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Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco

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Not enough time to visit Yosemite, this is a quick trip for you. You leave when the fog clears in the morning and return before it gets dark, and you avoid the road trip of 8 - 9 hours. If you have more time, customize your trip to an overnight or more days in the area. Last minute requests can sometimes be accommodated. This is a private, full-day tour with a maximum of 4 passengers for the helicopter and 5 passengers for the small plane.

What You'll Get

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Stop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Breathtaking view of the Valley as we come out of the Tunnel. The view that Ansel Adams made famous, Tunnel View is a must stop for any first time visit to Yosemite Valley

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Bridalveil Falls with a 1000 feet walk from the parking lot to the viewing spot. Plunging 620 feet (189 meters), Bridalveil Fall is often the first waterfall you'll see when entering Yosemite Valley. In spring, it thunders; during the rest of the year, look for its characteristic light, swaying flow. A paved trail leads from the parking area to the base of this waterfall, which flows year-round. Although paved, this is trail is not wheelchair accessible due to its grade.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Sentinel bridge, Sentinel dr, Yosemite National Park, CA

Breathtaking view of Half Dome and the reflection in the Merced River. Majestic view of Yosemite Falls on the other side and beautiful meadows to walk around. Don't forget to look up on the trees as sometimes a bear would climb up and stay there for hours

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Time for a Lunch Break usually here, walk to the base of the water falls and admire the nature's creation. There is no view like this anywhere else. In spring and early summer you will experience the mist from the fall from where you stand. At the beginning of the trail you have a spot where you see the entire waterfalls from one spot. As you get to the base you are only looking at the lower falls.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: El Capitan Meadow, Yosemite National Park, CA

Look for the Rock climbers and view several routes to see the beautiful Granite Rock El Capitan.El Capitan Meadow affords staggering views of some of the mightiest cliffs in Yosemite Valley - El Capitan to the north and the Cathedral Rocks to the south. Using binoculars to watch climbers on the various routes up El Capitan is a popular activity.
Widely spaced ponderosa pines and black oaks grace the meadow, which is kept open by a program of prescribed burning.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater, Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park. This is another place to enjoy your picnic lunch and is surrounded by the things you may need. There is a newly done food court which offers variety of foods, also Starbucks next door. Clean restrooms with hot water are here and a Souvenir shop to grab a souvenir or a snack for the road.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Ahwahnee Historic Building, 1 Ahwahnee Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

On a Helicopter Tour or Small Plane tour this is an optional stop time permitting. The Ahwahnee Hotel is a grand hotel in Yosemite National Park, California, on the floor of Yosemite Valley, constructed from steel, stone, concrete, wood and glass, which opened in 1927. It is a premier example of National Park Service rustic architecture and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.

Duration: 15 minutes

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on your departure time, weather conditions and traffic situation in the park
  • Return destination can be different if you desire but there is a possibility of an additional expense
  • Other possible airports for landing near the Yosemite area are Madera and Fresno
  • 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 is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Shuttle to and from the airport
  • Helicopter or small plane ride
  • Hummer or premium SUV tour
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Snacks
  • Entry/Admission - Tunnel View
  • Entry/Admission - Bridalveil Falls
  • Entry/Admission - Sentinel bridge
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Falls
  • Entry/Admission - El Capitan Meadow
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Lodge Amphitheater
  • Entry/Admission - Ahwahnee Historic Building

  • This tour has a very limited time in the park, and you will see the highlights in the Yosemite Valley only. To visit Glacier Point it will require 3 additional hours, and there will be an additional cost for the helicopter or small plane to wait around. Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias will take an even longer time. We suggest you do an overnight trip which we can arrange for you.

Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from your San Francisco bay area hotel or residence .

Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 12/12/2019 - 3/20/2021
Monday - Sunday:09:00 AM - 08:00 PM

7 to 9 hours

Voucher Info
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