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

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Enjoy the beauty of San Francisco's waterfront plus superb vistas of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay on this comprehensive half-day guided tour. It's the perfect introduction to the City by the Bay, providing an essential overview of San Francisco's attractions and layout. Accompanied by a knowledgeable driver-guide, you'll tour the City from the bay to the ocean, with photo stops at key locations.

You'll visit famous attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and the stop at Twin Peaks will give you a breathtaking 360 degree view of the city from 1000 feet above sea level. Opt to upgrade your tour to include a bay cruise to complete your panorama of San Francisco from land and sea!


  • 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

Travel through the Golden Gate Park and enjoy seasonal flower displays, bison grazing, and pass windmills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. You'll spy neighborhoods dotted with colorful Victorian homes and learn about San Francisco’s early settlements, from the Native Americans and Spanish missionaries to the frenzied days of the gold rush as you drive along the once infamous Barbary Coast. Take more than just pictures of San Francisco's most iconic landmark, drive across the Golden Gate Bridge for the complete city experience..

The tour highlights all of San Francisco's major attractions, including:

  • Chinatown
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Victorian Homes
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • North Beach
  • Presidio National Park
  • Awe-inspiring views of Alcatraz and the Pacific Ocean

Take advantage of some great photo stops (each stop 10 to 15 minutes) at key landmarks including:

  • Vista Point at Golden Gate Bridge
  • Twin Peaks (weather permitting)
  • Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden
Bay Cruise Upgrade
Upgrade your half-day city tour to receive a one-hour cruise of San Francisco Bay, and enjoy some of the most beautiful waterside views in the world! The cruise is fully narrated and you'll sail under the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting) for close-up views of Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco waterfront and the California sea lions. The perfect accompaniment to the half-day city tour.

Customer Reviews

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We had a fantastic time! Wonderful driver full of information and very friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was everything. I liked the fact that we got to see so many places in such a short time. Even though we didn't get out everywhere I now know places I would like to go back to and spend more time.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent driver and guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was very informative. We throughly enjoyed it . Our tour guide, Aaron was excellent.

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