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Travel by minibus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park on a small-group day trip to one of the most visually stunning places on earth — considered the crown jewel of America’s national parks. This full-day itinerary takes you through the orchards of the Central Valley to Yosemite Valley, stopping first for a stroll through a grove of giant sequoias. You’ll find plenty of photo ops of Half Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls! Numbers are limited to 15 passengers to ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
Yosemite National Park day trip from San Francisco with an informative guide
See El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Half Dome from Tunnel View
Walk under ancient redwood trees and hike during free time in Yosemite Valley
Hotel pickup and drop-off included by minibus
After pickup from selected hotels in San Francisco, board a comfortable minibus for the approximate 4-hour drive to Yosemite National Park. En route, you’ll make a snack stop among the fruit and nut orchards of the San Joaquin Valley before continuing on to the Sierra Nevada foothills and California Gold Country.
Entering the national park via historical Groveland, you'll stop for a guided hike among Yosemite’s giant sequoias — ancient redwood trees whose trunks span up to 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter. Your drive continues into the Yosemite Valley, stopping at Tunnel View for the quintessential photo op of that includes Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan and Half Dome.
After a close-up look at the falls, head to El Capitan, the world’s largest exposed granite monolith. Search for rock climbers ascending its sheer face, which rises thousands of feet above the valley floor. Then it’s on to see Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, whose lower and upper cascades form North America’s tallest waterfall.
During free time to explore on your own and purchase lunch (own expense), you can hike among numerous paths, snap more photos at the base of Yosemite Falls or visit Yosemite Village. Then meet back up with your guide for the return drive to San Francisco, with another quick stop for food in the Central Valley before your 14-hour tour ends with hotel drop-off.
This full day tour gave us quite a bit of time at Yosemite to walk around as well as time at the Sequoia grove. Both were very nice sites, I enjoyed that the guide gave us freedom to walk around on our own or with your group. The walk up and down to the Sequoia grove was somewhat challenging, that should be kept in mind for people with any physical limitations. They allowed a stop along the way to get snacks/beverages, no meals are included so be sure to get plenty of food and drinks! Overall great trip and good value!
I think this is a good way to become acquainted with the park and the area.
Our guide Brian was great , he gave updates info on the area. He made the trip a very easy going experience as we went through to each area of intrest.
We had plenty of time to get a feel of Yosemite like cooling off around a couple of the waterfalls (lower water fall at El Capitan and Bridalveil falls) in different spots, it was warm on this trip.. Brian got us some great views during the golden hours of the valley. I want to come back and do a nice long hike around the park.
I think the trip from the bay area (about 2 hours, Brian probably had it whittled down to a bit less) was worth the experience. I recommend it. for anyone curious to see Yosemite.
The tour guide(I would call him our captain!), he really was full of energy. He explained all about Yosemite while introducing us a lot of spectacular scenes. It took about 14 hours including riding time. It can be little bit tiring but it worth your time!!
Brilliant Day.The scenery and waterfalls are lovely. A must do trip to see the sights and the big trees.
Where do I start. Honestly, one of my favorite tours. Everything in this tour was outstanding. Patrick, our tour guide,has got to be one of our favorite tour guides. His knowledge about the city and Yosemite, how he connected the music he played to the actual area we were driving by on our way there and back. He was so well prepared. He just went beyond and made the whole experience an unforgettable one. Then we get to Yosemite, and it blew my mind of how beautiful this place is. I thought I was looking at a painting the whole time. Thank You Viator and Patrick. I highly recommend this tour.
Excellent tour particular commentary by tour guide and song selections was good overall a good experience
The best ever tour guide in Patrick the day was simply awesome !
my biggest highlight of the whole time in San Francisco.
Amazing! Highly recommend!
Though a long day, it was a great tour. Our driver was very knowlegable, curtious and gave us a lot of information along the way.
Great day out and informative guide, thanks!
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