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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

Norman E. F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

The driver/tour guide made this trip fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, humorous and considerate. Three stops along the way we're just right. I recommend this tour to anyone who is considering a SF tour.

Jason B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I wanted an easy way to see the city and this was it! If you only have a day in the city - do this tour and Alcatraz! Or if you have a few days - still do this tour. I was able to get a glimpse of the city so over the next couple days I knew what I wanted to go back and see more of. Our tour guide Joe was AWESOME!

Jennifer G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Stops were amazing for pictures, the ride was great and the tour guide was very entertaining. So glad we did this!

Natalie S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The Tour guide was very fun and shared interesting facts. As a local Californian I enjoyed the tour.

John A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was a great tour. We saw more of the city than we ever imagined. Antonio is a great tour director and knew so much about San Francisco. Makes us want to come back and revisit this beautiful city.
John and Beth Apotheker

Stuart M

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.

Irene M

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.

Dayle M

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.

Marion S

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

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