A Yosemite tour from San Francisco is an excellent complement to your visit to the Bay Area. Our Yosemite Tours are conducted in environmentally friendly biofuel mini-coaches, in a small-group format (15 passengers maximum per tour) to make the experience more personal. Our guides are hand-picked and specifically trained to know everything you want to know about the park’s features and rich history.
Our Yosemite 1 Day Tour focuses on the highlights of the beautiful Yosemite Valley – see Half Dome, El Capitan and waterfalls like Bridalveil Fall and the incredible cascades of Yosemite Falls (which flow seasonally). Enjoy a 90-minute narrated in-coach tour of the valley’s most famous sights, and then spend 3 hours exploring any way you like: rent a bike, take a hike to the top of a waterfall, or check out the exhibits at the visitor’s center.
Our Yosemite 2 Day Hotel Tour includes all the highlights of the Yosemite 1 Day Tour plus visits to a grove of Giant Sequioa trees and Glacier Point (for spectacular views of the valley from above). Enjoy all this adventure along with the comfort of sleeping in a warm bed in your choice of two Yosemite hotels.
The Yosemite Escape Camping Tour is our most comprehensive tour of Yosemite Park. With three full days in the park, you’re guaranteed to see parts of Yosemite that most tourists don’t even know about! You’ll explore the high country, stand beneath the awe-inspiring Giant Sequoias, and still have plenty of time to check out the valley. At night, cozy up in your sleeping bag after enjoying warm meals prepared fire-side by you and your group! THIS is the way to see Yosemite.
Whether you only have a day to spare for a Yosemite tour or you want to feed your sense of adventure, we are sure to have the right Yosemite National Park Tour for you!
Incredible Adventures can also custom design a Private Yosemite Charter in one of our biofuel mini-coaches to accommodate your family, group of friends, or organization.
Yosemite National Park is comprised of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 square km) of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central/eastern California. The park is known for its majestic granite cliffs (including Half Dome and El Capitan), and its astounding waterfalls (Yosemite Falls are the tallest in the United States, with a combined 2425ft/ 738m of falling water). Yosemite is also home to groves of Giant Sequoia trees, which are the largest living things in the world, and are only native to this part of the mountain range.
Yosemite has been inhabited for nearly 4000 years, and was home to several tribes of Native Americans (including the Paiute, Sierra Miwok, and Ahwahneechee) who gave names to much of the surrounding area.
Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were granted to California in 1864 by a federal order signed by President Abraham Lincoln. This grant is considered the foundation upon which state and federal parks were later established. The surrounding areas we protected in 1890, and the entire area was incorporated into a national park in 1905. The U.S. park system as a whole is considered to be a National Treasure, and some of the more famous areas (including Yosemite) have come to be known as the “Crown Jewels” of the system.
The first tourists arrived to Yosemite in 1855 – about 40 people came. Now Yosemite sees nearly 4 million visitors annually. Although the park itself is very large, a majority of its visitors spend their time in the 7 square miles of Yosemite Valley.
Sam Was an Incredible Guide!“Sam was the best driver ever, sweeping us through those windy roads to Yosemite and then bringing us back via the valley floor route so we got a different view and experience. She kept us on schedule, her enthusiasm for the area and local knowledge was interesting. An early start was made worthwhile by this trip and I would recommend everyone do it. Yes, it would be nice to stay and explore longer but I would not be put off by just a day trip, we saw all we could and had plenty of time in the valley for waling. Saw squirrels, deer and a brown bear bonus! The size of those mountains cannot be captured in photos, they are immense and need to be felt. Thank you Sam, you were simply the best and we felt privileged to have had you as our guide for the day.”
– John Traveled October 2017 Yosemite Day Tourread more
Well worth the drive!“It’s a 4.5 hour drive there and back but it is well worth it. The guide talks during the drive so you learn a lot and the time flies by. We had 3.5 hours there, which was enough time to do some trekking. The waterfall is still decent very tall even in winter with the snow around.”
– Rapha Traveled February 2018 Yosemite Winter Day Tourread more
Amazing 4 Days in Yosemite and the Sierras“We took the 4 day trip to Yosemite and the Sierras last Sept and we were very happy that we signed with Incredible Adventures. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very flexible, he knew just what to do when we hit an unpredictable snowy weather along Mammoth Lakes. The added bonus of going to Glacier Point was just beautiful. Overall it was a great trip. And the way he ended the tour just watching the San Francisco skyline at night was magical. I would highly recommend this tour especially with Robert as the guide.”
– Adele V Traveled September 2017 Yosemite and Tahoe Camping Tourread more
Wonderful and Educational Tour“It was a wonderful trip in the second week of August. The guide did a wonderful job of giving us the history of the park. We enjoyed the nature’s beauty, and I will surely return back and spend more time in the park. The Alcatraz reminded of how life was when I saw Clint Eastwood’s movie Escape from Alcatraz. The audio tour was very descriptive and thorough with the entire island’s history.”
-Shivakumar C Traveled August 2017 Alcatraz and Yosemite Day Tourread more
Yosemite was beautiful, tour was well-organized“I did the Yosemite overnight stay and I could not recommend this more. Yosemite itself is incredible, and my time there was great. However, I’ll talk about the tour and not the amazing park of Yosemite. Both Mike and Vincent our tour guides were perfect drivers. Since we stayed overnight they were very well organized in picking us up and dropping us off in Yosemite and the hotel. Informative and nice people. Could not recommend this tour more for anyone in the San Francisco area looking for a overnight stay in Yosemite!”
– Jacob S Traveled January 2017 Yosemite 2-Day Winter Hotel Tourread more
Yosemite Park, BEAUTIFUL. Our tour guide: priceless.Yosemite needs no introduction or explanation. It’s a natural wonder. Our guide, Leo, completed the experience. During our drive to Yosemite he described to us the history behind San Francisco. He told uz about the gold rush, giving us anecdotes and details that were so interesting, even our teenagers were hooked. Once in Yosemite, he explained to us all about the geography of the park, as well as other interesting anecdotes and bits of information. He was knowledgeable about everything but never overwhelming. He offered options for activities, and everyone in our group got to do what they wanted. We were in the best of hands with Leo. He rounded our experience to one of learning, of fun, and adventure. We will not forget our experience.
– Laura, Alex, Alex Jr, Diego, & Marco Traveled April 2018 Yosemite 2-Day Hotel Tourread more
Exceeded my expectations!This trip exceeded my expectations! Our guide, Sarah, was friendly, very generous with her time, and told us a whole load of interesting info about the history of Yosemite which I would never have found out if I’d been doing the trip on my own. We went to a few different places around Yosemite so got a flavour of how big and diverse it was. We had a really fun group, ranging from a ten-year-old to a very fit elderly couple, and yet it worked for everyone, which is really impressive. Saw amazing views, tried s’mores for the first time, enjoyed learning something new from everyone in the group, enjoyed the camping. These 3 days were some of the best of my whole trip! Thank you to everyone who I met there.
– Anna M Traveled September 2017 Yosemite Escape 3-Day Tourread more
Excellent guide! A+++The trip was great – gave some flexibility to do different activities on the whole. 4 days was a good time period too. Great size of group. Mono Lake was a great bonus!
– Madhyama Traveled July 2016 Yosemite & Tahoe Sierras 4-Day Tourread more
Chris was the Man!I can honestly say that out of 3 week California trip, our three day adventure with you guys made it all worth while. Our guide Chris was the man!!!!! Very knowledgeable with the history of Yosemite, gave us options on what to do, and advised us on trail difficulty. Oh yea….and a very nice guy. 10 out of 10 all the way from Pittsburgh, PA. We will be back for more fun with Incredible Adventures!
– Dan & Laura Traveled May 2011 Yosemite Escape 3-Day Tourread more
Best Guide I’ve Ever Had5 Stars. Leo was an amazing guide, best I’ve ever had. The views were amazing and everything was perfect! Thank you!
– Ryan Traveled May 2016 Yosemite Escape 3-Day Tourread more
Highly EnjoyableExcellent guide, Brian. Very accommodating, gave reasonable amount of information without being overbearing. Really looked out for his travelers. Seemed very much at ease doing his job. He seemed to have extensive knowledge of the park and where the special sites are. Highly enjoyable trip for my husband and me. Would definitely recommend visiting Yosemite with Incredible Adventures.
– Anita T. traveled June 2014 Yosemite Hotel Tourread more
Fantastic GuideJust got back to UK and wanted to say a huge Thank you for the 3 day tour to Yosemite that I did on 9th August. I had an amazing time. Seamus was a fantastic guide and obviously really passionate about what he does. The whole group got on really well and we all passed on our contact info so that we could exchange photos!
– Hannah Anderson Traveled August 2013 Yosemite Escape Camping Tourread more
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. Traveled 2011 Yosemite 1 Day Tourread more
Yosemite was everything that one could imagine from everything that everyone has said about it for decades. So was the tour – the bus ride, the facilities (Yosemite Lodge) and especially our guide (Mark) – the way he looked after everyone, offering both more and less difficult hikes to suit everyone in our tour group. I booked with Incredible Adventures specifically because of the promise of guided tours rather than being left to figure out what what to see, and that promise was completely fulfilled!
– David L. Traveled September 2013 Yosemite Experience Hotel Tourread more
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 Tourread more