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Private Yosemite One Day Tour

This 5-star private tour to Yosemite National Park takes your group to the awe-inspiring monuments of Half Dome and El Capitan. Bridalveil, Horsetail, and Yosemite Falls make dramatic appearances during most seasons, but it does depend on weather. Hike among giant Yosemite trees or walk to the Swinging Bridge on the Meadow Loop Trail. This Yosemite private tour has been carefully crafted by local experts to ensure it offers the best possible experience of California’s most important national park.

Hike to Yosemite’s Giant Sequoias trees (conditions permitting)
Stops at Inspiration Point, El Capitan and the trail to Yosemite Falls
Free time to explore Yosemite Valley
Local expert guide (English)
Foreign language audios in 8 languages
Park entry fee
Available 365 days a year
Guide gratuity
Built in savings for larger groups
Meals or beverages

Highlights of the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco

  • Private and flexible 1-day tour that includes a hike to Giant Sequoias
  • Spends more than 5 hours in Yosemite Park
  • Fully guided in English; audio guides in 8 languages
  • Stops to explore Inspiration Point, Yosemite Valley, El Capitan Meadow and Valley View
  • Photograph Bridalveil Fall, Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and El Capitan
  • The larger the groups, the more you save!

Yosemite Private Tour Details

This is your chance to plan a private tour to Yosemite National Park jam-packed with the towering granite monuments of Half Dome, Cathedral Peak, El Capitan, and other dramatic scenes formed eons ago. You will see Bridalveil, Horsetail, and Yosemite Falls put on impressive water displays. Since it is private, take as long as you like to enjoy nature hikes in Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoia trees and on the Meadow Loop Trail to the Swinging Bridge.

Your Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Private Tour begins with a convenient pickup from any hotel in San Francisco, then crosses through California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley before climbing into the rocky Sierra Nevada mountains. Relax as you learn the colorful gold rush history of the region. The tour pauses halfway to Yosemite to stretch your legs and grab refreshments.

Soon after reaching Yosemite National Park, you will experience the quiet solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. You will not doubt for a second that these Yosemite trees are among the largest living creatures on the planet. No picture does them justice, but that should not keep you from trying!

In winter, when the Tuolumne Grove trail is snow-covered or unsafe, we substitute this experience with other attractions.

Hearts will race as we head down into Yosemite Valley and make the next stop at Inspiration Point — a view of the valley made famous by Ansel Adams and hundreds of artists since. Take a moment and then some selfies with your group with El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Cathedral Peak, and Bridalveil Fall as your backdrop.

Once we reach the floor of Yosemite Valley, you will have a couple of hours of free time to grab a quick picnic lunch. Then, check out the Ansel Adams Gallery or the Yosemite Valley Wilderness Center in Yosemite Village. Both are great spots to pick up some souvenirs and gifts for friends back home.

Yosemite Valley is home to more than 400 types of species of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. In Spring, wildflowers blanket the valley floor. The Lower Yosemite Falls, Mist and Meadow Loop trailheads, near Yosemite Valley Lodge, are guaranteed to delight group members of all ages.

After re-boarding your tour vehicle, you day has more highlights. The tour makes a photo stop at El Capitan Meadow where your gang can get straight on view of the Yosemite icon, an impressive vantage point for Cathedral Rocks, and, if the season is right, Horsetail Fall which produces the famous “firefall” in late-February.

Your private tour of Yosemite ends on a high note at Valley View. This spot serves up a view along the banks of the Merced River framed by El Capitan and the imposing spires of Cathedral Rocks. This is a great spot for your “saying goodbye” selfie with the whole group.

As the tour exits Yosemite and begins the return trip from Yosemite to San Francisco, there will be some quiet time for you to flip through photographs and reflect on your day. Since you will have worked up an appetite, your guide will select a spot for a brief dinner break (not included in the tour price).

Special requests? Help with photos? Have a question? Just ask. Your Extranomical Tours guide is a Yosemite insider and there to help out every step of the way.

Why choose us:

Extranomical Tours has experts in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been running Yosemite tours for many years. Travel and Hospitality Awards has honored us as the best Yosemite tour. We are delighted to have earned more 5-star guest reviews than anyone else for our Yosemite tours!

We look forward to using our experience and hospitality to host you on a Yosemite private tour; this special national park is phenomenal in any season and on any day. We’re so confident that our private tour of Yosemite National park will amaze that it is backed by a Satisfaction Guarantee.

Things to know:

During winter months, warm, layered clothing is often needed. You will need sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots with rubber soles and treads for the best experiences on the park’s trails.

The Giant Sequoias hike on this tour is dependent on snow levels and trail conditions and may not be available from October to May.

The hike to the Tuolumne Grove of redwoods includes 400 feet (122 meters) of incline on the return and can be difficult. It should not be attempted by guests with respiratory or cardio conditions.

Yosemite National Park Tour Itinerary

Private tours groups may request variations to the itinerary. Modifications must be approved in advance. Contact Guest Services at (415) 650-4585 or

06:30 AM to 11:00 AM

  • Begin your Yosemite tour with a single convenient pickup in San Francisco
  • Stop to pick up snacks and lunch for the park
  • Learn all about the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Gold Country
  • You guide prepares the group for a day in Yosemite National Park

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

  • Enter Yosemite National Park
  • Conditions permitting, hike to 2,000-year-old Yosemite trees in Tuolumne Grove

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

  • Stop for the view of Yosemite Valley at Inspiration Point
  • Photograph El Capitan, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome and Cathedral Rocks
  • Check out the water show put on by Bridalveil Fall and Yosemite Falls

1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

  • Grab a picnic lunch at Yosemite Lodge (meal not included)
  • Enjoy two hours of free time in Yosemite Valley
  • Visit the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center and Ansel Adams Gallery
  • Hike to the photogenic Swinging Bridge or Lower Yosemite Falls

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

  • Stretch your legs at El Capitan Meadow
  • Photograph Horsetail Fall
  • Take your last look at Valley View

4:30 PM to 9:00 PM

  • Descend from the Sierras as you return from Yosemite to San Francisco
  • Break for dinner and refreshments
  • Watch as the sun sets into California’s golden hills
  • Conclude the tour at your pickup location

Times are approximations. Traffic and unforeseen events can cause delays.  Please do not make travel plans on the same day as your tour

Note: The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias may not be available in the Winter. If conditions are not safe, Extranomical Tours will substitute this experience.

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Important Information
Are there blackout dates when the tour may not run?

No. Yosemite is open 365 days a year and we can arrange your private tour on any day.

How long is the tour?

The standard Yosemite and Giant Sequoias tour takes 14-15 hours and includes 4-5 hours in the park. We allow for some pre-approved variations to this itinerary but the total tour cannot exceed 15 hours due to safety regulation in the State of California.

Our group includes children. Do we need child seats?

Please note that for your child's safety, we cannot allow children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height on the tour without a child safety seat or booster seat. If you do not have a safety seat with you, contact our office and we will assist with arrangements.

Can we bring suitcases or other large items?

Generally, we ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm. If your group will not occupy the entire tour vehicle, there may be room. Please check with Guest Services at (415) 357-0700 about arrangements in advance of the tour day.

How long is the drive to Yosemite?

The drive is about 4 hours. We will make a stop halfway so you can stretch your legs and gather refreshments.

What do I need to know about the Giant Sequoias hike?

The hike is dependent on the trail conditions. Tuolumne Grove usually available from April to October. The hike is about 2 miles round-trip (about 60 minutes) on a paved trail with 400 feet (122 meters) incline on the return. If you choose not to participate in the hike, there is a comfortable outdoor seating area and restrooms.

What is the best time of year to visit Yosemite Valley?

Each season in Yosemite Valley offers its own advantages. Summer is the best chance for sunny and warm hikes, Fall offers peace and solitude at the popular attractions, Winter means a blanket of snow over all the rock monuments and Spring features the peak of the annual Yosemite Valley waterfall show.

Is admission included?

The Yosemite Entrance fee is included in the price of your tour.

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. There will also be time on your own during the stops. For our international guests, we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 8 languages. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.

What is the average temperature?

Yosemite weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

Average High temperature: 87°F / 31°C
Average Low temperature: 55°F / 13°C

Average High temperature: 48°F / 9°C
Average Low temperature: 29°F / -2°C

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpected changes in temperature or precipitation. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included on this tour. We do make a stop about halfway to and from Yosemite, where you can buy a snack or meal to take with you. There are also restaurants and a food court in Yosemite Valley where you can purchase lunch and snacks.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.

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