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San Francisco Bay Cruises

By Viator, October 2014

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Few city entrances are as grand as San Fran’s silvery Bay, and the often fog-draped 1937 Golden Gate Bridge is the waterway’s signature Art Deco crown. San Francisco’s pride and joy measures 12 miles (20km) across, 60 miles (95km) long and at points is only 6 feet (2m) deep at low tide.

Taking a Bay cruise while you’re visiting San Francisco is a given, and with all manner of different cruises setting sail around the clock from legendary Fisherman’s Wharf, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Sail across the water to see one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, the gloomy prison of Alcatraz on its rocky island outcrop. And of course the best way to see the Golden Gate Bridge is up-close and personal from the water. The city views of San Francisco are a sight in themselves from the Bay, along with the Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park and the Oakland Bridge.
Sightsee across the Bay by cruising to the must-see village of Sausalito and the giant coastal redwoods of Muir Woods. Or hoist the mainsail and sail across the Bay in a yacht.

Another option is to simply choose your favorite time of day to take a cruise. A Champagne brunch cruise gets the day started in style on San Francisco Bay, while a lunch cruise combines a buffet feast with history and drama as you sail past Alcatraz.

The atmosphere is romantic on a sunset dinner cruise, as the sun dips behind the Golden Gate Bridge. Or glide into the evening on a dinner & dance cruise, with cocktails, a live band, scenic Bay sightseeing at twilight, and a four-course gourmet dinner served at table seating while you sail.

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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 772 Reviews

Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 399 Reviews

Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a hearty appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.75

San Francisco Duck Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 277 Reviews

Experience San Francisco sightseeing from a duck's eye view on this unique San Francisco Duck Tour. Travel on land and water in an amphibious vehicle crafted ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.00
$35.00 Save $6.00

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour from San Francisco Including Optional Bay Cruise

Take advantage of this 3.5-hour trip through two of California’s best-regarded destinations, Muir Woods and Sausalito. Travel across the iconic Golden Gate ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $54.00

San Francisco in One Day: Alcatraz, City Tour, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Cruise

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 50 Reviews

This is the perfect tour for those who want to experience the best of San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury and Twin Peaks ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $113.99

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 214 Reviews

Want to experience San Francisco's must-do attraction? Take the 60-minute Golden Gate Bay Cruise and you'll see why it's the perfect introduction to San ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.99

Jail and Sail: Half-Day Tour of San Francisco Bay

4.5 star rating: Recommended 197 Reviews

Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and sunset cruise combo! Start the afternoon with a trip to the notorious Island prison of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 208 Reviews

Combine a visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito with a fabulous cruise on San Francisco Bay. You'll cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay area's most popular ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00

San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 111 Reviews

What better way to conclude a day in San Francisco than watching the sun set over the beautiful San Francisco Bay on a memorable dinner dance cruise? Enjoy a ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2.5-hrs Sunday; 3-hrs Friday and Saturday

From USD $131.99

San Francisco Bridge to Bridge Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 100 Reviews

Go under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on this scenic cruise along picturesque San Francisco Bay. Pass Alcatraz, Treasure Island and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $29.00
$35.99 Save $6.99

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