Hailed as the "crown jewel" of the Park Service, Yosemite National Park is truly a breath of fresh air. Our Yosemite Day Tour allows you to spend 5-6 hours in this amazing park. A 1 1/2 hour guided tour that focuses on the rock formations and waterfalls of Yosemite Valley is included. Some of the highlights of this tour are Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome. Our small group size provides more freedom and flexibility in the park than you'll find on large bus tours.
Yosemite National Park is the flagship of America's National Park Service. While only a few hours from San Francisco, Yosemite is a magnificent wilderness that will complete your trip to Northern California. Discover America's tallest waterfalls, biggest trees, cliffs rising 4,000 ft from the valley floor, and some of the world's most famous rock climbs. This experience of California's great outdoors is not to be missed!
Heading east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. En route to the park we'll cross through the Central Valley, where we will stop at a fruit stand for some local produce.
Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is the largest agricultural region in the United States. The section we'll drive through is best known for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. After this quick rest stop and an opportunity to pick up picnic supplies outside of the park (lunch not included), we'll enter the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Continuing into the mountains brings us to California gold country and the gold rush town of Groveland before we wind our way into Yosemite National Park. Maps in hand, we begin with a one and a half hour narrated tour of Yosemite's glaciated valley. You will see famous waterfalls and rock formations including Yosemite Falls - the tallest waterfall in North America - El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Dome, and much more. During the tour you will see Yosemite Valley from a number of great vantage points, the best of which is perhaps Inspiration Point. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this viewpoint gives you a commanding view east up the valley. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers, and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,200 ft. (1000m) sheer rock face is quite amazing.
Because of our small group size, we can incorporate multiple photo stops into our tour so you can better enjoy your time in the park. After the tour, we stop for the afternoon near the base of Yosemite Falls, where you will have 3-4 hours of free time to explore the valley as you choose.
You can walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, check out the visitor center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rent a cruiser bike, or hike some of the trails that originate from the valley. Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours you get on your own is enough time to understand why Yosemite is one of America's most popular national parks. Regrouping again in the late afternoon, we'll head for San Francisco, stopping for a short break before returning to the city and dropping you at your lodging between 20:30 and 21:00.
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Pick-up at Select San Francisco Hotels
Drive to Yosemite National Park (5 hrs)
Take the most scenic drive from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park. Feast your eyes with stunning views as you cruise along the valley. Don't forget to take some photos as you pass along.
Yosemite National Park Guided Tour (0.75 hr)
Enjoy a one-hour guided tour of the magnificent Yosemite Valley. Marvel at the surrounding high granite summits of Half Dome and El Capitan and learn interesting facts and tidbits about this glaciated valley through your guide. Take gorgeous pictures of this incredible valley.
Free Time at Yosemite (3 hrs)
Spend the rest of your tour freely by exploring the unparalleled scenery at Yosemite. You may also do fun activities at the park such as walking, hiking, biking and swimming, among others.
Drive to San Francisco (5 hrs)
Drop-off at Select San Francisco Hotels
Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
Children of all ages can participate in this activity.
From November to April, guests are recommended to wear warm clothing, a coat, a knit hat and gloves since temperatures can range from 28 to 50 °F.
Sweatshirt / light jacket
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
Drinks and meals are available for purchase
You can book a maximum of 29.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any cancellations made between 4 business days (06:00:00 local time) to 3 business days (06:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 20% of the total amount.
Any cancellations made between 3 business days (06:00:00 local time) to 1 business days (06:00:00 local time) prior to the activity will be subject to a charge of 50% of the total amount.
Any cancellations made within 1 business days of your activity (after 06:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.
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