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Yosemite Three Day Tour from San Francisco - Majestic Yosemite

Ahwahnee Hotel

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Sturdy shoes
    • Camera
    • 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.

Located inside Yosemite National Park overlooking Yosemite Valley, this luxury hotel allows you to visit Yosemite National Park with all the modern conveniences, including phone, TV, and free wireless internet. The 123 room Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously The Ahwahnee hotel) considered a premier lodge accommodation – featuring a restaurant, bar, sweet shop, 24-hour front desk, ATM on site, non-smoking rooms, a year-round heated outdoor pool and a fully equipped business center with copying machine and fax. 

The hotel was built in 1927 and it's spectacular views, architecture, and iside decorations along with excellent service have earned it the premiere lodge classification. When staying at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously The Ahwahnee hotel), you are just minutes away from Yosemite activities and sights. There is a free shuttle that takes you through the valley and to all Yosemite sights and activities like horseback riding, rock climbing or nature hikes. Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously The Ahwahnee hotel) sells out in advance – we recommend you book early! 

Tour includes San Francisco hotel pick-up, transportation to Yosemite National ParkYosemite Valley Tour and drop off at Yosemite Lodge, where you gain your independence, for 24 hours. Tour vehicle has limited space for luggage, so try to keep it small! The next day, meet another tour group at the same time and place, and finish the day with them and return to San Francisco. Overnight Yosemite National Park tours are a great way to spend time doing activities that our guided 1-day tours don’t have time for, such as rafting down the Merced river, learning rock climbing on the beautiful Yosemite granite cliffs or relaxing on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley all at your own leisure. 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 by the natural beauty, and there are times when you might feel you have the place to yourself.

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 Three 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 - 11:00 AM
Begin the climb into the foothills, through gold country, and up into the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park.
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
On your Yosemite tour, enjoy the amazing views of the valley, El CapitanHalf Dome, and the Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a hike to one of the park's waterfalls or lakes, or relax at the visitor's center where there are museums, restaurants, and the Ansel Adams Gallery.
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Get dropped off at Yosemite Lodge, the Park’s transportation hub, and your independence begins. Jump on the FREE Hybrid Shuttle and ride to Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously The Ahwahnee hotel), check in, and drop off your bags. Ask the staff for some ideas, or browse the stores for some books or maps, and start hiking!
Evening
You can stay out later, because you don’t have to commute. Stores and restaurants are open “late”, but check times to make sure. Get a good night’s sleep so you can get up early for another exciting day in Yosemite.


Yosemite Three Day Tour - Day Two - Times Approximate

Morning
Get up early! Sunrise in Yosemite! Then shower down, get some breakfast, and…
All day
You decide! Get some maps, book activities, talk to the rangers or the staff at the Village and the Lodge and get some ideas.

IN WINTER
Be prepared to walk on ice and snow – bring warm clothes, waterproof hiking boots, and mittens! Hike the valley, climb to the Top of Yosemite Falls, or take the Mist Trail beside the roaring Merced River. (Be careful, and ask Park staff about trail conditions.)
Evening
You can stay out later, because you don’t have to commute. Stores and restaurants are open “late”, but check times to make sure. Get a good night’s sleep so you can get up early for another exciting day in Yosemite.


Yosemite Three Day Tour - Day Three - Times Approximate

7:00 - 8:00 AM
Get up early! Sunrise in Yosemite! You’re THERE! Again! You can sleep tomorrow. Then grab some breakfast, shower down, pack up, and…
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Spend the morning in Yosemite on your own. Grab a lunch, and get back to Yosemite Lodge. IMPORTANT: CALL US TOLL-FREE AT 1-866-231-3752 TO CONFIRM PICK-UP TIME AND PLACE!
1:30 - 4:00 PM
Meet your new friends and new driver. Explore more of Yosemite with the group. This includes driving time to take an optional hike in the forest and see the Giant Sequoias. (May be omitted due to snow levels and trail conditions from October to April – we’ll spend more time in the Valley instead.)
4:00 - 6:00 PM
Start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, with more great scenery as we follow the sun to the west.
6:00 - 6:30 PM
Stop for a break and a bite to eat.
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying views of the sunset over the East Bay hills, or the Peninsula and the city lights.
8:30 - 9:00 PM
The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door.

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Yosemite Three Day Tour from San Francisco - Majestic Yosemite
PRICE
Tour Prices*Double OccupancySingle OccupancyChildren
Regular Price:$894$1483$298
Internet Special:$868$1440$289
ONLINE SAVINGS$26$43$9

*Tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Overnight stay in Yosemite National Park
  • Yosemite's the most luxurious hotel
  • Located in the heart of Yosemite Valley
  • Year-round heated outdoor pool
  • Expert guide & live commentary in English
  • Foreign language audios (optional)
  • Daily guaranteed departures
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