.

Overnight: Cedar Lodge or Yosemite Lodge in/near Yosemite National Park

Day 2: Yosemite National Park -- San Francisco
Have breakfast (included), pack up and drive to Glacier Point for views of Yosemite Valley. Here, you have the option to hike back to the valley or return in the biodiesel mini-coach and enjoy a full day of hiking, biking or lounging by the river.

Stop for a bite to eat (own expense) on the way home. Enjoy the San Francisco skyline as you cross the Bay Bridge and return to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Rosemary K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great tour guide, very knowledgeable, and appreciated the fact he knew how to avoid the crowds. Plenty of time to explore the park if you spend the night.

Ms E A W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Yosemite is stunning and our tour guide Vince did an amazing job.

Ellie

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Awesome 2 day trip to Yosemite. The trip didn't feel rushed. There was time for guided hikes and self hike.

Cynthia L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great two-day tour of Yosemite. The tour guide was a very good driver I'm prone to motion sickness and never got sick through those winding roads. The itinerary was well-planned. We never felt rushed, was given just the right amount of time for all the various activities. I like that we did plenty of walking. Didn't want a tour that was: drive, stop, hurry to take photos or whatever the activity was, and then jump back into the van, and repeat. The driver gave us lots of good information about Yosemite, with touches of humor, and welcomed questions. I was lucky that the other passengers were very nice got to learn about their home country.

Dave T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The tour was really great! Leo was our tour guide, and did an awesome job of guiding and telling us about the history, geography and tales of the whole San Francisco to Yosemite area. Our time in San Francisco was limited, and the overnight tour was perfect for our schedule. I highly recommend this tour - a one-day tour will not do justice the majesty of Yosemite.

David C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great overview of the main areas of Yosemite, with some light walking. Our guide was most kind and interesting, we had a great time. Would definitely recommend to discover the area.

Emily CM Coombs C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

My friend and I went on this tour last October 2015, and had such a good time! Our tour guide was Mitch, he was such a fun and friendly guide, who also knew so much about Yosemite. I would definitely recommend this tour to everyone thinking of going to Yosemite. I loved our walk around the giant sequoias, and Mitch took us on some beautful walks around Yosemite, so we got to see loads of amazing views.

There were only 5 of us in the group, so we got to talk to everyone and got to know everyone well, which made the tour atmosphere a lot more fun!

Just wanted to thank Mitch for a great experience, and would recommend the tour to everyone, and I would definitely do it again!

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JuneCheol B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Very Kind Guide, The Course is very good. I recommend this course.

Pascale B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide, Mitch, was excellent...very knowledgeable about the park and fun to hang out with. Highly recommend this tour!

Sue H Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Totally fabulous from the first minute to the last. All went smoothly and we had a full trip thanks to the very skilled guide Leo.

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