Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour
What do I need to bring?
- Sturdy shoes
- 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.
What is the difference between Total Yosemite Experience & Yosemite bus tour?
The Total Yosemite Experince Tour is operated in a smaller vehicle, either a 15-Passengers van or an up to 36-Passenger Minibus. It is a semi-private tour that allows us to stop at a Giant Sequoia Grove. The Yosemite Tour by Bus is operated on a larger motor coach, holding up to 50 passengers, and stays inside Yosemite National Park 3-4 hours.
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.
Total Yosemite Experience & Giant Sequoias Tour
Our one-day combination of Yosemite National Park & the Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco is a great way to get the most out of your Yosemite Tour. Our Total Yosemite Experience One-Day Tour maximizes the time you spend in Yosemite National Park by starting early and traveling efficiently in a 15-passenger van or 36-passenger minibus. This allows us to cover both Yosemite Valley & the Giant Sequoias in one day and spend more time in the park (at least five hours) than any other Yosemite tour available. In the Yosemite Valley leg, we generally stop to see El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Falls and Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View). Unlike most tours, we drive to higher altitudes and lesser traveled parts of Yosemite National Park. For example, you may have a chance to hike (two miles round-trip) in the evergreen forest to see a Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather and trail conditions permitting), the world's largest living things.
Choose our Total Yosemite Experience One-Day Tour to explore Yosemite with a smaller group, with experienced and informative guides, with a more personalized and exceptional service, and to end your day with an unforgettable experience. We will meet and even surpass your expectations.
* DURING WINTER MONTHS *
Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads, are recommended.
We will always do what we can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is “Job 1”, so the route and itinerary
may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours.
Note: The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Tour is dependent on snow levels
and trail conditions from October to April.
Yosemite and Giant Sequoias 1 Day Tour by 15-Passenger Van
or 36-Passenger Minibus - Times Approximate
6:00 - 6:45 AM
Pick up for your Yosemite tour at your hotel in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman's Wharf area (earliest pick-ups).
6:45 - 7:00 AM
Pick up from Extranomical San Francisco SOMA office.
7:00 - 7:20 AM
West Oakland Bart Station pickup (if necessary).
7:20 - 7:40 AM
Dublin/Pleasanton Bart Station pickup (if necessary).
7:40 - 9:00 AM
Continuing east, see the windmills and descend into the San Joaquin valley and stop for a break and a snack.
9:15 - 11:00 AM
Begin the climb into the foothills, through gold country, and up into the Sierra Nevada range and Yosemite National Park.
11:00 - 1:00 PM
Explore Yosemite's many amazing sights with an informative narrated valley tour from your guide. OR weather permitting* drive to the trail for a hike (two mile roundtrip hike) to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. – This stop is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from October to May. See Winter Tour Itinerary. Pick up a to go lunch or snacks at the grocery/deli stop in the morning for you to enjoy a snack after your hike. Alternatively you can wait for a hot meal from one of the restaurants available near the Yosemite Lodge later in the afternoon.
1:00 - 2:30 PM
Be amazed by Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more! Enjoy a mini-hike and plenty of photo stops around the Yosemite Valley.
2:30 - 3:30 PM
Begin your free time in the Yosemite Valley. Here you can visit the gift shops, have a relaxing hot meal, or get food to go and GO! Walk to the middle of the valley, up to the river banks, or get up close to the tallest waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls.
3:30 - 4:00 PM
Start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, with more great scenery as we follow the sun to the west.
5:30 - 6:00 PM
Stop for a break, a stretch, and a bite to eat.
6:00 - 7:30 PM
Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying views of the sunset over the East Bay hills, or the Peninsula and the city lights.
8:00 - 9:00 PM
The Yosemite tour ends at your San Francisco Hotel front door.
Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias
– Sarena G. on 04/26/2016
The good points are that the tour takes it sights, photo stops and areas of sheer magnificence and beauty. Ben was our tour guide and he is very amusing, has a wicked sense of humour and is incredibly knowledgeable. The reason I knocked a star off is because the coach was completely full up and if it had not been for a single traveller offering to change seats I would not of sat with my husband for the 12 + hour day trip. Also each stop is very quick and you purely have photo opportunities. I would recommend staying over night if you can but if coach seating is full capacity I do not know where or who you would sit with.
– Hannah O. on 04/25/2016
The Yosemite trip was one of the best days of my holiday - also one of the best days ever to be honest! From start to finish it was comfortable and enjoyable - and we saw some spectacular scenery!!
– Peter B. on 04/24/2016
Our tour guide was Roman and he was brilliant, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Despite this being maybe the 700th time he had been to Yosemite he still managed to convey great excitement and wonder for this magical place. His depth of knowledge was fantastic not just about Yosemite but about San Francisco and the Bay Area. Thank you Roman you made it a wonderful day for both of us.
– Marnie G. on 04/21/2016
Anthony made the tour, he was upbeat, funny and personalised the experience.
– Daniel C. on 04/18/2016
Guides Curt to go and Gino to come back.
Almost everything very satisfactory.
Some clearer information should be given about moving around in the park on ones's own. On the second day arriving at designated pick-up point to take the bus back at 2:30pm we saw it drive off at 2:26pm. I had to go back to the lodge lobby to call toll free number to make sure all was ok. As it turned out, the bus was behind schedule, had just dropped passengers, and returned later. However, the uneasiness caused was something we could have done without.
– Margaret B. on 04/16/2016
– Emmanuel L. on 04/11/2016
It was well worth the long trip. Anthony was very patient with us and what we like most about him is his concern for our safety while having fun. Would recommend to ask for him to friends doing tour with extranomical.
– Arjan v. on 04/10/2016
I'd really like the tour. The Yosemite valley was beautiful, and the the tour guide, Curt, knows a lot about the area.
– Ellani H. on 04/10/2016
Tour was on time and exceptional. Fulfilled the brief and was to plan. Extremely informative.
|Tour Prices*||Adults (12+)||Children|
*Tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals.
- 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)
- Small group tour experience
- Tour Operator: Extranomical