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Yosemite Two Day Tour from San Francisco - Ahwahnee Hotel
Yosemite Two Day Tour from San Francisco - Ahwahnee Hotel Highlights
*Yosemite tour prices from San Francisco are based on double occupancy and do not include meals.
Located inside Yosemite National Park overlooking Yosemite Valley, this luxury hotel allows you to visit Yosemite National Park with all the modern conveniences, including phone, TV, free wireless internet, and breakfast included! The 123 room Ahwahnee Hotel is considered a premier lodge accommodation – featuring a restaurant, bar, sweet shop, 24-hour front desk, ATM on site, non-smoking rooms, a year-round heated outdoor pool, and a fully equipped business center with copying machine and fax.
The hotel was built in 1927. Its spectacular views, architecture, and side decorations along with excellent service have earned it the premiere lodge classification. When staying at the Ahwahnee, you are just minutes away from Yosemite activities and sights. There is a free shuttle that takes you through the valley and to all Yosemite sights and activities, such as horseback riding, rock climbing or nature hikes. The Ahwahnee Hotel sells out in advance – so we recommend you to book early!
Tour includes San Francisco hotel pick-up, transportation to Yosemite National Park, Yosemite Valley Tour and drop-off at Yosemite View Lodge, where you gain your independence for 24 hours. Tour vehicle has limited space for luggage, so try to keep it small! The next day, you'll meet another tour group at the same time and place, and finish the day with them and return to San Francisco. Overnight Yosemite National Park tours are a great way to spend time doing activities that our guided 1-day tours don’t have time for, such as rafting down the Merced river, learning rock climbing on the beautiful Yosemite granite cliffs, or relaxing on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley all at your own leisure. In the winter, it is still a great time to visit. Some locations are inaccessible but the scenery is completely different – the Valley itself is a winter waterfall wonderland. For someone willing to bundle up, wear the right shoes, and get some exercise, you will be greatly rewarded by the natural beauty. There may also be times when you feel as if you have the place to yourself.
* DURING WINTER MONTHS *
Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads, are recommended.
We will always do what we can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is “Job 1”, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours.
Note: The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from October to April.
Yosemite Two Day Tour - Day One - Times Approximate
6:00 - 6:45 AM
Pick ups start in Fisherman's Wharf Area and continue in downtown San Francisco.
6:45 - 7:00 AM
Pick up from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA Office.
7:00 - 7:20 AM
West Oakland Bart Station pickup (if necessary).
7:20 - 7:40 AM
Dublin/Pleasanton Bart Station pickup (if necessary).
7:40 - 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 tour from your guide. Be amazed by El Capitan, the Tunnel View, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more! Enjoy a mini-hike to Bridalveil Falls and plenty of photo stops around the Yosemite Valley.
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Get dropped off at Yosemite Lodge, the Park’s transportation hub, and take the free Valley shuttle to get to the Ahwahnee hotel. Check in, drop off your bags! Ask the front desk or browse the stores for some books or maps, and start hiking! Take the FREE hybrid shuttle to other Valley locations like the Yosemite Village and Curry Village and hike some more!
You can stay out late, because you don’t have to commute. Stores and restaurants are open “late”, but check times to make sure. Get a good night’s sleep so you can get up early for another exciting day in Yosemite.
Yosemite Two Day Tour - Day Two - Times Approximate
7:00 - 8:00 AM
Get up early! Sunrise in Yosemite! You can sleep tomorrow.
9:00 AM - 1:00 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!|
1:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Meet your new friends and new driver. Explore more of Yosemite with the group.
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, with more great scenery as we follow the sun to the west.
6:00 - 6:30 PM
Stop for a break and a bite to eat.
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying views of the sunset over the East Bay hills, or the Peninsula and the city lights.
8:30 - 9:00 PM
The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door.
If you are traveling in Winter Months from October through April, check the Winter Itinerary for an idea of what the schedule might be like, talk to your guide on the way into the park the first day, and call Headquarters toll-free at 1-866-231-3752 the morning of the last day to confirm the pick-up time and location.