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  • Location:San Francisco, California
  • Duration:4 hours (approx.)

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views, then board a boat on San Francisco Bay for a sunset dinner cruise. This 4-hour tour allows you to see the best of the city from the air and the water, including multiple views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz. Pickup from select hotels is included. 

Highlights

  • Combined scenic helicopter flight and dinner cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • 20-minute scenic helicopter flight over San Francisco
  • See the Ferry Building, Alcatraz Island, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge from the air
  • Evening yacht cruise with 4-course dinner and live music
  • Spectacular views of San Francisco's famous landmarks and bay
  • Pick-up from select San Francisco locations

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

See San Francisco from above on a narrated helicopter flight before settling in for a leisurely cruise on the bay, complete with first-class food, live music and glittering city views.

What You Can Expect

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

After pickup from select San Francisco hotels, travel to the heliport to board your flight. With a small group of 3 to 5 other passengers, climb aboard your helicopter and fasten your safety belt for the 20-minute ride. During the smooth, quiet ride, enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and engaging commentary from your expert pilot. View Alcatraz, the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and the striking cityscape. 

After your flight, take a shuttle to the boat dock and board your yacht for a sunset dinner cruise. During the 2.5-hour trip, enjoy a 4-course dinner (see Itinerary section below for a sample menu) as well as live music. Before or after dinner, take a walk on the boat's decks for stunning sunset views of the San Francisco skyline and both bridges from the water. 

Your evening of sightseeing from the sky and the water concludes with drop-off at Pier 3. 

Itinerary

Sample Menu
SALAD
  • Arugula salad with roasted red beets, Chipotle pine nuts, humbolt fog goat cheese, herb toasted crostini and Meyer lemon tarragon vinaigrette
APPETIZER
  • Citrus-scented scallops with grilled pineapple, mango papaya salsa
ENTRÉE
(choice of one)
  • Herb-seared chicken breast with tomato and kalamata olives salsa over African rice pilaf
  • Ginger spiced glace salmon with Asian noodles and sugar snap peas
  • Braised beef short ribs with chive mashed potatoes, sautéed spring greens, port demi-glace
  • Vegetarian lasagna with layers of fresh zucchini, baby spinach, basil, eggplant, onions, tomato, cauliflower and carrot puree
DESSERT
(choice of one)
  • Chocolate pot de crème with cinnamon Chantilly cream
  • Vanilla peach pot de crème with caramel Chantilly cream
ENHANCEMENTS
(additional charge)
  • Cowgirl Creamery cheese display featuring assorted local cheeses, rustic flat breads, seasonal fresh fruits, dried apricots, figs - US$12
  • Ice cream trio of buko, vanilla and mango, with house made caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, saltine toffee crackers - US$9
Chefs de Cuisine: Gerardo Hidalgo
Due to the seasonality of local fresh ingredients, all menus are subject to change

Customer Reviews

SHARONA L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Absolutely incredible day Daytime Helicopter pickup and tour and return all top notch !! Then aboard the Hornblower for incredible voyage and tour of the Bay with beautiful meal and music and sunset with nighttime view of the of city. Such a great day :

Axel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

If you're from San Francisco, make sure to tell the pilot where your house is, you might get to see it!
Amazing experience, went under the Golden Gate Bridge twice, dinner cruise was classy and romantic.

Ladislao M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Way worth it!

Ignacio C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

Javier L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

That was my best experience ever, specially since it was en San Francisco.

Jimmy K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

We had such a wonderful time. My granddaughter, wife and I all are still talking about it. The staff was very professional and courteous. I only wish we were still flying. Thank you for making a wonderful memory! The cruise was very relaxing and the dinner was great. Such a great combination for seeing San Francisco. Land, Air and Sea. Wow.

peter k

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2012

awesome trip on helicopter
it actually flew under the bridge which was just awesome and the dinner cruise was also excellent with all sights taken in and food was good also

Lynda R

4 star rating: Recommended October 2015

All 4 stars are for the helicopter flight, which was amazing. Took off from Saulsilito, flew over and under the Golden Gate Bridge....amazing! The evening cruise whilst ok was not incredible and doesn't compare to the one we went on in New York. nit doing it wouldn't have detracted from the holiday

Ernesto P

4 star rating: Recommended June 2015

the helicopter was very exciting for both of us. not what to expect from all the excitement and flutters, but it was all worth it.
the dinner cruise was very nice, enjoyed the food, the only thing it was cold.

Jack A

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

Tour was done well but did not realize we would have to drive from san Francisco wharf to san Francisco airport. Also did not realize there would be an hour and half before the cruise allowed boarding after our return to the Ferry building.

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