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A full and inspiring excursion with a tour guide who kept up the pressure of fascinating information and witty patter for the whole day. The stop-off places were all worthwhile and well chosen for timing and food and drink, the heart of the outing a region of surpassing beauty: forests of fir and redwood or panoramas of mountains and waterfalls, embodying the notion of the sublime. As long as you have a whole day to spare. it is a trip not to be missed.
Wow! What a fantastic trip!! Our tour guide, Roman, was the BEST!! He was incredibly knowledgeable, not to mention friendly and hysterical. He clearly loves his job, which makes the tour so much fun for the travelers. The ride, although long, was pleasant and the time spent in Yosemite was worth every bit. Roman had tips for where to go and what to do, and was happy to stop all along the way for great photo ops. By far the best tour I've ever taken.
The tour is very good but be prepared for a very long day I was picked up at 7am and got back to my hotel at 10 pm. The guide was excellent and gave enough commentary on the points of interest without talking for too long to allow a bit of sleep if needed. The stop off point to the park could have been more interesting than a supermarket. The guide was also in much demand for his photography skills at various stop of points in the park which I felt was a nice touch. All in all a very good day despite a bit of damp weather.
Unfortunately we didn't get to see the Giant Sequoias as we weren't allowed in due to recent fires but our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable, sharing many interesting facts and giving us an in depth history lesson. A long day but a very worthwhile excursion. We would love to go back one day and see the trees.
This is a great trip, it's a long drive though, but the tour guide is very knowledgeable. Some roads were covered a thin layer of snow, but it was passable, no problem, The tour guide/driver had to stop and put snow chains on the tires when we reached certain altitude and that gave us an opportunity to step out the bus and breathed some nice fresh air. We bought lunch at a pretty big cafeteria when we reached our destination about 4000 feet high, they served hot food like pizza, hot dogs, spaghetti, burgers, salads and pasta. Our experience is that the burger line is long, it is not worth to wait since you want to save some time to walk around, it would be better to get pasta or ready made sandwiches in the fridge, you can eat and move on. We were free to walk around for 2 1/2 hours after, the scenes are picturesque. Since it is winter time, we did not get to see rock climbers, that is the only thing we missed.
Main reason I wanted to go (travelled from Australia) - to see climbers on El Capitan
Driver (Hugo) made a special stop for us - and we saw them perch up there in their hanging beds.
Would recommend this to anyone
Do the bike ride around the area, well worth it, the driver guide was excellent, we did not get to the tree's part, as it was shut due to the recent fires, but the guide took us to another area and showed good examples of the tree's
Great trip and Mark was a faubulous guide. He was challenged by the aftermath of the first snowfall so had to deal with some miserable people on the tour who were mad about the weather! Really! He handled it very well. Very knowlegable about history, geography and geology. Very interesting and long day . Loved it all.
If one has a day's time this park is something not to be missed :)
We loved the beautiful colors....fall leaves
Did not get to see everything because of the fires,but what we got to see was beautiful.
Had a good guide.
Jim, our guide was excellent. We were entertained during the long drive with the history of Yosemite and other anecdotes of interest. We stopped at all scenic spots to take our photographs. A light snowfall added to the beauty of the terrain. As it was a day trip from San Francisco, considering the long drive we were fortunate to have 2 1/2 hours to ourselves at Yosemite. The views were awesome. The return journey also provided us with more photo opportunities, courtesy Jim who also obliged us by giving us the chance of photographing San Fransico and the Bay bridge at night. Overall a thoroughly satisfying trip.
Went to Giant Sequoa's instead because of the shutdown. Great alternative and the tour guide was great.
Yosemite tour was fantastic, beautiful scenery and our tour guide and bus driver Ben kept us updated and entertained throughout the trip! Will definitely do a few days next time and do some proper hiking!
We hadn't realised reconfirmation was necessary until just before we left the UK so luckily managed to arrange our hotel pick up in time for the trip. Reconfirmation requirement should be made clearer as this appears to be new and was rather unexpected. Overall our trip to Yosemite was fantastic and our guide Roman really made our day memorable and fun. It was sad to see the damage caused by the recent fires and also we were unable to visit the Sequoias due to closures in areas still ablaze, but we were still glad that we made the journey. One final thing to suggest - perhaps Roman could add California 37 by Train to his California compilation playlist as it's one of our favourites and he seems to have missed it!
I loved Yosemite!!! Only regret: I decided to do one day trip. Next time I'm back, I'm going to stay there for at least 3 days!
I found our tour guide, Andy, very helpful and knowledgeable. Nice guy with a "soul".
And he didn't ask for tips (as described by other tourist in reviews with various companies). Something I really appreciate as I don't like to be told I need to tip a guy just because I'm in US. Saying that I gave him a tip as I truly believed he deserved it. It was a long day and he stayed positive until the very end.
I went with the same company for Wine Country tour with a different tour guide and right at the start of the journey, he reminded us about tips and the fact that they don't make enough money. As a matter of fact, he would remind us about it on each possible opportunity. I'm not going to mention his name but in my charts, this works the opposite way.
Overall, I would definitely recommend Extranomical Tours company, especially if you go with Andy.
He travelled the world himself so it's good to be able to talk somebody about their travel experience.