4.5 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

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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 December 2014

This trip was amazing! Great stop along the way to pick up some local produce, dried fruits and veggies. I would highly recommend to take this tour with the lunch option. Lunch was at the Ahwahnee Hotel (parts of The Shining filmed here), and we were treated to a 2 course meal which was delish! and plenty of food. After lunch we had 3.5hrs to spend how we wanted in the park. Hire a bike, take the free shuttle or use your legs to walk around which is what I did. I managed to cover 80% of the area on foot in this time, I wish I hired a bike though.
Our driver took us to a few of the 'touristy' spots before dropping us off for lunch to get those amazing photos.
Overall, couldn't recommend this tour more highly. Our driver/guide Manny, was really great. Lots of info. Great day

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Adolfo, our bus tour guide was fantastic.
My kids loved the park. My advise would be to eat bring your own lunch and eat it before you get there so you can maximize the time at the park. Make sure you go to the waterfall first and try to move quick. There is one stop to buy snacks.

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