1 Day Tour Comparison Yosemite Overnights

You are here

Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias

Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour

Total Yosemite Experience & Giant Sequoias Tour

Our one-day combination of Yosemite National Park & the Giant Sequoias Tour from Yosemite Falls 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.

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.

Click here to make this a San Francisco Hotel and Tour Vacation Package and SAVE!!

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 SequoiasTour Prices*Adults (12+)Children (< 11)
Regular Price:$159$117
Internet Special:$147$104

*Yosemite and Giant Sequoias tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals. 

Customer Images

Customer Reviews

Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias
– Katharina E. on 10/04/2015

I highly recommend the Yosemite 1 day tour because you get to see impressive nature and hear a lot of interesting facts about Yosemite and San Francisco. You must consider that you will be in a mini van for about 8 hours though, but it is really comfy and air-conditioned. Lars was very nice, made everybody feel really comfortable and knew a lot of facts, but he was a little hard to understand because he spoke very fast and with an accent.
– Jess C. on 09/19/2015

Very good tour and experience!
– David B. on 09/15/2015

Chose Extranomical for the itinerary, price and convenient pickup location at the West Oakland BART station. We were not disappointed. Lars was an excellent guide. His information was very educational. Loved the timing of the tour with brief stops at Raleys for great coffee and snacks and of course the restrooms. We also loved the stop and hike to see the giant sequoia trees as well as the tour of the rest of Yosemite. Would recommend Extranomical tours to anyone who asks what we did in CA.
– Kerin T. on 09/11/2015

Ben was a good leader providing us with lots of information re Yosemite. The Giant Sequoias were well worth the long walk to get to them and of course the climb back up!! Pity there was a smoke haze as that did impact on taking great photos and the holiday weekend meant there were a lot of cars affecting traffic in the valley , but well worth the trip anyway
– Marcia M. on 09/10/2015

I went on this tour with my sister and two of our friends. Vlad was a great tour guide and we truly enjoyed every minute of our tour.
– Danielle H. on 09/10/2015

Anthony was the best tour guide I've ever experienced, he is an absolute asset to your company. He knew how to keep a bus load of people engaged, entertained and most importantly, awake! until the end of our very long day. He has a wealth of information about Yosemite and the road leading there and we never once felt rushed or like we were on a tight schedule. Thank you for hiring such a great leader, I have already recommended Extranomical and Anthony to friends who are visiting in January.
– Kate F. on 09/10/2015

Anthony made the bus journey interesting and was also enthusiastic about all the surroundings. All in all a great two days.
– Lisa R. on 09/09/2015

Usually am not a fan of guided tours, but was pleasantly surprised. Specially over Labor Day weekend, it was so nice to be on a bus and avoid the mile-long automobile lines.
– Dina W. on 09/07/2015

It was fantastic. Our tour guide was amazing! Thank you for the great experience.


  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Maximum time inside Yosemite Park (5-6 hrs)
  • View Half-Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls & more
  • Giant Sequoia Grove (trail conditions permitting)
  • Expert tour guide & live commentary in English
  • Complimentary foreign language audios (optional)
  • Daily guaranteed departures 365 days a year
  • Multi-day overnight tour options (available daily)
  • Small group tour experience
  • Tour Operator: Extranomical