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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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icon14 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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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6:00 AM
Hotel pickup time in the following zones: Fisherman's Wharf/Lombard Street Corridor: 6am - 6:20am Union Square/SOMA: 6:20am - 6:40am
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
  • 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.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • There is a possibility that the Giant Sequoia hike will not be available due to winter weather conditions.
  • 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
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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.
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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
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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
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star-5
wonderful trip !
Denise_C
, Jun 2022
the driver was amazing with so much local knowledge he was fun and informative. the entire group had a blast !
star-5
Victor is awesome. Full...
Pratik_P
, Jun 2022
Victor is awesome. Full of energy. Very informative and lets you explore. Definitely worth doing it.
star-5
Awesome
M_D
, Jun 2022
Awesome, the service was excellent! We went to multiple different spots and we were very happy with all of them!
star-5
Gorgeous, perfectly timed tour!
Tony_K
, Jun 2022
I loved all the stops we made...perfectly timed and great directions! The handmade map worked well for me and the videos leading up to the park made the anticipation even better! I was picked up a Dublin/pleasanton BART which was so convenient...I was last on but first off a breathtakingly beautiful tour!
star-5
Just do it!
Stacey_S
, Jun 2022
We were iffy on going on this excursion, but then thought “why not?” And, boy, are we glad we did. The ride is broken up with shopping and movies. Victor is an absolute delight, so knowledgeable and charming, and probably the favorite part of my trip. He was completely prepared with water, coolers, umbrellas binoculars/telescope for us to see the climbers, and of course knew all the perfect spots to visit in the park. We would have never had this experience on our own — plus we didn’t have to drive the windy uphill roads! Highly recommend this!
star-5
Yosemite
Christina_A
, Jun 2022
Victor was simply amazing. He’s knowledgeable, passionate and entertaining. It’s a long day but he kept us entertained and the views at Yosemite are incredible. Once in a lifetime adventure
star-5
Yosemite Tour
Beverlee_T
, Jun 2022
Victor was our travel guide. He was very friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable. Yosemite is a tour you should add to your bucket list.
star-5
Yosemite Day of Exploring
Ryan_W
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was amazing, the views are breathtaking. The trails are great, some extremely challenging. All are beautiful.
star-5
Awesome trip!
Patricia_C
, Jun 2022
Even though the trip to & from is long, informative videos & a documentary/movie we’re shown in a comfortable van. We saw & experienced the highlights of the park in a condensed way. Victor was a great tour guide. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Saw a lot in one wonderful day
Dale_C
, Jun 2022
We had a great trip, our tour guide / driver Mr C was very knowledgeable and had great stories and information. We even stayed extra long to see more sights. Just a great trip.
star-5
Great into to Yosemite
Steve_V
, Jun 2022
The trip was great! Alberto is a great guide, super positive, caring and informative. He took us to a lot of great locations woth different views of the vally, falls and cliffs. We where always ahead of the big busses and had great open location for photos. All in all, a wonderful experience that I'll highly recommend.
star-3
Most memorable? The...
John_M
, Jun 2022
Most memorable? The majestic rock formations like El Capitan. The worst memory? The hot and cramped MB Sprinter van.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
In the title of our tour is the word “small group”. We have 15 passenger deluxe sprinter vans. Because of the size, we are able to go to spots that no other company can go to and stay longer. We are sorry you did not enjoy, but with the number of five star reviews that we have received over the years, you are obviously in the minority.
star-5
beautiful scenery, tour...
bianca0131
, Jun 2022
beautiful scenery, tour guide Phil was awesome, we needed a little more time at the lower falls/lunch stop (we ran out of time to see the swinging bridge at the meadow) the walk back up hill from the giant sequoia trees is quite difficult (not exaggerated in the tour description)
star-5
Lovely day trip
Tana_L
, Jun 2022
What a lovely trip! Our guide Phil was fun, informative and made our trip very enjoyable. I learnt a lot about the area and spent an amazing day in this wonderful national park. Highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing day of nature
Colin_P
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was amazing. Friendly, funny, and knowledgeable throughout the day. A great day trip highlighting Yosemite park and meeting other friendly folks from across the globe. If you want to see some great sights at the park without having to worry about driving this is the trip for you. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
star-5
Pick the best, you'll have no regrets
David_M
, Jun 2022
Tour guides, there are good ones and there are not so good ones. From the moment we net Brian we knew we had a great tour guide. Knowledgeable, personable, and organised. This was to be the highlight of our time in San Francisco, this hit the mark and some. Brian is a star, there is no doubt about that. We appreciate the amazing day you provided the memories will last a lifetime
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good Tour
Thomas_H
, Jun 2022
Day trip from San Francisco to Yosemite. You will see the famous sights and landmarks in the Park. The small group size makes it nice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to get a taste of Yosemite NP
Amanda_W
, May 2022
Brian was an excellent and enthusiastic guide. A great way to get a taste of Yosemite, but we could have spent longer there of course. He managed to get us to all the main sites ahead of the crowds - well done.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing tour with victor!
Rachel_Y
, May 2022
Victor was an amazing tour guide, very high energy and super informative. He was very patient, funny, and kind.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fantastic
Suzanne_E
, May 2022
Looking at the climbers on the wall. The whole trip was great, differently recommend. The guide Victor made it even better.

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