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Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco

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icon14 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Visit Yosemite National Park on this day trip from San Francisco. Upon arrival in the state's most famous national park, have lunch (own expense) or skip straight to the park to begin exploring. Follow your guide bus tour of the area and discover the park's charms on your own during your visit.
  • Day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Admire the views on a scenic drive through the Great Central Valley of California
  • Explore the park independently and enjoy a guided bus tour
  • Driver­-guide and commentary in English
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Transport by air-conditioned luxury motor-coach
Driver-guide and commentary in English
Yosemite National Park entrance fees
Guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley and free time in Yosemite Valley
Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
Gratuities
Additional food and drinks
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone 478 Post St. Encore Cafe is next door. The bus will board from directly across the street. Departure time: 6:40 AM Please be at the above address by 6:30 AM to check-in.

  • 2805 Leavenworth St , 2805 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Gray Line Fisherman's Wharf Departure Zone 2805 Leavenworth St. Bay City Bike Rentals & Tours is across the street (blue canopy). The Bus will board just in front. Departure Time: 6:20 AM Please be at the above address by 6:05 AM.

  • 6:20 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Board your luxury vehicle for the trip to Yosemite National Park. Cross the Bay Bridge and travel through the Central Valley into the foothills of the Sierra.

    Upon arrival at Yosemite, embark on a guided bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Then, enjoy free time to explore on your own. Rent a bike (own expense) to cruise the valley floor, visit the Ansel Adams Gallery, or hit up the rangers' station for informative lectures and guided walks. Peruse the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or stroll along the banks of the Merced River.

    Afterward, meet back at the bus to return to San Francisco.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Financial District
    Start your tour from San Francisco downtown, surrounded by skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech businesses and Fortune 500 companies.
    Pass By:  
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Known as the Bay Bridge (or "the other bridge"), it is a complex of bridges spanning the San Francisco Bay. This double-decker bridged services an estimated 260,000 vehicles per day, connects San Francisco and Oakland cities as a part of the Interstate 80.
    Stop At:  
    Oakdale
    You'll pass through the Central Valley to have a taste of California's most productive agricultural region, providing more than half of the vegetables and fruits grown in the US. We will make a quick stop at Oakdale to purchase your supplies for the day: water, snacks, food for hiking, or your whole picnic.
    Duration: 20 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite National Park
    Upon entering the National Park, the guide will commence with the 1-hour long bus tour of Yosemite National Park exploring one of the most visually stunning places on earth. Your tour will include stops at Tunnel View, Bridalveil Falls, el Capitan, Half Dome, and Yosemite Valley.
    Duration: 5 hours 
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Tunnel View
    A visit to Yosemite would never be complete without a picture from the Tunnel View. It is a scenic viewpoint along State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Eastward views of Yosemite Valley include surrounding features, such as the southwest face of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Bridalveil Falls
    Your next stop will discover one of the most prominent waterfalls in Yosemite Valley: Bridalveil Fall. The waterfall is 617-feet tall and flows all year round. You will have 15' to walk close to the falls and take pictures that you'll never forget.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite Valley
    Once we reach the drop-off location at the heart of the Yosemite Valley, you'll have around 3 hours of free time to explore the park on your own. Don't know what exactly to do? Ask our guide for the best spots around. You'll have options to hike the paved trails, rent a bike to cover more ground, visit the visitor's center for international exhibits or head to the Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist. Although you may spend days in the park, the three hours you get on your own gives you enough time to understand why Yosemite is a World Heritage Site.
    Duration: 3 hours 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Ansel Adams Gallery
    During your free time in Yosemite Valley, you can opt to head to Ansel Adams Gallery to see works of the legendary artist.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Delight in stunning views of Yosemite Falls in its entirety, with the opportunity to walk to the base of the lower fall; it roars in spring but falls silent by late summer. The trail to Lower Yosemite Fall is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get a little wet.
    Pass By:  
    Valley Visitor Center
    Located in the Yosemite Valley, the Valley Visitor Center is the place you must visit if you are looking for books, postcards, or maps about Yosemite. It is open all year round, and the staff is always happy to assist with any of your questions.
    Pass By:  
    Sentinel bridge
    Located on the eastern side of Yosemite Valley, on Sentinel Drive, near Cook's Meadow, can be accessed at shuttle stop 11. This location is famous for providing a breathtaking view of Half Dome and its mirrored reflection in the Merced River, especially during the alpenglow.
    Stop At:  
    El Capitan
    After lunch and your free time, we'll pay a visit to the grasslands in front of El Capitan giving you the chance to look for climbers on the granite wall and get your last photo memory of this unforgettable day in Yosemite.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Yosemite Falls
    During our Yosemite Valley stop, make sure you save some time to hike or bike around Yosemite Falls base. The effort is well worth the amazing views you will be rewarded at the base; you will be standing in front of the 4th tallest waterfalls in the world!
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • The Yosemite tour takes all day. We recommend wearing comfortable clothes and bring a pillow to sleep on the drive back.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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 Yosemite National Park - Full Day 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
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park - Full Day 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 Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park - Full Day 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 Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park - Full Day Tour from San Francisco.

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    • "Although it was a long day, it was well worth it to get a taste of beautiful Yosemite." See review

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    star-5
    Highly Recommend!
    dave_j
    , Jun 2022
    I was in San Francisco for a week and wanted to see Yosemite in person. This day trip was perfect for me. The bus was super comfortable and had a bathroom on board. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many fun facts about the city of San Francisco as we drove through. We made all the scheduled stops on the tour and were given good descriptions of each. Great photo's at all stops and we had 3 hours in the park. That was enough for a quick walk to a waterfall and another walk to a valley. I'm in my 40's, traveling solo, and a bit challenged with directions so I stayed with the quick and easy stops. Others in the group caught a shuttle and went further in the park with success. I felt I received a fair value and saw enough to make the trip worth it. Be warned that as they advertise, this is a full day trip with a 3-4 hour bus ride each way. There are also many twists and turns climbing the hill going to the park. None of that bothered me but it is good to know up front.
    star-5
    Tour guide was awesome!...
    DaKota_A
    , Jun 2022
    Tour guide was awesome! Bus was comfortable and the stops were timely and great! The free time was awesome except it would’ve been nice to know what options there were.
    star-3
    Yosemite itself was breathtaking but the time you get there was beyond disappointing.
    Becky_M
    , Jun 2022
    Our tour guide/coach driver was lovely, knowledgable, humorous and a pleasure but we only got 3 hours in Yosemite 🥺. This isn't enough time to hike to any of the main parts. You can sit at the very bottom of Yosemite falls but that's all the time allows. We attempted to walk to Mirror Lake but we wouldn't have made it back in time for the drive back. If you're looking to see parts of Yosemite from afar, then you'd probably be ok with this but if you actually want to scale and hike and see more then I wouldn't recommend this tour as you don't get the time to appreciate and explore such a breathtaking place. You leave feeling disappointed because you need and want some decent time there. The drive is long for such a small amount of time also. If you want to see the wonder of Yosemite, I recommend staying there (there's plenty of places to lodge/camp) so you can actually take this place in properly and not just stop for what seemed a lunch break.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Becky Thank you for sharing your opinion with us. I am glad that you enjoyed the performance of our driver/guide. Yosemite is impressive. It is a fantastic place that I think everyone should visit. Being far from San Francisco, we can't stay any longer due to a time issue. Likewise, we believe that allows our passengers to see the most impressive of Yosemite and enjoy the experience. Thanks! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-2
    It was a very vague tour...
    Shannon_S
    , Jun 2022
    It was a very vague tour with no specific sight seeing instructions. The bus could have covered a lot more sights and was poorly managed. The temperature was around 91 degrees with AC not working and no ventilation. It was a very suffocating trip back.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hello Shannon_S Thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. We want you to feel comfortable sharing good or bad news with us. I'm so sorry that your Yosemite tour done with us fell short of expectations and I'm a bit surprised about your comments. Usually, our passengers love this tour and all Yosemite attractions. I hope we can have the possibility to welcome you back and offer a good experience on any of our tours. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    The best!!!
    Marisol_C
    , May 2022
    Viewing Yosemite fall’s was the best part and of course our guide driver was the most professional, kindly and friendly, thanks Chabli.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Marisol First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. Yosemite never disappoints !!!! and thanks for your kind words about Chablis performance. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Superb day out
    Ronnie_N
    , May 2022
    Excellent excursion to Yosemite. The driver Shabli was excellent, stopping at various parts of the park, he was very knowledgeable and explained everything throughout the day. Great experience.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
    Hi Ronnie Thanks for your kind words about the tour and Chablis. Yosemite never disappoints!!! its an amazing tour. Hope we can welcome you back soon. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Great park, good drive and picture spots
    Samuel_L
    , May 2022
    Chabli was a good and safe driver and brought us to the good spots for pictures. Wish we had more time to explore the park on our own/better advice on which parts to explore. Trip was on the pricier side but also worth it because I don't think I'd be able to navigate the long drive and windy roads myself, and also might be quite lost without a tour guide showing us the good spots.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Samuel Thank you for taking the time to write your lovely review on our Yosemite FD tour. One of the nice things about going to Yosemite with us is that you don't need to drive, and you can relax and enjoy the ride while our tour guide shows you all the highlights during the tour. Especialy, if your tour guide is Chablis :) Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Chabli was an excellent...
    kerensamuel
    , May 2022
    Chabli was an excellent driver and guide. However our bus broke down at 10 am and 34 of us were stranded on the highway for 3-1/2 hours. Greyline should have sent another coach so we could continue on. Instead they sent someone to repair the coach and then it stalled again after about 1/2 hour. Very tiring and disappointing! Ultimately we reached and Chabli took us to all the important spots in the park and then gave us 2 hours free time. We got back to SFO after 11pm. The tour itself was very mice and seeing all rhe sights in Yosemite was wonderful. Chabli was an excellent driver/guide.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello kerensamuel I really appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and being so open with us. Thanks for your kind words about Chablis. I've just wanted to apologize for the long delay and I hope we can welcome you back again Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Antonio was amazing! The...
    Maria_M
    , May 2022
    Antonio was amazing! The views were all breathtaking! I highly recommend taking this tour! You will not be disappointed!
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Maria Thank you for sharing your experience! Yosemite never disappoints--especially when Antonio is your guide! Hope to welcome you back again for another great experience. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Full day Yosemite tour
    Paula_M
    , May 2022
    It’s a long bus ride, with several hours each way on very curvy, winding roads. Have dramamine with you, in case you need it. However, once we got to the park, it was beautiful and well worth the trip. Chablis was a great driver and tour guide.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello Paula Thanks for your taking the time to share your experience. We're happy to see that you liked our tour and Chablis performance. Hope to welcome you back again Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Just do it!
    Wilhelmina_H
    , May 2022
    It was a long day but só worth it! Joseph and Archie were a great team. We have só many beautiful pictures. The views at the stops were breathtaking.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hi Wilhelmina_H First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. I'm glad to hear that our guide Joseph and Archie were great and helped you have a good trip. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Had a good time
    jainramb
    , May 2022
    Viewing Yosemite Falls was really nice. Driver was very pleasant to talk to, friendly, and approachable.
    icon Response from Host , May 2022
    Hello jainramb First of all, thank you so much for sharing your feedback with us. I'm glad to hear that our driver was great and helped you have a good trip. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    My family had a good...
    RINKU_P
    , Apr 2022
    My family had a good experience. The bus driver Mr Chabli was great and gave us good information. Would recommend to others.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hello RINKU_P Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us. The Yosemite National Park is a must-do. It is fantastic and offers many trekkings and gorgeous landscapes. Hope to see you soon for another great experience Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Breath-taking experience
    Adele_T
    , Apr 2022
    Incredible tour, Antonio is the guide/driver you want. He is an highly experienced driver with a route that has its challenges and he has a strong passion and knowledge about Yosemite. Yosemite is a must have experience. Just breath taking
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hello Adele, Thank you very much for your kind words about Antonio, we will pass them along. We're so proud to work with him and without a doubt, his tours are memorable. Please come back soon to any of the other tours we offer. You might find Antonio again ;) Andrea Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Well worthwhile trip, a once in a lifetime.
    evanett_f
    , Apr 2022
    Helpfullness of driver. Bus comfortable. Choice of stops along the way. The private time at the end to make your own tour. Driver went out if his way to help me on and off bus (I have arthritic knees)
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hello evanett_f Thank you for sharing your experience! I am truly glad to learn you enjoyed your experience on board our Yosemite National Park. I can´t thank you enough for recommending us to future travelers! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Amazing trip, enhanced by tour guide.
    George_B
    , Apr 2022
    The tour would have been excellent either way, but our guide Denise made such an effort to go over and above that I can't speak highly enough of her enthusiasm and passion for what she does.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hello George_B Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Priceless adventure with my daughter!
    Michele_G
    , Apr 2022
    We enjoyed our driver immensely - he was funny, witty, and knowledgeable and the total BOSS of the BUS. The Yosemite experience was overwhelmingly gorgeous. We were so happy to kick back and relax on the way there and not have to worry about using our energy to get there. We were able to go for a hike and explore the center of the park - we just wish we had a whole week to see even more of it!
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Michele_G Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I'm glad to hear that our driver was great and helped you have a good trip. I agree! Our Yosemite FD tour offers stunning views, and you can relax on the way there and not have to worry about driving. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Long but amazing!
    Morgan_M
    , Apr 2022
    This was a LONG day but we felt it was worth it. The tour took us to multiple spots that were wonderful. It was very time based for the stops which was a little concerning for me. The open time at the Yosemite Valley was kind of a maze down there and I was concerned we would miss the bus back. But we made it fine. I suggest wearing hiking boots and maybe a stick if doing the Sequoias. Mask is required on bus and we weren’t allowed to eat on the bus so make sure to eat in the morning. The stop to eat on way there and back is a grocery store plaza. You get 30 mins for both stops so be prompt. We had great pictures on this trip and the tour guide Gino was good.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Morgan Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed tour Yosemite FD Tour and our guide helped you have a good trip. It is a far way tour but offers stunning landscapes during the whole trip, with some stops on the way. We hope to welcome you back again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-4
    Good 1 Day Experience
    Neil_M
    , Apr 2022
    If you only have 1 day to do Yosemite (as I did), then this is a great option. If you’re staying in SF it’s a long day - 6am start, and we didn’t get back until 9:30pm, but it’s worth it. You get to see pretty much everything there is to see, but you won’t have much time, if any, to do any of the longer hiking trails - this would probably need a dedicated 2-3 day stay in the Park.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Neil Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am glad you enjoyed our Yosemite FD tour. The landscapes are gorgeous in the National Park. I would love to offer more time in Yosemite, but we can't do the tour longer, and during the 3 hours free inside the park, you can do most traditional walks. Hope to welcome you back again soon. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Highly recommend this tour
    Kathy_A
    , Mar 2022
    Ben was a great tour guide. He told us lots of interesting information, drove us safely on the mountain roads, gave us plenty of photo opportunities, and he was relaxed and approachable.
    icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
    Hi Kathy_A Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us. We offer lot of photo stops and we visit stunning landscapes in our Yosemite National Park Full day tour. Please refer us to your family and friends. Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco

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