Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
I would not book the lunch at the Ahwanee Hotel if you are looking to do any hiking in the park. Although the hotel is beautiful, you are better served to take a lunch or eat power bars. Our bus driver, Kirk, was excellent. I felt we could have had more direction available to be able to take short hikes. Instead we were given vague information about what was able to be seen from various stops. Pick was late and we had to wait for a group that was overlooked in the original pick-up. We had a good ocerview, but were disappointed in the options for hiking. They had said there were ranger guided tours, but were never given concrete information about were you located these opportunities.
Guide and driver were very friendly and informative. Skilful driver helped made the winding ride through the mountains bearable. Knowledgeable and passionate guide gave us new insights into history of both San Francisco and Yosemite. Overall highly enjoyable day trip out!
This trip was fantastic! We went on an extremely hot day (107degrees!) in early July. Thankfully the minibus was air conditioned so the journey was comfortable. Our tour guide was great, really informative but not too overwhelming. Yosemite itself is just beautiful, so much to see, i took so many pictures! We were driven to Inspiration Point (amazing!) where we got out to take pictures, and were then dropped further into the park and allowed 3 hours to explore ourselves. The only reason i have given it 4 stars was because there was a mix up and the minibus didn't arrive to pick us up, we had to get a cab to meet it at Fisherman's Wharf. It's a long day (6.30am start, 8pm finish) but i'd thoroughly recommend it! Don't visit San Francisco without a trip to Yosemite!
It is worth getting up before God. Not having to drive and enjoying the scenery was great.we had a small bus load (17) and our guide was a stitch! she had a ton of information and many good stories to tell. Got a taste of the park and so when we go back we can see it on our own.
What a beautiful part of the world and an amazing place! A truly nice day trip from San Francisco. The views are truly spectacular! The loop bus within the park was quite convenient.
Driver was very informative and knowledgeable, however, this trip would require more than a day to really explore and admire the sights.
Our tour guide had a great sense of humor and made the roadtrip very entertaining. We only had 2.5 hours at the park, but the time spent was definitely breathtaking! Next time I will opt for the 2 day tour at least. There are so many beautiful sites to admire.
Michael was a great guide and 1 day was enough for a quick trip to SF.
Warning for travelers..go to the bathroom before you catch your "hotel pick up bus". This bus takes you to the main office where there are NO bathrooms there or on the tour bus. .there is a small food place around the corner. Also bring your own water etc.
The scenery was beyond amazing, we were just disappointed to not get up to the Sequoia trees. Rather than a two hour "on your own time", how about including a box lunch in the price of the tour that could be eaten on the bus in order to get everyone up to those Redwoods? Tour guide was good, and made lots of stops for photo opportunities and genuinely seemed to want to make sure we all had a chance to see and photograph the many gorgeous sights!
The driver was great at giving information and pointing out things along the way. He stopped at a fresh fruit and vegetable stand and at deli so we could pick up lunch. It was wonderful way to have a picinic lunch in the park. I would recommend this trip as a way to get to a national park without having to drive.