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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

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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.
- 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

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Itinerary
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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.

Departure:

Departure point:

Traveler pickup is offered
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 BEI Hotel (50 8th St)

Departure time:

6:30 AM

Duration:

15 hours

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Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews:

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royjmj

Incredible! Absolutely pristine.
Albeit a few days in the valley is ideal, we managed to get a lot out of our day trip. Party because it was a small group of people and also our guide, James was fantastic.

Highly recommended.

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David B

Fantastic Day Fantastic weather
We got lucky with the weather
Yosemite is stunning. James our guide and driver did a great job

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Chee Kin L

Overall a good day trip with magnificent view of the national park. Our tour guide Matt was very informative and provide enough information. Its a bit rush for a day tour to visit this park but overall a very good experience.

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Kim A

Amazing, amazing, amazing. That's all I can say. What an amazing day. Intimate bus group - very friendly. Great guide who was very knowledgeable. The on board videos were awesome. Had about 3-4 hours free to explore the valley and have lunch. Such a great day. Would definitely recommend.

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Vanessa A

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.

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Kim T

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.

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adita_codita2005

The tour is very well organized in terms of pick up and drive there and back, with regular stops for bathroom breaks and food. In fact, the organizers are very considerate and they always stop in a place that has a supermarket as well, so you are not stuck with just your usual fast food options, which I thought it was a nice touch. The main thing to take into account about the tour once you reach Yosemite is that it is a self guided one. Matt, our driver, gave us all maps, explained to us the paths which we could explore and how to reach them, and then left us to our own devices to enjoy what the park has to offer. Most trails are well signposted, but you do require a bit of spatial orientation to figure out where you are/where you're going.
The tour makes for a fairly long day, but the transportation there and back is quite comfortable and you do get good views of the area.
I would definitely recommend this tour as a taster for Yosemite. Cause chances are, you will want to go back and stay for longer!

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Martin J

A long bus trip, but worth it. Yosemite is stunning, particularly with the recent snow fall. Small group tour which I would recommend.

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Anniefuller59595

This tour is mainly transport from SF to Yosemite. Includes a stop each way and a film to entertain you on the bus but no actual tour of Yosemite. Perfect tour if you want to be self guided!

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s.moumita

This is a self guided tour which has a stop at tunnel view. The tour mainly drops you off at Yosemite valley and it’s up to you how to manage your 3hours of time. If you are going to visit Yosemite- I would suggest look at some other tour which drives you to the points or atleast escorts you to maxmize your time there. This tour didn’t meet my expectations and I felt the time we had could have been better utilised. The guide said that as we are a good group who has returned in time during the stops he was accommodating another spot - the El Capitan meadow. This spot though it was ok, Yosemite has other spots as well which could have been easily covered. There was rainbow forming around the waterfall at Valley view which the bus just sped past.


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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
Overview:

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.

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$159

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