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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park have, lunch (own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide bus tour of the area and discover the park's charms on your own during your visit. Pickup from select San Francisco hotels is included.
  • Day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Explore the park independently and enjoy a guided bus tour
  • Driver­-guide and commentary in English or Chinese (select at checkout)
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Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach with Wi-Fi, restroom and power outlets
Driver-guide and commentary in English or Chinese (depending on the option selected)
Yosemite National Park entrance fees
Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley and free time in Yosemite Valley
Hotel Pick-up from select San Francisco Hotels (only with confirmation from reservations team)
Gratuities
Additional food and drinks
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Board your luxury vehicle for the trip to Yosemite National Park. Cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Central Valley into the foothills of the Sierra.

Upon arrival at Yosemite, embark on a guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Rent a bike (own expense) to cruise the valley floor, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, or hit up the rangers' station for informative lectures and guided walks. Peruse the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or stroll along the banks of the Merced River.

Afterward, meet back at the bus to return to San Francisco.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Financial District
Start your tour from San Francisco downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Known as the Bay Bridge (or "the other bridge"), it is a complex of bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. This double-decker bridged services an estimated 260,000 vehicles per day, connects San Francisco and Oakland cities as a part of the Interstate 80.
Stop At:  
Oakdale
You'll pass through the Central Valley to have a taste of California's most productive agricultural region, providing more than half of the vegetables and fruits grown in the US. We will make a quick stop at Oakdale to purchase your supplies for the day: water, snacks, food for hiking, or your whole picnic.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yosemite National Park
Upon entering the National Park, the guide will commence with the 1-hour long bus tour of Yosemite National Park exploring one of the most visually stunning places on earth. Your tour will include stops at Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, el Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tunnel View
A visit to Yosemite would never be complete without a picture from the Tunnel View. It is a scenic viewpoint along State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Eastward views of Yosemite Valley include surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bridalveil Falls
Your next stop will discover one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite Valley: Bridalveil Fall. The waterfall is 617-feet tall and flows all year round. You will have 15' to walk close to the falls and take pictures that you'll never forget.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Valley
Once we reach the drop-off location at the heart of the Yosemite Valley, you'll have around 3 hours of free time to explore the park on your own. Don't know what exactly to do? Ask our guide for the best spots around. You'll have options to hike the paved trails, rent a bike to cover more ground, visit the visitor's center for international exhibits or head to the Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist. Although you may spend days in the park, the three hours you get on your own gives you enough time to understand why Yosemite is a World Heritage Site.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ansel Adams Gallery
During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can opt to head to Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Delight in stunning views of Yosemite Falls in its entirety, with the opportunity to walk to the base of the lower fall; it roars in spring but falls silent by late summer. The trail to Lower Yosemite Fall is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get a little wet.
Pass By:  
Valley Visitor Center
Located in the Yosemite Valley, the Valley Visitor Center is the place you must visit if you are looking for books, postcards, or maps about Yosemite. It is open all year round, and the staff is always happy to assist with any of your questions.
Pass By:  
Sentinel bridge
Located on the eastern side of Yosemite Valley, on Sentinel Drive, near Cook's Meadow, can be accessed at shuttle stop 11. This location is famous for providing a breathtaking view of Half Dome and its mirrored reflection in the Merced River, especially during the alpenglow.
Stop At:  
El Capitan
After lunch and your free time, we'll pay a visit to the grasslands in front of El Capitan giving you the chance to look for climbers on the granite wall and get your last photo memory of this unforgettable day in Yosemite.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Falls
During our Yosemite Valley stop, make sure you save some time to hike or bike around Yosemite Falls base. The effort is well worth the amazing views you will be rewarded at the base; you will be standing in front of the 4th tallest waterfalls in the world!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • The Yosemite tour takes all day. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bring a pillow to sleep on the drive back.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco

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 Yosemite National Park - Full 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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park - Full 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 Yosemite National Park - Full 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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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.

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  • "Although it was a long day, it was well worth it to get a taste of beautiful Yosemite." See review

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Kaye_Maxwell
, Jun 2021
My experience on the tour was great. The tour guy Mr. Thomas did an excellent job guiding us in the areas. He is an awesome driver. I really would go again.
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Great experience!
Debra_J
, Jun 2021
Antonio our guide was fantastic. Tour was so informative and the sights you see are well worth the time.
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Yosemite
Regina_O
, Jun 2021
Wish everyone could have the view we had yesterday our host was very passionate about his job and made sure we were all comfortable and having a good time
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Regina, Thank you very much for such great feedback! We work really hard to offer the best experience for our customers, so I am happy to see that we accomplished on your last visit to Yosemite. In addition, I made sure that our guide got the recognition he deserved. He was so happy to see your review. I hope to see you again on any of our tours from San Francisco! Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
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Great 1 day trip.
Kathleen_H
, Jun 2021
Awesome time. Denise was informative and genuinely cared that we had a great experience. Would recommend this trip to anyone wanting to see Yosemite.
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Wonderful tour
MariRuvalcoba_A
, Jun 2021
It was wonderful! Brandon is amazing!! Great, guide. We brought one year old daughter. She could sit gown on our lap. She was free to join the tour. We enjoyed her first birthday trip. Thank you.
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A most memorable experience
Gregory_M
, May 2021
Waterfalls were spectacular. The large rock formations especially El Capitan was breathtaking. Gino, our tour guide, was the best.
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A must see trip!
Paola
, May 2021
Jay went above and beyond to make our Yosemite tour great! He was extremely welcoming, friendly, and accommodating to the tour guide members questions and requests. Yosemite was absolutely breathtaking and if anyone is considering visiting, GO! The only con to the trip was that our tour bus' AC didn't seem to be functioning so well. It did get pretty warm and uncomfortable during parts of the drive to/from the Park.
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Great
Ash
, May 2021
I really enjoyed the trip. Frank was our guide; he was very nice and friendly. I Highly recommend it!
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Anita_B
, May 2021
Since my orginial plan was changed Michael made sure i was able to continue on trip with a different Company. The driver was very helpful and knowledgeable. I was old and slow but never felt I was holding up group he was just very encouraging.
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To beautiful for words...but I will try
Leslie_B
, Mar 2021
It was so beautiful and the tour guide was great!! I wish we could have spent more time there. Ever considered an overnight trip? That's my only regret. Thanks so much for showing the wonders of California.
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