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Time2 days (Approx.)
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Offered in: English

Overview

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 in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge on the banks of the Merced River.
  • This tour is a sightseeing/experiential tour of Yosemite National Park where you will view not just the Valley Floor, but the outlying areas of the park that many tourists miss (by not having transportation or time). On this tour, you will see all the highlights of the park and build memories to last a lifetime!
  • Leave your larger luggage at your hotel in San Francisco and travel lightly with no hassles
  • 2 days in Yosemite National Park
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in the heart of Yosemite Valley at your choice of accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village) or Cedar Lodge which is situated in the picturesque Merced River canyon
  • Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (14 passengers maximum)
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel

Why Travelers Choose 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.
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 in the heart of Yosemite Valley at your choice of accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village). 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.

Itinerary

Gear List:
  • Small overnight bag (approx airline carry-on size)
  • Camera & Charger
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • Hiking clothes (shorts & T-shirt)
  • Change of clothes for in hotel
  • Swimwear & Towel
  • Sun protection & bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers (evenings can be cooler)
  • Raincoat/jacket
  • Additionally in early spring or late fall:
  • Hiking boots or durable sneakers (preferably gortex or waterproof)
  • Warm layers (long underwear & wool fleece suggested)
  • Waterproof jacket/pants for winter conditions
  • Gloves, wool socks and a hat (75% of your body heat is lost through your hands, head, and feet.

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. Either 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.

Or in the heart of Yosemite Valley at your choice of accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village)

Day 2: Yosemite National Park -- San Francisco
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.

Reviews

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e
, Oct 2018

The guide was nice however the trip felt a bit....nothing. there was no enthusiasm about what we were seeing. I felt like after 2 days I hadn't really done much there at all.

T
, Oct 2018

The tour was very comprehensive and gave us a good snapshot of most of what the park has to offer. Overnight accommodation at the Majestic was sensational. Our tour guide was very friendly and informative, though gave the impression he was making it up as he went along. We would have liked to know at the start of each day exactly what we were going to see and do. Two of our tour members got lost during a hike after taking a wrong turn, and this set us back 90 minutes on the second day, but this was not the tour guide's fault. We would recommend that all tour guests download the offline map of Yosemite into Google Maps on their phones before leaving on the tour. Although there is no cellphone voice or data coverage in most of the park, GPS still works and this would avoid visitors getting lost. The minibus was a little cramped and seriously lacking in legroom, otherwise OK.

C
, Oct 2018

It was raining very heavy when we did the trip and we weren't prepared for that. Our tour guide is very prepared though. It would be nice if the tour company advised us on clothing requirements, e.g. extra set of clothes/shoes for changing due to weather condition, bring a rain jacket, wear rain pants etc. Yosemite national park gift shop doesn't sell rain jackets we found it in the hotel at night but was soaking and freezing for day 1. The company insists on only taking small overnight bag but the van has more than enough space for bigger bags and we technically need 2-3 sets of clothes/layers due to the weather condition. We rang the company for confirmation prior and they could have advised us taking rain jackets/clothes etc. The tour would be a lot more enjoyable if we didn't have to wear wet clothes in freezing tempature for a day.

G
, Sep 2018

The park was great! The guide was so so. Nice enough but not very informative. The transportation was inadequate. To tightand not enough leg room for such a log ride. The motel was horrible. Rude staff, hot tub broken, worst steak I ever had and I'm 60.

T
, Sep 2018

Exciting tour molly was a great guide provided for many memorable photo experiences the lodging was good one of our memersble experiences

F
, Aug 2018

I would like to start by saying this tour was awesome. Yosemite is absolutely gorgeous. Spending 2 days there is the way to go. What made this tour standout was our driver/guide Chris. Chris was energetic and super positive. He not only showed us the sights, but he always joined in and offered us many other experiences that we never would have done on our own. Like hiking to the top of the mist trail, swimming in an alpine lake, climbing to the top of a dome, frisbee tossing, and a new thing called slack lining. And wherever he took us, the sights were awesome. This tour is a must see and Chris is a must have guide! Thanks, Chris, for the memories!!

T
, Jul 2018

Scratch one more off our bucket list! Trip was event fulfilled and informational packed fun all and a two day trip...well-organized, with great personal service! our driver/guide Mitch stayed with us the whole trip. He didn’t just dump her us off to be our own like past trips we have taken. Would highly recommend!

B
, Jun 2018

It is very difficult to be disappointed in seeing Yosemite for the first time. The park is magnificent and the sights are second to none. Even though I do my homework before I take a trip like this I had no idea what trails were available to us and where I should be going after I was dropped off. My husband and I were very disappointed with this tour because our tour guide Lauren did not give enough direction or seem to know anymore than her way around the park. When asked which mountain was which she responded, I don't know. When asked about what kind of trees some were, I don't know. We paid a lot of money for this tour and although Lauren knew her way around I felt like she needed to give us much more direction and information. We were unable to get the Yosemite Lodge when we booked and the Cedar Lodge was fine and quite out of the way and had no internet, no free coffee. Whenever she dropped us off she told us to ask if we had any questions about which trail we might want to do and quite honestly we did not even know what trails were out there. I would have liked this trip a lot more if Lauren had given us more direction. She was very pleasant and tried to please everyone in our group but was lacking in knowledge and direction which we have become accustomed to with other Viator tours.

M
, Oct 2017

Perfect weekend trip. Our tour guide Sarah was excellent and made sure we saw all the highlights. We had a very clear day and were able to see for miles. Only downside was not being able to get a room in Yosemite and having the extra travel of leaving park for Cedar Lodge. Overall wonderful trip with a very nice group

S
, Oct 2017

Low stress guided tour. Just the way we liked it as first time visitors to Yosemite. Fun, engaging and knowledgeable tour guide. Recommend!


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