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Yosemite National Park: Valley Orientation Tour

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Activity provider: Incredible Adventures

Yosemite National Park: Valley Orientation Tour

Activity provider: Incredible Adventures

From US$ 169 per person

Witness the beauty of Yosemite Valley and see why Yosemite National Park is considered a national treasure. Leave your car outside the park and take an eco-friendly transportation, led by an expert guide.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 13 participants


  • Enjoy the convenience of leaving your car and taking a guided tour with transportation included
  • See Yosemite’s most famous sights such as El Capitan and Half Dome
  • Learn about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park from your expert guide
  • Get the chance to explore Yosemite on your own during your free time
Full description

Join an eco-friendly, small group guided tour and witness the stunning Yosemite National Park. Choose between three pickup locations covering hotels on Highway 41, 140 & 120. Then drive 30-60 minutes through Yosemite National Park to reach Yosemite Valley.

On the way, your guide will explain the history and geology before stopping at El Capitan, the world’s largest granite monolith. Your guide will provide a park orientation and hiking briefing so you can wander around alone. Be dropped off either at Curry Village or Yosemite Valley Lodge in the park.

During your 5 hours of free time, explore Yosemite either by hiking its most famous trails or biking your way around Yosemite Valley. 

Marvel at views of Half Dome, a granite dome known for its distinct shape. Go for a swim in the nearby Merced River to cool down from Yosemite’s summer heat. Your expert guide can recommend the best trails and where to rent a bike. 

After a day of exploration, meet your guide back at either Curry Village or Yosemite Valley Lodge to be dropped off back at your original point: Yosemite View Lodge.

  • Pickup and drop-off from either Rush Creek Lodge (Hwy 120), Yosemite View Lodge (Hwy 140), or Oakhurst (Hwy 41)
  • Yosemite National Park entry fee
  • Expert guide
  • Photo stop of iconic El Capitan
  • 5 hours of free time
  • Food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Bike rental (available with advance request)
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

You may park at the Oakhurst Park & Ride, located next to the Oakhurst Library, for the duration of your tour. Please arrive early for your pickup time. Look for the white Incredible Adventures branded van.

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4.4 /5

based on 29 reviews

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My family and I did this tour twice, because it gave us access into Yosemite because we could not get reservation on our own, during Covid. We really loved this tour because it gives you 5-hours of free time. Lana, our guide, was or is an awesome person and guide. Always had a smile and knowledgeable about the park and it's history. We climbed to the top of Vernal Falls which is tough but worth it. Not as tough a climb as Yosemite Falls is but make sure you ask your guide for recommendation. Tunnel View, a stop over, is spectacular and breath taking. Pack light, wear good shoes for hiking and bring your own lunch and water. There are places to buy food and water but it's best you bring your own to maximize your 5-hours of free time, hiking or climbing. This tour is great if your family wants to split up, do their own things. Incredible adventures and our guide, Lana, are awesome. Worth the price and very memorable

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June 14, 2021

Lana was our guide and she is awesome! She always had a smile on her face and just a great person and guide. This tour takes you around to a few spots in a van, where it stops giving you photo opportunities and spend some time at a marquis place like Tunnel-View. After that you get to pick what activity, trails you want to spend your 5-hours of free time, doing. Our 2-boys did the climb all the way to the top of Yosemite Falls, which I don't recommend for anyone under the age of 40, to do. They did it, but my wife and I are glad we did not attempt it. We did the valley and meadow trails which are basically at the base of the valley, super easy and enjoyable walks with so much scenery and all the awesome views of Yosemite. Incredible adventures is definitely a guide/tour company I recommend. We booked 3-different Yosemite tours and actually did the Valley Orientation tour twice. Phil was our other guide for the sunset tour and he and that tour are awesome, too. Thank you Lana and IA!

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June 14, 2021

This was a good way to get in Yosemite since we weren’t able to reserve a day. Our guide gave us a good overview of the history of the park. I enjoyed having a good amount of free time. A suggestion would be to clean the windows before each trip so it’s easier to enjoy the scenery and take photos through clean windows.

August 30, 2020

Product ID: 389197