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See the best of San Francisco and its surrounds on this tour. With an in-the-know guide, you’ll discover major city attractions like Coit Tower, Chinatown, Twin Peaks and Haight-Ashbury. You'll also drive north to Muir Woods, home to giant redwood trees where you will be given two hours to explore! If you are free on the following day, opt for the ferry to Sausalito and stroll through the picturesque town. Or, choose a Bay Cruise and enjoy a ride around the San Francisco Bay. Limited to 13 people, this tour provides a small-group experience.

Highlights

  • Semi-customizable San Francisco sightseeing tour by van
  • See the city like a local and visit hidden places not seen on big bus tours
  • Highlights include such sites as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks and North Beach
  • Visit the places you want to see and stop for as many photo opportunities as you like
  • Explore charming Sausalito or hop aboard a cruise around the San Francisco Bay (if option selected)
  • This tour includes a trip to Muir Woods, home of the world's largest redwood trees
  • Small-group tour limited to 13 people ensures a more personalized experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

I suggest this option to those looking for a more intimate, customizable city tour. You can go beyond the standard tourist spots and see what you want to see. And the trip to Muir Woods gives you two hours to wander among the extraordinary redwoods.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco City and Muir Woods Trip with Optional Bay Cruise and Ferry to Sausalito

San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Muir Woods Trip

After pickup from hotels in downtown San Francisco or Fisherman’s Wharf by 13-passenger minivan, your tour starts with a drive to Muir Woods National Monument where you'll have two hours to explore. When you arrive, begin your narrated tour, which takes you through the forest of redwood trees along designated paths. Look up in wonder as you enjoy the serene environment.

Next, you'll head back to San Francisco where you will be taken on an exploration of the city’s top sights, from Union Square and Chinatown to Twin Peaks and Haight-Ashbury. See the neighborhood of North Beach, known for its Italian restaurants, and snap photos of Coit Tower. In between these famous attractions, your guide will also show you off-the-beaten-path highlights, providing an insider look at the city. Plus, with this semi-customizable experience, you are free to make any special requests you might have, and your guide will try to accommodate them so you can enjoy more photo ops.

If you are free, on the following day after touring San Francisco, hop on a Bay Cruise and ride along San Francisco Bay, offering incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful San Francisco skyline. Or, choose a ferry to Sausalito, a beautiful, charming town on San Francisco Bay that stretches into the wooded hillsides. Sausalito is full of boutique shops and galleries showcasing artwork from local artists.

Please note: If guests choose the Bay Cruise option, the Bay Cruise will take place on the next day (departure time: open). If guests choose the ferry option to Sausalito, they will receive open tickets which they can use any time during their stay in San Francisco.

Customer Reviews

Joyce P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The tour guide, Phil is very knowledgable and friendly.
But the time in taking the cruise option back to Pier 41 to join the afternoon city tour was so tight. The cruise delayed and I was late for the meet up time. Fortunately, Phil waited for me.
Very nice overview/ insider tour on the coach to visit all neighborhood in San Francisco.

Bethany K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Paul was awesome! Really cared about your safety and added good humor to the trip!

Jacqueline K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic!! Pam was informative and fun! We would highly recommend the city tour to others.

Philipp K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Gute Reiseleitung. Schöne Tour.

Derek T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Driver was very knowledgable and took us to areas and sites that the hop on hop off buses did not go to.

Bill P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great tour for first day in the city! We saw all the highlights and figured out where we would like to go on our own. Phil was an amazing host! He was very informative, funny, and made sure we had time to stop and take photos. I highly recommend this tour. The Muir Woods option was amazing as well! Beautiful spot so close to the city!

Robert M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

A great way to get acquainted with the city. The driver was really nice, knew exactly where to stop, and made the whole day a pleasure.

Sheila R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Phil was a great tour guide. I would advise doing this tour on the first day of your visit. It gave a great overview of the city.

Karen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Phil was knowledgeable and interesting

Tommy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This combo tour plan is great. Our tour guides were very helpful. You can enjoy all corner of the San Francisco.

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