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Tour code: 2660SFODLX1
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

Frederick E S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was a great tour and the tour guide was awesome. He was friendly, informative and had great taste in music. The places we saw were beautiful and I'd do this tour again.

Ritesh Sannakki Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very good Driver and Host. Made the trip interesting.

Lawrence W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We really enjoyed the tour. We were originally disappointed that we could only book the half day tour as all else was already sold out. But, the half day tour was sufficient for us. The bus driver was excellent. He was knowledgable and sufficiently entertaining not too corny like some tour guides!. We also thought that it was clearly worth the price. The directions were good and all were friendly.

M Susan H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

As soon as our tour was complete I went back into the office to tell the agent how wonderful our experience was. We saw everything we wanted to see and the timing was just right. Our driver was so knowlegeable, informative, witty and an excellent driver. We enjoyed our tour immensely!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Awesome way to see the main sites of San Francisco in a short amount of time. Highly recommend.

Arik S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

1. Perfect guide - Adolfo
2. Very comfortable bus
3. Providing transportation from hotel and back

Edelweiss T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016


Ellen S United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour and tour guide!

Cindy A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Wonderful tour!

Joann R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Covered a great overview of city. Very knowledgable guide.

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