This 5-star private tour to Yosemite National Park takes your group to the awe-inspiring monuments of Half Dome and El Capitan. Bridalveil, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls make dramatic appearances during most seasons. Hike among giant Yosemite trees or to the Swinging Bridge on the Meadow Loop Trail.
This is your chance to plan a private tour to Yosemite National Park jam-packed with the towering granite monuments of Half Dome, Cathedral Peak, El Capitan, and other dramatic scenes formed eons ago. You will see Bridalveil, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls put on impressive water displays. Since it is private, take as long as you like to enjoy nature hikes in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia trees and on the Meadow Loop Trail to the Swinging Bridge.
Your Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour begins with a convenient pickup from any hotel in San Francisco, then crosses through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley before climbing into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. Relax as you learn the colorful gold rush history of the region. The tour pauses half-way to Yosemite to stretch your legs and grab refreshments.
Soon after reaching Yosemite National Park, you will experience the quiet solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You will not doubt for a second that these Yosemite trees are the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, but that should not keep you from trying!
In winter, when the Tuolumne Grove trail is snow-covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions.
Hearts will race as we head down into Yosemite Valley and make the next stop at Inspiration Point, a view of the valley made famous by Ansel Adams and hundreds of artists since. Take a moment and then some selfies with your group with El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Cathedral Peak and Bridalveil Fall as your backdrop.
Once we reach the floor of Yosemite Valley, you will have a couple of hours of free time to grab a quick picnic lunch. Then, check out the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center in Yosemite Village. Both are great spots to pick up some souvenirs and gifts for friends back home.
Yosemite Valley is home to more than 400 types of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. In Spring, wildflowers blanket the valley floor. The Lower Yosemite Falls, Mist and Meadow Loop trailheads, near to Yosemite Valley Lodge, are guaranteed to delight group members of all ages.
After re-boarding your tour vehicle, you day has more highlights. The tour makes a photo stop at El Capitan Meadow where your gang can get straight on view of the Yosemite icon, an impressive vantage point for Cathedral Rocks, and, if the season is right, Horsetail Fall which produces the famous “firefall” in late-February.
Your Yosemite experience ends on a high note at Valley View. This spot serves up a view along the banks of the Merced River framed by El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks. This is a great spot for your “saying goodbye” selfie with the whole group.
As the tour exits Yosemite and begins the return trip from Yosemite to San Francisco, there will be some quiet time for you to flip through photographs and reflect on your memory-making day, Since you will have worked up an appetite, your guide will select a spot for a brief dinner break (not included in the tour price).
Special requests? Help with photos? Have a question? Just ask. Your Extranomical Tours guide is a Yosemite insider and there to help out every step of the way.
Extranomical Tours is the San Francisco Bay Area expert for Yosemite tours. Travel and Hospitality Awards has honored us as the best Yosemite tour for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. We are delighted to have earned more 5-star guest reviews for Yosemite tour than anyone.
We look forward to using our experience and hospitality to host you on a private tour to this phenomenal national park in any season and on any day. We’re so confident that our Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour will amaze—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.
During winter months, warm, layered clothing is often needed. You will need sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads for the best experiences on the park’s trails.
The Giant Sequoias hike on this tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions and may not be available from October to May.
The hike to the Tuolumne Grove of redwoods includes 400 feet (122 meters) of incline on the return and can be difficult. It should not be attempted by guests with respiratory or cardio conditions.
Private tours groups may request variations to the itinerary. Modifications must be approved in advance. Contact Guest Services at (415) 357-0700 or [email protected]
06:30 AM to 11:00 AM
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
4:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Times are approximations. Traffic and unforeseen events can cause delays. Please do not make travel plans on the same day as your tour
Note: The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias may not be available in the Winter. If conditions are not safe, Extranomical Tours will substitute this experience.
No. Yosemite is open 365 days a year and we can arrange your private tour on any day.
The standard Yosemite and Giant Sequoias tour takes 14-15 hours and includes 4-5 hours in the park. We allow for some pre-approved variations to this itinerary but the total tour cannot exceed 15 hours due to safety regulation in the State of California.
Please note that for your child's safety, we cannot allow children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height on the tour without a child safety seat or booster seat. If you do not have a safety seat with you, contact our office and we will assist with arrangements.
Generally, we ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm. If your group will not occupy the entire tour vehicle, there may be room. Please check with Guest Services at (415) 357-0700 about arrangements in advance of the tour day.
The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs and gather refreshments.
The hike is dependent on the trail conditions. Tuolumne Grove usually available from April to October. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 60 minutes) on a paved trail with 400 feet (122 meters) incline on the return. If you choose not to participate in the hike, there is a comfortable outdoor seating area and restrooms.
Each season in Yosemite Valley offers its own advantages. Summer is the best chance for sunny and warm hikes, Fall offers peace and solitude at the popular attractions, Winter means a blanket of snow over all the rock monuments and Spring features the peak of the annual Yosemite Valley waterfall show.
The Yosemite Entrance fee is included in the price of your tour.
The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking
Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops. For our international guests, we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.
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
We recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpected changes in temperature or precipitation. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. 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 but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.
Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
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)
Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway to and from Yosemite, where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a food court in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.
As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.