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clock-o2 days (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park during wintertime, when crowds are fewer and the majestic natural attractions are blanketed in snow and ice. On this 2-day trip from San Francisco, take a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley and enjoy free time to explore the wintry wonderland. Hike or snowshoe through giant sequoia groves, ice skate near the base of Half Dome and admire the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery. Warm up by a fire in Curry Village, and tuck into the cozy Yosemite Lodge by the Falls on one of the Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins for the night.
  • Two full days in the park (one is really not enough!)
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Yosemite Valley Lodge at the base of Yosemite Falls or Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins
  • Eco-friendly transport in a biofueled mini-coach
  • Yosemite Valley narrated, guided tour
  • See Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls
  • Check out the view from Tunnel View’s spectacular overlook!
  • More freedom to do what YOU want to do
Without the crush of summer crowds, wintertime in Yosemite National Park offers a chance to experience the famed scenic attractions in peace and solitude. On this 2-day tour from San Francisco, leave the driving to your guide you can sit back and enjoy the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery.

Learn about the history of the park during a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley, which is framed by the park’s most iconic attractions including the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan and the icy cascade of Yosemite Falls. 

Enjoy plenty of leisure time to explore the winter wonderland however you choose. Snowshoe through giant sequoia groves or secluded trails, take a guided hike or enjoy some old-fashioned ice skating at a rink with a view of Half Dome (own expense). Stay overnight inside the park at the cozy Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or chose a Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabin.

See Itinerary below for complete tour details. 

Likely to Sell Out: Be sure to book early, as the popular Yosemite Lodge often sells out months in advance!

Itinerary

 

Gear List:

  • Small, soft overnight bag that can fit under seat (approx. airline carry-on size)
  • 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).
  • Water Bottle & Sun protection

DAY 1:

6:00 am - 7:00 am Hotel/Hostel pickup in Downtown San Francisco and Fisherman's Wharf

7:00 am - 10:30 am Take the Bay Bridge to Oakland and the East Bay, then on to the Central Valley. After a 15-minute rest at a deli or local fruit stand to pick up some provisions for your day, hop back in the vehicle and travel through the Gold Country into the mountains.

Approx. 11:00 am Arrive at Yosemite National Park.

11:00 am-12:30 pm  Begin with a one and a half hour guided driving tour descending through Yosemite's glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations, and stop to take pictures and see the views. From these higher elevations, you can see El Capitan, Half Dome, and many of the frozen waterfalls all at once!

12:30 pm - (end of day) Stop for the afternoon at Yosemite Valley Lodge; right at the base of Yosemite Falls. Check in to the hotel, or just store your luggage at the front desk. 

Maps and guides in hand, you'll get a chance to explore Yosemite's natural wonders on your own for the remainder of the day. Before exiting the vehicle, your guide will provide a choice of activities that may include:

- getting some lunch or dinner at any of the wonderful restaurants in the area (dining guides available upon request)

- spending time at the main visitor's center or the Ansel Adams Gallery

- hiking some of the trails from the valley (snowshoes are available for rent at Half Dome Village if you’re feeling adventurous)

- taking a guided tour of the valley

- ice skating at the Half Dome Village ice rink

- listening to fireside storytelling at the Majestic (formerly Ahwahnee) Hotel

- taking a twilight or night hike with an experienced Yosemite guide

DAY 2:

7:00am (or whenever you choose to start your day) Head back out for another day of exploring. Check your bag at the desk, and pick it up when you’re ready to head home!

8:00am - 3:30pm Hang out in Yosemite and do as you please; just be ready to meet your group back at Yosemite Lodge at 3:30pm for the journey back home.

3:30pm-9:00pm Head back West through the mountains, orchards, and fields towards the city. Enjoy the skyline of San Francisco at night as we cross the Bay Bridge and return you to your lodging.

Reviews

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S
, Jan 2017

I was very disappointed with this tour. They left me at the hotel and the day after, picked me up. There was no Winter tour, nothing.
I had to plan my day and a half by myself, nobody helped me. It is very expensive and there is no tour at all. If you are planning on going I highly recommend to take your car or just find a way to get there. Make your hotel reservation on your own. The rest, anyway is going to be by yourself.

J
, Jan 2017

I did the Yosemite overnight stay and I could not recommend this more. Yosemite itself is incredible, and my time there was great. However, I'll talk about the tour and not the amazing park of Yosemite. Both Mike and Vinncent our tour guides were perfect drivers. Since we stayed overnight they were very well organized in picking us up and dropping us off in Yosemite and the hotel. Informative and nice people. Could not recommend this tour more for anyone in the San Francisco area looking for a overnight stay in Yosemite!

What we did is they drove his from hotel to San Francisco. Stooped halfway for lunch. Then when we got to Yosemite around 11. They take you to tunnel view. If your doing the overnight tour. Then they will check you into your hotel and you are free to explore the park on your own till 3:30 the next day. Note you ride back with a different tour guide and group since the single day tours leave at 3:30 Then they took us home with a dinner break halfway. Greatly enjoyed it!

D
, Dec 2016

Amazing place to visit! Would definately recommend the overnight trip! Great tour guides!!

K
, Jan 2016

Fantastic Tour, Drivers were great both went out of their way to show us the majestic Yosemite Park. Worth staying over night if you have the time

L
, Mar 2015

Trip back is really good.

D
, Jan 2014

Perfect arrangement for those seeking a short overnite get-away trip to Yosemite.


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