TOP-RATED DAY TOUR

Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco

TOUR DESCRIPTION

An inspiring one-day tour to Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias from San Francisco. The most trusted Yosemite tour for over 15 years. Offers the most time in the park and the opportunity to experience a grove of giant redwood trees. Guaranteed departures every day of the year.

Tour Length - 15 hours approximately

Hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
Stunning views of Half-Dome, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls
Free time to explore the valley floor
Local expert guide (English)
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Guaranteed daily departures
Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Park entry fee included at checkout
Free wifi on board
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
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***The Yosemite Giant Sequoias Tour is also available with pick up from San Jose! Click here to book a pick up from San Jose!***

Towering granite cliffs and Giant Sequoias headline this one-day Yosemite National Park tour from San Francisco but our expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology and wildlife that make Yosemite Valley the jewel of the U.S. National Parks.

Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour from San Francisco for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. The tour has earned more 5-star guest reviews because we include the Giant Sequoias among the attractions in Yosemite Valley.

Your Yosemite Giant Sequoias Tour begins with a pickup in San Francisco, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley and into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. See 170-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

Soon after entering Yosemite, you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You won’t doubt for a second that these 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 Winter Tour itinerary here.

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy a stop at Inspiration Point (also known as Tunnel View). Take a moment and then some selfies with El CapitanHalf Dome and Bridalveil Falls as your backdrop.

During your free time in the valley, grab a bite to eat at the Valley Lodge food court, check out the souvenirs at the gift shop, take a quick hike around Sentinel Meadow, or see the towering Yosemite Falls.

Special requests? Help with photos? Just ask. Last year, Extranomical earned more 5-star reviews at Yosemite National Park than anyone. Guests can enjoy our signature Yosemite One Day Tour 365 days a year.

We’re so confident that our Yosemite Valley Tour will amaze all year round—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

*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.

TOUR ITINERARY

06:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient pickup in San Francisco (we serve most San Francisco hotels).
  • Rest stop. Pick up snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Gold Country
  • Listen to Yosemite history as you're traveling to the park

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Trail conditions permitting, experience a Giant Sequoia grove

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Heart-stopping views of Bridalveil Falls, El Capitan and Half Dome
  • Be inspired at Inspiration Point/Tunnel View

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

  • Free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Hike the Meadow Loop or the trail to Yosemite Falls
  • Photograph the Swinging Bridge

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

  • Re-board the vehicle for more photo stops as we exit the park
  • Descend from the Sierras back to San Francisco

5:00 PM to 9:30 PM

  • Continue your descent from the Sierras
  • Stop for a break and dinner (approx 30 min)
  • Watch the sun set into California’s golden hills
  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

* 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.

Important Information

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)

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.

What languages are available for this 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.

What do I need to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?

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. However, as we do not want you to miss your return trip to San Francisco, we do not recommend taking public transportation during your free time in the valley. There are many sights and attractions that you will be able to reach on foot while you are there.

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.

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, 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?

Yes, we have guaranteed daily departures for our Yosemite tour.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

Yes, we can pick you up in San Jose, see here, or if you're staying in the East Bay, we pick up in Livermore as well.

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Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco

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