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Total Yosemite Experience Tour from San Jose

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).

  • How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

    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.

Total Yosemite Experience & Giant Sequoias Tour

Explore more! The Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose is an experience that will leave a memorable impression for people of all ages.

Touch a Living Fossil! The Giant sequoias have inhabited the park for millions of years, along with many colossal granite cliffs. Board this one-day Yosemite tour from San Jose and trust our vastly knowledgeable Expedition Leaders to excite and inform everyone about the geology, history and wildlife that make this glacier one of North America's most awesome sights to behold.

The Yosemite day tour from San Jose begins with a pick up from the Fairmont Hotel San Jose and then departs east through California's lush San Joaquin (also known as Central) Valley into the precipitous Sierra Nevada mountain range. Become a modern-day prospect and venture through a 150-year-old mining town learning of its rich history.(If you find gold along the way... well finders...keepers)

The Yosemite National Park tour is the only tour that one can experience the serenity of Tuolumne Grove's giant sequoias! These arboreal wonders are the biggest living inhabitants on Earth . You’re going to need some great angles to that huge amount awesomeness in your selfie with these giants.

The beauty of Yosemite Valley…..So Gorgeous and a variety of stops around Inspiration Point and the EL Capitan Meadow.Also breathtaking!!! Selfies are highly encouraged at Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and the nostalgic Bridalveil Falls. Don’t forget to tag your best buddy in these pictures!!

If there are any special request or help with photos do not hesitate to ask our helpful Expedition Leaders for assistance. Really they don’t mind at all. Because they are the best and they love it!! In 2016 Extranomical earned the most 5-star reviews at Yosemite National Park ,more than any of its competitors and our guest can enjoy the Yosemite National Park tour 365 days a year, how awesome is that ! Every tour is unique so that means no two experiences will ever be the same. Never Boring….Always Extranomically Awesome!!!!!

Total Yosemite Experience 1-Day Tour from San Jose by 15 Passenger Van or mini-bus - Times Approximate

6:00 - 6:30 AM
• The Yosemite National Park tour from San Jose will begin with a pickup at the Fairmont San Jose. Go Sharks!
6:30 - 10:30 AM
• Get to know your Expedition Leader, and learn about the tour activities for the day.
• Immerse yourself in the narrative as you venture east into the San Joaquin Valley.Cool!!
• There will be a brief rest stop to gather snacks and perhaps a bag lunch for the park.Yum!
• Discover a blast from the past while learning about the rich history of the Sierra Nevada foothills and its gold country.
• Prepare yourself for a gorgeous drive towards Yosemite National Park. OMG Yass!!
10:30 - 12:00 AM
• We enter Yosemite National Park.
• Weather permitting, we will embark on our adventure and hit the trail for an awe inspiring hike to the TuolumneGiant Sequoia Grove (from October to May this stop may need to be skipped). It's a challenging hike uphill -so please take it slow.
• Be sure to hug a tree along the way!
12:00 - 1:00 PM
• Admire Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan, and Half Dome.
• Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View), will send you into Photo frenzy so make sure your selfie stick is ready and on standby.Awesome! .
1:00 - 3:00 PM
• Take this time to roam freely in Yosemite Valley
• Visit gift shops, enjoy lunch or take a walk on the Swinging Bridge. Souvenirs Rock!
• Hike to Yosemite Falls, and gaze upon the tallest waterfall in North America.WOW!!
• A shuttle ride is available to the Majestic (former Ahwahnee) Hotel if you are interested in checking it out.
3:00 - 5:00 PM
• Was it all a dream? –No! It was real… But wait there's more awesome coming your way!!!!
• We will re-board our vehicle to visit a couple more photo opportunities as we exit the park.
• Upon exiting we will head west and make our descent from the Sierras back towards San Jose.
5:00 - 7:30 PM
• Now we will stop for a break, and grab a bite to eat.More yum!
• On most sunny/clear days, it can be a treat to watch the sunset into California’s golden hills.So beautiful you won't want to leave!!
• Resuming on the course back to San Jose.
8:30 - 9:30 PM
• This is where we conclude our Yosemite National Park tour safely and soundly at the door of the Fairmont Hotel San Jose. -Thank You!

* 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.

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Total Yosemite Experience Tour from San Jose
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$179$130
Internet Special:$169$122

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


  • Giant Sequoias Tree Hike (trail conditions permitting)
  • Half-Dome, El Capitan, Inspiration Point, and much more!
  • Maximum time in the Park
  • Expert tour guide & commentary in English
  • Complimentary foreign language audio guides
  • Daily departures
  • Complimentary SJ hotel pickup & drop off
  • Overnight tour options (available daily)
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