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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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This experience to the towering granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only 1-day Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will be race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.
Highlights
  • Travel round trip from San Francisco to Yosemite in a single day
  • See the park’s most famous attractions, Half Dome and El Capitan
  • Enjoy free time to explore Yosemite Valley on your own
  • Ride through historic gold mining towns and into the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • Guided commentary helps the long bus ride fly by
What to Expect
Begin your day with pickup from your select San Francisco hotel or central meeting point. Head out of the city and through historic Gold Rush towns en route to the Sierra Nevada—commentary from your guide makes the drive fly by.
Upon arrival, take a hike past some of the oldest and largest redwood trees in the world at Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting). Snap a photo inside a tunneled-out tree, or see how many people it takes to wrap arms around a trunk.
Continue to Inspiration Point for an unbeatable view of Yosemite Valley. Look out for expert rock climbers scaling the world-class cliffs of Half Dome and El Capitan, and in the springtime, see the 2,400 foot-tall (740 meter) cascade of Yosemite Falls.
Spend time dining or exploring the park on your own before reconvening with your guide for the return to San Francisco.
Please note: Some itinerary items are weather dependent, and itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons. The giant sequoias are best visited between May and October, as winter ice and snow may prevent access during the rest of the year.
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Would highly recommend this trip if you are short of time and really want to see this spectacular part of California. Our guide (Josh) was highly entertaining offering interesting facts and information about each part of the journey.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Denise was efficient and knowledgeable, she gave us a lot of facts and told us some personal anecdotes as a lifelong inhabitant of SF. Her enthusiasm was infectious. Yosemite is colossal and beautiful. I think if we had tried to arrange our own trip we...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for letting us know you had a great time. Denise will be happy to know that. We agree, next time try an overnight to Yosemite and take time for a morning bike ride on the Mist Trail. Incredible!

Reviewed 6 days ago

Gino was very entertaining and was full of quirky facts that made the time fly by. Yosemite was beautiful and seeing all the scenes from free solo made it even more inspiring.

Date of experience: August 2019
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GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Glad to hear you had a wonderful time. Isn't Yosemite the greatest national park?

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were picked up near our hotel at 6 am and took a LONG bus ride to Yosemite. The bus was comfortable but the ride was pretty bumpy (it was a bus after all). Jacob was a great driver and tour guide. He explained the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

So glad to hear you loved your tour to Yosemite. I'll pass your praise on to Jacob! Tip: We always recommend that you pick up some picnic items in Oakdale so you don't have to spend time indoors at a restaurant in the park's valley...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Yosemite is nothing short of spectacular and if you have limited time this is a great tour option. Very long day but stops were well planned to buy water/ snacks. We left around 0630 and returned at 930 pm. Tour guide Roman worked hard to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We agree! If you are in SF for a short time, our 1-day Total Experience is a way to enjoy Yosemite's magic in one long day. If you have more time when you return, try an overnight stay at the Valley Lodge inside the park...More

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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
You can walk as much as you want to as it is all flat walking. We had about 25 people on the bus and we did go to mariposa grove which was also fantastic. You take the driver that comes with the bus and I have been on... More
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21 June 2019|
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Response from Kaye G | Reviewed this property |
There were probably about 20 people on our bus, however the same company had another bus on the same route which looked much more modern. Not sure of the number of people on that.
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Jayde H
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Response from William H | Reviewed this property |
WE had enough free time to see what we wanted to see and take fantastic photos The photo stops by bus are already planned stops but we took some photo thru the bus windows that turned out great also. .
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