You’ll be picked up from your downtown or Fisherman’s Wharf hotel in the morning for your 4- to 5-hour San Francisco sightseeing tour by comfortable 13-passenger van.
Your guide will show you the city from a local’s perspective, taking you to hidden spots that you wouldn’t normally see on a big bus tour. Of course, you’ll also make photo stops at iconic landmarks and attractions such as Coit Tower, Union Square and Chinatown, and other places you request to see.
Next, venture north across the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to reach the charming bayside town of Sausalito, where you’ll have time to explore on your own and enjoy lunch (own expense). There are plenty of art galleries, boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants worth visiting in this quaint, picturesque town.
You’ll then hop on the ferry (one-way ticket included) and cruise along San Francisco Bay back to San Francisco. Throughout your 25-minute ride, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city skyline.
When the days are longer, after your Sausalito ferry arrives at Pier 41 or Pier 1, hop off and walk along The Embarcadero to nearby Pier 33. In the winter, your Alcatraz adventure is reserved for the following day. At Pier 33, you’ll board a 15-minute ferry to Alcatraz Island. This infamous landmark was once a federal penitentiary, housing such notorious criminals as Al Capone (Scarface) and Machine Gun Kelly.
After receiving a brief history of Alcatraz, explore the prison grounds on a fascinating audio walking tour, complete with life-like sound effects and real interviews from former inmates and guards.
The tour takes up to 2.5 hours, and you can stay as long as you like on Alcatraz before hopping back on the ferry (departs every 30 minutes) and returning to San Francisco.