Yosemite Stay & Play Winter Hotel Tour 2D/1N

Join our Yosemite Winter Hotel 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 Ahwahnee Hotel and sleep comfortably in the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. 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 travellers like John Muir, Ansel Adams, and Theodore Roosevelt to this astounding landscape.

**Note: 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.

**This tour runs daily, November-March. See our Yosemite Experience 3 Day Lodge Tour for summer-season overnights in Yosemite.

Tour Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter
  • Towering granite monoliths blanketed in snow and magnificent waterfalls frozen in time
  • At night, kick back with a warm drink and arrange a twilight or night hike
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**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. **  


  • - Accommodation in hotel or heated tent cabin
  • - Complimentary pick-up/drop-off from select San Francisco hotels
  • - Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
  • - Professional, knowledgeable guide
  • - Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • - Narrated guided tour on day 1




Named one of the best places to spend the holidays, this historic hotel is centrally located in the Yosemite Valley and offers luxurious accommodations with either one king or two double beds, Wi-Fi, flat screen TV and a refrigerator. In the morning before exploring, head on down to their famous brunch buffet in the lounge, and enjoy sipping your coffee in front of the very fireplace where President Theodore Roosevelt sat on many vacations of his own. *Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.  


Stay in comfortable lodging inside the park, with the iconic valley only steps away from your door!

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.



Stay cosy and warm in these rustic tents – only a few feet away from ice skating and other fun Yosemite Village activities!

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.

** Yosemite Winter Tour Scheduling Tip: Accommodations in Yosemite park are in very high demand (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.


Departures - Independent Adventure:

Daily - November to March



6:00am – 7:00am:
Make your way to your assigned pickup location to meet your guide.

7:00am – 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-(end of day):

Stop for the afternoon at Yosemite Valley Lodge; right at the base of Yosemite Falls. Check in to the hotel, or just store your luggage at the front desk (and pick up your Stay and Play tickets if you’ve ordered them). 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 that may include:

  • – getting some lunch or dinner at any of the wonderful restaurants in the area (dining guides available upon request)
  • – spending time at the main visitor’s centre or the Ansel Adams Gallery
  • – hiking some of the trails from the valley (snowshoes are available for rent at Curry Village if you’re feeling adventurous)
  • – listening to fireside storytelling at the Majestic Yosemite (previously Ahwahnee) Hotel
  • – taking a twilight or night hike with an experienced Yosemite guide


7:00am (or whenever you choose to start your day):
Enjoy breakfast at Yosemite Valley Lodge (included in your stay – just present them with your ticket!), and then head back out for another day of exploring. Check your bag at the desk, and pick it up when you’re ready to head home!

8:00am – 3:30pm:
Hang out in Yosemite and do as you please*; just be ready to meet your group back at Yosemite Lodge at 3:30pm for the journey back home.

3:30pm – 9:00pm:
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.