San Jose, California
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San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

1. San Jose: Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

Towering granite cliffs and giant sequoias headline this full-day Yosemite tour from San Jose. Expert guides will make sure you don’t miss the history, geology, wildflowers, and wildlife, that have made this glacier-carved valley the jewel of America’s national park system. Your Yosemite Giant Sequoia Tour from San Jose begins with pickup from your hotel, then heads east crossing through California’s fertile San Joaquin (aka Central) Valley and into the craggy Sierra Nevada mountains. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour where you will also experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of giant sequoias, the largest living things on earth. You’ll reconsider your place in the world, 2,000-year-old trees can make people do that. Your heart (and camera) will be racing as you enter Yosemite Valley, enjoying stops at Inspiration Point and El Capitan Meadow. You will stop for moments at Half Dome, El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, and Bridalveil Falls, with plenty of time allocated to "take some selfies". Yosemite is open year-round, and if you visit in the winter months, you can picture Yosemite Valley covered in soft white snow, with animal footprints scattered about in the meadows and the snow-capped Half Dome casting its long shadow.

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From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Tech Tour

2. From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Tech Tour

Explore the past and future of Silicon Valley on an exciting tour of some of the most famous tech startup companies. Benefit from pickup at your hotel in central San Francisco, and then travel by air-conditioned bio-fuel minibus to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. See some of the first mega computers and commercially-produced machines, as well as classic games like Pac Man and Atari to stir up some childhood memories. Learn more about the computer revolution and information age, and get an idea of where it is leading us to in the future. Break for lunch Palo Alto, and then visit the Google Campus and gift shop of the company's corporate headquarters. Check-in at the Facebook complex in Menlo Park, before heading back to San Francisco for drop-off at your hotel.

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San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

3. San Francisco: Monterey and Carmel Tour

Begin your tour by traveling south on the famous Pacific Coast Highway, California Highway 1. Head to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea. At your first rest stop in Davenport, you will have a chance to take a selfie with the whole Pacific as your backdrop.  At Monterey, you will have 2 hours on your own to explore. You can visit the world-famous Monterey Bay Aquarium, rent a kayak or paddleboard, hike along the coast, or take a bike to roam. You can also stroll among the quaint boutiques and art shops along the historic Cannery Row. Grab a seafood lunch at Old Fisherman’s Wharf.  Enjoy another eyeful of Pacific beauty along the scenic 17-Mile Drive through Del Monte Forest and take photographs of the hardy Lone Cyprus Tree. This famous road winds its way by magnificent homes and the spectacular coastline, between the greens and tees of world famous golf courses, and among the last remaining forest of a rare species of the Monterey Cypress.  Your scenic drive finishes at Pebble Beach Village. Upon arrival in the enchanted town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, you can explore the boutique shops on Ocean Avenue and be dazzled by the white sandy beach. If there is time, you can visit the historic Carmel Mission. Then, it will be time to head back to San Francisco. 

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From Los Gatos: Coast To Mountain Wineries Tour with Lunch

4. From Los Gatos: Coast To Mountain Wineries Tour with Lunch

Start your wine adventure with hotel pickup in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area in the foothills of the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains. Drive down the coast to the little-known and quaint town of Davenport and Bonny Doon winery region. Visit 4 wineries and support local, off-the-beaten-path, family-run wineries that produce some of the best wines and have amazing stories to share. Sample wine varietals and enjoy refreshments in the vehicle to keep you hydrated and fueled up. Munch on a nice picnic box lunch at a scenic spot at one of the wineries on the tour and admire the beautiful views. After lunch, continue on for more wine tasting and enjoy the company of designated professional winery staff to serve and pour you their best wines. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the wineries, and learn about wine-making as you savor delicious wines throughout your tour.

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From San Francisco: Transfer to Lake Tahoe & Palisades Tahoe

5. From San Francisco: Transfer to Lake Tahoe & Palisades Tahoe

Enjoy a private transfer from anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area to Lake Tahoe or Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley) and choose between one-way or round-trip transportation. Explore terrains for every skill level on one of the most famous ski resorts in the world. Enjoy one of the premier winter ski destinations without the hassle of driving yourself. Or explore Lake Tahoe, which can be enjoyed year-round with different activities depending on the season. Take part in winter sports like skiing or summer sports like swimming and kayaking. Have an unforgettable experience at Palisades Tahoe (formerly Squaw Valley), home to legends and host of the 1960 Olympic Games. Bay Area pickup locations include San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County, East Bay (Oakland, Berkeley, etc.), San Jose, and the Peninsula.

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From Los Gatos: Saratoga Trail Wineries Tour

6. From Los Gatos: Saratoga Trail Wineries Tour

Journey to the Saratoga Wine Trail, a wine region home to some of the most distinctive wine varietals. The climate in the Santa Cruz Mountains with its rugged hillsides is an ideal climate for vineyards to thrive. Explore 4 wineries in Saratoga and sample flights of wine while getting a behind the scenes look of the wineries. Discover local, family run wineries with breathtaking views and surround yourself with professional staff who will serve and pour you their best wines. Along the way, enjoy refreshments to keep you hydrated and fueled up for more wine tasting. Enjoy a delicious picnic boxed lunch at a beautiful viewpoint at one of the wineries on the tour.

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From Los Gatos: South Bay Wineries Tour

7. From Los Gatos: South Bay Wineries Tour

Journey to the undiscovered South Bay winery region on this unique wine tour. Start in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the foothills of the San Cruz Mountains. Visit 4 wineries in the South Bay area including Cupertino and Saratoga, and learn about the wine making process from the professionals. Sample the best wines from the region on this custom-tailored tour. Enjoy refreshments in the vehicle to keep you hydrated and a nice picnic boxed lunch. After lunch, continue to visit family run wineries in the area and hear the amazing stories they have to share. Get the VIP experience at each of the winery tasting rooms and some of the wineries will provide exclusive access to their member’s only area. Discover the best wines and a behind the scenes look of the wineries.

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From Los Gatos: The Corralitos Wine Trail Tour

8. From Los Gatos: The Corralitos Wine Trail Tour

Begin your wine adventure in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area and the foothills of the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains. Drive down to Santa Cruz’s southern coastal end and experience the beautiful Corralitos Wine Trail. From there, visit 4 wineries and taste different wine varietals from world-renowned vineyards. Explore the local, family run wineries that produce some of the best wines in the region. Along the way, enjoy refreshments in the vehicle to keep you hydrated and fueled up for more wine tasting. Savor a local picnic lunch at a scenic vista at one of the wineries on the tour. Then continue on for more wine tasting, relishing in the company of professional winery staff to serve and pour you their best wines. Finish your wine adventure having learned about the wine making process and having tasted a diverse swathe of wines along the way.

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From Los Gatos: Summit Wineries Tour

9. From Los Gatos: Summit Wineries Tour

Start your wine adventure in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the foothills of the stunning Santa Cruz Mountains. Visit 4 wineries in Los Gatos and taste different wine varietals. The warm climate in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Los Gatos is an ideal climate for vineyards to thrive. Explore the local, family run wineries that produce some of the best wines in the region and get a VIP experience at the tasting rooms. Along the way, enjoy refreshments in the vehicle to keep you hydrated and fueled up for more wine tasting. Enjoy a nice picnic boxed lunch at a beautiful view destination at one of the wineries on the tour. Then, continue on for more wine tasting and immerse yourself in the company of knowledgeable winery staff to serve and pour you their best wines. Experience this unique tour in an area with lush vineyards, majestic vistas, and award-winning wines.

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Los Gatos: 4 Winery Tour of Santa Cruz Mountains with Lunch

10. Los Gatos: 4 Winery Tour of Santa Cruz Mountains with Lunch

Begin your wine adventure with hotel pickup in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area at the base of the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains. Get the VIP experience by visiting 4 exceptional wineries of Bear Creek Road, and sample all-inclusive flights of wine from a region where vineyards thrive. Discover local, off-the-beaten-path, family-run wineries and surround yourself with professional staff you will serve and pour you their best wines. Learn about how the warm climate in the Santa Cruz Mountains creates ideal conditions for grapes to grow, and for award-winning wines to be produced. Along the way, enjoy refreshments to keep you fueled up for more wine tasting. Munch on a delicious picnic box lunch at a scenic spot with wonderful views at one of the wineries. After lunch, continue on for yet more wine tasting and breathtaking views of the area.

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What people are saying about San Jose, California

Overall rating

3.1 / 5

based on 11 reviews

Excellent tour, covered all the major spots along California coast from Santa Cruz to Monterey to Carmel by the sea with important stops along the coast with appropriate time to take photos. Our your guide Doug and river Jason were pretty amazing and Doug has a thorough knowledge and passion and he was did an excellent job explaining all the important history on the tour. 17 Mile drive and pebble Beach were pretty amazing and beautiful. In Carmel, if you do not plan to shop, consider walking to the beach, it's a 0.5 mile walk slightly tedious walk (considering all the elevations) from the bus stop but it's worth it. In Monterey, aquarium will always be sold out when you arrive unless you dont book it prior, so 2 he is a little long, but considering it in life's lunch stop too, it totally makes sense. Apart from cannery row, consider taking a walk across lovers point trail in Pacific Grove which is just next to cannery row, it's pretty scenic.

The guide was very passionate and super nice. He taught us a lot, a lot of stories and all with humor. The bus ride is very long even if the guide does everything to make it pleasant: stories, culture, music, jokes and even movies. Otherwise, the places chosen are truly amazing. Yosemite Park is unique and I think this tour really captures all of its splendor. My only regret that I didn't have time to stop more (but hey, it's the time to not come home too late). What I liked the most was the view from the tunnel as well as the view from the bottom of the valley (last stop before departure). Also, the place for lunch in front of the waterfalls is just unique. As for the agency that takes charge, they are top, available and really take you to the hotel and bring you back there: which is comfortable anyway.

Our trip was amazing! Denise was an AMAZING tour guide! She gave so much detail and enthusiasm on our trip even at 8AM. She was super nice and answered all questions with a smile. We really enjoyed our trip and will 10/10 recommend! Thank you again Denise!

Our guide Mike was super professional all the time and our whole trip was really fun with him! I'd definitely recommend this tour to other friend!

I have learned a lot about San fransisco and the other towns around. Very interesting.