Yosemite And Glacier Point With Ahwahnee Lunch - Yosemite National Park

Overview

Enjoy a luxurious full-day tour experience of Yosemite and Glacier Point. This tour is designed for a very small group, and chances are if you have 4 or more people in your group you mayget a private tour. Highlights include all the iconic sites of Yosemite Valley, including waterfalls and famous rock formations. An experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel, airport, or train/bus station. This tour also includes lunch at The Historic Ahwahnee Hotel (except on Sundays).

Highlights

  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Led by a local guide
  • Lunch included
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Details about this tour

Start the tour by getting picked from either the Fresno area, Oakhurst, Coarsegold, Mariposa, El Portal, Fish Camp, or Bass Lake. Enter the park from the Southgate and stop at Chinquapin and Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemites high country. Take a short walk to the Point for breathtaking views of the valley, Yosemite Falls, Nevada Falls, Vernal Falls, Curry Village, Ahwahnee Lodge, Merced River, and the surrounding mountain tops.

Those looking to do some hiking can explore the 4-mile downhill trail from Glacier Point. The trail ends on Southside Drive, where the guide will be waiting for you. Continue on to a few other sites in the valley, all en route to the famous Ahwahnee Hotel. Known for its magnificent faade and architecture, The Ahwahnee was specially designed to highlight its natural surroundings, which include Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point. The destination of queens and presidents alike, this distinctive Yosemite hotel offers a perfect balance of history, hospitality, and elegance and shines as Yosemite National Parks distinctive AAA Four-Diamond hotel.

Visitors who choose not to hike will drive back to Chinquapin and down to the Yosemite Valley. Starting from the Tunnel View, soak up incredible views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, The Chapel, Sentinel Bridge, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Head to the Ahwahnee Hotel for lunch and then visit the meadows in front of El Capitan, where you might be able to see skilled rock climbers ascending its face. From there, drive along the Merced River to check out the President Roosevelt and John Muir campsites. Throughout the tour there will be ample opportunities to take beautiful pictures from the best locations.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Sports Refillable Water Bottle or Bottled Water
  • Lunch at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel (additional fee on Sunday)
  • 10 Gratuities for your Guide is included ( you can pay additional if you desire directly
  • Entry/Admission - Glacier Point
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - The Majestic Yosemite Hotel

Exclusions

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Glacier Point is usually closed in winter from November to April. Any of the highlights listed on this tour may be closed due to weather or construction. We will do our best to show alternative sites.

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Parents with small children must provide car seats and/or booster seats if necessary.

Infants from 0-1 years must be in the back seat strapped into a rear-facing car seat until they reach 20 pounds

Children between 1-8 years (or heaver than 20 pounds) must be in in the back seat (some exceptions apply) and strapped into either: a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum height/weight limit for the seat, a front-facing car seat with a 5 point harness until they reach the maximum height/weight limit for the seat, a booster seat if under 4 feet 9 inches and over the height/weight limit for a car seat or a regular seat belt in the back seat if taller than 4 feet 9 inches

Seniors must bring their Senior National Park Pass

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Reviews

  • Isabelle R
    30-Jul-2019

    This was our first time to Yosemite and we used this tour as an opportunity to learn the history and get a sense of the landscape (i.e get our bearings on day 1). We used the feedback that Rick (our guide gave us) to do various hikes and drives. We took advantage of the fact that we went in the summer, and drove down Tioga Road to Tuolumne Meadows (we saw a bear in this area) to Tioga Pass and Mono Lake. It was an amazing experience, the views were great and we were all taken about by the change in temperature from approx. 99F in Yosemite to approx. 64F at the Tioga Pass.

    In addition, we hiked up to Nevada Falls through the Mist trail, and then came down the John Muir trail. This was certainly a great route because while hiking up, we were under half dome.

    I would definitely recommend this tour, but WITHOUT the option of the Ahwahnee Lunch, as we di fee that we were gipped.

    The only part that I did not appreciate in the description, is that the description in Viator makes it seem like lunch is included. That is not the case. The company will make reservations for you at the Ahwahnee for lunch, however lunch is on you. This was not clear in the description of the tour. I did not make a big deal at the time, because this has nothing to do with the tour guide himself, however had I known that lunch was not included and all they were doing was taking us to the Ahwahnee, then I would not have booked this option. Below is the description per Viator:

    What's Included
    Check - Hotel pickup and drop-off
    Check - Sports Refillable Water Bottle or Bottled Water
    Check - Lunch at the historic Ahwahnee Hotel (additional fee on Sunday)
    Check - 10 Gratuities for your Guide is included ( you can pay additional if you desire directly
    X - Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    X - Gratuities

    The tour also says its 9 hours, but we were picked up at 8:00am and dropped off at 2:30pm (so it was approx. 6.5 hours).

  • Afsaneh B
    01-May-2019

    It was the best tour ever, handled by Crossroads Tours locally and Rick our tour guide who was absolutely fabulous and so knowledgeable. The lunch at Ahwahnee fell on Easter Sunday and as mentioned in the tour package required an extra $25 / person and since all of us wanted to spend more time sight seeing rather than eating a big brunch, we opted out of that. Instead what we got as included in the package was a delicious gourmet sandwich with cookie and fruit and we got to eat it at The Ahwahnee hotel in a secluded part of the lobby with beautiful views and drinks that we got at the Ahwahnee bar ; ))
    Overall if your time is limited at The Park, this was the best tour for seeing all the main sights, and the Sequoia Grove. Thank you Rick, Ram and Sarah.

  • Richard K
    23-Aug-2017

    We had a fantastic tour of Yosemite and saw all the major attractions. Steve our guide was awesome and gave us a good amount of information about the Park and all it's features. Lunch at Ahwahnee was a real treat. I can highly recommend this tour to anyone who has not been to Yosemite since it will give a good overview and understanding about the Park

  • Msumaryann
    05-May-2017

    This is the perfect tour especially if you have never been to Yosemite and have limited time. We were picked up at our hotel lobby at time arranged through a call the day prior. The guide picked us up in a very comfortable Ford Expedition. There were only 2 couples on our tour so very private and personalized. Because Glacier Point is closed this time of year we spent entire day in the valley. We stopped at all the major sights and had enough time to enjoy the falls, views and take photos. Loved the early stop at Fern Spring where Mick our guide provided us plastic water bottles to fill and drink from throughout the day. There is a bit of walking but not too bad if in fairly good shape. Good hiking, or water proof walking shoes, are needed this time of year. Dress in layers as temps can fluctuate. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful, funny with personal stories and flexible to our wishes. The lunch at the Majestic hotel dining room always be the Ahwahnee to me was excellent. It included selecting one item from salad, sandwiches and entrees plus one non-alcoholic beverage. We got to sit at the Queen's table in the end alcove with best view. Named so as Queen Elizabeth dined at this specific table when she visited. We were picked up at 7am as in hotel near south entrance. We got back at 3:30 quite tired but happy that we saw and learned do much. This tour is a bit pricey but for us so worth it as we didn't have to worry about driving, parking or how to get to each site. We learned more having a guide and enjoyed company of the guide and meeting the other couple. Yosemite is such a magnificent cathedral of nature that not having to worry about the mundane allowed us to enjoy more fully. At the end of the tour we were given an insulated tote bag-a nice memento.

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