It was an AMAZING trip! I highly recommend taking this tour if you do not have time to hike/camp at Yosemite. I took my parents here and they absolutely loved it. The tour guide, Denise, was an added charm to the whole trip. Her energy and enthusiasm added on to ours and made it all worthwhile!
Our 1 Day trip to Yosemite was amazing. Ben was an exceptional driver and guide throughout the entire day. He is an incredibly safe driver (given the endless corners and elevations) and was an exceptional guide in the information and knowledge shared throughout the day. I highly recommend this trip and Ben to anyone interested in a great day with a friendly and courteous guide
The tour was great, really well organized, the bus was comfortable and the places visited were amazing. Special thanks to our guide/driver Roman, he was always fast with a good sense of humor and his stories were really entertaining.
Overall a very good experience. Unfortunately we could not go inside the Yosemite Valley due to fire, but they informed well in advance about the itenary change with options to change the trip date or choose other tours.
Our guide/driver Denise was the best guide we ever had. A brilliant driver, superbly knowledgeable, fantastic communicator and most charming. I cannot recommend enough any tours run by her company Extranomical, if it was guided by Denise!
I was a little scared in the beginning about this 1 day tour to the Yosemite Park, but at the end of the day, even though I was tired, everything was worth it!!!
I have to say that the bigget part of the success of this tour has been the guide: PHIL!!!!
He is an extremely nice person and learned guide over a good driver.
I suggest this tour to everybody wishing to have at least an idea of what the park looks like.
We had a very good tour to Yosemite National Park.Allthough the time for the tour was very long it was made interesting by Gino the driver/guide. He was very informative and took us to all the important sites.Thank you Gino
Went last week, sunny weather and not too crowded at the park. Phil the tour guide was excellent, he was a great speaker and very funny. Gave us sufficient time to walk around the park and helped everyone take pictures at tunnel view.
Everything went as planned and expected. Our guide and driver, Jacob was on the ball. He kept us safe with his solid driving, informed us about the history, kept us awake with his humour and helpful advice on the best stuff to see and do at Yosemite. I had a great time and the weather cooperated 100% too. Thanks Jacob for a job well done.
It was one of cherishing experience. This is my first US tour and I was travelling with my aged mom so took the one day trip to Yosemite. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour and our guide Ms Denise was a wonderful lady. She made it a pleasant experience and she enriched us with valuable information. And she s one excellent driver. My mom and me really enjoyed the tour and I d recommend to take this tours.
Our guide Denise was great, I was concerned about the long trip as I easily feel motion sickness, but she was a very smooth driver! She gave us lots of facts and stories about California, which made the trip feel not that lengthy.
I was worried it would be a bit of a crazy thing to do in one day, but it was not tiring at all and I am so glad I did it!
Everything was so nicely organised, and we managed to see all the most scenic views from the park.
El tour fue fant√°stico, la agencia muy puntual, nos llevaron a todos los lugares descritos a excpeci√≥n de Giant Sequoias (Por ser temporada de invierno) al final nos llevaron a las afueras de la ciudad de San Francisco para poder apreciar la ciudad de noche, una fant√°stica vista. Nuestro gu√≠a fue en todo momento atento, carism√°tico y divertido.
Realmente vale la pena visitar este hermoso lugar.
We did the Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour with Denise and were blown away.
Denise was a fantastic guide. Her knowledge and her enthusiasm was infectious. The tour was a long day but Denise made it thoroughly enjoyable. Denise was also a safe and smooth driver.
Fantastic tour for tourists who have short time. Covered all the important points, with some time left for activities like hiking, etc. Pick-up was on time and Gino our tourist was very helpful and considerate. I would recommend more pick-up/drop points in suburban areas like Fremont or nearer to BART station.
We had Travis as a tour guide and he was wonderful! No one in our group was looking forward to being on a bus most of the day but we had a lot of laughs, great incites on everything he was showing us and also he knew a lot about California. It's nice to know fun facts about the place you visit. If we did this again we would try and stay at Yosemite for at least 1 night because there is just so much to see. But I really think Travis made the experience better
This tour is absolutely amazing!
I can only highly recommend it for the wonderful guides, liveliness, humor, and pleasant surprises. The tour is very well organized! You really feel the passion from the guides and the small community is definitely a plus.
We went on the "1-Day Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Tour from San Francisco" and were extremely pleased. Our tour guide (I believe her name was Denise) was fantastic and shared so much knowledge about Yosemite, the history of California, and about other recommendations in the area. She made the trip well worthwhile. I would highly recommend her as a tour guide. The trip itself also was better than expected. For a one-day tour, I figured we wouldn't get to see that much, but we got to see pretty much everything that could possibly have been seen for a one day tour (of course you could see more in multiple days, but probably not in one day). We got to see so much because of our great tour guide and her efforts to make it a great day for us. I would highly recommend this tour if you only have one day and want to get to see Yosemite!
Everything good you have heard about Yosemite is true. It is a wonderful experience and recommended to all. By far this was one of the best single day tour I have been on. The guide was very informative and have a great sense of humor.
It was a great one-day tour to Yosemite park! Gino our guide driver- simply the best: great sense of humor, many interesting points we stopped by.
I liked that it was not like some other tours i had before: when it says 15-20 people but in reality there were 60. Here if there are many people on this tour - it is simply 2-3-4 buses but not one huge bus.
Trustworthy company- highly recommended.
Our tour guide was Denise. She was very friendly, sharing cultures,histories with us about California and the route we were travelling, understanding our needs. We did not feel bored not even a single minute in our 6 -7 hours journey. Unfortunately, we did not go to Giant Sequoias since there were construction going on.
We consider that the bus and the guide weren't good enough. The bus is not as comfortable as we pretend for a long trip, and, We know we took a tour in English language, but, We consider the guide could talk slower for our best understanding of the comments.
The tour itself was really nice: driver, bus etc. I was a little upset the Sequoya trees were not available at that time of the year due to snow. (March). Who knew ? But I would like to mention that the bus was 40 mins late for a pick up at the hotel. Also, I made 1 reservation for me for $157, another for my friend, but for $149. But it tuned out to be the same tour on the same bus.
I would highly recommend if you book this tour to ask for Denise as your guide/driver. She is the only female among 15 guides/drivers working for Extranomical tour company. I thought she did the fantastic job of giving this one day tour which included 15+ hours of time behind the wheels. She shared so many facts about San Fransisco which was golden for someone who is visiting the city for the first time. Every hour of the tour she had a snippet to share with us which kept the day going. What I really like is her passion for sharing the info. We were very fortunate for Denise to be the guide during that day. We stopped at Giant Sequoias as well as Yosemite and Denise was nice enough to have us stopped at both the places with ample time for lunch and walk around. It was one of the best tours I was part of and this wouldn't have been possible without Denise as our Guide. I really hope everyone taking this one day tour have similar experiences.
Very convenient with the free pick-ups since it was a very early start. Saw the beautiful giant Sequoias and took lots of pictures of the beautiful scenes. Didn't see the waterfall due to the dry conditions.
Very convenient. Pick up near my house from a BART station was a big plus for me. I used my time most efficiently with your trip and have seen many highlight of the famous park. Thanks for our driver and Guide Brook. He is a very nice person indeed. I shall use your service in future and tell my friends to do same.
I recommend this tour! Yosemite is such an amazing and breath-taking place, everyone should visit at least once in lifetime. Ross was our tour guide, a very nice guy who added a lot of interesting information and fun facts to the tour, not too much talking, not too little information, right on it. I took the 1-day tour and think is perfectly planned to make the most of the time available. We had a busy day, but not tiring or boring at all, had a nice hot meal at the park too. Bus is comfortable and the hotel pick is complimentary, which is great given that we start the tour early in the morning (6am). The walk to the Sequoias is smooth, just wear comfortable shoes and grab some water to refresh on your way back, I'm 36, not into sports or outdoor activities, and took the 2-mile walk just fine. Had no issues with payment or e-mail confirmation. Reasonable price.
We had a terrific tour on 8/15 (Last Saturday). Our tour guide, Ross, was awesome! He told us so many things including the history in the area and the people. He mentioned about the drought, the relationship between the water resource and the economy, the trees and the wildfire. It was amazing. We also enjoyed the family photos that Ross took for us. Thanks!
We had a fabulous tour of Yosemite. Our guide, Anthony, was the best guide we have ever had on a tour. He gave us informative tidbits about the area on the ride to Yosemite, and was very accommodating to the group. We got fabulous pictures, some of which Anthony took for us so we could have complete family pictures. It was fun and educational with gorgeous views. If you go on this tour, ask for Anthony.
We loved Antony! He was a fantastic tour guide and had very interesting facts! Everything was absolutely beautiful but we were sad that we didn't get to see the Sequoias. It had snowed 4 days before our tour and there was still black ice and snow on the ground where the trees are located. For those really wanting to see the trees, go later than May!
This tour and our tour guide Ben were great. We went at the end of January and were able to see everything. There was plenty of time at each stop. Within Yosemite Valley there is a free shuttle that can get you from the lodge where the tour drops off to the visitor center or further. We stopped in both directions in Oakdale at a strip mall with a grocery store. On the way out, we were able to grab a snack for breakfast and lunch for later. On the way back in, we were able to have dinner at one of the restaurants next door. That was a great option to save time at Yosemite as well as avoiding the higher prices within the park.
Nice tour. The tour guide was friendly, humorous, and responsible. The Yosemite Park was beautiful. It was interesting to see wild animals and people stay in the park together. However, I failed to go to see some of the wonderful landscape spots, as suggested by the tour guide, who gave me two-hour free time. The spots were far away from the shuttle bus stops. I would definitely suggest a two-day visit.
Great tour, it was a bit challenging walking back to the bus from the Giant Sequoias, but our guide (Roman) was the best in the world, walked with me to assure a successful return. He gave us many extra opportunities to see the wonderful Yosemite Valley sites, and his humor made the heat tolerable! Would recommend to anyone in good shape!
The driver/tour guide iwas one of the most customer oriented and excellent staff members I have ever met. From the first meeting of shaking our hands to subsequent offering to take photos for us, my husband and I were both deeply impressed. He also had good knowledge of Yosemite and safe driving skills. I strongly recommend this tour to Yosemite!
Recently went on a 1 day Yosemite Tour with my cousin from overseas. Our driver/guide Safiya was very knowlegeable with the area and its history. She gladly volunteered in taking pictures for everyone, Safiya is the type of employee you need working for your company. Anyone can see that she really enjoys her job. My cousin was very impressed by Yosemite and wants to return for camping few days. The unfortunate part of the trip was that we weren't able to take a hike and see the Sequoias due to fire smoke in the area. Minus 1 star for a bumpy ride in a packed van and poor air conditioning. But for only a 1 day tour and with a guide like Safiya, I'd still highly recommend it.
The trip was great. I got what I had expected. It was planned very well, everything was exactly according to a schedule. I had enough time for walking, taking pictures, coffee break and refreshment, enjoying the park. The guide called Jesse (not sure about spelling)was awesome, very well informed, flexible and willing, provided us cold water all the trip and even some more stops with great views, amusing, easy-going and relaxed. What an excellent trip and a guy! Thanks a lot. I can really recommend.
Our tour guide, Patrick, was wonderful. He made the trip there and back an adventure in California music. Very knowledgeable about the history of California and the Yosemite Valley. The bus was not what I was expecting. The ad said 15 people, there were 34 in our group. The air conditioning was broken in the bus and it was very hot. The walk back up from the giant redwoods was very difficult for 2 people in their mid 60s. You might want to stress the difficulty. The walk down was great. Given those facts, I still give it 5 stars mostly because of Patrick. Thanks
The trip overall was great. The bus was comfortable and generally adequate. The bus driver/guide (Roman) was brilliant and worth the trip alone and I supporet his employment!
Although the beginning of the day was rainy, and the giant sequoias were not viewed - should have indicated how difficult the walk down and back was, as such was presented as an 'extra' - overall the day was great.
The only negative was that your add was not as described. The extra cost - above what was offered by the provider Extranomical on their own website - was not as specifically justified to me i.e. instead of a small group of 12 - 15 people, the trip involved 34 persons on a small tour bus. If I had known the real facts, I would have simply booked with Extranomical and been done with it. And saved money. Your on costs are not justifiable! and not as explained in your email responses to my earlier enquiries!
This was an excellent trip except few hick-ups. Tour was booked for bus, but we were put into small van. I had requested for date change, but they could not do as it was sold out. But they still charged 6% on my credit card. Tips : Speak to tour company guys directly to find out actual reservations.
A well organized and informative tour, that will leave you with a life long memory of one of the prettiest and most spectacular examples of mother nature ever! My only disappointment was my camera battery went flat!