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.
Stop At: Livermore, Livermore, Tri-Valley, California
There will be a brief stop here to meet up with you fellow guests coming from Francisco before making your way to Yosemite Park
Duration: 15 minutes
- Access to the Sequoia Grove can be difficult during winter months, generally October through May, and other activities may be substituted at the discretion of the guide.
- Not wheelchair accessible
- 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
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- As tour sizes vary, transportation is in either a 15-passenger minivan or a 41-passenger bus.
- Near public transportation
- 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.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
- 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
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 41 travelers
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Een prachtig park. Zeker de moeite van een bezoek waard. Een kundige buschauffeur die ons veel interessante informatie gaf. Wel vond ik de prijs ex San José best hoog: $ 207.-- voor slechts 1 dag. Daar kwamen nog alle maatlijden plus een (flinke) fooi voor de chauffeur bovenop. Desalniettemin wa...Een prachtig park. Zeker de moeite van een bezoek waard. Een kundige buschauffeur die ons veel interessante informatie gaf. Wel vond ik de prijs ex San José best hoog: $ 207.-- voor slechts 1 dag. Daar kwamen nog alle maatlijden plus een (flinke) fooi voor de chauffeur bovenop. Desalniettemin was het de moeite en het geld waard.
1. I was supposed to pick up at 6:20am in front of the hotel for the Yosemite tour. But the tour guide mistook my pick up point and I waited over 45 minutes. She didn’t give me a call. I did. *I asked the concierge to talk the tour guide by phone directly since I’m not a native English speaker. ...1. I was supposed to pick up at 6:20am in front of the hotel for the Yosemite tour. But the tour guide mistook my pick up point and I waited over 45 minutes. She didn’t give me a call. I did. *I asked the concierge to talk the tour guide by phone directly since I’m not a native English speaker. It was ok because it happens sometimes if there is miscommunication. But the tour guide didn’t say even sorry and she blamed it on me in front of every tourist in the bus although I showed the confirmation email. 2. The tour guide didn’t give me a call to delay a pick up time from Yosemite. I gave a call and the staff said the tour guide gave me a call and left the message. But there is no message. I was in the hotel lobby in Yosemite 30 minutes prior to the pick-up time, so the signal was good. 3. I took a seat when I return from Yosemite because I was the first to arrive. But the tour guide asked me to move the other seat next to the person who joined alone because I’m alone. And the person who arrived late(the last) had a seat only by himself. Even he joined the tour alone. It was pretty unfair and I felt really sad. 日本人の方は、英語が話せたとしても、絶対に日本のツアーに参加されるべきだと思います。
電話では日本語を受け付けていないようなので、こちらに書き込みます。以下の理由により返金を希望します。 ・５歳と9歳の子連れなのにバラバラの席に座らされた。 ・日本語ツアーなのに、何も日本語に対応していなかった。 ・一人分の席に納まらない人の隣に座らされたので、体が常に通路側へはみ出していた。 ストレスのせいか、妻は体調不良を訴えています。 以上。電話では日本語を受け付けていないようなので、こちらに書き込みます。以下の理由により返金を希望します。 ・５歳と9歳の子連れなのにバラバラの席に座らされた。 ・日本語ツアーなのに、何も日本語に対応していなかった。 ・一人分の席に納まらない人の隣に座らされたので、体が常に通路側へはみ出していた。 ストレスのせいか、妻は体調不良を訴えています。 以上。
It was an amazing tour, the place is beautiful, our guide Gino was funny and very nice. We had a great time, I recommend!It was an amazing tour, the place is beautiful, our guide Gino was funny and very nice. We had a great time, I recommend!
The tour was very good, nice stops and the tour guide Denise was friendly and informative. A few things though, I booked the trip departing from San Jose paying a premium over the tour departing from San Fransisco, the tour company wanted me to make my own way to San Fran for pickup anyway. I ...
The tour was very good, nice stops and the tour guide Denise was friendly and informative. A few things though, I booked the trip departing from San Jose paying a premium over the tour departing from San Fransisco, the tour company wanted me to make my own way to San Fran for pickup anyway. I had to send quiet a few emails to explain I'd be departing from San Jose as the tour website described. Also we happened to book the tour on Martin Luther King Day a holiday in America, this means entrance to National Parks is free for the day, we however still paid for the price of park entrance in our tour cost. Basically the tour company had us pay the price of park entrance when there was no need to do so which I felt was dishonest.
While my tour of Yosemite was amazing, out tour guide Aoka was awesome, the tour company was not. I paid a premium to leave from downtown San Jose instead of San Francisco. The morning of the tour I was waiting at the hotel at 6:30sm as instructed. Instead of a bus, coach or van an Uber dri...
While my tour of Yosemite was amazing, out tour guide Aoka was awesome, the tour company was not. I paid a premium to leave from downtown San Jose instead of San Francisco. The morning of the tour I was waiting at the hotel at 6:30sm as instructed. Instead of a bus, coach or van an Uber driver pulled up, asked me my name and told me to come with him. Tour company called while this was happening and confirmed that I should get into the Uber. The driver then drove me for a ways out of town, pulled into a strip mall parking lot and told me we were here. I asked where I was supposed to go and he said he wasnt sure, and left me in the middle of the parking lot, I had zero idea what was going on. I called the number from the tour company and she told me to go hang out in the Starbucks and a van should be there in about 20 minutes. Sometime later I get another call saying that my driver has been waiting for me at the 7-11. I now board a full bus. We drive for about an hour, pull into a grocery store and we are told to shop for all the food we will need for the day, bus is locked for 1/2 hr so youre forced to walk aimlessly around the store. Great, amazing day touring Yosemite. Our driver was great, informative albeit a bit cheesy, but really put the effort into a nice day. Time to go home, once again after our mandatory 1/2 hour grocery store stop this time on our way home, I get dropped off in the middle of a parking lot, its DARK, Starbucks is closed, my phone battery is on fumes only half the buss charging ports worked after a 13hr day and Im suppose to wait there alone until a third party Uber driver is called and arrives. I had a dude in pickup truck harassing me while I waited for the Uber to arrive. Unsafe, unprofessional and NOT what I signed up for. What a disappointing ending to an otherwise beautiful day.