I am not quite clear as to what you starting point is and what you want to cover besides Yosemite. The more info you provide the better we can help you.
Are you looking for tours from San Francisco to Yosemite for a few days ? Try Extranomical tours for 1 2 and 3 days. I would not recommend the day trip -- it is just to short.
It would be best to make both cities as hubs and use that to visit areas close by.
I would recommend that over taking a tour of CA -- You see fleeting glimpses of the cities and attractions rather than spending meaningful time in any placeEdited: 31 January 2012, 18:53
Another option is using the AMTRAK train system and do your own "tour" and stop at places you want to check out.
I would take the Coast Starlight from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay area, and then catch the combination of Amtrak Train and Amtrak bus to Yosemite, then head back to San Francisco and catch a flight home.
thanks for info, yes we really wanted to be based in San Francsico and then go to Yosemite so may check out the coach trip. How good is the Amtrak train and bus? Would we need to stay overnight on route or could we get to Yosemite in a day and then stay there?
Also any recommendations on where to stay in San Francsico?
Recommendations for lodging in San Francisco is best discussed on the SF forum. Read their valuable Top Questions first so you know more about neighborhoods. Then post a question with info about your travel style, budget in USD, type of lodging preferred (boutique, chain, luxurious, etc), and travel dates. They'll help you figure out which place suits you best.
The 'tours' from SF to Yosemite include lodging. It's usually best for first timers to stay in the Valley. You can also use Amtrak, but that's about 6 hours total travel time vs 4 hours on a tour. Of course Amtrak is cheaper and does not include lodging. The SF page has info about tours, and here is some Amtrak info: tripadvisor.com/Travel-g61000-c151758
Several Brits have taken trekamerica trips and enjoyed them. They seem reasonable in price but involve camping:
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