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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
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icon15 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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
  • Hotel Riu Plaza Fisherman’s Wharf , 2500 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133-1450
  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square , 333 O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-2116
  • InterContinental San Francisco , 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103-3011
  • 6:30 AM
    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 7:45am from Dublin BART Station - Hacienda Exit - 5835 Owens Dr, Pleasanton, CA 94588
    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.
    Itinerary
    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:  
    Oakdale
    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 travellers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travellers
    • 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 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.

    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 sanitisation during Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
    A:The policies on sanitisation are:

    • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
    • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
    See all safety measures taken by Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    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.
    Q:
    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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    • "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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    star-1
    Cancelled my tour on their own
    Sonali_M
    , Aug. 2022
    We had booked a tour and we were called an agent to confirm our tour and the agent had said our tour was cancelled and we never cancelled it they did it on their own completely ridiculous I wouldn’t recommend getting a tour from here.
    star-4
    Yosemite
    Minh_T
    , Aug. 2022
    Our tour guy , Parker was awesome. He's highly recommended. However our van/bus is not comfortable. Air conditioner is intermittently not working and yesterday was a hot day in Yosemite. Overall we enjoyed our experience
    star-3
    A review of 2 halves
    Monica_R
    , Aug. 2022
    The Tour is described as a small group tour of no more than 23 people, there were 33 people ours, somebody somewhere cannot count! On the vehicle provided this did not facilitate social distancing whatsoever, and, given the speed and method of driving, was extremely uncomfortable for the majority of the journey on a very badly sprung vehicle. No restroom provided on vehicle as previously mentioned. Excellent scenery however and tour Guide Parker
    star-5
    Outstanding and incredible experience - the best Yosemite tour
    Jorge_A
    , Jul. 2022
    Incredible experience! I really recommend the small group plan. The guide provided the possible experiences always open to provide the best insight and advise with the best attitude. My wife and son enjoyed a lot this outstanding experience!
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Thank you for taking the time to review your tour! We’re so glad to read that our staff were able to make your experience with us a memorable one and that you enjoyed all of the services we offer. I will pass on your compliments about our guide to the entire team!
    star-3
    Great guide, very long day
    Ben_W
    , Jul. 2022
    Britney (our guide) was fantastic - full of energy and lots of information/anecdotes about California and key points of the journey. Her knowledge and lively personality made the day; which (as the itinerary suggests) is a very long one. Approximately ten hours is spent on the coach, with around three hours of freetime to explore part of Yosemite. Inevitably this is during the hottest part of the day which, in our case, limited how far we were able to roam. One gripe was that the pre-trip itinerary explicitly stated that face masks were "recommended", and yet upon joining the trip we were informed that masks were compulsory for the entire journey. (To be clear, I have no issues with pandemic prevention measures, but it would have been good for the pre-information to be accurate to help guests make an informed choice on whether to book given the length of time spent on the coach.)
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hello! Thanks for taking the time to review our tour! Also many thanks for your kind words about our guide! We value our customers' opinions and would like to thank you for bringing this to our attention. Our procedure is that once we receive the bookings from this Online Travel Agent, we sent a confirmation email that contains our Covid-19 policy; we do not get an email address itself but a link to send our pax emails, there is no way for us to know if the email was taken wrong at the time of booking and that could be the reason why you didn't get our emails... Please contact us directly at info@incadventures.com Sincerely, The Incredible Adventures team
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Best Yosemite Tour from SF
    Ramsey_W
    , Jul. 2022
    My wife and I loved it. If you want to see Yosemite in a day this tour is the way to go. Britney our tour guide was friendly and entertaining.
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star rating - it's much appreciated! We will continue to walk the extra mile and exceed your expectations. The Incredible Adventures team.-
    star-5
    Amazing Yosemite
    Kerry_E
    , Jul. 2022
    Yosemite was amazing and I never doubted it was going to be but having a tour guide like Aiden made the trip that bit extra. Awesome commentary with history, facts and stories.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Fun day trip
    Adriana_C
    , Jul. 2022
    Our guide Brittany was fantastic. Learned a lot of history, saw beautiful falls and cliffs. Def recommend this tour!
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Yo! Simite! You are Beautiful!
    Kelvin_D
    , Jul. 2022
    Hands down,one of the most breath taking experiences of my life! My guide Brittani was amazing! She took this beautiful picture! Thank you Brit!😜
    star-5
    Breathtaking views
    Anju_B
    , Jun. 2022
    Our day at Yosemite was very good and our tour guide Mr. Parker is awesome . Everything was on time .
    star-5
    Fantastics
    Ramesh_P
    , Jun. 2022
    We had good time at bridal falls. Enjoyed meeting other people and experience. travelled all the way from U.K.
    star-4
    Yosemite
    Patricia_R
    , Jun. 2022
    Yosemite is beautiful!!! The ride up and down the mountain a bit rough. :( I know driver is experienced, but seemed a bit in a hurry at times. Van not very comfortable for some of the bumpy roads. Tour guide knowledgeable.
    star-5
    Awesome Experience
    Melissa_M
    , Jun. 2022
    Such a fun and beautiful experience! Brittany was a wonderful tour guide! She was so much fun and very knowledgeable, I loved learning about the history of California and Yosemite! Plus she is hilarious and had the best playlist!
    star-3
    Average at best
    Samir_M
    , Jun. 2022
    Difficult to drive 4-5 and then trying to hike for 3 hours. Also, Driver just dropped us of and left. Would have been better if he stuck around and helped people figure out where to go hike. The park is huge and it took some time for us to figure out where to go and that ate it into the 3 hours we had in the park. Also, as others have mentioned, extremely bumpy ride.
    1 traveller found this review helpful
    star-5
    Highly recommended.
    Emilia_A
    , Jun. 2022
    Very well organized, excellent guide (Aiden), on time, a very pleasant experience. Good for a family vacation.
    star-4
    Worth doing to experience the great outdoors.
    Sharon_H
    , Jun. 2022
    Got to see all the landmarks of the park. Enough time at stops to enjoy photo opportunities, walks and vastness of the park. Would have liked to have stopped somewhere for a photo of Half Dome rather than pointing it out from bus! Communication after booking was hit and miss but a lot of changes were made, collection point made earlier and different area from where we were staying, but confirmation and reminders still stated original booked time and place. After getting up super early and paying for a taxi to get us to new collection point for the earlier time the bus was then 30 minutes late.
    star-5
    Our tour guide Brittany...
    Jane_B
    , Jun. 2022
    Our tour guide Brittany was simply wonderful. I loved the background history of California and how Yosemite became a National Park. Ten out of ten.
    star-1
    Do NOT use this company
    Maryann_C
    , Jun. 2022
    We got COVID on Saturday. Tested positive at noon on Sunday. Called Viator immediately. They told me that because it was less than 24 hours (it was 20 hours and on a Sunday when there was no one in the office) and we lost $1200 because of the unkindness of your company. We offered to show proof of positive test and they said they didn’t care. I travel a lot and have a large network of friends and family who value my travel opinion. I will be sure to tell EVERYONE about the terrible treatment we received. I’m sick with COVID and have to keep calling just to be told you wouldn’t help us at all.
    star-5
    Our tour guide, Parker,...
    Gary_B
    , Jun. 2022
    Our tour guide, Parker, did a great job! Very organized, informative, and had just the right amount of narrative. The pickup and drop off were great! A relaxing, fun and great way to see Yosemite.
    star-3
    Not Worth It!
    Danny_A
    , Jun. 2022
    The tour operator cancelled our tour the night before it was supposed to occur. Luckily we had another free day and were able to reschedule to next day. The driver and tour guide was excellent. I felt sorry for her. She drove about 12 hours that day. The tour is 15 hours (12 hours of driving and 3 hours in the park). We were exhausted by the time we go there and just barely got to see he water fall. We did not see anything else. The van was old and needed repair. It had no shock mounts left. We felt every bump in the road and the van was jumping up and down at every minor bump. I recommend you take a tour that stays overnight at Yosemite.

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