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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.
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!
Great tour and great guide!
Great Tour, The time that you have in Yosemite is quite enough to see the most important things of Yosemite. The Secuoyas forrest and the main things of Yosemite Valley, water fall, river and to do a small hike. Calder the driver was very nice, explaining everything, about SF whe we're leaving it and things about the landscape on our way to Yosemite, as well as things in Yosemite, he stopped few times to let us to take pictures. He also stopped in front of El Capitan to take pictures and looked for climber with his binoculars and the share them with us to shoow the climbres
This tour was incredible!!! Highly recommend it. Yosemite is one of the most beautiful parks I've ever seen and Brian was a wonderful tour guide. Brian is very familiar with the area and strategically took us to different locations to beat the tourist traffic. He planned it our perfectly, loved it!
This is a beautiful place to spend a day or more. It is a way out from San Francisco but close enough to be a comfortable day trip.
There is plenty of inbuilt free time a key locations and the day panned out well. Our guide was good, lots of useful tips and hints as to how to get the best from our time.
The main highlight of our trip was the stunning Yosemite valley. Stunning mountain views of El Capitan and the Half Dome. The beautiful waterfalls and the pleasure of just walking in the stunning scenery.
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