Getaway with National Parks Unbound on a two-day Yosemite National Park winter adventure. This short tour offers the ideal immersion into Yosemite’s crisp winter air, solitude and natural wonders. Without the summer crowds, there’s plenty of freedom to explore sights few tourists get to experience: immense frozen waterfalls and soaring granite megaliths cloaked in snow.
You have plenty of free time to direct your own Yosemite adventure, with snowshoeing, hiking, ice skating, guided tours, fireside storytelling and incredible dining experiences open to you. Discover the moving silence and grand views of winter at Yosemite National Park—the experience that’s captured the imaginations of travelers such as Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir and Ansel Adams.
- See iconic sites such as El Capitan, Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls and Half Dome
- Go deeper into Yosemite with a guided, narrated tour
- Stay in luxury at Yosemite Valley Lodge right at Yosemite Falls
- Gaze out from the Tunnel View’s incredible overlook
Wake early and meet with your guides in Downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf. We cross the Bay Bridge heading into Oakland and on into the Central Valley. We make a quick stop at a local market for fresh food for the day before continuing our travels through California Gold Country.
We arrive at Yosemite National Park by late morning and begin our adventure down into Yosemite’s glaciated basin. Our guided tour includes plenty of steps to take in Yosemite’s iconic rock formations, frozen waterfalls and views including Half Dome and El Capitan.
After our tour, we make our way to Yosemite Valley Lodge, nestled right at the base of Yosemite Falls. Settle in before setting out to enjoy Yosemite’s stunning sites on your own for the rest of the afternoon.
Your guide can recommend plenty of activity options including continuing your tour of Yosemite’s valley, snowshoeing some of the trails, exploring the Ansel Adams Gallery, ice skating at the ice rink in Half Dome Village, taking a twilight hike with a Yosemite guide, cozying up to some fireside storytelling at the historic Majestic Hotel, or seeing what excellent dining options the area has to offer.
Sleep in or wake early before enjoying a fresh breakfast at Yosemite Lodge. Check your bag at the front desk, where you can pick it up before heading home. Then, you have another day of exploring Yosemite’s wonders before you.
Fill your day with whatever activities you wish that you couldn’t fit in yesterday afternoon. Rejoin the group at 3:30 in the afternoon at Yosemite Lodge before heading back to California. There’s plenty of sites to enjoy on the drive as well—orchards, mountains and the San Francisco skyline—before reaching your hotel for the evening.
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Each guest is provided with a packing list prior to their trip.
- Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel
- Professional, knowledgeable guide
- Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
- Yosemite Park entrance fee
- Narrated guided tour on Day 1
- Free time to do as you please
- Breakfast on Day 2
- Meals (other than breakfast Day 2); stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day.
- Ice skating, skiing, etc
- Guide gratuity (optional)