See What You Want With a Custom Tour in a Comfortable Vehicle
Enjoy the scenic drive to Yosemite in the comfort of a private SUV. I was born and raised in Northern California and have driven over 600 tours to Yosemite National Park. We will drive through the California Central Valley, Sierra Foothills and Gold Country on the way to Yosemite. Once in the park, stops will be made where you can photograph (weather depending) El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Fall & Yosemite Falls (seasonal).
Request a custom tour for $100-$200 more and add one optional activity:
Take a 1 hour unguided 2. 5 mile (4km) round-trip hike to the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias. Walk through the tunnel tree & crawl through a fallen sequoia. (non winter months only)
Glacier Point (open summer & beginning of fall only)
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir (weather depending)
Tuolumne Meadows (open summer only)
Two Extra Hours in The Valley (year round)
Request a quote for a 2 or 3 day tour to see multiple options.
Depart San Francisco
2nd hour: Rest stop midway in California's Central Valley
4th hour: Arrive at the Yosemite Park gates. Continue to the Valley for photo stops & free time near Yosemite Falls.
7th hour: Depart Yosemite Falls for one last look at El Capitan on the way out of the park.
9. 5 hour: Rest Stop midway in California's Central Valley
12th hour: Back in San Francisco
*Times are approximate and depend on weather & traffic.
Extend the tour for an additional $100 per hour (maximum 2 hours)
Crossing the Bay Bridge, we drive through Oakland. the East Bay suburbs and into the California Central Valley. Farming towns can break up the drive on the way. We then climb into the Sierra Foothills, passing through the gold rush town of Groveland. The drive to the park gates takes about 3 1/4 hours. Continuing on to the Valley, we will stop for El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, Half Dome & Yosemite Falls (seasonal). After leaving the Valley we will try to spot climbers on El Cap before returning to San Francisco.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I pick up at San Francisco hotels, residences and the cruise ship terminal. Neighborhoods include the Financial District, SOMA, Union Square, Tenderloin, Nob Hill, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Alamo Square, Fisherman's Wharf, Russian Hill and Cow Hollow. Feel free to contact me if you're staying in another part of San Francisco.
End location: You will be returned to your pick up point.
Duration: 13 hours
Transportation for 1-7 passengers is provided in an extended 2015 Ford Expedition EL XLT equipped with 4-wheel drive. Selected for its size, this comfortable vehicle has leather seats and a full 3rd row with 17% more leg room than other SUVs of its model year. This modern vehicle is clean and has working air conditioning and heating.
Entrance into Yosemite National Park. Pick up in San Francisco. Transportation and narration in a private SUV.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
25 USD - A stop can be made on the way up and down so you can pick up a picnic lunch and dinner.
One extra hour to see the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias.
Two extra hours to see one of the following: Glacier Point. Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, Tuolumne Meadows or spend two extra hours hiking on the Valley Floor.
My National Park permits do not allow guided hiking. I do however advise on optional walks and hikes for you to do on your own.
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We drove from San Fransisco to Yosemite. Thomas was an outstandingly guide, professional, knowledgeable, patient and friendly. We could not have hoped for a better experience one we will treasure forever. Yosemite is breathtaking. Thank you Thomas.