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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

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icon2 days  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of Yosemite National Park on this 2-day overnight adventure from San Francisco. Explore highlights of both Yosemite Valley and the Sierra Nevada high country, where you can hike among Giant Sequoias, photograph the spectacular views from Glacier Point, and swim or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls. Enjoy a mix of guided activities and free time to explore the famous park on your own, and stay overnight either in the heart of Yosemite Valley or at a nearby lodge.
  • Two-day tour to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Overnight hotel accommodation in or near the park included
  • Eco-friendly, comfortable transport in a biofueled mini-coach
  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from your San Francisco hotel

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Trade free time for more guided activities, like a hike to sequoias and valley tour on day 1.
SF hotel pick-up and drop-off
Narrated guided tour
Transportation to/from Yosemite in eco-friendly biofuel mini-coach
Your choice of overnight hotel accommodation in Yosemite Valley (at Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, or Half Dome Village Tent Cabin), or at Cedar Lodge in the picturesque Merced River canyon
Gratuities
Meals; stops will be made to purchase food at appropriate times during the day.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Passengers will be picked up from central San Francisco hotels between approximately 6:15am and 7am, depending on the hotel location. If you are staying outside the city center, or in a private residence or vacation rental, we will find the next closest pickup point for you. Tours return to San Francisco hotels at approximately 8pm - 9pm

Departure Time

6:00 AM
Maximize your time in California’s favorite national park, and go deeper than a day trip allows on this 2-day wilderness adventure from San Francisco. Travel in a bio-diesel mini-coach and let your guide do all the driving so you can focus on the world-class scenery and famously photogenic views of park attractions like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome.

Split your time between the famous features of Yosemite Valley and the high country, and enjoy a mix of guided activities and leisure time to explore the park on your own. Enjoy a narrated drive through the valley when you first arrive, hike, swim. or bike around the base of Yosemite Falls, or stroll among ancient Sequoia groves.

Choose from two different accommodation options to suit your style and budget. Spend the night in the heart of Yosemite Valley at your choice of accommodations (Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Hotel, Half Dome Village). At Cedar Lodge, located just outside the park on the Merced River, enjoy an onsite pub, a private river beach, and access to indoor/outdoor pools and a hot tub.
Itinerary
San Francisco Bay
Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills
Admission Ticket Free
Central Valley
Travel through California's Central Valley and see where most of California's almonds, figs, corn and more are grown. Here we will make a short stop so you can grab lunch for later and any local produce for hiking snacks. You can also pick up any other needed last-minute supplies for the days ahead.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Yosemite National Park
After approximately 3-4 hours you'll arrive to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide explains the history and geology of this special place.
Duration: 2 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Head down a beautiful scenic path to the enchanted Tuolumne Grove consisting of dozens of Giant Sequoia trees. But don’t be fooled by this moderate downhill stroll. Make sure you bring some water to sip as you enjoy your time among the giants as you have a bit of climb ahead of you to get back to the mini-coach. You'll also have time to enjoy your lunch here among the towering trees.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Tunnel View
Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way, including at Tunnel View, to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Village
Now it’s time to spend a few hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls, where those staying at the Yosemite Lodge can check in leave their luggage. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Accommodation:
 Overnight in a comfortable hotel of your choosing, based on availability.
Meals:
  Not Included
Yosemite Valley
Prepare to choose how you best want to spend the morning and afternoon within the park. Itching for a big hike? Looking to take part in a ranger program or interpretive walk? It's all up to you and your guide will give you all the best trails, tips and recommendations.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Glacier Point
Have you ever wondered what Yosemite Valley looks like from above? Join your guide to the top of the world to reach Glacier Point. This is said to be one of the best views in the entire park and we want to make sure you don't miss it!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Turlock
After a full morning and afternoon in the park, it is time to say goodbye to the mountains. We will stop for a quick dinner in the Central Valley before heading into San Francisco.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
San Francisco
Around 8-9pm we will back in the City by the Bay to drop you off at the same hotel we picked you up from.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
  Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
  • Guided tours are provided on both days of the tour
  • Due to hotel accommodations reserved in advance, any amendments to dates will incur penalties in accordance to the cancellation policy as detailed in the Terms and Conditions
  • Rooms in Yosemite Valley often sell out months in advance. If your choice of accommodation does happen to sell out, you will be offered similar accommodation at the Cedar Lodge
  • Important: Any dietary requirements should be entered in the Special Requirements field when booking this tour
  • One small overnight bag allowed per person (~13.5″x12″x11″)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures

If you cancel between 2 and 14 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 1 day of the scheduled departure, there is a 100% cancellation fee.

If you cancel at least 15 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by 2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Take plenty of water if it's hot as some of the stops of day 1 have no running water" See review
  • "extra set of clothes/shoes for changing due to weather condition, bring a rain jacket, wear rain pants etc." See review
  • "Although there is no cellphone voice or data coverage in most of the park, GPS still works and this would avoid visitors getting lost." See review

Reviews

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This trip was everything I could have hoped for and more!
aoifeannaleonard
, Oct 2019
Reasons I loved it: - Perfect for all fitness/ability levels I was a bit worried we'd just be speeding around taking quick pictures at key sights, but that wasn't the case! We had plenty of time for pictures, but also for hikes (if you chose), and solo wandering through the valley - it never felt like we were rushing. The hikes were between 2 - 4 hours long. They're completely optional but I highly recommend doing them if you're able as the views were so beautiful! If you're not able to hike, you can have free time to take in the sights or visit the museums. - Mixed ages and multinational group * The group size is limited to 16 so you get chatting to everyone and can eat meals together, if you choose. Our groups had couples, a mother and daughter, as well as solo travellers from all over the world! - Awesome guide Our guide Jill was fantastic. She was super knowledgeable about the area and really worked to make sure everyone got exactly the experience they wanted, whether that was long hikes, gentle trails, or slow-paced sight seeing. She was always sunny and approachable and made the group feel like a little family from the get go! She also played great chill road trip music in the van. - Comfortable accommodation My tip would be that there's not much difference between the Cedar Lodge and the more expensive Yosemite Lode. The latter is located in the valley so you can walk to breakfast, but Cedar Lodge is in a really beautiful location too and the tour guide takes you to breakfast in the bus so it's very easy! I suggest you save your money and spend it on snacks instead!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
In Yosemite there is really something for everyone, hikes, bikes (seasonal), swimming (seasonal) walks, etc. We are glad you enjoyed your time with Jill, she is a wonderful asset to company!
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See the best in Yosemite
katerowe51
, Oct 2019
James our driver was cool, calm and patient. A lot of driving first dat to .ajor sites with time to walk and explore. 2nd day suggested options. I did 5 hour walk on Mist Trail. Trip very smooth.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
We are glad you had a smooth and enjoyable trip with us. The Mist Trail is a beautiful hike!
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star-5
Fantastic trip, great group, great guide
davporte
, Sep 2019
Title says it all. Except we never saw any bears 🐻- they were all at the Folsom St fair I believe? Jill our guide took us on some amazing hikes !
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Beautiful park but not really a guided tour
59fredrickh
, Sep 2019
It was very hard to rate this tour. First, apparently our driver was called at the last moment to fill in for someone who was not available. She knew the route, but there was some problem with the scheduled pick-up at our hotel in San Francisco. The van was too small for our group, 16 people, every seat taken. We would have done better with a larger vehicle. Although she had a great attitude about how much fun we were going to have, and was a very good driver, it soon became clear that she could not explain to us in an easy way what our trip was going to be like. She would have done well to give us a print-out with the schedule and locations and times of pick-up. A handout explaining John Muir and perhaps more history about the park (or even other parks, or the times of the Civil War, when this park was founded) would have been very useful, even for her. To her credit someone threw up on our way there, and she took care of cleaning it up quite neatly. 2 of us also got lost on the way back for a 3 pm pick-up, and she patiently located them and picked them up. Some of us complained because she wanted to set a 2 pm pick-up, which cut short our day, so she pushed it to 3. She was very friendly and sweet, but would have been a better bar attendant-waitress than a tour guide. Others in our group expected an actual guide for a hike, but this tour does not offer it, everything is self-guided, and, at least on our tour, reading the signs along the way was necessary. We also got maps that were a little confusing, and the best bet was to ask local persons about where to go (we saw climbers on El Capitan, but the locals told us about it. Also, there is a rainbow!! at Bridal Veil falls at about 4 pm, or when the light hits it right. We just got lucky when we were there to see it).The hotels are comfortable, but not really more than (slightly) upgraded motels, and nothing special about the food. Get a burger and beer at restaurants, and double up at breakfast. in summary, this "tour" would have been much better had we had better instructions, a little history of the area and founding of the park (persons in the back of the van could not hear our driver very well, so this will need a microphone), and maybe some accurate information about John Muir and maybe some of the need for funding of the park/status of the Sequoias and Redwoods). Everything was self-guided, so be prepared to quickly educate yourself about what/how/why while on your way.
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Short but Sweet
Beatrice M
, Sep 2019
Overall a fantastic experience! We had Daniel as our guide and he was honestly brilliant. He had been to Yosemite a fair few times and knew all the good spots. Despite having been here before, he was always excited about sights and made it a really fun and special trip. Thanks again Daniel!
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Amazing
flutterby59
, Sep 2019
The scenery in the park is absolutely breathtaking.The mountains...Il Kspitan were not disappointing. Some of the hikes are a little strenuous but doable. We booked through Incredible Adventures and the tour guide Daniel was professional yet companiable and kept us entertained. We stayed in the Cedar Lodge motel outside the park.The room was comfortable, clean and quiet. I highly recommend this tour and only wish there was a 3 day option.
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Bucket List Check Off
dcody1955
, Aug 2019
Our guide was friendly and informative. I was using a cane for a bad knee and she showed me every consideration.
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Well organised, smoothly run, great guide
Lucy S
, Jul 2019
This trip is definitely worth it. Yosemite is stunning and the itinerary allowed two full days of sightseeing and hiking. We were given plenty of information on options for hikes within the Valley. Our guide Matt was knowledgeable, pleasant and a safe, smooth driver. An added bonus was the playlist in the van (it wasn't too loud though). Passengers with hearing problems or difficulty understanding English would be better sitting near the front as there's no microphone for the commentary. Take plenty of water if it's hot as some of the stops of day 1 have no running water
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Magical tour
joynakaato
, Jul 2019
I had an amazing magical tour to Yosemite national park with an incredible tour guide. Jill was so amazing from the start through out the tour. So helpful. Hiking was the best. Cedar lodge was not bad only that we had no wifi and network is so terrible
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Incredible experience
michikoayami
, Jul 2019
It was incredible experience in awesome nature with a nice guide. She customized the tour depend on participants' needs.
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