Mariposa Grove, RedwoodsVernal Falls seen from Glacier Point, Heidi VetterTunnel View

Full day Yosemite Tour

Yosemite Valley/Mariposa Grove*/Glacier Point*

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Long-time Yosemite Naturalist Carl Sharsmith was once asked what he would do if he only had one day to spend in Yosemite. He replied, “I’d sit by the Merced River and cry,” That was long before Discover Yosemite existed, or perhaps he would have suggested our tour. 

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 in Yosemite tour guides and drivers, each with many years of experience. They know where to go and when to be there to maximize your day and make your Yosemite 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 seeing the sights in a comfortable, 14-29 passenger buses and Cadillac Escalades.

Your tour includes frequent photo stops and a chance to walk to a waterfall or two. During the warm months, you’ll be able to walk among the Giant Sequoias and 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. We’ll also provide coloring pages and a scavenger hunt to keep the kids involved.

Although Glacier Point and the Mariposa Grove are closed in the winter, our 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.

Water and soft drinks will be available throughout the day, and we even provide lunch so you can make the most of your time in Yosemite.

Points of Interest on our Tour*

Half Dome
El Capitan
Yosemite Falls
Bridalveil Fall 
Mariposa Grove**
Glacier Point
Royal Arches

Turtleback Dome
Three Brothers
Leaning Tower
Ribbon Fall
Cathedral Spires
Yosemite Chapel
Vernal and Nevada Falls

*Glacier Point and Mariposa Grove are seasonal, as are many of the waterfalls.
This itinerary is subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

**Mariposa Grove is sceduled to close in the Spring of 2015 and will be closed for two years for restoration. We will include it as long as it is open.

“I used to envy the father of our race, dwelling as he did in contact with the new-made fields and plants of Eden; but I do so no more, because I have discovered that I also live in ‘creation's dawn.’ The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day.” John Muir

List of hotel pickup locations

Fees & Schedules

May 1 through November 30

Adults (16+)
Seniors (62+)
*Children (3-15)

December 1 through April 30

Adults (16+)
Seniors (62+)
*Children (3-15)
*Children under three are free held on laps

Highway 41 Route
Departing From
Bass Lake/Oakhurst/Fish Camp

Summer Schedule

Winter Schedule





Bass Lake 7:40 – 7:50 AM 5:50 – 6:00 PM Bass Lake 8:40 – 8:50 AM 4:50 – 5:00 PM
Oakhurst 8:00 – 8:10 AM 5:30 – 5:40 PM Oakhurst 9:00 – 9:10 AM 4:30 – 4:40 PM
Narrow Gauge Inn 8:20 AM 5:10 PM Narrow Gauge Inn 9:20 AM 4:10 PM
Tenaya Lodge 8:30 AM 5:00 PM Tenaya Lodge 9:30 AM 4:00 PM


Highway 140 Route
Departing From
Mariposa/Midpines/El Portal

Summer Schedule

Winter Schedule





Mariposa 8:00 – 8:10 AM 5:30 – 5:40 PM Mariposa 9:00 – 9:10 AM 4:30 – 4:40 PM
Midpines 8:15 – 8:25 AM 5:20 – 5:30 PM Midpines 9:15 – 9:25 AM 4:20 – 4:30 PM
El Portal 8:40 – 8:50 AM 4:50 – 5:00 PM El Portal 9:40 – 9:50 AM 3:50 – 4:00 PM

The fare includes 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.

Your lunch choices are:

· Smoked turkey and Gouda cheese on whole wheat bread

· Ham and Swiss on rye

· Roast beef and Cheddar cheese on sourdough bread

· Avocado, roast pepper, tomato, cucumber and alfalfa sprouts on seven-grain bread

· Peanut butter and jelly on white.

All lunches include fresh fruit and Potato Chips

Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice are non-refundable. There is a $5 per person service fee for all other cancellations.

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“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



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