Yosemite National Park Day Tour in San Francisco, CA

Incredible Adventures765 Pennsylvania Ave.San Francisco, CA 94107
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Your dream of exploring Yosemite National Park is about to come true. Enjoy a guided day tour through the magnificent natural wonder and experience the majestic waterfalls, stunning rock formations, and so much more. This is the perfect way to spend your day in California. Get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime at the beautiful Yosemite National Park.


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Yosemite is a magnificent wilderness only a few hours’ drive from San Francisco. A Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco will complete your trip to Northern California.

Your day in Yosemite park includes a guided in-coach tour of Yosemite Valley with our informative and professional guides providing history and insight into one of the earth’s best examples of a glaciated valley.

The day begins with a hotel pick-up between 6:15 am and 7:00 am. Heading east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. En Route to the park we cross through the Central Valley, where we will stop at a fruit stand for some local produce.

Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is the largest agricultural region in the United States. The section we drive through is best known for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. After this quick rest stop, we enter the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

Continuing into the mountains brings us to California gold country and the gold rush town of Groveland before we wind our way into Yosemite National Park. Maps in hand, we begin with a one and a half hour in-coach narrated tour of Yosemite's glaciated valley. You will see famous waterfalls and rock formations including Yosemite Falls—the tallest waterfall in North America—El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Dome, and much more. During the tour, you will see Yosemite Valley from a number of great vantage points, the best of which is perhaps Inspiration Point. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this viewpoint gives you a commanding view east up the valley. Yosemite is a mecca for rock climbers and the sight of people climbing El Capitan's 3,200 ft. (1000m) the sheer rock face is quite amazing.

Because of our small group size, we can incorporate multiple photos stops into our tour so you can better enjoy your time in the park. After the tour, we stop for the afternoon near the base of Yosemite Falls, where there are a variety of options for lunch (not included). After eating, you will have 3-4 hours of free time to explore the valley as you choose.

You can walk to the base of Yosemite Falls, check out the visitor center, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, stop in at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rent a cruiser bike, or hike some of the trails that originate from the valley. 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. Regrouping again in the late afternoon, we head for San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city and dropping you at your lodging between 8:30 pm and 9:00 pm.

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lauren m
"4 Day Yosemite Tour"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
I have been to Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes and Lake Tahoe before but my cousin came to visit me from Ireland and it was a great excuse to do it all again. Who could possibly get tired of looking at those incredible views? We had a great guide her name is Michaela, she gave us plenty of information throughout the tour and was very helpful in suggesting good spots to eat and hike. We would definitely book again and got a great deal. The places we stayed were basic and clean and close to all activities. My favorite spot on the tour was in Lake Tahoe, Emerald Bay we got to go paddle boarding on the lake. It was breath taking!
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"Muir Woods and Sonoma wine tour plus Sausalito"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 14, 2019 NEW
Great day. Kate (our guide) was awesome!!! She took time to talk to each of us and made sure to connect with our individual interests. I highly recommend this trip if you are a first time visitor and looking to spend a day outside of the city, tasting some wine and visiting the beauty of the extended Bay Area.
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Linda C
"Two day tour of yosemite with incredible travel"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 13, 2019 NEW
Great tour, led by lisa, amazing scenery and the opportunity to meet a lovely group of diverse travellers. Ideal way of viewing the really awesome Yosemite national park, being able to choose activities, and staying in a park lodge. Recommend at least two days to see the main sites, and this tour is the way to go. Linda
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Wittenberg, Wisconsin
"Muir Woods and wine tasting "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 10, 2019 NEW
Perfect day and had the best tour guide in Kate. Loved the Redwoods and relaxing in Sonoma. The winery was also dog friendly which was a great idea.
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Warrnambool, Australia
"Awesome trip, excellent guide"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 08, 2019 NEW
I thoroughly enjoyed the small group and friendly, knowledgeable Kate our guide, who skilfully, drove, provided interesting commentary, shared her knowledge of and showed us the breathtaking Yosemite National Park. I particularly enjoyed going to the spectacular high country which was much less crowded ( than Yosemite village area) and the opportunity to swim in the glacier lakes. Kate also cooked and organised the smooth running of the trip always with a big smile
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yosemite National Park Day Tour

How long is the tour?
The Yosemite National Park one-day tour is approximately 14-15 hours long.

What should I bring on the tour?
It is recommended that tour guests bring the following items with them:

  • Camera and charger/batteries
  • Spending money for lunch and other expenditures
  • Sneakers or hiking boots
  • Swimwear, towel, sandals (optional)
  • Bug spray
  • Sun protection
  • Water bottle
During the colder months (November through April) it is suggested that guests bring/wear warm outdoor attire such as gloves, a knit hat, and a jacket.

What is included in the tour?
The tour includes the following:
  • Complimentary pickup/drop off from your San Francisco hotel
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Narrated in-coach tour of Yosemite (1.5 hrs)
  • 3 hours of free time in the Valley
  • Yosemite Park entrance fee
  • Transportation to/from Yosemite in biofuel mini-coach
Meals are not included in the tour and guests should bring money to purchase food while at one of the stops.