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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

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  • 14 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park, have lunch (own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide bus tour of the area and discover the park's charms on your own during your visit.
  • Day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Explore the park independently and enjoy a guided bus tour
  • Driver­-guide and commentary in English

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
  • Driver-guide and commentary in English
  • Yosemite National Park entrance fees
  • Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley and free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

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Start time

06:20 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Board your luxury vehicle for the trip to Yosemite National Park. Cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Central Valley into the foothills of the Sierra.

Upon arrival at Yosemite, embark on a guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Rent a bike (own expense) to cruise the valley floor, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, or hit up the rangers' station for informative lectures and guided walks. Peruse the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or stroll along the banks of the Merced River.

Afterward, meet back at the bus to return to San Francisco.

Financial District (Pass By)

Start your tour from San Francisco downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech businesses and Fortune 500 companies.

San Francisco Bay Bridge (Pass By)

Known as the Bay Bridge (or "the other bridge"), it is a complex of bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. This double-decker bridged services an estimated 260,000 vehicles per day, connects San Francisco and Oakland cities as a part of the Interstate 80.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • The Yosemite tour takes all day. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bring a pillow to sleep on the drive back.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Although it was a long day, it was well worth it to get a taste of beautiful Yosemite.
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Guide Alex was awesome....
Vikram_K, Aug 2022
Guide Alex was awesome. He stopped at many interesting places and took us to a farmer's market while coming back.
Great Introduction to Yosemite!!!!
MiLisa_C, Aug 2022
Our tour guide Joseph was wonderful, sharing many facts along the ride, and very helpful in planning our day. Jason was amazing in operating the coach! Felt very safe. The park was breathtaking. With the allotted time to roam on our own I was able to hike Columbia Rock and see Cook's Meadow. I recommend this tour!!!
Outstanding tour
Norbert_S, Aug 2022
The tour was magnificent, se had the good fortune of having excellent weather as well. Our tour guide Alex was outstanding, enternaining and friendly. We absolutely recommend this tour.
A wonderful day of memories
wfatkinson, Aug 2022
It was a great day with our Guide Alex and our bus driver. Alex gave us advice to get the most out of our time at Yosemite. Our bus driver did amazing driving the very curvy roads. We had a wonderful day seeing waterfalls, bear and deer. Lunch was good as well. Thank you both for a great day of wonderful memories
wonderful places
catherine_g, Aug 2022
i have a great time and amazing to our tourguide alex he's generous taking us to place we can do best picture.thank you to our driver he did a job well done,to bring us home safely..surely be back
Awesome Yosemite tour
Roderick_M, Jul 2022
The ride up and back on the tour bus was very comfy and felt safe. Our driver Jason was awesome and we learned so much from our tour guide Joseph! At Yosemite Joseph walked us around and guided us to get the most from our 3 hrs of free time. Would highly recommend this tour!!
Complain about the trip
Nayika_K, Jul 2022
Because the guide got covid19, we don't know how to do when we got there. We would recommend to prepare schedule for us.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Nayika On this Yosemite tour, our guide woke up sick and was covid positive. We didn't have enough time to look for another guide. For that reason, our Operation Manager went to the departure and told the passengers about the different stops and options to walk around. He offered all passengers the option of a full refund in case they did not want to do the tour or reschedule. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and enjoy a positive experience with us. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Beautiful landscapes and family time
Juan_D, Jul 2022
We had a very good guide called Joseph. He was very kind and gaved us a lot of information so that our visit was exceptional. Excellent tour recommended for the hole family…
The water fall and the...
Carla_P, Jul 2022
The water fall and the trees are beautiful. The cleanness of the park . Just walking through nature feels so peaceful.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello, Carla! I feel you. Yosemite is a true California treasure. Glad to hear you liked it and that we were a part of it. We hope to welcome again soon! Isabela Vieira, Gray Line of San Francisco
Majestic Yosemite
Rhonda_Y, Jul 2022
The tour was wonderful!! Yosemite was so beautiful and majestic that my pictures didn’t do it justice! Joseph our tour guide is fabulous! He’s a treasure trove of interesting history facts and stories. Archie our bus driver has some serious driving skills, and he also shares interesting information. They made a great team and really elevated the trip! There is a stop for food on the way there so you don’t have to pack a lunch if you don’t want to. We were lucky enough to get a view and see the waterfalls (which apparently disappear soon- winter is peak season to see them.) I definitely recommend this trip!
Overall, was a nice trip,...
Suzanne_S, Jul 2022
Overall, was a nice trip, but drove by sights instead of stopping, as implied. Driver was more worried about his tip than tour. Made a point to tell us we would be left if not back on time, but he came back 15 minutes late. He. also kept saying he wouldn't be paid if we came back earlier, etc. Not cool.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello Suzanne_S Thanks for your taking the time to share your experience. Yosemite National Park is a must-see in this area, with amazing views and unforgettable landscaping. As it is far away from San Francisco, we offer 3 hours in the park so that you can see all the highlights, but we can't stay longer or stop everywhere as we need to come back on time. Hope we can welcome you back again soon. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Wonderful Day At Yosemite ❤️
EDITH_G, Jul 2022
To start the trip was professionally organized- Driver Jack & Guide Joseph were just wonderful. They made sure we were safe, comfortable and informed. During trip we were educated on the history of SF and it’s surroundings. At all times we knew what to expect on our trip. Joseph made sure we knew what was available to us at our arrival to Yosemite. It was a beautiful day and trip. A must !!! Thank you all.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Hello, Edith! Thank you for your kind review of our Yosemite tour. Glad to hear that Joseph and Jack made your experience even more informative and wonderful. I'll share your comments with our entire team at Gray Line San Francisco. When we hear from happy customers like you, we spread the positivity around! We hope to see you soon! Isabela Vieira, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Gray Line of San Francisco
Excellent trip to Yosemite
Evelyn_W, Jul 2022
The tour was a great experience , Yosemite was stunning and the weather was perfect for the trip 10/10 experience. Jack and Joseph made the trip for us, excellent tour guides and Jack made me feel safe the entire way (he drove). Would recommend anyone to take this trip
A day to remember.
Guillermo_C, Jul 2022
This was an amazing time! The driver Jack and Alex were professional, informative ,friendly and funny. I highly recommend to travel with them.
The Best Falls
Cynthia_L, Jun 2022
The Yosemite Falls is excellent. It was nice to sit on the foot of the falls to breathe in cool air and also to dip into the water for a while.
Highly Recommend!
dave_j, Jun 2022
I was in San Francisco for a week and wanted to see Yosemite in person. This day trip was perfect for me. The bus was super comfortable and had a bathroom on board. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many fun facts about the city of San Francisco as we drove through. We made all the scheduled stops on the tour and were given good descriptions of each. Great photo's at all stops and we had 3 hours in the park. That was enough for a quick walk to a waterfall and another walk to a valley. I'm in my 40's, traveling solo, and a bit challenged with directions so I stayed with the quick and easy stops. Others in the group caught a shuttle and went further in the park with success. I felt I received a fair value and saw enough to make the trip worth it. Be warned that as they advertise, this is a full day trip with a 3-4 hour bus ride each way. There are also many twists and turns climbing the hill going to the park. None of that bothered me but it is good to know up front.
Tour guide was awesome!...
DaKota_A, Jun 2022
Tour guide was awesome! Bus was comfortable and the stops were timely and great! The free time was awesome except it would’ve been nice to know what options there were.
Yosemite itself was breathtaking but the time you get there was beyond disappointing.
Becky_M, Jun 2022
Our tour guide/coach driver was lovely, knowledgable, humorous and a pleasure but we only got 3 hours in Yosemite 🥺. This isn't enough time to hike to any of the main parts. You can sit at the very bottom of Yosemite falls but that's all the time allows. We attempted to walk to Mirror Lake but we wouldn't have made it back in time for the drive back. If you're looking to see parts of Yosemite from afar, then you'd probably be ok with this but if you actually want to scale and hike and see more then I wouldn't recommend this tour as you don't get the time to appreciate and explore such a breathtaking place. You leave feeling disappointed because you need and want some decent time there. The drive is long for such a small amount of time also. If you want to see the wonder of Yosemite, I recommend staying there (there's plenty of places to lodge/camp) so you can actually take this place in properly and not just stop for what seemed a lunch break.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Becky Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. I am glad that you enjoyed the performance of our driver/guide. Yosemite is impressive. It is a fantastic place that I think everyone should visit. Being far from San Francisco, we can't stay any longer due to a time issue. Likewise, we believe that allows our passengers to see the most impressive of Yosemite and enjoy the experience. Thanks! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
It was a very vague tour...
Shannon_S, Jun 2022
It was a very vague tour with no specific sight seeing instructions. The bus could have covered a lot more sights and was poorly managed. The temperature was around 91 degrees with AC not working and no ventilation. It was a very suffocating trip back.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hello Shannon_S Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I'm so sorry that your Yosemite tour done with us fell short of expectations and I'm a bit surprised about your comments. Usually, our passengers love this tour and all Yosemite attractions. I hope we can have the possibility to welcome you back and offer a good experience on any of our tours. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
The best!!!
Marisol_C, May 2022
Viewing Yosemite fall’s was the best part and of course our guide driver was the most professional, kindly and friendly, thanks Chabli.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Hi Marisol First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. Yosemite never disappoints !!!! and thanks for your kind words about Chablis performance. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco


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