See El Capitan towering 3000 feet above the frozen valley
Take in the solitude and serenity of this snowy landscape from Tunnel View
Experience the magic of Yosemite in winter
Yosemite Winter Day Tour
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Our pickup system has changed. Please read our FAQ for details.
Our Yosemite Winter Day Tour includes:
Retail price $179 adult/$169 child*
Web price $169 adult/$159 child*
Internet savings $10
*child rates are 0-12.
Rates for tours beyond this season may have adjusted pricing; see booking page for exact rates.
Yosemite Winter Day Tour
|Tours:||Daily, all winter (click here for winter overnights)|
|Departs:||6-7 am pickup from most SF hotels|
|Duration:||1 full day (14-15 hours)|
|Transport:||Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofuel mini-coach (33 passengers max, generally 13-20)|
|Activities:||Hiking, Photography, Wildlife & Nature, Eco/Sustainable|
|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
|6:15am – 7:00am:||Pick up from San Francisco hotels|
|7:00am – 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 am – 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.|
|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.|
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.
Regrouping again in the late afternoon, we head back to San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city.
|8:30pm – 9:00pm:||Arrive back at your lodging|
**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. **
- Camera & charger
- Small bag that can fit under seat
- Spending money for incidentals and lunch
- Sneakers or hiking boots
- Jacket, rainwear, warm layers
- Knit hat, gloves
- Sun protection (sunlight reflected off snow can burn)
- Water bottle
Nov-Apr: **Winter temperatures in Yosemite are on average 50 F/10 C, but can be as low as 28 F/-2 C.