Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose

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  • 14 hours

  • 1 - 15 participants

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  • 9031 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

This experience to the wild, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only Yosemite Valley 1-day tour from San Jose where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will be race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.

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  • Expert guide and commentary

  • Entrance fee into Yosemite National Park

  • From$242.10 / person

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Locations

  • 9031 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

  • Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

  • El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

  • Highway 41, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

  • Tuolumne Grove, Yosemite National Park, California, United States

  • Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA, United States

  • 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite, California, United States

  • 170 South Market Street, Downtown San Jose, CA, 95113, United States

  • Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, United States

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel up to 24 hours before the start of your event you will receive 100% refund

Times

available daily

Not included

  • Gratuities

  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required

  • Food and drinks, unless specified

How long before the event do I need to book?

You can book at any time before the event

Price

  • Prices from $242.10 / person

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Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: San Jose, San Jose, California

Join us on this breathtaking tour of Yosemite National Park, whose towering granite peaks, cascading waterfalls and nature trails are perhaps the most stunning in the world. This award-winning tour spends the most time in Yosemite and includes a unique hike among ancient Giant Sequoias.

Your tour begins with a convenient pick up in San Jose.

Pass By: San Joaquin Valley, CA

Sit back and enjoy the scenery as your guide explains how glitter in the American River sparked the California gold rush.

Quick stop for breakfast along the way.

Pass By: Sierra Nevada, California, USA

Into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. See 150 year old mining towns and learn the colorful history of the region and what geological forces made Yosemite’s dramatic landscapes; and the role John Muir played in the formation of America’s first protected wilderness.

Pass By: Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, California

Be Blown Away by Awe-Inspiring Valley Views

After entering Yosemite National Park, we’ll make our way to a scene made famous by photographer Ansel Adams.

Stop At: Tunnel View, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Take a moment at Tunnel View. Capture yourself with El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, and Cathedral Peak as your background.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Bridalveil Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

Once you’ve had your fill of photographs from this perch overlooking the valley, the tour will arrange a memorable stop where you can get eye to eye with wispy Bridalveil Fall.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

Have Your Own Yosemite Valley Adventure

After arriving to our stop in Yosemite Valley, you will have 2 hours for lunch and exploring on your own.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

The free time options include hiking to Yosemite Falls

Pass By: Sentinel bridge, Sentinel dr, Yosemite National Park, CA

Meandering through Sentinel Meadow

Pass By: Ansel Adams Gallery, 9031 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912

Checking out the Ansel Adams Gallery and more.

Stop At: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA

Take a Moment with More Iconic Monuments

Your Yosemite experience stops next at El Capitan Meadow to learn more about the world’s largest granite monolith and its climbing culture.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Valley View, Northside Drive Just East of El Portal Road Junction, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

As we are leaving Yosemite Valley, we will make our final stop at Valley View which serves up a panoramic landscape framing the Merced River, El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Merced River, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Watch the water flow through from the mountains

Pass By: Cathedral Rocks and Spires, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Can be seen at our Valley View stop

Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA

Feel the Quiet Grandeur of Giant Sequoias

The highlight of our tour is still ahead of you as we head to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. In this beautiful grove, you’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with some of the largest and oldest trees on earth.

*When the Tuolumne Grove trail is snow-covered or unsafe (November-March), we always spend extra time in Yosemite Valley.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Big Oak Flat, Big Oak Flat, California

By the end of the day, you’ll have experienced some of the most incredible landscapes in the world and captured memories to last a lifetime. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Yosemite National Park with us.

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Meeting point

Signia by Hilton San Jose, 170 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113, USA



Departure time

05:45 AM



Return details

Returns to original departure point

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Important information

  • 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

  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

3.7(34 Reviews)
Passport14471375795()
Oct 15, 2023

バスから黒い液体が垂れてきて、服が汚れてしまいました。旅行の気分が台無しになりました。あり得ないことですので、ちょっとどうにかしてほしいです。

Alis B()
Sep 18, 2023

First of all, we had the best tour guide his name is Andy Hows!! He was responsible professional and caring. He deserves a big reward.

laurieh740()
Sep 17, 2023

This tour originates in SF. You will meet up with the bus that will take you to Yosemite in Livermore, CA. Expect the tour group to be large. Our bus was full - 50+ people. Seats in the back of the bus, near the restroom, were the only pairs of seats available in Livermore. The engine is in the back of the bus. During our drive to Yosemite, our guide outlined the day’s activities. Several stops for photos, free time in Yosemite Valley to explore & have lunch, more photo ops, and to end the day, the highlight of the tour - Hike to the Giant Sequoias. His description of the hike was unsettling. He described it as “killer”, and I’m not meaning killer-good. He meant killer, as in dangerously difficult. There is a 7.58% grade incline (400’/1 mile) on the hike back. That’s strenuous, but doable for us, given time for adequate breaks along the way. Our expectations for this tour were to visit the first national park, enjoy the beautiful sites, take a bunch of pictures, get our nat’l parks passport stamped, and hike to the giant sequoias. I love trees of all kinds, so I was really looking forward to this part of the tour. The stops for photos were crowded with other tourists - to be expected in a national park. We got great shots at each one, with our guide’s help to get photos of the two of us. Before our stop in the Valley, we were told to return to the bus by a certain time. We also learned that there was not an opportunity for a passport stamp at this stop-disappointment #1. Our options were, to go without, or use our free time to hike to & from the Visitor’s Center to get the cancellation stamp. The hike to the visitor’s center was 20-25 minutes one way. It would have taken most of our available time to get the stamp, so we decided to get them online. We opted to go with our guide the the base of the falls, where we enjoyed the sound of the falls and a relaxing picnic in the nearby area. When the bus returned to take us our next adventure, our guide did a headcount. One of the passengers was missing. A young man, who had left his backpack on the bus and apparently went adventuring on his own. We overheard the guide discuss the situation with someone, who tried to call the lost passenger. There is zero cell service or wifi in the valley, so no surprise he did not answer. After waiting 20 minutes, the guide made the decision to leave this person behind. There seemed to be little concern for his well being or his options to get back to SF/SJ. It was unsettling. Disappointment #2. On our way to the highlight of the tour, our guide once again described the hike as “cardiac event”, “not recommended for anyone on heart medication or who had knee problems”. He like to refer to his hikes as “dangerous, and dangerous is fun”. We were allowed 1.5 hours for the hike to and from the trees (that are only visible at the end of the trail). The NPS postings at the site recommended 2-3 hours. It was raining when we arrived, and our guide made a point to mention that forest fires most often start with lightening strikes during a thunder storm. For crying out loud! We made the decision not to make the hike. We knew we could do it given adequate time to hike up the incline on the way out, but we were concerned that we wouldn’t make it back in time, and could be left behind. Disappointment #3. Are we glad we went to Yosemite? Absolutely. Would we recommend this tour? Probably not.

Akash_B()
Jul 3, 2023

Yosemite park was a great place but the tour company did not make us feel safe. We had taken the San Jose to Yosemite tour. We were aware that this will mean that they will put us on an SUV from San Jose to Livermore, and then we get on to the main bus that takes us to Yosemite. On the way back, our tour guide drops us at the Livermore empty parking lot and just leaves. He didn't call the driver who was supposed to pick us up. Essentially, we were left to fend for ourselves. We felt super unsafe as tourists just waiting in the dark for someone to come and pick us up. The area did not seem safe. Luckily, one of the tourists had the driver's number, the driver picked up the call, and came after 20 mins. The driver said that no one has contacted him and asked him to come pick us up early ( so I think we were dropped off early, and the tour guide or maybe the tour organizer didn't inform him that we are there ). The tour guide actually said " I wouldn't know " when asked about the pick up situation. Although, the experience was otherwise great ( the tour guide was actually a nice orator), but safety comes first. I should also note that the extranomical tours phone number was not working ( no one picked up and it went to voice mail). Leaving tourists in the dark, in the middle of nowhere, with no information is not fine!! I saw the same review by other people about the san Jose trip. The tour company seems to apologize and give their number ( which didn't work when we needed them ). So doesn't seem like they will fix the situation. Best is to get the trip from San Francisco ( not San Jose). I think everyone who took the trip from San Francisco had a smooth experience.

JDMiami()
Jul 2, 2023

On the whole, this was a perfectly good tour, but I can’t give it a full recommendation because the communication was really lacking. One big point, this tour is long. It was a busy weekend and we were told to arrive at 5:15. We didn’t get back to San Jose until 10 pm. Back to communication: First, the motor coach does not pick up in San Jose. You meet out front of a hotel in San Jose and private SUVs take you to Livermore to meet the big bus. This fact was poorly communicated. We showed up at the hotel and three suvs arrived, late, and said they were taking us to the bus, about 25 minutes. Poor communication 2. In the 45 (not 25) minute ride, the driver said nothing before dropping us in front of a 7-11 in Livermore. The SUV drivers disappeared into a Starbucks and all the tour clients were standing outside a 7-11 wondering when we will see a bus. Thank goodness it wasn’t raining. My son was worried it was a scam. Nope, not a scam, just more poor communication. The bus eventually showed up and we learned this was a joint trip with tour clients from San Fran. No problem but the the guide never went over the days itinerary. We never really knew what was next. Simple fix: explain the days plan. The tour itself was very good once in the park. The bus takes you to several scenic spots in Yosemite, and you don’t have to navigate the mountain roads or fight for parking. The views are great and the park is magnificent. Hard to take a bad photo. Our guide, Gino, was also good. He’s funny and genuine even though he is a little hard to understand sometimes and he mixed up his rights and lefts a few times. Perhaps if I was taking the tour from San Fran, I would have another opinion, but the San Jose extension feels cobbled on so I can’t recommend this tour without flagging the shortcomings in logistics and communication. I took this tour because I wanted to see Yosemite but could only dedicate one day to it. So it met my bucket list need. But on a holiday weekend the wait to get in was signicatnt, like 2 hours! And the park was packed. If I have a chance to return to Yosemite, it will be a weekday when school is in session.

Kelly a()
Apr 5, 2023

I was unaware I would be leaving my car in a parking garage for a hotel who didn't know a tour was using them for a parking garage. We then were ubered and dropped off at a 7/11 to wait for bus who was late. We waited 25 mins from time uber dropped us off til bus picked us up in front of a 7/11.. If we were a family this would've been unacceptable. But it was just me and boyfriend. This tour needs to be more specific and tell you that there are no sequoia trees until May! Not that if "weather permits" came to see trees and no giant sequoias!!

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