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San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Boat Cruise

1. San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Boat Cruise

Enjoy sunset views as you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay. See important landmarks, including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. In the winter months, take in the serene twilight views instead. Along the way, view numerous National Historic landmarks and San Francisco sights, including Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, St. Peter, Paul's Church, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere, and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, as you sail west towards the Golden Gate. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District, and Fort Mason.

San Francisco: City Walking Tour with Scenic Bay Cruise

2. San Francisco: City Walking Tour with Scenic Bay Cruise

Start your tour near the Ferry Building with a view of what was once one of the busiest ports in the world. Then catch an iconic San Francisco cable car from a favorite stop and learn what makes this very unique public transport so special. Disembark atop Nob Hill and learn about the industrial tycoons who built the city as you wander through Huntington Park. Visit the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral. Enter the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Taste fresh fortune cookies and see hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as you learn how the neighborhood went from being a seedy red-light district to one of the most vibrant enclaves in the city. For a little treat, pop into the legendary Golden Gate Factory for an insight into the art (and logistics) of fortune cookie making. Receive a special custom-made cookie to take home. Also get advice on where to eat if you want to come back to try the world-famous dim sum. Then, visit Lombard Street, called the "most crooked street in the world", Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. See Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the old docks, and smell the fresh bread in the famous Boudin Bakery.  Take a pause at Ghirardelli Square for a sample of famous chocolate. After this, continue on to your final highlight of the day — a gorgeous bay cruise of the historic waterfront. Relax and tune into the included audio device to hear some fascinating tales. Admire beautiful views of the San Francisco skyline in every direction and sail past the famous Pier 39 sea lions, right under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island (the closest you can get without booking a ticket), a perfect end to a San Francisco day.

San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

3. San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

Travel along the San Francisco Bay in a small group on a boat tour. Travel faster and go farther out into the bay than most other boat tours. You will be as close as possible to the sights and wildlife, in a personal setting.  Depart from the world famous Pier 39. You will be outfitted with weather appropriate gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splash. Take in the historic waterfront from a new angle. Make a quick visit to the world famous Pier 39 sea lions, where you can see them eye to eye. There is no need for binoculars on this trip because you will see everything up close. Listen to the narration from your expert captain and learn something new about this historic area. See the waterfront in a way that is unlike any other experience on the bay. Take photos, make memories, and enjoy one of the finest ways to see it all up close. This small group boat tour is limited to 12 guests which provides an intimate family-friendly experience, perfect for adults, seniors, youth, and children ages 5 and older. Learn about some incredible points of interest, such as Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio, the Ferry Building, and other historic landmarks.

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

4. 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!!!

49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

5. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You'll be guided through some of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, such as the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, North Beach, and the Castro District. Explore at your own pace, stop for lunch along the way, and see almost all of the famous 49-mile drive past all the beaches, parks, and districts San Francisco has to offer. Let GoCar take you on the road less traveled today.

San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

6. San Francisco: Self-Driving Tour via the Golden Gate Bridge

Experience San Francisco on this self-guided tour via an app that functions as a guide, narrator, and map. Learn about the city while visiting top attractions and must-see spots. Enjoy a tour that’s been developed by local guides, creative writers, and professional voice artists. Start your experience by downloading the app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one (download instructions received via email after booking). After downloading the app, begin your tour at the Painted Ladies. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! NOTE: This 10-mile-long tour covers the essentials of San Francisco in 2-3 hours. The Painted Ladies is one of the city’s top attractions. These beautiful, colorful homes exemplify Frisco’s funky culture. From there, hear about the city’s unique history and how it became one of the most progressive cities around. Head into the city’s tech quarter and spot big-name headquarters like Uber and Twitter. Get a crash course on how the city became the go-to spot for the most cutting-edge tech produced anywhere. Then, swing by San Francisco City Hall. Get the inside scoop of how Hollywood uses this building as a stand-in for Washington, D.C.’s Capitol Building in all sorts of films. After that, ride down Lombard Street, also known as the most crooked street in the world. This picturesque, winding road has been another Hollywood staple for ages. Next, climb Telegraph Hill for a look at the famous Coit Tower and unbeatable views of the city. Get help identifying some of the most famous structures that make up Frisco’s skyline. Afterward, it’s on to Chinatown and Manilatown. Hear about the long, often embattled, history of both historic districts. Experience the rich culture of these spots. Turn onto Stockton Street and get a look at something else you won’t see every day: cable cars. Get a history lesson on these quirky little cars and learn why they are still used today. At last, reach the waterfront, home to some of the best foods and drinks in the city. Finish off your tour with astonishing views of the bay.

San Francisco: Guided City Tour

7. San Francisco: Guided City Tour

Ride in comfort before you float the bay as you tour the city’s top attractions, on this San Francisco City tour. Our city insider guide goes way beyond a “hop-on, hop-off” experience to deliver a fully-narrated San Francisco sightseeing adventure. Stop #1 – Palace of Fine Arts After a morning pickup at one of two convenient San Francisco locations, your city tour will begin on San Francisco’s waterfront in the popular Fisherman’s Wharf before rolling through the Marina District on your way to your first stop. At the lovely (and highly-instagrammable) Palace of Fine Arts, you will have the chance to stop and photograph the historic building, grounds, and the stunningly beautiful lagoon. Stop #2 – Golden Gate Bridge Continue to the most iconic stop at the Golden Gate Bridge. More text tbc Stop #3 - Land’s End The next stop on your San Francisco City Highlights tour will be the historic Land’s End where you can stretch your legs while overlooking Sutro Baths and the Pacific Ocean coastline. Later, you will be blown away by the beauty of Golden Gate Park as you ride past Dutch windmills, Queen Wilhelmina’s tulip garden, the bison paddock, and old redwood and eucalyptus groves. Next, we'll take you through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, where you can see some of San Francisco's famous Victorian homes, known for their iconic architecture. Stop #4 - Twin Peaks Fog-permitting, the next stop on this tour gives you a birds-eye-view of the whole Bay Area from atop Twin Peaks. Here, you'll get an amazing panoramic view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Tamalpais, Mount Diablo, the whole Bay and more from the viewpoint sitting 1,000 feet above sea level. To say it’s breathtaking would be an understatement! Stop #5 - Mission District The last stop will immerse you in the history of San Francisco’s early settlements, from Native Americans to Spanish missionaries. Learn more about Misión San Francisco de Asís, locally known as Mission Dolores, one of California's oldest and most historically important missions, and the site of the fledgling settlement of Yerba Buena, that would one day grow up to become San Francisco.

San Francisco VIP Segway Tour: Waterfront and Hills

8. San Francisco VIP Segway Tour: Waterfront and Hills

Get VIP views of San Francisco’s waterfront, wharf, and hills on a private Segway tour that includes a cruise through Aquatic Park and ends at Municipal Pier. En route, you will pass myriad attractions, such as the Maritime National Historical Park for panoramic views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. After your brief training session to ensure you feel safe and comfortable on your self-balancing, eco-friendly mode of transport, climb the slopes of Russian Hill, the affluent residential neighborhood that takes its name from the Gold Rush era when settlers discovered a small Russian cemetery at the top of the hill. Peek down paths to see some of San Francisco’s 350 secret stairways. Climb past the cable cars to reach the summit of Lombard Street, the “Crookedest Street in the World.” Continue down the world’s most famous twisting street toward North Beach, heading down the slopes of Telegraph Hill. Experience the European (predominantly Italian) flavor of North Beach. Stop to admire the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Washington Square Park at the heart of Little Italy. Next, you will go to Pier 39, home to San Francisco’s famous sea lions. Glide past the historic fishing fleet of the wharf, and smell the Pacific Ocean before scooting back to the start point. The hills portion of the route may be adjusted or canceled based on rider ability and guest safety. Route changes are at the discretion of the tour guide. Please note: Bring an extra layer of warm, wind resistant clothing. Rain ponchos, knit gloves and warm jackets are available for guest use. Please leave bulky backpacks at home.

San Francisco City Tour Small Group Half-Day

9. San Francisco City Tour Small Group Half-Day

Enjoy a glimpse into the culture and diversity of San Francisco's many districts with a comprehensive panoramic tour of the city. See the contrast between towering buildings and wild nature in the city that houses people from fishermen and winemakers to software engineers and financiers. Get picked up from your hotel and start your journey in the central square of the city, Union Square. Take in the elegant City Hall building and the impressive Public Library. Drive past the headquarters of the legendary Levi Strauss Company and hear how the Gold Rush is associated with jeans. Ride through diverse neighborhoods, including Haight-Ashbury, the birthplace of the hippies; the Castro, where LGBT people live; and the wealthy Sea Cliff and Richmond. Explore the world’s largest Chinatown and the Italian Quarter to learn why the Church of Peter and Paul is so remarkable. Enjoy the chance to come across sea lions at Pier 39 and take a walk along the chic promenade of the Marina area, reaching Park Presidio. Stand on the Land’s End, where daylight ends on the American continent, and take a photo overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. During your trip, you will also pass by other famous sites, such as Sutro Heights Botanical Garden, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Lombard Street, Transamerica, California Academy of Sciences, Twin Peaks, and Alamo Square. Finally be dropped off back at your hotel.

San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

10. San Francisco: Highlights Self-Guided Audio Tour with App

Explore San Francisco’s iconic landmarks at your own pace via an app with audio narration and multiple walking routes. See and learn about the Golden Gate Bridge, Pier 39, and Alcatraz at the tap of a finger. Know exactly where you are every step of the way with the app’s navigational system. Steer clear of big tour groups and visit your favorite sights thanks to the suggested routes on this app. Head to any of the available landmarks, including the leafy Golden Gate Park, Union Square, or up Lombard Street’s iconic steep hill, listening to interesting facts and stories at each hotspot. Hit pause whenever you feel like it and continue on your journey of discovery in your own time. Best of all, enjoy the unlimited use of the app and its features for the duration of your stay in San Francisco.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 710 reviews

This was a great tour of the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and experienced about getting around the city and I enjoyed the history he shared. It was an intimate tour since it was just my 2 daughters and me. I was a little surprised that the tour was primarily a walking tour but we handled it fine and had a great time.

It was nice no food but the siting was smoothies needs food and music a lil plain it’s more like $20 trip but if u drunk everything look good lol

Mi viaje no hubiera sido igual sin este tour. Lo amé de principio a fin. La mejor perspectiva que puedes tener de San Francisco!!!

It was amazing. Seeing the bay all twinkling in the lights and the 2 bridges lit up. Absolutely phenomenal.

An experience you shouldn’t miss out.. awesome crew. Great night view of SF city.