Yosemite One Day Trip 4 Hours in Park by Train and Bus

Eco friendly comprehensive Yosemite introduction - 4 hours in Yosemite Valley. Leave San Francisco at 7:00 am from Transbay Terminal, about 15 to 20 minutes walk from San Francisco downtown hotels. This self-guided trip is ideal if you are independent and like the freedom. We provide valley shuttle and sightseeing map. Relaxed travel on comfortable train through Delta area to Merced and then full size bus to Yosemite Valley. Train has restrooms, cafe car, and electric outlets. You see Merced River, Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, Sentinel Rock, and Yosemite Falls. Past Chapel crossing the Sentinel Bridge you see iconic Half Dome. At Visitor Center see Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Theater and American Native Village of The Ahwahneeche. Shuttle service takes you east towards to Happy Isles and Mirror Lake or west towards to Valley Lodge. No strenuous walking but plenty of time to hike. Take a short walk or free valley shuttle to explore. 4:30 a.m. departure arrives the park at 11:00 a.m.

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  • What's included :
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Fuel Charge
    • Valley Shuttle Map with must see sights and other useful information
    • Park entrance fee for Yosemite Valley sights
    • Writen step by step guide
    • Gratuity
    • Online and telephone support
    • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
    • Entry/Admission - Ansel Adams Gallery
    What's excluded :
    • Guide or escort
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off - can be arranged at additional cost
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

    What you will see on this trip: Coming on Highway 140 through El Portal past Arch Rock Entrance you see the cliffs on both sides of the Merced River Canyon. Crossing the river going on South Side Road Bridal Veil Fall and Leaning Tower are visible. Looming across the Valley is the huge El Capitan monolith. Driving further you see Cathedral Rocks, Sentinel Rock, Half Dome and Clouds Rest. Yosemite Falls is seen on the left and past Yosemite Chapel crossing the Sentinel Bridge you see the iconic Half Dome. Entering the Village the bus makes a short stop at the Visitor Center to see Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite Theater, American Indian village of The Ahwahnee and Yosemite Falls.

    It is easy to spend five hours visiting all the Valley highlights. No strenuous hiking. You can take a short walk for about thirty minutes from Visitor Center area to Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Valley Lodge. If you wish to get more detailed interpretive tour you can take a 2 hour tour conducted by a National Park approved guide or ranger on an open air tram during the summer at 2:00 p.m.

    On the way back on North Side Drive you are below Three Brothers and El Capitan. Visible at the bend in Merced river are Cathedral Rocks and a view of the Valley in the back. Soon you see where the glacier stopped and the valley got filled in, past that the rocks and down the river. You leave Yosemite Valley at Arch Rock coming to El Portal on the way to Merced. If you only have one day this is the most you can do. Ideally you should spend the night in El Portal or inside Yosemite Valley to give you fuller experience. We can book Yosemite Valley Lodge, Majestic Yosemite Hotel and Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal and other suitable hotel for you.

    Duration: 4 hours

    Pass By: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA

    We will visit Half Dome !

    Pass By: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

    We will drive by the famous Yosemite Falls.

    Pass By: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA

    You will have the beautiful view of El Capitan

    Stop At: Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

    You have an opportunity to visit Ansel Adams gallery

    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    1: Salesforce Plaza, 100-132 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
    2: Oakland Jack London Square, 245 2nd St, Oakland, CA 94607, USA
    3: 5885 Horton St, Emeryville, CA 94608, USA
    4: 601 Marina Vista Ave, Martinez, CA 94553, USA
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Organised by California Pacific Excursions

Activity ID: V-140816P3

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