Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias
What should I bring?
- Comfortable shoes for walking
- Extra spending money for meals or snacks
- A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
- Camera (optional)
- Water bottle (optional)
- Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
- Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
- Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)
How long is the tour?
This tour takes about 14-15 hours.
What should I wear?
Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in Yosemite, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the Total Yosemite Experience, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.
What is the average temperature in Yosemite?
Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.
SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):
Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C
WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):
Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°C
Average Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C
Do you provide meals? If not, can we buy food on the tour or take our own?
Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway 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. Eating and drinking are allowed on our vehicles, and you can also bring your own food if you do not feel comfortable purchasing it on the trip.
Is there a place where we can cook our own food?
No, unfortunately there is no kitchen nor is there an outdoor campfire or grill due to fire safety hazards. If you are staying overnight in the park your accommodation may have an indoor kitchen area. Please plan ahead before selecting your hotel.
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 guide is required, please specify the languages needed in the comments section on the reservation page.
What type of vehicle do you use?
We have a variety of vehicles ranging from an 8-passenger van to a 44-passenger Minibus. As we have several different vehicles, please call on the morning of your tour to determine which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. The Yosemite Bus Tour operates in a large Motor Coach with even more people.
What do I need to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?
We are the only tour company that goes to the Giant Sequoias Grove on the Total Yosemite Experience tour. However, the hike is dependent on trail and weather conditions. The Grove usually only available from April to October. If you choose not to participate in the hike, then you can stay with the bus at the top 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 60 minutes round-trip, depending on your pace) and has a paved trail with 400 ft (122m) incline.
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.
Can I use my annual pass for the United States National Parks to enter Yosemite for free?
Unfortunately, you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance price for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle used and not on the number of individuals in the vehicle, and is paid all at once by our Expedition Leader. Therefore, the $10 fee is added to the cost of the tour when you pay.
I’m staying overnight. What kind of luggage am I allowed to bring?
You are allowed up to travel with up to 2 items (i.e. 1 Personal item + 1 Overnight bag) free of charge. These items must be within the size limitations. Each additional item above the 2-item allowance will incur a $25 excess luggage fee.
The maximum size allowed for an overnight bag is 24”x16”x10”, or 60cmx40cmx25cm. Any “Oversize” luggage larger than those dimensions is $50 regardless of the number of personal items brought on board. (i.e. 1 Oversized luggage - $50, 2 Oversized pieces = $100). You 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 overnight at one of the hotels within Yosemite Valley, please only bring with you what you can easily carry as there are limited to no storage options available while you explore.
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 Valley Lodge. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. The Yosemite National Park has a free, year-round Yosemite Valley Shuttle that stops at most major points 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. For some hotels it will be necessary to take this public transportation in order to reach your lodging. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly. Please see either the National Park Service website or yarts.com respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes.
What is a double occupancy?
Double occupancy means two people per room. The price quoted is per person. For example, "$200 double occupancy" means two people will pay $400 total. If you are going alone, you will pay a different rate for single occupancy. We cannot “match” single travelers at this time.
What does “Tour Only” mean?
The “Tour Only” overnight package includes both the outbound and return portions of your Yosemite tour, but does not include your lodging. You will be responsible for acquiring your own accommodation, as well as your transportation to and from where you leave our tour in Yosemite Valley (near the Yosemite Valley Lodge) and rejoin it for your return trip.
Can you drop me off at my hotel in Yosemite?
At this time, we do not visit any hotel except the Yosemite Valley Lodge. You will be responsible for acquiring your own transportation to and from where you leave our tour in Yosemite Valley (near the Yosemite Valley Lodge) and rejoin it for your return trip.
How can I get to my lodging when I separate from the tour on day one?
If you are staying at Yosemite Valley Lodge (also known as the Yosemite Park Lodge), it is only a five-minute walk to the hotel. All other lodging must be accessed by either the free Yosemite Shuttle or by taking YARTS (Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System) to your destination. You will need to make your own way to your accommodation. Please see either the National Park Service website or yarts.com respectively for the relevant shuttle schedule times and routes. If you plan to stay overnight in the park, please check the location of your accommodation before making a reservation and be sure to plan ahead accordingly.
Tent Cabins: Will I be sharing my tent during my overnight stay in Yosemite?
No, you will have your own tent cabin, but you will have a shared bathroom.
Bug Lodge: How many people are staying in the same dorm at the Bug Lodge?
A dorm room consists of six to twelve bunk beds in either single-sex or co-ed dorms. You will have access to a shared kitchen if you plan on cooking any meals. Each cabin has modern commercial showers, sinks and toilets.
Can you pick me up from San Jose?
We are currently the only tour company in the Bay Area with the Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose! More information can be found on our website here, or you can call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to speak with a reservations agent directly.
Does this tour run every day?
A minimum number of participants are required before the tour can be confirmed, and our online reservation system does not reflect current availability. Please call our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to confirm tour availability.
Do I have to call to reconfirm my time for the return trip?
Yes, we request that you reach out to us on the day of your return to confirm your pickup time and location inside Yosemite National Park. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.
Total Yosemite Experience℠ & Giant Sequoias
***The Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour is also available with pick up from San Jose! Click here to book a pick up from San Jose!***
See more. Feel more. Experience more of jaw-dropping natural beauty on this Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias trip. Yosemite National Park is open all year round and this tour will let you explore Yosemite Valley during all seasons of the year.
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 Giant Sequoia 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 Valley Tour 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. Visiting during the winter months? Picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow.
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 and Giant Sequoia Tour 365 days a year. But no two tours are alike.
We’re so confident that our Yosemite Valley Tour will amaze all year round—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guaranteed.
***The Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour is also available with pick up from San Jose! Click here to book!***
*During Winter Months*
Winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads are recommended for your Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias trip.
Note: The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions and may not be available from October to May.
Yosemite and Giant Sequoias 1 Day Tour by 15-Passenger Van
or Midsize Bus - Times Approximate
Tour Length - 15 hours approximately
6:00 - 6:30 AM
• Begin your Yosemite National Park
tour with a convenient pickup at your hotel (we serve most San Francisco hotels). This tour is also available with pick up from San Jose
! Click here
to book a pick up from San Jose!
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.
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
• Get snap-happy with your camera or phone at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View).
1:00 - 3:00 PM
• Visit the gift shops, have lunch or visit the Swinging Bridge.
• Take a hike to Yosemite Falls
, the tallest waterfall in North America.
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.
8:30 - 9:30 PM
* Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these time which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour.
Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco
– Julia P. on 12/09/2018
Gino was a great tour guide and made the experience even more enjoyable. Absolutely fabulous tour, with amazing views. It was only a shame that we couldn't see the Sequoia trees, but we will be back to see them another time!
– Danielle C. on 05/15/2018
Great host - saw everything and more. The tour guide provided lots of information and enthusiasm throughout the day.
– Li J. on 05/15/2018
Extremely well organized I love the entire journey
– Francisco O. on 05/15/2018
I think it was a great tour. Ben, the tour gay was energetic and dynamic. Everybody had a great time.
– Felicity M. on 05/15/2018
Excellent! Bus picked me up at exactly the time it was supposed to. Ben was funny and knowledgeably answered all questions.
– Kathereen A. on 05/15/2018
Ben was a fun and nice tour guide! Loved the tour.
– Pascuala S. on 05/10/2018
A marbelous day trip
– Darcy P. on 05/10/2018
Great tour very well organised guide Jake was very accommodating
– Genna D. on 04/25/2018
Excellent tour guide on the tour.
- Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
- Maximum time in the Park
- Half-Dome, El Capitan, and more
- Giant Sequoias (trail conditions permitting)
- Expert tour guide & commentary in English
- Complimentary foreign language audios
- Daily guaranteed departures - all year round!
- Overnight tour options (available daily)
- Free Wifi on vehicle
*Tour prices do not include Yosemite park entrance fee of $10 & meals.