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  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration:  Flexible
When your cruise ship docks, see San Francisco at your own pace on a hop-on hop-off tour! From historical sites to modern San Francisco architecture, this tour uncovers the beauty and culture of the city. On modern, comfortable, environmentally friendly double-decker buses, travel around the city and see top attractions and neighborhoods like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Haight Ashbury, Chinatown and North Beach. Complete with live narration, this tour is a fantastic and easy way to see all the sights San Francisco at your own pace. Begin your tour at Pier 33, a 5-min walk from the cruise terminal!

Highlights

  • Hop-on hop-off tour shore excursion of San Francisco with live narration
  • Travel on air-conditioned double-decker buses with open or glass tops
  • Stop at numerous San Francisco attractions including Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Haight Ashbury, Lombard Street and Fisherman's Wharf
  • All buses feature free Wi-Fi on board
  • Professional driver

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Shore Excursion: Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Golden Gate Bridge

This is the must-do sightseeing tour when visiting the City by the Bay! See the best of San Francisco at your own pace while you’re in port. On this do-it-yourself shore excursion, you can hop on and off the double-decker tour bus as many times as you like to see the city’s top attractions. In the summer, the top deck of the buses are open, and in the winter, clear tops shelter you from the cold and offer unobstructed views of the city.

The duration of the tour loop is approximately two hours across 13 stops. Hop off whenever you want to explore neighborhoods like Chinatown and North Beach, or to see popular attractions like Lombard Street. If you miss something on your first loop of the city, simply re-board the bus and go around again!


This excursion is located within a 5-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in San Francisco. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.

For a list of stops see Itinerary below:

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Itinerary

STOP 1 - Fisherman's Wharf / Information Center
Corner of North Point & Taylor St.
Home to San Francisco's fishing fleet. The old factories and warehouses that once dotted the wharf have now been converted into great shops and restaurants.The Cannery at Del Monte Square - Shops and restaurants. Ghirardelli Square - Chocolate lovers paradise, great shops and restaurants. San Francisco Maritime Historic Park at Hyde Street Pier and Aquatic Park, the famous Cable Cars on Hyde Street hill.

STOP 2 - Cow Hollow

Lombard Street @ Gough (in front of Town House Motel)
Convenient stop for hotels on Van Ness and Lombard. Walking distance from the "crookedest street in the world."

STOP 3 - Golden Gate Bridge
South Vista Point
Great views of San Francisco’s skyline, Alcatraz island, and the span of the bridge over the entrance of San Francisco Bay. Access point to walk the Bridge.

STOP 4 - Golden Gate Park / California Academy of Sciences
Concourse Drive, in front of Academy of Sciences (Sundays and Holidays: 8th Ave. & Fulton)
Music Concourse and Cultural Heart of Golden Gate Park. See the De Young Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Botanical and Japanese Tea Gardens. Also nearby, boat rentals at Stow Lake.

STOP 5 - Haight-Ashbury
Haight Street @ Stanyan (in front of McDonald's)
Eclectic district, famous for its role in the 1960’s Hippie Movement. Still a center for bohemian culture, it is lined with one of a kind shops, trendy cafes, bars and restaurants.

STOP 6 - Civic Center Plaza
City Hall (at McAllister and Van Ness)
Featuring the Beaux-Arts City Hall with its massive gold leaf covered dome, the War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Asian Art Museum.

STOP 7 - Hilton Hotel
At corner of Taylor and Ellis
Walking distance to Westfield Shopping Center and Market Street’s Muni and Bart stations.

STOP 8 - Union Square
Geary Street @ Powell (across from Macy’s)
Central Shopping and Theatre District –featuring department stores, upscale boutiques, art galleries, salons, grand hotels, and repertory theatres. Westfield Centre and Cable Cars.

STOP 9 - Chinatown Gate
Grant Street @ Bush – across from Chinatown Gate
“The Dragon Gate” entry to Chinatown. Also, San Francisco’s very own quaint French Quarter.

STOP 10 - Barbary Coast / Chinatown
Kearny Street, between Clay & Washington (across from Portsmouth Square)
Where Chinatown meets the Financial District and the Barbary Coast.

STOP 11 - North Beach / Little Italy
Columbus Avenue @ Powell
Enjoy cultured cafés, restaurants, and gelaterias. Walk to Coit Tower, the worlds “crookedest street”, and Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral.

STOP 12 - Alcatraz Landing
On the Embarcadero - Between Pier 35 and Pier 33
Departure point of the Ferries and Tours to the infamous Alcatraz Island.

STOP 13 - Pier 39 / Aquarium of the Bay
Pier 39 pullout (during special events corner of Beach & Stockton across from “F” Muni stop)
Fisherman’s Wharf’s number one destination – enjoy restaurants, souvenir shop, a world class aquarium, and the San Francisco Sea Lions.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

this tour was great the information by the on board rep was great we loved the idea that we could get off at so many different stops and it was grate that it was so flexible we had a great time and good value for money and we will be using viator in the future

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2012

The tour was nice and good.

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