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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 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.


  • 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
  • Driver-guide and commentary
  • Pickup 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

Bretto S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a great tour, kicked off by a hotel pickup. The Golden Gate Bridge was a great sight and we crossed it and stopped to get views and picture from the other side. The to Lands End where I had great clam chowder. A wonderful tour through Golden Gate through some neighborhoods to Twin Peaks for the best photo spot of the city.
Our coach driver was very entertaining passing on so much information in his casually entertaining way.
I didn't have a car in San Francisco so this was a great way to see the sights and I'd easily recommend this tour.

Laura M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was a brilliant tour! Got to see parts of San Francisco which I would never have had a chance to see otherwise. The tour guide was really knowledgeable and funny, and I couldn't rate it highly enough. A great way to start your trip to this beautiful city.

Roger D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

It was raining HARD in San Francisco that day so we missed out bus but took another 2-hour tour and even tho it was windy and cold, Derek and Victor made it fun!! Thanks so much!! I want to come back and see more!!

Mark J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was very good. The guide driver was very nice and engaging. We saw so much of the city in a relatively short period of time. Our recommendation is to take this tour at the beginning of your stay. That way, you can go back to see the spots your most interested in. That you for the tour! It was well worth it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Enjoyed this tour. Got to see the neighbourhoods that I would not have seen on my own. The victorian homes are very pretty!

Adrienne H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Well worth it - saw all areas in San Francisco. Aaron, the driver and guide was very interesting and fun


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Our tour guide Danny was very knowledgeable and outgoing. He went out of his way to make sure we had a fantastic time! We had great weather and were able to do all the stops listed with plenty of time for photos at each location. Definitely a great way to see the city if you haven't been before!

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

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