- 14 hours (Approx.)
- Hotel pickup offered
- Mobile ticket
Experience the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco in just one day. After a guided tour to the gates of Yosemite, you'll spend 5 hours inside the park with free time for hiking, biking, picnicking or just exploring (and photographing!) the breathtaking monuments and waterfalls. The tour makes memory-making stops at Tuolumne Grove where you can hike with other travelers among Giant Sequoias and, later, take in the mind-altering views at Inspiration Point, Half Dome, El Capitan and more.
- Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
- Led by a local guide
- All entrance fees included
- Likely to Sell Out
- 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
- Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Tour departs from Union Square, Fisherman's Wharf, South of Market, Financial District, Chinatown hotels.
*For hotel pickups, please select and meet at Hilton Union Square (Mason Street side) if your hotel is not listed
Between 6am-7am (exact pickup time will be advised at reconfirmation)
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.
This is the only 1-day tour that let's you experience the famous Sierra Nevada redwoods. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather permitting) and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some, so consult with your guide about taking it.
Continue your journey through Yosemite with a stop at Inspiration Point for a bird’s-eye view of the whole valley. Gaze up at the massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls.
Later, you will have 1-2 hours of free time to explore Yosemite Valley. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (not included). Pick from a variety of activities available within the park, like: hiking to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, spotting a black bear; renting bikes for a leisurely trip through the valley, cooling off in lovely river pools (summer), or simply relaxing at the Valley Visitor Center or Ansel Adams Gallery.
When it's time to head back to San Francisco, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada and into the sunset.
Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
The Giant Sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
- 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
- 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
- Please note:
- 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.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Incredible scenery and a necessity if you have the time. Fantastic, informative and enthusiastic tour guide. But a long day with an early start for the grumpy teens in your party.
The Park is incredible - a must see. I was so lucky to see it whilst there was snow - so beautiful. Definitely worth the long day.
Bus was a little rough though - suspension needs attention!! And there wasn't free wifi on the bus as advertised.
Wonderful day in Yosemite p[ark. Despite the long time spent on the road, it was very impressive seeing all this this beautiful nature. I would suggest doing a multi day tour and sleeping over night at park. That would be great!
Although it took a number of hours to reach Yosemite, it was time well spent. The awe inspiring views of El Capitan and surrounding mountains were spectacular. Our guide showed good knowledge of the area, taking us to the best locations for photo opportunities.
14 hours trip was very long and tiring outing but Gino our driver, guide , time keeper and story teller had made it fun and interesting. He has lots of surprises for us, always keep the spirit high within the group. Excellent service from Estronomical Tour. We are blessed with very Good sunny weather and understood we are the last group to follow the normal summer route in mid November . We enjoyed every moment and would highly recommend this tour to our friends. Keep up the good service guys!
Denise is an amazing tour guide. She has plenty of energy, knowledge and enthusiasm that she gladly shared with our group. This trip was the highlight of my SF visit.
Truly spectacular! Our guide, Constantine, was delightful. He was knowledgeable and smart. Took us to see the best places and managed time wisely. Would very highly recommend him!If there was anything that could have been better, it was the bus. It shook and creeked. The seats were a tad uncomfortable as well.
long enjoyable day the sequoias trees were stunning and views in Yosemite park itself were breathtaking .only criticism would be the bus especially if your sitting in the back was uncomfortable as you felt every bump and braking
It’s amazing adventure to see giant sequoia trees, once in a lifetime experience. Long trip is worth to see this beautiful environment.
Our family has taken a few Viator trips, and this one is one of the best! Denise, our tour guidewas fantastic! She goes above and beyond with the history of the San Francisco and Yosemitearea. Lots of fun and laughs! Great trip. Would love to take another trip with Denise.
We had a great experience in our tour. It started in San Francisco early in the morning. Our guide , Denise, gave us a lot of informations about history of California and Yosemite. We could see El Captan very close and other beautiful landscapes.
A long trip to Yosemite, but completely worth it! There's a stop half way for snacks and water. Yosemite is so beautiful. We only wish we could have staying there for a night or three!
My wife and I had a great day discovering Yosemite and its Giant Sequoias. We got to see a lot of different parts of the park and had free time to swim/walk around the park also. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. Worth the trip!
Great day hiking through Yosemite. Tour guide was awesome! There was a fire in the park, but the company was very good about communicating with us both before and during the trip. Highly recommend this tour!
Despite the threat of wilfldfires, Extranomical Tours' guide Denise did a great job getting us to the little known but inspirational northern areas of Yosemite. We had a wonderful time seeing Olmsted Point and Lake Tenaya!! We even got to see Half Dome from behind, at elevation of 8000 ft. We saw some smoke but not bad. Great Visit!!
JUST got back from this tour. The Valley was closed due to the Ferguson Fire, so we couldn't see El Capitan and the Half Dome BUT we took the Northern route to avoid the smoke, and it was a beautiful day! Toulumne Meadows was a great lunch spot . The lake was beautiful, and the Olmsted Viewpoint overlooked the hazy valley. The granite cliffs at high elevation were amazing. Our driver was Constantine, and he did a great job. He was full of interesting trivia / facts about Yosemite and he gave helpful tips for viewing the Giant Sequoia's Redwood trees. We also saw a mother bear and her two cubs from a safe distance while viewing the Redwoods . The company DID offer me three other tours to replace this one, due to the fire, but I decided to stick with this tour and I am glad i did !
It was an awesome , tiresome and enjoyable trip , thanks to our happy , energetic and knowledgeable driver/tour guide PHIL
Excellent experience. Must be fit. Lots of physical activities. Espectacular views, connect with nature as it's best. Greatly recommended. We used Extraeconomical tours. Overall experience was very good. Bus could have been better. The tour guide, Phil was excellent (highly recommended). He made the trip much better. Thanks Phil.
My daughters and I had a great time! Ben was very courteous and helpful! He even dropped us off at Hotel Kabuki on the way home, even though it was not a designated hotel drop off place. Everyone also came back on time everytime, which gave Ben the chance to take us to Trasure Island for extra pictures.