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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco provided by Extranomical Tours

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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*Nightly deep cleaning and disinfecting fogging by certified crew *Tour vehicles operating at below their capacity so we can grant passenger requests for empty adjacent seats
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Updated 20-06-12 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Don’t let time constraints keep you from making the trip to Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. A day trip lets you visit the park’s major attractions such as Half Dome, Tuolumne Grove, and El Capitan—and still make it back to the city in time for dinner.
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    Or, you can also get picked up
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  • Pass by
    San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Sierra Nevada
    Big Oak Flat Information Station
  • 1
    Yosemite Valley
    Stop: 5 hours - Admission included
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  • 2
    Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Tunnel View
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Ansel Adams Gallery
    Bridalveil Falls
  • 4
    El Capitan
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Four Mile Trail
    Glacier Point
    Half Dome
  • 5
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by
    Mist Trail
    Nevada Fall
    Sentinel Dome
    Vernal Fall
  • 6
    Yosemite Falls
    Stop: 60 minutes
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    Pass by
    Yosemite Valley Lodge
    Valley Visitor Center
    Treasure Island
  • You'll end at
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  • 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 Glacier 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA Hotel Zephyr, 250 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA
14–15 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most hotels in downtown San Francisco/Fisherman's Wharf area, but do not pick up outside SF city limits)
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
  • Entry/Admission - Tunnel View
  • Entry/Admission - El Capitan
  • Entry/Admission - Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
  • Gratuities
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
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Additional Info
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Loop7759 wrote a review Oct. 5
7 contributions2 helpful votes
Excellent way to see the park in one day. Our driver was really cool and funny and good at keeping us on schedule. Definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
gatesy150 wrote a review Sep. 2020
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom4,698 contributions181 helpful votes
I had a fab time when booking with this company for my day trip to the Yosemite national park. It was a VERY long day out, with a really early start and alot of travelling involved, but well worth it for sure. Driver/guide was really friendly and I found the vehicle used to be
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Date of experience: October 2019
2 Helpful votes
brendon wrote a review Sep. 2020
1 contribution
Better bus, more time at park, driver was very annoying, kept HARASSING me with the whole mask situation
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Date of experience: September 2020
Response from GaryAlan2019, Owner at Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Responded Sep. 5, 2020
Permit me to clarify what is posted clearly in our tour description and re-stated when you spoke with our agent: MASKS ARE REQUIRED ON THE TOUR VEHICLE. This policy will remain in effect until the CDC changes its guidance related to the pandemic. We have instructed our guides to be insistent on this point as a courtesy to everyone on the tour. This is one of many things we are doing to permit our guests to travel safely and confidently. See our website for more details. As far as the time in the park on our 1-day tour, we start early and provide 5 hours, more than any other operator from San Francisco. We offer and encourage those who would like to linger and enjoy more of Yosemite's natural beauties to arrange a 2- or 3-day adventure. You won't regret it! Safe travels everyone!
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Natalia Z wrote a review Aug. 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Denise was incredible! She was super friendly and easy going and a great guide! It’s an amazing trip that everyone that visit San Francisco should made the time to visit. Is the most beautiful place that I ever been.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Dora wrote a review Aug. 2020
1 contribution1 helpful vote
Denise was a great guide and was very attentive to our needs. Yosemite was beautiful and we ended up amazed by the scenery.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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About the operator

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By: Extranomical Tours
Great Way to Spend a Sunday
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excellent plan when you have little time, beautiful site, it is just great, you visit the strategic sites of the pa
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Great way to spend a day never having visited San Fracisco. Tour guide was friendly, knowledgable, and made every e
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Wine tasting Muir woods
Dustin was great!! Very kind and knowledgeable. He kept making sure we were nice and cool because it was a really
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Fantastic day in the woods and wineries
Loved our tour guide, the wineries, and Muir woods and the stop at Golden Gate park! A truly rememberable trip.Pla
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Woods and Winery Tour
My friends and I had a great time on this tour. Having a tour bus to drive us to the woods and about an hour north
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Amazing day trip
We had an AMAZING time on the Muir Woods/Wine tour. Kimmy was the best tour guide we could ask for! Extremely knowl
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Amazing experience in the Mission!
Had a wonderful day going on this walking tour through the Mission district in San Francisco. Felt like I was on va
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Don’t start in San Fran!
Loved the wine tour but i will never visit San fran again. Apparently smash and grabs are such a huge problem polic
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Fun and great customer service. The people there are super nice. I would definitely visit again. Thanks guys for ma
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Fun day trip
Dustin was our tour guide and he provided a fun and light hearted tour with lots of fun information provided. Sonom
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Have an email from March 27 that they would fully refund the canceled tour for April due to COVID. Follow up calls
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They do NOT honor their full refund policy and gave repeatedly lied to me. On 3/20, I was sent an email from Extr
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Fantastic trip!
We actually originally booked just a wine tasting trip, but due to limited numbers were transferred onto this trip
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Great tour
Great tour. Great guide. This tour did NOT include fee to enter Muir Woods. That was part of the reason we chose
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Key Details
  • Duration: 14–15 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Pickup offered
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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