Yosemite Day Trips & Tours: Winter, Half Dome, Mariposa Grove
***The national forest closure has not affected Yosemite. Yosemite is open and we are running tours***
Yosemite Day Use Permit Not Required To Take Any Of Our Tours

Yosemite is open and we are running small group tours. If someone in your party is higher-risk or concerned about being in a confined space with other people, you are advised to consider scheduling a private tour. Although we are taking all the precautions possible to reduce the chance of Coronavirus infection you will be touring at your own risk. Since 6′ distancing is not possible on the bus, CDC guidelines require that guests wear a face mask while on the bus. If you have a reservation and you feel ill or you have knowingly been exposed to Coronavirus please let us know prior to your tour date. View full Covid guidelines.

Yosemite Full Day Tour

(Small Group Tours)

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It’s true that Yosemite is much too vast to see in one day. It is, after all, the size of Rhode Island. But Discover Yosemite is fortunate to employ the best tour guides and drivers for our Yosemite day trips and tours, each with many years of experience. They know where to go and when to be there to maximize your day and make your Yosemite day trip fun, relaxed and memorable. Instead of searching through guide books and maps, looking for parking at each stop and figuring out what to do for lunch, your day will be spent with a small group seeing the sights in a comfortable, 9-27 passenger mini touring vehicles and Cadillac Escalades.

Highway 41 Route

Pickups in Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Fish Camp

Hwy 41 Route-Summer Schedule
Bass Lake
Pickup: 6:40 – 6:50 AM
Return: 5:20 – 5:30 PM
Coarsegold
Pickup: 6:40 – 6:45 AM
Return: 5:20 – 5:30 PM
Oakhurst
Pickup: 7:00 – 7:10 AM
Return: 5:00 – 5:10 PM
Fish Camp
Pickup: 7:20 AM – 7:30 AM
Return 4:30 PM – 4:40 PM
Summer Season 2021
April 1 – November 30
Adults (16+) $190
Seniors (62+) $180
Children (3-15)* $95
*Children under 3 are free when held on laps.

Hwy 41 Route-Winter Schedule
Bass Lake
Pickup: 8:40 – 8:50 AM
Return: 4:50 – 5:00 PM
Coarsegold
Pickup: 8:40 – 8:45 AM
Return: 4:50 – 5:00 PM
Oakhurst
Pickup: 9:00 – 9:10 AM
Return: 4:30 – 4:40 PM
Fish Camp
Pickup: 9:20 AM – 9:35 AM
Return 4:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Winter Season 2021-2022
December 1 – March 31, 2022
No tours January 2-February 13
Unavailable from February 14-28**

Adults (16+) $180
Seniors (62+) $170
Children (3-15)* $90
*Children under 3 are free when held on laps.
**For tours from February 14-28 please see our Horsetail Fall Tour

  • Fares include hotel pickup/drop off, park fees, lunch and beverages.
  • Gratuity is not included.
  • Please be ready ten minutes prior to your scheduled pick up time.
  • Return times are approximate.
  • If you are not staying any of our Hotel Pickup Locations, choose the Oakhurst Visitor Center which offers free all-day parking.
  • We do not pick up in the San Francisco/Bay area.

View Map & Directions

Your Yosemite day trip and tour includes frequent photo stops and a chance to walk to a waterfall or two. During the warm months, you’ll be able to enjoy breathtaking views from Glacier Point. The bus trip itself provides ever-changing views and the chance to learn about the history, geology, flora, fauna and current events of this remarkable park.

Although Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove are closed in the winter, our Yosemite winter tour offers other rewards. Winter is the most peaceful time in Yosemite. Fewer crowds mean a better chance of seeing wildlife. As the winter snow pack builds in the high country, Yosemite Falls comes back to life, and the sound of ice crashing over the falls punctuates the stillness of the valley. You may be fortunate enough to see Yosemite Valley’s already astonishing beauty enhanced by a mantle of snow. And our skilled drivers take the worry out of negotiating mountain roads in the winter.

“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.” – John Muir

In our full day Yosemite guided tour, you will experience: Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Mariposa Grove*, Glacier Point*, Wawona, Royal Arches, Turtleback Dome, Three Brothers, Leaning Tower, Ribbon Fall, Cathedral Spires, Yosemite Chapel, Vernal Falls, and Nevada Falls.

* Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove are seasonal, as are many of the waterfalls.
* The Mariposa Grove shuttle is not operating and without it we are unable to include it on our tour. This will allow us make extra stops as well as spend extra time at stops.
This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be issued if you cancel within 48 hours of your tour date. Cancellations prior to 48 hours of your tour date are $5 per person. Tours will run rain or shine unless driving conditions are unsafe. If we cancel a tour due to hazardous driving conditions you will receive a full refund.

Minimum Requirement: We require the equivalent of 4 adults to operate a Yosemite day trip tour, except Private Tours. If the minimum is not met you will be notified by 8:00pm the evening before your tour and you will receive a full refund.

Full Day Tour Lunch Choices

Picnic Lunch choices included on Full Day Tours

Includes potato chips, fresh whole fruit, water and soft drinks

  • Smoked turkey and Gouda on wheat
  • Roast beef and cheddar on sourdough
  • Ham and Swiss on rye
  • Veggie with avocado, tomato, cucumber, alfalfa sprouts and roasted peppers on seven grain bread
  • Peanut butter & jelly sandwich on white bread

Water will be available throughout the day.

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