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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
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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 guided 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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
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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
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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
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  • "It is a long day but definitely worth every penny!" See review
  • "They allowed a stop along the way to get snacks/beverages, no meals are included so be sure to get plenty of food and drinks!" See review
  • "Overall it was a good trip, well worth having to get up early in the morning." See review

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The Magic of Yosemite and gigant sequoias.
Raquel_P
, Jun 2021
Every stop in the way was memorable. From the first glimpse of the Half Dome to the different sights of El Capitan or Bridalveil Waterfalls, the experience was breathtaking. No to mention how accessible and kind Phil was. From the pick-up at the hotel door to the exchange of info about San Francisco and the Parks. And the plus of setting his telescopes for us to enjoy the El Capitan climbers...It was a great day!!
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Excellent Tour
Sara_G
, Jun 2021
Tour was amazing!! Brian (tour guide) was informative and professional. He was always willing to take a pic or share a story/point out a location/site of significance. Would definitely take another tour with this group
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Amazing Tour
JSB
, May 2021
Amazing amazing day! Phil was a wonderful guide and fun and informative. Made some extra stops not on the regular tour to point out some “WOW” views and allow us to take pictures. A million thanks for the most memorable part of our trip!
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Great experience
Maxie_B
, Apr 2021
Great trip Long day but worth it. Our tour guide had actually lived in the park and knew it inside out. Climbers on El Capatan were unbelievable.
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The best experience
daga235
, Apr 2021
Excellent trip. Brian is the best guide. Thanks for everything. On time. Safety. I love this trip with my friends
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Excellent
Veronica_P
, Mar 2021
Loved our tour guide Brian, he was super professional and knowledgeable. Excellent tour a must do if you are in San Francisco
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Well worth the money!
Melissa_L
, Mar 2021
This tour was great and we got to see great views with a knowledgeable guide who kept us on a schedule to avoid major crowds!
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Great experience. Strongly recommend
Nilay
, Nov 2020
Such a great experience. The tour guide Phil is very knowledgeable and friendly. He knew the best spots in Yosemite for a photo op. Also he shared so many interesting facts about different areas on the way. Strongly recommend.
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El capitan
Julie_E
, Oct 2020
Brian was amazing, he texted the night before of the tour to making sure we have the meeting place address, advised when booking that my family and I won’t be staying in SF area.. He knows his way around the park and know when to be at the place in the perfect timing to get good pics.. He was absolutely wonderful, O will highly recommend him!!! Thank you Brian!
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Needs a lot of improvement
Mary_P
, Oct 2020
Expensive. Why? Compared to other tours I have been to. VAN-NOISY. Noise from the loud music, back and the doors. At one point we could not hear the guide because he did not use his mic. Noisy loose shaking door. Whistling air and noisy engine in my back. I endured this throughout the ride. You have to talk over the oldies music to be heard. Music themed in groups of COVID, FIRES, a LOT of 60's songs. 11 people 5 of whom are 20's-30's, a couple in their 30's, the rest in their 40's-50's. We are not a bunch of old people. It was annoying and made the ride uncomfortable. Silence or radio would've been better because the radio plays a variety of songs. Get those CDs and have random people of 20's50 yo listen to all of them. Ask if they would enjoy their ride listening to it all day. Accommodation offered by other tour vans this van DOES NOT have: Cup holders USB chargers on each seat Unlimited free cold water bottle Unlimited Free snacks Good time management Breakfast stop was at a grocery store. There's no cup holders in the van. IT was uncomfortable to eat. Suggestion-gas station or 7-11. Plan your lunch and dinner stops. We ate dinner in the parking lot, sitting here and there like homeless people. Prolonged stops at Half Dome, Tunnel view, El Capitan, Bridal Falls seriously. 15 min stops is all you need for photos. He gave us an hour to hike Yosemite the shortest of which is 2 miles. Our group range from fittest to very fit. A well planned trip would have given us ample time for hike, enough time for photos, and enough choices for meals. You do not need to sit and watch climbers climb at El Capitan for almost an hour. I know because I've been to other tours. Bindlestiff Tours have the best customer service and the most organize tours. Learn from them. Last-Introduce your passengers to each other. Not just to some. This is your job as a guide. What I detested was the obnoxious yellow signs taped in the van's walls saying something like this "In the US tipping is necessary. Standard rate for chauffers/guides is 20% of the total fee" EXCUSE ME? You are more expensive than Europe. I think it's rude. I would be paying $140 in this case. *Room temp water bottles was offered in the evening after the hike. But most of us already bought our own water when it was not offered to us in the beginning.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
It is very disappointing that your trip was not what you expected. There are several points to discuss, but overall: 1) This is the first time, in hundreds of reviews, that there have been complaints about the themed music. The guide offered to Bluetooth music from your phone but you declined, The guide asked throughout the day if the volume was okay and you never responded. 2) We find it unbelievable that you thought the stops were too long (and you are exaggerating when you say that we stayed more than 15 minutes). We pride ourselves in giving a complete experience to all our passengers. Unlike other companies that do a quick hop-on/hop-off photo stop, we give the chance to actually experience the grandeur at each of the incredible view stops that we make. One of longer stops, El Capitan, is NOT one hour. It is long enough to set up the telescope so you can see rock climbers (a fun bonus that other tours do not offer). The stop is 25 minutes. You are the first ever to complain about it. 3) It's odd that felt we spent too much time at El Capitan, but you wanted more time for the hike to the Giant Sequoias. You are given 75 minutes to complete the hike, mainly because most people come back from the 2-mile round trip in an hour. The guide said that you returned in 45 minutes. 4) During COVID, our dinner choices are limited. There are no restaurants on the route where indoor dining is available. 5) The posted gratuity sign is there to explain to non-Americans about the custom of tipping in the US. It is suggested and not required, The sign also says that “if you have any problems along the way, please let us know immediately.” And we are curious why you did not speak up. We are sorry that the experience did not live up to your expectations. And thank you for giving us your feedback. We have noted your comments and will take them into consideration for future tours.
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