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.
Money for additional wine tasting at the Sonoma Plaza
Sunscreen during summer months
Money for lunch
Winter clothes during the winter months
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 Redwoods & Wine Country Escape during the summer months. High heels, flip-flops, and open-toe shoes are not recommended.
Is the Muir Woods entrance fee included? And how long do we spend inside Muir Woods?
The tour price does not include the Muir Woods entrance fee, which is $10 per person (based on 2016) and must be paid when you reach the entrance of the park. You have about an hour on your own inside the Muir Woods National Monument.
Which wineries are we going to visit?
On our Redwoods & Wine Country Escape tour we visit 3 wineries, located in Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Each winery stop ranges from 30-45 minutes. We’ve narrowed the list of winery stops to those that offer the best California Wine Country experience for our clientele. We have preferred partner wineries that we like to visit but the wineries may depend on the day. Occasionally, a winery on our tour may be closed for a private event, so our tour guides may change the itinerary on the day of the trip.
Does this tour go to Napa?
Yes, we do. The itinerary of visiting Napa Valley AND Sonoma Valley in combination with Muir Woods National Monument is what makes this tour unique.
Are wine tasting included and how much money do I need for the additional wine tastings in Sonoma Plaza?
Yes, all wine tasting fees at the 3 winery stops are included on this tour. If you want to join additional wine tasting, please feel free to do that. The wine tasting fees range from $5 to $20.
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.
Is this tour suitable for children?
Yes, children of all ages are welcome on the tour though drinking alcohol is not permitted for those under the age of 21. Please bring a valid photo ID.
Do we stop at Golden Gate Bridge?
Yes, there will be about 15-minutes for a photo stop opportunity at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.
Can we buy food or do we have to bring our own lunch?
You are more than welcome to bring a bagged lunch though you will have time to pick up lunch or sit down at a casual eatery at the Historic Sonoma Plaza.
What is the advantage of this combination tour compared to the tours separately?
The Redwoods & Wine Country Escape combines two of California's top attractions. You get the chance to see the Giant Redwood trees and you will join several wine tastings in both Napa Valley and Sonoma Valley - all in just one day. There is also a huge saving by booking this combination tour rather than booking both trips separately.
The San Francisco Bay Area rests on the tectonic plates that have existed for 200 million years. During the last 28 million years, the Pacific Ocean crust and the North American tectonic plate are sliding past each other on the San Andreas Fault zone, triggering earthquakes.
What birds might be spotted in San Francisco?
You may see Canadian geese, mallards, quails, pelicans, egrets, herons, hawks, kestrels, gulls, woodpeckers, swallows, Steller’s jays, starlings, chickadees, meadowlarks, sparrows, blackbirds, robins, crows, mockingbirds, goldfinches, robins, and even the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (actually red-masked parakeets native to Peru.)
What kinds of animals can be seen in San Francisco?
The San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with a plethora of unique wildlife species – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects. White sharks, sea lions, bat rays, river otters, tule elks, garter snakes, kingsnakes, newts, and salamanders can be seen.
What plants are common in San Francisco?
You may see colorful flowers such as poppy, wallflower, pansy, iris, orchid, parsnip, star lily, crimson columbine and soap plant. The trees flower too, including the California Buckeye, Black elderberry, Pacific Madrone and Coast live oak.
Why was San Francisco named San Francisco?
San Francisco’s original name was Yerba Buena (good herb). San Francisco was re-named after Saint Francis in 1847. We like the saintly name.
When was San Francisco founded?
June 29, 1776.
Who were the first inhabitants of San Francisco?
The first inhabitants of the San Francisco Bay Area arrived around 3000 B.C. The area was inhabited by the Ohlone-speaking Yelamu tribe when the first Europeans arrived.
Who were the first Westerners to arrive in San Francisco?
The first westerners to see the Bay Area were members of the 1769 Portola expedition when the Spanish began colonizing Alta California. The Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza marched north from San Diego to establish a Spanish presidio and a mission.
When did the U.S. first arrive in San Francisco?
In 1846, the warship U.S.S. Portsmouth landed at what is now the southeast corner of Montgomery Street and Clay Street. Capt. John B. Montgomery rowed ashore and hoisted the American flag in the community’s plaza.
What is the oldest bar in San Francisco?
In the mood to raise a glass to your wonderful visit? Try The Saloon, San Francisco’s oldest existing bar, which opened in 1861 approximately one block north of Broadway at what is now 1232 Grant Ave.
What was the California Gold Rush?
The California Gold Rush brought renewed activity to San Francisco. Between January 1848 and December 1849, the population of San Francisco increased from 1,000 to 25,000.
What is the weather like in San Francisco?
The climate is warm and temperate. Average high temperature in summer – 66F; in winter – 57F; average low in summer - 54F; in winter – 46F. January is the rainiest month of a year.
Who invented cable cars in San Francisco?
Andrew Hallidie invented the first cable car system in San Francisco, which he successfully tested near the top of Nob Hill at Clay and Jones streets on Aug. 2, 1873.
How many major earthquakes have been in San Francisco?
The most devastating ones were in 1906 and in 1989. The 1906 San Andreas Fault generated a 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The 1989 quake registered magnitude 6.9.
When was Bay Bridge built?
The Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Nov.12, 1936. It was replaced by a new one in 2013.
When was the Golden Gate Bridge built?
The Golden Gate Bridge’s opening ceremony was on May 27, 1937. Until 1964 it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
What local cuisine must be tried?
Among the unique or regionally typical foods to be sampled in San Francisco are abalone, Dungeness crab, sand dabs, bay shrimp and crusty sourdough French bread.
What is Joe’s Special?
This dish originated in 1932 at New Joe’s when the chef told a local bandleader after a late show that there was nothing left but spinach, onions, mushrooms, ground beef and eggs. “Mix ‘em together,” said the bandleader and Joe’s Special has been a local favorite ever since.
What is Hangtown Fry?
This Gold Rush favorite combines scrambled eggs, oysters and bacon. The concoction originated in Placerville, known then as Hangtown. Sources credit the name to either a lucky miner’s idea of a luxurious treat or a condemned man’s request for a hard-to-assemble last meal.
What is the average water temperature in San Francisco Bay?
The ocean off San Francisco is at its warmest from mid-August to late September when the temperature averages 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 degrees Celsius).
How many sunny days are there in San Francisco?
On average, there are 259 sunny days per year in San Francisco.
What is the population of San Francisco?
The current population is a bit over 900,000. San Francisco is one of the 20 fastest growing cities in the United States. The average age is 38.5 years old, and San Francisco has a smaller percentage of children than any other major metropolitan area in the United States.
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