Yosemite Day Tour | from San Francisco

Why We Love This Tour

“If you are short on time, this tour is the perfect way to get to see the iconic sights of Yosemite National Park! The awe-inspiring scenery and time spent are well worth the journey from San Francisco.”

– Laura Skelton
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Tour Highlights

  • Witness towering El Capitan
  • Marvel at both Yosemite Falls & Bridalveil Fall
  • See iconic Half Dome
  • Look for climbers from El Capitan Meadow
  • Explore Yosemite Village
  • Stop at Tunnel View for postcard worthy pictures
  • Enjoy 3 hours free time
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Price: $199

Please note, rates change annually. Rates for dates beyond this season may have changed. Please see booking page for exact price. Child rates available for those under 12.

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Yosemite Day Tour

Explore the glacially-carved valley while experiencing majestic meadows, roaring waterfalls and towering granite cliffs from the heart of Yosemite’s dynamic wilderness.

Just a few hours’ drive from San Francisco, Yosemite is the ideal break from the distractions of the city. Since John Muir’s first glimpse of Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite has captivated and inspired people from all over the world, totaling more than 5 million visitors in a year.

Immerse yourself in our day-long tour with our professional guides. Capture the endless skylines, rock formations, and waterfalls as you enjoy an overview of how Yosemite Park’s unique landscape was formed, who came before, and how the park became the nation’s first ever protected national park.

Wander through the fields, bike the trails or just find a serene overlook to sit and reflect. Discover the resilience and beauty of a place that has captured the hearts of visitors throughout the ages.


Morning – Drive to Yosemite

6:35 – 7:15am: We’ll take off after we pick up the adventure crew for the day from the prearranged locations listed on your confirmation. Make sure to arrive 15 minutes early!

7:15 – 10:00am: As you settle in for the journey, we’ll pass by some exceptional San Francisco sights. Catch views of the Golden Gate Bridge, 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.

10:00 – 11:30am: 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. Be sure to listen for the logistics as we get ready for the day tour!

Afternoon – Free Time in Yosemite

12:00pm: The climb to Yosemite Valley offers breathtaking views as we wind our way up to 6,200 feet above sea level. Next, you’ll feel like Ansel Adams at ‘Tunnel View’, one of Yosemite’s most beautiful locations where we will make a stop for photos.

1:00pm: The suspense is over! Once we reach the drop off location, you’ll have around 3 hours of free time to explore. Want to hike or bike around? Your guide will point out the best spots on your map. 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. Although you could spend three weeks in Yosemite, the three hours you get on your own is enough time to understand why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks.

4:00pm: Once you’ve had your time to explore, we’ll come together in the late afternoon and set our course back to San Francisco, stopping for a short break before arriving back in the city. You will arrive back at your hotel by around 8:30 – 9:00 p.m. to sleep off the days’ adventures.

**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.  The benefit of having small groups is allowing 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. **

Book a Private Tour!

Book our Yosemite Day Tour as a Private Excursion

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 Yosemite Day 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.

Private tour for 1-13 guests: $1,969
Private tour for 14-22 guests: $3,039


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Once in a lifetime!

“Great trip. Amazing scenery and our guide Alberto was first-rate – knowledgeable and very funny! He gave us plenty of photo opportunity stops and his driving was excellent. Really recommend this trip. Long day – 15 hours! But a once in a lifetime experience……”

– Donna B.
Traveled January 2020
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A great day to Yosemite

Gino was a great director
Only feedback
The shuttles need a sign on the back of vehicles noting they stop at railroads
We stopped suddenly and there were bikers behind who appeared to be annoyed when they passed us..”

– Karol H.
Traveled August 2020
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Yosemite blew me away!

This tour was amazing…well worth the getting up early and not getting back till 9pm.
Nicole our tour guide/driver was awesome….great driving.
The views of all the granite cliffs, etc was so amazing….I didn’t really know exactly what to expect and it blew me away.
I would urge anyone to explore the beautiful Yosemite Valley.”

– Carmel W.
Traveled September 2019
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Incredible Customer Service!

“We enjoyed this tour thanks to a very knowledgeable tour guide. Thank you to the office staff for finding the hat we left behind and mailing it to us later in the month. Great organization!”

– Debbie L.
Traveled Nov. 2019
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Amazing driving and fantastic guide!

“The bus driver was amazing! His command of the tour bus was second to none. The windy twists and turns of the Sierra Nevada mountain range proved to be no match for our tour bus. Josh was also one of the most knowledgeable tour guides I have ever encountered. He appears to have a true passion for his craft. If we opt to take another tour for a future we will most certainly use Incredible Adventures!”

– Julie S.
Traveled July 2019
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