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San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Experience the best that the City by the Bay has to offer with the Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off tour. This digitally-narrated tour takes you to the city's must-see landmarks and iconic attractions, providing a comprehensive and immersive experience of San Francisco. Hop aboard the bus and prepare to be captivated by the beauty of the Golden Gate Bridge, a true San Francisco icon. As you cross the bridge, take in the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz Island, and the surrounding hills. This is a photo-opportunity not to be missed! As the tour continues, venture into the heart of the city and visit Union Square, the bustling shopping district. Here, you'll find an array of designer boutiques, high-end department stores, and trendy restaurants. Union Square is also home to the famous cable car turnaround, where you'll see the iconic cable cars in action. The tour also takes you through the historic Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, the birthplace of the hippie movement. As you walk through the streets, you'll be transported back to the 1960s, with colorful Victorian houses, vintage clothing stores, and murals celebrating the Summer of Love. No trip to San Francisco is complete without a visit to Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in the sights and sounds of this famous waterfront district, where you can sample fresh seafood, browse local shops, and watch the sea lions basking in the sun. From here, you can also catch a ferry to Alcatraz Island or take a cruise around the bay. With the Big Bus tour, you have the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the 20 stops along the route, allowing you to explore the city at your own pace. And with buses running every 10-15 minutes, you won’t have to wait long to continue your adventure. So whether you want to spend more time shopping in Union Square or exploring the Golden Gate Park, the Big Bus tour has got you covered. Complete your SF experience with a half-day guided bus tour to Muir Woods. See the redwoods up close and personal, cross the Golden Gate Bridge, and explore the seaside town of Sausalito on the way back.

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

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 Deluxe Bus Tour with 20 Stops

San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off Deluxe Bus Tour with 20 Stops

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: Electric Bike Rental w/ Map & Optional Ferry

San Francisco: Electric Bike Rental w/ Map & Optional Ferry

Discover the most interesting sights of San Francisco with use when you rent an e-bike. See the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and more. Choose from a 2-hour, 4-hour, or a-day rental pass and admire the iconic highlights of the city. You can bike to Union Square, North Beach, the Castro District, and Mission Dolores. Bike through the streets at your own pave and stop to take a souvenir pictures before moving to the next stop.  Explore the scenic beauty, cultural attractions, diverse communities, and world-class cuisine of San Francisco with this e-bike rental.  Upgrade to a pedal assist electric bike (13+) to boost your ride! The optional ferry is a one-way ticket from Sausalito back to Fisherman's Wharf on the Blue and Gold line. This is perfect for riders who want to cross the bridge without worrying about crossing back.

San Francisco: Electric Bike Day Rental

San Francisco: Electric Bike Day Rental

See San Francisco in an ecologically conscious way, while comfortably negotiating the city’s famous hills with your electric bike. With your all-day rental bike, cruise along the car and pedestrian-free waterfront of San Francisco Bay and ride along the city’s bike paths. Enjoy a brand new fleet of bikes that provide an active way to experience San Francisco. Take the less-traveled routes through the city on a self-guided tour. Feel the e-Moto battery kick in as you pedal, propelling you towards your destination. The electric bikes have a range of 16-20 miles on a full charge and feature a full-comfort seat, hand shifters, and brakes. Bike through Golden Gate Park and along the coast, through the Headlands, into Muir Woods, or to Mt. Tam. Take a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito. From the bridge, take in the views of the bay, the ocean, and the San Francisco skyline.

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

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: Movie Filming Locations Bus Tour

San Francisco: Movie Filming Locations Bus Tour

Explore San Francisco on a bus tour with an actor/guide and spot the filming scenes from your favorite movies. Watch clips of 50 of the most famous movies ever filmed in San Francisco and spot them outside the bus as your guides share their knowledge of San Francisco and cinema. See even more of San Francisco on this tour than you would on a normal city tour. Discover key neighborhoods including Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill, Union Square, Alamo Square, City Hall, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, The Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Pacific Heights. See locations from famous Hollywood movies including the house where Robin Williams' family lived in Mrs. Doubtfire, various locations from the famous chase scene in Bullitt, and the park where the Tanner Family enjoyed a picnic during the opening credits of Full House. Enjoy a tour suitable for the whole family and help your kids spot the high school attended by Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries, as well as scenes from Full House, Dr. Doolittle, George of the Jungle, Hulk, and X-Men 3.

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

San Francisco: Small-Group Sonoma Wine Tour with Tastings

Discover Sonoma Valley and some of its best wines on this small-group, full-day tour. Learn about the history and traditions of winemaking in the region from your expert guide and taste wines from 3 wineries. Your adventure begins with a pick-up from your hotel/accommodation in downtown San Francisco. Get to know your travel companions for the day as you head out of town and across the Golden Gate Bridge. Learn about the region from your friendly and knowledgeable guide and sample many of the delicious wines that have made Northern California a world-renowned wine-producing region. Travel with a small group (limited to 13 people) to three of Sonoma's finest boutique wineries and spend approximately one hour at each winery. This journey also includes a stop in scenic Sausalito, a stop at the Golden Gate Bridge, and a lunch stop (lunch not included) in the historic town of Sonoma where you can select from one of the many fantastic restaurants on the square. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a walk into the past at Mission San Francisco Solano. After the final winery stop of the day, relax as your guide drives you back to your accommodation in San Francisco.

San Francisco Ghosts: Gold and Ghouls Tour

San Francisco Ghosts: Gold and Ghouls Tour

Set off on a San Francisco ghost tour through different sites around the San Francisco downtown area. After meeting your guide embark on a 1-hour tour through Nob Hill. Perfect for first-time visitors and locals alike, this tour is a great way to see the amazing sites of the affluent neighborhoods while getting a feel for the city's ghostly atmosphere.  See a side of the city seldom witnessed. Take a walk past haunted hotels, streets, clubs, and office buildings. Learn about the ancient Mayan secrets of the Sutter buildings, the famous tragedies that haunt The Westin St. Francis, and the devastation and heartbreak that followed the great earthquake of 1906, which has literally and figuratively haunted the city for over a century. Find out about the terrible night that leads to Fatty Arbuckle's blacklisting from the film industry. After the gold rush of 1849, San Francisco became a beacon of hope and prosperity, but not everyone can strike gold, and inevitably, many people seeking fame and fortune found tragedy instead; their stories are likely to disturb and frighten you. These events throughout history continue to have an impact on the area, and the accounts you'll hear on this tour reveal that these hills have just as much horror as happiness.

San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

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.

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A great day out in the Somona Valley. We were picked up promptly from our hotel by our friendly guide, Anya, who was very helpful and knowledgeable though out the day. We loved the quick stop off at the Golden Gate Bridge for a photo opportunity and enjoyed spending time in Sonoma town for lunch. All the three wineries we visited were very accommodating with a great selection of wine for tasting. We were with a great group of people from all over the world who were good fun and very interesting to spend the day with. Thanks for a lovely day Anja.

Mike and Oakley were very exited and knew a lot of facts about the city. If you have the chance, book this tour

Bryan was fantastic. Really recommend this tour. It was one of the best we have been on.

Lots of fun. Might be too small if you are a bigger person.

Amazing tour with a great guide! Bryan was the best!