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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
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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
  • Please bring proof of COVID vaccination
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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

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star-5
Safe driver and a fun day trip!
Danielle_P
, Jan 2022
Brian was a fantastic tour guide! He texted me the night before to confirm the pickup details and made sure that would work for us. He texted when he was a few minutes away and arrived on time so we didn’t have to wait outside. Brian was funny and friendly and knew a lot about Yosemite. He showed us interesting Yosemite videos and pictures on the way up. He was considerate and made maps for all of us (14 people), he came equipped with binoculars and telescopes to see the climbers on El Capitan and he made sure everyone got pictures and bathroom breaks. And, one of the most important things was that he is one of the best drivers I have ever seen! I am completely terrified of heights and roads that have cliffs on either side without guard rails so I couldn’t have asked for a better driver. His highway driving was amazing too. I wish he was a tour guide at all of the National Parks!
star-5
Gorgeous!
Andrea_G
, Jan 2022
While there was snow on the ground it was still gorgeous. Brian did an amazing job! The trip was awesome!
star-5
Don’t miss this
Annette_F
, Jan 2022
This is a big day. A 14 hour tour of Yosemite National Park packed with beautiful views and interesting information. Phil was our guide and he made our day a delightful experience. If you are travelling in winter the park is very quiet so you get wonderful access to the park. But, be aware that the road to the giant sequoias is most likely closed because of ice. Still you will not be disappointed as you will experience magical scenes of snow covered mountains, towering rock faces, divine waterfalls which plummet thousands of feet and the tranquil crystal clear waters of the Merced River. You may even get to see some wildlife.
star-5
Memories of a Lifetime...
MayJoy_P
, Jan 2022
Brian is an excellent tour guide. He did not fail to deliver. He made sure every one of us were getting the experience we are expecting (and more) from setting up the telescopes, and making sure we had the best pictures that we can have.
star-5
A must to do when you visiting San Francisco
Mark_L
, Jan 2022
Trip was well worth it and a must if you have a day when visiting San Francisco. Request Brain out tour guy was great from start to finish. Yes it is a long day but he made it fun. Knew the best places for photos and helped you with them. Has telescopes and binoculars when he spotted climbers camps on El Captain which we wouldn't have caught without him.
star-5
Brian the tour guide was...
JUANM_A
, Jan 2022
Brian the tour guide was very good at his work!! He gave us all kinds of information to read and commentaries along the way... very prepared with gear (binoculars, and such). Thank you very much!!!
star-5
Wonderful, well-informed...
SubhashBanerjee
, Jan 2022
Wonderful, well-informed guide who took all Covid precautions. Our favorite stop was seeing El Capitan.
star-5
Outstanding
Krista
, Jan 2022
As we were only in the area for a short amount of time, we chose this as a day trip. Our tour guide Brian was phenomenal and so knowledgeable; his love for Yosemite really shone and he tried to share as much as possible. While it was a long day, we had so much fun and was incredibly memorable. Everything was very well organized and I could not recommend this tour enough.
star-5
Awesome experience!
Walter_K
, Jan 2022
Phil was absolute a fantastic driver & guide. I really appreciated the way he took care of the entire van and he made my family feel special. He dealt with a very rude driver w the utmost professionalism. I would highly recommend him and this company!
star-5
Amazing Yosemite trip on December’21
Subhasish_R
, Dec 2021
Our driver-cum-guide Alberto is an amazing guy, he explained a lot of things to us and also stopped at some of the amazing places in the valley from where we took some great shots on our camera. It’s truly worth to go for this drive and if you have Alberto as your driver/guide then you do not need to worry on anything. Regards, Roy

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