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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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From $179.00

379 reviews   (4.37)

Price varies by group size

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 15 hours

Departs: San Francisco, San Francisco

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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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.

What's Included

3 hours of free time in the Valley

Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off from select SF hotels

Narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite (1.5 hrs)

Transport by biofueled mini-coach

Yosemite National Park entrance fee

What's Not Included

Bike rental (available for purchase)

Guide gratuity

Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)

Traveler Information

  • CHILD: Age: 0 - 12
  • ADULT: Age: 13 - 99

Additional Info

  • Face masks recommended
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Face masks recommended
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

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.

• Admission Ticket Free

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.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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. 

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included

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.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

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.

5 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

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.

• Admission Ticket Free


What a perfect day
Danielle_J, 15-02-2023
What a fabulous experience. Great guide James, made the trip something to remember. Great playlist for the time spent on the bus. Regular stops for photo opportunities. Just the right amount of commentary with informative facts. The time to yourself to explore as you want was terrific, option to catch a free bus around the park or some short walks in the area. Highly recommend this tour.
Quick Visit Option
TheJZ, 10-02-2023
Had a short weekend in San Fran and wanted to check off Yosemite in winter. Great option for out of town folks who want a taste of the valley.
Nature at its Best
Ian_R, 09-02-2023
A long day but worth it. The trip out provides a great opportunity to see the diverse countryside and see more of the varied landscape. The trip back was great viewing the beautiful sunset and yes Yosemite is great.
Amazing experience
734adis, 05-02-2023
A great experience. The guide was very kind, he gave us a lot of explanations and stories about those places. The trip is around 4h 30 min one way and 3 h of free time inside the park.
Beautiful scenery and great guide
Daniela_C, 04-02-2023
We had a brilliant day. Parker our tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The scenery was breathtaking. Long coach ride but totally worth it. Highly recommended.