Bindlestiff Tours

Yosemite Overnight Tour

  • Yosemite - Hiking Lansdscape
  • Yosemite - Hiking Tour Group
  • Yosemite - Sequoia Tree
  • Yosemite - Rush Creek Lodge
  • Yosemite - Rush Creek Lodge Room

Escape to the Sierra Nevada mountains for two full days exploring in the stunning natural wilderness of Yosemite National Park. Explore Yosemite Valley.

Tour Description:

Escape to the Sierra Nevada mountains for two full days exploring in the stunning natural wilderness of Yosemite National Park. Explore Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point, Giant Sequoias (weather permitting), and  more. Spend the night inside Yosemite National Park.

Important Information:

Departs 6am Monday, Wednesdays, Saturdays April – Oct
Duration: 2 days
All participants must be 7+ years of age.

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Highlights

  • Glacier Point
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite Falls
  • El Capitan
  • Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Tunnel View
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Half Dome
  • On this tour, you will see all the highlights of the park and build memories to last a lifetime!
  • 2 days in Yosemite National Park
  • Visit Yosemite Valley and the surrounding areas with a professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Overnight accommodation at Yosemite Valley Lodge
  • Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach (14 passengers maximum)
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel
  • Stay Overnight in a Comfortable Hotel!

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Yosemite, Explore the Valley And Giant Sequoia Grove
As you settle in for the 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.
You’ll know we’re getting close when the winding roads and earthy smells take us deep into the forest. We’ll take our first hike to the legendary Giant Sequoia Grove and enjoy picnic lunches, and wander among the world’s largest trees. Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations along the way while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.
Now it’s time to spend a few hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls, where those staying at the Yosemite Lodge can check-in leave their luggage. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.
At the end of the day we’ll come together as a group to check out the available dinner options, or you can take time to explore more of the park. Be sure to get a good night’s rest for a day of exploring Yosemite High Country tomorrow!
Day 2 – Free Time In Yosemite
Prepare to enjoy a full day with a plethora of views and options! We’ll drive as a group back to Glacier Point to see the majestic view of the valley floor. From here, you’ll choose how you’d like your day to go. Are you itching to get back on those trails? Would you rather peruse the visitor’s center and kick back with a beer and a slice of pizza? Do you prefer to check out the bike trails? Or does a day of exploring Yosemite Valley tickle your fancy? Today, you get to choose! Your guide knows all the different hike options, so check in with them for the skinny on which walks are the most or least rigorous and which ones offer the best views.
We’ll come back together to take our last group trek to the base of El Capitan where we’ll see climbers the size of ants approaching the summit before climbing back in the mini-shuttle to get back to San Francisco. 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 at approx 9pm.

Hotel: Yosemite Valley Lodge

The hotel is located at the base of Yosemite Falls – the waterfall that inspired its name! The lodge rooms are somewhat larger than “standard rooms”, and open to a patio or balcony. Rooms have a private bathroom, dressing area, activity table, telephone, & television with select programming (no refrigerators). Configurations include one king bed or two double beds. Please note: Yosemite Valley Lodge does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.

Note: If Yosemite Valley Lodge is unavailable you may be offered Cedar Lodge instead at a discounted price of $479 per person based on double occupancy. You may also select this option at the time of booking.

Cedar Lodge is situated in the picturesque Merced River canyon, on the edge of the river in the southern half of the Yosemite National Park area. The lodge features comforts such as a restaurant, bar, two swimming pools, a jacuzzi, and private beach access on the Merced River. The river flows cold and heavy in the spring and early summer but is comfortable to swim in during August and September. Room amenities include non-smoking rooms, handicap-accessible rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and spa on site, remote cable TV with CNN and HBO, coffee, and hair dryers.
 

Included

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofueled mini-coach
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • Narrated guided tour
  • Hotel accommodations (subject to availability)

 

Not Included

  • Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Guide gratuity (customary 15-20%)

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Testimonials

  • There were total 12 of us in this tour. It was an interesting international combination and we fitted in the van perfectly as we are all in average size. Our tour guide Michael is knowledgeable, friendly and always tried to accommodate our request.

    Do not miss out the Antelope Canyon (optional item), It’s one the best spots in this tour.

    The tour was the best as we had good tour guide and a group of good people! all the places are worth-seeing and itinerary is well arranged. Thanks mike and Bindlestiff Tours!

    5star

    A 3-day national park tour that you CANNOT miss!
  • Bindlestiff Tours was the highlight of our trip to the USA. We took a national parks tour to Zion, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, Bryce and the Grand Canyon. High quality tour with fabulous hotels- And I found all the hot tubs!
    We never went away hungry from the food choices Khriss made which included the surprise “Home made pie”, the chocolate cookies he provided for us during the long drives were very much appreciated.

    Indeed, our group, to a person, said unsolicited that Khriss was the BEST driver/guide they had ever had and valued his shared knowledge, his expertise, his professional, punctual service, his books, and his patience. They especially remembered his contagious smile, Southern wit, love of John Wayne and the West, and his amazing ability to have all our luggage [those big bags our girls always take] in place at the agreed departure time! Yes, we had a great time and are so appreciative of Khriss, who went above and beyond to see to the needs of everyone in our group. I speak for the group in thanking you all for a wonderful and unique SW experience! THANK YOU!

    5star

    Our small group had a very best trip to the SW US!
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    After a lot of research in internet about which Company to use to travel from Vegas and see the Grand Canyon and the highlights around there, I am so happy I finally chose Bindlestiff tours.
    My highlight of the trip was of course the helicopter flight over Grand Canyon, which was breathtaking. I would advise anyone to book the 55 mins flight in advance to avoid disappointment, for a bit more money than the 20 mins flight, you will be able to explore the Canyon best.
    Our guide, Mike, was very knowledgeable , funny but professional and made the whole group bond. We started as 12 strangers and ended the tour as friends .The fact of being a small group made the interaction with each other very easy .
    I felt this trip met my expectations if not exceeded them. This is a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to drive freely and you want to see the National Parks highlights around Vegas.
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    5star

    I cannot recommend this trip and Company enough
  • I spent 3 of my best days in the US on that tour. Perfectly organized and guided by JD Boyle, it gives the opportunity to visit legendary places and really feel the desert. To see the moon rise and the night fall over Monument Valley and the first sun rays above the same rocks the next morning was a dream come true. Thanks JD, thank you Bindlestiff! I hope to travel again with you some day:)

    5star

    National Parks Mini Explorer
  • Last summer I booked a 3 day trip covering Zion, Bryce, Monument Valley, Horseshoe bend, Grand Canyon, departing and end at Vegas. After one year, I still think this is the best trip I ever booked from a tour company. I was extremely lucky to have Vern as our guide & lead (also driver), a guy with great personality, also so experienced and professional in organizing everything. We were able to be quite flexible in deciding how long we wanted to stay in each place, which hiking trek to take, etc. I enjoyed every hiking route Vern recommended! I was travelling solo and was a bit concerned if I would be totally comfortable in joining a group tour, but it proved my concern was nonsense. The others in the group were very easy going and we got along well.

    Every park has its own uniqueness and amazing views. I loved every place really. The highlight for me is Monument Valley, apart from the sunrise (we had a great camping spot for watching sunrise!) and the safari tour, the whole place just felt so spiritual (my very personal feeling).

    I never felt rushed or bored during the 3 days. Most of the time I even forgot I was travelling with a tour company, I felt I was just travelling with a group of friends. Arizona and Utah not only have unique nature landscapes but also interesting social and culture characters.

    I would love to highly recommend Bindlestiff to everyone. If I have the chance, I will do another trip with Bindlestiff.

    5star

    Best tour ever, an unforgettable journey