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Yosemite National Park 2 Day Tour from San Francisco

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Key Highlights
  • Yosemite National Park is a World Heritage Site and a must-do when in California
  • Spend two days amid some of the most magnificent scenery on the planet
  • Interesting guided tours as well as time to enjoy Yosemite at your own pace
  • The perfect antidote to the hustle-bustle of the City
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    Cedar Lodge Accomodation:
    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday
    Yosemite Lodge Accomodation:
    01 Apr - 31 Oct: Monday, Wednesday & Saturday


    2 days, 1 night

    Start time

    6:15am – 7:00am (Day 1)

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in San Francisco (Downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf).
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    Your hotel in San Francisco

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview Pack an overnight bag and your spirit of adventure and visit the legendary Yosemite National Park on a delightful two-day getaway.

    Formed from granite and sculpted by the Ice Age, Yosemite National Park boasts a landscape of heart-stopping beauty. Towering peaks, mile-high rock walls, massive monoliths, vast U-shape valleys and cascading waterfalls make up a terrain fit for giants.

    Let your guide show you the highlights and Glacier Point and the giant sequoia trees, you will also have some free time to explore the valley.

    Spend the night in a comfortable three-star lodge, and be up early next morning to enjoy another day in this place of natural wonders.


    Day 1: San Francisco – Yosemite:

    You will be picked up from your hotel between 8:00am and 9:00am in a bio-diesel van. An English-speaking guide will go with you.

    You will cross the Bay Bridge with views of Alcatraz and Angel Island through Oakland and the East Bay, then proceed to the Central Valley through the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills. Around 11:30am you will arrive at Yosemite National Park.

    Once in Yosemite, your guide will give you a 1 ½ hour narrated tour of Yosemite Valley and surrounding areas. You will stop by the giant sequoia trees. The towering sequoias (Californian redwoods) are the largest living things on the planet. They are found in one area of the world only, the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

    at around 1:30pm, you will enjoy a further guided tour through Yosemite's glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations.

    The Yosemite Valley is approximately 1mile wide and 7miles long. During the tour, you will make numerous stops to enjoy, photograph and appreciate the spectacular beauty. You will see the valley from a number of superb vantage points, the best of which is perhaps Inspiration Point at 4,500 feet above sea level. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers, and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,000 feet sheer rock face is quite amazing (seasonal).

    At around 3:00pm, you will stop near the base of Yosemite Falls. Your guide will offer a choice of activities. These include various walks, a visit to the gallery of the celebrated landscape photographer Ansel Adams, or to the Ahwanhee Hotel, known for its magnificent architecture. Alternatively you could swim at your hotel, or relax along the river.

    In the evening you can dine at Lodge (payable direct) and relax in the bar.

    Day 2: Yosemite – San Francisco:

    By 8:00am you should be ready for an exciting day in Yosemite.

    You will drive as a group to Glacier Point for views of Yosemite Valley. Here you have the option to hike back to the Valley or return in the van and have a full free day in Yosemite. You get to choose. There are plenty of different hiking options, from short easy walks to long, strenuous ones. Your guide will give you all the details. You can also choose to check out the main visitor's center, The Ansel Adams Gallery, The Ahwanhee Hotel, spend time by the river, or rent a bike (not included).

    You will rejoin your group and head to the base of El Capitan to watch the climbers doing their stuff on El Capitan. It will then be time to head back to San Francisco. You will stop on the way for a bite to eat (payable direct).

    Around 9:00pm you will be nearing San Francisco. Enjoy the sight of the City lights as you cross Bay Bridge. The tour vehicle will drop you back at your hotel.

    The tour vehicle will drop you back at your hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in a bio-diesel van
    • Park entrance fee
    • 1 night in Cedar or Yosemite Lodge as per option selected
    • Guided Valley Tour
    • Free time to hike/explore
    • USD $ 10 fuel surcharge
    • Meals
    • Gratuities
    • Bike rental
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 72 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm your pick up details.

    The activity operator reserves the right to modify or cancel tours due to lack of participation, vehicle breakdowns, or weather or road conditions.

    Trips require a minimum number of participants to avoid cancellation. Should the minimum number not be met the tour operator will refund your monies but will not be responsible for any additional expenses you may have incurred.

    Tours may include some element of risk. The activity operator assumes no liability for injuries.

    No smoking in tour vehicles.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

    It is strongly recommended that you leave your larger luggage at your hotel in San Francisco so you can travel lightly with no hassles

  • reviews
    • Amazing

      Great days ... We recommand sincerly to do the expérience ! And the guide was great!...

      KSON , France, 02/Aug/2015
    • fantastic tour

      great guide !...

      mr timothy neal, Australia, 11/Nov/2012
    • Yosemite National Park

      This 2 day trip to Yosemite was perfect amount of time to experience Yosemite National with a perfect balance between travel to and from the Park with ample opportunity to...

      Ms Kerry A Hyland, Australia, 13/Jun/2012
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