Explore two of northern California’s most treasured places on a short journey that will have you discovering San Francisco’s lively neighborhoods and hiking incomparable Yosemite with private guides.

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 Cable cars, an icon of San Francisco. Credit: Library of Congress

San Francisco and Yosemite: A Tailor-Made Journey

6 days from $2,425

Explore two of northern California’s most treasured places on a short journey that will have you discovering San Francisco’s lively neighborhoods and hiking incomparable Yosemite with private guides.

Request a Tailor-Made Itinerary

or call 855-215-8690

Overview

The following itinerary is a sampling of the experiences that we offer on a tailor-made journey to Yosemite National Park. Working with our country specialists, you can customize your itinerary to fit your timing, your budget, and your interests, including accommodations, activities, and the places you visit.

Combine one of the country’s most beautiful cities with one of our most treasured national parks on a short, six-day journey to northern California. Stay in the heart of San Francisco and set out to discover the city by bicycle and on a walking tour with a private guide. Enjoy plenty of free time to ride the cable car, visit museums, or venture into historic neighborhoods on foot. Then drive into the Sierra Nevadas to Yosemite National Park, where you’ll settle into a cabin nestled in the woods. During two days in the park, head out with a private naturalist guide to experience the natural splendor of its cliffs, granite domes, waterfalls, and sequoia groves on hikes of your choice.

Highlights:

  • Cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco and its bay.
  • Take a walk through San Francisco’s colorful neighborhoods with a private guide and learn about the city’s history.
  • Spend a full day exploring Yosemite National Park with a private naturalist guide, hiking trails that fit your skills and interests.
  • Try rock climbing in Yosemite or enjoy free time to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery.

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 - San Francisco, California

Arrive in San Francisco and make your way to your hotel. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Consider taking the cable car to Fisherman's Wharf and strolling around Pier 39 to watch the sea lions hauled out on the dock.

Day 2 - San Francisco

Pick up your rental bikes this morning and set off on a scenic ride across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Admire sweeping views of the city and its bay as you head toward the town of Sausalito. Enjoy lunch or an ice cream before taking the ferry back across the bay to San Francisco. You’ll have the rest of the day to explore the city at your own pace. We recommend a tour of the famous island-prison of Alcatraz or a visit to the excellent San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This evening, you may wish to check out the vibrant music scene tonight or take a walk through Chinatown.

Day 3 - San Francisco and Yosemite National Park

Join a guide this morning for a private walking tour that includes the vibrant neighborhoods of the Castro and the Mission District. Gain insights into how San Francisco has evolved over the centuries as you stroll past the Victorian homes of the Liberty Hill Historic District. After lunch, pick up your rental car and leave the city behind, heading for the Sierra Nevada mountains and Yosemite National Park. Upon arrival, settle into your private cabin within the park.

Day 4 - Yosemite National Park

Meet your private naturalist guide in the valley this morning, and set out for a full day of hiking in the park. Your guide will tailor the day to your pace and interests, choosing trails and activities that are as adventurous or as leisurely as you wish. As you explore celebrated sites like Half Dome and El Capitan as well as lesser known parts of the park, learn about the history of Yosemite and the flora and fauna that inhabit it.

Day 5 - Yosemite National Park

Another day of adventure in Yosemite awaits. Head out with a guide on a private half-day rock climbing tour. Your guide will show you the basics of rock climbing and you will be able to try your hand at the activity that draws so many thrill-seekers come to Yosemite. Alternatively, enjoy free time to visit the Ansel Adams Gallery and explore other parts of the park. Retreat to your cabin for a final night in the park, and enjoy smores around the campfire.

Day 6 - San Francisco / Depart for Home

After a final morning nestled in the wilderness of Yosemite, head back to San Francisco for your flight home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)