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San Francisco: Alcatraz Ticket with 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

1. San Francisco: Alcatraz Ticket with 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus

Discover the best of San Francisco with this combined ticket that includes a visit to Alcatraz Island, a 2-day hop-on-hop-off bus pass, and a Chinatown walking tour. Plus, experience the thrill of either The Flyer or the 7D Experience, both located at Pier 39. Step foot on the notorious Alcatraz Island and immerse yourself in the captivating world of the iconic prison. As you explore the cells and grounds, listen to the gripping audio guide that reveals the tales of daring escape attempts and the lives of the inmates. With your 2-day Big Bus hop-on-hop-off pass, have the freedom to explore San Francisco at your own pace. Hop on and off the bus as many times as you like and enjoy the informative and entertaining digital audio commentary. During your adventure, take a leisurely guided walking tour through the vibrant streets of Chinatown. Discover the rich culture and fascinating history of this unique neighborhood. Plus, this combo includes your choice of a thrill attraction at Pier 39: The Flyer or the 7D Experience. The Flyer takes you on a virtual journey across San Francisco's landmarks from a 50-foot screen with motion seats. Glide over the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Lombard Street, and the stunning Redwood National Forest. The 7D Experience is a high-tech ride combining a rollercoaster and a laser game. In a 20-person theater, you'll enter new dimensions on a massive 3D screen. Top sights: - North Beach - Chinatown - Embarcadero Center - Fisherman’s Wharf - Ferry Building - Union Square - Redemption Center - Civic Center - Alamo Square - Haight Ashbury - Golden Gate Bridge - Golden Gate Park - Palace of Fine Arts - Marina - Lombard Street - Pier 35 - Pier 39

San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Ferry & Alcatraz Tour

2. San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus with Ferry & Alcatraz Tour

Get lots of choices for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go — access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route with English commentary, a ferry ride with tickets to Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison. Benefit from audio guides available in a variety of languages at Alcatraz Island. With open double-decker buses and an English guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much. Get to all the most famous spots in the city. Pick out the ones that interest you as 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. The Official City Loop highlights include: • The Palace of Fine Arts• North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge• Golden Gate Park where you can enjoy the Japanese Tea Gardens• Haight-Ashbury district• San Francisco Downtown, Chinatown• The Civic Center• The Embarcadero• Fisherman’s Wharf• Barbary Coast• The Financial District and the Ferry Building

SF: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Golden Gate Bay Cruise

3. SF: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Make your way around San Francisco with a 1-day hop-on hop-off bus ticket and sail around San Francisco Bay with a 1-hour Golden Gate bay cruise. Hop off to explore the city's best highlights or stay on the double-decker bus to take in 360-degree panoramic views of the city. Golden Gate Bay CruiseSail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach and take advantage of the bar onboard with drinks, snacks, and merchandise available to purchase. Admire the famous swimming clubs of the Aquatic Park and the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Take in idyllic views of Crissy Field and The Presidio of San Francisco before the stunning image of the Golden Gate Bridge comes into view. Cruise straight under the bridge as the sun shines and waves lap against the boat. Travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands to reach the shores of Sausalito, once home to the Flower Children. With Angel Island State Park to your left, finish your cruise outside the infamous Alcatraz prison. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off BusThe route of the hop-on hop-off bus includes stops at iconic landmarks like Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Little Italy. This flexible approach to sightseeing allows you to enjoy your day at your own pace.

San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

4. San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

This live narrated 60-90 minute tour of San Francisco includes the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Embarcadero. Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, the tour covers all the major attractions of San Francisco during the evening hours, with spectacular views from the top of an original open top double decker Bus. Exact highlights may vary according to the season, weather conditions, and San Francisco's famous traffic, Chinatown, and Union Square, San Francisco’s shopping Mecca. You will also go to Treasure island, across the Bay Bridge, to get spectacular views of the skyline of San Francisco. On your return, you will see the ferry building, Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39, and more on your way up Embarcadero. Depending on the time of the year, it may not be entirely dark on this tour, but you will either see the city glittering at night, or in the lovely light of dusk.

San Francisco: Private City Highlights Tour in a Jeep

5. San Francisco: Private City Highlights Tour in a Jeep

Embark on a fun and unique tour experience as you explore San Francisco in an open-air convertible Jeep. See more of the city in less time, visit famous locations, and enjoy entertaining commentary from your local guide along the way. Tick off all the sights on your bucket list, choosing between the most iconic landmarks in San Francisco, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Littly Italy, Chinatown, Ferry Building, and the Painted Ladies at Alamo Square. Enjoy an intimate private tour experience in a comfortable open-air vehicle as you explore the diverse terrain and sights of the Bay Area. 2 Hour tour highlights include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands, The Presidio, Marina District, Union Square, North Beach Little Italy, Dragon’s Gate in Chinatown, and Lombard Street - the most crooked street (traffic permitting) 3 Hour route covers more amazing sites: Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park (De Young, Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers), Haight Ashbury, The Castro, and the Castro Theatre (optional stop), Mission Dolores Park, and street murals (optional stop), Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum and more.

San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

6. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

This Alcatraz Island and San Francisco City Day Tour is for those that want to do more than just see the City - they want to experience it! 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. Spend 10-15 minutes at a perfect vista point taking photos and creating memories. 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. After the City tour is over you will be in the Fisherman’s Wharf where you can enjoy lunch and see famous sea lions. Then, make our way to Pier 33 (10-minute walk) and board the ferry for your afternoon Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. The Alcatraz tour gives you time to roam and explore this historic island prison at your own pace. After touring Alcatraz to your heart’s content, grab one of the returning ferries to bring you back to your starting point at Pier 33.

Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

7. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

San Francisco Downtown/Golden Gate Bridge DELUXE BUS - 2 Day

8. San Francisco Downtown/Golden Gate Bridge DELUXE BUS - 2 Day

Join the Bus from Union Square or from Taylor streets and Begin the tour from any stops it goes to 20 stops. Have the best of all worlds San Francisco Shared bus Tour Visits to Downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, Ghiradelli Square, Fort Mason, the Civic Center, vie of the majestic Bay Bridge, and much more with live guide commentary in The Bus. Operating Schedule: The San Francisco Deluxe Tour starts at 10:15 am To 4.00pm. Last Tour starts 4 pm. Join for entire 8 Hours. First Tour Begins from Stop #1 at 10:15 am at Union Square (at 280 Geary street (in front of Macy’s at union square) or Later on Join us at any Stops or at Booking office at 2735 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 9413 Stops are 1. Union Square 2. Chinatown 3. Financial District 4. North Beach 5. Ferry Plaza 6. Pier 39 7. Fisherman's Wharf 8. Ghirardelli On-The-Go 9. Fort Mason 10. Palace of Fine Arts 11. Golden Gate Bridge Vista Point 12. Lombard Street 13 Civic Center 14. Hilton Street 15. Golden Gate Park 16. Japanese Tea Garden 17. Haight-Ashbury 18. Alamo Square 19. Ferry Building 20. Concourse Dr At Acad Of Sciences Ride around the city on a double-decker bus and hop off at only the places that interest you. The route covers 20 key locations—including Union Square, North Beach, Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, the Civic Center, and Golden Gate Park. First Tour Begins from Stop #1 at 10:15 am at Union Square (at 280 Geary street (in front of Macy’s at union square) or Later on Join us at any Stops or at Booking office at 2735 Taylor Street, San Francisco, CA 9413 Operating Hours (10:15 am to 4 pm) Every 30 to 45 minutes bus run Between stops with the last tour bus leaving at 4pm Once you Hop off Bus then Join other Buses coming 30-45 Minutes. While on Tour if you have any questions

San Francisco: Neighborhood Walking Tour - 6 Route Options

9. San Francisco: Neighborhood Walking Tour - 6 Route Options

Discover what makes the San Francisco Bay Area so special on a guided walking tour. Choose the neighborhoods you want to see with 6 tour routes to choose from: The Castro District-Mission Loop, Chinatown-North Beach-Russian Hill, Cow Hollow, The Four Peaks, Golden Gate Park, and Telegraph Hill & The Old Waterfront. Everything in San Francisco is spirited in history and passion. To fully experience this unique city, explore with a local historian guide. Absorb the spirit of the city and discover new experiences that lie underneath all beauty and charm of San Francisco. You have a choice of 6 different experiences: Castro Mission Loop Tour highlights: • The Castro’s rich LGBTQ+ culture and history • The Mission District's nightlife & Latin flair • Victorian architecture • The oldest surviving building: Mission Dolores • The BEST cookie shop and taquerias in town Chinatown, Russian Hill, and North Beach Tour highlights: • The first Chinese temple in America • Cable Car Powerhouse • Russian Hill panoramas • Macondray Lane • San Francisco’s Beatnik mecca • The Fortune Cookie Factory • Our favorite Pizza Shop Cow Hollow Tour highlights: • The Matrix Club (Founded by Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin!) • Union Street • The Lyon Street Steps • Lucasfilm Campus • Palace of Fine Arts Four Peaks Tour highlights: • Four of the best vistas in San Francisco • Mount Olympus • Tank Hill • Corona Heights • Kite Hill • Hidden gardens, staircases, and slides • Randall Museum (entry is free) • Hot Cookie! Golden Gate Park Tour highlights: •de Young Museum Observation Tower • National AIDS Memorial Grove • Stow Lake • The Bison Paddock • The (enormous!) Dutch Windmill • Ocean Beach Telegraph Hill & The Old Waterfront Tour highlights: • The Ferry Building Marketplace • Local Tour of 'Secret Gardens' • Historic Coit Tower • Levi Plaza––the Birthplace of Blue Jeans!

San Francisco: Alcatraz Island & All-Day Bike Adventure

10. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island & All-Day Bike Adventure

Discover two of San Francisco's most iconic and unforgettable experiences in one incredible package. This all-inclusive tour combines a captivating visit to Alcatraz Island with a full day of cycling through the vibrant streets of the city. Get ready for a day filled with history, adventure, and breathtaking views. Tour Highlights: 1. Alcatraz Island Tour: Your adventure begins with a visit to the world-famous Alcatraz Island, home to the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary. Step aboard the ferry and cruise across the bay to this historic island, where you'll explore the chilling past of this former maximum-security prison. Walk through the cellblocks, hear stories of infamous inmates, and see where daring escape attempts were made. Marvel at the stunning views of the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge from the island. 2. All-Day Bike Rental: After your visit to Alcatraz, it's time to explore the beauty and culture of San Francisco on two wheels. You'll receive an all-day bike rental to traverse the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to create your own itinerary, but we have some recommendations: Golden Gate Bridge: Pedal your way to the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge and take in panoramic views of the bay and the Marin Headlands. Don't forget to snap some unforgettable photos. Fisherman's Wharf: Head to Fisherman's Wharf to savor fresh seafood, explore Pier 39, and say hello to the resident sea lions. Chinatown and North Beach: Discover the vibrant culture and delicious cuisine of San Francisco's Chinatown and Little Italy. Golden Gate Park: Meander through Golden Gate Park, home to lush gardens, museums, and serene lakes. 3. Flexible Itinerary: This tour allows you the flexibility to explore the city at your own pace. Spend as much time as you like at each stop, and create your own unique San Francisco experience. 4. High-Quality Bikes: You'll receive comfortable, well-maintained bikes and safety equipment to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride. 5. Expert Tips: Along with your bike rental, we'll provide you with a map, suggested routes, and insider tips on the best places to eat, shop, and explore during your day in San Francisco. 6. Unforgettable Memories: The combination of history at Alcatraz and the freedom of exploring San Francisco on a bike makes this tour the perfect blend of education, adventure, and fun. Discover the captivating tales of Alcatraz and the exhilarating freedom of exploring San Francisco by bike. This package offers an unforgettable experience that's perfect for solo travelers, couples, and families. Book your Alcatraz Island & All-Day Bike Adventure today and embark on a day of exploration and excitement in the heart of San Francisco.

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(2,346 reviews)

A day with the company of a kind and competent person that shown me the details that the city offers

Ok didn’t like the amount of homelessness, poverty and dirt and the unsavoury things we saw very sad

They were two wonderful experiences and should not be missed when visiting San Francisco!

staff very knowledgeable and helpful. audio guide which you can do at your own pace.

Brilliant! Would highly recommend seeing Alcatraz!