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2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco

San Francisco, United States

From $489.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 15 days in advance.
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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.

What's Included

  • 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.

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Pickup details

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

What To Expect

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.
Day 1

San Francisco to Yosemite National Park

8 Stops

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.

30 minutesAdmission 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.

2 minutesAdmission 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.

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.

15 minutesAdmission 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.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Yosemite Falls

During your free time to explore Yosemite Village, you can choose to take a hike or walk around the base of Yosemite Falls to take in its beauty.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Ansel Adams Gallery

During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Overnight in a comfortable hotel of your choosing, based on availability.

Meals: Not included

Day 2

Full morning and afternoon in Yosemite National Park, then back to San Francisco

4 Stops

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.

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!

1 hour Admission Ticket Included


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.

30 minutesAdmission 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.

5 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Accommodation: Not included

Meals: Not included

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 2–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • 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.

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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
extra set of clothes/shoes for changing due to weather condition, bring a rain jacket, wear rain pants etc.
Although there is no cellphone voice or data coverage in most of the park, GPS still works and this would avoid visitors getting lost.
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I couldn’t believe that a...
Paul_R, Oct 2022
I couldn’t believe that a big rock called El Capitan made my jaw drop. Everything about Yosemite is Instagram-able. 2 days is ot enough.
Highly recommended tour of Yosemite National Park
Sheryl_H, Oct 2022
This was an ideal way to visit and learn about the Yosemite National Park. The tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful and she was passionate about the area. As a result we covered all the significant sites in the valley on the first day and had time on the second day to follow up areas of personal interest. Staying overnight is definitely worthwhile if time permits – it would have been a long day had we gone there and back in the one day. An excellent tour which we would thoroughly recommend.
Basic tour, but magnificent national park
Nika_S, Oct 2022
Yosemite is beautiful! If your going consider being there a couple of days or even camping so you can see everything you want at the pace that suits you. This tour is worth it if you have no other options, but I think they should switch the activities so that the first day is an early arrival with a hike, then you shower and rest in your hotel, and on the second day you visit the other stops and take pictures. I didn’t like the other way around, it was too rushed for me. Also preparing sandwiches, energy bars and fruits might be a good idea. What I also didn’t like is I couldn’t take all my luggage (Yosemite was just one if my stops) and they did have space to make someone’s life easier, so keep that in mind if you’re traveling solo and considering going elsewhere after the trip.
Fantastic trip to Yosemite National Park.
indy48331, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful driver who was our guide too. He was explaining the ares as we passed by and stopped for photos. He gave us enough time and did not rush us. He was very practical, stopped at fruit market and grocery store so we could buy lunch etc Had fun dipping our feet in the river. Very We are ready to go to other parks with Viator tours
Many Thanks to Our Guide
Leo_H, Jul 2022
Our trip was phenomenal and extremely rewarding. We are city folks who don't have much outdoor experience, and our guide was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We are introverts and not very active people so this was a challenge, the hikes were pretty strenuous on us. I think it was a life-changing experience and our tour guide Jay made it all possible with his guidance and excellent driving thank you!!!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Your feedback means the world for us! We will continue to walk the extra mile and exceed your expectations. I will pass on your compliments about our guide to the entire team! -The Incredible Adventures team
Amazing Experience in Yosemite
Lara_D, Jul 2022
Spent the most amazing two days in Yosemite with this tour. Our guide Parker did a great job keeping us all comfortable despite the wildfires going on in the park and gave great recommendations for potential hikes. When we couldn't see Tunnel View because of the smoke, he made sure we could still catch a glimpse the next day so that we wouldn't miss out on anything. On our stops we were provided with lots of interesting information and fun stories, the overall atmosphere was very relaxed and we all had a great time! (#TeamParker 😆)
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Your feedback means the world for us! We will continue to walk the extra mile and exceed your expectations. I will pass on your compliments about our guide to the entire team! The Incredible Adventures team.-
Worth the cost.
Somie_R, Jul 2022
Our guide James was great. He could answer all our questions and we saw way more than we expected. The drive was a bit hilly, so if you’re one that gets a bit motion sick, sit up front. Otherwise, this was worth it in every way!
A great experience with a wonderful tour company.
sastry_t, Jul 2022
Our driver and tour operator James was very good. He custom tailored the experience and gave us sufficient time to explore the place. Being a local bay area couple this was a good experience of an overnight stay in Yosemite and soak in the splendor of the area. We had family visiting from Detroit. Would have enjoyed it a little more if we all could have stayed within the Valley itself.
Time to enjoy Yosemite!
Janice_H, Jun 2022
Scenery was gorgeous and we had time to do our own thing and enjoy the beauty of the place. We had several opportunities to hike which thrilled my 16-year-old grandson. Parker, our driver guide, was excellent. Staying overnight was so essential to getting time to absorb the beauty. We did not feel rushed at all, and we made several stops in the park to see a variety of places. Incredible Adventures was excellent at communicating before the trip. This incredible adventure exceeded my expectations!
Excellent 2-day trip to Yosemite, highly recommended!
Eufemia_R, Jun 2022
This was an excellent 2-day trip! Our guide Parker was superb and very knowledgeable. He had led us to where the most interesting spots to see, take photographs, and showing us the best of Yosemite. He gave us ample time without being pushy with leeways within the time frame of the tour. Two days will give you some ideas and understanding of the place if you really wanto see the place but you have a limited time. We got to do some hiking like we planned to do. Two days with hiking trips on our own each day. Your choice to do. I so highly recommend this tour. My husband and I have had great memorable time.
Great Experience
Carole_D, Jun 2022
I highly recommend this tour, but if at all possible stay overnight in the park. It gives you a lot more time. I have taken this tour twice, 2022 and 2019. The first tour was more structured. Our guide stayed with us as we tour the Valley floor, which I liked. The second tour we were given a large chunk of time to explore on our own with suggestions, but that can be overwhelming because there is so much to choose from. I preferred the more structured time, but I think that is a personal preference. Glacier Point and Bridal Veil Falls are closed because of renovations, disappointing, but high elevation stops Olmstead and Tenaya Lake we’re added,, giving a larger perspective of Yosemite Park. Our guide Parker very informative, sharing interesting facts and stories. He was friendly and sensitive to the needs of the group. The tour was very well managed.
FANTASTIC experience
Kevin_K, Jun 2022
My most memorable moment was when I saw a bear!! Plus, our guide Brittany was AWESOME!! She is so energetic and fun!!! Full of information and we loved her playlist of songs she played in the van❤️
Two-Day Yosemite Trip is a Must Do!
Annette_W, Jun 2022
Our two-day Yosemite tour was fantastic! The hikes, park, food, ease of navigation and views were top notch. The tour company’s guide, Brittany, picked us up at our hotel, provided a seamless journey to several exceptional locations in the park and then made sure we were checked into our stay at Curry Village. We had the entire second day to explore several locations of our choosing—with Brittany giving us clear directions on the best locations, expected times for the various hikes, where to dine and also offered wonderful history and stories about Yosemite along the way. She made a remarkable experience at Yosemite a very personalized and memorable one.
Wonderful experience!
Thachaayini_T, May 2022
Mitch was a great tour guide, he took us to some beautiful locations and accommodated our needs. We had a memorable time!
Amazing tour!
Julia_D, Apr 2022
We had a great experience with this tour and our guide Ron was the best. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to explore Yosemite national park in 2 days.
beautiful scene and great guide
tzchen86, Oct 2021
The scenery is absolutely beautiful. Kate is such a warm personality and is energetic and knowledgeable, and we enjoyed her stories about various aspects of Yosemite. This is my second trip to Yosemite after 5 years, but still saw and learned a lot. Also really appreciate Kate's considerate tour scheduling, we had fun despite of the unexpected big rain. Also best wishes for her future endeavors!
Kristen_C, Oct 2021
My husband and I did the 2 day tour to Yosemite with Incredible Adventures (via Viator). The trip was exactly as described. There were only 4 of us on the tour so it was very casual. James was our driver/guide and provided us options on what we could do for the two days. We stopped at a grocery on the way to buy lunch and snack supplies and did the same on the return trip. I felt like we had plenty of time to see what we wanted and did a few hikes, but if you’re a hard core hiker you would probably need more time in the park. Overall, it was a great experience! Highly recommend.
Amazing views
Roger_B, Sep 2021
I really enjoyed this tour. James was an excellent guide. There are many different trails to hike for every fitness level. The views are absolutely amazing.
What a great way to see Yosemite without having to drive but yo see a lot The stay at the valley Yosemite lodge was grea
Julianna_H, Aug 2021
The best thing was taking iPhone photography class to be able to take great pictures of the park I took a great picture of half dome
Sequoias, breathtaking scenery and biking through Yosemite Valley
Linda_U, Aug 2021
Amazing 2 day experience. Be sure to bring plenty of water for the sequoia hike a no water sources are available there. Cedar Lodge is a lovely place to relax before day 2. Great food, very clean. Bike rental on day 2 is highly recommended since the valley terrain is flat and there is so much to see. Swimming in the Mercede River was a definite highlight.