This is for the Yosemite Four-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 72 hours. Your second and third days are all yours, so you’ll be able to do some exploring that you wouldn’t have time for in 2 half days. The fourth day, you will meet another tour group, and finish the day with them and return to San Francisco.
The Four Day Yosemite National Park tour gives you 2 full uninterrupted days you don’t get with the 1- or 2-day tour. 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, 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 and wear the right shoes, and get some exercise, you will be greatly rewarded with the natural beauty, and there are times when you might feel you have the place to yourself.