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ONE-WAY TRIP

San Francisco to Yosemite

TOUR DESCRIPTION

These one-way trips from San Francisco to Yosemite and from Yosemite to San Franciso give you flexibility with your itinerary. Experience a Giant Sequoia grove and enjoy leisurely hikes or bike rides to Yosemite National Park’s famous nature, monuments and waterfalls. Guaranteed departures every day of the year.

Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
One-way guided transportation to/from Yosemite
Hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
Expert tour guide & commentary in English
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Free WiFi on vehicle
Park entry fee included at checkout
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended
Transportation back from Yosemite NP
HIGHLIGHTS
MORE INFORMATION

Customize your trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco by booking your own hotel. Take all the free time you’d like to enjoy the park’s wilderness, towering granite cliffs, Giant Sequoias and awe-inspiring waterfalls.

Let our travel consultants and expert guides introduce you to the many summertime and wintertime activities so you don’t miss the history, geology and wildlife that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the U.S. National Parks.

Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Francisco for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. The tour has earned more 5-star guest reviews because our expert guides include the Giant Sequoias among the attractions in Yosemite Valley.

Your one way trip begins on your outbound day with a pickup at your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley and into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. See 170-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

Soon after entering Yosemite, you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You won’t doubt for a second that these are the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, but that should not keep you from trying!

In winter, when conditions on the Tuolumne Grove trail are snow covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions.

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy a stop at Inspiration Point (also known as Tunnel View). Take a moment and then some selfies with El CapitanHalf Dome and Bridalveil Falls as your backdrop.

Your free and unguided time begins after the drop off at Yosemite Valley Lodge at 1:30 PM approximatelly.

ITINERARY

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley
  • Rest stop. Gather snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and its gold

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Trail conditions permitting, experience a Giant Sequoia grove (or Mariposa Museum in the winter)

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Heart-stopping views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome
  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View)

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Drop off at the Valley Lodge, free time

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Important Information

How long is the drive to Yosemite?

This drive takes about 4 hours. We always stop for a 30-minute break in the middle of the drive.

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in Yosemite, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What is the average temperature in Yosemite?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below. SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°CAverage Low temperature: 55°F / 13°CWINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°CAverage Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

Do you provide meals? If not, can we buy food on the tour or take our own?

Meals are not included on this tour.

What type of vehicle do you use?

We have a variety of vehicles ranging from a 13-passenger van to a 41-passenger bus. As we have several different vehicles, please call on the morning of your tour to determine which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader.

How can I travel around the park during my free time?

Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area.

Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter Yosemite for free?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance price for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle, and is paid all at once by our Expedition Leader. Therefore, the $10 fee is added to the cost of the tour when you pay.

Where and when are we dropped off on the first day of your Yosemite overnight tour?

You will be dropped off around lunch time close to the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. The Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle that stops at most major points of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area. For some hotels it will be necessary to take this public transportation in order to reach your lodging. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly. Please see either the National Park Service website or yarts.com respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes.

Can you drop me off at my hotel in Yosemite?

At this time, we do not visit any hotel except the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will be responsible for acquiring your own transportation to and from where you leave our tour in Yosemite Valley (near the Yosemite Valley Lodge) and rejoin it for your return trip.

Does this tour run every day?

Yes, this tour is guaranteed to run every day of the year.

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