Approximately 15 hours (including hotel pick-up)
Hotel pickup starts from 5:40am
You will be dropped back at your San Francisco hotel or Livermore
See all the highlights of spectacular Yosemite in just one day on this action-packed tour from San Francisco.
The beauty of Yosemite’s ice-carved landscape is legendary. See the magnificent waterfalls cascading down precipitous cliffs in plumes of spray. Photograph renowned rock formations like El Capitan and Half-Dome. Enjoy breath-taking views of the U-shaped valleys and deep canyons, and marvel at the majesty of the giant sequoia trees, the largest living things on the planet.
This excellent fully-guided excursion gives you five hours in the stunning scenery of this glorious national park. No other day tour from San Francisco gives you as much time at Yosemite or packs in as many experiences.
Visiting Yosemite with a non-english speaking family member or friend? Our Yosemite Audio Tour complete with over an hour of interesting facts and an indepth knowledge of the journey to, and the history of Yosemite, the audio tour is sure to improve the overall experience of non-english speaking tourists. With a headset provided by Extranomical Tours this option costs nothing extra as we are dedicated to bringing the best service to you, the customer!
See all the best parts of one of the most celebrated national parks in the US on one day on the Yosemite Park & Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco.
This excellent tour maximizes the time you spend in Yosemite National Park by starting early and traveling efficiently in a 15 passenger van or mini-bus. At the start of the day you will be picked up from your downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel by your driver/ guide.
By 6:30am you will be leaving town and travelling east. You will see the two Dutch windmills of Golden Gate Park before you descend into the San Joaquin valley and stop for a short break and a snack (payable direct).
Around 9:15am you will be on your way again. Begin the climb into the foothills and travel through Gold Country, famed for the mineral deposits and gold mines which attracted waves of immigrants during the 1849 Gold Rush. You ascend gradually into the Sierra Nevada range and arrive at Yosemite National Park around 11:00am.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its towering granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and rich fauna and flora. The most famous part of the national park is the awesome U-shaped Yosemite Valley, approximately 1mile wide and 7miles long and carved by vast glaciers around 1 million years ago.
From 11:00am to 1:00pm you will discover the enchantment of Yosemite during an informative narrated tour from your guide. This will include a mini-hike and plenty of photo- opportunities. You will see the park’s famous cascades such as Bridalveil Falls (620 ft, 191 m) and the stunning Yosemite Falls, the highest measured waterfall in North America (2,420 ft, 745 m).
You will also see Yosemite’s spectacular rock formations like El Capitan, a 3,000-ft (910 m) granite monolith and one of the world's favorite challenges for rock climbers, and Half Dome a granite dome that is possibly Yosemite’s most familiar feature. The crest of the dome rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor.
You will enjoy superb views of the valley from Inspiration Point, located at 4500 ft (1385 m) above sea level.
From 1:00pm to 2:30pm you can visit the gift shops in Yosemite Village, have a relaxing hot meal, or get food ‘to go’ and take a picnic to the middle of the valley, up to the river banks, or to the foot of Yosemite Falls. (Food and drink are not included in the tour price.)
At around 2:30pm you will drive to a point close to one of the giant sequoia groves. The towering sequoias are the largest living things on the planet. They are found in one area of the world only, the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Depending on the season and weather conditions you may choose to hike down through the evergreen forest to the giant sequoia grove, a distance of about 2 miles (1 mile each way), or kick back and relax under the pines. (The availability of this hike is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions between 01 October and 30 April.)
At around 4:00pm you will start the return trip, descending from the Sierras, and enjoying more great scenery as you follow the sun to the west. On the way you will stop for a break, a stretch, and a bite to eat (payable direct) before continuing on your way to San Francisco, enjoying views of the sunset over the East Bay hills, or the Peninsula and the city lights.
Sometime between 8:30pm and 9:00pm the Yosemite tour will end at your San Francisco hotel front door.
Please call the activity operator at least 48 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm your pick up details.
For children's safety tour guests must bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years who are 4' 9" or taller or weighing less than 60 pounds. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeiture of seats on the tour without refund.
A fuel surcharge may apply.
The tour operator reserves the right to cancel, modify or alter any tour due to weather or unsafe conditions. They will always do what they can to make your trip enjoyable, but safety is top priority, so the route and itinerary may be changed due to snow depth, road conditions, construction projects and detours. Vehicle selection is determined by the tour operator. The giant sequoias hike on this tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions from 01 October to 30 April.
Changes are subject to a 10% or US$25 fee, whichever is greater.
Should you be running late and miss your scheduled pickup time for the tour please contact the activity operator who may be able to offer an alternative pick up point (transport to reach this point will be at your own expense). Any guest who misses their tour entirely will forfeit their seat on the tour and no refunds will be issued.
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