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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 travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers 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 12/06/20 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
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  • Pass by San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Pass by Sierra Nevada
    Pass by Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat Entrance
  • 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
    Pass by Bridalveil Falls
  • 4
    El Capitan
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Four Mile Trail
    Pass by Glacier Point
    Pass by Half Dome
  • 5
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Mist Trail
    Pass by Nevada Fall
    Pass by Sentinel Dome
    Pass by Vernal Fall
  • 6
    Yosemite Falls
    Stop: 60 minutes -
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    Pass by Yosemite Valley Lodge
    Pass by Valley Visitor Center
    Pass by Treasure Island
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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
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Worldwide wrote a review 2 Aug
5 contributions1 helpful vote
Trish was our tour guide! She's awesome! The departure is very early, but well worth it! The tour bus has air conditioning and Wi-Fi! The ride up to Yosemite is very scenic. Once at the park we made several stops at different locations within the park to try to take in as much
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Date of experience: July 2020
Marianne L wrote a review Jul 2020
1 contribution
My friends and I really enjoyed this tour, we definitely would have stayed longer! Denise was an excellent guide.
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Date of experience: July 2020
J. G. wrote a review Jul 2020
Lake Havasu City, Arizona3 contributions
I would say take 2 or 3 days instead of 1 day. The Yosemite National Park is something you have to see for yourself. The pictures do no justice. And MAKE SURE YOU ASK FOR (JASON) AS YOUR TOUR GUIDE. VERY ENJOYABLE .
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Date of experience: July 2020
M J Duncanson wrote a review Jul 2020
Brisbane Region, Australia10 contributions1 helpful vote
San Francisco Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco 758526814 Our guide was Jason he was absolutely brilliant extremely knowledgeable and likes to share his wealth of knowledge on the trip there and about the Park, we had a brilliant day the
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Amanda C wrote a review Jul 2020
Linden, New Jersey161 contributions20 helpful votes
My sister and I loved this tour. Although we went during a pandemic, this company made sure that they took the proper precautions to ensure that all of us were safe. Yosemite is definitely not to be missed and a perfect destination for social distancing! Denise is an excellent
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Date of experience: July 2020
About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

By: Extranomical Tours
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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Anna L
Magnificent day!!
I live locally but never tire of visiting the beautiful and majestic trees of Muir Woods! I met the Extranomical T
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Thomas H
Overnight Yosemite tour with no accommodation
I took the Overnight Yosemite tour because I wanted to see the awesome NP and do a few hikes. Cheaper to choose the
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Love this company!!
This is one of the rare tour companies we have come across that not only strive to create a great experience, but a
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Tour guide Denise is incredible!
We are an Australian couple who had tour guide Denise for our tour to Yosemite. I can not express just how incredib
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Muir Woods and Wine Country
Our tour guide, Dustin, was amazing. Very entertaining and engaged the whole group. Our bus broke down before we
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Wonderful experience
Amazing tour! . It was a wonderful experience. Muir Woods is pretty beautiful. The tour is very organized. The win
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Great experience
Great experience, a little rushed but, still worth it, would be great if the time spent at the woods could extend a
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Thoroughly Enjoyable
We had a fantastic tour with Kimmy! Muir Woods is a beautiful, tranquil trail which is the perfect way to start you
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Great tour but left to our own devices
I had a great day on this tour but I did expect aspects such as the Muir Wood Tour to be escorted. I was a little n
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Tim W
It’s all in the name
It was a good day. Weather was perfect. The others on the bus were nice friendly people (isn’t everyone?). But it w
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  • Duration: 14–15 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Chinese, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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