Yosemite Day Trip: Giant Sequoias from San Francisco
2,976 Ratings
San Francisco
Embark on a thrilling day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite National Park and its awe-inspiring Giant Sequoias. Marvel at towering cliffs, majestic waterfalls, and iconic landmarks like El Capitan and Half Dome.
Duration: 14 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • San Francisco - Join us on this breathtaking tour of Yosemite National Park, whose towering granite peaks, cascading waterfalls and nature trails are perhaps the most stunning in the world. This award-winning tour spends the most time in Yosemite and includes a unique hike among ancient Giant Sequoias.

Your tour begins with a convenient hotel pick up in Downtown San Francisco.

What's Included
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included for most downtown San Francisco/Fisherman’s Wharf hotels
What's Not Included
  • Guide Gratuities
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4’ 9” (1.4 meters) required
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information

This adventure to the majestic granite peaks and roaring waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias operates year-round. This is the exclusive 1-day Yosemite Valley excursion from San Francisco that provides you the tranquility of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the planet’s largest living entities. Your pulse will quicken as you step into Yosemite Valley, savoring 5 wonderful hours of Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then pausing to absorb the grandeur of El Capitan, Half Dome and other renowned landmarks.

  • Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through May, 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
  • 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.
  • As tour sizes vary, transportation is in a 13-passenger van or up to 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 links are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Chinese 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
  • 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.
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and your guide’s discretion.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square
O'Farrell Street
Meet at the Mason street entrance (Eastern entrance). Please check your email confirmation from Extranomical Tours or contact the provider to confirm your pick-up details and time
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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May 25, 2024
A must do! - Andy, our tour guide and Debbie our bus driver were amazing! We would highly recommend this tour especially if they are your tour guide and bus driver. Andy was so informative about the history of not only Yosemite but surrounding areas very caring and entertaining on the bus ride. Andy also brought disposable rain ponchos so that you can get super close to the waterfalls.
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May 17, 2024
Excellent day tour highly recommend!! - I would highly recommend this day tour. Our tour guide, Andy was excellent. Glenda, our bus driver was so kind and really made the experience so more enjoyable. Andy really brought Yosemite to life and made us all really appreciate the beauty of Yosemite.
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May 13, 2024
Time efficient tour! - First of all our guide Andy and our driver Glenda made my day. They were so nice and very supportive! Their energy made all the travelers on the tour happy. Our tour was very time-efficient. I was happy to see and visit must-visit areas in one day.
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May 6, 2024
An amazing experience!! - Andy and Glenda were absolutely amazing on the Yosemite day tour today. Glenda is a fantasic driver, we felt safe and relaxed sitting on a bus for 5 hours as she drove through the mountains with breath taking views. Andy was the best tour guide I've ever had the honour to meet. His wealth of knowledge about California and San Francisco is incomparable and honestly we felt lucky to have such a talented and knowledable soul showing us the stunning views and waterfalls. High recommended the tour, thank you for a lovely day out.
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May 5, 2024
Best one-day Yosemite tour you can find! - My husband and I did the Yosemite tour with Andy H. and it was GREAT! Andy was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate; he told us so much about history, geology, plants, and even sang a few songs on the bus for us. He was available to answer any and all questions - definitely one of the best tour guides I’ve ever had on any tour! Glenda was our driver and she was equally superb! In order to make the tour, you spend several hours in the bus to and from Yosemite, but Glenda made the drive so smooth and handled MANY hair pin turns expertly. If you’re looking to see Yosemite in one day, this is definitely the best tour you can find!
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May 4, 2024
Perfect one day tour - Perfect day with Andy and Glenda. Andy is a very interesting and funny guide. We learned and laughed a lot. Glenda is an amazing bus driver. Nice one day tour. We saw breathtaking landscapes. Tank you so much!
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May 1, 2024
Great experience - Great experience. Our tour guide Dave made sure we had the most out of it. The giant sequoias hike is not too challenging - so go for it, unless you do have some health issues
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Apr 30, 2024
Great natural beauties and a great guide! - I visited the Yosemite Valley on April 29. Apart from the great natural beauties of the place, what made my trip memorable was our guide, Andy Howse. He was funny, helpful and ready to answer all sorts of questions and give a hand whenever you needed it. I am glad you employ people like Andy Howse.
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Apr 27, 2024
Andy is the best tour guide - Andy is the best tour guy ever !! He has a lot of knowledge about California and Yosemite National Park. He was able to answer all questions and he made our tour fun! Highly recommend him !!
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May 22, 2024
Good Stuff - Our guide Andy and our driver Glenda were great. They know how to do their job and seem to love it. The tour gives us a lot to explore with time to spare and/or spend. The vehicle used could be improved by adding some space to store our things on the bus. I also really all the stops we made as every stop was nice and not pricy.
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024