You’ll have enough free time to get out and hike
Get up close with nature
Stop for photos at Tunnel View, right below Inspiration Point
The hike to Mirror Lake from Yosemite Valley is easy and rewarding
Check out Half Dome, El Capitan, and waterfalls from Tunnel View!
Yosemite Day Tour
Our Yosemite Day Tour includes:
Retail price $179 adult/$169 child*
Web price $169 adult/$159 child*
Internet savings $10
*child rates are 0-12.
$10 per person fuel surcharge will be applied at checkout. Rates for tours beyond this season may have adjusted pricing; see booking page for exact rates.
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 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.
You will stop to photograph Yosemite’s amazing rock formations, expansive skylines, and astounding waterfalls. You will also have free time alone to walk, hike, bike, swim and reflect on the beauty and grandeur of this natural wonder. From door step to door step, the breathtaking beauty of one of California’s most unique landscapes will give you memories to last a lifetime!
If you want to get to know Yosemite National Park more intimately, check out our “Yosemite Experience” 2 Day Hotel Tour. and “Yosemite Escape” 3 Day Camping Tour.
Yosemite Day Tour
|Tours:||Daily, year ’round|
|Departs:||6-7 am pickup from most SF hotels|
|Duration:||1 full day (14-15 hours)|
|Transport:||Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biodiesel mini-coach (20 passengers max, generally 14)|
|Activities:||Hiking, Photography, Wildlife & Nature, Eco/Sustainable|
|Includes:||Complimentary pickup/dropoff 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 biodiesel mini-coach
|Not Included:||Meals (stops will be made to purchase food)
Guide gratuity (optional)
PLEASE READ: Our terms/conditions and cancellation policy
|6:15am – 7:00am:||Pick up from San Francisco hotels|
|7:00am – 10:00am:||
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, the largest agricultural region in the United States and famous for its rich volcanic soil. The section we drive through is best known for specialty fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. We will make a stop at a fruit stand where you can experience the local produce. After this quick rest stop, we drive into the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.
|10:00 am – 11:30am:||Continuing into the mountains brings us to California gold country and through towns that began during the gold rush before we wind our way into Yosemite National Park. Your guide will provide history, stories, and practical information as you enter Yosemite’s glaciated valley. Because of our small group size, we can incorporate multiple photo stops into our tour so you can better enjoy your time in the park.|
|12:00pm:||During the tour you will see Yosemite Valley from a number of great vantage points, perhaps the best of which is a photo stop at Tunnel View. At 4,500 feet above sea level, this viewpoint gives you a spectacular view looking east into the valley.|
From the drop off location, you will have approx. 3 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 back to San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city.
|8:30pm – 9:00pm:||Arrive back at your lodging|
**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic) and the small size of our vehicles/groups, we allow our guides the flexibility to tailor your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. **
- Camera & charger
- Small bag that can fit under seat
- Spending money for incidentals and lunch
- Sneakers or hiking boots
- Swimwear, towel, sandals (optional)
- Bug spray
- Sun protection
- Water bottle
Nov-Apr: **Winter temperatures in Yosemite are on average 50 F/10 C, but can be as low as 28 F/-2 C. Additional items recommended are:
- Warm clothing, coat
- Knit hat, gloves
Biodiesel to Yosemite (Yosemite 1 Day Tour)
Biodiesel to Yosemite
Just to say thanks for a great ride up to Yosemite; I had an amazing time there! It's great that you're using biodiesel (that's why I chose to ride with your company) and I'll definitely recommend you to others.
- Rebecca C.
Traveled September 2012
Yosemite 1 Day Tour
Good Experience (Yosemite 1 Day Tour)
My tour yesterday to Yosemite was a good experience, although I now realize that just a single day is too short a time to fully enjoy the park, especially the trails.
I’m writing to put in a few words of appreciation for our driver-guide, Mitch. Not only does the guy know his stuff, he’s super-friendly and completely puts you at ease with his disarming conduct. He pointed out everything on the way, handing out little gems about the various points and vistas I for one would probably never have found out myself.
- Aditya N.
Traveled January 2012
Yosemite 1 Day Tour
Wonderful Trip (Yosemite Day Tour)
I had a wonderful trip, and want to particularly thank our guide Tim. He ensured that we all saw everything there was to see in a limited time, and also had good answers to all our questions about the park.
- Robin S.
Yosemite 1 Day Tour