Central Valley, California
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  • Yosemite Valley, Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point Tour

    1. Yosemite Valley, Giant Sequoias and Glacier Point Tour

    Discover the best that Yosemite National Park has to offer by joining a small-group tour led by a knowledgeable tour guide. Depart from either El Portal on highway 140 or Oakhurst on highway 41 and embark on a tour that showcases the awe-inspiring landmarks of Yosemite. Sit back and relax as your tour guide drives you towards Yosemite National Park. Arrive at Tunnel View to witness the most famous viewpoint in Yosemite Valley, El Capital, and Half Dome. Then, go towards Glacier Point where you’ll see breathtaking views of Half Dome, Vernal Falls, Nevada Falls, and more. Head back towards Yosemite Valley and make a photo stop at Yosemite Falls. Around noon, stop at the peaceful Cathedral Beach where you’ll get to enjoy an included boxed lunch. After, get ready to do more exploring. Head towards the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias where you will spend 2 hours hiking the 2.5 miles (4 k...

    Our Guide Phil was very knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable. He told us lots of history and fun facts that we did not know. Took us to the most beautiful places in Yosemite and was right there to cheer us on when the hike got a little rough.

  • San Francisco to Yosemite Park Small Group Tour

    2. San Francisco to Yosemite Park Small Group Tour

    Escape the crowds of San Francisco on a full-day tour to Yosemite National Park. Heading east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge offers great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. En route to the park the tour crosses through the Central Valley, where you will stop at a fruit stand for some local produce. Famous for its rich volcanic soil, the Central Valley is the largest agricultural region in the United States. The section the tour drives through is best known for speciality fruits and nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cherries, and strawberries. After this quick rest stop, you will enter the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continuing into the mountains brings you to California gold country and the gold rush town of Groveland before the tour winds its way into Yosemite National Park. On your 1.5-hour narra...

    Great adventure with beautiful views! Very comfortable transportation and great guide. Highly recommend!!!!

  • Yosemite: National Park Full-Day Trip in Biofuel Vehicle

    3. Yosemite: National Park Full-Day Trip in Biofuel Vehicle

    Spend an active, fun-filled day learning why Yosemite is one of America’s most popular national parks. Hike through the park with an experienced guide and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature on this small group tour. Start off by making your way east from San Francisco and heading across the Bay Bridge. You’ll continue toward the Sierras and make your way into the mountains. There, you’ll learn about California’s rich history as you pass through some of the first settlements built during the Gold Rush. Once you arrive in Yosemite National Park, it’s time to stretch your legs. Your first stop in Yosemite will include a 2.5-mile round trip hike to see the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias. Be prepared for this strenuous hike, where you’ll descend 400 feet into the grove, before turning around and walking back up. Next, you’ll cruise into the famous Yosemite Valley to take in views of ...

    Quick review: Jamie was a fantastic guide on a very hot day in Yosemite! This felt like a fun field trip with a great group of strangers and a van that had great AC. Jamie gave us realistic advice for which places to visit in the 3 hours we had at the valley. More details: It was our first time going to Yosemite, and although we wanted to do the Giant Sequoia trip, IncredibleAdventures (who operates this tour) told us that not enough people booked The Giant Sequoia trip for us to go on it (they told us 2 days before our scheduled tour). Luckily, they rebooked us into the Yosemite Day Trip tour (for the same date as our original reservations) and gave us a refund for the inconvenience. The Yosemite Day Trip tour was awesome! Even when we had some issues with receiving our refund, the GetYourGuide customer service team helped us out quickly. Overall, very satisfied with the clarity before and throughout the trip to Yosemite! Their customer service after the trip was also exceptional.

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

    4. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Bay Area

    Explore the ultimate indoor LEGO playground at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bay Area, located inside the Great Mall in Milpitas, California. Inspire the imaginations of children aged 3-10 with over 1.5 million LEGO bricks in one location. Discover a 2-3 hour play experience with a LEGO-themed ride, a 4D cinema where you can see all of your favorite LEGO characters come to life with special effects, and MINILAND™, a LEGO re-creation of the Bay Area’s most popular landmarks. Kids can get tips and tricks from the Master Model Builder in the Creative Workshop, design their own LEGO car and test it out in LEGO Racers: Build & Test. They can imagine and create their very own LEGO world in LEGO Friends: Heartlake City, and more. Create, build and play with the whole family.

  • Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch

    5. Point Reyes Station: Food and Farm Tour with Lunch

    Discover the coastal farms of West Marin and Sonoma County which offer an unrivaled collection of epicurean delights for any hungry traveler. Nestled between the edges of the famed California wine country and the protected Pt. Reyes National Seashore, this unique region offers an incredible variety of high-quality produce, artisan cheeses, wine, local oyster beds, grass-fed beef, and more.  This exclusive, 5-hour food tour offers a unique opportunity to sample some of the best the region has to offer and learn the fascinating history that makes the area so unique. Starting at the small town Pt. Reyes Station, home to a locally-loved weekly farmers market, meet your guide and any additional members of your group over pastries from the renowned Bovine Bakery. Receive a quick overview of the tour and region before heading to the Cowgirl Creamery for 7 to 8 samples of award-winning cheeses....

    This was an amazing day. Alex is very knowledgeable and accommodating. Everyone in our group of six were all in agreement that this tour was well worth the money and one of the best tours we went on while on our visit to San Francisco.

  • From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    6. From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    Discover the notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and enjoy the award winning audio tour. Then, spend the next day in the glorious surroundings of Yosemite Park. First, enjoy a narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island before docking. Then, take the guided “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” from the dock to the main prison building.  The next day, escape the crowds of the city center, and drive to Yosemite National Park. Head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive through Central Valley, stopping at a fruit stand to try some local produce. Pass fruit orchards and nut farms, before entering the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continue into the mountains to California’s gold rush town of Groveland. Once inside Yo...

    Stirling was an excellent guide, he knows so much about Yosemite, we had a great day, very informative. Night tour at Alcatraz was great!

  • From El Portal: Yosemite Sunset Hike at Sentinel Dome

    7. From El Portal: Yosemite Sunset Hike at Sentinel Dome

    Take in the stunning beauty of Yosemite National Park from 3,200 feet above the valley floor at sunset. Meet your guide and small group of maximum 10 people with a pickup from the Yosemite View Lodge located right at the western border of the park. Head into the park and up the mountain, past towering pines and fragrant incense cedars towards the Sentinel Dome Trailhead. From there, you'll leave the crowds behind as you hike up an easy, 1-mile (1.6-kilometer) trail to the top of the dome. Take once-in-a-lifetime photos of this UNESCO World Heritage Site with sweeping panoramic views of the glacier cut valley and massive granite monoliths. Admire breathtaking views from over 7,000 feet (2,230 meters) in elevation. Toast the magic hour with a glass of champagne and small bites as the last rays of the day fade into early evening. As you make your way back to the van, an expert guide will...

    was an excellent experience! Kate is absolutely awesome! she was patient and extremely informative. she answered all of our questions would absolutely do this again! views are once in a lifetime must do!!

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What people are saying about Central Valley, California

Our Guide Phil was very knowledgeable and made the day very enjoyable. He told us lots of history and fun facts that we did not know. Took us to the most beautiful places in Yosemite and was right there to cheer us on when the hike got a little rough.

It was a perfect day with our tour guide Wes! He was very knowledgeable, a good driver and had a lot of suggestions on what to do in Yosemite. I enjoyed Yosemite to the full extent, and would totally recommend the tour to anyone.

The tour was excellent! Jeremy was knowledgeable and engaging. His knowledge of the history of the park was phenomenal. We arrived at the points in the park according to the itinerary. High recommend Jeremy!!!!

Great adventure with beautiful views! Very comfortable transportation and great guide. Highly recommend!!!!

Our guide Kate was good in all aspects Friendly Knowledgeable