Yosemite in Winter: One Day Tour from San Jose

Begin your winter experience of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite’s waterfalls with a pick up in San Jose.

Half Dome, El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall, and Yosemite Falls make dramatic appearances on this winter tour of Yosemite from San Jose.

Departure: Daily from the Signia by Hilton San Jose
Duration: 15 hours
Free Cancellation: With 24 hours advance notice
Ages: All ages
Ticket: email and mobile accepted

Highlights

  • The most time in Yosemite National Park—over 5 hours
  • Stops to explore Tunnel View, Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite Falls, El Capitan Meadow and Valley View
  • 3 hours of free time to explore Yosemite Valley
  • Fully guided by a Yosemite Park expert 
  • Convenient departures from San Jose

What’s Included

  • Pick up at the Signia by Hilton San Jose
  • Park reservation and entry fee (pay at checkout) 
  • Park expert guide (English)
  • Foreign language audios in 8 languages

What’s Not Included

  • Meals or beverages
  • Guide gratuity
Update: This tour frequently sells out. Book as soon as possible to guarantee your seat.

Description

Experience Yosemite in a Day from San Jose

Join us on this breathtaking tour of Yosemite National Park, whose towering granite peaks, cascading waterfalls and nature trails will be on awesome display. This award-winning tour spends the most time in Yosemite and is the only tour to have winter departures from San Jose. 

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide explains how glitter in the American River sparked the California gold rush; what geological forces made Yosemite’s dramatic landscapes; and the role John Muir played in the formation of America’s first protected wilderness. 

Be Blown Away by Awe-Inspiring Valley Views

After entering Yosemite National Park, we’ll make our way to a scene made famous by photographer Ansel Adams. Take a moment at Tunnel View. Capture yourself with El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, and Cathedral Peak as your background. 

Once you’ve had your fill of photographs from this perch overlooking the valley, the tour will arrange a memorable stop where you can get eye to eye with wispy Bridalveil Fall. 

Have Your Own Yosemite Valley Adventure

After arriving at our extended stop in Yosemite Valley, you will have up to 3 hours for lunch and exploring on your own. The free time options include hiking to Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Meadow, biking to the Ahwahnee Hotel, or checking out the Ansel Adams Gallery and the Yosemite Wilderness Center.

Take a Moment with More Iconic Monuments

Your Yosemite experience stops next at El Capitan Meadow to learn more about the world’s largest granite monolith and its climbing culture. As we are leaving Yosemite Valley, we will make our final stop at Valley View which serves up a panoramic landscape framing the Merced River, El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks. 

By the end of the day, you’ll have experienced some of the most incredible landscapes in the world and captured memories to last a lifetime. You’ll have some time to reflect on the day as the tour stops for a dinner break (meal not included) before returning to San Jose. 

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Yosemite National Park with us.

Itinerary

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  • 05:45 AM to 10:30 AM Hotel Pickup, Head to Yosemite

  • 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM Admire Views of Yosemite Valley

  • 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM Explore the Valley On Your Own

  • 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM Stops at El Capitan and Valley View

  • 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM Return to San Jose

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

What Our Guests Are Saying About Us

Very friendly guide!

Very nice tour in the picturesque mountains and the tour guide was very friendly and helpful! We missed the Giant Sequoia due to snowy weather but that’s okay

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My Phan, TrustPilot

Very friendly guide!

Very nice tour in the picturesque mountains and the tour guide was very friendly and helpful! We missed the Giant Sequoia due to snowy weather but that’s okay the beautiful Yosemite park and stories made up for it!

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My Phan, TrustPilot

Amazing!

The locations chosen are truly amazing. Yosemite Park is unique and I think this tour really captures all of its splendour. My only regret is that I didn't have time to stop more

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Mathilde Barbato, GetYourGuide

Amazing!

The guide was super passionate and super nice. He taught us a lot, a lot of stories and all with humor. The bus ride is very long even if the guide does everything to make it enjoyable: stories, culture, music, jokes and even movies. Otherwise, the locations chosen are truly amazing. Yosemite Park is unique and I think this tour really captures all of its splendour. My only regret is that I didn't have time to stop more (but hey, it's the right time not to come back too late). What I preferred was the view of the tunnel as well as the view from below of the valley (last stop before departure). Also, the lunch spot in front of the waterfalls is just unique. As for the agency that supports, they are top, available and really take you to the hotel and bring you back there: which is comfortable anyway.

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Mathilde Barbato, GetYourGuide

10/10 tour!

Our trip was amazing! Denise was an AMAZING tour guide! She gave so much detail and enthusiasm on our trip even at 8AM. She was super nice and answered all questions with a smile

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Matthew Rachal , GetYourGuide

10/10 tour!

Our trip was amazing! Denise was an AMAZING tour guide! She gave so much detail and enthusiasm on our trip even at 8AM. She was super nice and answered all questions with a smile. We really enjoyed our trip and will 10/10 recommend! Thank you again Denise!

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Matthew Rachal , GetYourGuide

Very organized!

Nicely organised tour. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Gino was amazing guide and kept us entertained throughout the day.

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Priya Rajan , GetYourGuide

Awesome guide!

I went on the one day tour to Yosemite NP with Denise. She’s awesome! Was a long day but her enthusiasm never falters and she’s so helpful taking photos for us and giving as lots of info

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Celeste Plant, Google

Awesome guide!

I went on the one day tour to Yosemite NP with Denise. She’s awesome! Was a long day but her enthusiasm never falters and she’s so helpful taking photos for us and giving as lots of info about each area we drove through. She made the trip ten times better than it would have been otherwise. She also made sure we had enough time at each stop and even added in a few extra stops as the park was quiet as it was a Monday. Bus is nice and the park is obviously stunning.

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Celeste Plant, Google

Great Experience

Great Experience! Picked us up close to our hotel. Great Tour Guide-Roman. He was quite witty and seemed to really love California and it's culture and beauty.

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Bridget Hyek, Google

Great Experience

Great Experience! Picked us up close to our hotel. Great Tour Guide-Roman. He was quite witty and seemed to really love California and it's culture and beauty. The only downside to the tour is you don't get to stay in one place for too long. Which for me translated to not trying as many wines as I would have liked to at the first two wineries. I understand why though. Its an ALL DAY tour. You get to see sooooo much. Big Bang For Your Buck!!! Would use Extranomical Again and would (and already have!) recommend to family and friends traveling to SF!

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Bridget Hyek, Google

Lovely time!

My husband and I took a day tour to Yosemite. Our guide was Roman, a chirpy carefree fella. He talks a lot, but that's because he knows the place

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Nicole Koh, Google

Lovely time!

My husband and I took a day tour to Yosemite. Our guide was Roman, a chirpy carefree fella. He talks a lot, but that's because he knows the place and also because he believes that each one is a piece of this huge beautiful and natural creation. He is not only informative but entertaining at times. :) And he makes sure that you not only see the sites but the details too. Thank you, Roman, for a lovely time at Yosemite! You made the difference. We will be back and we'll definitely look for you! :)

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Nicole Koh, Google

Highly recommend

We used this company for a day tour to Yosemite NP. Jason was hilarious and very entertaining on the bus, he made the 8 hour round trip go very fast and we all learnt plenty!

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Cameron Johanson, TripAdvisor

Highly recommend

We used this company for a day tour to Yosemite NP. Jason was hilarious and very entertaining on the bus, he made the 8 hour round trip go very fast and we all learnt plenty! Highly recommend this company and to ask for Jason if you're using them :)

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  • What is the difference between this and the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias One Day Tour?

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