Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
  • Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

    Yosemite National Park is a must-visit California gem, and this day trip from San Francisco makes it easy. Leave the urban hustle-bustle behind and journey through Central Valley, Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada foothills to UNESCO World Heritage–listed Yosemite National Park. Take a 1.5-hour narrated van tour of Yosemite Valley, including Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls and El Capitan, and then set off on your own for three hours to explore independently. Numbers are limited to 23 on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized wilderness experience.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CA

    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: Oakdale, Oakdale, California

    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

    Stop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

    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 in 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

    Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

    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

    Pass By: San Francisco, San Francisco, California

    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.

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "Not wheelchair accessible"
    "Stroller accessible"
    "Near public transportation"
    "Infant seats available"
    "Most travelers can participate"
    "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"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers"

    • Hora de Inicio6:30 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
      Pick-up details and times are as follow:

      6:20am Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf (2500 Mason St) Meet on North Point Street Side
      6:35am Le Meridien (333 Battery St)
      6:50am Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O'Farrell St) Meet on Mason Street Side
      7:10am BEI Hotel (50 8th St)

    • Duración: 15 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select SF hotels
    • Driver/guide
    • Transport by luxury biofueled van
    • Live commentary on board
    • Yosemite National Park entrance fee
    • Entry/Admission - Tunnel View
    • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley

    No Incluye

    • Food and drinks
    • Bike rental (available for purchase)
    • Guide gratuity
  • 9/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 90%
    Rating basado en 103 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Vanessa A
      Publicado el Jueves, 07 de noviembre del 2019

      Nicole was an amazing tour guide and provided so much information at multiple points of the tour. Could answer any question we had. Was a good driver. The long drive is so worth the remarkable views and scenery of Yosemite.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Kim T
      Publicado el Lunes, 21 de octubre del 2019

      Excellent day tour .
      Matt our guide was very informative and gave us clear instructions for the day.
      Very good driver and felt save with him .
      Good stopping points for views also stops for coffee/food was great.
      Definitely recommend that you do this trip.
      A lot of time on the road however well worth it and a nice clean comfortable transport.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • dianedstark
      Publicado el Lunes, 14 de octubre del 2019

      During The 4 hr drive, with food and bathroom stops, our guide explained the geography of the land, local history and points of interest. On my day, the tour was all young people, 20-30 yrs old, from a variety of countries, all VERY pleasant. Once inside the park, our guide stopped for photo taking, and gave us a drive thru from that particular entrance. He provided a map of suggested hiking during the 4 hr time limit.. Being in my 60s, I tagged along with the young people in the 90f+ temperatures, up hillside trails..even they had difficulty! But it was amazing! Breathtaking! There is no way,even if there was more time allotted to see it all! Besides, we all were pretty exhausted! I was very happy with the experience! Highly recommend this very long day experience! I saw enough of El Capitaine, the Half Dome and meadows and mountain views to realize how beautiful the park is. Great Tour!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Carol L
      Publicado el Martes, 01 de octubre del 2019

      Excellent tour, excellent guide (Mitch). Long day but well worth the time. Mitch knew the perfect photo opts, stories, etc. It's always more fun when the guide loves his job like Mitch.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Samuel B J
      Publicado el Martes, 17 de septiembre del 2019

      The tour was nice, plenty of breaks for bathroom and food. Photo opportunities were nice. My mistake was being unaware that the water falls dry up by September. That was disappointing but certainly not the fault of the company or guide.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Roy P
      Publicado el Lunes, 26 de agosto del 2019

      Our driver and tour guide, Matt, was very knowledgeable about the area and also very patient with a couple of seniors! Thank you so much for a wonderful time!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Niamh I
      Publicado el Lunes, 12 de agosto del 2019

      We went on this trip with incredible adventures and incredible is definitely a word I would use to describe it. Jill our tour guide was super, giving us so much info en route to the park aswell as being able to answer all our questions (her playlist was also brilliant) It was my 2nd visit to yosemite and I loved it even more this time!!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Laura B
      Publicado el Lunes, 08 de julio del 2019

      we had 4 hours to enjoy the park by ourselves. I would suggest not stopping twice to get food to spend that time at the park.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Melody S
      Publicado el Lunes, 08 de julio del 2019

      This was a long day, but worth it. The guide was great, went out of her way to accommodate people on the tour. The park was fabulous.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • leuschensa
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      An afternoon in Yosemite is well worth the travel time. Beautiful scenery. Good schedule of rest stops. Good information from our guide. Time to visit Yosemite falls.
      Interesting videos on board about the climbers who challenged El Capitan.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Bee
      Publicado el Lunes, 24 de diciembre del 2018

      I take this trip on December 18. This tour provides excellent service, especially Ned, he is awesome guided tour. He is knowledgeable and makes a nice trip to Yosemite. I feel very enjoy when he tell the story about this park. We have a small group and take a small van that are very convenient and easy to get in and get off. Ned stopes the van at the incredible view for us for taking a photo. He give a time for us for 3 hours for exploring Yosemite Park. I think it is enough time to walk along the trail. I get many beautiful pictures, especially taking the pictures at Mirror lake. Trip stop by a local grocery, it has a lot of food to buy. Personally, I think it's worth every penny. Thanks very much Ned!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Susan N
      Publicado el Lunes, 22 de octubre del 2018

      On booking we were concerned about the length of this tour, but it had been scheduled through the day with plenty of rest stops. Our tour guide Lily was very knowledgeable and approachable. Highly recommended.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Rachelle S
      Publicado el Sábado, 28 de julio del 2018

      Unfortunately the nearby forest fires meant views in the park weren't great, but it was still amazing scenery and worth exploring, despite the long drive. En-route you stop off midway after about two-hours at Oakdale, where there is a supermarket with cafe and deli counter and you are advised to get sandwiches here for lunch to maximise time in the park. You also stop here on the way back. Our guide pointed out sites along the journey and told us about wildlife and geology of the park. The journey there is long with some steep windy, roads, but the mini-bus is comfortable and air conditioned. The park is huge and in a few hours you only have chance to walk around Yosemite Valley but there are some great views from the bus en-route. You have about 3 hours in the Valley as free time to explore. This gave us chance to take the free shuttle bus between sites there are 20 stops in a loop and the bus comes round every 10mins and it takes 50mins to do the entire loop as well as walks to lower yosemite falls, the swinging bridge and the visitor centre. There is no time for longer hikes. Your guide gives you a couple of maps I didn't find signage in the park that easy to follow, but the shuttle bus was good if quite crowded. You can hire bikes in the area. We then drove on to the base of El Capitan with our guide for photo stop and then onto Bridalveil Falls for photos, which were amazing despite the smoke from the fires. Temperatures were warmer in the park then at the coast so I would advise wearing layers.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Cecile R
      Publicado el Lunes, 09 de julio del 2018

      great trip and visit!! it is really worth the drive (8h). there is 3h of free time in the park which we really appreciated rather that group visits which are too slow. use it well
      Sequoias not possible / to note

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Rapha
      Publicado el Sábado, 03 de marzo del 2018

      It's a 4.5 hour drive there and back but it is well worth it. The guide talks during the drive so you learn a lot and the time flies by. We had 3.5 hours there, which was enough time to do some trekking. The waterfall is still decent very tall even in winter with the snow around.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • forensicaggie
      Publicado el Lunes, 29 de enero del 2018

      The entire experience was wonderful!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • tobi
      Publicado el Domingo, 03 de diciembre del 2017

      Couldn't recommend this tour enough. Yes it is a very long day but well worth it, the views are spectacular. Our driver was Charles and guide Nicole, they were both friendly and professional and Nicole's knowledge of the city and information along the way was fantastic. Plenty of time given in the park and also plenty of time allocated at the stops on the way there and then back. Just brilliant.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Rebecca P
      Publicado el Domingo, 26 de noviembre del 2017

      Alberto was our guide and he was prompt and we got on our way earlier than anticipated. He was fun and knowledgeable and made our tour a great and memorable experience.
      We had a very multi-national group and we all had an enjoyable experience with exceptional weather. We had great views of El Capitan, Half Dome and Bridalveil Falls. I was fortunate enough to see a coyote close up as well as other wildlife like grazing deer, squirrels, ravens and I even spotted a few bear tracks. I had a wonderful day and will hopefully get back sometime in the future to spend a night at the park and hopefully see even more spectacular sights and wildlife. I loved it and the smaller number of people made for a more friendly and enjoyable experience. Thank you Incredible Adventures : Rebecca, Pennsylvania/New Zealand.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • johnptoms
      Publicado el Miércoles, 15 de noviembre del 2017

      Sam was the best driver ever, sweeping us through those windy roads to Yosemite and then bringing us back via the valley floor route so we got a different view and experience. She kept us on schedule, her enthusiasm for the area and local knowledge was interesting. An early start was made worthwhile by this trip and I would recommend everyone do it. Yes, it would be nice to stay and explore longer but I would not be put off by just a day trip, we saw all we could and had plenty of time in the valley for waling. Saw squirrels, deer and a brown bear bonus!!. The size of those mountains cannot be captured in photos, they are immense and need to be felt. Thank you Sam, you were simply the best and we felt privileged to have had you as our guide for the day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Cliffy
      Publicado el Viernes, 10 de noviembre del 2017

      It was a long day but certainly well worth it!!! The sights of Yosemite were breathtaking!!! We would thoroughly recommend this tour!!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • allanfam4
      Publicado el Jueves, 19 de octubre del 2017

      Our family enjoyed this quick tour of Yosemite but to see more would suggest staying overnight. Tour guide Bob was great, loved it being a small group.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Chloe E
      Publicado el Miércoles, 16 de agosto del 2017

      The trip was great - we were picked up very efficiently from our stop and welcomed by the tour guide. There were about 10 of us and we all chatted with the guide the whole journey. We got to see all of the main sites and then have 3 hours to go off on our own which was great. Would highly recommend.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Sharon D
      Publicado el Lunes, 24 de julio del 2017

      The views of Yosemite are amazing. Definitely take this trip!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • John I
      Publicado el Sábado, 22 de julio del 2017

      This is an excellent tour if you are in San Francisco. There is a lot of time travelling to the park but it is thoroughly worth while. My wife and I cannot speak highly enough of the young man from Wyoming who was our driver and tour guide. The views at Yosemite make for some great photos and memories.

        Calificación General: 10/10

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