San Francisco

2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco, United States
Likely to Sell Out

From $499.00

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Free cancellation
Free cancellation before October 17.
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Discover the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park during wintertime, when crowds are fewer and the majestic natural attractions are blanketed in snow and ice. On this 2-day trip from San Francisco, take a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley and enjoy free time to explore the wintry wonderland. Hike or snowshoe through giant sequoia groves, ice skate near the base of Half Dome and admire the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery. Warm up by a fire in Curry Village, and tuck into the cozy Yosemite Lodge by the Falls on one of the Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins for the night.
  • Two full days in the park (one is really not enough!)
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in Yosemite Valley Lodge at the base of Yosemite Falls or Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabins
  • Eco-friendly transport in a biofueled mini-coach
  • Yosemite Valley narrated, guided tour
  • See Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls
  • Check out the view from Tunnel View’s spectacular overlook!
  • More freedom to do what YOU want to do

What's Included

  • 1.5-hour narrated coach tour
  • Overnight accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge or Curry Village Heated Tent Cabin)
  • Transport in eco-friendly biodiesel van
  • Taxes, fuel surcharges
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Yosemite park entrance fee
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 AM

Pickup details

Passengers will be picked up from the specified hotel between approximately 6:20am and 7:45am, depending on the hotel location. We also pickup from the Dublin BART Station - Hacienda Exit at 7:45am.

What To Expect

Without the crush of summer crowds, wintertime in Yosemite National Park offers a chance to experience the famed scenic attractions in peace and solitude. On this 2-day tour from San Francisco, leave the driving to your guide you can sit back and enjoy the snow-capped Sierra Nevada scenery.

Learn about the history of the park during a guided coach tour of Yosemite Valley, which is framed by the park’s most iconic attractions including the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan and the icy cascade of Yosemite Falls. 

Enjoy plenty of leisure time to explore the winter wonderland however you choose. Snowshoe through giant sequoia groves or secluded trails, take a guided hike or enjoy some old-fashioned ice skating at a rink with a view of Half Dome (own expense). Stay overnight inside the park at the cozy Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or chose a Yosemite Half Dome Village Heated Tent Cabin.

Likely to Sell Out: Be sure to book early, as the popular Yosemite Lodge often sells out months in advance.
Day 1

San Francisco to Yosemite

5 Stops

San Francisco Bay

Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills

Admission Ticket Free

Central Valley

Travel through California's Central Valley and see where most of California's almonds, figs, corn and more are grown. Here we will make a short stop so you can grab lunch for later and any local produce for hiking snacks. You can also pick up any other needed last-minute supplies for the days ahead.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yosemite National Park

Begin with a one and a half hour guided driving tour descending through Yosemite's glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations, and stop to take pictures and see the views.

Admission Ticket Free

Tunnel View

Make a photo stop at Tunnel View, one of the most famous in the park.

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Stop for the afternoon at Yosemite Valley Lodge; right at the base of Yosemite Falls. Check in to the hotel, or just store your luggage at the front desk. With maps in hand, you'll get a chance to explore Yosemite's natural wonders on your own for the remainder of the day. Before exiting the vehicle, your guide will provide a choice of activities that may include: checking out the Visitor's Center and Ansel Adams Gallery, hiking some of the trails in the valley (snowshoes available for rent at Curry Village), taking the free shuttle around other parts of the valley, listening to fireside stories at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel and/or enjoying a ranger program provided by the park service.

6 hours Admission Ticket Included

Accommodation: Overnight accommodations at Yosemite Valley Lodge or the Curry Village Heated Tent Cabins.

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Yosemite Valley Free Day and back to San Francisco

5 Stops

Yosemite Valley

Wake at your leisure and enjoy the morning and early afternoon to explore as you please. Feel free to leave your luggage at the front desk while you soak up the rest of your time in this beautiful destination.

6 hours Admission Ticket Free

Yosemite Falls

During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can choose to hike or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Ansel Adams Gallery

During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Yosemite Valley Lodge

Grab a few last photos and make sure to meet your guide at 3:30pm for the journey back to San Francisco. You'll stop at the halfway point to grab a bite to eat.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

San Francisco

Enjoy the skyline of San Francisco at night as we cross the Bay Bridge and return you to your lodging. You should be back at your hotel around 8-9pm.

Admission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Not included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Confirmation for this tour will be received at time of booking
  • Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
  • One small, soft overnight bag allowed per person (~13.5″x12″x11″)
  • Due to hotel accommodations reserved in advance, any amendments to dates will incur penalties in accordance to the cancellation policy as detailed in the Terms and Conditions
  • Important: Any dietary requirements should be entered in the Special Requirements field when booking this tour
  • Amenities Include: Housekeeping daily, fresh towels as needed, extra blankets available at front desk
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 2–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.
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Thank you Aron.
jungsoo_c, Jan 2019
Yosemite was very good.And very friendly staff Aaron. Although it was delayed due to serious traffic congestion, Aaron responsibly helped us return. Recommended.
I was very disappointed with this...
SOFIA_T, Jan 2017
I was very disappointed with this tour. They left me at the hotel and the day after, picked me up. There was no Winter tour, nothing. I had to plan my day and a half by myself, nobody helped me. It is very expensive and there is no tour at all. If you are planning on going I highly recommend to take your car or just find a way to get there. Make your hotel reservation on your own. The rest, anyway is going to be by yourself.
Amazing place to visit! Would...
Debbie T, Dec 2016
Amazing place to visit! Would definately recommend the overnight trip! Great tour guides!!
Fantastic Tour, Drivers were great...
Kay G, Jan 2016
Fantastic Tour, Drivers were great both went out of their way to show us the majestic Yosemite Park. Worth staying over night if you have the time
Perfect arrangement for those seeking a...
Dino C, Dec 2013
Perfect arrangement for those seeking a short overnite get-away trip to Yosemite.