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Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias

Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Sturdy shoes
    • Camera
    • Extra spending money for meals
    • Water bottle
    • Hat (if necessary)
    • Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket during the winter months
    • Sunscreen (if necessary)
    • Umbrella (if necessary)
  • What should I wear?

    We recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads. Hiking sandals (rather than beach sandals) can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended. Temperatures vary depending on the season in Yosemite therefore we advise people to wear layered clothing.

  • What do I have to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?

    We are the only tour company that goes to the Giant Sequoias Grove on the Yosemite tour, but the hike is dependent on trail and weather conditions. It is usually available from April to October only. If you choose not to participate in the hike, then you would have to stay at the bottom of the trail as you wait for the rest of the group to return from the hike. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 30 minutes round-trip). Paved trail with 400 ft incline.

  • What languages are available for this tour?

    The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio tour is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.

  • What type of vehicle do you use?

    The Total Yosemite Experience Tour is a smaller group tour. We use either a Minibus or 15 seat Passenger Van. This tour also includes a hike to the Giant Sequoias Trees (weather permitting). The Yosemite Bus Tour operates in a large Motor Coach with more people and they do not visit the Giant Sequoia Grove on the bus tour.

  • How can I travel around the park during my free time?

    Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area. Depending on how much free time you have, there might not be time enough to take the bus.

  • Do I have to call to reconfirm my pick up time for the return trip?

    Yes, we request that you call our toll free number at 1-800-231-3752 the morning of your return to confirm your pickup time and location inside Yosemite National Park.

  • What is the average temperature in Yosemite?

    Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST) Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C - Average Low temperature: 51°F / 10°C, WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY) Average High temperature: 53°F / 12°C - Average Low temperature: 28°F / -2°C

  • Are there any meals included? If not, where can we buy lunch on the tour?

    Meals are not included on this tour. We stop on the way to Yosemite where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a deli in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

  • Are we allowed to take food and beverages into Yosemite National Park?

    Yes, you can bring your own food and drinks with you. You will also be able to purchase food and drinks on the way to Yosemite or inside Yosemite National Park.

  • Is there a place where we can cook our own food?

    No, unfortunately there is no kitchen nor is there a outdoor fire or grill.

  • Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter the Yosemite for free?

    Unfortunately you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance price for the Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle. Therefore the $10 fee will be added to the cost of the tour when you pay.

  • Where and when are we dropped off on the first day of your Yosemite overnight tour?

    You will be dropped off around lunch time close to the Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle with stops at most major sights of interest and some trailheads. You can also take YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) for a fee if you wish to travel outside the park to the surrounding area.

  • What is a double occupancy?

    Double occupancy means two people per room. For example, the price quoted is per person, so "$200 double occupancy" means two people will pay $400 total. If you are going alone, you will pay a different rate for single occupancy.

  • How can we get to Yosemite View Lodge from Yosemite National Park?

    The public transportation system YARTS will get you from inside the park to the Yosemite View Lodge.

  • Will I be sharing my tent during my overnight stay in Yosemite?

    No, you will have your own cabin but you will have a shared bathroom.

  • How many people are staying in the same dorm at the Bug Lodge?

    Rooms can accommodate about 6 to 12 occupants.

  • How much luggage am I allowed to bring on my overnight tour?

    Customers are allowed up to 2 luggage items (1 carry-on & 1 personal item) free of charge. Each additional item will incur a $25 excess luggage fee. Maximum dimensions are 24” x 16” x 10” (60cm x 40cm x 58 cm). Any Oversize luggage larger than the maximum size 24x16x10 inches, (or 60 x 40 x 25 cm) is $50 regardless of personal items brought on board. Passengers must advise us of oversize luggage 48 hours prior to departure in order to guarantee the accommodation of the luggage on the vehicle. (Note: If you are not staying at one of the hotels within Yosemite Valley, please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited (or no) storage options. You may store your luggage at the Extranomical office during your stay in Yosemite if necessary).

Total Yosemite Experience & Giant Sequoias Tour

See more. Feel more. Experience more on this Yosemite National Park tour of jaw-dropping natural beauty.

Towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias headline this one-day Yosemite tour from San Francisco but our expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers and wildlife that have made this glacier carved valley the jewel of the national park system.  

Your Yosemite day tour from San Francisco begins with a pickup at your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. See 150-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

This is the only Yosemite National Park tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove giant sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world—two-thousand-year-old trees can make people do that!

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. Take a moment at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and, OMG, Bridalveil Falls. Then take some selfies.

Special requests? Help with photos? Just ask. Last year, Extranomical earned more 5-star reviews at Yosemite National Park than anyone . Guests can enjoy this Yosemite National Park tour 365 days a year. But no two tours are alike.

We’re so confident that our Yosemite day tour will amaze—its backed by a Satisfaction Guarentee. Come aboard—we’re saving a seat for you!

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias 1 Day Tour by 15-Passenger Van
or 36-Passenger Minibus - Times Approximate

6:00 - 6:30 AM
• Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient pickup at your hotel (we serve most San Francisco hotels).
 
6:30 - 10:30 AM
• Get to know your local, expert guide. Learn about the tour plan for the day.
• Relax and enjoy the narrative as you head east into the San Joaquin valley.
• Make a brief rest stop. Gather snacks and perhaps a bag lunch for the park.
• Discover the rich history of the Sierra Nevada foothills and its gold country.
• Make the climb toward Yosemite National Park.
 
10:30 - 12:00 AM
• Weather permitting, disembark and hit the trail for an inspired hike to the Tuolumne Giant Sequoia grove (from October to May this stop may need to be skipped). It is a challenging uphill hike - take it slow. 
• Hug a tree!
 
12:00 - 1:00 PM
• Have your breath taken away by Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome.
• Get snap-happy with your camera or phone at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View).
 
1:00 - 3:00 PM
• Free time in Yosemite Valley.
• Visit the gift shops, have lunch or visit the Swinging Bridge.
• Take a hike to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America.
• Take a shuttle to the Majestic (former Ahwahnee) Hotel.
 
3:00 - 5:00 PM
• Pinch yourself –that was real!
• Re-board the vehicle and make a couple more photo stops as we exit the park.
• Turn west and descend from the Sierras back toward San Francisco.
 
5:00 - 7:30 PM
• Stop for a break, a stretch and a bite to eat.
• On clear days, watch the sun set into California’s golden hills.
• Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying twilight views of the City.
 
7:30 - 8:30 PM
• Conclude your Yosemite National Park tour at the door to your San Francisco hotel.
PRICE
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$165$130
Internet Special:$155$122
ONLINE SAVINGS$10$8

*Tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Maximum time in the Park
  • Half-Dome, El Capitan, and more
  • Giant Sequoia (trail conditions permitting)
  • Expert tour guide & commentary in English
  • Complimentary foreign language audios
  • Daily guaranteed departures 
  • Overnight tour options (available daily)
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