Yosemite Two Day Tour - Big Trees Lodge
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).
How accurate are the times on the itinerary?
Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these time which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour.
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Your Yosemite overnight tour from San Francisco begins with a pickup at your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the Sierra Nevada mountains. See 150-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.
Arrive in Yosemite National Park and experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove giant sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy multiple stops and breathtaking views. See Inspiration Point, El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls. Venture out and explore the Valley on your own – or make your way to your accommodation.
Travel back in time at the Big Trees Lodge, a National Historic Landmark just minutes from the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias within Yosemite National Park. Exuding Victorian Charm, it is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax after an exciting day exploring Yosemite Valley.
On the lodge's veranda, sit back on one of the property's classic Adirondack chairs and take in the views or meet new people. Rooms are decorated in authentic period decor with the choice of private bath. With all the activities and amenities within the property including golf course, hiking trails, outdoor swimming pool and in the evenings wind down around the piano for musical performances; when you get to your room you will be exhausted after your fun filled day.
On the next day, check out of your hotel and enjoy some more free time in Yosemite before you, meet another tour group at the same time and place and finish the day with them and return to San Francisco. Alternatively, if you choose to book the “Extravaganza” upgrade, you will have breakfast at your hotel included. The Extravaganza option also comes with the Yosemite Valley Floor tour; you will experience a two-hour tour Valley tour led by park rangers or Yosemite Naturalists in an open-air tram during the warm months and in the colder months from the comfort of a heated motor coach with panoramic windows. You will learn about the history, flora and fauna throughout the park.
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.
Yosemite Two 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 - 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 AM - 11:00 PM
Begin the climb into the foothills, through gold country, and up into the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park.
11:00 - 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.
Your independence begins. Check out your options, check your bags, and check out Yosemite! Check the YARTS schedule (hwy 41) beforehand and take YARTS to get to your hotel. YARTS to Big Trees Lodge is available from mid May until end of September.
Check into your accommodation, have dinner, relax, and 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. Get some breakfast (included) and…
9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Spend the morning in Yosemite on your own. Or if you book the option with the Valley Floor Tour you will join a 2 hour tour led by park rangers in an open-air tram during the warm months, and in the colder months from the comfort of a heated motor coach with panoramic windows. You will learn about the history, flora and fauna throughout the park. After, get back to Yosemite Valley Lodge and grab a lunch. 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. Continue your trip back 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 ffront door sometime between 8:00 - 9:30 PM depending on traffic.
Yosemite Two Day Tour from San Francisco - Big Trees Lodge
Prices for the Yosemite Private Tour are dependent on availability, itinerary, group size and activities. Please call 1-866-231-3752 or email [email protected] and [email protected] for a quote.
- Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
- Accommodation located inside the park
- Breakfast included
- 2-Day semi-guided tour
- Available Sunday through Thursday
- Complimentary foreign language audios
- Dinner included if option selected