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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. Immerse yourself in history, admire stunning sights, and take advantage of a bike rental or a ticket to the USS Pampanito. 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. Make sure to ask a Big Bus agent for the tour schedule and choose the one that best suits your itinerary. Add even more excitement to your visit and choose between a half-day bike rental to explore the city on wheels or general admission to the USS Pampanito WWII submarine. Sights along the bus tour include: - 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

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

2. 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: Major Landmarks Private Sightseeing Tour

3. San Francisco: Major Landmarks Private Sightseeing Tour

Travel in style and safety and experience a courteous, prompt, and safe transportation service on this 4-hour San Francisco tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. This is an easy and cost-effective way to get to know the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Avoid the crowded bus tours, parking hassles, and map searches, and start your San Francisco visit without delay. Some examples of places you might visit include Fisherman’s Wharf, Washington Square, the Embarcadero, Union Square, the Civic Center, Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and Pier 39. Your driver will take you wherever you’d like to go in the city. Most customers choose to take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, and to see the Legion of Honor, Treasure Island, Sutro Baths, and other sites that are away from San Francisco’s central area. This program is available to both corporate and personal travelers.

San Francisco: Guided City Tour

4. 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: Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

5. San Francisco: Scavenger and Treasure Hunt Tour for Families

Roam around San Fransisco on a guide-led walking tour and treasure hunt which is designed to bring your team closer while giving you a reason to explore the city and bond with each other. Discover the very best attractions of Chinatown, North Beach, and Washington Square Park while solving clues. Meet your guide in front of Old Saint Mary's Cathedral in Chinatown for an introduction and overview of your adventure. Take off on your scavenger hunt through Chinatown and round it off with a visit to the Fortune Cookie Factory. Tour the factory and sample some cookies. Next up is a mini-guided tour of additional Chinatown spots and surprises. Discover the murals along Jack Kerouac Alley and experience the poetry of North Beach. Expect Italian food, culture, and famous landmarks like the Transamerica Pyramid and Coit Tower on your North Beach hunt. End the scavenger hunt in Washington Square Park with an exciting game that has prizes for all. From here you can end your adventure or continue with an optional guided walk up the crooked Lombard Street for a picture-postcard view of San Francisco.

San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

6. San Francisco: North Beach Food and History Walking Tour

Begin your San Francisco North Beach food and history walking tour at the Columbus Tower (Sentinel Building), home to Francis Ford Coppola's and George Lucas' Zoetrope Film Studio. Meet your tour guide just right outside of Zoetrope Café. Learn about the historical and current events that helped shape San Francisco's North Beach District. Experience the exquisite murals executed by the Italian fin-de-siècle painter and illustrator Luigi Brusatori at the Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Walk along Columbus Avenue and pass all the restaurants and cafes. Arrive at Stella Pastry where you will be treated to a delicious house-made biscotti or cookie of the day with coffee or espresso. Walk to Washington Square for further exploration of San Francisco's Little Italy. Your guide will take a moment to go over the pizza options and beverage choices for the next food portion of the tour. In addition, hear stories about the Saints Peter and Paul Church. After, head towards City Lights Book Publishing Company and Jack Kerouac Alley. Admire the murals that adorn the walls of this one block alleyway that connects the tail end of Chinatown with North Beach. Before the end of the tour, spend time at one of the numerous watering holes in the area for a beer or cocktail. Take time to savor your drink while your guide summarizes the days' activities and answer any questions you may have.

SF Fishermans Wharf self-guided walking tour scavenger hunt

7. SF Fishermans Wharf self-guided walking tour scavenger hunt

Are you looking for things to do in San Francisco? Our Fisherman’s Wharf scavenger hunt is a 3-hour self-guided walking tour with challenges that takes you through Russian Hill and North Beach! See all the major sites, as well as a few hidden gems. Moreover, face challenges and riddles and also discover much local history. However, this activity is not wheelchair accessible nor is it an easy stroll. San Francisco comprises over 40 hills, 3 of which are on this hunt’s itinerary. You will be going up and down hills, a few of which have staircases instead of sidewalks. If you feel up to the challenges then we definitely welcome you aboard this adventure! The San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 5 km / 3.1 mi walking tour with multiple varied challenges. It takes 3 hours to complete. - Learn some local history - Challenge your knowledge: 17 varied challenges - Fun for all ages, kids included - Walk at your own pace: 5 km / 3.1 mi (2 hills) - Not wheelchair or stroller friendly throughout – but doable - Alternate route provided when not wheelchairs & strollers accessible - Pet-friendly throughout - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

San Francisco self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide

8. San Francisco self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide

Feel the freedom to tour the city like a true local while immersing yourself in San Francisco's fascinating history and culture. Our App features a wide selection of carefully designed routes that will take you through iconic tourist spots, charming parks and quaint neighborhoods. Immerse yourself in the detailed stories and interesting anecdotes that will take you through the city's most iconic landmarks. The route is divided into the following multi-language sections: - Castro Quarter: This route contains 12 points of interest available with text and audio guide. It also has routes on foot or by car, with the following points of interest: Twin Peaks, Rainbow Honor Walk, Mission Dolores Park, Pink Triangle Memorial Park, Market Street, San Francisco Castro Theater, Corona Heights Park, Seward Mini Park, Kite Hill, Museum in the Castro, among others... - Chinatown: Route with 16 points of interest available with texts and multilingual audio guide: Chong Qing Xiao Mian, Begoni Bistro, Tin Hou Temple, Great China Herb Company, China Live Restaurant, Portsmouth Square, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Stockton Street, Vital Tea Leaf, Transamerica Building, among others... - Nob Hill - Fisherman's Hill: Walking tour with 33 essential points of interest such as: Coit Tower, Washington Square, Columbus Avenue, North Beach, The Cable Car Museum, Grace Cathedral, Huntington Park, Nob Hill, The Masonic, Fairmont Hotel, among others... - Haight Ashbury - Mission District: This route contains 21 points of interest available with text and audio guide. Walking and driving tours are also available, with the following points of interest: Buena Vista Park, The Painted Ladies, Haight Street Vintage Shops, Absinthe Brasserie & Bar, Beer Garden, New Conservatory Theatre, Hayes Street, Sydney Goldstein Theatre, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco City Hall, among others... - Japantown: Route with 9 points of interest available with texts and multilingual audio guide: Sokoji Temple, Hotel Tomo, hardware, Japantown Peace Plaza, Japantown, Izumi Sushi, Playland Japan, Marufuku Ramen, Kinokuniya Bookstore. - Presidio - Golden Gate: Route to tour with 22 essential points of interest such as: Walt Disney Family Museum, National Cemetery, Baker Beach, Marshalls Beach, Batteries by Presidio, Earth Wall, Tree Fall, Wood Line, Spire, Roundhouse Restaurant, among others. -Union Square - Yerba Buena Gardens: Route with 20 points of interest available with texts and multilingual audio guide: Pier 24 Photography Museum, Center for the Arts, Charles Looff Historical Carousel, Yerbabuena Island, Yerbabuena, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscone Center, Oracle Park, Museum of Children's Creativity, among others. Download our self-guided tours App today and get ready for an unforgettable experience in the City by the Bay.

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What people are saying about Washington Square

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So, you have to be aware that this is a mass event. But you can move around freely on the site and so everything is spread out. Grab an audio guide and off you go. I found the guide very great, well told and lots of stories included. I was interested in the island because I was imprisoned by the Stasi. You see it with completely different eyes...

All in all a great experience. The price may seem a bit high at first, but the two days with the hop on/off bus alone were worth it (because you save on local transport). Alcatraz was impressive and Doug was a great guide for Chinatown. Instead of Bile-Rental, I visited the submarine and can only recommend it to everyone.

Good all-round package. You have everything you should do in San Francisco.

A fantastic trip so interesting. The overall experience was well planned.

Brilliant! Would highly recommend seeing Alcatraz!