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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
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Discover the rugged beauty of the Sierra Nevada on this full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Travel aboard a comfortable van through historic Gold Rush towns to reach the park, where you’ll be amazed by supersized natural wonders like Yosemite Falls and the granite cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan. Take a hike among ancient sequoia trees, and enjoy several hours to explore the park’s wonders on your own.
  • Full-day trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco
  • Drive through gold rush towns to the scenic Sierra Nevada
  • Discover the Tuolumne Grove on a hike
  • Stop at Tunnel View for a photo op of the Valley and Half Dome
  • Choose from a range of activities at Yosemite, including walking or exploring the Valley Visitor Center
  • Hear commentary from a guide about Yosemite's natural landmarks such as El Capitan
  • Pickup and drop-off from select San Francisco hotels
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
Guide Gratuities (for Private option ONLY)
Guide Gratuities (for Shared tour)
Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA, USA

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Returns to original departure point
One of the most-visited parks in the United States, Yosemite National Park is famed for its wild beauty and massive natural attractions. After morning pickup at your San Francisco hotel (selected hotels only), cruise across the new San Francisco Bay Bridge and through historic Gold Rush towns as the urban bustle gives way to the rugged landscape of the Sierra Nevada.

When you arrive at the park, stretch your legs at Tuolumne Grove with a hike among some of the oldest and largest trees in the world (weather permitting). Crane your neck to see the top of the giant sequoia trees, including a tunneled-out tree large enough to drive a car through.

Continue on to Tunnel View for an unbeatable view of Yosemite’s photogenic valley framed by the giant granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan. Look for expert rock climbers trying to scale the world-class cliffs and, in springtime, watch the thundering cascade of Yosemite Falls.

Enjoy some free time to explore the park on your own. Rent a bike and cruise along the flat paths of Yosemite Valley (not included), hike to a nearby waterfall or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery to see some of the most famous images of the park ever captured on film. Lunch options include a picnic on the Merced River or a casual meal at the Yosemite Lodge (own expense). Reconnect with your guide at the appointed time, and relax on the scenic drive back to San Francisco.

Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year. The giant sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails, and other activities may be substituted.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
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Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.
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Big Oak Flat Road
Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.
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Big Oak Flat Information Station
The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.
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Yosemite Valley
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It is about 16 miles west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as Abies concolor and Pinus lambertiana. Weather permitting
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
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Tunnel View
Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Ansel Adams Gallery
Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.
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Bridalveil Falls
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.
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El Capitan
El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3,000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Half Dome
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.
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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Merced River
The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2,425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Yosemite Valley Lodge
Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park.
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Valley Visitor Center
The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.
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Treasure Island
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through April, and other activities may be substituted at the discretion of the guide
  • During winter months, temperatures in Yosemite can vary drastically to the ones in San Francisco. Therefore, it is recommend to wear winter clothes, especially shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads
  • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
  • As tour sizes vary, transportation is in a 15-passenger van or a 41-passenger tour bus
  • Tour makes stops at approximately 8:30am for breakfast, 1pm for lunch and on the trip back for dinner. Meals are not included
  • Audio guides are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements.
  • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square if your hotel is not listed
  • The Giant Sequoias Grove is located at a higher elevation and the hike is dependent on trail conditions, especially from October through May. Ice and snow might make the trail unsafe to hike. The decision of whether it is safe to go on the hike will be made on a day by day basis. Therefore, a visit cannot be guaranteed. However, while the trail might be closed, guests get to spend more time in Yosemite Valley. There you can see all the other great sights Yosemite has to offer, including El Capitan, Inspiration Point, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and more.
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and your guide's discretion.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers.

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Yosemite trip
, Sep 2021
Mike was a great tour guide, very knowledgeable and a smooth driver. He had the timings and recommendations. Well organized and efficient. Although, we did wish we had more time to roam the park, we understood if you want to hit more highlight points then something has to give. Unfortunately, this time of year the glacier waters have dried up so we didn't get to see the water. Hopefully we'll be back in the spring time to see it in the future. Overall solid trip and worth the experience.
Get On The Bus (to Yosemite)!
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide, Alberto, was very knowledgeable about the history of the terrain, historical figures and other little tidbits. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation, to include his jokes/humor and his eye for great pic opportunities! Shuttle bus was comfortable and equipped w/charging station, AC & TV monitor to watch a movie. Highly recommend this tour especially if Alberto is the tour guide!
Nice One-day trip
, Sep 2021
It was a nice trip. We recommend it to anyone who loves nature but not so much that they would go camping. This was a one day trip, which means we spent several hours on the bus. That part, not so much fun. But the driver was nice and entertaining. They push hard for tips. Hmm... But Yosemite is an amazing place to visit. I don't know if I would go back though...
It was a great trip! Denise was wonderful. She was like a book full of knowledge. I planed this trip for my son’s 21 bir
, Sep 2021
It was a great trip! Denise was wonderful. She was like a book full of knowledge. I planed this trip for my son’s 21 birthday. Having Denise on the bus, was a great match, as she had a lot to say not only about the park, but over all about California, agriculture, water issues in the region, etc. I highly recommend the trip and hope you get Denise, also!
Great Trip! Perfect for every age
, Sep 2021
Gino was an amazing driver. He was interactive and very response to the guests on board. Would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to travel to Yosemite!
, Sep 2021
Denise was very knowledgeable and had some great tips. The park was a challenge for hiking as it was a steep trail. This was listed in the info and also by Denise when we arrived. I hope Denice gets a newer bus ,we sat in the front seat and the air vents kept bouncing upward, there was also a loose metal piece rattling overhead.
Yosemite tour
, Sep 2021
Denise was awesome!!! So knowledgeable, helpful, and kind! We were able to do and see so much on the trip would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
There is nothing better than a day trip to Yosemite from San Francisco (unless you do the trip with Denise!). Thanks for joining us.
A pretty nice tour if you only have a day to see Yosemite
, Sep 2021
First off, Bonita and Gino were both great - thank you for the wonderful trip. This was my first time to Yosemite and I felt it gave a pretty good overview of the park. There's not a ton of time for sightseeing, but if you're just looking to get a taste of it, this tour works. It is pricey - I think because they stop at the sequoias which less expensive tours don't. It's worth seeing, but can be a challenging hike in the heat (it's all uphill on the way back and you have limited time to get back to the bus, so you have to be decent shape to manage it). The views of Yosemite were all breathtaking. One note, however: the waterfalls were all dry - so that was a bit disappointing (although obviously not the tour company's fault.) One small word of caution for anyone who takes BART. We took a Sunday tour and BART does not leave early enough for you to get to the pick up point - we had to take a taxi to get there in time (which increased the overall cost of our trip, so you may need to plan for that additional expense). Also, we were supposed to get back to San Francisco by 9 - just in time for the last Sunday BART (they're still on reduced schedule I think because of COVID). Instead we got back after 10 PM and BART was already closed - so that was a little added stress after a very LONG day. Obviously this is not the company's fault and I do not blame for this at all (and really I'd rather them drive carefully and get back a bit later than drive too fast and recklessly) - so this isn't meant as a criticism of the trip. I'm just putting this out there to help BART riders plan, if they do choose this trip. Overall, I'd give it a thumbs up and recommend anyone who has limited time and wants to check out Yosemite in a day. Great job to Bonita and Gino - charming, funny, information people who did their very best to make it a memorable experience.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks. We'll pass the compliments on to Gino and Bonita. They loved having you on the tour. Yes. It's a long day but what a wonderful day to see Yosemite and the giant redwoods in one day from San Francisco. Thanks!
Long day yet worth it!!!
, Sep 2021
This was such an awesome adventure, SO glad I went on it. Roman was such a class act host & knocked it outta the park 🌲 Definitely recommend this excursion. Thanks again!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Roman is blushing! Let's do it again soon.
, Sep 2021
It was an awesome experience Roman did a great job and drove the bus safely and gave us a lot of information about Yosemite at the same time
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Great memories...that's our goal. Glad you got to take some home with you! Take care.

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