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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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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
National Park fees
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Hotel/port pickup and drop-off (from select hotels in San Francisco)
Local taxes
Food and drinks
Gratuities
No Pick-up/Drop-off from residential addresses or hotels outside of San Francisco

Departure Point

San Francisco, CA, USA

Traveler pickup is offered
Hotel pickup time in the following zones:

Fisherman's Wharf/Lombard Street Corridor: 6am - 6:20am

Union Square/SOMA: 6:20am - 6:40am

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 in a Day Tour 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
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour 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
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas in a Day Tour from San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It is a long day but definitely worth every penny!" See review
  • "If you can car sick easily, i would recommend going with a large tour bus instead of this van." See review
  • "Its a long day, but there are plenty of breaks on the way." See review

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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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star-4
Efficient and fun
Huy
, Aug 2020
The tour itself is amazing, and Phil was an awesome guy. The park was quite empty because of the pandemic, so we had a lot of time for photo ops. The tour operator was responsive when I texted them. They handled all the ticketing process so that was a breeze. All we had to do was to show up at the hotel lobby and the whole trip was taken care of. The reason for one start taken off was about the AC. After one long day in the park and it was in the middle of the summer, the AC was dead. It felt like the sauna the whole time we were on the way back to SF. All in all, great experience. This is your tour if you're short on time.
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star-5
Best Bay Area is the BEST!
Callie_B
, Jul 2020
Phil went above and beyond. We booked months in advance for a tour through Extranomical that unfortunately cancelled on us the day before the trip. Viator and Phil from the Best Bay Area Tour company pulled through with less than 24 hours notice! He was extremely personable, patient, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great experience. He knows all of the best spots and trivia to go along with it. Thanks Phil!
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BEST TOUR EVER
Cheril
, Jul 2020
Best tour ever!! 100% recommended . Best bay tour and the Tour guide are very professional, knowledgable, friendly and helpful. We had an amazing time.
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Yosemite
Carol_B
, Mar 2020
Great trip loved Yosemite and Mike our guide was brilliant very informative and extremely helpful. Definitely recommend
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Magical Yosemite
Anna_K
, Mar 2020
Absolutely worth it doing this tour. Yosemite is magical and it's a great way to get the first glimpse! I wish I had more time but it still felt we had time for a couple of nice shorter hikes - so it was not "all day on the bus" sort of thing. We were very lucky to visit Giant Sequioas (not guaranteed in Winter due to possible snow) but this Winter it is very dry in CA. The travel time one way is about 4 hrs (including the food stop) - it went by very fast. Our guide and driver Mike was very good; he spent some time living in the part in the past and shared some interesting information about it.
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Great tour
Alexandra_R
, Mar 2020
Phil was a fantastic tour guide. We really enjoyed this tour. We had a small group which saved time and allowed us to visit more parts of the park. Would recommend to all.
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Yosemite
Kerin_T
, Feb 2020
Mike was a very informed interesting guide. Heaps of laughs and great to have inside knowledge. Awesome day out
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Wow!!!
Christoforos_P
, Feb 2020
Fantastic experience! One of the most impressive parks I have seen in my life! Our driver Phil was very knowledgeable and humourous! We had a fantastic time and learnt a lot! He made sure we not only did all the scheduled stops but also some additional for pictures! Great trip, I would highly recommend this experience!
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