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

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With an informative driver-guide, you’ll traverse the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.


  • 3.5-hour morning or afternoon San Francisco tour
  • Tour all the city highlights, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Photo stops at Vista Point, Twin Peaks (weather permitting) and Golden Gate Park
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Even if you're tight on time, it's easy to squeeze in this tour, which includes photo ops at several stunning viewpoints and a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you have another hour to spare, the bay cruise will take you under the iconic Bridge as well.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

View of city from Twin Peaks, San Francisco

This half-day tour of San Francisco, with your choice of a morning or afternoon departure time (select when booking), is the perfect introduction to the city. Learn about San Francisco’s most popular attractions, and discover to return to later on your own.

Your tour starts with pickup from centrally located hotels by air-conditioned bus. With your driver-guide, travel through Golden Gate Park, checking out the ample green space, windmills at Ocean Beach and the bison paddock. Stop at the Japanese Tea Garden, where you can enter if you wish (own expense) or just walk around the surrounding area of the park.

Drive down city streets lined with the colorful Victorian and Queen Anne homes that San Francisco is known for, and hear from your guide about the area’s history, from the American Indians to Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush. Ride along the Barbary Coast, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll stop at Vista Point for a photo op.

Other sights you’ll see include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio (a former Army post and now a national park site), Fisherman’s Wharf and the neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach. Look out at Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks (weather permitting) for a panoramic view that can’t be beat.

Optional cruise on San Francisco Bay:
If you’d like more photo opportunities, upgrade your tour to include a narrated 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay. Admire the city skyline, resident sea lions and the Golden Gate Bridge, and get an up-close look at Alcatraz Island. 

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour especially if time is limited, we saw all that we wanted to.
Excellent tour guide, very informative.
Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Had a real good time on this tour. The driver did say they would be going to a prerecorded tour in the future, that is a shame because there is a great deal of personality that will be missed. Great stops to take awesome pictures and it was a beautiful warm sunny day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our driver/tour guide was fabulous. He was very articulate and well versed in the history and sites of the city. He was cautious with the tourist and regular drivers in the city. I felt very safe in his hands. I booked this excursion because my 90 year old aunt was visiting and I thought this was the best way for her to see SF. I think I enjoyed it as much or more than she did. Great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was really good. I enjoyed it. Thanks heaps.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Good introduction to getting around San Francisco our coach driver was very informative

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The best part about the tour was , the tour bus driver , extremely engaging , informative and funny.
This is the first tour I have ever been on as its not the ideal way one wants to travel. We were pressed for time and covered the essentials in this way .

Definitely go on it if we want a quick organized overview .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent quick tour of San Francisco. Great way to see to the city if you are short on time. We now know which areas we would like to return to.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Terrific experience. Guide was funny and informative. Learned all types of trivia from the guide. Photo op times were great. Never felt rushed. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was fantastic. Our driver Greg was the best! Literally, we saw every major part of the city!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

tour guide terrific

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