Yosemite Three Day Tour - Tour Only
What do I need to bring?
- Sturdy shoes
- Extra spending money for meals
- Water bottle
- Hat (if necessary)
- Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket during the winter months
- Sunscreen (if necessary)
- Umbrella (if necessary)
What should I wear?
We recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads. Hiking sandals (rather than beach sandals) can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended. Temperatures vary depending on the season in Yosemite therefore we advise people to wear layered clothing.
What do I have to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?
We are the only tour company that goes to the Giant Sequoias Grove on the Yosemite tour, but the hike is dependent on trail and weather conditions. It is usually available from April to October only. If you choose not to participate in the hike, then you would have to stay at the bottom of the trail as you wait for the rest of the group to return from the hike. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 30 minutes round-trip). Paved trail with 400 ft incline.
What languages are available for this tour?
The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio tour is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.
What type of vehicle do you use?
The Total Yosemite Experience Tour is a smaller group tour. We use either a Minibus or 15 seat Passenger Van. This tour also includes a hike to the Giant Sequoias Trees (weather permitting). The Yosemite Bus Tour operates in a large Motor Coach with more people and they do not visit the Giant Sequoia Grove on the bus tour.
How can I travel around the park during my free time?
Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area. Depending on how much free time you have, there might not be time enough to take the bus.
Do I have to call to reconfirm my pick up time for the return trip?
Yes, we request that you call our toll free number at 1-800-231-3752 the morning of your return to confirm your pickup time and location inside Yosemite National Park.
What is the average temperature in Yosemite?
Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST) Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C - Average Low temperature: 51°F / 10°C, WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY) Average High temperature: 53°F / 12°C - Average Low temperature: 28°F / -2°C
Are there any meals included? If not, where can we buy lunch on the tour?
Meals are not included on this tour. We stop on the way to Yosemite where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a deli in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.
Are we allowed to take food and beverages into Yosemite National Park?
Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks with you. You will also be able to purchase food and drinks on the way to Yosemite or inside Yosemite National Park.
Is there a place where we can cook our own food?
No, unfortunately there is no kitchen nor is there a outdoor fire or grill.
Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter the Yosemite for free?
Unfortunately you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance price for the Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle. Therefore the $10 fee will be added to the cost of the tour when you pay.
Where and when are we dropped off on the first day of your Yosemite overnight tour?
You will be dropped off around lunch time close to the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area.
What is a double occupancy?
Double occupancy means two people per room. For example, the price quoted is per person, so "$200 double occupancy" means two people will pay $400 total. If you are going alone, you will pay a different rate for single occupancy.
How can we get to Yosemite View Lodge from Yosemite National Park?
The public transportation system YARTS will get you from inside the park to the Yosemite View Lodge.
Will I be sharing my tent during my overnight stay in Yosemite?
No, you will have your own cabin but you will have a shared bathroom.
How many people are staying in the same dorm at the Bug Lodge?
Rooms can accommodate about 6 to 12 occupants.
How much luggage am I allowed to bring on my overnight tour?
Customers are allowed up to 2 luggage items (1 carry-on & 1 personal item) free of charge. Each additional item will incur a $25 excess luggage fee. Maximum dimensions are 24” x 16” x 10” (60cm x 40cm x 58 cm). Any Oversize luggage larger than the maximum size 24x16x10 inches, (or 60 x 40 x 25 cm) is $50 regardless of personal items brought on board. Passengers must advise us of oversize luggage 48 hours prior to departure in order to guarantee the accommodation of the luggage on the vehicle. (Note: If you are not staying at one of the hotels within Yosemite Valley, please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited (or no) storage options. You may store your luggage at the Extranomical office during your stay in Yosemite if necessary).
This is for the Yosemite Three-Day tour only - no accommodations are provided. Make your own overnight arrangements, or reserve a campsite. (Tour van has limited space for luggage, so try to keep it small!) For independent travelers or campers, the tour includes San Francisco Hotel pick-up, transportation to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley Tour and drop off at Yosemite Lodge, where you gain your independence, for 48 hours. Your second day is all yours, so you’ll be able to do some exploring that you wouldn’t have time for in 2 half days. The third day, you will meet another tour group, and finish the day with them and return to San Francisco.
The Three Day Yosemite National Park tour is a great way to spend time doing activities that our 1-day and 2-day tours don’t have time for. Do some all day hiking and climb to the top of Yosemite Falls, or if you are really in shape (and get an early start), to the top of Half Dome, or only part way, to the top of Nevada Falls or Vernal Falls. Mirror Lake is just a short uphill walk, and you can just take it easy and walk around the beautiful valley floor, and ride NPS vehicles such as the Tram Tour, or bus it up to Glacier Point, or the Mariposa Grove (fare extra). In winter, some locations are inaccessible, but the scenery is completely different – the Yosemite Valley itself is a winter waterfall wonderland, and there are times when you might feel you have the place to yourself.
Note: If you are not staying at one of the hotels within Yosemite Valley, please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited (or no) storage options. You may store your luggage at the Extranomical office during your stay in Yosemite, if necessary.
ALERT FOR YOSEMITE TOUR DATES BEFORE JUNE 1, 2017: A road closure of Hwy 120 has made road to Giant Sequoias inaccessible from the valley. We expect the road to be repaired soon. Please contact guest services for updates.
Yosemite Three Day Tour - Day One - Times Approximate
6:00 - 7:00 AM
Pick-ups start in Fisherman's Wharf Area and continue in downtown San Francisco.
7:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Continuing east, see the windmills and descend into the San Joaquin valley and stop for a break and a snack.
9:15 - 11:00 AM
Begin the climb into the foothills, through gold country, and up into the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Explore Yosemite's many amazing sights with an informative narrated valley tour from your guide. OR weather permitting* drive to the trail for a hike (two miles round trip) to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. – This stop is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from October to May. See Winter Tour Itinerary. Pick up a to go lunch or snacks at the grocery/deli stop in the morning for you to enjoy a eat after your hike. Alternatively you can wait for hot meal from one of the restaurants available near the Yosemite Lodge later in the afternoon.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Be amazed by Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more! Enjoy a mini-hike and plenty of photo stops around the Yosemite Valley.
- 6:00 PM
Your independence begins. Check out your options, check your bags, and check out Yosemite! And check the YARTS schedule if you are staying outside the Park!
Yosemite Three Day Tour - Day Two - Times Approximate
Get up early, and get ready for your second exciting day! Depending on where you are staying, you may have a chance to see the sunrise in Yosemite, so get up, get on the bus if needed, and get started!
You decide! Get some maps, talk to the rangers or the staff at the Village and the Lodge and get some ideas. And check the YARTS schedule if you are staying outside the Park!
Be prepared to walk on ice and snow – bring warm clothes, waterproof hiking boots, and mittens! Hike the valley, climb to the Top of Yosemite Falls, or take the Mist Trail beside the roaring Merced River. (Be careful, and ask Park staff about trail conditions.)
Return to your hotel, hostel, cabin, or campsite, have dinner, relax, reflect on your exciting day, and get another good night’s sleep so you can get up early for your last exciting day in Yosemite.
Yosemite Three Day Tour - Day Three - Times Approximate
7:00 - 8:00 AM
Get up early, check out, grab your bags and get on the bus if needed, and get started!
9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
|Spend the morning in Yosemite on your own. Grab a lunch, and get back to Yosemite Lodge. IMPORTANT: CALL US TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-231-3752 TO CONFIRM PICK-UP TIME AND PLACE!|
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Meet your guide and start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, with more great scenery as we follow the sun to the west.
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Stop for a break, a stretch, and a bite to eat. Being your return to San Francisco
8:00 - 9:30 PM
Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying views of the sunset over the East Bay hills, or the Peninsula and the city lights. The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door sometime between 8:00 - 9:30 depending on traffic.
6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door.
Yosemite Three Day Tour from San Francisco - Tour Only
– Serhii K. on 07/06/2014
Tnks our driver and guide Roman!! He's the best guide and driver I've ever had time with.
– pedro r. on 08/24/2012
Roman took as back to San Francisco in day 3. He did a great job to keep us entertained on our way back (including the burritos recommendation). Marc took us to Yosemite and he was excellent on providing information,.. the tour became a story which I liked. Both are very professional guys.
– Murrough L. on 04/05/2012
Being able to hike in Yosemite during the time I was on my own! Although the stops on the tour were good (especially the Mariposa grove of giant Sequoias) the tour inevitably limits the time allowed. Although the driver (Roman) was funny and interesting its a very long drive and I would probably not have enjoyed it as a single day tour.
|Tour Prices*||Adults (12+)||Children|
*Tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals.
- Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
- Visit Half Dome, Tunnel View & El Capitan
- Enjoy the Yosemite Falls
- Visit the Tuolume Giant Sequoia Trees
- Complimentary foreign language audios
- Daily guaranteed departures
- Minibus or 15-passenger van