San Francisco AMTRAK to Glacier Point and Yosemite Valley with Hotel
Includes the option to hike the breathtaking 4 Mile Trail. Includes lunch, water, snacks, entrance fees, and gratuities.
San Francisco to Yosemite Amtrak/Van/Hotel Tour – $379*/adult,
$199/child under 12.
* The Rates are based on Double Occupancy. Guests traveling alone will be usually charged $100 extra.
$150/additional night in Fresno Hotel
Amtrak Train from San Francisco to Fresno
On Day 1, board an Amtrak train in San Francisco for a relaxing ride to Fresno the day before your tour. You will be driven to your overnight hotel in Fresno, and picked up for your Yosemite tour the next day. When the tour is completed, you will be taken to the Fresno train station to begin your travel back to San Francisco. Your tour includes all train travel and one night of hotel accommodations. Upon booking, we will send you your exact Amtrak train schedule. If you are coming from the Sacramento, let us know, and we can book your train travel from Sacramento instead.
An example itinerary: Take the train on a Monday, arrive in Fresno Monday night, overnight lodging in Fresno on Monday night, take the Yosemite tour on Tuesday, return to San Francisco on Tuesday night.
On Day 2, we leave at 8am from Fresno where we pass through Coarsegold and Oakhurst to enter at Yosemite National Park at the South Entrance. We stop at Chinquapin, and then on to Glacier Point (where most tour companies do not and cannot visit due to commercial vehicle size restrictions). Glacier Point is an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the Yosemite High Country. This viewpoint is accessible by smaller vehicles from approximately late May through October of November. The short walk to Glacier Point will reward you with a breathtaking view of both Yosemite Valley and the mountain tops.
OPTIONAL FOUR MILE TRAIL HIKE
At Glacier Point, guests who are looking for hiking time have the option to hike down the Four Mile Trail, which will end on Southside Drive, where they can cross Swinging Bridge and follow the trail to meet us at Yosemite Valley Lodge.
The Four Mile Trail is about 5 miles from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley Lodge. Most of the time we offer the option of hiking down from Glacier Point to the Valley but sometimes due to scheduling we may offer the option to hike up to Glacier Point from the Valley. The elevation at Glacier Point is 7200 ft and the Yosemite Valley is at 4000 ft elevation. In 2016 President Obama and his family hiked this spectacular trail and only Crossroads Tours offers this option to you.
Crossroads Tours is not offering a personal guided hike and by accepting to hike on the Four Mile Trail or any other trails you are releasing Crossroads Tours from any liability. This hike is STRENUOUS and going downhill is very steep at some places and you must be prepared with appropriate clothing, shoes, walking stick, water and whatever else you may require. It takes about 2-3 hours hiking downhill. Crossroads Tours will allow you 4 hours maximum to reach the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Beyond 4 hours Crossroads may not be able to standby for you and you may have to find other transportation back. If Crossroads has to wait for you the cost will be $ 95 an hour which will be calculated after 4 hours.
In Yosemite Valley, we visit Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Yosemite Chapel, Sentinel Bridge, Half Dome, and Yosemite Falls. We take a break here for lunch and walk to the base of Yosemite Falls. Guests can find all types of food and beverages at the Yosemite Lodge Food Court. In addition, there are gift shops located here for purchasing souvenirs. Upon resuming, we visit the meadows in front of El Capitan to see if anyone is rock climbing. From there we drive along side of the Merced River and look at the place where President Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir camped in May, 1903.
Pioneer Village History Center and Historical Wawona Hotel
On our way back we stop at the Pioneer Village History Center and also the historical landmark Wawona Hotel where you can view young Sequoia trees of the Park. The Pioneer Yosemite History Center consists of historic structures from different eras of Yosemite history. Originally constructed in different locations throughout Yosemite, they were moved to Wawona in the 1950s and 1960s. Each building represents a different chapter in the Yosemite story. Allow Yosemite history to come to life as you travel back in time to an era of horse-drawn wagons, covered bridges, and log cabins.
The total time of the tour is approximately 10 hours from Fresno. In this tour people will see more of Yosemite National Park in one day than most other tours of Yosemite. We will drive you back to Fresno in time for your return train ride to San Francisco.
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