Best of Yosemite Tour | See Giant Sequoias, Half Dome & Tenaya Lake

Why We Love this Tour

“Many park visitors make the mistake of focusing solely on Yosemite Valley during their trip. The beauty of this tour is that it showcases the fantastic highlights of Yosemite that can be found in the quieter corners of the park – from the largest trees on earth, to splendidly pristine alpine meadows and lakes, this tour truly is the Best of Yosemite!”

– Ben Collier
General Manager

Tour Highlights

  • Included Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee, no day-use permit needed
  • Transportation to/from select hotels on Highway 140.
  • Visit Tuolumne Grove, Tenaya Lake & Olmstead Point
  • Enjoy an included box lunch with a unique view of Half Dome
  • Hike down to Tuolumne Grove and to the top of Pothole Dome
  • Cool off in Tenaya Lake
  • Let our expert guides tell you about Yosemite geology and history
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Price: $159

Due to changes in our business during COVID-19, the price of this tour is applicable to all ages. Please contact us if you plan on traveling with a baby.

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Overview

Leave your car outside the park and take our eco-friendly guided transportation instead. No need for a day-use reservation with Yosemite National Park. We have you covered!

Join us on this small-group tour as we explore outside of the busy Yosemite Valley. You’ll be one of the few visitors that journey into Yosemite’s high country. Enjoy the spectacular views as we traverse across Tioga Road. Start the day walking amongst the giants in Tuolumne Grove and end with panoramic views of Yosemite’s 11,000 – 13,000 foot peaks from Pothole Dome. Then cool off at Tenaya Lake while seeing climbers in the high country.

With our small groups, you’ll be accompanied by an expert driver and guide. Leave your car outside of the park while you sit back, relax and leave the winding mountain driving to us.

Itinerary

From El Portal, CA – Highway 140

 

  • 8:00 am. Depart Cedar Lodge
  • 8:15 am. Depart Yosemite View Lodge
  • 8:45 am – 10:45 am. Arrive at Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias.  We will spend two hours here where you will have the chance to hike 2.5 miles roundtrip to explore the grove of towering trees.*
  • 11:35 am -12:30 pm. Arrive at Olmstead Point to get a unique view of Half Dome and enjoy lunch.
  • 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm. After lunch, we’ll make our way to hike up to Pothole Dome and get some amazing 360 degree views.
  • 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm. A quick stop at Tenaya Lake to cool off and rest in the sun.
  • 4:15 pm. Arrive Yosemite View Lodge
  • 4:30 pm. Arrive Cedar Lodge

*This is a well-paved path but people with health conditions or low levels of fitness should be aware that upon exiting the grove you must walk 1.2 miles with 500 feet of elevation gain.

Important Details:

National Park Entry: National Park Entry is included with your tour so there is no need to secure your own day-use permit from the park itself.

Due to our commercial permit with Yosemite National Park, we can only grant you access to the park for the duration of the tour. We cannot provide separate or additional park entry permits or allow you to follow behind and drive your own vehicle.

Pickup Locations: Our pickup locations are conveniently located right outside Yosemite National Park on Highway 140 in El Portal, CA.  You can park at your designated pickup location free of charge all day!

It is imperative to double-check our pickup locations and their addresses before arriving to Yosemite. This area does not have reliable cell service. Please do not confuse the Yosemite View Lodge (our pickup) with the Yosemite Valley Lodge (inside the park). Additionally, if you are staying at a hotel on a different highway or location within the Yosemite area, please note that you cannot drive through the park to reach us if you do not have a day-use entry pass. Rangers will not make exceptions for you to enter the park to meet our departure point.

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Book our Best of Yosemite as a Private Tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know. While we love the ease of travel & new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted to bring our customers more options when it comes to booking a tour.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 22 guests.  You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose exactly who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for any custom experience you’d like to partake in anywhere in the 50 states.

Reserve your Best of Yosemite Tour as a private excursion now!

Our rates are based on group size. After clicking below and choosing an available date, elect how many travelers will be in your group.

From El Portal:

Private tour for 1-3 guests: $900 total
Private tour for 4-6 guests: $994 total
Private tour for 7-10 guests: $1,093 total
Private tour for 11-13 guests: $1,141 total

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From Oakhurst:

Private tour for 1-3 guests: $979 total
Private tour for 4-6 guests: $1,084 total
Private tour for 7-10 guests: $1,199 total
Private tour for 11-13 guests: $1,259 total

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From Groveland*:

Private tour for 1-13 guests: $1,197 total
Private tour for 14-22 guests: $1,966 total

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* Lunch is not included on this departure

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