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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
  • 3-day guided camping trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Enjoy a tour of Yosemite Valley with a professional guide
  • Go off the beaten track in one of America's favorite national parks
  • View the magnificent giant sequoia trees
  • Tents and cooking equipment provided
  • Eco-friendly transport in a biodiesel van

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

Two-nights camping near Yosemite makes it easy to hike, swim, and raft in the park for 3 days.
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Camping equipment (except a sleeping bag)
Camping fees
All fees and taxes
Fuel surcharge (USD10)
Transport by biodiesel van
Professional guide
Lunch (2)
Breakfast (2)
Sleeping bag (available to rent for USD20)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
333 O'Farrell St , 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Union Square: Meet the group and guide at 8:15am at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell Streets in front of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. There are many bus lines that run directly by or near this central location. The closest BART and MUNI stop is the Powell Street Station (2 blocks away)

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your Yosemite adventure starts in San Francisco, where you’ll depart the morning of Day 1. For three days, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty of one of the most famed national parks in the US, where highlights like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, mountain lakes and towering sequoia trees have impressed travelers from all over, including nature photographer Ansel Adams.

Bring your active wear, as opportunities for hiking, swimming, biking and even rafting are available. You’ll explore some of the park with your guide to check out off-the-beaten-path trails and sights unseen by most who venture here, plus have free time to enjoy the park at your leisure (additional costs may apply).

Two nights of tent camping are included; tents are provided but sleeping bags are not (you may rent one if you are not bringing your own). Meals, drinks and snacks can be purchased on your own.
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
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.
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: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Valley
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, 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: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Village
Now it’s time to spend a couple of hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls. 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
You can explore Yosemite Falls on your own during your free time in Yosemite Village.
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
El Portal
Once at camp, your guide will hand out camping gear and show you the local amenities. You'll enjoy a freshly prepared dinner at camp, as well as s’mores as your group shares drinks and stories around the campfire, but don’t forget to get some sleep tonight for a full-day of exploring the park tomorrow.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
 A campsite with modern facilities and we provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care.
Yosemite National Park
Are you ready for clear, sparkling lakes? Crisp, mountain air? Prepare to spend a full day exploring Yosemite’s picturesque lakes, hiking to mountain summits that overlook lush greenery, and passing through serene meadows. Your guide will make sure the group takes full advantage of the park, while making sure everyone is comfortable, by customizing the hikes around the groups’ needs.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
 A campsite with modern facilities and we provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care.
 Breakfast  Lunch  
Yosemite Valley
On the last morning, we’ll make a quick breakfast, prepare another brown bag lunch, make sure all the camping gear is put away before heading into Yosemite Valley. Did you pass up a hike on the way to a vista? Have you been pining after a particular swimming spot? Are you ready to stretch your legs and have a new self-guided adventure? Day three is the perfect time to choose your own adventure in Yosemite Valley. You can hike to a waterfall, rent a bicycle to cruise around the valley floor, check out the visitor’s center, museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
El Capitan Meadow
Regroup for one final group activity, a visit to the El Capitan Meadow to watch the daredevil rock climbers conquering the largest granite monolith in North America.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
San Francisco
After a full day of exploring, we’ll make our way back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving in the city around 8:30pm – 9pm.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  Not Included
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
  • Important: Please note if you need a sleeping bag and any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
  • Camping
  • Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don't worry if you've never camped before; many people haven't. You will be supplied with all the camping equipment necessary for a trip of this nature, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment. Everybody is expected to participate in setting up and breaking down the camp, and the professional guides are available to attend to your needs to ensure a positive camping experience. We camp at the best campsites, with hot showers and modern facilities. Swimming is available nearby. During booking, please note if you will need a sleeping bag
  • Tents
  • We use 4-person tents but only have two people in each. In the case of odd numbers in your party, there is a chance you will be paired with another person of the same gender from a different party.
  • Food
  • You will be provided with the food, but not the chefs. You guys are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers and, of course, the guests. On leaving the city, we stop at a supermarket and buy everything we need. The fare is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian, all-you-can-eat and very tasty. Most people eat better with us than they have done previously on their travels. Please inform us of any dietary requirements/concerns at the time of booking.
  • Transportation
  • Tour operator uses comfortable 15-passenger vans with dual air-conditioning and stereo sound. Our vans are fueled by biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based diesel fuel, to promote green business. All of the vans have large roof racks for your luggage and the camping equipment.
  • What to bring
  • On your journeys, you will need sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, sun protection, a water bottle, flashlight and something warmer in case there is a change in weather.
  • Weather
  • June through September in Yosemite is hot and sunny with occasional afternoon showers. May and October days are warm with cooler nights. As with all mountain environments, weather can vary quickly, so a layer of warm clothing is a good idea.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures
You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 2–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 sanitisation during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure 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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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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First time camping!
, Jul. 2022
I never went camping so the whole experience was kinda new. The guide (eden) made sure everything was smoothly so we could enjoy our time. It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had thanks to to the wonderful Yosemite, the group and the guide! Would definitely recommend this for everyone!
Hike some trails, see some stars, make some friends.
, Jun. 2022
The highlight was hiking to Vernal Falls, and seeing all the rainbows. Also loved sitting around with the group eating a meal together in the evening and having s’mores by the campfire.
The 3-day Yosemite...
, May 2022
The 3-day Yosemite camping and hiking trip was great, very much thanks to our excellent guide Aden! We had a fantastic hike up Misty trail to Verrnal and Nevada Falls. Just great.
Excellent Tour
, Oct. 2021
Lisa was an excellent guide with a lot of passion for her work. The group was amazing. We visited many places around Yosemite, some of the off the beaten path.
A great experience
, Sep. 2021
Went on a solo 2 Night 3 Day Yosemite camping trip with incredible adventures - Was wondering if it will be too hard but was really happy and enjoyed a lot. Tour guide Lisa was really kind and one of the best people I have ever met. Food was good, all the other people that came along in the trip were also great. It was a nice diverse crowd from different countries and different backgrounds. Lisa was great at being inclusive of everyone on the trip. She showed us many spots of Yosemite which I wouldn't have seen if I just drove there by myself, she also helped us during hikes if we needed extra water or electrolytes or just a friend to push us through the last mile. Our second day was packed with hikes and many points. I think the best part was star gazing where we parked our van at a vista point and just laid down there to see the stars and the milky way at night after a tiring day of hiking. The third day was a self explore day where we were guided for what we can do and what is easy/hard and how to get there and around. I think it was a great experience and will highly recommend it too.
Great Experience For Beginner Campers
, Jul. 2021
Tour was overall a good experience. We saw some incredible views in Yosemite Valley. Daniel was a dope tour guide and very chill. Included meal count listed in your description was a bit inaccurate. Everyone on my tour was a first timer for camping. Daniel made the experience very memorable and worth the money. Definitely recommend this tour and hope that you get Daniel as your tour guide. ;)
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Most suitable tour for people without camping experience
, Jun. 2021
If you never have camping experience before, this is the most suitable tour for you. Our tour guide , Jessie, was super nice and was very helpful. She took care of set up the kitchen, cooking, etc. and of course the group also help with other stuff. Good team work makes up good experiences. The tour was fully guided on the first two days, the chosen viewpoints among Yosemite is very good. We have free day on the third day. Overall, this experience is perfect.
Was great!
, Jan. 2020
We are a family from Canada, and we love Yosemite so much! The meals they served were great, a lot better then I was expecting, our tour guide was nice. If you like tours that are a mix between free time and guided tour then you'll like this one. We got a lot of free time to hike the mist and Muir trail. Over all great time!
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2020
We are so glad you enjoy our Yosemite Camping Adventure! It is a great way to get a more in depth look at the park. You spending time seeing the sites and getting out on the hiking trails! We are glad you enjoyed the included meals and your guide was friendly. Thanks for taking the time to write a review.
Fantastic weekend
, Oct. 2019
Went on the 3 day camping and hiking trip to Yosemite with Dan as our tour guide, Dan was very friendly, great company and made me and my daughter feel at ease. I am not a very fast walker I have Achilles Tendonitis in my foot and Dan was very understanding that I was unable to walk as fast as most people and kept a eye on me to make sure that I was ok but also gave me space to walk at my own pace. I really enjoyed the weekend. Yosemite is beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2019
Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with Dan on tour with us.
Simply Awsome
melvyn b
, Jul. 2019
Just returned from this three day trip and we are all completely shattered. It was a fantastic 3 days and Jill our guided could not do enough for us. She worked solidly to ensure that everyone in the group was catered for in every respect. A very busy and packed three days, There is no way we would have experienced everything the park has to offer without our guide. We had some reservations when booking this trip and struggled in deciding what to pack. We should not have worried. The company provided a comfortable mini bus with a full box trailer so we could if necessary take a full suitcase and loaded our pack packs as required. The whole trip was absolutely fabulous. Thanks Jill
star-5 of the best trips of my life. All of which wouldn't have been possible without our fantastic tour guide Kate.
, Jul. 2019
My tour guide was a constant source of info and her patience endless. She had to deal with a few issues of people being quite late, others having a bad fall in the slippery hiking conditions and some unnecessarily winy passengers but managed it all so well. It really kept spirits high. Yosemite is the prettiest place I've ever been too. Would highly recommend this company and this trip.
Yosemite Camping and Hiking Adventure
Thao T
, Jun. 2019
Great experience camping and hiking Yosemite. Everything was well planned . Highly recommended ! Will do it again soon :-) Thank you!
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Birthday weekend
, Jul. 2018
Excellent trip. The hikes and views are definitely worth it. My guide Ariel was amazing. She made sure that everyone was happy and comfortable. She combined both touristy sites and gave us an option to hike to places that not everyone goes since its more challenging. I wish there were more camp fire meals (which are not always possible because of the drought) and the camp site wasn’t next to a highway... besides that the trip exceeded my expectations. Thank you!!! Best Birthday ever!!!
We travelled to Yosemite with the...
Michael J
, Jul. 2018
We travelled to Yosemite with the family of 5.the hiking was absolutely incredible, with spectator views of Yosemite. Our group was quite large with 13 people with different hiking abilities. Seamus our tour guide was awesome at finding hikes that had different levels of skill from pretty easy to epic. The camp site was pretty hardcore without a blade of grass, the initial shock from the group at seeing the site quickly changed to getting stuck in and putting up the tents and going down to the beautiful river on site for a swim. In the end the accomodation is not why one does this trip, Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places on earth and this trip shows it in all its splendour. Seamus our guide was brilliant and cant thank him enough for giving us an unforgettable experience.
All the camping supplies were at the...
Regan S
, May 2018
All the camping supplies were at the campsite in a shed waiting for us when we pulled up from San Fran. The tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads were all clean and smelled clean. Rourke, our guide for the weekend was very nice, knowledgable and patient. His personality was upbeat, informative and good at getting our group talking. The food was delicious, and plentiful. If you've ever camped before you know you are not going to have a detailed meal, that is hard to prepare, so if that is what you are expecting/like you will need to rethink how you eat for the weekend. We make chicken burritos with beans,pepper, onions with all of the fixins'. Delicious! For breakfast we had cold foods like cereal, fruit, coffee, juice, bagels option to toast them, cream cheese, ect. Tons of food, so you will not go hungry. There is a restaurant close to the site where we camped, so after a long day of hiking we went over and had a burger. The showers and restrooms were clean and within a short walking distance. Our group or the majority of us decided to do an approx 6 hour hike from the top down to see all the waterfalls. It was very challenging, but very worth it. I was so sore the next day I opted out of a short hike. LOL. The other people who did not want to do the hard hike did something else. I can't remember what it was they did, but our guide gave them options, and I remember them talking like they enjoyed themselves. I had never done anything like this before so I was not sure how it was going to all work out. Everything went off without a hitch, and I am glad I took a chance and did this tour. My family and I flew in from KS, and did a one day stent in San Fran and then got picked up from the hotel in the morning. We did not stay at the hotel where they pick you up and drop you off. We stayed in a hotel a short walking distance from there. The hotel where we were picked up was a very busy hotel and it was hard to tell if the leader was there or not to pick you up. I kept walking outside to see if I could see a van that had the company name on it. I was getting worried bc it was 15 min after the pick up time and I still had not seen our van. Finally the leader called me and he parked at a side door of the hotel. I would recommend getting the phone number of the person who will be picking you up just in case there is some problem. I would totally recommend you do this tour. If you are on the fence, don't be, just do it!
guide wasn't great, very self...
Jennifer G
, Nov. 2017
guide wasn't great, very self absorbed with stuff going on in her life, the camping was in a car park, yosemite itself is fab!
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First I’ll just say it’s hard to...
Brian H
, Nov. 2017
First I’ll just say it’s hard to blow it in Yosemite. The Park is simply amazing. I don’t regret making the trip. But... The campsite is at an RV campground/motel just outside the park in a gravel parking lot right off the road right next to several other large tour groups. I would not book again.
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Visiting Yosemite has been on my...
Keren K
, Oct. 2017
Visiting Yosemite has been on my wishlist for many many years and this adventure certainly didn't disappoint at all. The camping was fun, we had a very mixed group but everyone pitched in to help. It was extremely cold, which of course could not have been predicted, but our guide, Rourke, made every effort to make us all feel comfortable and provided extra equipment for those of us who needed it. He was a very organised, informative and accommodating guide who quite obviously has a passion for the park which showed through in his enthusiasm. For me particularly, being the oldest, of the group, and not as fit as the others, his attention to ensuring I was still able to gain maximum enjoyment from the tour, and particularly, the hikes, was very much appreciated. I loved this trip and I really thank Rourke for making my first visit to Yosemite, there will certainly be more, one that I will not ever forget. I would recommend this tour to anyone who really wants to see the best of this park and even if you are not much of a camper, you could still, as I did, really enjoy this adventure as you are well looked after.
It's a great way to enjoy Yosemite...
Adeline S
, Oct. 2017
It's a great way to enjoy Yosemite for travellers esp solo travellers who have never been there before! The company arranged pick up, and take you to see many awesome places in Yosemite. The only downside was I wish we had time to do more hikes! We only did one but it was awesome to Lembert Dome. The other thing was communication error: I was getting picked up from Dublin/Pleasanton BART and a day before I specifically double checked the pick up time and was given the wrong time was given the pick up time for downtown SF, hence I spent 1.5h waiting! Also I think the company needs to review their equipment, the tarps look like they're losing their waterproofness as we were getting water seeping from the ground to our tents. Both tarps and the bottom part of the tents were wet. The previous group that used the tents had rolled up their tents and stored them even though they were dry, and we almost did not have any dry tent to pitch! We found other tents we could use, but we also had the same problem with water seeping through our tarps and getting into the tents.
Jessica F
, Oct. 2017
LONG REVIEW BUT WORTH READING! I highly recommend this trip! Spending 3 days/2 nights in Yosemite was the perfect way for me to explore Yosemite without being rushed amongst the crowds. My group consisted of 7 people, in their late 20s and 30s. Some of us had previous camping/hiking experience, and the others didn't. The first day started by being picked up around 9am in SF and heading out toward Yosemite. Half way there, our tour guide stopped and gave us some time to pick up lunch at a local grocery store. Before arriving at the Yosemite Valley, we made a brief stop at a forest with beautiful giant Sequoias for a short hike. Upon arriving at the Yosemite Valley, we had the opportunity to stop and drink natural water from a creek Seamus our tour guide took us to, and had time to take a bunch of pics. Then we headed to set up camp around 6pm. It was very easy to set up the tents and sleeping bags. Then we started dinner, which was plentiful! We had both vegetarian and non vegetarian dishes, which was all worked to cook ourselves! The first night we had a taco/burrito buffet. The first night camping under the stars was beautiful, sitting by the fire and connecting with your peers. The sleeping bags were comfortable and warm. The next day, we woke up around 7:30am for breakfast, which consisted of bread, yogurt, fruit, hot and cold cereal, and coffee/tea. We packed our lunches, and headed out to hike. Our tour guide took us to May lake and close to Mount Hoffman, which was a beautiful hike. We went at an easy pace, which allowed our bodies to get used to the altitude. Then after spending a few hours exploring, we headed back to camp to make dinner. Our second dinner was a meat and vegetarian stir fry. It was delicious and plentiful. On the 3rd day, again we woke up early and headed to the Yosemite valley, after packing up. Our tour guide gave us about 4 hours to ourselves to spend at the valley. Either hiking, bike riding, or simply just exploring the tourist stores and sites. A few of us decided to hike to Vernal falls, which was a semi challenging hike, but well worth it. I went by myself on this trip and I don't regret one minute of it! I was a bit anxious the night before, not knowing what the group dynamics would be like. However, our tour guide Seamus, did a great job of incorporating everyones personality and helped everyone feel welcomed. I definitely got my money's worth and cannot wait to go back to Yosemite one day! I will definitely use this company for related outdoor tours. P.S. Bring sweat shirt and warm pants, its warm at night, but gets cold in the morning. Bring a large water bottle, as you will need plenty of water throughout your hikes. Bring a small flashlight or headlamp for inside your tent. Bring appropriate footwear, hiking boots or sneakers.
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