Tour Length - 15 hours approximately
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.
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.
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!
Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. Take a moment at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Falls.
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.
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.
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6:15 AM - 10:30 AM
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
* 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.
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Yes this tour runs 365 days a year, rain, hail, snow and shine
It's approximately 14-15 hours in total, travel time to Yosemite is approximately 4 hours each way
The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
We are currently the only tour company in the Bay Area with the Total Yosemite Experience from San Jose!
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 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.
Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops.
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.
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.
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