Extranomical Tours
Extranomical Tours
4.5
City ToursPrivate ToursWine Tours & Tastings Bus ToursDay Trips
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Extranomical Tours is an independent San Francisco sightseeing tour company that specializes in group tours to Yosemite, Muir Woods, Wine Country & around San Francisco. Due to the smaller size of our groups, our tours offer a distinct "traveling with friends" feel and can visit locations that larger coaches cannot, like the Giant Sequoia Grove on our 1-day Yosemite Tour from San Francisco or small family-owned boutique wineries. We are fully insured and licensed by the State of California authorities. We train our guides one-on-one to make sure that they are knowledgeable, courteous and most of all, safe. We carefully select the locations we explore on our tours to maximize your time and allowing you to see the best local sights. We pride ourselves on maintaining an adventurous, yet easy-going atmosphere.
San Francisco, California

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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Lyd B
London, UK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Solo
I booked the Yosemite trip super last minute but was accommodated on to the tour straight away and was contacted to confirm a pick up point, the organisation was superb right from the beginning.

The trip was excellent! It’s a long drive but so so worth it. We stopped once en route to pick up a snack and have a restroom break.

We visited a few spots in the park and each one was stunning. It is a super long day but I was so glad I chose this tour. The guide (Ben I think) was extremely knowledgeable and a very safe driver on the small mountain roads.

I can’t recommend this tour enough for a day trip to Yosemite! It’s perfectly organised and the park is UNREAL. Pictures do not do it justice
Written June 12, 2021
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Michelle E
London, UK40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
If you didn’t get a pass for Yosemite & your plans are not flexible, this is a great option. Reasons for subtracted stars: pickup was 20min late; no WiFi on the bus (despite numerous stickers indicating such); reading lights didn’t work and on the way back, the aircon didn’t work for some of the route. Stars earned: the time and stops in the park were perfect. Dustin (tour guide & driver) was sweet & eager to keep his customers happy. Suggestion: the drive back is long & (mostly) uninteresting and in the dark. We were eager to get back and would’ve preferred making a quicker pit stop (rather than 30-40 min dinner stop) and skipping the Treasure Island stop.
The bus also needs an upgrade - if WiFi is never on offer, remove the stickers. The seatbelts were hit & miss - those need to be addressed. Fix the lights.
Written September 6, 2022
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We are very sorry that the tour fell short of your expectations. The extreme heat experienced in Northern California last week caused some electrical issues in the passenger compartment. These have been addressed and we have issued you a partial refund for the inconvenience. Contact our guest services department if you have any additional commentary. 415 357 0700.
Written September 9, 2022
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Hilda R
Horizon City, TX9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
This was a great day trip to Muir Woods and the wineries from Sonoma and Napa valley. Our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge, pointing out many places of interest throughout the trip and giving us tidbits of history as well. On the way back we stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge for some pictures and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. The place where our driver stopped had an excellent and different viewpoint from the bridge and it was amazing. I only wish we had spent just a bit more time in Muir Woods and that we had a longer lunch break to allow some time for some shopping in Sonoma. Had a great time at Ru Vango and Mayo wineries. Ru Vango has beautiful views. I do recommend this day trip for anyone visiting the Bay Area, couples or groups.
Written September 26, 2022
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Thanks for your kind recommendation. Your suggestions are good ones...but it's a long day already so we'll have to think hard and talk with some other guests about the itinerary. Anyway, thanks for your thoughts.
Written October 3, 2022
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Jamie C
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2020
They do NOT honor their full refund policy and gave repeatedly lied to me.

On 3/20, I was sent an email from Extranomical Tours advising that my April tour would be canceled and I could get a refund, reschedule, etc... I responded back and said that I wanted a refund. They advised that it would take up to “45 days” for the refund to come through. Ok fine.

Fast forward...I contacted them again on 5/14. Wendy advised “We are currently working through the first week of March, but I have marked your refund as urgent to bring it towards the top of your cancellation date band.
I have however asked our accounting department to have your refund issued in the next run which will be done this week.”

Obviously this did not happen. I contacted them AGAIN on 6/7 and now I’m being told that they are waiting on “government funding and I will be refunded as soon as possible”.

Lie after lie after lie and I still don’t have my refund. While I can’t review the actual tour because it was canceled, I will advise that they do not honor their policies and have been a nightmare to deal with. Book with another company.
Written June 10, 2020
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This refund has now been paid and we sincerely regret the delay you have experienced for your canceled tour. Like many small firms in the hospitality and tourism business, we were deeply impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Rest assured that we are making progress, refunding in the order in which the cancellation was received.
Written July 8, 2020
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Reilly S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
I really wanted to see Yosemite while I was visiting San Francisco! Booking this tour made the most sense based on the cost, the transportation and the expert guide. Rob was our guide and he was phenomenal. He was very kind, comical and had that great San Francisco hippie energy. He was a very safe driver and even allowed the group to dictate some of the stops on the tour depending if they were interested or not. I had a really great experience and I’m thankful that this tour gave me the opportunity to see the breath taking beauty of Yosemite!
Written March 27, 2023
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ncbill2022
Jacksonville, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We had a great tour of Yosemite National Park with Rob, our driver and tour guide! He picked us up near our hotel, gathered other tour participants from other hotels and shared history and interesting facts about San Francisco along the way. We stopped at a nice supermarket/cafe along the way which allowed us to get lunch to go at lower prices than found in the park. The “Great Reveal” first view of Yosemite valley when we came out of the tunnel was awesome! We got great views of El Capitan, Cathedral Rocks, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls (although not much water at this time of year), and Half Dome, among others! We had two hours to hike around, get great pictures, buy some souvenirs, and just relax and enjoy the breathtaking views of towering granite walls soaring some 3000 feet above us! Rob was an alert driver, was engaging, and knowledgeable about the Park. It was a long day, but one I will remember for a lifetime! Thank you, Rob, and Extranomical Tours!
Written October 6, 2022
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And thank you for joining us! There is nothing Rob or we enjoy more than giving someone their first experience in Yosemite National Park. Breathtaking. Let's do it again, soon.
Written October 10, 2022
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pantsunami
Clayton, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We enjoyed our tour of the vineyards and Muir Park! Don was a great tour guide! On time pickup, very professional and truelly has a passion for what he does! Don is a Cali local with years of experience and we learned so much about history and charm of San Fran, Napa Valley, and Sonoma area. Each stop never felt rushed. The allotted times for each stop were great and just enough time to enjoy the views and sample wine. Definitely recommend touring with Extranomical Tours!
Written October 31, 2022
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Thanks for the nice recommendation! Don enjoyed having you on his tour. Travel well.
Written November 14, 2022
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Marcela A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Currently visiting from NY with friends and had Roman as a tour guide for the Yosemite tour, he did such an amazing job that when he told us of this Muir Woods + wine tour we knew we had to join this one as well! Roman had the best food recommendations, fun facts about everything and jokes! Accurate pick up times and clean bus. 20/10 would recommend this trip.
Written February 24, 2023
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We hope you had a great visit to SF. Thanks for joining our Muir Woods and Wine tour. Come out and see us again soon!
Written March 6, 2023
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Kevin R
Madison, AL57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My wife and I chose Extranomical Tours for their Small Group Napa Valley Wine Tour. It was exactly as advertised, and then some! Our driver and host was Dustin, a chef trained at the Culinary Institute of Amercia, who was informative and entertaining throughout the entire day. The visit to the Castle winery was the best experience we have had at any winery we have visited. The other two wineries, Ru Vango and Ballentine were also good. Ru Vango also comprises a small art gallery, with lovely view of the vineyard. Ballentine provided a nice tour, and an opportunity to sip your wine during the tour, as well as in a lovely sitting area outside, afterward.

I appreciated Dustin pointing out to us other wineries that we drove past along with pertinent information, should we have decided to drive back up on our own. While it may be a bit "touristy", we both enjoyed the opportunity to have pictures taken at the "Welcome to Napa Valley" sign and at the Golden Gate Bridge.

This was a great experience, and well worth the cost.
Written November 2, 2022
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Thanks for your nice review. I sounds like a great day in Napa. Castello de Amorosa is really special. We'll let Dustin know you enjoyed everything!
Written November 14, 2022
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Jason82595
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Dustin was a great tour guide and he was very knowledgeable with the areas we encountered. The company over booked us on our trip and we ended up on a 36 person tour in lieu of a 14 person. They gifted us a bottle of wine to try to make up for it. It fell a bit short! All in all the effort was there and the trip was great. Would recommend this tour.
Written August 28, 2022
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Thanks for your kind recommendation. We are glad we were able to deliver an enjoyable experience in the wine country with Dustin. Let's do it again, soon.
Written September 10, 2022
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