This 5-star Yosemite bus tour from San Francisco takes you to the awe-inspiring monuments of Half Dome and El Capitan. Bridalveil, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls make dramatic appearances during most seasons. Unlike other Yosemite tours, if conditions are right, you may hike among giant Yosemite trees and to the Swinging Bridge on the Meadow Loop Trail.
This San Francisco tour to Yosemite National Park is jam-packed with the towering granite monuments of Half Dome, Cathedral Peak and El Capitan, all forged by dramatic Mesozoic Era geology. You will see Bridalveil Fall, Horsetail and Yosemite Falls put on impressive water displays. Unlike other Yosemite tours, you can enjoy nature hikes in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias and on the Meadow Loop Trail to the Swinging Bridge.
Your Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour begins with a convenient pickup in at your downtown hotel. Then head east out of San Francisco to Yosemite, crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley before climbing into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. We also offer pickups for this tour from San Jose to Yosemite or Groveland to Yosemite. 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 finishing the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco, 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 conditions on the Tuolumne Grove trail are snow-covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions. See our Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco.
Your heart will be racing 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 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.
Besides giant trees, 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 are all near to Yosemite Valley Lodge. Each is guaranteed to delight hikers of any age.
After re-boarding your tour vehicle, your day has more highlights. The tour makes a photo stop at El Capitan Meadow where you can get a 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.
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 the Yosemite Giant Sequoia 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.
06:30 AM to 10:30 AM: Pick up & Drive to Yosemite
11:00 AM to 12:30 PM: Park Entry & Hike
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM: Visit Inspiration Point to Marvel at Major Yosemite Sights
1:30 PM to 3:30 PM: Free Time in Yosemite Valley
3:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Stop at El Capitan Meadow
4:30 PM to 9:00 PM: Departure, Break for Dinner, and Dropoff
Times listed are approximations. Traffic and unforeseen events can cause delays. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour.
We are passionate about this National Park and have written several blogs and guides outlining Yosemite tips and guides to help you prepare and get excited about your trip to Yosemite.
Yes, this tour runs 365 days a year.
The Yosemite and Giant Sequoias tour takes 14-15 hours and includes 4-5 hours in the park.
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 Valley Loop containing the most dramatic attractions is just 16-miles (26 kilometers) and can be done easily in a day tour from San Francisco. If you would prefer to linger and do some trail hiking, there are a range of options hotel and tent cabin options for organizing multi-day tour. See Overnight options here
Walking is best form of transportation in the Valley. We do not recommend public transportation or park shuttles during your free time since you cannot certain about getting back the tour vehicle on time. The most popular attractions are a short distance from the drop-off point near Yosemite Valley Lodge.
Unfortunately, you cannot use your pass on this tour. The entrance for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle and not on an individual basis. Therefore, the tour cost includes the admission fee.
The Yosemite Entrance fee is included in the price of your tour.
Yes, we can pick you up in San Jose (make the reservation here), or if you're staying in the East Bay, we pick up in Livermore as well. We also offer a pickup from Groveland, California (make the reservation here).
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
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.
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.
Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.
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.
Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.
We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.
Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.
Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by our office to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items
Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. 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 +1-415-3570700 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.