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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.
- 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

Description:

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: San Francisco Bay Bridge, Highway 80 West, San Francisco, CA 94105

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.

Pass By: Sierra Nevada, CA

The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.

Pass By: Big Oak Flat Road, Groveland, CA

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.

Pass By: Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat Entrance, 6107 Big Oak Flat Rd, Groveland, CA 95321, USA

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.

Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

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

Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA

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.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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

Pass By: Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.

Pass By: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.

Pass By: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA

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.

Pass By: Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA

Four Mile Trail is a moderate to strenuous trail leading from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point.

Pass By: Glacier Point, Yosemite Lodge Resort origin, Yosemite National Park, CA

Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra is located 30 miles (one hour) from Yosemite Valley.

Pass By: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA

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.

Pass By: Illilouette Fall, Illilouette creek, Yosemite National Park, CA

llilouette Falls is a 370-foot waterfall in Yosemite National Park. It is located on the Illilouette Creek, a left tributary of the Merced River, in a small side canyon directly across from Vernal Falls, and is visible from the trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls.

Stop At: Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA

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: 15 minutes

Stop At: Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

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

Pass By: Mist Trail, Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA

The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The steep hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.

Pass By: Nevada Fall, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA

Nevada Fall is a 594-foot high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.

Pass By: Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA

Sentinel Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 0.8 miles southwest of Glacier Point and 1.4 miles northeast of Profile Cliff. Sentinel Dome is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak.

Pass By: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA

Vernal Fall is a 317-foot waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier Point, as well as close up, along the Mist Trail.

Stop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

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

Pass By: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA

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.

Stop At: Valley Visitor Center, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

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.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA

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.

Departure:

Departure point:

Hilton San Francisco Union Square, 333 O'Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102, 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.

Departure time:

6:30 AM

Duration:

14 to 15 hours

Inclusions:

Exclusions:

Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


Reviews:

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Tessa C

We had a great trip to Yosemite national park. Our tour guide Jason was awesome with a lot of knowledge of the area and some cool stories as well.

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Patricia D

Absolutely worth it!!!! Forget about the distance, you are not driving anyways, and enjoy the beautiful views of Yosemite. You'll have time to do it all!!! I loved it!!!

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Martin Korp J

Excellent and helpfull guide, who meets the visitors with a smile. Accurate information and good driving. Nothing to complain about.

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James B

This was a fantastic day triip from SF to Yosemite. Denise was a great tour guide with so much knowledge to share, not only about the park but about SF (including some great restaurant recommendations) and US / Californian history. The pacing felt right and we appreciated the stops for breakfast and dinner, as well as the suggestion to buy lunch in the morning so as not to waste time at the restaurant when in Yosemite. Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Sequoias because of the snow, but this was noted as a possibility when we booked the tour so we weren't too disappointed. Would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see Yosemite from SF!

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iliana.mirtschewa

It was an amazing experience. Our guide Trish was really good. She was so competent and positive. It was a pleasure to visit such a wonderful place and to know more about the wonders of the nature in California.

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Issabella B

Great day! Highly recommend during your visit to San Fransisco. Great getaway from the busy city. Our guide Brad is a wonderful storyteller and made the day really special and memorable. We had fantastic autumn weather with lovely clear blue skies and beautiful sunset on the way back to end the day. Although it was a long day, frequent stops for refreshments, photos and walks made the day go by without feeling too onerous.

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Jonathan T

The German tour guide ROMAN made this trip , not only a great professional driver but made the day to this fabulous place during our tour through California.. Roman, YOUR THE BEST I'd give 10 stars

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Fanny E

This was a great day! Even though the day was long our tour guide made it feel great all the way through. I would have given the tour a five, our tour guide is definitely worth it, but it is promoted as a tour also going to the sequoias during the winter (if it is not too dangerous). But reading about Toulumn grove and after being on the tour I get the impression they actually just don't go during winter. If this is their policy to not go there when it is snow covered (as it is during the winter) because the company think it is a too large of a risk then they should not write it in the title and itinerary during this season in my opinion. So I am disappointed at the description of the tour and how they put the sequoias forward but I recommend it due to the great guiding of San Francisco and California history, landscape changes and main industries etc as well as tales about Yosemite. Nice touch with music directly linked with San Francisco, California and good to get recommended food choices etc to make the breaks go smoothly. If you go on the tour make sure to bring water and shoes/clothes to be outside, I would also recommend an outdoor lunch box.

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Maksym P

Here is the deal. The tour is 5/5, advertising/communication is 2/5. The tour is nice, the bus is clean, comfortable, and has WiFi and USB chargers. The group is on the smaller and more reasonable side (30-40 people). Our stellar guide Denise, a life-long SF resident, was super professional, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Told us tons of information about San Francisco, Yosemite, El Capitan, and more, and suggested nice places to visit and eat in SF. The tour(December) proceeded as the following:

1. You are required to call and then also email tour operator to confirm your pickup location.
2. Pickup everyone if SF. Depending on your location, this can be anywhere from a couple minutes to an hour.
3. Drive to Yosemite with a stop in midway to grab a bite and visit restroom. You get to see a lot of rural California, which is cool.
4. Arrive to Yosemite at one of the top entrances. We entered at the head of a trail leading to Tuolumne Grove, the location of the Gian Sequoias. If there is no snow on the trail - you get to hike to the Sequoias.
5. Start a descent into Yosemite Valley, the home of many water falls, Merced River, and El Capitan. On the way down, you stop a few times in most picturesque places to snap photos.
6. Once in the valley, you are given a couple of hours to roam around to visit the Merced river and lower Yosemite waterfalls.
7. You come back to the bus and drive to the bottom of El Capitan to see the climbers.
8. You drive back with a stop for food and restroom (about 4 hours).
9. Drop off everyone in SF.

Why 3-star rating? You see, the tour is advertised as 'Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias', with Sequoias being the main advantage over the competitors. They do tell you that depending on weather conditions, you may or may not see the Sequoias. What they don't tell you is the trail and the road leading to Sequoias are high in the mountains and are covered with snow pretty much all the time mid-Fall through mid-Spring. The road is closed and the tourists are not allowed on the trail by the tour operator for liability reasons (it is not closed to general public). This is not 'may or may not', the Sequoias are not accessible for the winter PERIOD. To be fair, we were told the Sequoias are closed and offered a refund after we picked everyone,but come on -it was obviously too late to change any plans. A simple note on the web page and during the call and email (step 1) would be sufficient and would have changed this into 5/5.

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Carol G

The pick up was on time,although the driver was a little scruffy and the seats on the bus could have been a lot more comfortable .As expected it was long drive with stops along the way.The driver was knowable the delivery could have been better,unfortunately there was no water flowing in any of the falls (just bad timing on our part) not a lot of point in looking at the rocks where the fall should have been!! The stop for the Sequoias was not good,the driver had repeatedly said if you are unable to manage the steep walk down and back DO NOT do it ,however, we were NOT allowed to stay on the bus and unceremoniously told to get off.Being a little bewilder we got off without taking our extra jackets to be left out in cold for 90 minutes WAS NOT GOOD. This part MUST be improved!! for those aged and physically challenged.


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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Overview:

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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$181

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