Yosemite Summer Guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2 Days)

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  • 2 Day TourGuided Tour
  • April – October
  • TransportationEco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (13 passengers max)

Is it your dream to end a rigorous day of hiking next to the hearth of a giant fireplace? Do you prefer to cozy up under sheets rather than inside the cocoon of a sleeping bag? Get all the sights, hikes, and fresh air without the grit of camping at one of Yosemite’s centrally located hotels. Get ready to wake up and explore the beautiful wilderness right outside your front door.

We offer door-to-door service, directly from San Francisco to your stay in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy a scenic, narrated drive through the Central Valley, into historical California Gold Country, and through the winding road through the stunning rock cliffs of Yosemite. Enjoy an experiential tour, led by your professional guide through the outlying areas of the park that many tourists miss. Beyond the valley, you will take a trip to the awe-inspiring Glacier Point and enjoy a hike among the Giant Sequoias**. 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.

Only Need The Hotel?

If you only need a hotel reservation without transportation, please see the following pages to book the Yosemite Valley LodgeCurry Village Tent CabinsWawona Hotel, and the Ahwahnee Hotel.

Only Need The Hotel And Transportation To Yosemite?

If you only need a hotel reservation with semi-guided transportation, please see the following pages to book the Yosemite Summer Semi-guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2+ Days) & Yosemite Winter Semi-guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2+ Days).

**The Giant Sequoia Trees are at elevations in the park that get blanketed in snow and due to trail conditions may not be accessible from November through May. Please contact us for current conditions.

Departure

  • From most San Francisco hotels between 6am – 7am

Highlights

  • Guided + round trip transportation in accommodation of your choice
  • Walk beneath ancient & towering Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Witness massive El Capitan and Half Dome
  • See Yosemite Falls & Bridalveil Fall, among others
  • Channel your inner Ansel Adams at Tunnel View
  • Stay overnight in a comfortable hotel

Price Includes

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from select San Francisco hotels
  • Narrated guided tour from a full-time professional guide
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • A visit to both the Giant Sequoia Grove & Glacier Point
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofueled mini-coach
  • Your choice of hotel accommodations (subject to availability)

Price Excludes

  • Meals; stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day.

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

Because of our small-size vehicles, we have limited luggage space. Each passenger may bring one overnight bag. The under-seat storage space will accept ~13.5″x12″x11″ if the item is hard-sided; slightly larger if it is soft-sided. If you have larger luggage, most hotels in San Francisco will store your larger luggage after check-out or before check-in (some charge a fee for this service).

Why We Love This Tour

In two days, you really feel as though you’ve “seen” Yosemite by experiencing so many different parts of the park. You’ll see the Giant Sequoia trees, go to Glacier Point and see Yosemite Valley from above, and have time to explore the valley itself – which is way more than most people ever do while visiting the park!

Jordan Freese
Operations Manager

Itinerary

**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.

Day 1

As you settle in for the 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. While here, we will also stop at a grocery store where you can pick up lunch and other necessities before entering remote Yosemite National Park.

You’ll know we’re getting close when the winding roads and earthy smells take us deep into the forest. We’ll take our first hike to a legendary Giant Sequoia Grove where you’ll wander among the world’s largest trees. Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way to snap pictures of the famous waterfalls and rock formations while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.

Now it’s time to spend a few hours exploring on your own! We’ll stop near the base of Yosemite Falls, where those staying at the Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite Lodge or Curry Village can check-in or stow their luggage for later. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.

At the end of the day we’ll come together as a group to check out the available dinner options, or you can take time to explore more of the park. Next, your guide will take those staying at Cedar Lodge to check-in, hit the hot tub or have a nightcap at the bar. Be sure to get a good night’s rest for a day of exploring Yosemite High Country tomorrow!

Day 2

Prepare to enjoy a full day of views and options within Yosemite National Park. First, we’ll drive as a group to Glacier Point* for majestic views of the valley floor. It was here that John Muir & Theodore Roosevelt took the iconic photographs during their legendary camping trip that would influence the course of history for all National Parks to come.

Next, you’ll choose how you’d like your day to go. Are you itching to get back on those trails? Would you rather peruse the visitor’s center and kick back with a beer and a slice of pizza? Do you prefer to check out the bike trails? Or does a day of exploring Yosemite Valley tickle your fancy? Your guide knows all the different hike options, so check in with them for the skinny on which walks are the most or least rigorous and which ones offer the best views.

Mid-afternoon, we’ll join back together to take our last group trek to the base of El Capitan. Here we’ll look for brave climbers tackling the 3,000 foot wall before hopping back in the mini-coach to head back to San Francisco. Now is the time to kick back and enjoy the ride west through the mountains, orchards, and fields towards the city. We will make a stop about halfway to stretch and grab dinner.  Enjoy the skyline of San Francisco at night as we cross the Bay Bridge and return you to your hotel.

Lodging Options

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Prices start at $689 double occupancy*

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.

Yosemite View Lodge – Along the Merced River

Prices start at $629 double occupancy*

Yosemite View Lodge is situated in the picturesque Merced River canyon, on the edge of the river just outside the boundary of Yosemite National Park. The lodge features comforts such as a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, a jacuzzi, and private beach access on the Merced River. The river flows cold and heavy in the spring and early summer but is comfortable to swim in during August and September. Room amenities include non-smoking rooms, handicap-accessible rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and spa on site, remote cable TV with CNN and HBO, coffee, and hair dryers.

*Single, triple and quad occupancy rates available.

Tent Cabins at Curry Village

Prices start at $569 double occupancy*

Unplug and unwind in these rustic tent cabins in the center of Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, 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 Curry 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.

Only need the hotel? If you only need a hotel reservation without semi-guided transportation, please see the following pages to book the Yosemite Valley LodgeCurry Village Tent CabinsAhwahnee Hotel, or Wawona Hotel.

Want to stay longer? If two days in Yosemite is not long enough for you, we can accommodate you by adding additional nights to your hotel stay. Just call our sales team at (800) 777-8464, and we will be sure to create the vacation package that works best for you.

Yosemite Tour Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in Yosemite park are in very high demand year-round (especially around the holidays), and space on this tour fills up fast! We recommend that you make your reservation far in advance of your intended travel date in order to secure the style of accommodations you want. If your intended accommodation is NOT available, we will try our best to help find something for you.

Private Options

Book Our Yosemite Summer Guided Overnight Lodging as a Private 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 8 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 Summer Guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2 Days) as a private excursion now!

Your Choice of Accommodation

Our rates are based on a maximum of 8 guests with two quad occupancy guest rooms provided. After selecting your choice of accommodation below and choosing an available date, select the ‘private tour’ option.

Private + Yosemite View Lodge for 1-8 guests: $3,459 total

Private + Curry Village Tent Cabins for 1-8 guests: $3,369 total

Private + Yosemite Valley Lodge for 1-8 guests: $3,739 total

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