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Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Overnight Tour with No Accommodation

TOUR DESCRIPTION

This multi-day Yosemite tour from San Francisco allows you to separately book your own accommodations. The slowed pace and loads of free time will permit you to experience a Giant Sequoia grove and enjoy leisurely hikes or bike rides to Yosemite National Park’s famous nature, monuments and waterfalls. Guaranteed departures every day of the year.

Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Tour Yosemite on the first day
Hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
Free time in Yosemite from dropoff on the first day until pickup on departure day
Transportation to San Francisco on the last day
Expert tour guide & commentary in English
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Free WiFi on vehicle
Park entry fee included at checkout
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended
Accommodation
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Customize your multi-day tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco by booking your own hotel. Take all the free time you’d like to enjoy the park’s wilderness, towering granite cliffs, Giant Sequoias and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Let our travel consultants and expert guides introduce you to the many summertime and wintertime activities so you don’t miss the history, geology and wildlife that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the U.S. National Parks.

Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Francisco 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 and Giant Sequoias Tour begins on your outbound day with a pickup at your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley and into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. See 170-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

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 (also known as Tunnel View). Take a moment and then some selfies with El CapitanHalf Dome and Bridalveil Falls as your backdrop.

Your free and unguided time begins after checking into your hotel (not included). Take one or more days to enjoy the park before your return day. There are so many options! In spring and summer, choose from hiking, biking, rock climbing, rafting, fishing, or nighttime stargazing (activities not included).

In winter, arrange winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or ice skating (activities depend on conditions and are not included).

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.

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

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SPRING - SUMMER - FALL TOUR ITINERARY

(Tuolumne Grove trail conditions permitting)

Outbound Day

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

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

11:00 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 2:30 PM

  • Catch a free valley shuttle bus or a YARTS bus to your hotel (not included)

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
  • Take 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 5:00 PM

  • Re-board the vehicle for more photo opportunities as we exit the park
  • Descend from the Sierras back to San Francisco

5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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

WINTER ITINERARY

Outbound Day

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley
  • Rest stop. Gather snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada region at the Gold Country museum

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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

11:00 AM to 2:30 PM

  • Catch a free valley shuttle bus or a YARTS bus to your hotel (not included)

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
  • Be challenged by 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 at Badger Pass or Crane Flat
  • 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 for more photo opportunities as you exit the park
  • Descend from the Sierras back to San Francisco

5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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

* Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times which are out of our control.  Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour.

Important Information

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 14-15 hours.

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in Yosemite, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What is the average temperature in Yosemite?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°CAverage Low temperature: 55°F / 13°CWINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°CAverage Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

Do you provide meals? If not, can we buy food on the tour or take our own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway 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. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.

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.

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 guide is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.

What type of vehicle do you use?

We have a variety of vehicles ranging from a 13-passenger van to a 41-passenger bus. As we have several different vehicles, please call on the morning of your tour to determine which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader.

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 has a paved trail with 400 ft (122m) incline.

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.

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 price for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle, and is paid all at once by our Expedition Leader. Therefore, the $10 fee is added to the cost of the tour when you pay.

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 one of the hotels within Yosemite Valley, 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 your 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. Please see either the National Park Service website or yarts.com respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes.

Can you drop me off at my hotel in Yosemite?

At this time, we do not visit any hotel except the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will be responsible for acquiring your own transportation to and from where you leave our tour in Yosemite Valley (near the Yosemite Valley Lodge) and rejoin it for your return trip.

How can I get to my lodging when I separate from the tour on day one?

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 website or yarts.com 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.

Does this tour run every day?

Yes, this tour is guaranteed to run every day of the year.

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