IMPORTANT: There is an approximately 75 - 90 minute commute time on YARTS shuttle from where we drop you off in the park (Valley Lodge) to the hostel. YARTS shuttle will drop you off at bus shelter on SR 140 from where you walk about .25 miles (400 meters) first down and then up a hill, with no street lights. Please be prepared with a flash light if you are planning on getting back late and during winter time.
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 - 1:00 PM
On your Yosemite tour, enjoy the amazing views of the valley, El Capitan, Half 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
Your independence begins. Check out your options, check your bags, and check out Yosemite! And check your YARTS schedule for departure times, because you are staying outside the Park!
Check into the hostel, have a nice dinner, sit by the fireplace, relax, have a brew, and get a good night's sleep so you can get up early for another exciting day in Yosemite.
Get up early, and get ready for your second exciting day! Walk to the YARTS stop and get back into the Park. Check the schedule & be early.
You decide! Get some maps, talk to the rangers or the staff at the Village and the Lodge and get some ideas. DO NOT miss the last YARTS bus out! Ask for schedule updates.
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.)
Check the schedule and take YARTS back to the hostel, have a nice dinner, reflect upon the days experience, and get a good night's sleep so you can get up early for another exciting day in Yosemite.
7:00 - 8:00 AM
Get up early, check out, grab your bag, and walk to the YARTS stop so you can get started.
8:30 - 1:00 PM
Spend the morning in Yosemite on your own. This is a good day to do one or 2 short hikes, like Mirror Lake or Lower Yosemite Falls. Grab a lunch, and get back to Yosemite Lodge.,
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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.
Yosemite 3 Day Tour Available All Year.