Yosemite Independent Tour | Yosemite Tour from San Francisco

Why We Love this Tour

“This is the best way to ensure that you get guaranteed accommodations in the park – plus you can explore at your own pace AND stay as many days as you want in the park!”

– Lauren C.

Tour Highlights

  • Glacier Point
  • Yosemite Valley
  • Yosemite Falls
  • El Capitan
  • Giant Sequoia Trees
  • Tunnel View
  • Bridalveil Fall
  • Half Dome

… AND Stay Overnight in a Comfortable Hotel!

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Price: $499

*Tent cabin rate based on double occupancy. Various rates based on accommodation selected. Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates also available.

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Accommodation Options


Prices start at $659 double occ*

Majestic Hotel Interior Incredible Adventures

Named one of the best places to spend the holidays, this historic hotel is centrally located in the Yosemite Valley and offers luxurious accommodations with either one king or two double beds, wifi, flat screen TV and a refrigerator. In the morning before exploring, head on down to their famous brunch buffet in the lounge, and enjoy sipping your coffee in front of the very fireplace where President Theodore Roosevelt sat on many vacations of his own.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.




Prices start at $649 double occ*

Yosemite Valley Lodge

The Yosemite Valley Lodge is centrally located in Yosemite Valley at the base of the iconic Yosemite Falls! Enjoy large rustic lodge rooms that open up to views of the redwoods from your own patio or balcony. Rooms include either one king bed or two queens, and come equipped with a private bathroom, television, and wifi. Please note: Yosemite Lodge at the Falls does not have air conditioning in any guest accommodations.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.




Prices start at $569 double occ*

Half Dome Village Tent Cabins Interior Incredible Adventures

Unplug and unwind in these rustic tent cabins in the center of Half Dome Village, close to dining options, bike rentals, and an outdoor amphitheater where you can enjoy a Ranger-Led Nature Program, slide presentation or scenic movie on a warm summer night. True to the original intent of Half Dome Village, these tent cabins feature wooden frames wrapped and covered with canvas, wooden floors and wooden doors. While they do have electric lighting, they don’t have electrical outlets, phones, TVs or plumbing. Guests are provided with sheets, wool blankets, pillows and towels during their stay. Bathrooms and showers are shared in a central location.

*Single, triple, and quad occupancy rates available.




Is it your dream to end a rigorous day of hiking next to the hearth of a giant fireplace? Do you prefer to cozy up under sheets rather than inside a toasty sleeping bag cocoon? Get all the sights, hikes, and fresh air without grit of camping at one of Yosemite’s centrally located hotels or cabins. Get ready to wake up and explore the beautiful wilderness right outside your front door!

We offer door to door service, directly from San Francisco to your stay in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy a scenic, narrated drive through the Central Valley, into historical California Gold Country, and through the winding road through the stunning rock cliffs of Yosemite. Your guide will stop at iconic spots along the way so you can take pictures at Tunnel View and take in the breathtaking spectacles of Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and more.

Want to stay longer?

If two days in Yosemite is not long enough for you, we can accommodate by adding additional nights to your hotel stay. Just call into our front office at 1.800.777.8464, and we will be sure to create the vacation package that works best for you.




6:00 – 11:30am: As we embark on our journey, we’ll pass by some exceptional San Francisco sights. Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island and the incomparable San Francisco Skyline as we head east on the Bay Bridge. You’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.

11:00am – 12:30pm: We’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 in stories and historical facts about the different sights. With an intimate group, there’s plenty of time to stop along the way to take pictures with the beautiful panoramas.

12:30pm: We made it! We’ll arrive in the early afternoon at the Majestic Hotel, Yosemite Valley Lodge or Half Dome Village; all centrally located in Yosemite Valley. You can choose to quickly stash your luggage at the front desk and meander around the valley, or grab a map and plot your route for the day. Your guides will be sure to give you a run-down on your options for activities and where to get the best eats.


7:00am – 3:30pm: Now is your time to shine! Want to hike or bike around? 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. Make sure to keep an eye on the time to make your way to stop 7 for the 3:30 departure back to San Francisco.

3:30pm: Now is the time to kick back and enjoy the ride back West through the mountains, orchards, and fields towards the city. Enjoy the skyline of San Francisco at night as we cross the Bay Bridge and return you to your lodging.



**Sample Itineraries: We do our best to follow our itineraries as written, but don’t control the weather (yet) and we can’t make promises about special events or traffic conditions in Yosemite.  Having small groups 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. **

Want a Fully-Guided Tour Experience?

Our knowledgeable guides will give you a small-group tour experience you’ll never forget! They know the ins and outs of the park and are happy to take you to all their favorite, most photogenic spots in all of Yosemite National Park!


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