Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
Drive through gold rush towns to the scenic Sierra Nevada
Discover the Tuolumne Grove on a 1-hour hike
Stop at Inspiration Point for a photo op of Half Dome
Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or exploring the Valley Visitor Center
Hear commentary from a guide about Yosemite's natural landmarks such as El Capitan
Pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels
Why Travelers Choose This Tour
Get an intro hike to Tuolumne Grove and an optional picnic lunch with this tour.
One of the most-visited parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park is famed for its wild beauty and massive natural attractions. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel (do not pick up at all SF hotels), cruise across the new San Francisco Bay Bridge and through historic Gold Rush towns as the urban bustle gives way to the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada. When you arrive at the park, stretch your legs at Tuolumne Grove with a hike among some of the oldest and largest trees in the world (weather permitting). Crane your neck to see the top of the giant sequoia trees, including a tunneled-out tree large enough to drive a car through. Continue on to Inspiration Point for an unbeatable view of Yosemite’s photogenic valley framed by the giant granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. Look for expert rock climbers trying to scale the world-class cliffs and, in springtime, watch the thundering cascade of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy 1–1.5 hours of free time to explore the park on your own. Rent a bike and cruise along the flat paths of Yosemite Valley (not included), hike to a nearby waterfall or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to see some of the most famous images of the park ever captured on film. Lunch options include a picnic on the Merced River or a casual meal at the Yosemite Lodge (own expense). Reconnect with your guide at the appointed time, and relax on the scenic drive back to San Francisco. Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year. The giant sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails, and other activities may be substituted.
Jason our day guide was helpful and knowledgeable. He has given a history class on board the bus. The bus took a stop at a supermart for toilet break and refreshments, thereafter we head straight to the park. Park fee is covered and bus stop at a few iconic sites for phototaking before heading to visitor center for our own free and easy walk around the area near lower Yosemite Falls until 3 pm, we met up and the bus ferry us back to hotel. No frills. Save the energy for self drive down the winding roads.
A long but worthwhile day overall.
The weather is the catch so choose your dates wisely,
If you want to see the sequoia stand then go later than mid spring for a better chance.
The trip through Californian farm land is very interesting.
The tour was fantastic, but don't expect to get back to San Fran till 9:30 -10pm. I was told I would get back at least by 8-8:30. This was disappointing, as this meant I missed a dinner with friends that I hadn't seen in over 2 years.
The lateness was not because of traffic.
The Park is incredible - a must see. I was so lucky to see it whilst there was snow - so beautiful. Definitely worth the long day.
Bus was a little rough though - suspension needs attention!! And there wasn't free wifi on the bus as advertised.
Wonderful day in Yosemite p[ark. Despite the long time spent on the road, it was very impressive seeing all this this beautiful nature. I would suggest doing a multi day tour and sleeping over night at park. That would be great!
Although it took a number of hours to reach Yosemite, it was time well spent. The awe inspiring views of El Capitan and surrounding mountains were spectacular. Our guide showed good knowledge of the area, taking us to the best locations for photo opportunities.
14 hours trip was very long and tiring outing but Gino our driver, guide , time keeper and story teller had made it fun and interesting. He has lots of surprises for us, always keep the spirit high within the group. Excellent service from Estronomical Tour. We are blessed with very Good sunny weather and understood we are the last group to follow the normal summer route in mid November . We enjoyed every moment and would highly recommend this tour to our friends. Keep up the good service guys!
Truly spectacular! Our guide, Constantine, was delightful. He was knowledgeable and smart. Took us to see the best places and managed time wisely. Would very highly recommend him!If there was anything that could have been better, it was the bus. It shook and creeked. The seats were a tad uncomfortable as well.