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This Yosemite National Park private tour from San Francisco provides a convenient and personalized way to see one of America’s top national parks in just one day. With a guide, you’ll travel to Yosemite by private vehicle, driving through Gold Country and the Central Valley. In the park, see its natural attractions like Half Dome and El Capitan. Activities are up to you—you can walk through Yosemite Valley, go hiking in search of waterfalls or even rent a bike, if you wish.


  • A private full-day trip with a guide to Yosemite National Park for up to six people
  • Tailor your trip by choosing from a variety of activities in the park
  • Stroll or hike through Yosemite Valley for grand views of granite cliffs and rushing waterfalls
  • Relax on the scenic drive through the Sierra foothills and California’s historic Gold Country

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What You Can Expect

Private Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Private Yosemite National Park Day Trip from San Francisco

Think you can’t squeeze in a trip to Yosemite National Park during your stay in San Francisco? Think again. This day trip from the city gives you the chance to see the park’s highlights without the need to stay overnight.

Start in the early morning with hotel pickup in San Francisco by private vehicle for the drive through California’s Central Valley and into the foothills of the Sierras. When you arrive at the park, be wowed by the introductory views of granite cliffs that plunge into Yosemite Valley, carved by glaciers thousands of years ago.

In total, you have about four hours in the park to explore. Learn from your private guide about Yosemite’s famous natural features and how they were formed, and then explore the park however you wish. You can head down walking paths, go for a hike, rent a bike (own expense) or find a spot to simply stare up in awe at the park’s most recognizable landmark, Half Dome.

Then experience more of the park by watching rock climbers on El Capitan, snapping photos of the valley, hiking to a waterfall or along a clear river, admiring the sequoia trees, or visiting Yosemite Museum to learn about the native people of this region. You can also see works by Ansel Adams at the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Your day trip ends with the drive back to San Francisco, passing Stanislaus National Forest on your way to the city for hotel drop-off.

Customer Reviews

Wilton R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Although it's a long drive from San Francisco, the grandeur of Yosemite is worth the drive. Our tour guide picked us up from our hotel at the time arranged and we set off in a 12 seated van. Being a small group meant we could pull into photo opportunities that a large tour group could not. Our guide Antonio was very knowledgeable and personable and went out of his way to make our trip memorable. Would happily recommend this tour.

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was our best tour yet. The tour was comprehensive. The guide was a great driver and very knowledgeable and he let us customize our itinerary.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

- Alex was a patience and friendly guide cum driver. very informative as well.
- highly recommended for people who do not have time but want to catch a glimpse of Yosemite National Park.
- only minus point is when we reach the hotel, the staff doesn't seem to be aware that we have a prebooked lunch which took quite some time to sort out.
- long drive from SF town, so be prepared with some snacks or drinks. During summer, pls prepare sun block as the sun can be quite harsh.
- recommended to stay longer at such a beautiful nature environment like 2 or 3 days.


1 star rating: I do not recommend this July 2016

So, I did not mind paying 1,300 for a private trip to Yosemite because my family was really looking forward to the visit. However, the trip was not as explained via the Viator itinerary. First, we wanted the private tour so we did not have to ride in a big bus. One of my children gets sick on buses and with the 4 hour trip each way a smaller vehicle was the best way to go. The day of our tour Mike our driver meets with us about 15-20 minutes late and explains that the vehicle that we were supposed to have got a flat tire the day before so we have a huge bus for the four of us.not good and my daughter was not feeling great the whole trip!!!! Mike was a good guy, but he was put in a bad situation. When I asked Mike where our tour guide was he said we did not have one and something about California people not wanting to work on Mondays. To Mikes credit, he went on the internet and wrote notes that he could share with us throughout the drive to Yosemite. The problem is Mike was reading the notes initially while he was driving. Additionally, Mike was unaware of the route to be taken and was following another bus until we were to stop a few hours into the trip. Between Mike first trying to read notes while driving and then trying to race to keep up with the bus he was following we almost wiped out numerous vehicles particularly with the frequent lane changes and catch up the other bus was much faster. After a hair raising trip for us and many California drivers I havent heard that many horns since New Years Eve we eventually got to Yosemite. We were supposed to have a tour guide speak about the area during the drive time when entering the park. That did not happen. As a matter of fact, Mike did not know where we were going and when he dropped us off he was up against an overpass that he could not fit under. Therefore, I had to help ground guide Mike to get him to turn around so he could get the bus out. 10 minutes later, some interesting driving maneuvers, so

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