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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco

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icon3 days  (Approx.)
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Overview

On this 3-day Yosemite camping tour, visit Yosemite National Park with an experienced guide, spending two nights in a tent at a campsite. Enjoy the stunning natural sights of the park, such as Yosemite Falls and Half Dome, and go hiking amid the giant sequoia trees. With both guided portions and free time to explore the park on your own, this tour provides a convenient and balanced way to experience one of America’s favorite national parks. Previous camping experience is not required!
  • 3-day guided camping trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Enjoy a tour of Yosemite Valley with a professional guide
  • Go off the beaten track in one of America's favorite national parks
  • View the magnificent giant sequoia trees
  • Tents and cooking equipment provided
  • Eco-friendly transport in a biodiesel van

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Two-nights camping near Yosemite makes it easy to hike, swim, and raft in the park for 3 days.
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Camping equipment (except a sleeping bag)
Dinner
Camping fees
All fees and taxes
Fuel surcharge (USD10)
Transport by biodiesel van
Professional guide
Lunch (3)
Breakfast (2)
Gratuities
Sleeping bag (available to rent for USD20)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Tenderloin , San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

Union Square: Meet the group and guide at 8:15am at the corner of Mason and O'Farrell Streets in front of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. There are many bus lines that run directly by or near this central location. The closest BART and MUNI stop is the Powell Street Station (2 blocks away)

8:15 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Your Yosemite adventure starts in San Francisco, where you’ll depart the morning of Day 1. For three days, you’ll enjoy the natural beauty of one of the most famed national parks in the US, where highlights like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, mountain lakes and towering sequoia trees have impressed travelers from all over, including nature photographer Ansel Adams.

Bring your active wear, as opportunities for hiking, swimming, biking and even rafting are available. You’ll explore some of the park with your guide to check out off-the-beaten-path trails and sights unseen by most who venture here, plus have free time to enjoy the park at your leisure (additional costs may apply).

Two nights of tent camping are included; tents are provided but sleeping bags are not (you may rent one if you are not bringing your own). Meals, drinks and snacks can be purchased on your own.
Itinerary
San Francisco Bay
Leave San Francisco behind and cross the Bay Bridge, offering amazing views of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island. Cruise through Oakland, the East Bay and on to Central Valley to stop for groceries (own expense). Travel through Gold Country and the Sierra Nevada Foothills.
Admission Ticket Free
Yosemite National Park
After approximately 3-4 hours you'll arrive to the entrance of Yosemite National Park. Enjoy the scenic mountain views as your guide explains the history and geology of this special place.
Admission Ticket Free
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Head down a beautiful scenic path to the enchanted Tuolumne Grove consisting of dozens of Giant Sequoia trees. But don’t be fooled by this moderate downhill stroll. Make sure you bring some water to sip as you enjoy your time among the giants as you have a bit of climb ahead of you to get back to the mini-coach. You'll also have time to enjoy your lunch here among the towering trees.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Valley
Next, we’ll leave the gentle giants of the Sequoia Grove in the mini-coach to get a narrated tour through Yosemite’s glaciated valley. We’ll make a few stops along the way, to snap some pictures of some of the famous waterfalls and rock formations while your guide gives you some of the history that makes this park so special.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Village
Now it’s time to spend a couple of hours exploring on your own! We’ll make a stop near the base of Yosemite Falls. You’ll have a number of options of where to go, including a leisurely walk through the Ansel Adams Gallery, the historic Ahwahnee lodge, or get your pulse up with a hike or bike ride along the river.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Yosemite Falls
You can explore Yosemite Falls on your own during your free time in Yosemite Village.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Ansel Adams Gallery
During your free time in Yosemite Village, you can choose to visit the famous photographer' gallery to view a collection of Ansel Adams' original photographs.
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
El Portal
Once at camp, your guide will hand out camping gear and show you the local amenities. You'll enjoy a freshly prepared dinner at camp, as well as s’mores as your group shares drinks and stories around the campfire, but don’t forget to get some sleep tonight for a full-day of exploring the park tomorrow.
Duration: 12 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 A campsite with modern facilities and we provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care.
Meals:
 Lunch  Dinner  
Yosemite National Park
Are you ready for clear, sparkling lakes? Crisp, mountain air? Prepare to spend a full day exploring Yosemite’s picturesque lakes, hiking to mountain summits that overlook lush greenery, and passing through serene meadows. Your guide will make sure the group takes full advantage of the park, while making sure everyone is comfortable, by customizing the hikes around the groups’ needs.
Duration: 10 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
 A campsite with modern facilities and we provide all the equipment necessary to ensure you are well taken care.
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
Yosemite Valley
On the last morning, we’ll make a quick breakfast, prepare another brown bag lunch, make sure all the camping gear is put away before heading into Yosemite Valley. Did you pass up a hike on the way to a vista? Have you been pining after a particular swimming spot? Are you ready to stretch your legs and have a new self-guided adventure? Day three is the perfect time to choose your own adventure in Yosemite Valley. You can hike to a waterfall, rent a bicycle to cruise around the valley floor, check out the visitor’s center, museum, and Ansel Adams Gallery, or relax in the shade by the emerald green Merced River.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
El Capitan Meadow
Regroup for one final group activity, a visit to the El Capitan Meadow to watch the daredevil rock climbers conquering the largest granite monolith in North America.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
San Francisco
After a full day of exploring, we’ll make our way back to the San Francisco Hilton, arriving in the city around 8:30pm – 9pm.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Accommodation:
  Not Included
Meals:
 Breakfast  Lunch  
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children 17 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tours are arranged on a demand basis and require a minimum of 5 passengers to guarantee departure
  • Important: Please note if you need a sleeping bag and any dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
  • Camping
  • Camping is easy, but cooperation is important. Don't worry if you've never camped before; many people haven't. You will be supplied with all the camping equipment necessary for a trip of this nature, using quality tents, camping and cooking equipment. Everybody is expected to participate in setting up and breaking down the camp, and the professional guides are available to attend to your needs to ensure a positive camping experience. We camp at the best campsites, with hot showers and modern facilities. Swimming is available nearby. During booking, please note if you will need a sleeping bag
  • Tents
  • We use 4-person tents but only have two people in each. In the case of odd numbers in your party, there is a chance you will be paired with another person of the same gender from a different party.
  • Food
  • You will be provided with the food, but not the chefs. You guys are the cooks, waiters, dishwashers and, of course, the guests. On leaving the city, we stop at a supermarket and buy everything we need. The fare is a mixture of chicken, beef and vegetarian, all-you-can-eat and very tasty. Most people eat better with us than they have done previously on their travels. Please inform us of any dietary requirements/concerns at the time of booking.
  • Transportation
  • Tour operator uses comfortable 15-passenger vans with dual air-conditioning and stereo sound. Our vans are fueled by biodiesel, a vegetable oil-based diesel fuel, to promote green business. All of the vans have large roof racks for your luggage and the camping equipment.
  • What to bring
  • On your journeys, you will need sneakers or hiking boots, shorts, T-shirts, swimwear, sun protection, a water bottle, flashlight and something warmer in case there is a change in weather.
  • Weather
  • June through September in Yosemite is hot and sunny with occasional afternoon showers. May and October days are warm with cooler nights. As with all mountain environments, weather can vary quickly, so a layer of warm clothing is a good idea.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 13 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Incredible Adventures
You can cancel up to 15 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • Any changes made less than 14 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 2–14 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 15 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • 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 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
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 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
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 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by 3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco.

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  • "The company provided a comfortable mini bus with a full box trailer so we could if necessary take a full suitcase and loaded our pack packs as required." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Excellent Tour
Ernesto_S
, Oct 2021
Lisa was an excellent guide with a lot of passion for her work. The group was amazing. We visited many places around Yosemite, some of the off the beaten path.
star-5
A great experience
Mayur
, Sep 2021
Went on a solo 2 Night 3 Day Yosemite camping trip with incredible adventures - Was wondering if it will be too hard but was really happy and enjoyed a lot. Tour guide Lisa was really kind and one of the best people I have ever met. Food was good, all the other people that came along in the trip were also great. It was a nice diverse crowd from different countries and different backgrounds. Lisa was great at being inclusive of everyone on the trip. She showed us many spots of Yosemite which I wouldn't have seen if I just drove there by myself, she also helped us during hikes if we needed extra water or electrolytes or just a friend to push us through the last mile. Our second day was packed with hikes and many points. I think the best part was star gazing where we parked our van at a vista point and just laid down there to see the stars and the milky way at night after a tiring day of hiking. The third day was a self explore day where we were guided for what we can do and what is easy/hard and how to get there and around. I think it was a great experience and will highly recommend it too.
star-5
Great Experience For Beginner Campers
MariaLourdes_G
, Jul 2021
Tour was overall a good experience. We saw some incredible views in Yosemite Valley. Daniel was a dope tour guide and very chill. Included meal count listed in your description was a bit inaccurate. Everyone on my tour was a first timer for camping. Daniel made the experience very memorable and worth the money. Definitely recommend this tour and hope that you get Daniel as your tour guide. ;)
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Most suitable tour for people without camping experience
Hanyi_X
, Jun 2021
If you never have camping experience before, this is the most suitable tour for you. Our tour guide , Jessie, was super nice and was very helpful. She took care of set up the kitchen, cooking, etc. and of course the group also help with other stuff. Good team work makes up good experiences. The tour was fully guided on the first two days, the chosen viewpoints among Yosemite is very good. We have free day on the third day. Overall, this experience is perfect.
star-4
Was great!
Willis_R
, Jan 2020
We are a family from Canada, and we love Yosemite so much! The meals they served were great, a lot better then I was expecting, our tour guide was nice. If you like tours that are a mix between free time and guided tour then you'll like this one. We got a lot of free time to hike the mist and Muir trail. Over all great time!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
We are so glad you enjoy our Yosemite Camping Adventure! It is a great way to get a more in depth look at the park. You spending time seeing the sites and getting out on the hiking trails! We are glad you enjoyed the included meals and your guide was friendly. Thanks for taking the time to write a review.
star-5
Fantastic weekend
Victoria_B
, Oct 2019
Went on the 3 day camping and hiking trip to Yosemite with Dan as our tour guide, Dan was very friendly, great company and made me and my daughter feel at ease. I am not a very fast walker I have Achilles Tendonitis in my foot and Dan was very understanding that I was unable to walk as fast as most people and kept a eye on me to make sure that I was ok but also gave me space to walk at my own pace. I really enjoyed the weekend. Yosemite is beautiful.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with Dan on tour with us.
star-5
Simply Awsome
melvyn b
, Jul 2019
Just returned from this three day trip and we are all completely shattered. It was a fantastic 3 days and Jill our guided could not do enough for us. She worked solidly to ensure that everyone in the group was catered for in every respect. A very busy and packed three days, There is no way we would have experienced everything the park has to offer without our guide. We had some reservations when booking this trip and struggled in deciding what to pack. We should not have worried. The company provided a comfortable mini bus with a full box trailer so we could if necessary take a full suitcase and loaded our pack packs as required. The whole trip was absolutely fabulous. Thanks Jill
star-5
E.one of the best trips of my life. All of which wouldn't have been possible without our fantastic tour guide Kate.
David_R
, Jul 2019
My tour guide was a constant source of info and her patience endless. She had to deal with a few issues of people being quite late, others having a bad fall in the slippery hiking conditions and some unnecessarily winy passengers but managed it all so well. It really kept spirits high. Yosemite is the prettiest place I've ever been too. Would highly recommend this company and this trip.
star-5
Yosemite Camping and Hiking Adventure
Thao T
, Jun 2019
Great experience camping and hiking Yosemite. Everything was well planned . Highly recommended ! Will do it again soon :-) Thank you!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Birthday weekend
Darya_G
, Jul 2018
Excellent trip. The hikes and views are definitely worth it. My guide Ariel was amazing. She made sure that everyone was happy and comfortable. She combined both touristy sites and gave us an option to hike to places that not everyone goes since its more challenging. I wish there were more camp fire meals (which are not always possible because of the drought) and the camp site wasn’t next to a highway... besides that the trip exceeded my expectations. Thank you!!! Best Birthday ever!!!

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