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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Sports Refillable Water Bottle or Bottled Water
Lunch: Your choice of turkey, vegetarian or dagwood (combination of several meats) sandwich
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FRESNO DEPARTURE - Hotels in the River Park Area, Fresno Airport Area and Fresno Downtown area. Hotels near Hwy 99 will have to meet us at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 8462 North Friant, Fresno Opposite Trader Joe OAKHURST DEPARTURE - (Coarsegold) - Chuckchansi Gold Resort and Casino. (Oakhurst) - America's Best Value Inn, Chateau de sureau, Best Western, Oakhurst Lodge, Southgate Hotel, Yosemite Sierra Inn, Comfort Inn, Narrow Gauge Inn ( Bass Lake) Pines Resort, World Mark ( El Portal ) - Yosemite View Lodge and Cedar Lodge. (Mariposa) Miners Inn, Best Western, Quality Inn, Yosemite West and Redwoods inside Yosemite National Park and all other smaller locations on Hwy 140 in Mariposa, Happy Burger 5120 CA -140 for those staying in area AirB&Bs. FISH CAMP DEPARTURE- Tenaya Lodge MARIPOSA AREA - Best Western, Comfort Inn, Monarch inn, Miner's Inn, Happy Burger, Park and Ride. El PORTAL - Cedar Lodge, Yosemite View Lodge YOSEMITE- Yosemite Lodge, Curry Village , Ahwahnee Hotel
Begin your day's exploration of Yosemite National Park with pickup in Fresno, Oakhurst, or Fish Camp. Board your comfortable tour vehicle and settle in for the ride to Yosemite's Southgate entrance. 

Make your first stop at Glacier Point and Chinquapin, a scenic overlook that provides sweeping views of the Yosemite High Country, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and the Yosemite Valley. Embark on a short walk to get a more photo-worthy views of the Merced River, Ahwahnee Lodge, Curry Village, Vernal Falls and Nevada Falls.

Those keen on hiking can take the option to trek down the 4-Mile Trail here, which ends on Southside Drive. Continue across the Swinging Bridge (or take a shuttle) to meet back with your tour group at the Yosemite Lodge. 

Passengers who wish to remain on the bus will visit the Tunnel View to view Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Sentinel Bridge, El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls. Stop for a lunch break and walk to Yosemite Falls.

Hang out in the meadows in front of El Capitan to watch the gravity-defying rock climbers, then drive along the Merced River to see the John Muir and President Roosevelt campsites. See the historic Wawona Hotel and explore the Pioneer Village History Center before heading back to Fresno or Oakhurst for drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Fresno
Your day begins with pickup in either Fresno, Oakhurst, or Fish Camp aboard a comfortable touring vehicle. From here, enjoy a scenic journey to Yosemite, entering through the park’s Southgate entrance.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Glacier Point
Stop at Chinquapin and Glacier Point, an overlook offering remarkable views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. After a short walk, you can gaze over the valley, including Curry Village and the renowned Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly the Ahwahnee), and take in picture-perfect views of the surrounding mountaintops.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Yosemite Valley
Between spring and fall, you also have the option of hiking Glacier Point’s 4-Mile Trail, which ends on Southside Drive. From here, simply hop on a shuttle or continue across the Swinging Bridge to Yosemite Valley Lodge, where you’ll meet back up with your guide. For those who’d prefer to stay on the bus, you'll make your way down to the Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tunnel View
Starting from the Tunnel View to take in spectacular views.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Bridalveil Falls
Enjoy views of Bridalveil Falls, The Chapel, Sentinel Bridge, El Capitan..
Pass By:  
Half Dome
and views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
Stop At:  
Yosemite Falls
The group will then break for lunch, along with an easy walk to the base of Yosemite Falls. You’ll also have time to peruse the souvenir gift shops.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
El Capitan
After dining, you'll pay a visit to the meadows in front of El Capitan to see if anyone is rock climbing, an extremely popular park activity.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Merced River
Next, continue on with a drive alongside the Merced River and learn a bit about President Theodore Roosevelt’s 3-night camping trip with naturalist John Muir, who successfully lobbied for the creation of Yosemite National Park.
Stop At:  
Pioneer Yosemite History Center
Your return trip includes a stop at The Pioneer Village History Center for some exploring and also a visit to the historical landmark Wawona Hotel, a perfect place for viewing the park’s young sequoias.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Fresno
The tour concludes with a ride back to either Fresno or Oakhurst.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Glacier Point is usually closed during winter from November to April. Any of the tour highlights may be closed due to weather or construction. We will do our best to show alternative sites.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when accompanied by 2 paying adults
  • Parents with small children must provide car seats and/or booster seats if necessary
  • Infants from 0-1 years must be in the back seat strapped into a rear-facing car seat until they reach 20 pounds
  • Children between 1-8 years (or heaver than 20 pounds) must be in in the back seat (some exceptions apply) and strapped into either: - A rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum height/weight limit for the seat - A front-facing car seat with a 5 point harness until they reach the maximum height/weight limit for the seat - A booster seat if under 4 feet 9 inches and over the height/weight limit for a car seat - A regular seat belt in the back seat if taller than 4 feet 9 inches
  • Senior Americans with Senior Park Passes must bring them. Seniors from other countries no need to worry.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • In Winter months ( October 1st to March 31 we need at least 5 guests to conduct the tour
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Crossroads Tours
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.

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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 Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup?
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
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup?
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 Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup.

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  • "Information on reaching the park from Fresno, in case you are not driving yourself, is scarce and not very accurate." See review
  • "If you are looking to do very little hiking this is the trip for you!" See review
  • "This tour is a great way to get to see Glacier Point without the stress of driving up there yourself." See review

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star-5
Everything was beautiful...
Albert_A
, Aug 2022
Everything was beautiful even Rob great person lotta knowledge glad to meet him I would recommend this tour to my friends and family
star-5
The only way to experience Yosemite!
Ron_S
, Aug 2022
Yes, we could have driven Yosemite on our own. However, we have learned that taking a guided tour guarantees that you see the best sights. Our guide, Daniel, ensured we did just that. Experiencing the natural beauty of the park is one thing, but understanding some of the history of the park adds so much. Daniel shared story after story as we drove through the park. He ensured that we didn't miss any of the park highlights. We viewed the peaks and waterfalls from every angle possible. Visited the historic hotels in the park and even visited the pioneer camp. I now know where the term "sidewalk" came from. You'll have to take the tour to find out!
star-5
Great trip
Kadie_P
, Aug 2022
The views are spectacular. We saw all the sights. Our guide Juli did an incredible job. The bus was comfortable. Bridal Veil trail was closed for renovation. Glacier Point road also closed.
star-5
Great tour!
Leonard_D
, Aug 2022
Daniel was a super guide! Very informative and interesting. He pointed out thing we would have never known.
star-5
Grand Yosemite!
Stuart_M
, Aug 2022
Our tour guide, Julie was knowledgeable and experienced. She took us all around Yosemite and showed us all of the best sites. Her pleasant demeanor made our day spectacular.
star-5
Thank you Viator Tours and specially to July, you were excellent, we enjoyed a lot.
Rodrigo_L
, Aug 2022
We had an amazing good time, our tour guide have total knowledge of Yosemite National Park main points and made us enjoy our visit to the park.
star-5
More than we expected!!
Nelly_P
, Aug 2022
We had an awesome day!! Julie was a wonderful guide! Very easy going and accommodating. Lots of stories and information about Yosemite. Perfect day!!
star-5
If you only have one day in Yosemite!
Steven_R
, Aug 2022
Could never have gotten to see Yosemite in the one day we had without this tour! Mic took us to all the highlights and to some little known spots and explained the history and geology along the way. It was perfect!
star-5
Great day in Yosemite
Karsten_E
, Jul 2022
It was an amazing day in good company and our guide Daniel was really an inspiration and was a good host. He gave us a very good day and gave us many stories about the park and about his own life.
star-5
As first time visitors,...
Damaris_R
, Jul 2022
As first time visitors, from the beginning of our tour to the end, our tour guy was exceptional, Great story’s, helpful information, He made us feel that we were in good hands, the only thing I would advice the tour company is the pick up time, we were told pick up time was at 6:50 , they arrived at 7:30 other than that I’ll give them a 5 stars
star-5
Great first tour of Yosemite
Caroline_J
, Jul 2022
Julie was a great guide for our overview tour of Yosemite! Didn’t get to see glacier point because of fire closures but she made the best of it.
star-5
So many great photo opportunities!
Leslie_S
, Jul 2022
Unfortunately, in July 2022, much of the park was closed due to fires, but Julie brought us around and showed us many beautiful sights that we not seen before. She was attentive and had many true life experiences of Yosemite to share with us. Our tour was a mix of younger and older people and it was perfect for everyone. Not a lot of serious hiking on this tour so it is good for all levels. We were picked up at our hotel In Oakhust at 7am and returned to hotel approximately 4pm. Definitely recommend this tour (and Julie!) to anyone who wants to learn about the park yet not go on long, serious hikes.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fred was very knowledge...
Daniela_G
, Jul 2022
Fred was very knowledge and friendly throughout the tour! Yosemite is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. I definitely recommend adventuring out and exploring all its beauty!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
A Dishonest Business
Mark_A
, Jul 2022
The tour operator is dishonest and unprofessional. The information about pricing is deceptive and they spring additional charges on you at the last minute. I would never do business with them again.
star-5
Julie made the day wonderful despite the smoke from the wildfire
Abigail_A
, Jul 2022
Julie was an awesome tour guide! Very friendly and knowledgeable. We had an amazing day despite the wildfire making it impossible to go to the mariposa grove. Plenty to do and see inside of the park.
star-4
Enjoyable trip
Maurice_G
, Jul 2022
Great way to see the main sights of the valley in a day - tour guide was good though transport could have been a little better - if you were in a middle seat then more difficult to see the sights as you were moving
star-5
Knowledgeable, experienced & so we’re well-pleased!
Margie_H
, Jul 2022
James, our tour guide, has been so helpful & supportive. It was our first grand family vacation & he made it a wonderful experience, we were all well-pleased that even our young family members who are hard to impress were positive about their experience. From pick up to lunch til return to our hotel, James has been so engaging. Thank you!
star-5
Yosemite - the most scenic place on earth!
Sharon_J
, Jul 2022
The views of Al Capitan were amazing, the whole trip was just fantastic. Totally recommend for first time visitors to Yosemite
star-5
Good Experience .Nice...
Niladri_M
, Jul 2022
Good Experience .Nice Guide . We. really had lots of fun We would recommend this group to everyone 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
star-5
Wonderful day in Yosemite
Steve_R
, Jul 2022
We had a wonderful hike at Vernal Falls. The guide gave us a special way to get there and it made it a great hike!

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