Why We Love This Tour

“Winter is the most underrated time of year, which means you essentially get the park to yourself amongst towering waterfalls and snow-capped peaks. My favorite photo from the famous Tunnel View was of snow dusted trees and a frozen Bridalveil Fall.”

– Nicole Stratman
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Tour Highlights

  • El Capitan
  • Yosemite Falls (frozen!)
  • Half Dome
  • El Capitan Meadow
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Yosemite Village
  • Tunnel View
  • 3 hours free time
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Retail Price: $179 adult/$169 child*

Web Price: $169 adult/$159 child*

child rates are 0-12. Rates for tours beyond this season may have adjusted pricing; see booking page for exact rates.

El Capitan Winter
See El Capitan towering 3000 feet above the frozen valley
Winter Tunnel View
Take in the solitude and serenity of this snowy landscape from Tunnel View
Experience the magic of Yosemite in winter
Experience the magic of Yosemite in winter

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Overview

See Yosemite in Winter

Meadows of fresh powder, snow-sprinkled granite, and frozen cascades are all features of our Yosemite Winter Day Tour. The winter season in Yosemite is an undiscovered wonderland.Yosemite Park is open year round, though more than 80% of visitors arrive during the summer months.If you are interested in seeing Yosemite without the crowds and congestion, then our Yosemite Winter 1-Day Tour is perfect for you. After you see the vibrant colors of the Sierra Nevada in the winter sun you will understand why John Muir named these mountains the “range of light.”

Join a Yosemite Winter 1-Day tour and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Yosemite National Park with us this winter. If you want to get to know Yosemite National Park more intimately, check out our “Yosemite Stay & Play” 2 Day Winter Hotel Tour, which includes accommodations and an optional ski and snowsport package!

Itinerary

Morning – Drive to Yosemite National Park

6:15 – 7:00am: Pick up from San Francisco hotels

7:00 – 10:00am: Heading east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. En route to the park we cross through the Central Valley, the largest agricultural region in the United States and famous for its rich volcanic soil. The section we drive through is best known for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. We will make a stop at a fruit stand where you can experience the local produce. After this quick rest stop, we drive into the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

10:00 – 11:30am: Continuing into the mountains brings us to California Gold Country and through towns that began during the gold rush before we wind our way into Yosemite National Park. Your guide will provide history, stories, and practical information as you enter Yosemite’s glaciated valley. Because of our small group size, we can incorporate multiple photo stops into our tour so you can better enjoy your time in the park.

Afternoon – Free Time in Yosemite National Park

12:00pm: Winter in Yosemite Park brings meters of snow that blanket the granite peaks in sheets of pristine white. Photograph the famous waterfalls and rock formations of Yosemite Valley highlighted with snow. Half Dome becomes particularly magnificent with a halo of fresh powder as does the mighty Merced River as it winds through meadows of silent beauty. During the tour you will see Yosemite Valley from a number of great vantage points, perhaps the best of which is a photo stop at Tunnel View. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this viewpoint gives you a spectacular view looking east into the valley.

12:45pm: From the drop off location, you will have approx. 3 hours of free time to explore the valley as you choose. You can walk to the base of frozen Yosemite Falls, check out the visitor center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel for a warm drink, or hike some of the trails that originate from the valley (weather permitting). You may also be able to rent ice skates at the Curry Village ice rink! Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours you get on your own is enough time to understand why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks.

3:30pm: Regrouping again in the late afternoon, we head back to San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city.

 

Evening – Head Back to San Francisco

8:30 – 9:00pm: Arrive back in San Francisco

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, 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. **

Tour Details

About Your YOSEMITE WINTER DAY TOUR

Departure: Daily, all winter. 6am – 7am pickup at most SF hotels.

Duration: 1 full day (14-15 hours)

Transportation: Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach (33 passengers max, generally 13-20)

Includes:

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from select San Francisco hotels (see our FAQ for details)
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite Valley (1.5 hrs)
  • 3 hours of free time in the park
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofueled mini-coach

Not included:

  • Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Guide gratuity (optional)

 

PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy

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Well worth the drive!

“It’s a 4.5 hour drive there and back but it is well worth it. The guide talks during the drive so you learn a lot and the time flies by. We had 3.5 hours there, which was enough time to do some trekking. The waterfall is still decent very tall even in winter with the snow around.”

– Rapha Traveled February 2018 Yosemite Winter Day Tour

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