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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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose

1 day
About this activity
Your journey begins with a convenient hotel pickup in central San Jose. You'll then head east en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West. 
This is the only 1-day tour that let's you experience the famous Sierra Nevada redwoods. On arrival at Yosemite National Park, your first experience will be hiking to the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias (weather permitting) and having your breath taken away by their size and majesty. This is an unguided and strenuous hike for some, so consult with your guide about taking it.
Continue your journey through Yosemite with a stop at Inspiration Point for a bird’s-eye view of the whole valley. Gaze up at the massive granite formations of Half Dome and El Capitan, watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime, marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park, Yosemite Falls. 
Later, you will have 1-2 hours of free time to explore Yosemite Valley. For lunch, enjoy a picnic next to the Merced River or visit one of the restaurants at Yosemite Lodge (not included). Pick from a variety of activities available within the park, like: hiking to one of Yosemite's waterfalls, spotting a black bear; renting bikes for a leisurely trip through the valley, cooling off in lovely river pools (summer), or simply relaxing at the Valley Visitor Center or Ansel Adams Gallery. 
When it's time to head back to San Jose, sit back and enjoy the scenic ride through the Sierra Nevada and into the sunset.
Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
The Giant Sequoias are best visited between May and October. During the rest of the year, snow and ice conditions may prevent access to roads and trails. In this event, other activities may be substituted in its place.
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Included
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Free Wifi on vehicle
Not included
  • Gratuities
  • Child safety seat for children under 8 years old or 4' 9" (1.4 meters) required
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • 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.
  • 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
  • As tour sizes vary, transportation is in either a 15-passenger minivan or a 41-passenger bus.
  • Tour makes stops at approximately 8:30am for breakfast, 1pm for lunch and on the trip back for dinner. Meals are not included.
  • Audio headsets available in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements. Please bring USD20.00 deposit on the day of the tour. This will be refunded at the end.
  • You will either be picked up directly by the tour bus or be provided transportation to the tour bus in the East Bay.
  • Please note:
  • 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.
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