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Yosemite and Giant Sequoias One Day Tour from San Jose

Get to know Yosemite’s stunning landmarks on this full-day tour from San Jose. Venture from San Jose into the Sierra Mountains to reach the awe-striking sites like Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Tunnel View, and more. Conditions permitting, hike some of the most stunning trails in the park. Meal stops as well as entrance fees are included on the tour.

Half-Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls views
Hike to Giant Sequoias (conditions permitting)
Yosemite Valley free time
Park entry fee included at checkout
Local expert guide (English)
Offered in: Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Hotel Pickup at Signia by Hilton San Jose
15-hour tour
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Landmarks: Stop at Inspiration Point, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan Meadow and Valley View.
  • Stunning Photo Stops: Photograph Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, and Half Dome.
  • More Time in the Park: Spend over 5 hours in Yosemite Park in a day the most time in the Yosemite Park.
  • Easy Pickup & Dropoff: Convenient transportation to and from San Jose.
  • Fully guided in English; audio guides in 8 languages for international guests.

Towering granite cliffs and Giant Sequoias headline this one-day Yosemite tour from San Jose but our expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers and wildlife that have made this glacier carved valley the jewel of the national park system.

Explore to Yosemite from San Jose

Your Yosemite day tour begins with a pickup at a conveniently located hotel in San Jose, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (also known as Central) Valley and into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. See 170-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

Visit Tuolomne Grove of Giant Sequoias

This is the only Yosemite National Park tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world—two-thousand-year-old trees can make people do that!

Experience the Stunning Landmarks of Yosemite

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow and El Capitan.

Why Choose Us?

  • This is the only Yosemite day tour that picks up in San Jose and the only itinerary that includes a hike to the giant redwoods in Tuolumne Grove. Travel and Hospitality Awards named this the best Yosemite tour for its jaw-dropping natural beauty. It has earned more 5-star guest reviews than any other to Yosemite National Park.
  • As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.
  • Special requests? Help with photos? Just ask. Extranomical has earned more 5-star reviews at Yosemite National Park than anyone. Guests can enjoy this Yosemite National Park tour 365 days a year. But no two tours are alike.

We’re so confident that our Yosemite day tour from San Jose will amaze—its backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee. Come aboard—we’re saving a seat for you!


6:15 AM - 10:30 AM: Scenic Drive from San Jose into Yosemite Entrance

  • Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient pickup at the Signia by Hilton San Jose
  • Rest stop. Pick up snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn the history of the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Gold Country
  • Be introduced to Yosemite as you cross the San Joaquin valley

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM: Enter Yosemite & Hike (Conditions permitting)

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

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Visit Yosemite’s Landmarks on the Way to Inspiration Point

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

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Yosemite Valley Free Time

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

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Exit Through Sierra Mountains

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

5:00 PM - 9:30 PM: Drive Home & Stop for Dinner

  • 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 your Yosemite National Park tour back at the Signia by Hilton San Jose

* 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.

Read more helpful articles about Yosemite in our BLOG.

Important Information
Does this tour operate every day?

Yes this tour runs 365 days a year, rain, hail, snow and shine

How long is the tour?

It's approximately 14-15 hours in total, travel time to Yosemite is approximately 4 hours each way

How long is the drive to Yosemite?

The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs

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 a paved trail with 400 ft (122m) incline.

When is the best time to see the waterfalls?

While Yosemite is incredible year-round, if you want to see its beautiful waterfalls at their finest, spring (March to May) is by far the best time of year to go, with waterfalls being at their peak in May and June. By the end of summer (July to August) they are often only a trickle or completely dry.

Is a day enough time to see Yosemite?

There are so many things to see and do in Yosemite. On the day trip we will show you highlights of Yosemite's beauty, but if you have the time in our itinerary, definitely spend the night here to really take it all in. See Overnight options here

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 for Yosemite National Park is based on the vehicle and not on an individual basis. Therefore, the tour cost includes the admission fee.

Is admission included?

The Yosemite Entrance fee is included in the price of your tour.

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!

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

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

I'm travelling with a child

Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.

What is the average temperature?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°C
Average Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

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 should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
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)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

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.

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 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.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

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.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

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 +1-415-357-0700 (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.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. 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 due to limitations we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

Do you have a lost and found?

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

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