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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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Known for its steep granite cliffs, waterfalls, towering sequoia groves, and diversity of wildlife, Yosemite National Park is something you don’t want to miss. On this small group day trip, you can leave the logistics to a tour guide so all you have to do is enjoy the great outdoors. You have both guided sightseeing and free time, ensuring you see the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s major attractions, like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite Valley, with the chance to explore more of the park however you wish.
  • Yosemite National Park day trip from San Francisco
  • Travel through the Central Valley farmlands, historical Gold Country, and the Sierra Nevada foothills
  • Spend hours snapping photos of Yosemite’s stunning forests, rock formations, and waterfalls
  • Visit Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and El Capitan on a guided van tour
  • Enjoy free time to explore Yosemite’s other natural wonders by foot or bike
  • Take in a breathtaking panorama from the Tunnel View overlook for an expansive view of the Yosemite Valley
  • Small-group tour limited to 23 ensures a more personalized experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from select SF hotels
Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
Transport by biofueled mini-coach
Yosemite National Park entrance fee
Narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite (1.5 hrs)
3 hours of free time in the Valley
Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
Bike rental (available for purchase)
Guide gratuity

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick-up details and times are as follow:

6:35am from Riu Plaza Fisherman's Wharf (2500 Mason St) on NORTH POINT street side.
6:50am Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O'Farrell St) Meet on Mason Street Side
7:10am InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco

Departure Time

6:30 AM
You may think you don’t have time for a Yosemite trip during your stay in San Francisco, but this full-day tour by luxury biodiesel van provides a stress-free way to do so. Your day trip starts with early morning hotel pickup for the drive across the Bay Bridge toward California’s Central Valley, one of the country’s largest farming regions.

During the drive, stop briefly to purchase some local nuts or fruit, lunch, or any other necessities (own expense). Continue the drive past horse and cattle ranches as you make your way into the foothills of the Sierras and Gold County, where ambitious pioneers panned for gold during the 1849 Gold Rush.

When you arrive at Yosemite National Park, start your visit with a driving tour of the park’s main natural attraction, Yosemite Valley. Stop often for photo ops of this glacial valley known for its rock formations and waterfalls, and enjoy access to some areas that big-bus tours can’t reach. See Half Dome, Yosemite’s most iconic feature, and observe daring rock climbers ascend the 3,000-foot (914-meter) sheer granite face of El Capitan. Visit Bridalveil Falls, check out the Tunnel View overlook for an expansive view of the Yosemite Valley, and head to Yosemite Falls, North America’s tallest waterfall.

You have time to buy lunch here at one of the various eatery options, and then enjoy free time to experience the park however you wish. Perhaps go for a hike, or rent a bike to cover more ground. If you’re not feeling active, make your way to the visitor’s center for informational exhibits, head to the Ansel Adams Gallery to see works by the legendary photographer, or visit the Ahwahnee Hotel for some Yosemite history.

In the late afternoon, meet back up with your group for the return drive to San Francisco, which includes one short rest stop. Arrive in the city in the evening, enjoying a twinkling view of the downtown skyline and the bay before hotel drop-off.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay
As you settle in for the journey, we’ll pass by some exceptional San Francisco sights. Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the incomparable San Francisco Skyline as we head east on the Bay Bridge. The journey to Yosemite typically takes about 4 hours.
Stop At:  
You’ll taste a piece of California’s rich agricultural hub as we pass through a slice of the Central Valley famous for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. Here we will also make a stop at a grocery store for you to pick up lunch and any other supplies you'll need for the day.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tunnel View
We’ll continue into the mountains as we connect with the rich history of California’s gold country, passing through some of the first settlements built during the Gold Rush. Take in the earthy forest smell as we make our way to the heart of the park. Your guide will pepper you with stories and historical facts about the different sights. The climb through Yosemite Valley offers breathtaking views as we wind our way up to 4,500 feet above sea level. Arrive at Yosemite National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, massive sequoia trees and biological diversity. Admire famous Half Dome, depicted in famous photographs by Ansel Adams, and watch rock climbers scale El Capitan's 3,000-foot (914-meter) sheer granite rock face. Enjoy incredible vistas from the Tunnel View overlook, and end your in-coach tour near the base of Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America. 
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Valley
The suspense is over! Once we reach the drop off location, you’ll have around 3 hours of free time to explore. Want to hike or bike around? Your guide will point out the best spots on your map. You’ll have options to meander or bike down paved paths, hike the trails, engage further with the park’s history at the visitor center, or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. 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.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Falls
During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can talk a walk or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls to take in its beauty.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ansel Adams Gallery
During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
San Francisco
Once we’ve had our time to explore, we’ll come together in the late afternoon and set our course back to San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city. You will arrive back at your hotel by around 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. to sleep off the days’ adventures.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures
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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small-Group Yosemite 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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco.
What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Yosemite 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
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco.
What is the social distancing policy during Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Most trails are well signposted, but you do require a bit of spatial orientation to figure out where you are/where you're going." See review
  • "A lot of time on the road however well worth it and a nice clean comfortable transport." See review
  • "Its a bit rush for a day tour to visit this park but overall a very good experience." See review


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Enjoyed the whole...
, Jan 2022
Enjoyed the whole journey. Our tour driver/guide was very helpful and cooperative. Totally it was a very good experience. Recommand it to anybody.
We had great time. Kids...
, Dec 2021
We had great time. Kids enjoy it. On time arrangement at the hotel downtown SF. Nice weather. Snows up there!
Thank you James
, Dec 2021
It was such a great day at Yosemite! James was the best guide ever. He was very friendly and knowledgeable. We had 4 hours free time in the valley!
Ravada's Yosemite trip 2021
, Dec 2021
The pick up was on time. The group size, just perfect. The driver ( Parker ) was courteous, detailed and a very safe driver. My wife and me enjoyed the trip.
Yosemite day tour
, Nov 2021
Fantastic trip, would highly recommend if in the San Fransisco area. Our guide was very informative and told us lots of interesting Yosemite facts. Being in a small group really enhanced the experience.
Great day
, Nov 2021
Matt was a great guide and had a great time! The journey didn’t feel long, with stops along the way.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Day tour to Yosemite
, Oct 2021
It was a good experience and our tour guide, Kate was very informative and friendly. I will definitely recommend it to my family and friends.
Good experience
, Sep 2021
It was a fun trip with a group of nice people. I am from the SF Bay Area and just wanted do something a little different. I had never been to Yosemite and wanted to. I was disappointed because the falls were not active but it was amazingly beautiful. My tour guide was nice and informative. The reason for the 3 stars is the tour guide drove way too fast for my comfort and there were no falls to see but overall I enjoyed the trip.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Denise, Thank you for your feedback! We are sorry you were not able to see the falls, we will work on our driving times with the guides for the velocity will be slower in the future and you can enjoy all the sites. Thank you Incredible Adventures
I was very unpleased with...
, Sep 2021
I was very unpleased with this tour. Maybe it was just our tour date. There were delays in the morning pickup, the bus stopped a few extra times that delayed our arrival at Yosemite. Pick up was 7: 30 am and we arrived at the park 2 pm way too late. We only had till 4:30 pm to try to have lunch and do what we could.. It was a waste we spent most of the day on the bus instead of in Yosemite . Unhappy
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hello Annie, Thank you for your feedback! we apologize for any inconveniences you might had had on this tour, we will take this information and work on pick up times and stops for you not to have this experience again. Thank you Incredible Adventures
Awesome tour
, Aug 2021
Great trip . The tour guide James was excellent . Very friendly and knowledgeable. There was plenty of time to do a big walk around Yosemite . We also stopped at a few spectacular viewpoints .

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