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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
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icon14 to 15 hours  (Approx.)
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Overview

Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Drive through gold rush towns to the scenic Sierra Nevada
  • Discover the Tuolumne Grove on a hike
  • Stop at Glacier Point for a photo op of Half Dome
  • Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or exploring the Valley Visitor Center
  • Hear commentary from a guide about Yosemite's natural landmarks such as El Capitan
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Get an intro hike to Tuolumne Grove and an optional picnic lunch on this tour.
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Expert guide and commentary
Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
Guide Gratuities (for Private option ONLY)
Guide Gratuities (for Shared tour)
Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
One of the most-visited parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park is famed for its wild beauty and massive natural attractions. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel (selected hotels only), cruise across the new San Francisco Bay Bridge and through historic Gold Rush towns as the urban bustle gives way to the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada.

When you arrive at the park, stretch your legs at Tuolumne Grove with a hike among some of the oldest and largest trees in the world (weather permitting). Crane your neck to see the top of the giant sequoia trees, including a tunneled-out tree large enough to drive a car through.

Continue on to Glacier Point for an unbeatable view of Yosemite’s photogenic valley framed by the giant granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. Look for expert rock climbers trying to scale the world-class cliffs and, in springtime, watch the thundering cascade of Yosemite Falls.

Enjoy some free time to explore the park on your own. Rent a bike and cruise along the flat paths of Yosemite Valley (not included), hike to a nearby waterfall or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to see some of the most famous images of the park ever captured on film. Lunch options include a picnic on the Merced River or a casual meal at the Yosemite Lodge (own expense). Reconnect with your guide at the appointed time, and relax on the scenic drive back to San Francisco.

Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year. The giant sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails, and other activities may be substituted.
Itinerary
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
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Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.
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Big Oak Flat Road
Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.
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Big Oak Flat Information Station
The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.
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Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It is about 16 miles west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as Abies concolor and Pinus lambertiana. Weather permitting
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tunnel View
Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Ansel Adams Gallery
Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.
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Bridalveil Falls
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.
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El Capitan
El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Half Dome
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.
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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Merced River
The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
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.
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Valley Visitor Center
The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through April, and other activities may be substituted at the discretion of the guide
  • During winter months, temperatures in Yosemite can vary drastically to the ones in San Francisco. Therefore, it is recommend to wear winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads
  • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
  • As tour sizes vary, transportation is in a 15-passenger van or a 41-passenger tour bus
  • Tour makes stops at approximately 8:30am for breakfast, 1pm for lunch and on the trip back for dinner. Meals are not included
  • Audio guides are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements.
  • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square if your hotel is not listed
  • The Giant Sequoias Grove is located at a higher elevation and the hike is dependent on trail conditions, especially from October through May. Ice and snow might make the trail unsafe to hike. The decision of whether it is safe to go on the hike will be made on a day by day basis. Therefore, a visit cannot be guaranteed. However, while the trail might be closed, guests get to spend more time in Yosemite Valley. There you can see all the other great sights Yosemite has to offer, including El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more.
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and your guide's discretion.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Extranomical Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
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The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "You are required to call and then also email tour operator to confirm your pickup location." See review
  • "The weather is the catch so choose your dates wisely, If you want to see the sequoia stand then go later than mid spring for a better chance." See review
  • "It takes around 3 to 3.5 hr one way, so it is a full day trip." See review

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Yosemite Park
Frank_S
, Jul 2021
The trip was well done. The park is fantastic. The Driver/Tour guide (Denise) was great and went out of her way to make sure that everybody has a wonderful time.
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Yosemite trip
GERGANA_D
, Jul 2021
Our guide, Denise, did an excellent job. She picked up us on time, allowed enough time for bathroom breaks and eating. She was very caring for each one on the tour. She told us interesting stories, related to all landmarks included in the trip. Denise recommend places to eat and visit in San Francisco. She is the best guide we ever had. If I will have an opportunity to request a guide, I will choose Denise without a doubt.
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star-5
Very memorable
Christine_C
, Jul 2021
We had a wonderful time. Roman made our trip very memorable. He was knowledgeable and thorough and funny too. He made our trip better than we thought it could be. Our driver was awesome also. He made us feel very safe and the last hour up the mountain was very winding and had cliffs, which scares the heck out of me, but Brandon was a great driver. I sure hope everyone knows To tip our tour guides and drivers because without them we would be lost. I will definitely book with you again. Thank you
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for those kind words about our driver and our guide. They love this tour and will be happy to learn that you had a great time. Happy trails!
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Great tour!
Sam
, Jul 2021
It was a great experience. You cant expect more than what they provide in 1 day. All the major and famous spots covered with hike opportunities. Denise was informative and considerate. Totally recommended
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for your kind words...we'll make sure that Denise gets them. Travel safe back home.
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star-5
Roman was the best tour guide ever. He was professional, informed and hilarious.
Janewalling
, Jul 2021
My daughter and I saw a bear help himself to a someone’s picnic. The beauty of Yosemite National park is breathtaking but that bear stole the show.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We can't promise everyone that they will see a bear -- but good for you! Thanks for touring with us.
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Outstanding
Christine_B
, Jul 2021
The views were unbelievable,the travel time was well thought out,Denise the tour guide was outstanding,especially with her knowledge and delivery
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks and so glad you had a great time. Let's do it again soon!
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Outstanding tour
Lizabeth_R
, Jul 2021
Yosemite was absolutely breathtaking. Our tour guide was humorous and extremely knowledgeable. He went over and beyond to make our experience a fabulous one. We would definitely recommend this tour and our guide to friends and family.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
That's so kind. Yosemite is a special place and we're so glad you got to experience it. Travel well.
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Far from a comfortable trip
tammyholland1165
, Jul 2021
The park was magnificent. However, the four-hour trip to get there and then to get back again was horrible. The bus was old and dirty, the air conditioner wouldn't work correctly, and the road conditions made it extremely bumpy and painful. I wished they had scheduled the trip in small van with less people.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
We appreciate your feedback and regret that the trip was not up to your expectations. The 105-degree temperatures in the Central Valley push tour vehicle A/C units to their limit. Please call our Guest Services office (415.357.0700) about making things right. For your next trip, give us a call and we will be happy to arrange a small-group experience to any Northern California destination.
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So so
anyone
, Jul 2021
It was a little hassle but good for those who don't drive or who don't have enough time. Be careful about returning time, it was delayed more than an hour
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Glad you got to experience Yosemite. If you felt the tour did not meet expectations, please contact our Guest Services office at (4125) 357-0700.
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Yosemite is Amazing!
Shannon_D
, Jul 2021
Pros of this tour: - The Sequoias were impressive. - Yosemite was absolutely stunning, a must-see at some point in your life. - We stopped at many great spots and had beautiful photo opportunities. - The tour guide, Denise, was very knowledgeable about both Yosemite and San Francisco highlights. - The stops for food were decent: Raley's for sandwiches and snacks, Taquera El Agave for delicious burritos. Cons of this tour: - This was a very long hot day, 98+ degrees out, and the AC on the bus was spotty at best. - The trail to see the Sequoias was a difficult trek, a 400 ft. incline in a mile on the way back up. I asked in advance if this would be appropriate for me with knee issues. I was told it would be an easy hike. - Although the information provided by Denise was informative, sometimes there was too much information to absorb and it felt overwhelming.
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