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San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

1. San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

See both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge on a single boat tour with personal headphone audio included. Explore San Francisco's famous landmarks, history, natural history, architecture, and Native American culture on board this unique bay cruise. During the 90-minute round trip cruise you'll depart from Fisherman's Wharf, one of the city's busiest tourist attractions. From there, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate is one of the world's most famous and beautiful bridges, and was at one point the largest suspension bridge in the world. Cruise past Alcatraz Island, once home of one of the world's most infamous prisons, and take the chance to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. The boat will pass along the harbor before heading under the colossal San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Then it's time to head back to the charming city of San Francisco by the sea. For a limited time, all San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Cruises have a Buy One, Get One (BOGO) offer for the bar! Double the delight as you sip and savor the beauty of the San Francisco Bay while toasting to memorable moments.

San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

2. San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour with Hotel Pickup

Journey through Silicon Valley’s innovation trail and witness the past, present, and future of technology converge in the heart of the digital world with this guided tour in San Fransisco. After a hotel pickup, begin your adventure at the Meta headquarters. Next, venture to Stanford University, the birthplace of countless tech visionaries. Stroll through its historic campus and soak in the intellectual atmosphere that has fueled the success of Silicon Valley. Then, at the legendary HP Garage, stand on the very ground where Silicon Valley’s journey began. Feel the historical significance of this unassuming garage, where the seeds of tech giants were sown. Pass by Steve Jobs’s home, paying homage to the man who changed the world with his innovations. Take a behind-the-scenes look at the Google headquarters, seeing how innovation thrives in a powerhouse of creativity and technology. Delve into the history of computing at the Computer Museum, where vintage machines and exhibits showcase the journey from early computers to today’s digital marvels. Move onward to an immersion in the world of Apple while gaining insights into the company’s DNA and innovation culture at the Apple Visitor Center. End the tour where it all first began, the Apple Garage. Step into the historic site where Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak revolutionized the tech industry.

San Francisco: Full-Day City Tour w/ Muir Woods & Sausalito

3. San Francisco: Full-Day City Tour w/ Muir Woods & Sausalito

This combo tour consists of 2 parts: A tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito and San Francisco City tour. Two different tours are run by either one or two different drivers and usually, there is a 30-minute break between them. It can start with either Woods or the city depending on the number of bookings. On the way to the Woods, you will cross the Golden Gate bridge and make a short stop at Vista Point near the Lone Sailor Monument to take pictures of the bridge, the bay, and downtown San Francisco. Then we will drive you to the Muir Woods where you will spend 1hr 20 minutes walking and seeing the tallest trees in the world. Muir Woods is one of the last remaining ancient redwood forests on Earth. Some of the redwoods are nearly 1,200 years old and reach heights of more than 400 feet or 130 meters. Trails wind among the sequoias to Cathedral Grove and Bohemian Grove, and along Redwood Creek. Then we will take you to Sausalito where you will spend 1 hour strolling the waterfront, visiting art galleries and souvenir shops, or having lunch. Major attractions include HOUSEBOATS, Bay Model Museum, hand-painted mailboxes, yachts, and VIEWS! We will take you back and you will enjoy city tour that lasts about 3.5/4 hours. You will see all the major attractions of this World Class city with one of our experienced tour guides. He will make 4-5 stops to take pictures and use the restrooms. Here is the list of places visited: Union Square: Major hotels and Department stores, Apple store - largest glass panels in the world, First underground Garage in the world, Dewey Monument Chinatown: Dragon's Gate, Grant Avenue Nob Hill: Big 4, Fairmont, UN, Pacific Union Club, Grace Cathedral Financial Center: BofA, Transamerica Pyramid, Montgomery Street, Wells Fargo SOMA: Salesforce Tower, Transbay Center Embarcadero: Ferry, Bay Bridge, Market Street Levi Straus: Jeans Broadway: NightLife North Beach: Little Italy, restaurants, Peter & Paul Church Telegraph Hill: Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Berkeley, Alcatraz, Lombard street, Coit Tower, Industries of California, and SF city life murals by students of Diego Rivera Pier 39. Seals and sea lions Fisherman's Wharf. Boudin Bread, street food and restaurants, Jeremiah O'Brian, WW2 Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park. Buena Vista, Irish Coffee, Ghirardelli Chocolate Ice Cream Galileo High School: Joe Di Maggio, and OJ Simpson Fort Mason: Embarkation Point during WW2 Marina District, Yachts Palace of Fine Arts Golden Gate Bridge Presidio of San Francisco, Baker Beach, Ocean Views Palace of Legion of Honor, Thinker by Rodin Richmond District and Golden Gate Park, Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden, De Young Museum Haight-Ashbury, hippies, Jerry Garcia, and Jimmy Hendrix houses Alamo Square, Painted Ladies Twitter District Civic Center All our tour guides have at least 20 years of experience. It is up to them to create a route. Ask if there is something special you want to see the most!!!

California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

4. California Audioguide for Self-Drivers (English & German)

After booking you receive a separate Email from us with the instructions on how to install the app and the guide! You can ignore the "Ticket" Email from Get Your Guide. Please also check your spam-folder for our Email and please get in touch with us if something does not work! Complete your road trip around California with an audio guide featuring 169 locations and 3 hours of audio in 1 app. Listen to the recordings as you take in views at Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, and Zabriskie Point, experience the unique cultures of Silicon Valley, Santa Monica, and Hollywood, and drive down Highway 1. Feel at ease taking in the views while the app uses GPS to find your location and suggest stops. From famous landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge to lesser-known gems like Moss Landing, appreciate the wealth of beauty and history in California with detailed audio descriptions. Stop and start your journey as often as you please, there’s no constraints once you download the app and activate your audio guide. If there’s a specific site you’d like to visit, manually choose audio guides from the built-in map or from a list.

From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

5. From San Francisco: Silicon Valley Private Tour

In just 4 hours you will see Facebook, Apple, Google, and any other company you wish to see. Besides the famous high-tech companies you will also have the opportunity to visit Stanford University. Traveling by private car, enjoy the comfort of seeing the places you want to see without worrying about your departure or arrival times. Learn more about the famous landmarks with a reliable service, offering maximum security and, most of all, the best level of hospitality in the industry. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in San Francisco (pick-ups in other cities in the Bay Area are available on arrangement), get recommendations on the best places to stop to take pictures or explore further - you decide where you want to go.

San Francisco: Airplane Elite Bay Tour

6. San Francisco: Airplane Elite Bay Tour

You haven't discovered San Francisco until you've seen it from the air! On this 1-hour scenic flight over the city and bay, you will get amazing views from a truly unique perspective. Your journey begins at Hayward Airport as you climb aboard a small Cessna 172 Skyhawk, with seats for 3 passengers in addition to the pilot. Fly directly out to the Pacific coast, and soar over the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco and along the waterfront. Look down at Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, and continue over Alcatraz. Fly around Angel Island, and along the coast, admiring the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito as you tour. Experienced pilots will make the flight truly unforgettable, giving you plenty of opportunities to take stunning aerial pictures of the sights of the beautiful bay city as you fly over them.

San Francisco: Airplane Bay Tour

7. San Francisco: Airplane Bay Tour

Take a 40-minute flight over San Francisco for the best views of the city and bay. You will fly directly out to the Pacific Coast, and to the Golden Gate Bridge. After flying over the bridge, continue your flight over Downtown San Francisco, along the waterfront, Fisherman's Wharf, and Pier 39. The flight continues to Alcatraz, around Angel Island, and along the towns of Tiburon and Sausalito. Experienced staff assist in a custom private flight just for you! This tour lasts approximately 40 minutes, and the experienced pilots will make the flight unforgettable. Your flight takes place in a Cessna 172 Skyhawk with 4 seats (3 passengers and one pilot). You will depart and return to the Hayward Airport, located approximately 30 minutes from central San Francisco.

San Francisco Bay Flight over the Golden Gate Bridge

8. San Francisco Bay Flight over the Golden Gate Bridge

Buckle up and prepare for a thrilling journey through the skies of the enchanting "City by the Bay." Welcome aboard our one-hour San Francisco flight tour, a magical experience that will leave you breathless and begging for more! As you settle into your comfortable seat and fasten your seatbelt, the engines hum to life, promising you a memorable adventure. The moment the aircraft lifts off the ground, you'll be greeted by the breathtaking panorama of the San Francisco Bay Area. Feel the excitement build as you ascend into the azure heavens. Your adventure begins with a sweeping view of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its rusty-red towers a stark contrast against the sparkling blue waters of the bay. Snap photos to your heart's content as the bridge seems to stretch out endlessly, connecting the rugged cliffs of Marin County to the vibrant heart of San Francisco. As you glide over the city's skyline, you'll be treated to a bird's-eye view of the city's most famous landmarks. Marvel at the stunning architecture of the Transamerica Pyramid, the soaring heights of the Salesforce Tower, and the historic charm of Coit Tower, perched atop Telegraph Hill like a sentinel of the past. Keep your eyes peeled for Alcatraz Island, shrouded in mystery and intrigue. Imagine the tales of infamous inmates and daring escapes as you hover above this infamous former prison. Price is set for 2 people minimum. An additional 3rd person can be added for an additional price Starting Airports: San Carlos, Palo Alto, and Hayward Airports

Full-Day Wine Tour to Napa & Sonoma 3 Tastings Included

9. Full-Day Wine Tour to Napa & Sonoma 3 Tastings Included

Spend the unforgettable day in Napa & Sonoma County on this guided group tour from San Francisco. Taste the best wines of the region, enjoy the scenery, and learn the local history. Starting with pickup in San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge where the San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean and stop at the Marin County Vista Point for magnificent views. From the vista point, see the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Berkeley (home of the first UC campus), and the Bay Bridge which connects them to San Francisco. Continue the journey by passing above the hillside houses and yacht marinas of Sausalito and traveling north through the rolling hills of Marin County. Just 35 minutes from the bridge begins beautiful Sonoma Valley, the site of the first winery of California. Today, Sonoma Valley is a world-famous producer of fine wines, cheeses, and olive oils. Visit 3 wineries, typically two in Sonoma, one small, one large, and one more in Napa chosen by your knowledgeable guides with your enjoyment and the diversity of wines in mind. Three tastings at three different wineries are included. Lunch is available for purchase at a winery or during a visit to downtown Sonoma Plaza, a park surrounded by historic buildings, including the last Franciscan Mission, restaurants, cafes, shops, and wine-tasting rooms, or in downtown Napa. This experience concludes with drop-off back to your hotel.

Beginner Surfing Lesson - Pacifica or Santa Cruz

10. Beginner Surfing Lesson - Pacifica or Santa Cruz

On this 2.5 hour surfing course you’ll learn the basics from a professional coach. All instructors are all lifeguard certified, and ready to teach you the fundamentals of surfing. You’ll learn about ocean awareness, wave breaks, ocean conditions, safety in and out of the water, wave etiquette, paddling, push-up and pop-up techniques, and riding waves and balancing. You’ll start out in shallow areas riding the whitewater until you’re comfortable enough to venture farther out. The environment is safe and non-threatening for beginning surfers. Have fun learning how to surf in Pacifica or Santa Cruz, and explore the wonders of the ocean with an experienced guide. If you’ve ever thought about trying out this iconic sport, this is a great opportunity to catch some waves!

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Pablo did a great job and took us to many interesting places. He also made the effort to customize the tour for us. My teenage daughter’s favorite part was the campus of Stanford. Mine was the computer history museum. The lunch at Google was great!

Everything was perfect! Pablo picked us up from the hotel on time, drove well and had lots of additional information to tell us about the sights. It was a wonderful day all round and we would book the Silicon Valley Private Tour again at any time.

The Silicon Valley Tour was excellent! Much more than I had imagined. Pablo is a super helpful and kind guide. I highly recommend the service!

Highly recommend this tour, great vehicle, knowledgable and friendly guide. Will book again.

Pablo was wonderful. Gave us a lot of history and information about the sites we visited.