Yosemite Overnight Tour
DAY 1 – TRAVEL TO YOSEMITE, EXPLORE THE VALLEY AND GIANT SEQUOIA GROVE
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.
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 the legendary Giant Sequoia Grove and enjoy picnic lunches, and wander among the world’s largest trees. Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations along the way while your guide gives you some of the histories that make this park so special.
Now it’s time to spend a few hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls, where those staying at the Yosemite Lodge can check-in leave their luggage. 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. Be sure to get a good night’s rest for a day of exploring Yosemite High Country tomorrow!
DAY 2 – FREE TIME IN YOSEMITE
Prepare to enjoy a full day with a plethora of views and options! We’ll drive as a group back to Glacier Point to see the majestic view of the valley floor. From here, 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? Today, you get to choose! 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.
We’ll come back together to take our last group trek to the base of El Capitan where we’ll see climbers the size of ants approaching the summit before climbing back in the mini-shuttle to get back to San Francisco. Now is the time to kick back and enjoy the ride 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 at approx 9 pm.
Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge
The hotel is located at the base of Yosemite Falls – the waterfall that inspired its name! The lodge rooms are somewhat larger than “standard rooms”, and open to a patio or balcony. Rooms have a private bathroom, dressing area, activity table, telephone, & television with select programming (no refrigerators). Configurations include one king bed or two double beds. Please note: Yosemite Valley Lodge does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.
Note: If Yosemite Valley Lodge is unavailable you may be offered Cedar Lodge instead at a discounted price of $479 per person based on double occupancy. You may also select this option at the time of booking.
Cedar Lodge is situated in the picturesque Merced River canyon, on the edge of the river in the southern half of the Yosemite National Park area. The lodge features comforts such as a restaurant, bar, two swimming pools, 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.
• Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel
• Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
• Transportation to/from Yosemite in bio fueled mini-coach
• Yosemite Park entrance fee
• Narrated guided tour
• Hotel accommodations (subject to availability)
• Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
• Guide gratuity (customary 15-20%)