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San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruises

By Viator, December 2017

4.5 6458 Reviews | Add your review

Although there’s no shortage of stunning scenery in San Francisco, one perspective you don’t want to miss is the view from the water at dusk. Here are some options for getting out onto the San Francisco Bay at sunset to experience the city’s sparkling skyline—and more.

Sightseeing Cruises
Two of San Francisco’s most iconic sights, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, are best seen up close by boat. Sightseeing cruises take in these landmarks and more: Choose from flexible trips on larger vessels that grant an overview of the bay, or a more intimate experience aboard a luxury catamaran or sailboat. If you prefer your sightseeing done on land or by day, you can also opt to simply enjoy the bay at twilight on a relaxing sunset cruise.

Dinner Cruises
San Francisco is world-renowned for its culinary scene, so it seems only natural to combine time on the water with a delicious meal. Twilight tours offer a 2-hour trip across the bay with light appetizers, while dinner and dance cruises up the romance and include a 4-course meal made on board. Many tours include the option to add wine or champagne.

Combo Tours
A popular combination tour includes a sunset cruise on the bay alongside a guided visit to Alcatraz, for which it can be very difficult to obtain tickets. If you prefer to see the city from both the water and the air, combine a sunset cruise with a helicopter tour for breathtaking aerial views.

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San Francisco Bay Twilight and Sunset Cruise, San Francisco, null
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San Francisco Bay Twilight and Sunset Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 752 Reviews

Take the ultimate sunset cruise, California-style! Relax as you enjoy amazing views of San Francisco and a light appetizer buffet during this casual two-hour ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise, San Francisco, Sunset Cruises
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Twilight Bay Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 457 Reviews

Explore the best of San Francisco Bay on this great-value Alcatraz and sunset cruise combo in the summer months or hop aboard the twilight cruise in the winder ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $105.25
The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Embark on a 9-hour journey for a comprehensive 'Day in the Bay.' This tour will give you the opportunity to stop at 11 different locations, 5 various photo ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $149.00
Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo, San Francisco, City Tours
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2216 Reviews

Combine a San Francisco City Tour and guided visit to Alcatraz for the ultimate introduction to San Francisco! You'll enjoy the beauty and attractions of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.80
San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise, San Francisco, City Tours
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Catamaran Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 332 Reviews

Enjoy the serene San Francisco Bay at sunset on this evening with the Sunset Cruise aboard a luxurious catamaran. Sail by Alcatraz Island, under the Golden ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.00
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Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay Sightseeing Boat Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 81 Reviews

Enjoy two separate adventures on San Francisco Bay with this combo experience that includes an Alcatraz tour inside the world famous prison and a sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $145.00
Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour, San Francisco, Day ... 
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Viator VIP: Early Access to Alcatraz and Exclusive Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 928 Reviews

Beat the crowds to Alcatraz and experience San Francisco aboard an authentic cable car with a modern twist. This exclusive tour puts you on one of the first ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.50
San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise, San Francisco, Viator VIP Tours
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San Francisco Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 223 Reviews

Go under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge on this scenic cruise along picturesque San Francisco Bay. Pass Alcatraz, Treasure Island and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise, San Francisco, Day Cruises
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 383 Reviews

Combine a visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito with a fabulous cruise on San Francisco Bay. You'll cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay area's most popular ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $93.00
San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise, San Francisco, Day Trips
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San Francisco Dinner Dance Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 191 Reviews

What better way to conclude a day in San Francisco than watching the sun set over the San Francisco Bay on a dinner dance cruise? Enjoy a four-course dinner of ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $141.36

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