Yosemite Winter One Day Tour from San Jose

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Tour Length - 15 hours approximately

Stunning views Half-Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls
Visit Mariposa Museum & History Center
Free time to explore the valley floor
Local expert guide (English)
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Guaranteed daily departures
Pickup at Fairmont San Jose
Park entry fee included at checkout
Free wifi on board
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
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See more. Feel more. Experience more of jaw-dropping natural beauty on this Yosemite National Park Winter tour. Yosemite National Park is open all year round and this tour will let you explore Yosemite Valley during all seasons of the year.

Towering granite cliffs and snow-covered meadows headline this one-day Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose, but our expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology and wildlife that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the National Park System.

Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Jose for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. It has earned more 5-star guest reviews thanks to our locally-based experts who know how to make your day truly memorable.

Your Yosemite Winter Tour begins 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.

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.

During your free time in the valley, grab a bite to eat at the Valley Lodge food court, check out the souvenirs at the gift shop, or take a quick hike around Sentinel Meadow or to the towering Yosemite Falls.

Special requests? Help with photos? Just ask. Our guides are true experts and won't hesitate to be your personal selfie stick for that perfect picture!

We’re so confident that our Yosemite Winter One Day Tour will amaze all year round—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

*Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads are recommended for your Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias trip.

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TOUR ITINERARY

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient pickup at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose
  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley
  • Rest stop (approx 30 min). Pick up snacks and lunch for the park

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Cascade Falls experience
  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point/Tunnel View
  • Heart-stopping views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

  • Free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Hike the Meadow Loop or the trail to Yosemite Falls
  • Photograph the Swinging Bridge

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Re-board the vehicle to head back to San Jose
  • Enjoy additional photo opportunities as you exit the park

5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Descend from the Sierras back toward San Jose
  • 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

What is the difference between this and the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias One Day Tour?

During the winter some roads in the park may be closed due to snowfall. We always do what we can to make your trip enjoyable, but your safety is our first priority, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects, and detours. Giant Sequoias and certain attractions visible on the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias One Day Tour may not be available during the winter season.

What should I bring?

Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads, are recommended.
Extra spending money for meals or snacks
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Camera (optional)
Water bottle (optional)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain or snow)

What is the average temperature in Yosemite?

The temperature in Yosemite during the winter ranges on average from a high of 48°F / 9°C to a low of 29°F / -2°C. Be sure to check the forecast ahead of your tour date and come prepared.

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.

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.

What languages are available for this tour?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.

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. However, as we do not want you to miss your return trip to San Francisco, we do not recommend taking public transportation during your free time in the valley. There are many sights and attractions that you will be able to reach on foot while you are there.

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.

Does this tour run every day?

We run our Yosemite One Day tours 365 days of the year. Our winter itinerary generally runs October - May on average. Exact dates will vary due to seasonal differences.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

Yosemite Winter One Day Tour from San Jose

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