Yosemite Independent Tour | Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

Why We Love This Tour

“This is the best way to ensure that you get guaranteed accommodations in the park – plus you can explore at your own pace AND stay as many days as you want in the park!”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Semi-guided + round trip transportation & the accommodation of your choice
  • Accommodation choices between hotel or tent cabin
  • Witness massive El Capitan and Half Dome
  • See Yosemite Falls & Bridalveil Fall, among others
  • Channel your inner Ansel Adams at Tunnel View

… AND stay overnight in a comfortable Hotel!

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Price: $499

*Tent cabin rate based on double occupancy. Various rates based on accommodation selected. Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates also available.

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Yosemite Summer Semi-guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2+ Days)

Experience Yosemite on your own time, and stay in a comfy hotel or tent cabin! We will arrange your transportation and hotel reservation and leave the rest up to you. Enjoy ample free time and the ability to explore as you please. If you’d like our professional guides to show you the wonders of Yosemite National Park, then check out our guided Yosemite Summer Guided Overnight Lodging Tour!

Is it your dream to end a rigorous day of hiking next to the hearth of a giant fireplace? Do you prefer to cozy up under sheets rather than inside a toasty sleeping bag cocoon? Get all the sights, hikes, and fresh air without the grit of camping at one of Yosemite’s centrally located hotels or cabins. Get ready to wake up and explore the beautiful wilderness right outside your front door!

We offer door-to-door service, directly from San Francisco to your stay in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy a scenic, narrated drive through the Central Valley, into historical California Gold Country, and through the winding road through the stunning rock cliffs of Yosemite. Your guide will stop at iconic spots along the way so you can take pictures at Tunnel View and take in the breathtaking spectacles of Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and more.


If you only need a hotel reservation without transportation, please see the following pages to book the Yosemite Valley LodgeCurry Village Tent CabinsWawona Hotel, and the Ahwahnee Hotel.

*Glacier Point Road was closed to all traffic in 2022 to rehabilitate and improve the road. The road will be open sometime after early July, 2023, with delays.



6:00 – 11:30am: As we embark on our journey, we’ll pass by some exceptional San Francisco sights. Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the incomparable San Francisco Skyline as we head east on the Bay Bridge. You’ll taste a piece of California’s rich agricultural hub as we pass through a slice of the Central Valley famous for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries.

11:00am – 12:30pm: We’ll continue into the mountains as we connect with the rich history of California’s gold country, passing through some of the first settlements built during the Gold Rush. Take in the earthy forest smell as we make our way to the heart of the park. Your guide will pepper in stories and historical facts about the different sights. With an intimate group, there’s plenty of time to stop along the way to take pictures with the beautiful panoramas.

12:30pm: We made it! We’ll arrive in the early afternoon at the Yosemite Valley Lodge or Curry Village; both centrally located in Yosemite Valley. You can choose to quickly stash your luggage at the front desk and meander around the valley, or grab a map and plot your route for the day. Your guides will be sure to give you a run-down on your options for activities and where to get the best eats.



7:00am – 3:30pm: Now is your time to shine! Want to hike or bike around? You’ll have options to meander or bike down paved paths, hike the trails, engage further with the park’s history at the visitor center, or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. Make sure to keep an eye on the time to make your way to stop 7 for the 3:30 departure back to San Francisco.

3:30pm: Now is the time to kick back and enjoy the ride 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.

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to rapidly changing conditions (weather, crowds, traffic) in Yosemite Park and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we’re able to allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order.

**Important Tour Information: Because of our small-size vehicles, we have limited luggage space. Each passenger may bring one overnight bag. The under-seat storage space will accept ~13.5″x12″x11″ if the item is hard-sided; slightly larger if it is soft-sided. If you have larger luggage, most hotels in San Francisco will store your larger luggage after check-out or before check-in (some charge a fee for this service).

Lodging Options

Your Choice of Accommodation


Prices start at $979 double occupancy*

The National Historic Landmark hotel, the Ahwahnee is located in Yosemite Valley and known for its impressive interior design and architecture. The Ahwahnee offers luxurious accommodations and come equipped with a private bathroom, one king bed or two double beds, television and Wi-Fi.

*Single, triple and quad occupancy rates available.



Prices start at $619 double occupancy*

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is centrally located in Yosemite Valley at the base of the iconic Yosemite Falls! Enjoy large rustic lodge rooms that open up to views of the redwoods from your own patio or balcony. Rooms include either one king bed or two queens, and come equipped with a private bathroom, television, and wifi. Please note: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.

*Single, triple and quad occupancy rates available.



Prices start at $499 double occupancy*

Unplug and unwind in these rustic tent cabins in the center of Curry Village in Yosemite Valley, close to dining options, bike rentals, and an outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy a Ranger-Led Nature Program, slide presentation or scenic movie on a warm summer night. True to the original intent of Curry Village, these tent cabins feature wooden frames wrapped and covered with canvas, wooden floors and wooden doors. While they do have electric lighting, they don’t have electrical outlets, phones, TVs or plumbing. Guests are provided with sheets, wool blankets, pillows and towels during their stay. Bathrooms and showers are shared in a central location.

*Single, triple and quad occupancy rates available.


Only need the hotel? If you only need a hotel reservation without semi-guided transportation, please see the following pages to book the Yosemite Valley Lodge, Curry Village Tent Cabins, Ahwahnee Hotel, or Wawona Hotel.

Want to stay longer? If two days in Yosemite is not long enough for you, we can accommodate you by adding additional nights to your hotel stay. Just call our sales team at (800) 777-8464, and we will be sure to create the vacation package that works best for you.

Yosemite Tour Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in Yosemite park are in very high demand year-round (especially around the holidays), and space on this tour fills up fast! We recommend that you make your reservation far in advance of your intended travel date in order to secure the style of accommodations you want. If your intended accommodation is NOT available, we will try our best to help find something for you.

Book A Private Tour!

Book our Yosemite Summer Semi-guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2+ Days)
as a Private Experience

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know. While we love the ease of travel & new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted to bring our customers more options when it comes to booking a tour.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 8 guests. You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose exactly who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom experience you’d like to partake in anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Yosemite Summer Semi-guided Overnight Lodging Tour (2+ Days) as a private excursion now!

Your Choice of Accommodation

Our rates are based on a maximum of 8 guests with two quad occupancy guest rooms provided. After selecting your choice of accommodation below and choosing an available date, select the ‘private tour’ option.

Private + Cedar Lodge for 1-8 guests: $3,099 total


Private + Curry Village Tent Cabins for 1-8 guests: $3,259 total


Private + Yosemite Valley Lodge for 1-8 guests: $3,589 total


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