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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 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.
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  • Pass by San Francisco Bay Bridge
    Pass by Sierra Nevada
    Pass by Big Oak Flat Road
    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 -
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  • 3
    Tunnel View
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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    Pass by Ansel Adams Gallery
    Pass by Bridalveil Falls
    Pass by El Capitan
    Pass by Four Mile Trail
    Pass by Glacier Point
    Pass by Half Dome
    Pass by Illilouette Fall
  • 4
    Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 5
    Merced River
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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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
  • 7
    Valley Visitor Center
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Pass by Treasure Island
You'll return to the starting point
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 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
1: Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA
2: Hotel Zephyr, 250 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
For Hilton Union Square - meet at the Mason street entrance (Eastern entrance)
Pickup is available from Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, South of Market, Financial District, Chinatown hotels within San Francisco.
You will be provided your exact pick-up location and time upon confirmation
Departure Time
5:40 AM
Duration
14h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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 within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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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Had a super trip with guide Trish. She told interesting and fun stories during the bus ride and also let us relax at the right times. Both ways we stopped at a supermarket half way for breakfast/buying lunch/dinner. Yosemite was fantastic, we stopped at many nice photo stops. We
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Amazing trip worth every penny. We booked this day trip to take place on my 30th birthday to try and do something special and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Denise was amazing she was very personable and knowledgeable and made the experience great. We were lucky enough to see
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My partner and I were worried about driving to Yosemite in winter as we were told certain roads we might not have access too, and with icy roads and different rules to home we wanted an easy way to get in and out of Yosemite from San Fran - extranomical tours did just that! Our
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An absolutely incredible experience! Trish was an amazing guide, lots of interesting and funny facts and tid bits of information about San Francisco and its surrounds. Lots of history and contemporary information. It made the trip there and back fly by. Pit stops were perfectly
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Our guide, Denise, was very informative throughout the tour. The Yosemite in itself is to be seen to be believed!! Although we were not able to see the Giant Sequoias because of the ice on the trail, the 3 hours that we got to discover the Upper Yosemite Falls and the Lower
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Eduardo A
San Francisco, California
10
Great experience
Great experience, a little rushed but, still worth it, would be great if the time spent at the woods could extend
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trip778899
20
Great tour into a beautiful area
Had a super trip with guide Trish. She told interesting and fun stories during the bus ride and also let us relax
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Sabrina D
Celbridge, Ireland
23
Thoroughly Enjoyable
We had a fantastic tour with Kimmy! Muir Woods is a beautiful, tranquil trail which is the perfect way to start
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amy-v17
5615
Unforgettable
Amazing trip worth every penny. We booked this day trip to take place on my 30th birthday to try and do something
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Maeve W
Sydney, Australia
158
Convenient and fun way to see Yosemkte
My partner and I were worried about driving to Yosemite in winter as we were told certain roads we might not have
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Moun1977
3211
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
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Andy T
30
A must do experience
An absolutely incredible experience! Trish was an amazing guide, lots of interesting and funny facts and tid bits
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RucMis
33
Awesome Yosemite
Our guide, Denise, was very informative throughout the tour. The Yosemite in itself is to be seen to be believed!!
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Vivienne G
162
Stunning Yosemite
With a 6.00 am pick a block from our hotel this was a long and full day but the weather was perfect for seeing the
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Jani M
10
Amazing views
Booked a one day bus trip to Yosemite and highly recommend. I know that one day is not really enough for Yosemite
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Key Details
  • Duration: 14h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
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