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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 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.
One word Wow!!!!!
Now for some more words - stunning, breathtaking, amazing!
Our trip to Yosemite was the highlight of our holiday and the most beautiful place I have ever visited and I'm so pleased I choose this particular company to go with.
First they pick you up right outside your hotel in a 15 seater minibus and the guide/driver I think his name was Brian? was very welcoming and outlined the plans for the day. We were extremely fortunate with the traffic and got to the park in very good time which was a bonus but obviously out of the control of the driver anyway. We even stopped at a lovely little farmers market on the way to pick up snacks and use the restrooms. Our driver then explained we were doing our stops in a different order to the order many of the larger bus tours do theirs to try to avoid unnecessary crowds. He did however pull over for photo opportunities where he knew we could get good shots from. When we arrived at Yosemite falls we had 1 and a half hours of free time could easily have spend about 4 hours here though and my son and I decided to climb the falls to take a swim in the pool at the top. The climb was not easy I have 3 bruises to prove it but was worth it and we even discovered an easier route down along the edge rather than up the middle as we went! After a swim under the falls we had to head back to the bus grabbing a quick take away lunch from the lodge in the park. Then we moved on to El Capitan to check out the climbers unfortunately there weren't any climbing due to the smoke and weather but a great spot for photographs. Then we continued on through the park with a few more photo stops before going to see the enormous and impressive Sequoia trees and a 45-60 minute walk down to the tunnel tree and back. Then unfortunately it was time to head back but again this was broken up with a quick toilet break at a service station and a slightly longer stop at a small outlet with a supermarket and restaurant to grab some more food and drinks.
Our guide was also very interesting and informative and obviously enjoys his job and knows his stuff. He also provided some entertainment in the bus with a selection of films and documentaries to help pass the time. He also let my son sit in the spare seat up front with him so he had a better view and chatted to him and answered his questions and pointed out places of interest.
It may have been a long day but it really didn't feel that bad and it's definitely worth it. If you are considering this trip then book it. You really won't be disappointed with the sights you get to see during this trip. A place I would definitely recommend seeing!
Incredible doesn't even express how wonderful it was. It was a sight that I don't believe I'll ever experience again. It amazed me how overwhelmingly beautiful nature is. Stunning.
It was a very long day but seemed to fly by. We stopped at a local market/farm on our way to Yosemite. Wonderful
absolutely amazing day....well worth the early morning pick up!!!!
Great way to see Yosemite in one day with a small tour group of 12 ! Easy pickup from hotel. Amazing views of El Capitan, Half Dome, the giant sequoia trees and the falls. Mike our tour guide was knowledgeable and provided us with awesome information about the park. He brought us to the right spots with enough free time to enjoy, hike, and take lots of pictures of this beautiful national park. Transportation back and forth was comfortable in a luxury van and included restroom stops. Worth the money ! !
Even though it's a long day it is well worth the time. The scenery when you get ther is spectacular. Mike our driver knew the best place to stop for food and refreshments. He was informative, but also gave us time to rest and relax. I would highly recommend this day trip and if you have time stay overnight as there is so much to see, and one day was not long enough.
This was the best spent money of my San Francisco visit. The day trip to Yosemite was very well organized. I was picked up in front of my hotel exactly at the advised time, the minibus was comfortable, driver knowledgeable and helpful, the timing of stops was good, and despite spending over 6 hours in bus in total no single drive was too long. The selection of sites to visit was excellent, and we were given enough time to enjoy each site plus several short stops to take photos. The swim in the Merced river in the valley was magic. And, of course, Yosemite is stunning, and the fantastic weather also helped. Highly recommended.
Amazing experience! Everything from the bus ride out there with the curated music playlist, to the stops and picture opportunities. Cannot recommend this tour enough!
Highly recommend. This trip was amazing. The driver was terrific and gave us a lot of time in the park. We stopped forvrestroom and food plenty of times. Our trip was terrific.
Our guide, Brian, was awesome! He knew the area well and knew where to take us at least peaks times throughout the day so that we could maximize our day in Yosemite. We had a nice balance of guided tour as well as free time to venture on our own. It was a great day in an absolutely beautiful national park!! So glad we took the chance on a day trip from San Francisco.
My son and I were on a wonderful vacation in San Francisco. Before we went, I saw an ad on google for Viator tours and thought the Yosemite tour sounded really interesting and booked it. We were so delighted with the tour and our guide. Brian was to put it mildly, fabulous. He knew all his passengers by name before we even got on the van. There were only 15 of us on the tour and Brian made us all feel welcome and special. I have a great deal of trouble walking, but was able to see everything comfortably as we road along. When we stopped for lunch, we did have a bit more walking than my body usually allows, but I found a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the views. While sitting there, Brian came over and stated that I deserved to have fun too and handed me a wonderful ice cream bar. Thank you for a wonderful trip Brian.
Excellent day and well worth the money and the long drive. Yosemite itself is awesome, the tour was well paced and in the short time we had available, we saw all the highlights. The guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. We were extremely lucky with the weather and have some great photos. The only negative was that they arrived about 40 minutes late to fetch us which cost me two phone calls to the office to make sure we weren't forgotten!
Patrick our driver was excellent, went to a lot of trouble to select music to help tell the history. He was very enthuastic about Yosemite.
The walk at the end of the tour was a challenge on the return journey but worth the effort.
Although it was raining and freezing during the whole morning exactly the day we had planned to go, the day then became sunny and the driver and tour guide Mr. Bryan from San Francisco I do not know the last name, took us to different places and amazing views. It was an incredible experience for me and my wife. Actually the morning was also special for us because we are from Costa Rica and it was a remarkable experience 0 celsius degrees. Ohh, and the car was in our hotel even before the agreed time. Excellent service.
One highlight of our holiday. It takes you on a tour of all the main sights in the national park and makes you want to go back for more. Friendly and informative guide who made the tour fun too. We were transported to and from our hotel in a comfortable minibus, which made the tour more personal too
We took this tour 2 weeks ago with Brian and loved every minute! It was a small group of 7 of us which made the tour very personal and Brian couldn't do enough to make sure we saw all that Yosemite has to offer. Even though we could not get to part of the activity due to the weather, we did not feel as though we missed out at all. This tour had the perfect amount of free time and guided tour and we would highly recommend this tour!
My boyfriend and I just went on this fantastic tour. We were lucky enough to get Patrick as our guide, who has an immense knowledge and repertoire of Yosemite/California history. We were daunted at first by the 4 hour trip each way, but Patrick was able to make the time fly by infusing the trip with a history of California through music, and we got to stop for a food/bathroom break around the halfway point both to and from. When we got to Yosemite, we were pleased to see stunning sceneries and beautiful landscapes, and got to spend 2 hours exploring on our own. Overall, fantastic trip!
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