San Francisco Chinatown Tours

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San Francisco Chinatown
San Francisco’s Chinatown, one of North America’s oldest and largest, has long been one of the city’s top attractions. Visitors can browse the many shops, dim sum restaurants, temples, and markets in this bustling neighborhood that dates back to the California Gold Rush.  
 
The Basics
Nearly all city tours include a stop or drive through Chinatown. For history, check out the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Portsmouth Square. Or book a Chinatown walking or Segway tour for insight into the neighborhood’s food and culture. A stop in the area is often combined with a visit to nearby North Beach or a tasty, traditional lunch. Chinatown food tours are especially popular.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a neighborhood to explore on foot, so wear comfortable shoes.
  • Chinatown bumps right into North Beach, another favorite San Francisco neighborhood, so it’s easy to visit both.
  • Grab cash before you go, as many of the small shops and food venues only accept cash or have credit card minimums.
 
How to Get There
Chinatown covers about 24 city blocks in northeast San Francisco between Powell, Kearny, Bush, and Broadway streets. Enter properly through the Dragon Gate at Bush and Grant, walking north into the crowd to find souvenir shops and eateries. Located in the densest area of the city between Nob Hill, Union Square, and the Financial District, Chinatown is easy to reach by walking, city bus, and the Powell Street Cable Car. Driving is not recommended on the traffic- and pedestrian-heavy streets.
 
When to Get There
For shopping, go in the late morning when the shops are open but many visitors haven’t yet arrived. Otherwise, the evening hours offer a lively atmosphere, when locals head to Chinatown for drinks and dinner. To see the neighborhood at its best, visit during Chinese New Year, which falls in January or February.
 
Chinatown’s Fortune Cookie Factory
For a look at the making of fortune cookies, visit Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co., in business since 1962. Located on Ross Alley, off Jackson Street, the factory offers a free tour that allows you to watch how the cookies go from hot, flat dough to their iconic shape.
Address: Grant Avenue at Bush Street, 94133, USA
Admission: Free
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Sunset Chinatown and Little Italy Segway Tour

For a twist on the average Segway experience, take a San Francisco night Segway tour to admire the city all lit up. Explore the neighborhoods of North Beach, Chinatown and the Embarcadero while an informative guide entertains you with trivia and interesting information about city sights like Washington Square Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a great way to start a night out in San Francisco.
  • Duration: 1 day 1 hour
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Teas Temples and Beatniks Tour Including Chinese Tea and Dessert Tastings

Discover the highlights of Chinatown and North Beach on a 2.5-hour walking tour. Your knowledgeable guide provides insight into the Chinese and Italian immigrant cultures that have shaped these famous San Francisco neighborhoods. In Chinatown, visit a historic Chinese temple, bakery, fortune cookie maker and tea shop for tastings of their delectable goods. Then stroll past Italian cafes and restaurants in neighboring North Beach where you visit City Lights Bookstore, hear about the Beatniks and Barbary Coast, and see Coit Tower and Washington Square Park.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this 90-minute evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an on-board guide.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of Chinatown, North Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Upgrade to the Big Bus to take walking tours of the Barbary Coast, Chinatown and North Beach. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass to take a night bus tour, and a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito (included in Deluxe ticket only).
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks. Get oriented as you pass through neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown, and admire the City by the Bay’s famous Victorian homes. Plus, you can upgrade to include a 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Alcatraz and San Francisco City Tour Combo

Explore San Francisco and Alcatraz on this full-day tour. Hop aboard a ferry for a scenic ride to Alcatraz and enjoy the award-winning audio walking tour. Then, with a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the City by the Bay through visits to top attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, the Presidio, and the Palace of Fine Arts.
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Duration: 6 hours
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Combine two of San Francisco’s top tours into one Super Saver, which provides a comprehensive look at the best of the Bay Area. You’ll travel by bus to Muir Woods, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge on the way, and be wowed by the towering redwood trees of the old-growth forest. Then visit the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to San Francisco for a deluxe city tour that takes in major attractions like Chinatown, Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Love Tour

Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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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. 
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Chinatown and North Beach Night Walking Tour

Stroll through North Beach and Chinatown, two of San Francisco's most vibrant neighborhoods by night on this 2-hour walking tour. Discover the spots only locals know for dim sum, coffee and other treats while you learn about the history and culture of these diverse districts from your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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San Francisco Full Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this full-day hop-on hop-off buss pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. Make stops at Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Chinatown, the Financial District, and Haight-Ashbury. Along the way see some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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San Francisco Love Night Tour

Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this 2-hour night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this 6-hour tour that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You'll be driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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San Francisco Private Love Tour

If you’re going to do a sightseeing tour of San Francisco by bus, make it a memorable one. Book a 1970s-era Volkswagen bus for your private party of six and wind through the city’s top attractions with a personalized guide on a 4-hour tour. Travel into streets that larger vehicles cannot pass through as you explore Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. Hotel transport included.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Chinatown Tour and Optional Hosted Dim Sum Tasting Luncheon

Experience the distinctive architecture, history and culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown with a 3-hour guided walking tour through this thriving, colorful community. Explore Chinatown alongside a knowledgeable guide, visit an exclusive teashop that specializes in fine Chinese teas and browse traditional remedies at a Chinese herbal shop. Learn how the neighborhood was founded and built then get a glimpse inside the area’s elaborate Taoist and Buddhist temples. Stay after the tour for an optional meal, and enjoy a sumptuous dim sum tasting menu followed by an entrée, side dish and dessert.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Skip The Bus: San Francisco By Luxury Minivan Tour

Avoid the crowds, confusion, and limitations of large buses and discover San Francisco by private luxury minivan. The 4-hour tour takes you to parts of the city where buses aren’t allowed.  With maximum five passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, while you listen to live commentary. Stop for photo opportunities at six of the city’s most popular attractions, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Wild West 4-Day Tour from San Francisco to Las Vegas, Yosemite National Park, LA

Explore some of top destinations of the American West, once known as the Wild West, on this 3-night one-way tour from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You'll travel through California and Nevada to visit Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Hoover Dam. Attractions include a cruise on San Francisco Bay and an evening tour of the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Duration: 4 days
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3-Day California Coast Tour: Santa Barbara, San Francisco and Yosemite

See the best that California has to offer during this 3-day, 2-night West Coast tour, covering some of the Golden State’s top cities and outdoor areas. Start your trip in Los Angeles, snaking north by van or motor coach through California hotspots including Santa Barbara, Solvang, Yosemite National Park, Carmel, San Francisco and Hearst Castle. It’s a memorable opportunity to explore one postcard-worthy destination after the next. Your tour of the California coast also includes two nights of accommodations and a driver-guide.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Segway Tour - Wharf & Hills of San Francisco

See beautiful San Francisco by Segway on this 3-hour private tour. This route is only available on the private tour. The extended route includes the best of the Waterfront, North Beach and the Advanced Hills Tour in one incredible experience. A local guide will lead the way, providing fun and insightful commentary as you discover San Francisco on two wheels.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Painted Ladies Wine Country Tour

The Sonoma Valley is one of California’s oldest and most renowned wine regions. On this full-day tour, travel around the Sonoma Valley in a Vintage VW bus and visit three award-winning wineries. Learn all about the wine-making process as you tour a wine cave, sample a variety of Californian wines during guided wine tastings, and tuck into a gourmet Italian-style lunch at a winery restaurant.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

See the best of San Francisco in one day with this 9-hour tour from Fisherman's Wharf. You'll visit 11 different locations with five stops for photo ops, plus take a tour to Alcatraz Island in the afternoon. On board the minibus, you'll travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to see the redwood trees of Muir Woods Redwood National Monument, and listen to commentary from your guide about San Francisco's culture, history, and other places to check out on your own.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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