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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

Calling all adventurers and independent travelers! Maximize your visit to Yosemite with an overnight stay on this comprehensive 2-day tour from San Francisco. Get your bearings on a guided tour through California’s most famous national parks, then enjoy plenty of free time at Yosemite to pursue your own interests at your own pace. With a choice of 3 styles of accommodation, you can spend two days exploring El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and more.


  • Overnight tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Guided tour of Yosemite's most famous attractions, including El Capitan, the Tunnel View, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls
  • Choice of 3 different styles of accommodation at Yosemite
  • Explore Yosemite on your own, at your own pace on this semi-guided tour
  • Scenic drive to Yosemite from San Francisco
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off from San Francisco hotels

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This overnight excursion goes straight to Yosemite, giving you more free time to enjoy this extraordinary park as you wish. Go hiking, rafting or rock climbing, or try to capture the perfect photo. Opt to stay in a tent cabin in the park for a more rugged experience.

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What You Can Expect

2-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco

Yosemite National Park

Your 2-day Yosemite tour begins with a scenic drive from San Francisco, passing through San Joaquin Valley along the way. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your guided tour visits famous landmarks including El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Tunnel View. In addition to offering amazing scenery, Yosemite is one of the first wilderness park in the USA and home to diverse wildlife such as golden eagles, black-tailed deers, marmots and even black bears – hopefully you'll be lucky enough to spot them during your visit.

After your semi-guided tour, enjoy free time to further explore Yosemite at your own pace. There are numerous activities for all interests - go rafting down the Merced River, learn rock climbing on Yosemite's beautiful granite cliffs or simply relax on an open tram tour of Yosemite Valley. Then, when the tour buses depart for the evening, you can sit back, relax and watch the sun set over Yosemite.

Choose from 3 different styles of accommodation to suit your budget for your overnight stay in Yosemite. Stay inside the park at Curry Village in a tent cabin, settle in at the comfortable Yosemite View Lodge or enjoy modern conveniences and a great scenic location at Yosemite Park Lodge.

On day 2, after having enjoyed a morning of free time, rejoin your tour group for the afternoon’s guided tour. You’ll be departing Yosemite in the late afternoon, arriving back in San Francisco by nightfall. Drop off at your San Francisco hotel is included.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Would do this tour again but stay longer. Yosemite is a beautiful place to visit and at your own pace.

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

i loved yosemite.the only thing lacking was we did not get to see the giant sequioas.the shuttle of the park is only available in the summer.i didn't know that.
lodging at yosemite at the falls: room was spacious,clean.

4 star rating: Recommended December 2012

We really liked our Yosemite trip and ANDY ,our leader was interesting, helpful and genuine. You could tell he genuinely liked his job. We enjoyed our overnight stay, but unfortunately it rained and rained. Would certainly recommend Viator to anyone, and we would certainly use Viator again.


4 star rating: Recommended August 2012

beautiful place and the guide is very nice. But the hotel is very standard. I miss to ride a bike again.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2012

The park was beautiful. The ride is 4+ hours so staying for overnight was a good call.

3 star rating: Worth doing November 2013

I enjoyed the free time in the Valley, good deason, wonderful stunning landscape! But I have to say thatI wished a better guide, when going from San Francisco to Yusemite. I think that it is more likely a bus transafer from San Francisco to Yusemite, can't feel any "guided" service. We were told to be picked up at 3pm next day, but the bus much later, and depart in fact at 4pm. I had to wait more than one hour for waitng the but and was very worried if I had missed the bus. I should have see more in the valley, if we could know that exact depart time from Yosemite. The driver did not feel any sorry for his late by saying:"that was yesterday, today changed". It would be nice, if we could have a sotp for enjoy the sunset. So I really feel, insteaf a "semi-guided tour" it is only a bus transfer.

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2013

The tour is actually the day tour split in two with free time to explore the park. The time in the park with the tour was fairly limited and mainly involved seeing vista points. If I had just been on the day tour I would have been disappointed. However the 24 hours free time in park with the 2 day tour was brilliant and gave enough time to start exploring the parks. Guide on the first day was brilliant and knew so much about everything, unfortunately the guide on the second day was not of the same level and a fairly quiet guide which was quite a contrast. Overall enjoyable tour.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2015

Very limited tour - you are paying for a transport service / accommodation, which at over 600 for myself and my partner for one nights accommodation I think is not value for money. On the outward journey, it was our tour guides first day and she read from sheets of paper on a few occasions during the 5 hour drive - very scripted and boring. The guide on our return journey was more animated, however there was a definite lack of tour / information given and most of the trip was spent listening to the bus radio. Yosemite is a great place to visit but we would definitely arrange our own trip next time. We stayed at the lodge inside the park option which was the Yosemite Falls Lodge which was very nice and close to everything.

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better May 2014

Review of 1 day tour as we re-arranged. Difficult to put a finger on it really..... A long, long day but then we knew that. I think it was a case of too many photo stops when we could have done with more time in the park. Driver/guide seemed a little irritated although tried to conceal this by being overly 'chummy'. Many, many references to 'tips' grated. Large notice by the bus door. We can read. We get it. Really we do.

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