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Tour code: 2630SFOCRS
Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This hour-long, narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck; either way it's an unforgettable experience.


  • 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

Your Golden Gate Bay cruise departs from Pier 43 in the heart of San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to many of the city's seafood restaurants. As the boat makes its way out into San Francisco Bay, you'll have great views (as long as SF's notorious Karl the Fog stays away!) of the San Francisco skyline, as well as the city's bustling North Beach neighborhood and the waterfront Maritime National Park.
Over the next hour you will cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay on a guided tour, meandering west along Fort Mason and past the Marina District — hard hit in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure and look up when sailing beneath the bridge's massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span: it's a photo-worthy view that few people get to see.
Turning around in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the bay, you'll return east past the naturally stunning Marin Headlines and pass the harbor town of Sausalito, a favorite day getaway spot for San Francisco visitors. You'll continue alongside Angel Island State Park, often called “The Ellis Island of the West,” and then cruise past the Alcatraz Island, home to the legendary former federal prison.
Heading back toward Fisherman's Wharf you'll have great views of the impressive San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and San Francisco's Coit Tower, a tall and slim concrete monument named for the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an early 20th century-patron for the city's firefighters. Fisherman Wharf's famous sea lions will undoubtedly be barking their welcomes as your cruise returns to port.
Tickets are flexible, so the departure time and date of this round-trip day cruise are up to you (meaning if you've planned ahead but your flight into SFO is late, you can simply catch the next cruise, or even one on the next day. Tickets are valid up to one year from the original booking date). All cruise vessels include indoor and outdoor seating, public restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar. Audio narration is available in multiple languages.

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Customer Reviews

Melinda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Keri C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016


David O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour, amazing views. An all round great experience! A definite must if you visit San Fran.

Scott K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Elizabeth M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Very informative and beautiful but COLD and Windy-actually just wonderful.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

No one from Viator was around, but the cruise was great!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


Scarlett L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

It was great!

Rhett L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great sightseeing for the price!

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