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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 an informative driver-guide, you’ll traverse 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.


  • 3.5-hour morning or afternoon San Francisco tour
  • Tour all the city highlights, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Photo stops at Vista Point, Twin Peaks (weather permitting) and Golden Gate Park
  • Expert guide and commentary
  • Pick-up and drop-off from central San Francisco hotels
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Even if you're tight on time, it's easy to squeeze in this tour, which includes photo ops at several stunning viewpoints and a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge. And if you have another hour to spare, the bay cruise will take you under the iconic Bridge as well.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

View of city from Twin Peaks, San Francisco

This half-day tour of San Francisco, with your choice of a morning or afternoon departure time (select when booking), is the perfect introduction to the city. Learn about San Francisco’s most popular attractions, and discover to return to later on your own.

Your tour starts with pickup from centrally located hotels by air-conditioned bus. With your driver-guide, travel through Golden Gate Park, checking out the ample green space, windmills at Ocean Beach and the bison paddock. Stop at the Japanese Tea Garden, where you can enter if you wish (own expense) or just walk around the surrounding area of the park.

Drive down city streets lined with the colorful Victorian and Queen Anne homes that San Francisco is known for, and hear from your guide about the area’s history, from the American Indians to Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush. Ride along the Barbary Coast, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll stop at Vista Point for a photo op.

Other sights you’ll see include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio (a former Army post and now a national park site), Fisherman’s Wharf and the neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach. Look out at Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks (weather permitting) for a panoramic view that can’t be beat.

Optional cruise on San Francisco Bay:
If you’d like more photo opportunities, upgrade your tour to include a narrated 1-hour cruise on San Francisco Bay. Admire the city skyline, resident sea lions and the Golden Gate Bridge, and get an up-close look at Alcatraz Island. 

Customer Reviews

Kathleen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed the half-day city tour and we took the bay tour after. Excellent.

Thant A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Joe is so knowledgeable and professional, within the limited weather, the trip was worthy.

Joe M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Even though the weather was very bad at the beginning of the trip our tour driver and guide made sure we had an excellent tour. Really enjoyed the tour very informative and highly recommend the tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Got picked up and dropped off at hotel. Going over theGolden Gate Bridge twice was a lifetime dream of mine so this is why I have given it 5 stars however the rest of the tour was well worth the money. For a half day tour it lasted quite a long time . You would never see half the things if you don't do the tour. Very very enjoyable and informative.

Peggy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour guide was especially knowledgeable and friendly. Memorable tour.

Carmen M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Antonio was great! Very knowledgeable and funny.

ElizabethD United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Brilliant tour and a great way to start getting familiar with the different areas of San Francisco, as well as seeing iconic places like the Golden Gate Bridge, Sutro Baths etc. Antonio the driver / guide was knowledgeable, funny and made sure that we enjoyed our tour.

Sandra F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I was impressed with his driving abilities to get the bus through the crowded streets too. :

maureen b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We really enjoyed our city tour and saw nearly everything. Randy was a great guide. It makes a great difference to be picked up and dropped off at your hotel.

Randy O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great tour. Kabush was a great tour guide. Highly recommended

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