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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco
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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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 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
Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
Gratuities
Additional food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    478 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Gray Line Union Square Office Departure time: 6:40 AM Please be at the above address, 10 minutes prior to departure. Please contact us 48 hours prior to the departure date to confirm.

  • North Beach , San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    2800 Leavenworth St., San Francisco, CA 94133, USA Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St. Departure Time: 6:20 AM Please be at the above address by 6:05 AM. Please contact us 48 hours prior to the departure date to confirm.

  • 6:20 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    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
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

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

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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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    star-5
    Best Value for money
    Tia_T
    , Oct 2021
    Antonio was absolutely wonderful tour guide. Great information with detailed assistance when needed. Best value for money I've had in a while!
    star-5
    Transformative, emotional, a unique and beautiful experience
    Amber_D
    , Oct 2021
    I’m so glad and fortunate to be able to experience Yosemite in my life time! The most memorable part for me was being able to put my feet into a small lake, about 10 minutes into the trail. The water was so cold, and clear. Very emotional and transformative, for me. I wish for everyone to see the wonders of Yosemite. Joseph was my tour guide and he was extremely knowledgeable. The facts flowed and I really appreciate all the information. The whole time I was thinking to myself, “I hope this man knows his worth and is being compensated appropriately.” Thank you all for an amazing moment I can cherish for the rest of my life!
    star-5
    Yosemite, I will be back !!
    mydonato
    , Oct 2021
    Tour was short for me but was a good preview of future plans.Planning to go back for a couple of days to enjoy Yosemite more. Joseph and Jack were excellent. I will join more tours with them as my guide/driver. Never felt safer with these two.
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Hello mydonato, We're very thankful for your review and proud that our team, Jack & Joseph, made you feel safe and enjoy the visit to Yosemite National Park. I agree with your point; a day in Yosemite is never enough but gives you a taste of exploring the park in more detail. Please come back soon to any of our other tours. Andrew Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Fantastic trip to Yosemite!!
    Susan_Y
    , Oct 2021
    Joe & Jack were absolutely marvelous. Joe had outstanding knowledge of the sights we passed by & could answer any & every question. Jack did an amazing job on the twisty windy road. I would DEFINITELY recommend this tour. The bus was immaculate. I need a wheelchair & it was always handled safely.
    star-5
    Excellent Day
    Sally_M
    , Oct 2021
    Fruit stand/pumpkin patch & just sheer size of the rock formations .we saw black tailed deer & rock climbing classes.
    star-5
    Antonio was amazing!...
    Khou_Y
    , Oct 2021
    Antonio was amazing! Awesome driver and guide. He even shared his personal spot with us which was absolutely beautiful!!! Thank you so much!
    star-5
    An experience of a lifetime!
    Laura_D
    , Oct 2021
    Our guide was Joseph and driver Nelo; they were both great! Joseph was very knowledgeable, sprinkling locale details throughout the road trip. The curves up to Yosemite were taken like a champ by Nelo. Bus was a 50-ish passenger that showed its wear and tear but what bus doesn't. We were a group of approx 20 so we had plenty of room. A stop on way to and back at a grocery store was helpful to use the facilities and gather supplies for the trip. A phenomenal experience! A must do for all!
    star-5
    There was a lot of smoke,...
    Monica_M
    , Oct 2021
    There was a lot of smoke, the air of poor quality and I could not enjoy the landscape as I would have liked, they were barely distinguished by the amount of smoke.
    star-5
    Very nice trip. Our...
    Elpiniki_N
    , Sep 2021
    Very nice trip. Our guide, Antonio, was wonderful, polite and an excellent driver. He knew everything about the Yosemite valley and was happy to share it with us!
    icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
    Appreciate your 5 star, Elpiniki. Antonio is one of the best tour guides in the Bay Area and a tour with him is 100% success guaranteed. Yosemite is a destination that deserves to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Again, thank you very much for booking with us and I hope to see you back in the future. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Nice trip
    Marcelo_I
    , Sep 2021
    Everything was very nice, Joseph and the guide tour were excelent, l will return again in order to stay more time

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