Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco

Day Trips & Excursions in San Francisco
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Tour description

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, CAAs 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, Oakdale, CaliforniaYou’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 minutesStop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389We’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 minutesStop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912The 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 hoursStop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CADuring 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 hourStop At: Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389During 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 minutesPass By: San Francisco, San Francisco, CaliforniaOnce 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.

What's included

  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Tunnel View
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Falls

What's not included

  • Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Bike rental (available for purchase)
  • Guide gratuity