Yosemite National Park
Tours are private, you will have all seven passenger seats for yourself and your party
Yosemite offers truly amazing and memorable sights. A private tour can keep you there longer. A big concern tourists face when deciding to go to Yosemite is the long drive. Being on a bus or van tour that spends the first and last hour picking up/dropping off around the city takes a good chunk of free time away from the sights. Bus driver's hours are more limited and include paperwork, cleaning, equipment inspections, driving from the terminal, picking up and dropping off. Because of this, public tours are often rushed and time spent in the park is cut short. Get more out of your time with a private tour.
The Land's End Edge:
Without multiple hotel pickups and a downtown location, we have more time to give you for hiking, learning, swimming & photography. You can also add 2 hours and go deeper into the park to locations like Glacier Point.
Click here to learn about 2-3 day Yosemite tours. Overnight hotel trips are available from San Francisco by private SUV with personal guide.
I still love the drive to Yosemite even after 600+ trips. After crossing the Bay Bridge, we go past Oakland and East Bay suburbs, over the Altamont Pass and drop down into the California Central Valley. Farming towns and fruit stands between the orchards can break up the drive. After stocking up on hiking fuel, we make our way up the Sierra Foothills and into the mountains, passing through the gold rush town of Groveland. The drive to the park gates takes about 3 1/4 hours from San Francisco on the quickest route (without delays or stops). From the gates, we travel to your choice of destinations. Want to spend part of your day hiking to Giant Sequoia trees? It's a quick drive to the Merced or Tuolumne grove (Seasonal - when snow is not present). Another 30 minutes of driving gets you to the famous valley floor where we make photo stops (pre-determined by NPS). 15 more minutes on Southside Drive gets us to Yosemite Falls where you can take in a relaxed lunch at one of the lodgings.
Classic Valley Tour - 12 hours.
Extra time is $100 per hour.
8:00 - 11:30 Drive to Yosemite.
11:30 - 1:30 Tour the park and photo vistas.
1:30 - 3:30 Free time for lunch, walks and recreation.
3:45 - 4:00 Check El Capitan for climbers.
4:00 - 8:00pm Drive to San Francisco
$1,295 for up to 12 hours
Customize the times and choose when to rest along the way.
Optional In Route Hiking
*You may purchase extra time for hikes or use your free time on the Valley Floor at no cost.
Merced Grove - 3 miles (4.8km) ^600ft (180m) Avg time 2:00
Tuolumne Grove - 2.5 miles (4km) ^400ft (120m) Avg time 1:30
Giant Sequoia Hikes
Glacier Point Road
See both when you add this 2 hour drive for $200 more.
*Tours do not exceed 15 hours. A maximum of 2 driving hours driving may be added to a one day Yosemite.