Yosemite Independent Tour | Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

Why We Love This Tour

“This is the best way to ensure that you get guaranteed accommodations in the park – plus you can explore at your own pace AND stay as many days as you want in the park!”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Glacier Point
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite Falls
  • El Capitan
  • Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Tunnel View
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Half Dome

… AND Stay Overnight in a Comfortable Hotel!

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Retail Price: $420 adult/$400 child*

Special Price: $399 adult/$379 child*

Special EARLY BIRD deals on winter/summer 2019

 

Book 90+ days out from your tour date
20% off with code EARLY90

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15% off with code EARLY60

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10% off with code EARLY30

*single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.

Accommodation Options

MAJESTIC HOTEL

Prices start at $659 double occ*

Majestic Hotel Interior Incredible Adventures

Named one of the best places to spend the holidays, this historic hotel is centrally located in the Yosemite Valley and offers luxurious accommodations with either one king or two double beds, wifi, flat screen TV and a refrigerator. In the morning before exploring, head on down to their famous brunch buffet in the lounge, and enjoy sipping your coffee in front of the very fireplace where President Theodore Roosevelt sat on many vacations of his own.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.

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YOSEMITE VALLEY LODGE

Prices start at $479 double occ*

Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is centrally located in Yosemite Valley at the base of the iconic Yosemite Falls! Enjoy large rustic lodge rooms that open up to views of the redwoods from your own patio or balcony. Rooms include either one king bed or two queens, and come equipped with a private bathroom, television, and wifi. Please note: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.

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TENT CABINS AT HALF DOME VILLAGE

Prices start at $379 double occ*

Half Dome Village Tent Cabins Interior Incredible Adventures

Unplug and unwind in these rustic tent cabins in the center of Half Dome Village, close to dining options, bike rentals, and an outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy a Ranger-Led Nature Program, slide presentation or scenic movie on a warm summer night. True to the original intent of Half Dome Village, these tent cabins feature wooden frames wrapped and covered with canvas, wooden floors and wooden doors. While they do have electric lighting, they don’t have electrical outlets, phones, TVs or plumbing. Guests are provided with sheets, wool blankets, pillows and towels during their stay. Bathrooms and showers are shared in a central location.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.

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Overview

EXPERIENCE YOSEMITE ON YOUR OWN TIME – AND STAY IN A COMFY HOTEL!

This is the perfect escape for those who want to take in all the beauty of Yosemite Valley, from hiking through the natural wilderness to curling up by the giant fireplace of the Majestic Hotel, while also enjoying the comforts of a cozy hotel experience centrally-located inside the National Park – giving you more time to wake up and explore right outside your front door!

Our independent hotel trip takes the stress out of transportation to the park. You’ll be transported from San Francisco to Yosemite in a biofueled mini-coach, while your guide narrates the history of California Gold Country and all the sights coming into Yosemite National Park. Your guide will stop at iconic spots along the way so you can take pictures at Tunnel View and take in the breathtaking spectacles of Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and more. Upon arrival in the valley, you will be dropped off near the hotel of your choosing, and you’ll be free to explore the park on your own. Wander over to the Majestic lobby for storytelling by the fire, or grab a romantic dinner. Walk past El Capitan at night to see the rock climbers with their headlamps lit up like fireflies! Be sure to check in with your guide about some of the highlights you should look out for and hikes you can take with your time in the park.

The next day, you’ll have all morning and into the afternoon to explore Yosemite Valley in all its glory before heading back from Yosemite to San Francisco.

Want to stay longer?

If two days in Yosemite is not long enough for you, we can accommodate by adding additional nights to your hotel stay. Just call into our front office at 1.800.777.8464, and we will be sure to create the vacation package that works best for you.

Itinerary

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 1

6:00 – 7:00am: Make your way to your assigned pickup location to meet your guide. Please read our FAQ for details.

7:00 – 11:30am: Cross the Bay Bridge and see Alcatraz and Angel Island. Travel through Oakland and the East Bay, then on to the Central Valley. There will be a quick stop at a local fruit stand to pick up some fresh produce and an opportunity to buy lunch in advance (not included). Travel through the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills.

11:00am – 12:30pm: Enjoy a narrated, guided tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations from the comfort of the mini-coach (with a few photo-stops) as you descend into Yosemite Valley, and learn some history about this amazing park. From these higher elevations, you can see El Capitan, Half Dome, and many of the waterfalls all at once!

12:30pm: Stop for the afternoon at your accommodations at the Majestic Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge or Half Dome Village; all are conveniently located IN Yosemite Valley. Check in, 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 and other food recommendations.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY – DAY 2

7:00am – 3:30pm: Hang out in Yosemite all day! Just be ready to meet your group back at Stop 7 at 3:30pm for the journey back home.

3:30pm: 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.

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly-changing conditions (weather, crowds, traffic) in Yosemite Park and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we’re able to 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. *
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Tour Details

Yosemite Hotel Tour

Departure: April – October, Every Day
See our Yosemite Winter Hotel Tour (Nov – March)
6 – 7 am pickup from most SF hotels

Duration: 2 days in Yosemite National Park, 1 night in a comfortable hotel

Transportation: Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (14 passengers max)

Includes:

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from select San Francisco hotels
  • Professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • Accommodation in hotel or heated tent cabin
  • Narrated guided tour on day 1
  • Free time to do as you please

Not included:

  • Meals; stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day.
  • Additional activities (rock climbing, bike rentals, etc.)
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

Want a Fully-Guided Tour Experience?

Our knowledgeable guides will give you a small-group tour experience you’ll never forget! They know the ins and outs of the park and are happy to take you to all their favorite, most photogenic spots in all of Yosemite National Park!

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