Yosemite Valley Orientation Tour | Join Us from El Portal, CA

Why We Love this Tour

“Exploring Yosemite Valley is a must for anyone traveling to Yosemite, and this tour is the perfect way to begin your visit. With our expert guides to advise the best trails and views, your first day in this park is sure to be a success.”

– Jess Wray
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Tour Highlights

  • Included Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee, no day-use permit needed
  • Transportation to/from select Highway 140 hotels
  • Interpretive information on Yosemite & recommended hiking trails
  • Photo stop of iconic El Capitanthe world’s largest granite monolith
  • Free time to explore beautiful Yosemite Valley on your own, by foot or bike (rentals available)
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Price: $65

* Rates based on double occupancy, and may vary seasonally. Child rates may be available. Please see booking page for exact rates for your chosen tour date and options.

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Overview

Leave your car outside the park and take our eco-friendly guided transportation instead.

With pickups from select hotels on Highway 140, we will drive approximately 45 minutes to Yosemite Valley. On the way, you’ll hear about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park before stopping for photos at El Capitan. Before being set free for a day of hiking and exploration, our expert guides will provide a park orientation & hiking briefing so you’ll be prepared to hit the best trails and find the best viewpoints.

Need lunch while you’re in the park? Spend more time on the trail and add our Trail Lunch Snack Pack for $15 per person to your booking. Including salami & cheese (hummus substitution upon request), crackers, trail mix, nuts, cookies, gummy bears and a sparkling water, you’ll be set for a full day of hiking or exploration.

 

 

Itinerary

Both morning departures follow the same itinerary.

Morning Tour #1:

  • 7:00am. Depart Cedar Lodge
  • 7:15am. Depart Yosemite View Lodge
  • 7:15-8:30am. Narrated park history and geology while traveling the scenic mountain road into Yosemite National Park. Stop for photos of iconic El Capitan. Park orientation & hiking briefing by your guide.
  • 8:30am. Arrive at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (drop-off #1)
  • 8:45am. Arrive at Yosemite Valley Lodge (drop-off #2)
  • 8:45am-1:45pm. Free time to walk, hike or bike your way around Yosemite Valley! Your guide will recommend the best nearby trails and point you in the direction of bike rentals. Bring a bathing suit too. There’s nothing better than a dip in the nearby Merced River after a long day of exploration.
  • 1:45pm. Depart Curry Village (pick-up #1)
  • 2:00pm. Yosemite Valley Lodge (pick-up #2)
  • 2:45pm. Arrive at Yosemite View Lodge
  • 3:00pm. Arrive Cedar Lodge

 

Morning Itinerary #2:

  • 9:30am. Depart Cedar Lodge
  • 9:45am. Depart Yosemite View Lodge
  • 9:45am-11:00am. Narrated park history and geology while traveling the scenic mountain road into Yosemite National Park. Stop for photos of iconic El Capitan. Park orientation & hiking briefing by your guide.
  • 11:00am. Arrive at Curry Village in Yosemite Valley (drop-off #1)
  • 11:15am. Arrive at Yosemite Valley Lodge (drop-off #2)
  • 11:15am-3:45pm. Free time to walk, hike or bike your way around Yosemite Valley! Your guide will recommend the best nearby trails and point you in the direction of bike rentals. Bring a bathing suit too. There’s nothing better than a dip in the nearby Merced River after a long day of exploration
  • 3:45pm. Depart Curry Village (pick-up #1)
  • 4:00pm. Yosemite Valley Lodge (pick-up #2)
  • 4:45pm. Arrive at Yosemite View Lodge
  • 5:00pm. Arrive Cedar Lodge

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