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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  4 or 11 hours (depending on option selected)
Tour San Francisco, visit charming Sausalito, and explore famous Muir Woods on this small-group tour. Snap photos of places such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks and any other sites you request on this intimate, flexible city tour aboard a 13-passenger van. Tour the beautiful bayside town of Sausalito and hop aboard a cruise across the bay back to San Francisco. Upgrade and include a trip famous Muir Woods, home to the world’s largest redwood trees!

This small-group tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a more personalized 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 and hop aboard a bay cruise back to San Francisco
  • Upgrade to include 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 Muir Woods add-on gives you two hours to wander among the extraordinary redwoods.

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What You Can Expect

Best San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Muir Woods Trip

San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Muir Woods Trip

You’ll be picked up from your downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in San Francisco and taken on a 4- to 5-hour city tour aboard a comfortable 13-passenger minivan.

Your guide will show you must-see attractions such as Union Square, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Twin Peaks and North Beach, and will also take you to off the beaten path places, offering you a unique experience of the city from a local’s perspective. Your tour is semi-customizable, so you can request places you’d like to see. Simply let your guide know which attractions you'd like to stop at to enjoy photo opportunities.

After touring San Francisco, head over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, a beautiful, charming town on San Francisco Bay that stretches into the wooded hillsides. Sausalito is full of unique boutique shops and galleries showcasing artwork from local artists. You can then hop on the ferry (one-way ticket included) for a 25-minute ride along San Francisco Bay, offering incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning San Francisco skyline.

Upgrade: Muir Woods Trip

Enjoy a break for lunch (own expense) in Sausalito at one of the many notable cafes or restaurants. Then, hop back in the van for your trip to Muir Woods.

Spend more than 2 hours exploring Muir Woods National Monument on a fully narrated tour. Enjoy the tranquility of nature as you walk under the towering forest in awe of some of the world’s tallest redwood trees.

After your amazing Muir Woods experience, you’ll return to Sausalito for more free time to explore the town on your own. Sausalito is full of unique boutique shops and galleries showcasing artwork from local artists. You can then hop on the ferry (one-way ticket included) for a 25-minute ride along San Francisco Bay, offering incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the stunning San Francisco skyline.

Instead of spending more time in Sausalito and taking the ferry back, you can choose to get dropped off at your hotel in San Francisco right after your Muir Woods tour.

Customer Reviews

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.

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!

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.

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Phil was knowledgeable and interesting

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This was the best trip of my whole visit to America. There was only 4 of us on the tour so Phil the tour guide made it personal to us. He was funny entertaining and knowledgable. I would suggest anyone going to San Francisco should go on this tour especially if Phil is the guide. It was brilliant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Great trip !! Very Informative and interesting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was the first tour we took on our first day and was very enjoyable. The driver was very informative and entertaining. Appreciaed the hotel pick up and delivery.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

The tour was split in two parts. We did Muir Woods in the morning. Our guide, Paul, was extremely knowledgeable and very interesting to listen to. We spent the morning in this awesome place just drinking in Mother Nature in all her splendor. The afternoon was the city tour with James. He took us for hours on the most fabulous tour. We drove through every neighborhood in the city and then some. He gave us amazing information on each section. This was money very well spent and they were very accommodating to us when we ran into a little problem. We explained the situation and it was remedied easily, quickly and much to our satisfaction. Hight recommend this tour!

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