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Helicopter Tours

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$265.00
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Balloon Rides

Napa Valley Hot-Air-Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch

Experience Nappy Valley's world-famous wine country from the air on a sunrise hot-air-balloon ride. Start the day off right with coffee and pastries at the renowned Domaine Chandon Winery, and then climb into a comfortable basket to take to the skies as day breaks across the valley. Enjoy a bird’s-eye perspective of Napa’s rolling hills, expansive vineyards, and elegant estates during this 1-hour flight. Once back on solid ground, indulge in a hot breakfast buffet with sparkling wine back at Domaine Chandon.
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  • 4 hours
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$239.00
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  • 4 hours

Helicopter Tours

Catalina Island Helicopter Flight from Long Beach

Take in unforgettable views of Catalina Island on a 15-minute helicopter flight from Long Beach, and watch for whales and dolphins as you fly across the Pacific Ocean. Watch the island’s sheer cliffs appear on the horizon as your pilot narrates the changing scenery, capture aerial images of Catalina’s ocean side communities, then end your flight by touching down at the centrally-located Pebbly Beach Heliport.
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$135.00
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
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  • 5 hours
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$245.00
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  • 5 hours

Helicopter Tours

Wine Country by Helicopter with Wine Tasting and Food Pairing

Fly by helicopter from the San Francisco Bay Area to Wine Country during this tour. Enjoy views of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Wine Country's rolling vineyards before touching down at one of the area's most prestigious wineries. Enjoy a guided tour of the property, tapas and a wine tasting. With your small group limited to 6 people, learn about the winery's world-class varietals and all the love and labor that goes into making the perfect cabernet. When your 3-hour excursion is over, travel back to San Francisco by helicopter.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$460.00
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Helicopter Tours

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the 15-to-20-minute flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Ferry Building, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge!
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  • 20 minutes
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$205.00
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  • 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Balloon Rides

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Napa Valley Aloft Hot Air Balloon Rides

Discover a perspective on Napa Valley and the surrounding scenery that most visitors miss—and enjoy an intimate, small-group experience—when you book a hot-air balloon ride. Pick from multiple tour times, and make your way to Yountville, located in the heart of Napa Valley. After an introduction, board your balloon, and set off with a maximum of just 12 attendees per basket. As you rise above the valley, admire vineyards and mountain ranges—and if the weather is clear, even spy the San Francisco skyline in the distance.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$200.00
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

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 combo 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.
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  • 5 hours
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$395.00
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  • 5 hours

Balloon Rides

Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight

See the sunrise from one of the most impressive vantage points—the sky—during this Temecula hot-air balloon flight. Take off from Vindemia Winery with an FAA-licensed pilot, and soar above citrus groves vineyards. Afterward, touch down on the ground and enjoy a Champagne breakfast in a private rose garden.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$178.00
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes

Air Tours

San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

See Alcatraz from above and explore the island prison on foot with this seaplane flight and Alcatraz combo tour. On a 30-minute aerial tour from Sausalito, you’ll see San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Trans-America Pyramid. Then take the Alcatraz Island ferry across San Francisco Bay, where you’ll tour the cellblock via the included audio tour. Choose the time of your Alcatraz tour when booking, and take the seaplane tour in the morning of the same day.
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  • 2 hours
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$226.25
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  • 2 hours

Air Tours

San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
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  • 40 minutes
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$249.00
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Pier 39.
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  • 30 minutes
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$189.00
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

Private Tour: Yosemite by Helicopter or Small Plane and SUV from San Francisco

No trip to California is complete without a visit to the iconic wilderness of Yosemite National Park. Make the most of your time in the park on this private excursion from San Francisco to Yosemite by helicopter (four people or fewer) or small plane (five people or fewer), letting you avoid the 8-hour drive and spend more time exploring the park's many attractions. Thanks to the flexibility offered by a private tour, you can choose to conduct your tour as an overnight camping trip or a day trip for your private group.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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$4,600.00
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  • 7 to 9 hours
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Helicopter Tours

Emerald Bay Tour

Showcasing beautiful Fallen Leaf lake, Cascade Lake, Taylor Creek, and Pope Beach, this tour heads to breathtaking Emerald Bay. Surrounded by granite cathedrals and fed by Eagle falls, the lake's onlytrue bay is named for its emerald green waters.
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  • 15 minutes
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$80.00
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  • 15 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Greater Bay Area Seaplane Tour

See the San Francisco Bay Area’s most popular attractions from a new perspective on this 45-minute seaplane tour, featuring views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods, and more. Avoid the congestion of on-the-ground sightseeing while flying over the city and seeing how it fits into the greater context of the rugged California coastline.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$229.00
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Private San Francisco Flight for Two

See the major landmarks of the San Francisco Bay Area from the air during a private 35-minute scenic flight. Hear your pilot’s informative commentary via the provided headsets as your fixed-wing plane soars over downtown San Francisco, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito,the port of Oakland and more. Enjoy breathtaking aerial vistas of the bay and Pacific Ocean during this once-in-a-lifetime tour.
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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$495.00
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  • 30 to 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

Los Angeles Helicopter Tour with Romantic Mountaintop Landing

This romantic helicopter tour of Los Angeles is perfect for couples. You and your date get a private helicopter ride for two over top Los Angeles sights and stunning California coastline, plus a 30-minute landing on a secluded mountain top in Malibu. When you land, enjoy a private Champagne toast and dessert while admiring the views.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$399.00
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

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Viator Exclusive: Muir Woods Tour and Golden Gate Seaplane Flight

Visiting Muir Woods and Sausalito in one day usually leaves room for little else on your itinerary. This tour stops at both—with a walk among Muir Woods' redwood trees and free time in Sausalito—while adding ultimate views of the San Francisco Bay to the mix with a seaplane flight. Upgrade to end the tour with a ferry ride back to San Francisco from Sausalito.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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$275.00
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

U-Fly SkyTour of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge from San Carlos

Take the wheel and fly a 2-seat Cessna or 4-seat Piper single-engine plane over San Francisco. On this 50-minute tour departing from San Carlos, bring one passenger and climb aboard the plane with a professional pilot supervising. Get views of the City by the Bay, including Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge from 1,500 feet (457m) in the clouds.
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  • 50 minutes
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$533.92
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  • 50 minutes

Air Tours

San Francisco Air Tour

Breathtaking aerial vistas await you on the San Francisco Air Tour — a 35-minute flight over the major landmarks of the San Francisco Bay Area. Get a bird's-eye view of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Downtown Oakland, Alcatraz, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, Downtown Oakland, the Bay Bridge and more.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$174.00
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Elite Flight Tour over San Francisco

Enjoy epic aerial views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz, among other city highlights, on this 1-hour guided air tour. Fly from the suburb of Hayward in a Cessna with a pilot/guide at the helm, who will fill you in on the history and culture of the city through guided commentary in English or Spanish.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$189.00
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

Open Cockpit Biplane Sightseeing Ride in San Diego

Soar above the skies of San Diego in style as you enjoy a 20- to 60-minute aerial tour in a vintage 1920s-era biplane. Thanks to the biplane’s unique design, you (and up to one companion) ride up front, enjoying unobstructed views while your expert pilot handles the flying and navigation from the back seat.
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$219.00
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  • 50 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Air Tours

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. You’ll take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, AT&T Park and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Pier 39 is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$289.00
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Helicopter Tours

Los Angeles Romantic Helicopter Night Flight

Take the ride of a lifetime as you experience a 40-minute romantic helicopter ride among the hills and lights of Los Angeles, soaring above some of the city's most recognizable sights. Check out such famous landmarks as the Hollywood Strip, Sunset Strip and Staples Center, set against the beautiful glow of the California sky. Best of all, you can up the luxury factor with optional upgrades to include mini-limo transport or optional Champagne, hors d'oeuvres and souvenirs.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$269.00
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation


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