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Yosemite tour from San Jose with Cedar Lodge Stay

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Make your Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose a multi-day experience with a stay at the affordable and conveniently-located Cedar Lodge Yosemite. Customize the number of days in the park so you have just the right amount of free time to enjoy hiking or biking to Yosemite’s famous nature, monuments and waterfalls. Guaranteed departures every day of the year

Stay at Cedar Lodge
Pickup at at convenient San Jose hotel
Tour Yosemite on the arrival and departure days
Hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
Expert tour guide & commentary in English
Transportation to San San Jose on the last day
Free time in Yosemite from drop off on the first day until pick up on departure day
8 foreign language audios
Park entry fee included at checkout
Food and drinks
Guide gratuity: recommended
Oversized luggage fee
Drop off and pick up at Cedar Lodge
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This amazing Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose allows you to optimize your experience by stretching your time in the park to 2, 3 or more days. Take all the free time you’d like to enjoy the park’s wilderness, towering granite cliffs, Giant Sequoias and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Jose for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. The tour has earned more 5-star guest reviews because our expert guides include the Giant Sequoias among the attractions in Yosemite Valley.

Your Yosemite tour begins on your departure day at a convenient San Jose hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley and into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains where you will see 170-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

On your way to Yosemite, our expert guides will introduce you to the many summertime or wintertime activities options so you don’t miss any of the iconic monuments, waterfalls and other natural attractions that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the national parks in the U.S.

Soon after entering Yosemite, you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You won’t doubt for a second that these are the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, but that should not keep you from trying!

In winter, when conditions on the Tuolumne Grove trail are snow covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions.

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy a stop at Inspiration Point, which many still call Tunnel View. Take a moment and then some selfies with El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall as your backdrop.

Special requests? Help with photos? Just ask. Our Expedition Leaders are happy to assist with your memory making. Guests can enjoy this Yosemite Tour 365 days a year.

Your accommodations will be at the friendly and picturesque Yosemite Cedar Lodge located just eight miles from the Yosemite National Park. All rooms offer a flat-screen TV, refrigerator, and air conditioning. Wi-fi is available with a service charge. The hotel has a 24-hour front desk, convenience store, pool, lounge and gift shop.

Conveniently located nearby in the town of El Portal is the popular Cedar House Restaurant and several entertaining historic sites such as Yosemite Valley Railroad.

Your free and unguided time begins after checking into your hotel. There are so many options! In spring and summer, choose from hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, fishing, or nighttime stargazing. In winter, arrange winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice skating (activities depend on conditions and are not included).

On your return day, enjoy morning activities in the park and say your goodbyes to this natural spectacle. Meet you tour vehicle and guide for your return to San Jose across from the Valley Lodge at YARTS stop #7.

We’re so confident that our Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Overnight Tour will amaze—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited storage options.

SPRING - SUMMER - FALL TOUR ITINERARY

(Tuolumne Grove trail conditions permitting)

Outbound Day

06:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Depart from San Jose
  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley
  • Rest stop. Buy snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and its gold

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Trail conditions permitting, experience a Giant Sequoia grove

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Heart-stopping views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome
  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View)

1:30 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Catch YARTS bus (not included in price)  and check into the Cedar Lodge

Unguided, free time in Yosemite Valley (activities not included)

  • Hike or bike the Bridalveil Fall, Lower Yosemite Fall or Mirror Lake Loop trails
  • Be challenged by strenuous hikes on the Valley Loop, Vernal Fall or Half Dome trails
  • Take YARTS bus to Mariposa Grove and experience the Bachelor, Grizzly Giant, and California Tunnel trees
  • Sign up for the Valley Floor or Grand Tour of Yosemite with park rangers
  • Enjoy rock climbing, bird watching, rafting, fishing, horseback riding or stargazing

Return Day

12:00 PM

  • Call us TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-231-3752 to confirm your exact pickup time.

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

  • Re-board the vehicle at shuttle stop #7
  • Take advantage of more photo stops as we exit the park
  • Descend from the Sierra Nevada mountains back to San Jose

6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Continue your descent from the Sierras as you head west
  • Stop for a break and dinner (approx 30 min)
  • Watch the sun set into California’s golden hills
  • Conclude your tour at your pickup location in San Jose

WINTER ITINERARY

Outbound Day

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Depart from San Jose
  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley
  • Rest stop. Buy snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and its gold

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Cascade Falls experience
  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View)

1:00 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Catch YARTS bus (not included in price)  and check into the Cedar Lodge

Unguided, free time in Yosemite Valley (activities depend on road/trail conditions and are not included)

  • Hike or bike the Bridalveil Fall, Lower Yosemite Fall or Mirror Lake Loop trails
  • Challenge yourself with strenuous hikes on the Valley Loop, Vernal Fall or Half Dome trails
  • Take the Valley Floor or Grand Tour of Yosemite with park rangers
  • Enjoy cross-country skiing, tubing and snowshoeing
  • Try ice skating in Curry Village

Return Day

12:00 PM

  • Call us TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-231-3752 to confirm your exact pickup time.

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Re-board the vehicle at shuttle stop #7
  • Take advantage of more photo opportunities as you exit the park
  • Descend from the Sierra Nevadas back to San Jose
  • Enjoy one last look at Yosemite as you exit the park

5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Continue your descent west from the Sierras
  • Stop for a dinner break (approx 30 min)
  • Watch the sun set into California’s golden hills
  • Conclude the tour in San Jose at your pickup location

Note that the times are typical but traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause variations. Please do not make flight arrangements on the return day of your tour as you may arrive late in the evening.

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Important Information

Does this tour operate every day?

Yes this tour runs 365 days a year, rain, hail, snow and shine

How long is the tour?

It's approximately 7-8 hours in total on the first and last day, travel time to Yosemite is approximately 4 hours each way

How long is the drive to Yosemite?

The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs

What do I need to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?

The hike is dependent on trail and weather conditions. The Grove usually only available from April to October. If you choose not to participate in the hike, then you can stay with the bus at the top 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 60 minutes round-trip, depending on your pace) and a paved trail with 400 ft (122m) incline.

When is the best time to see the waterfalls?

While Yosemite is incredible year-round, if you want to see its beautiful waterfalls at their finest, spring (March to May) is by far the best time of year to go, with waterfalls being at their peak in May and June. By the end of summer (July to August) they are often only a trickle or completely dry.

Is there a place where we can cook our own food?

No, unfortunately there is no kitchen nor is there an outdoor campfire or grill due to fire safety hazards. If you are staying overnight in the park your accommodation may have an indoor kitchen area. Please plan ahead before selecting your hotel.

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.

I’m staying overnight. What kind of luggage am I allowed to bring?

You are allowed up to travel with up to 2 items (i.e. 1 Personal item + 1 Overnight bag) free of charge. These items must be within the size limitations. Each additional item above the 2-item allowance will incur a $25 excess luggage fee.The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 24”x16”x10”, or 60cmx40cmx25cm. Any “Oversize” luggage larger than those dimensions is $50 regardless of the number of personal items brought on board. (i.e. 1 Oversized luggage - $50, 2 Oversized pieces = $100). You 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 overnight at Yosemite Valley Lodge, please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited to no storage options available while you explore.

Where and when are we dropped off on the first day of our Yosemite overnight tour?

You will be dropped off around lunch time close to the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. The Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle that stops at most major points 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. For some hotels it will be necessary to take this public transportation in order to reach your lodging. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Please see either the National Park Service or YARTS respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly.

Can you drop me off at my hotel in Yosemite?

If you are staying at Yosemite Valley Lodge (also known as the Yosemite Park Lodge), it is only a five-minute walk to the hotel. All other lodging must be accessed by either the free Yosemite Shuttle or by taking YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) to your destination. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Please see either the National Park Service or YARTS respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly.

Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter Yosemite for free?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle and not on an individual basis. Therefore, the tour cost includes the admission fee.

What is the average temperature?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):
Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):
Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°C
Average Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

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