Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
- Expert guide and commentary
- Entrance fee into Yosemite National Park
- Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
What to expect
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Pass By: Ansel Adams Gallery, 9031 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.
Pass By: Big Oak Flat Information Station, 6107 Big Oak Flat Rd, Groveland, CA 95321, USA
The Big Oak Flat entrance to Yosemite National Park is located on CA Highway 120 roughly 24 miles (39 km) east of Groveland, CA. CA Highway 120 is the most direct route into Yosemite National Park from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Northern California locations.
Pass By: Big Oak Flat Road, Groveland, CA
Traveling the historic Big Oak Flat Road from the western entrance of Yosemite National Park across to the Tioga Pass entrance on the east, provides drivers easy access to the stunning beauty of Yosemite’s high country landscapes.
Pass By: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
Bridalveil Fall is one of the most prominent waterfalls in the Yosemite Valley in California, Yosemite National Park.
Pass By: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA
El Capitan, also known as El Cap, is a vertical rock formation in Yosemite National Park, located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. The granite monolith is about 3, 000 feet from base to summit along its tallest face, and is a popular objective for rock climbers.
Pass By: Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA
Half Dome is a granite dome at the eastern end of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park, California. It is a well-known rock formation in the park, named for its distinct shape.
Stop At: Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
A quarter-mile (one way) hike to a spectacular mist-blown view from the base of 320-foot Lower Yosemite Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls Hike is a must visit for its accessibility and proximity to this massive waterfall and has spectacular views of both falls.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
The Merced River in the central part of the U.S. state of California, is 145 miles (233 km) long. Tenaya, Yosemite, Bridalveil and Pigeon Creeks join the Merced River in Yosemite Valley.
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: San Francisco Bay Bridge, Highway 80 West, San Francisco, CA 94105
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260, 000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
Pass By: Sierra Nevada, CA
The Sierra Nevada is a mountain range in the Western United States, between the Central Valley of California and the Great Basin.
Pass By: Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA
Treasure Island is an artificial island in the San Francisco Bay and a neighborhood in the city and county of San Francisco. Built 1936–37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition, the island's World’s Fair site is a California Historical Landmark.
Stop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Tunnel View is a scenic viewpoint on State Route 41 in Yosemite National Park. Visitors have seen and documented the iconic and expansive views of Yosemite Valley from the overlook since its opening in 1933.
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA
Tuolumne Grove is a sequoia grove located near Crane Flat in Yosemite National Park. It is about 16 miles west of Yosemite Village on Tioga Pass Road. The grove contains many conifers, including a few Sequoiadendron giganteum as well as Abies concolor and Pinus lambertiana.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in Yosemite National Park, dropping a total of 2, 425 feet from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall
Duration: 1 hour
Pass By: Valley Visitor Center, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
The Valley Visitor Center is located in Yosemite Valley and is the largest and most comprehensive in terms of displays, books, postcards and maps. The Valley Visitor Center is open year round and offers natural history displays, audiovisual programs and is staffed with individuals who are happy to answer all your questions.
Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
Yosemite Valley is a glacial valley in Yosemite National Park in the western Sierra Nevada mountains of Central California. The valley is about 7.5 miles long and approximately 3000–3500 feet deep, surrounded by high granite summits such as Half Dome and El Capitan, and densely forested with pines.
Duration: 5 hours
Pass By: Yosemite Valley Lodge, 9006 Yosemite Lodge Dr, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA
Yosemite Valley Lodge is a favorite choice for families and large groups. Its close proximity to Yosemite Falls makes it the perfect base camp for exploring Yosemite National Park.
Time of tour
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through April, 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.
- 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
- As tour sizes vary, transportation is in either a 15-passenger minivan or a 41-passenger 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 available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Chinese and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements
- You will either be picked up directly by the tour bus or be provided transportation to the tour bus in the East Bay.
- The Giant Sequoia 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.
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
- Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
- Food and drinks, unless specified
Pros * Driver was excellent and super friendly. We could see he was super passionate! * Very nice coverage of places and ample time at Yosemite highlights. All in a day! Cons * We had to take shuttle from San Jose to Livermore to get on the bus. And wait 30 mins in Livermore to actual bus to Yo...Pros * Driver was excellent and super friendly. We could see he was super passionate! * Very nice coverage of places and ample time at Yosemite highlights. All in a day! Cons * We had to take shuttle from San Jose to Livermore to get on the bus. And wait 30 mins in Livermore to actual bus to Yosemite. * We we finally boarded the Yosemite bus from Livermore, we had to sit on the last row in the bus :( Me and my wife, both 65+ had a bit of hard time getting on and off at every stop henceforth. I recommend to have few seats available for elderly in first few rows!
There is much hype of the park, except rocks, there is nothing extraordinary. The bus was pathetic, for hours together there was no rest room, and the bus also does not have stoppages for it. The driver was very unfriendly. Could not get the feel of the tour. At the final stop, were left to wande...There is much hype of the park, except rocks, there is nothing extraordinary. The bus was pathetic, for hours together there was no rest room, and the bus also does not have stoppages for it. The driver was very unfriendly. Could not get the feel of the tour. At the final stop, were left to wander in the park with no guide. It was a complete waste of money.
excellent plan when you have little time, beautiful site, it is just great, you visit the strategic sites of the park, good photos .. I recommend not going at the end of summer, the waterfall will be dryexcellent plan when you have little time, beautiful site, it is just great, you visit the strategic sites of the park, good photos .. I recommend not going at the end of summer, the waterfall will be dry
Being a tree surgeon you would expect the last thing i would want to do is pay to see more trees, but its been a dream of mine to see the giant sequoias in real, words cannot describe the size of these trees and the power they posses over the surrounding area its amazing. To top it off got to enj...Being a tree surgeon you would expect the last thing i would want to do is pay to see more trees, but its been a dream of mine to see the giant sequoias in real, words cannot describe the size of these trees and the power they posses over the surrounding area its amazing. To top it off got to enjoy the national park and spotted a few bears. I would recommend this trip to anyone because there is something for everyone.
I orderd equipment of a Japanese guide on this tour. And I received a message that my tour would be guided in Japanese. However, this tour had no one and no explanation that complete above request. So I had to join this tour with an American driver guide whose English was hard to understand for n...I orderd equipment of a Japanese guide on this tour. And I received a message that my tour would be guided in Japanese. However, this tour had no one and no explanation that complete above request. So I had to join this tour with an American driver guide whose English was hard to understand for nonnative persons. The tour delayed more than an hour, cause the gude's poor management and bussy traffic. Exactly, the landscape was very beautiful, but I finished this tour with complaints.
Trip and driver/guide was great bus was a little better than a school bus uncomfortable ,suspension was awfulTrip and driver/guide was great bus was a little better than a school bus uncomfortable ,suspension was awful