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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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iconOffered in: English
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Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park, have lunch (own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide bus tour of the area and discover the park's charms on your own during your visit.
  • Day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Explore the park independently and enjoy a guided bus tour
  • Driver­-guide and commentary in English
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Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
Driver-guide and commentary in English
Yosemite National Park entrance fees
Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley and free time in Yosemite Valley
Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
Gratuities
Additional food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone 478 Post St. Encore Cafe is next door. The bus will board from directly across the street. Departure time: 6:40 AM Please be at the above address by 6:30 AM to check-in.

  • 2805 Leavenworth St , 2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Gray Line Fisherman's Wharf Departure Zone 2805 Leavenworth St. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours is across the street (blue canopy). The Bus will board just in front. Departure Time: 6:20 AM Please be at the above address by 6:05 AM.

  • 6:20 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Board your luxury vehicle for the trip to Yosemite National Park. Cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Central Valley into the foothills of the Sierra.

    Upon arrival at Yosemite, embark on a guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Rent a bike (own expense) to cruise the valley floor, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, or hit up the rangers' station for informative lectures and guided walks. Peruse the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or stroll along the banks of the Merced River.

    Afterward, meet back at the bus to return to San Francisco.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Financial District
    Start your tour from San Francisco downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Known as the Bay Bridge (or "the other bridge"), it is a complex of bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. This double-decker bridged services an estimated 260,000 vehicles per day, connects San Francisco and Oakland cities as a part of the Interstate 80.
    Stop At:  
    Oakdale
    You'll pass through the Central Valley to have a taste of California's most productive agricultural region, providing more than half of the vegetables and fruits grown in the US. We will make a quick stop at Oakdale to purchase your supplies for the day: water, snacks, food for hiking, or your whole picnic.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite National Park
    Upon entering the National Park, the guide will commence with the 1-hour long bus tour of Yosemite National Park exploring one of the most visually stunning places on earth. Your tour will include stops at Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, el Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Valley.
    Duration: 5 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Tunnel View
    A visit to Yosemite would never be complete without a picture from the Tunnel View. It is a scenic viewpoint along State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Eastward views of Yosemite Valley include surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Bridalveil Falls
    Your next stop will discover one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite Valley: Bridalveil Fall. The waterfall is 617-feet tall and flows all year round. You will have 15' to walk close to the falls and take pictures that you'll never forget.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite Valley
    Once we reach the drop-off location at the heart of the Yosemite Valley, you'll have around 3 hours of free time to explore the park on your own. Don't know what exactly to do? Ask our guide for the best spots around. You'll have options to hike the paved trails, rent a bike to cover more ground, visit the visitor's center for international exhibits or head to the Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist. Although you may spend days in the park, the three hours you get on your own gives you enough time to understand why Yosemite is a World Heritage Site.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Ansel Adams Gallery
    During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can opt to head to Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Delight in stunning views of Yosemite Falls in its entirety, with the opportunity to walk to the base of the lower fall; it roars in spring but falls silent by late summer. The trail to Lower Yosemite Fall is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get a little wet.
    Pass By:  
    Valley Visitor Center
    Located in the Yosemite Valley, the Valley Visitor Center is the place you must visit if you are looking for books, postcards, or maps about Yosemite. It is open all year round, and the staff is always happy to assist with any of your questions.
    Pass By:  
    Sentinel bridge
    Located on the eastern side of Yosemite Valley, on Sentinel Drive, near Cook's Meadow, can be accessed at shuttle stop 11. This location is famous for providing a breathtaking view of Half Dome and its mirrored reflection in the Merced River, especially during the alpenglow.
    Stop At:  
    El Capitan
    After lunch and your free time, we'll pay a visit to the grasslands in front of El Capitan giving you the chance to look for climbers on the granite wall and get your last photo memory of this unforgettable day in Yosemite.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite Falls
    During our Yosemite Valley stop, make sure you save some time to hike or bike around Yosemite Falls base. The effort is well worth the amazing views you will be rewarded at the base; you will be standing in front of the 4th tallest waterfalls in the world!
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • The Yosemite tour takes all day. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bring a pillow to sleep on the drive back.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travellers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
    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 face masks and attendee health during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travellers
    • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitisation during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour 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
    See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park - Full 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 Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.

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    • "Although it was a long day, it was well worth it to get a taste of beautiful Yosemite." See review

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    star-5
    Guide Alex was awesome....
    Vikram_K
    , Aug. 2022
    Guide Alex was awesome. He stopped at many interesting places and took us to a farmer's market while coming back.
    star-5
    Great Introduction to Yosemite!!!!
    MiLisa_C
    , Aug. 2022
    Our tour guide Joseph was wonderful, sharing many facts along the ride, and very helpful in planning our day. Jason was amazing in operating the coach! Felt very safe. The park was breathtaking. With the allotted time to roam on our own I was able to hike Columbia Rock and see Cook's Meadow. I recommend this tour!!!
    star-5
    Outstanding tour
    Norbert_S
    , Aug. 2022
    The tour was magnificent, se had the good fortune of having excellent weather as well. Our tour guide Alex was outstanding, enternaining and friendly. We absolutely recommend this tour.
    star-5
    A wonderful day of memories
    wfatkinson
    , Aug. 2022
    It was a great day with our Guide Alex and our bus driver. Alex gave us advice to get the most out of our time at Yosemite. Our bus driver did amazing driving the very curvy roads. We had a wonderful day seeing waterfalls, bear and deer. Lunch was good as well. Thank you both for a great day of wonderful memories
    star-5
    wonderful places
    catherine_g
    , Aug. 2022
    i have a great time and amazing time.credit to our tourguide alex he's generous taking us to place we can do best picture.thank you to our driver he did a job well done,to bring us home safely..surely be back
    star-5
    Awesome Yosemite tour
    Roderick_M
    , Jul. 2022
    The ride up and back on the tour bus was very comfy and felt safe. Our driver Jason was awesome and we learned so much from our tour guide Joseph! At Yosemite Joseph walked us around and guided us to get the most from our 3 hrs of free time. Would highly recommend this tour!!
    star-1
    Complain about the trip
    Nayika_K
    , Jul. 2022
    Because the guide got covid19, we don't know how to do when we got there. We would recommend to prepare schedule for us.
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hello Nayika On this Yosemite tour, our guide woke up sick and was covid positive. We didn't have enough time to look for another guide. For that reason, our Operation Manager went to the departure and told the passengers about the different stops and options to walk around. He offered all passengers the option of a full refund in case they did not want to do the tour or reschedule. I hope to have the opportunity to welcome you again and enjoy a positive experience with us. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Beautiful landscapes and family time
    Juan_D
    , Jul. 2022
    We had a very good guide called Joseph. He was very kind and gaved us a lot of information so that our visit was exceptional. Excellent tour recommended for the hole family…
    star-5
    The water fall and the...
    Carla_P
    , Jul. 2022
    The water fall and the trees are beautiful. The cleanness of the park . Just walking through nature feels so peaceful.
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hello, Carla! I feel you. Yosemite is a true California treasure. Glad to hear you liked it and that we were a part of it. We hope to welcome again soon! Isabela Vieira, Gray Line of San Francisco
    star-5
    Majestic Yosemite
    Rhonda_Y
    , Jul. 2022
    The tour was wonderful!! Yosemite was so beautiful and majestic that my pictures didn’t do it justice! Joseph our tour guide is fabulous! He’s a treasure trove of interesting history facts and stories. Archie our bus driver has some serious driving skills, and he also shares interesting information. They made a great team and really elevated the trip! There is a stop for food on the way there so you don’t have to pack a lunch if you don’t want to. We were lucky enough to get a view and see the waterfalls (which apparently disappear soon- winter is peak season to see them.) I definitely recommend this trip!
    star-3
    Overall, was a nice trip,...
    Suzanne_S
    , Jul. 2022
    Overall, was a nice trip, but drove by sights instead of stopping, as implied. Driver was more worried about his tip than tour. Made a point to tell us we would be left if not back on time, but he came back 15 minutes late. He. also kept saying he wouldn't be paid if we came back earlier, etc. Not cool.
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hello Suzanne_S Thanks for your taking the time to share your experience. Yosemite National Park is a must-see in this area, with amazing views and unforgettable landscaping. As it is far away from San Francisco, we offer 3 hours in the park so that you can see all the highlights, but we can't stay longer or stop everywhere as we need to come back on time. Hope we can welcome you back again soon. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Wonderful Day At Yosemite ❤️
    EDITH_G
    , Jul. 2022
    To start the trip was professionally organized- Driver Jack & Guide Joseph were just wonderful. They made sure we were safe, comfortable and informed. During trip we were educated on the history of SF and it’s surroundings. At all times we knew what to expect on our trip. Joseph made sure we knew what was available to us at our arrival to Yosemite. It was a beautiful day and trip. A must !!! Thank you all.
    icon Response from Host , Jul. 2022
    Hello, Edith! Thank you for your kind review of our Yosemite tour. Glad to hear that Joseph and Jack made your experience even more informative and wonderful. I'll share your comments with our entire team at Gray Line San Francisco. When we hear from happy customers like you, we spread the positivity around! We hope to see you soon! Isabela Vieira, Sales and Marketing Coordinator Gray Line of San Francisco
    star-5
    Excellent trip to Yosemite
    Evelyn_W
    , Jul. 2022
    The tour was a great experience , Yosemite was stunning and the weather was perfect for the trip 10/10 experience. Jack and Joseph made the trip for us, excellent tour guides and Jack made me feel safe the entire way (he drove). Would recommend anyone to take this trip
    star-5
    A day to remember.
    Guillermo_C
    , Jul. 2022
    This was an amazing time! The driver Jack and Alex were professional, informative ,friendly and funny. I highly recommend to travel with them.
    star-5
    The Best Falls
    Cynthia_L
    , Jun. 2022
    The Yosemite Falls is excellent. It was nice to sit on the foot of the falls to breathe in cool air and also to dip into the water for a while.
    star-5
    Highly Recommend!
    dave_j
    , Jun. 2022
    I was in San Francisco for a week and wanted to see Yosemite in person. This day trip was perfect for me. The bus was super comfortable and had a bathroom on board. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many fun facts about the city of San Francisco as we drove through. We made all the scheduled stops on the tour and were given good descriptions of each. Great photo's at all stops and we had 3 hours in the park. That was enough for a quick walk to a waterfall and another walk to a valley. I'm in my 40's, traveling solo, and a bit challenged with directions so I stayed with the quick and easy stops. Others in the group caught a shuttle and went further in the park with success. I felt I received a fair value and saw enough to make the trip worth it. Be warned that as they advertise, this is a full day trip with a 3-4 hour bus ride each way. There are also many twists and turns climbing the hill going to the park. None of that bothered me but it is good to know up front.
    star-5
    Tour guide was awesome!...
    DaKota_A
    , Jun. 2022
    Tour guide was awesome! Bus was comfortable and the stops were timely and great! The free time was awesome except it would’ve been nice to know what options there were.
    star-3
    Yosemite itself was breathtaking but the time you get there was beyond disappointing.
    Becky_M
    , Jun. 2022
    Our tour guide/coach driver was lovely, knowledgable, humorous and a pleasure but we only got 3 hours in Yosemite 🥺. This isn't enough time to hike to any of the main parts. You can sit at the very bottom of Yosemite falls but that's all the time allows. We attempted to walk to Mirror Lake but we wouldn't have made it back in time for the drive back. If you're looking to see parts of Yosemite from afar, then you'd probably be ok with this but if you actually want to scale and hike and see more then I wouldn't recommend this tour as you don't get the time to appreciate and explore such a breathtaking place. You leave feeling disappointed because you need and want some decent time there. The drive is long for such a small amount of time also. If you want to see the wonder of Yosemite, I recommend staying there (there's plenty of places to lodge/camp) so you can actually take this place in properly and not just stop for what seemed a lunch break.
    icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
    Hi Becky Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. I am glad that you enjoyed the performance of our driver/guide. Yosemite is impressive. It is a fantastic place that I think everyone should visit. Being far from San Francisco, we can't stay any longer due to a time issue. Likewise, we believe that allows our passengers to see the most impressive of Yosemite and enjoy the experience. Thanks! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-2
    It was a very vague tour...
    Shannon_S
    , Jun. 2022
    It was a very vague tour with no specific sight seeing instructions. The bus could have covered a lot more sights and was poorly managed. The temperature was around 91 degrees with AC not working and no ventilation. It was a very suffocating trip back.
    icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
    Hello Shannon_S Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I'm so sorry that your Yosemite tour done with us fell short of expectations and I'm a bit surprised about your comments. Usually, our passengers love this tour and all Yosemite attractions. I hope we can have the possibility to welcome you back and offer a good experience on any of our tours. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    The best!!!
    Marisol_C
    , May 2022
    Viewing Yosemite fall’s was the best part and of course our guide driver was the most professional, kindly and friendly, thanks Chabli.
    icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
    Hi Marisol First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. Yosemite never disappoints !!!! and thanks for your kind words about Chablis performance. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco

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