Yosemite Escape Lodging Tour (3 Days)

  • DepartureMay-Oct (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays) June-Sept (Additional Sundays and Tuesdays)
  • Pick Up Location(s)8:15 am pickup from a central SF hotel
  • Duration 3 days/2 nights
  • TransportationEco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach (14 passengers max)

Need more than a day to visit the classic sights and sounds of Yosemite’s wilderness but you don’t want to camp? No worries! You’ve come to the right place! This tour is identical in every aspect to our Yosemite Escape Camping Tour (3 Days), but instead of camping, you’ll be staying in the comfort of your hotel room! This tour will share the same itinerary, vehicle, and meals as the camping tour. The only difference is where you’ll be sleeping at night. Instead of a tent, you’ll be sleeping in the comfort of a local lodge next door to the campground, which is just steps away. Some guests on the tour will camp and some guests will stay in the hotel, but everyone will still enjoy meals, the camp, and the itinerary together!

On this comprehensive three-day hotel tour, you’ll get more than a glimpse of the dramatic, glacier-formed mountains, hike through fern-laden trails, and look out from a cliff’s edge as you breathe in the fresh, earthy Yosemite air. As you take in the landscape, our experienced guides will shepherd you through the unique park history, stop to explore the breathtaking vistas, and expertly point out the wildlife. You may even see the tiny figures of climbers on their trek up the cliffside of Half Dome!

On this three-day excursion, there’s plenty of time to make your way through the park, hopping from one trailhead to the next. Nervous about the hikes? Our guides will pick the hikes that suit your group. Experience the awe-inspiring sights, where you’ll hike, swim, and meander through many of the park’s most famous outlooks and tranquil spaces.

Weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip. This tour runs daily, May-October (see Yosemite Stay & Play Winter Hotel Tour for off-season overnights in Yosemite)


  • Strap up your hiking boots and explore Yosemite Valley
  • Witness towering Yosemite Falls
  • Learn about the brave climbers of El Capitan
  • Witness the majestic Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Practice your photography at Tunnel View
  • Enjoy campfire chats and s’mores with your campmates

Price Includes

  • Complimentary pick up/drop off from the San Francisco Hilton hotel (Mason St. entrance)
  • Narrated guided tour by a full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • 5 Meals provided (BLD Day 2, BL Day 3)
  • See El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Tunnel View, Giant Sequoias, High Country, and Yosemite Valley
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach

Price Excludes

  • Additional meals (Day 1 lunch, day 3 dinner).
  • Sleeping bags (available for rent)
  • Guide Gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Gear List

  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Layered clothing – California’s weather can be unpredictable
  • Bathing Suit & towel
  • Sunscreen and Bug Repellent
  • Small day pack
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Hat

Why We Love This Tour

“My recent 3-day trip to Yosemite was nothing short of magical. The breathtaking landscapes, invigorating hikes, and stunning waterfalls created an unforgettable experience. Each day offered new adventures, from challenging hikes with incredible views to peaceful walks through ancient forests. The well-organized itinerary allowed us to fully enjoy the park’s diverse beauty without feeling rushed. Special thanks to our guide, Noah, whose knowledge and enthusiasm enriched our journey. Yosemite is truly a magical place, and this trip was unforgettable.”

Google Review


**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions beyond our control (weather, crowds, traffic) and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order.

Day 1 - Giant Sequoias

As we embark on our journey, we’ll pass by some exceptional San Francisco sights. Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the incomparable San Francisco Skyline as we head east on the Bay Bridge. You’ll taste a piece of California’s rich agricultural hub as we pass through a slice of the Central Valley famous for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. Once we reach the park, prepare to dine among giants as we arrive at a grove of Giant Sequoia trees. You’ll take in the meditative views as next to trees that measure up to 300 feet tall, 30 feet wide, and older than one thousand years.

Are your cameras ready? The shuttle will climb the winding route 4,500 feet above sea level to the gorgeous vista at Tunnel View, which overlooks the expanse of Yosemite Valley and offers spectacular views looking east towards El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls. Depending on timing, the group may stop off at Yosemite Village or take a quick excursion down a beginner hike before settling into camp.

Once at camp, your guide will hand out camping gear and show you the local amenities. You’ll make the ultimate s’mores as your group shares drinks and stories around the campfire, but don’t forget to get some sleep for a full-day of exploring the park!

Day 2 - Yosemite High Country

The early bird gets the worm when it comes to exploring the park! We’ll whip together a quick breakfast, slap together some sandwiches for lunch, and head off in the van to start our full day in Yosemite High Country.

Are you ready for clear, sparkling lakes? Crisp, mountain air? Prepare to spend a full day exploring Yosemite’s picturesque lakes, hiking to mountain summits that overlook lush greenery, and passing through serene meadows. Your guide will make sure the group takes full advantage of the park, while making sure everyone is comfortable, by customizing the hikes around the groups’ needs.

If your group is not too wiped out by the day’s adventures, now is the time to swap stories and share drinks around the campfire with your new friends. Don’t forget to rest up before your last day at Yosemite!

Day 3 - Yosemite Valley

On the last morning, we’ll make a quick breakfast, prepare another brown bag lunch, make sure all the camping gear is put away before heading into Yosemite Valley.

Did you pass up a hike on the way to a vista? Have you been pining after a particular swimming spot? Are you ready to stretch your legs and have a new self-guided adventure? Day three is the perfect time to choose your own adventure in Yosemite Valley. You can hike to a waterfall, rent a bicycle to cruise around the valley floor, check out the visitor’s center, museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River. Regroup for one final group activity, a visit to the El Capitan Meadow to watch the daredevil rock climbers conquering the largest granite monolith in North America.

After a full day of exploring, we’ll make our way back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving in the city around 8:30pm – 9pm.

About our Hotel

Our three-day hotel tour is designed to be comfortable for everyone. The lodge is just minutes from Yosemite National Park’s entrance and located along the rushing Merced River. The hotel’s modern facilities has all the amenities necessary to ensure you are well taken care of and have a great experience.

This tour offers the full experience where group participation is part of the fun! Camp and kitchen setup is a snap with our easy setups and camp stove. The cookout dinner is a group event where everyone helps out, everyone takes turns cleaning up after meals, and we swap stories by the campfire.

Hotel amenities include:

Daily buffet breakfast available for a fee: USD 9–25 per person
2 restaurants
A bar/lounge
Coffee and tea in common areas
Snack bar/deli
3 outdoor pools
Arcade/game room
Indoor pool
Lazy river
Spa tub

Book our Yosemite Escape as a private hotel tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know. While we love the ease of travel & new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted to bring our customers more options when it comes to booking a tour.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 13 guests.  You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose exactly who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom experience you’d like to partake in anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Yosemite Escape Lodging Tour as a private excursion now!

Our rates are based on group size. Contact us to learn more!



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