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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among Giant Sequoias, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point, and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge.
  • Two-day tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in or near the park included
  • Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Trade free time for more guided activities, like a hike to sequoias and valley tour on day 1.
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SF hotel pick-up and drop-off
Narrated guided tour
Transportation to/from Yosemite in eco-friendly biofuel mini-coach
Your choice of overnight hotel accommodation in Yosemite Valley (at Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, or Half Dome Village Tent Cabin), or at Cedar Lodge in the picturesque Merced River canyon
Gratuities
Meals; stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Passengers will be picked up from central San Francisco hotels between approximately 6:15am and 7am, depending on the hotel location. If you are staying outside the city center, or in a private residence or vacation rental, we will find the next closest pickup point for you. Tours return to San Francisco hotels at approximately 8pm - 9pm

Departure Time

6:00 AM
Maximize your time in California’s favorite national park, and go deeper than a day trip allows on this 2-day wilderness adventure from San Francisco. Travel in a bio-diesel mini-coach and let your guide do all the driving so you can focus on the world-class scenery and famously photogenic views of park attractions like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

Split your time between the famous features of Yosemite Valley and the high country, and enjoy a mix of guided activities and leisure time to explore the park on your own. Enjoy a narrated drive through the valley when you first arrive, hike, swim. or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls, or stroll among ancient Sequoia groves.

Choose from two different accommodation options to suit your style and budget. Spend the night in the heart of Yosemite Valley at your choice of accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village). At Cedar Lodge, located just outside the park on the Merced River, enjoy an onsite pub, a private river beach, and access to indoor/outdoor pools and a hot tub.
Itinerary
San Francisco Bay
Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills
Admission Ticket Free
Central Valley
Travel through California's Central Valley and see where most of California's almonds, figs, corn and more are grown. Here we will make a short stop so you can grab lunch for later and any local produce for hiking snacks. You can also pick up any other needed last-minute supplies for the days ahead.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Yosemite National Park
After approximately 3-4 hours you'll arrive to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide explains the history and geology of this special place.
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Head down a beautiful scenic path to the enchanted Tuolumne Grove consisting of dozens of Giant Sequoia trees. But don’t be fooled by this moderate downhill stroll. Make sure you bring some water to sip as you enjoy your time among the giants as you have a bit of climb ahead of you to get back to the mini-coach. You'll also have time to enjoy your lunch here among the towering trees.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Tunnel View
Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way, including at Tunnel View, to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Village
Now it’s time to spend a few hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls, where those staying at the Yosemite Lodge can check in leave their luggage. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Falls
During your free time to explore Yosemite Village, you can choose to take a hike or walk around the base of Yosemite Falls to take in its beauty.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Ansel Adams Gallery
During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 Overnight in a comfortable hotel of your choosing, based on availability.
Meals:
  Not Included
Yosemite Valley
Prepare to choose how you best want to spend the morning and afternoon within the park. Itching for a big hike? Looking to take part in a ranger program or interpretive walk? It's all up to you and your guide will give you all the best trails, tips and recommendations.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Glacier Point
Have you ever wondered what Yosemite Valley looks like from above? Join your guide to the top of the world to reach Glacier Point. This is said to be one of the best views in the entire park and we want to make sure you don't miss it!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Turlock
After a full morning and afternoon in the park, it is time to say goodbye to the mountains. We will stop for a quick dinner in the Central Valley before heading into San Francisco.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
San Francisco
Around 8-9pm we will back in the City by the Bay to drop you off at the same hotel we picked you up from.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
  • Guided tours are provided on both days of the tour
  • Due to hotel accommodations reserved in advance, any amendments to dates will incur penalties in accordance to the cancellation policy as detailed in the Terms and Conditions
  • Rooms in Yosemite Valley often sell out months in advance. If your choice of accommodation does happen to sell out, you will be offered similar accommodation at the Cedar Lodge
  • Important: Any dietary requirements should be entered in the Special Requirements field when booking this tour
  • One small overnight bag allowed per person (~13.5″x12″x11″)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures

If you cancel between 2 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • 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.

Learn more about cancellations.

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 2-Day Yosemite National Park 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Yosemite National Park 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
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.

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star-4
Amazing views
Roger_B
, Sep 2021
I really enjoyed this tour. James was an excellent guide. There are many different trails to hike for every fitness level. The views are absolutely amazing.
star-5
What a great way to see Yosemite without having to drive but yo see a lot The stay at the valley Yosemite lodge was grea
Julianna_H
, Aug 2021
The best thing was taking iPhone photography class to be able to take great pictures of the park I took a great picture of half dome
star-4
Sequoias, breathtaking scenery and biking through Yosemite Valley
Linda
, Aug 2021
Amazing 2 day experience. Be sure to bring plenty of water for the sequoia hike a no water sources are available there. Cedar Lodge is a lovely place to relax before day 2. Great food, very clean. Bike rental on day 2 is highly recommended since the valley terrain is flat and there is so much to see. Swimming in the Mercede River was a definite highlight.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip...
Erkan_K
, Jul 2021
Our tour guide Mitch was excellent, have had fun two days... He has taken us to all key spots, given us a lot of useful narrative and trivia, made our hikes so much fun... Can't recommend enough...
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our First Time Visit to Yosemite
Paul-D
, Jul 2021
The hiking at Tuolumne Grove Hike was quite an experience on our first day after lunch. I like our tour group and and our tour guide. He made it fun and lively. I liked meeting other people from out of state. I've been living here in California since my teen years during the 1980's and now I'm almost 50 years old. I can now say Yosemite is now checked off my bucket list. I think this trip will be really memorable because it is also my wife and daughter's 1st time. I liked our Lodge and just being in this very magnificent place.
star-5
Mitch is a great guide to Yosemite!
Deb_Y
, Jul 2021
Our guide, Mitch, was phenomenal! He made sure we saw everything at it's best for our time of year. This 2-day trip is well thought out. Mitch shared his knowledge and experiences to make the drive sights and stops more interesting. He encouraged us up the steep slopes and showed us once in a lifetime views. He taught us to take better photos. He was a great guide and a great driver. He even brought my boots to me when I accidently left them on the bus. Our group had a wonderful time that we'll never forget!
star-5
Two day trip to Yosemite park
Marat_R
, Jul 2021
We had a great time for a two day trip. I’ll tour guy, Jay was excellent. He was with us on the trail, explaining things and helping well it was necessary. I would recommend to anyone who wants to see Yosemite park.
star-5
Good way to see Yosemite on a short tome frame
Tracy
, Jul 2021
I am not a huge fan of yours, but this one was really great! It was limited to 12 people and we had a good mix of “drive by” photo stops, short hikes, and free time with suggested activities. Tour guide was knowledgeable and laid back. Never felt rushed. Hotel was a little dated, but the beds were comfortable and that’s what matters most after a busy day in the woods!
star-4
Very good trip
Manohar_A
, Jul 2021
First time in Yosemite -spectacular! Guide well informed and informative, and very easy to listen to. Guide excellent driver and provided a very good ride. Pick-up was late, and since we weren’t sure we were in the right place, a call would have been appreciated, as well as more specifics about where we were to wait for the driver.
star-5
Two thumbs up!!!
MJS
, Jul 2021
It was fantastic, Jill, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. WE LOVED IT!! Great pictures!!

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