Best of Yosemite Tour | See Giant Sequoias, Glacier Point & Tunnel View

Why We Love this Tour

“This tour is truly the best of Yosemite; from gazing down on Yosemite Valley to staring up at the Giant Sequoias.  There’s no better way to see the full spectrum of this park’s magnificent diversity in a single day.”

– Ben Collier
General Manager

Tour Highlights

  • Included Yosemite National Park Entrance Fee, no day-use permit needed
  • Transportation to/from select hotels on either Highway 140 or Highway 41
  • Visit Tunnel View, Yosemite Falls & Glacier Point
  • Enjoy an included box lunch at Cathedral Beach 
  • Hike to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
  • Let our expert guides tell you about Yosemite geology and history
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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!

NEW! DEPARTURES FROM BOTH EL PORTAL (HIGHWAY 140) & OAKHURST (HIGHWAY 41)

Scattered across sprawling and mountainous Yosemite National Park, lie spectacular views and sky-high trees. Join us on this small-group tour of Yosemite’s most photographed landmarks, many of which most park visitors never even see.

Within our small groups, you’ll be accompanied by an expert driver & guide to witness waterfalls, hike between towering Giant Sequoias, enjoy a beach-side box lunch and photograph the famous viewpoints of Tunnel View and Glacier Point.

Leave your car outside the park while you sit back, relax and leave the winding mountain driving to us. Don’t forget your camera! This tour is a photographer’s paradise.

From El Portal, CA – Highway 140

Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Sundays from Cedar Lodge (8:00 am) and Yosemite View Lodge (8:15 am). $149 per person

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From Oakhurst, CA – Highway 41

Departures daily from The Pines Resort (8:00 am) and the Oakhurst Visitor Center (8:15 am). $159 per person

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Itinerary

From El Portal, CA – Highway 140

 

  • 8:00 am. Depart Cedar Lodge
  • 8:15 am. Depart Yosemite View Lodge
  • 8:45 am. Arrive at Tunnel View to witness Yosemite’s most iconic viewpoint of Yosemite Valley, Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome.
  • 10:00-10:30 am. Arrive Glacier Point after a 50 minute drive to the top of Yosemite Valley. Stand 3,000+ feet above Curry Village as you soak in the expansive views of Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls and more.
  • 10:30-11:30 am. After exploring Glacier Point, we will head back toward Yosemite Valley making a stop for photos of Yosemite Falls along the way.
  • 12:10-12:40 pm. Around noon we will stop at peaceful Cathedral Beach to enjoy an included box lunch.
  • 1:20 pm. After lunch we will explore new areas of Yosemite National Park to reach the 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.

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

  • 3:20 pm. After exploring the grove, we will head back towards Highway 140 to conclude the tour
  • 4:00 pm. Arrive Yosemite View Lodge
  • 4:15 pm. Arrive Cedar Lodge

 

From Oakhurst, CA – Highway 41

 

  • 8:00 am. Depart Pines Resort
  • 8:15 am. Depart Oakhurst Visitor Center
  • 8:45-10:40 am. Arrive at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. We will spend two hours here where you will have the chance to hike and explore this grove of towering trees. 
  • 11:45am-1:10 pm. Arrive Glacier Point after an hour drive to the top of Yosemite Valley. Stand 3,000+ feet above Curry Village as you soak in the expansive views of Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls and more. We will also get a chance to enjoy an included box lunch while gazing out over a panoramic view of Yosemite.
  • 2:00 pm. Arrive at Tunnel View to witness Yosemite’s most iconic viewpoint of the valley.
  • 2:10 pm. After Tunnel View, we will head down toward Yosemite Valley making photo stops at Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan along the way.
  • 3:45 pm. After exploring the valley, we will head back towards Highway 41 to conclude the tour.
  • 5:00 pm. Arrive Best Western
  • 5:15 pm. Arrive Oakhurst Visitor Center

 

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 and on Highway 41 in Oakhurst, CA. You can park at either pickup location for the duration of your tour free of charge.

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 10 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.

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

Private tour for 1-4 guests: $932 total
Private tour for 5-8 guests: $1,056 total
Private tour for 9-10 guests: $1,118 total

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