Best Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco


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15 Hours
San Francisco

See more. Feel more. Experience more of jaw-dropping natural beauty on this Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias trip. Yosemite National Park is open all year round and this tour will let you explore Yosemite Valley during all seasons of the year.

Towering granite cliffs and Giant Sequoias headline this one-day Yosemite tour from San Francisco, but your expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers and wildlife that have made this glacier-carved valley the jewel of the national park system.

This is the only Yosemite Valley tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove giant sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world—two-thousand-year-old trees can make people do that!

The Yosemite Valley Tour will amaze all year round—it’s backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Tour Highlights:

Your Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour from San Francisco begins with a pickup at your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. See 150-year-old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region.

Your heart (and cameras) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley and enjoy stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. Take a moment at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Birdalveil Falls. Then take some selfies. Visiting during the winter months? Picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow. 

Tour Itinerary:

6:00-6:30 AM

Begin your Yosemite National Park tour with a convenient pickup at your hotel (most San Francisco hotels are served).

**This tour is also available with pick up from San Jose!

6:30-10:30 AM

• Get to know your local, expert guide. Learn about the tour plan for the day.
• Relax and enjoy the narrative as you head east into the San Joaquin valley.
• Make a brief rest stop. Gather snacks and perhaps a bag lunch for the park.
• Discover the rich history of the Sierra Nevada foothills and its gold country.
• Make the climb toward Yosemite National Park.

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

• Enter Yosemite National Park.
• Weather permitting, disembark and hit the trail for an inspired hike to the Tuolumne Giant Sequoia grove (from October to May this stop may need to be skipped). It is a challenging uphill hike – take it slow.
• Hug a tree!

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

• Have your breath taken away by Half Dome, El Capitan, and Birdalveil Falls.
• Get snap-happy with your camera or phone at Inspiration Point (aka Tunnel View).

1:00 – 3:00 PM

• Free time in Yosemite Valley.
• Visit the gift shops, have lunch, or visit the Swinging Bridge.
• Take a hike to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America.

3:00 – 5:00 PM

• Re-board the vehicle and make a couple more photo stops as you exit the park.
• Turn west and descend from the Sierras back toward San Francisco.

5:00 – 7:30 PM

• Stop for a break, a stretch, and a bite to eat.
• On clear days, watch the sun set into California’s golden hills.
• Continue back to San Francisco, enjoying twilight views of the City.

7:30 – 9:00 PM

• Conclude your Yosemite National Park tour at the door to your San Francisco hotel.

Tour Includes:

  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Maximum time in the Park
  • Half-Dome, El Capitan, and more
  • Giant Sequoias (trail conditions permitting)
  • Expert tour guide & commentary in English
  • Complimentary foreign language audios
  • Daily guaranteed departures – all year round!
  • Overnight tour options (available daily)
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
  • No cancellation or change fees


Regular Price: $179 for Adults, $165 for Children

Internet Special: $159 for Adults, $155 for Children


Note: The Giant Sequoias hike on the Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions and may not be available from October to May.

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