Yosemite 2 & 3 Day Tours
Tours are private, you will have all seven passenger seats for yourself and your party
Yosemite offers truly amazing and memorable sights. An overnight multi-day private tour can keep you there longer. Public tours are often rushed and time spent in the park is cut short. Get more out of your time with a private tour.
The Land's End Edge:
Go deeper into the park and request locations most SF one day tours don't go: Glacier Point, Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows, Lembert Dome or The O'Shaughnessy Dam at Hetch Hetchy
90% of Yosemite's visitors congregate in only 1% of the park. Multi day tours are great for travelers who like to get off the beaten path.
Depends when you book and which area you choose to stay. About $950 - $1200 per day for transportation, commercial Yosemite entrance fee, permits, insurance and the guide's room.
You will reserve and pay the cost of your groups hotel room(s). This is so you may choose the class of accommodation that is appropriate for your group. Yosemite is changing its fee structure and the cost of your guide's accommodation fluctuates depending on the season.
You will get the best price booking here. Booking with travel agents like Viator/Trip Advisor adds large commissions to the cost of the tour and my hotel.
Break up the drive to and from the park with an overnight stay. Choose the locations in the park you want to visit (weather depending). Photograph the highlights of the Valley: El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls. See the amazing views and sights often missed by one day bus tours: Drive up to Glacier Point (summer only) high above the Valley and look down on it as if you were standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon. Hike in one the the groves of giant sequoia trees (When snow is not present on trails). Choose to escape the tourist crowds of the Valley to the remote and beautiful Tuolumne Meadows.
*Some areas may be closed due to snow.
*Tour may be rejected if reasonable accommodation near the park is not found within 48 hours of your reservation request.
*This tour does not include guided hiking but I will give you information and point you in the right direction.
Day 1: Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point
Enjoy a hike around some of the most massive trees on earth. Yosemite has 3 groves of giant sequoia trees, Tuolumne, Merced and Mariposa Grove. I will talk to you about the trails, groves and distances on the way to find a suitable fit for your group.
This famous view sits 3,200 feet (980m) above the valley. See Half Dome and a variety of waterfalls from a bird's eye view. Drive back down the mountain or meet me at the bottom of the 4 Mile Trail.
Photograph Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View, where you can see El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Fall. Stop in a meadow below El Capitan. Take a look up at the 3000 foot face while trying to spot climbers on the mountain featured in the Academy Award winning documentary, Free Solo.
Day 2: Yosemite Valley or Tuolumne Meadows
There is something for all skill levels. Photograph the surrounding mountains and waterfalls from the easier trails along the Merced River. Walk to the base of Yosemite Falls or test your endurance on a more serious trail heading up the side of Vernal Falls or Yosemite Falls. Cool off in the waters of the Merced River while enjoying views of Half Dome. Take it easy while seeking out souvenirs at the Village shops. Enjoy a meal in the beautiful Majestic Dining Room or one of the other eateries in the Valley. Return to San Francisco in the afternoon.
Tuolumne Meadows (Summer Only Option):
If spending the day in the valley is too slow pace for you, or you are a returning visitor looking to explore other areas, the High Country amazing in it's own right. 95% of visitors only see the valley floor. Escape the crowds to one of the highest meadows in the Sierra Nevada Range. See stunning peaks and high mountain lakes in a more remote part of the park. Take in the views of Half Dome from Olmsted Point. Relax at a Tenaya Beach. Gain elevation by hiking to the top of Lembert Dome above Tuolumne Meadows for a stunning view of the surrounding peaks and wilderness below. Return to San Francisco in the late afternoon.
Where to stay near Yosemite:
To allow you control over the quality and number of motel/hotel rooms needed, I do not include guest's rooms in the daily price. You may choose accommodation within 30 minutes from a Yosemite Park Entrance. This is a popular park in the summer, most accommodations sell out well in advance.
Suggested places to stay:
Yosemite View Lodge $$$
Cedar Lodge $$ (good value)
Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort $
Tenaya Lodge $$$$
Best Western - Oakhurst $$
Rush Creek $$$$
Groveland Hotel $$$
*If you would like to stay in the park, it is best to reserve one year in advance*
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (Ahwahnee Hotel) $$$$
Yosemite Lodge $$$
Half Dome Village Tent Cabins $$
Merced Grove - 3 miles (4.8km) ^600ft (180m) Avg time 2:00
Tuolumne Grove - 2.5 miles (4km) ^400ft (120m) Avg time 1:30
Giant Sequoia Hikes
Glacier Point Road
Yosemite High Country
What you see (weather depending):
A different angle of Half Dome from Olmsted Point, Tenaya Lake, Tuolumne Meadows & Lembert Dome. All stunning but not quite famous so keep it a secret. *Only available in summer*
Hetch Hetchy Valley Reservoir