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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco

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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Travel by minibus from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park on a small-group day trip to one of the most visually stunning places on earth—considered the crown jewel of America’s national parks. This full-day itinerary takes you through the orchards of the Central Valley to Yosemite Valley, stopping first for a stroll through a grove of giant sequoias. Find plenty of photo ops of Half Dome, El Capitan, and Yosemite Falls. Numbers are limited to 15 passengers to ensure a personalized experience with your knowledgeable guide.
  • Yosemite National Park day trip from San Francisco with an informative guide
  • Walk under ancient redwood trees and hike during free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included by minibus
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 passengers ensures personalized attention
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National Park fees
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Hotel/port pickup and drop-off (from select hotels in San Francisco)
Local taxes
Food and drinks
Gratuities
No Pick-up/Drop-off from residential addresses or hotels outside of San Francisco

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA, USA

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from selected hotels in San Francisco, board a comfortable minibus for the drive to Yosemite National Park. En route, make a snack stop among the fruit and nut orchards of the San Joaquin Valley before continuing on to the Sierra Nevada foothills and California Gold Country.

Entering the national park via historical Groveland, stop for a hike among Yosemite’s giant sequoias—ancient redwood trees whose trunks span up to 40 feet (12 meters) in diameter. Your drive continues into the Yosemite Valley, stopping at Tunnel View for the quintessential photo op of that includes Bridalveil Fall, El Capitan, and Half Dome.

After a close-up look at the falls, head to El Capitan, the world’s largest exposed granite monolith. Search for rock climbers ascending its sheer face, which rises thousands of feet above the valley floor. Then it’s on to see Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, whose lower and upper cascades form North America’s tallest waterfall.

During free time to explore on your own and purchase lunch (own expense), you can hike among numerous paths, snap more photos at the base of Yosemite Falls or visit Yosemite Village. Then meet back up with your guide for the return drive to San Francisco, with another quick stop for food in the Central Valley before your full-day tour ends with hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
San Francisco Bay Bridge
Drive across bridge on the way to Yosemite
Stop At:  
Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias
See some of the biggest trees on the planet.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Tunnel View
Drive to one of the most beautiful views of the Yosemite valley from above
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Bridalveil Falls
Walk to the falls for photos
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Valley
Spend free time experiencing the valley
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Half Dome
Stop for photos
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yosemite Falls
Walk to the 4th tallest waterfalls in the world
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
El Capitan
Stop to look for climbers on the granite wall
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Car seat required for children 8 years old and under; not provided
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The trip is accessible for most of the tour. However, at the end of the day, we go on a hike to see the giant sequoias. This is NOT advised for people with back, heart or knee problems. It is also not wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, this is only way to see the sequoias.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Best Bay Area Tours Llc
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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 experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco.

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  • "It is a long day but definitely worth every penny!" See review
  • "Overall it was a good trip, well worth having to get up early in the morning." See review
  • "Excellent - It is a long day but well worth every second of it." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Our guide was Don and he...
Jules_H
, Oct 2021
Our guide was Don and he was amazing. He is so knowledgeable about so many places, and he’s always ready to take pictures of you and whomever you are touring with.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
The group I was with and...
Ashley_M
, Oct 2021
The group I was with and the driver were super nice! The driver was very informative and made sure we had a great experience.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Madison_M
, Oct 2021
Did my tour with Phil, had an amazing experience! Phil was super knowledgeable and helpful throughout the tour, the only thing I would be wary of is all photos taken by your tour guide will have the tour's logo at the bottom and only one photo is taken so if you are like me and like having multiple photos to choose from and would prefer not to have all photos essentially watermarked, make sure you use your phone
star-5
Amazing
Briana_W
, Oct 2021
Really great experience! Brian was amazing and we got to see a lot of spots in Yosemite, El Capitan, séquoias, mirror lake, etc. He stopped at several scenic spots and we got great pictures! (If you are prone to carsickness be prepared it’s a lot of windy roads. ) He gave a nice amount of free time to explore. It’s a long day but totally worth it!!
star-5
Great day but be prepared for 8 hours of driving!
Tim_W
, Oct 2021
Nice day trip to see the essentials of the park. Very friendly driver and guide; I also got lucky with a nice group too.
star-5
Incredible views
Howard_H
, Oct 2021
Phil and Brian were terrific . Great guides and narrators. Yosemite is beautiful! Would recommend this trip but understand it is a long day.
star-3
Perfect, if you have a zero level of fitness
Alina_Y
, Oct 2021
The tour was blah. I wish it were structured better to include more hiking time. That would mean imposing physical fitness limits on the guests or offering two different tours for different levels of fitness. I wanted a lot more hiking. I didn't realize how little of it would be included in the Yosemite National Park tour!!! Jumping in and out of the van for photo opportunities was the bulk of the tour. I feel cheated out of the proper experience of the park, and I am disappointed. The time spent standing around, gazing at climbers at the bottom of the mountain should have been added to the hike. We just hopped around three or for points in the park like grasshoppers on cocaine. This park warrants a very different experience, the kind I didn't get. Our guide Brian was a super nice, extremely accommodating, and upbeat individual, but the narration was bland, lackluster, milquetoast. I understand that the tour is 14 hours long, and no wordsmith would want this job, but I was bored out of my mind with the narration. Again, this is not about Brian personally whom I found to be an excellent, hardworking human. Sleeping in the van was impossible due to the high volume of the videos playing for our entertainment. With a pick up time of 5am, allowing people to sleep seems like the right thing to do.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
The things that you are citing in your review are things that most people love about our tour. We make more stops in the park than any other of our competitors. We take a trip to the giant sequoias (and 90 minute hike). We provide 90 minutes the free time for small hikes. We give much information on the way up and back with videos, music and commentary. We bring our telescope so we can see climbers on El Capitan. There are other Yosemite tours that are for more athletic passengers but none of those types of tours go up for one day. 99.9% of our customers do not want a taxi service that drop you off on the valley for six hours to hike, and return in silence They want the maximum photo stops, entertaining commentary, and the most they can experience in the park in one day.
star-5
Great Day Trip
Brenda_A
, Oct 2021
Our guide Brian was great. Played videos of yosemite for us on our ride to the park. Full of knowledge and had telescopes to see the climbers.
star-5
This was a fantastic day...
Lisa_M
, Oct 2021
This was a fantastic day trip! Brian, our guide and driver, connected with us before the trip to get our morning pickups scheduled. During the ride to the park he shared wonderful videos and documentaries on the park. He had so much insight about our stops and was able to add so much color and history and background throughout the entire day. Brian totally watched out for us throughout the whole day and was instrumental in making this tour outstanding! The day was laid out perfectly and there were plenty of stops along the way for photos, hikes, bathroom breaks, stretches and amazing vistas! I highly recommend this tour for anyone (solo, groups or families) that need to fit a visit to the park in a complete day! Brian, thank you! It was amazing day!
star-5
Mother Nature ROCKS ! 😁
Gloria_M
, Sep 2021
Our tour guide Don was super ! Our group of 14 loved him. The park is fabulous ! Amazing scenery. Inspires the world-weary soul. Bring comfy walking shoes !

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