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Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

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icon15 hours  (Approx.)
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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
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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures

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

  • 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.

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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 Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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
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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
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What is the maximum group size during Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 23 travelers.

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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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Bait and switch!!!!!
Gordon_L
, Jun 2021
Vendor claimed that their one and only van broke down and instead put us on a big tour bus with a rookie tour leader, horrible at best.
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star-5
Overall a great experience
Ardit_M
, Jun 2021
The entire experience was awesome. Van was comfortable with chargers and we got to explore all the things I wanted to see and had great views on the way back too. Would totally recommend.
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star-5
Wonderful Experience
Aichel_V
, Jun 2021
Jay was very nice, knowledgeable and patient while we took pictures. Excellent personality Thank you noooo
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Yosemite tour
luly1040
, Jun 2021
The tour was great. Mitch our tour guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable. I recommend this tour.
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Long trip almost all day in the bus
Luz_M
, May 2021
It’s a long trip all day... like 8 hrs only in the bus. We only got like 2:30 to see Yosemite... so you don’t get to see enough
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
We're so sorry you happened to arrive at Yosemite at that time, and it can be quite a long journey to and from the park. Groups most usually arrive around noon and receive at least 3 hours of free time, unless you happened to stop at the Giant Sequoias on your departure. Apologies again that this wasn't the tour you had hoped for!
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star-5
Great experience 👍🏾
Terrell_J
, May 2021
Hiking up the Yosemite falls. Our tour guide Jay was awesome, he gave a terrific history lesson about the park and made sure to stop at all the high points and even took pictures of my group. Thanks Jay
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Jay sure is a great guide. How awesome you got to hike up Yosemite Falls. Thank you for the nice review Terrell!
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star-5
Great way to spend the day!
Adeline_W
, May 2021
Our guide (not sure her name, started with an L) was excellent with providing information and suggestions for the trip. We had plenty of time in the Valley and we stopped for other good picture taking spots! A great way to spend a day!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
This is great to hear Adeline! Glad you enjoyed the day. Thanks for your review!
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Great trip
Jerry_C
, May 2021
Our guide had lots of interesting facts about the park and went out of his way to ensure the safety of the group. Great trip. Would recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thanks Jerry!
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star-5
AMAZING!
TERESA_V
, Mar 2021
I really enjoyed the free time at the Valley the most. I was able to walk 4 miles and see all the highlights of this trip. Half Dome, El Capitan, Swinging Gate Bridge, Yosemite Falls all the way to the base. (Boulder Climbing involved) I brought along snacks in a Backpack for energy. The very HIGHLIGHT of this trip was the breathtaking Mirror image of El Capitan and the Falls our Driver Mitch took us to. It was SIMPLY AMAZING!! A MUST SEE!!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for spending the time to leave a review! We're so glad you had an amazing day with Mitch. That view sounds spectacular!
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Serenity at it's best
kerryann_F
, Dec 2020
Tour guide was friendly and informative. This was such an amazing experience. Incredible views and a humbling experience in nature.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
We're so pleased Yosemite left you with the feelings it always leaves us. Thank you for the review!
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