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

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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 Francisco. The narrated one-hour cruise does a loop of San Francisco Bay, sailing next to Alcatraz and under the Golden Gate Bridge!


  • One-hour Golden Gate Bay cruise
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • North Beach, Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park
  • Award-winning commentary
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Open ticket gives you the flexibility to choose any departure time

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What You Can Expect

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Departing from Pier 43 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, you'll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.

As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Steaming back into the bay, you'll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, home to the 1960s flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left, you'll slowly cruise around the infamous island of Alcatraz.

On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower. After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.

All cruise vessels offer indoor and outdoor seating, restrooms, and seasonal snack bar service. The award-winning audio narration is available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Hebrew, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesian and Vietnamese. Vessels operate on biodiesel - a renewable energy source.

Don't worry about the unpredictable San Francisco weather! This is an open ticket which is valid for use on any day within one year of your booking date.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Nice tour, 30minutes boat trip with audio comments in many language French for me. Beautiful weather in August but much cold winds from the ocean near the Golden gate. Thanx bye

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was very interesting although at times we could not figure out the hills or whatever building the headset was talking about until it was too late and we were onto the next subject. That being said, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

There is so much to see in SF so this 60 minute tour was just right. We did the 10 am so we had the rest of the day to explore. Boat was not very crowded either.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great audio recording.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

excellet, wonderfull tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Very enjoyable. Didn't have much time, so this was a good use of our time. Audio on the free wireless devices was great to have, although several times had to adjust the antenna due to signal fading out. A great time with my friend. This is something you need to do at least once.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The cruise was a hit with my family. They really enjoyed the leisure cruise around the the bay and were very happy with the experience. I recommend this as a must do to anyone who wants to get a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We really enjoyed the cruise. It was great to have the audio tour as well. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent tour, courteous and kind . tour fill our expectations , we were a party of 15 people!!!
Highly recommended

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