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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.
  • Combine a guided Yosemite tour with free time to explore on your own
  • See Central California’s farmlands on the way to the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • View the tallest waterfall in North America: Yosemite Falls
  • Skip the hassle of navigating windy roads, traffic, and Yosemite parking
What to Expect
After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel, settle in for a comfortable 4.5-hour drive across the Central Valley. Stop for refreshments in one of the US’s largest farming regions, then continue through California Gold Rush territory to Yosemite National Park. Get oriented first with a vehicle tour of Yosemite Valley. See rock climbers scaling the walls of El Capitan; get photo ops of Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Yosemite Fall; and look over the entire Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View. Enjoy stops for photo ops of the granite rock formations, forest, wildlife, and towering waterfalls, and have access to areas that big tour buses can’t navigate. Purchase lunch, then have three hours of free time to hike, rent a bike, view exhibits at the visitor’s center or Ansel Adams Gallery, or relax at the historical Ahwahnee Hotel. Your tour ends with return to your departure point.
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Departure Point
• Zone 1: Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf  - Corner of Mason and North Point (6:20 a.m.) Covering north-west of Van Ness, Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Fort Mason
• Zone 2: Le Meridien - Battery Street Entrance (6:35 a.m.) Covering Financial District, Chinatown, Embarcadero
• Zone 3: San Francisco Hilton Union Square (6:50 a.m.) Covering Union Square, hotels west of Van Ness
• Zone 4: Holiday Inn Civic Center (7:10 a.m.) BART riders, SOMA area, Civic Center, AirBnB/Private residence, Caltrain riders, hotels south-west of Van Ness
• Zone 5: Dublin BART Station (7:45 a.m.) Oakland/Berkeley East bay or inland guests that don't need to come into the city for pickup
Departure Time
6:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select SF hotels
  • Driver/guide
  • Transport by luxury biofueled van
  • Live commentary on board
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Food and drinks
  • Bike rental (available for purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 6 days ago

From the moment we got on the bus to the time we said good night we had the time of our lives! Michala was a dream guide- thoughtful, upbeat, smart, calm, and patient. All the guests were the same. Young, open minded, mature people from...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank bb81435
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the best things we did during our stay. Yes, its a long day (approx. 15 hours) but so worth it. I looked at many of these trips but chose this one based on the reviews and that it was a small coach (approx...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst a day isn't enough time to fully do this place justice if you are going to take a day trip do this one and pray you get Kate. Knowledgable, helpful and very kind Kate made the experience even more enjoyable, giving tips on where...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Brett B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a busy work trip I had a day to spare and decided to book a 1 day tour to Yosemite. The reviews looked good with Incredible Adventures. And I am happy to add my own 5-Star THANK YOU to Rourke (our amazing guide) and...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Paul S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’m not sure if it was the lead person or if this is just how it goes with this tour. Too much time given in breaks...one stop at a grocery store on the way in...and one stop at the grocery store on the way out....More

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You have about three hours on your own to get food and explore the valley. You get to stop at a vista point on the way in and two view points on the way out. We got back to SF around 8pm. It was a long day but you get a rest... More
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