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3-Day Semi-Guided Tour of Yosemite National Park with Giant Sequoias

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    Day 1: San Francisco to Yosemite

    Pass By: Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
    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: San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
    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: 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.

    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: 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: Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat Entrance, 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.

    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: 12 hours

    Stop At: Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, 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: 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: 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

    Stop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
    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

    Stop At: 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.
    Duration: 30 minutes

    Pass By: Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.

    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: Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Four Mile Trail is a moderate to strenuous trail leading from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point.

    Pass By: Glacier Point, Yosemite Lodge Resort origin, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra is located 30 miles (one hour) from Yosemite Valley.

    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.

    Pass By: Horsetail Fire Fall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall.

    Pass By: Illilouette Fall, Illilouette creek, Yosemite National Park, CA
    llilouette Falls is a 370-foot waterfall in Yosemite National Park. It is located on the Illilouette Creek, a left tributary of the Merced River, in a small side canyon directly across from Vernal Falls, and is visible from the trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls.

    Pass By: Mist Trail, Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
    The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The steep hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.

    Pass By: Nevada Fall, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
    Nevada Fall is a 594-foot high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.

    Pass By: Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Sentinel Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 0.8 miles southwest of Glacier Point and 1.4 miles northeast of Profile Cliff. Sentinel Dome is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak.

    Pass By: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Vernal Fall is a 317-foot waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier Point, as well as close up, along the Mist Trail.

    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.

    Pass By: Ahwahnee Historic Building, 1 Ahwahnee Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Dating from 1927, this historic, landmark hotel is set on a valley floor with views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

    Pass By: 9010 Curry Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
    Beneath the grandeur of Glacier Point, Half Dome Village is known for the same warm, hospitable feeling that was instilled by its founders, David and Jennie Curry in 1899.

    Pass By: Yosemite View Lodge, 11136 CA-140, El Portal, CA 95318, USA
    Yosemite View Lodge in El Portal, California offers all the comfort you expect from a luxury resort hotel while remaining just steps from the myriad adventures, activities and inspiring scenes of natural beauty found within the nearly 2,000 miles of preserved wilderness that is Yosemite National Park.

    Pass By: Yosemite Cedar Lodge, 9966 CA-140, El Portal, CA 95318, USA
    This laid-back, budget hotel is just eight miles from the entrance of Yosemite National Park. All guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, access to a private beach on the Merced River and an American family-style restaurant, plus a sports bar and grill.

    Pass By: Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort, 6979 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345, USA
    The Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is a classic rustic resort 25 miles outside of the park. Under a grove of oak and pine in our own small valley with a stream, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort offers a magical scene with cabins on stilts dotting the mountainside where walking is part of the experience.

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: Yosemite National Park

    Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
    • Free time to enjoy the many attractions in Yosemite at your own pace
    Duration: 1 day

    Pass By: Ansel Adams Gallery, Village Mall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Gallery showcasing & selling photography by celebrated landscape artist Ansel Adams, among others.

    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: Four Mile Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Four Mile Trail is a moderate to strenuous trail leading from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point.

    Pass By: Glacier Point, Yosemite Lodge Resort origin, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Glacier Point, an overlook with a commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and the High Sierra is located 30 miles (one hour) from Yosemite Valley.

    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.

    Pass By: Horsetail Fire Fall, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Horsetail Fall, located in Yosemite National Park in California, is a seasonal waterfall that flows in the winter and early spring. The fall occurs on the east side of El Capitan. Around the second week of February, the setting sun hits Horsetail Fall at just the right angle to illuminate the upper reaches of the waterfall.

    Pass By: Illilouette Fall, Illilouette creek, Yosemite National Park, CA
    llilouette Falls is a 370-foot waterfall in Yosemite National Park. It is located on the Illilouette Creek, a left tributary of the Merced River, in a small side canyon directly across from Vernal Falls, and is visible from the trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls.

    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: 1 hour

    Pass By: Mist Trail, Happy Isles, Yosemite National Park, CA
    The Mist Trail is one of the most popular short hikes in Yosemite National Park, California, USA. The steep hike follows the Merced River, starting at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley, past Vernal Fall and Emerald Pool, to Nevada Fall.

    Pass By: Nevada Fall, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
    Nevada Fall is a 594-foot high waterfall on the Merced River in Yosemite National Park, California. It is located below the granite dome, Liberty Cap, at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley.

    Pass By: Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point Road, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Sentinel Dome is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, United States. It lies on the south wall of Yosemite Valley, 0.8 miles southwest of Glacier Point and 1.4 miles northeast of Profile Cliff. Sentinel Dome is known for a Jeffrey Pine that grew from its peak.

    Pass By: 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.

    Stop At: 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.
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Vernal Falls Trail, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Vernal Fall is a 317-foot waterfall on the Merced River just downstream of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park, California. Like its upstream neighbor, Vernal Fall is clearly visible at a distance, from Glacier Point, as well as close up, along the Mist Trail.

    Stop At: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA
    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: Swinging Bridge Picnic Area Yosemite National Park CA, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Excellent picnic & BBQ area near the Merced River, Yosemite Valley Lodge, and Sentinel Beach Picnic Area.

    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.

    Pass By: Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
    Escape the crowds on this relatively unknown 11.5-mile loop trail in the western Yosemite Valley and be rewarded with views of Yosemite’s major icons, including El Capitan, Bridalveil Fall and Sentinel Rock.

    Pass By: Ahwahnee Historic Building, 1 Ahwahnee Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
    Dating from 1927, this historic, landmark hotel is set on a valley floor with views of Half Dome, Glacier Point and Yosemite Falls.

    Pass By: 9010 Curry Village Dr, Yosemite Valley, CA 95389, USA
    Beneath the grandeur of Glacier Point, Half Dome Village is known for the same warm, hospitable feeling that was instilled by its founders, David and Jennie Curry in 1899.

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 3: Yosemite to San Francisco

    Stop At: Yosemite Valley, 9035 Village Dr, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389-9912
    • Meet your return tour vehicle at 3:00 pm (meeting point: Yosemite Valley Lodge)
    • Return to your San Francisco hotel at approximately 9:00

    Duration: 12 hours

    Pass By: Yosemite National Park Big Oak Flat Entrance, 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: 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.

    Pass By: Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA 94111, USA
    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: San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge, San Francisco, CA, USA
    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.

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please meet us at the MASON STREET SIDE ENTRANCE.
    We also pick up from most other San Francisco Downtown and Fisherman's Wharf Hotels. Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance to arrange.
    Departure Time
    5:50 AM
    Duration
    3 days
    Inclusions
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Yosemite Valley
    Exclusions
    • Accommodation
    • Meals & Beverages
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
    • 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. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator in advance may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
    • For hotel pickups, please select the Hilton Union Square if your hotel is not listed.
    • The Giant Sequoias 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.
    • 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.
    • Tour makes stops for breakfast, lunch, and on the trip back for dinner. Meals are not included.
    • Audio guides are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin, and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements.
    • 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
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I was looking for ways to get to Yosemite without driving myself, and came across Extranomical Tours. I booked with them directly and managed to arrange a 2-night stay at the Yosemite Valley Lodge. They were responsive over email and the booking process was relatively...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    Thank Vicky C
    GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Thanks for your good commentary...it helps us to get better every day. We'll pass you praise on to Denise who loves feedback. Let's do it again soon!

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Well organised trip with excellent informed driver/ guides top marks for Denise and Geno who were very knowledgeable and great fun

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank Steve_SBangalore
    GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    From everyone here...Thanks! Let's do a different tour next time! Travel well.

    Reviewed 3 September 2019

    I paid in full for the 3 day tour to Yosemite. 3 days later they decide to tell me the accomodation isn't available for one of the days I was intending to go and asked if I wanted to cancel, after taking the payment. It...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Beckys09
    GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2019

    Becky, we regret the frustration that you've experienced. We have not been able to refund your card because, for security reasons, we do not retain guests' cc information. If you will call our office today (415-357-0700) and ask for Gary, I'll personally take the information...More

    Reviewed 12 July 2019

    I booked a tour with Extranomical Tours for a Yosemite 3 day tour – dorm room for July 6th-8th 2019. I was picked up at the Hilton in Union Square after the transport was 20 minutes late for the scheduled arrival. The bus had seats...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank TN_Hiker09
    GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2019

    We were sad to hear that you were disappointed with your tour last week. Thank you for taking my call on Friday. Please know that your comments are taken seriously and that we use them to get better every day. Your primary issue was with...More

    Reviewed 4 June 2019

    We took a 3 day Yosemite Tour from San Francisco(SF). Extranomical is not much of a tour company it is more like a travel arranger who picks up guests and drops them off to their destinations. They picked us up from SF and took us...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
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    GaryAlan2019, Owner at Extranomical Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2019

    We're sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your trip to Yosemite. Please call our SF office (415-357-0700) and ask for Gary so we can put things right. Readers of your review should know several things about the tour itinerary and logistics: 1) your...More

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