Yosemite Valley Lodge Winter Tour

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Yosemite Valley Lodge Winter Tour

Highlights / General details
Join our 2 Day Yosemite Winter Tour. Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter season and run away with us for two days of crisp, fresh mountain air. Here you’ll witness a Yosemite that few tourists get to see: towering granite monoliths blanketed in snow and magnificent waterfalls frozen in time.

At night, kick back with a warm drink, arrange a twilight or night hike, or hear stories told fireside at the historic Majestic Hotel and sleep comfortably in the Majestic Hotel, Yosemite Lodge at the Falls or in a heated tent cabin right in Half Dome Village. During your free time, you’ll have the flexibility to craft your own experience: hike some of the valley trails, join a ranger program, go snowshoeing, ice skate, or take a guided tour of the valley floor. Only the explorer who visits Yosemite National Park in the winter months will truly understand the exquisite silence and majestic views that endeared travelers like John Muir, Ansel Adams, and Theodore Roosevelt to this astounding landscape.

Inclusion
Complimentary pick-up/drop-off from your San Francisco hotel; Professional, knowledgeable guide; Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach; Yosemite Park entrance fee; Overnight accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge); Narrated guided tour on day 1; Free time.

Exclusion
Meals (stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day); Ice skating, skiing, etc.; Guide gratuity.

Hours of operation
Available daily during November-March, pick-up from 6:00am-7:00am.

Duration
2 days - approximately 39 hours door-to-door. Drive to Yosemite is approximately 3.5 hours each way.

Location
Hotel pick-up is from 4 central San Francisco locations: Sheraton FW, Le Meridien, Hilton Union Square, Holiday Inn Civic Center and Dublin BART Station.

Itinerary

Day 1:
6:00 – 7:00am: Make your way to your assigned pickup location to meet your guide.
7:00 – 11:30am: Cross the Bay Bridge and see Alcatraz and Angel Island. Travel through Oakland and the East Bay, then on to the Central Valley. There will be a quick stop at a local fruit stand to pick up some fresh produce and an opportunity to buy lunch in advance (not included). Travel through the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills.
11:00am – 12:30pm: Enjoy a narrated, guided tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley with its famous waterfalls and rock formations from the comfort of the mini-coach (with a few photo-stops) as you descend into Yosemite Valley, and learn some history about this amazing park. From these higher elevations, you can see El Capitan, Half Dome, and many of the frozen waterfalls all at once!
12:30pm: Stop for the afternoon at your accommodations at Yosemite Valley Lodge or Half Dome Village; both are conveniently located IN Yosemite Valley. Check in, or just store your luggage at the front desk. Maps and guides 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 and other food recommendations.

Day 2:
7:00am – 3:30pm: Hang out in Yosemite all day! Just be ready to meet your group back at Stop 7 at 3:30pm for the journey back home.
3:30pm: Head back West through the mountains, orchards, and fields towards the city. Enjoy the skyline of San Francisco at night as we cross the Bay Bridge and return you to your lodging.

Additional Information
Please bring a small overnight bag (something that can fit under the seat); Hiking boots or durable sneakers (preferably gortex or waterproof); Warm layers (long underwear & wool fleece suggested); Waterproof jacket/pants for winter conditions; Gloves, wool socks and a hat (75% of your body heat is lost through your hands, head, and feet); Water Bottle & Sun protection.

Policies
Cancellation: 15 days prior 50% penalty, 1 day prior 100% penalty. No show 100% penalty.
Weather permitting. Some activities are not accessible in extreme weather or due to road closures. Every attempt will be made to find comparable activities if these options are not available during your trip.
Tours may be cancelled or modified due to lack of participation, vehicle breakdowns, weather conditions or road conditions.
Complete information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, will be included on your Confirmation Voucher.

**All information requested must be supplied or booking is subject to automatic cancellation**

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