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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  13 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. Choose to start your time in Yosemite with a reserved lunch at the renown Ahwahnee Dining Room or head straight to the park to begin your adventure. Take a walking tour of the park with your knowledgeable guide or strikeout on your own. You'll have around four hours within Yosemite to explore the scenic wonders of Yosemite Valley.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Operated by luxury motor coach, with FREE drinks served on board
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Relax and explore the park independently or engage in a guided hike
  • Opt for a prearranged lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle
  • Accompanied by expert guide, in addition to driver

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Yosemite is a must-see and this day trip gives you both a guided tour and time on your own for a full experience. Having lunch in the lovely and posh Ahwanee restaurant is certainly a treat and having it ready when you get there is a real time saver leaving you with more time to enjoy Yosemite.

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What You Can Expect

Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Visit Yosemite National Park, California

Begin your journey with hotel pickup by luxury bus or van complete with posh amenities like hardwood style floors in the bus and wifi in all vehicles. After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills, where the Forty-Niners panned for gold.

Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Glaciers cut through these mountains, forming the spectacular granite monuments you'll see throughout the park. There are many sights and activities to keep you occupied. Visit the Ansel Adams art gallery or rent a bike (own expense). Spend time at the visitor's center to learn more about this beautiful park or head to the ranger's station for engaging walks and talks. Watch basket-weaving and beading demonstrations in the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or take a stroll along the Merced River. You'll have approximately four hours to spend in the park.

If you select the lunch option, you'll enjoy a prearranged lunch at the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room before exploring the park. Lunch includes an Italian sandwich with potato salad and an ice cream dessert. After lunch, you'll rejoin your guide for a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls or you may choose to adventure on your own. You'll have approximately three hours to explore the park with or without your guide.

Highlights on your Yosemite National Park day trip include:

  • San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge
  • Sierra Nevada Range
  • El Capitan
  • Bridalveil Falls
  • Vernal Falls
  • Merced River
  • Yosemite Falls
  • Cathedral Spires
  • Half Dome

At 4 pm, reconvene and head back to San Francisco, driving through the Stanislaus National Forest, with a feeling of fulfillment having seen one of the worlds greatest wonders.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We couldn't have asked for a better day or tour guide! Ray was terrific - informative, funny, and caring. There were just enough stops along the way and once we were in Yosemite for breaks and photo ops to make the ride bearable, and plenty time in the park to get the sense of the wonder of it all without feeling we needed to do everything there was to do. Haven't had a bad experience with VIator tours yet!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing tour! Definetly check out the Gaint sequoia's. Our tour guide Manny was great! Helpful, very knowledgable and full of comic gold! Some people say they have seen larger pieces of granite then el capitan.. No they haven't.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

awesome place to visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely amazing, awe inspiring place. The tour guide was incredible, had a wide range of knowledge and information about everything really. Would highly recommend this

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Awesome day!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The driver (guide) was fantastic. He told to us many things on the way about places we went thru. And he was also funy. Thanks to him I forgot that the tour started late. I meet few guides during my US holiday and he was the best. He made my day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour is amazing. Yosemite national park is a must when you come to USA. Our driver who's also our guide is absolutely amazing and very dedicated to his job. He gave out all interesting information throughout the tour.

Danzer1492
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was a wonderful day, and everything was perfect: The trip, the driver, the fellow travelers, the weather, and this magnificent place. I must particularly complement our driver Taboosh.....he is a
treasure and I hope you take good care of him.

Patricia Pallas

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Great trip. Tour guide was fantastic and we had a great day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

One of the most beautiful places on earth!! I'd highly recommend this tour! The coach was really comfortable and the driver really knowledgable. You get around 3hrs in the park which is plenty of time to hike to lower yosemite falls and take the free shuttle around all the main spots and villages.

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