Your day begins with pickup in either Fresno, Oakhurst, or Fish Camp aboard a comfortable touring vehicle. From here, enjoy a scenic journey to Yosemite, entering through the park’s Southgate entrance.
Stop at Chinquapin and Glacier Point, an overlook offering remarkable views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. After a short walk, you can gaze over the valley, including Curry Village and the renowned Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee), and take in picture-perfect views of the surrounding mountaintops.
Between spring and fall, you also have the option of hiking Glacier Point’s 4-Mile Trail, which ends on Southside Drive. From here, simply hop on a shuttle or continue across the Swinging Bridge to Yosemite Valley Lodge, where you’ll meet back up with your guide.
For those who’d prefer to stay on the bus, you'll make your way down to the Yosemite Valley, starting from the Tunnel View to take in spectacular views of Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, The Chapel, Sentinel Bridge, Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
The group will then break for lunch, along with an easy walk to the base of Yosemite Falls. You’ll also have time to peruse the souvenir gift shops.
After dining, you'll pay a visit to the meadows in front of El Capitan to see if anyone is rock climbing, an extremely popular park activity.
Next, continue on with a drive alongside the Merced River and learn a bit about President Theodore Roosevelt’s 3-night camping trip with naturalist John Muir, who successfully lobbied for the creation of Yosemite National Park.
Your return trip includes a stop at The Pioneer Village History Center for some exploring and also a visit to the historical landmark Wawona Hotel, a perfect place for viewing the park’s young sequoias.
The tour concludes with a ride back to either Fresno or Oakhurst.
Traveler pickup is offered
FRESNO DEPARTURE - Hotels in the River Park Area, Fresno Airport Area and Fresno Downtown area. Hotels near Hwy 99 will have to meet us at In and Out Burger parking lot at 8110 N Blackstone Avenue,
OAKHURST DEPARTURE - (Coarsegold) - Chuckchansi Gold Resort and Casino. (Oakhurst) - America's Best Value Inn, Chateau de sureau, Best Western, Oakhurst Lodge, Southgate Hotel, Yosemite Sierra Inn, Comfort Inn, Narrow Gauge Inn ( Bass Lake) Pines Resort, World Mark ( El Portal ) - Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge. (Mariposa) Miners Inn, Best Western, Quality Inn and all other smaller locations on Hwy 140 in Mariposa, Happy Burger 5120 CA -140 for those staying in area AirB&Bs.
FISH CAMP DEPARTURE- Tenaya Lodge, Bed and Breakfast places on Hwy 41, Fish Camp General Store, Redwoods in Wawona and Yosemite West.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Our first time to go to Yosemite and it was all worth it . James was a very knowledgeable tour guide, friendly, pleasant, and was so concerned about our safety . We saw all the highlights on such limited time. Will highly recommend this tour. Thanks 🙂
Our driver James was very knowledgeable and friendly. He also was very reassuring that he was a good driver and had driven the twists and turns of Yosemite Park many times. I loved all the unique tidbits of information he gave throughout the tour. Best of all he knew all the best spots for great photos. We had a delicious picnic lunch and a great time visiting with the other people on our tour. This tour is a great way to get to see Glacier Point without the stress of driving up there yourself. I would definitely recommend this tour. Sit back, relax and let a professional drive!
James was wonderful and has much knowledge and an excellent driver and a real gentelmen. tell Ram James is very good.
My wife and I went on this tour with a couple of our relatives. The tour was well organized and the tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgeable, friendly and pleasant. The vegetarian lunch was well put together. We saw the main attractions and had a great time overall. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for a day trip to Yosemite.
Highly recommended tour. Will allow you to make the best out of Yosemite in 1 day. The entire journey went smoothly, the pickup was well planned, the stops went perfectly and the whole tour was well worth it.
Tour with my 2 daughters. We enjoyed visiting Yosemite National Park with Mick our tour guide. It was Monday so crowd wasnt that bad. We were only two family in the van so that was a plus. We absolutely love visiting the falls, watching it on the Glacier point and upclose as well. Lunch provided was delicious. Plus Mick gave us a souvenir water bottle.
Information on reaching the park from Fresno, in case you are not driving yourself, is scarce and not very accurate.
A beautiful place to visit
The driver knew so much about Yosemite and made the trip very interesting.
We were picked up at our hotel in Oakhurst by James. We had a delightful day driving through Yosemite and made many stops at most impressive areas and sights. We also stopped for a picnic lunch with sandwiches provided. James was very knowledgeable about sights we saw and also more than happy to take pictures for us. We would definitely recommend this tour.
If you are looking to do very little hiking this is the trip for you! I was looking to get out of the van more so although the tour guide was great and the views were fab, I left longing for more hiking / outdoor time.
I would also say that this tour do would better with a little more time management as my estimated return was 2 hours late. If i didn't have a place to be that would have been fine but I had a commitment.
Other than that it was great!
Departing Fresno or Oakhurst, this 9-hour tour of Yosemite National Park covers some of the Yosemite Valley's natural highlights. Capture photos of Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country, and hike down the 4-Mile Trail between spring and fall. Lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.