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San Francisco Grand City Tour

San Francisco, United States

From $60.00

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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, and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
  • 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
  • Optional upgrades for a cruise, bike rental or aquarium admission

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned luxury coach
  • Narrated bus tour of San Francisco + Plenty of photo stops
  • 4h Bike Rental (if option selected)
  • Bay Cruise if option selected.
  • Aquarium of the Bay Entrance Fee if option selected.
  • Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
  • Food and drinks.
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel Pick-up & drop-off Not included

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

08:40 AM

End point

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What To Expect

Your tour starts with pickup from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf 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.

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 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 upgrades include a cruise on San Francisco Bay to take in the sights from a different vantage point; a half-day bike rental to cruise around at your own pace; or admission to the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about native marine creatures.

Gray Line San Francisco (Pass By)

Departing the heart of Union square, the coach makes its way to the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way to the Golden Gate Bridge, travelers will see: Union Square: Theatres, shopping, hotels

Van Ness Avenue (Pass By)

We make our way north on Van Ness Avenue. Famous for being used as a firebreak, by the US Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please contact us 48 hours prior to tour date to confirm your exact departure location (2 options)
  • Please bring your paper or electronic voucher with you on the day of your tour to be redeemed upon pickup or check in at one of our tour offices.
  • If you choose the option that includes the Aquarium of the Bay Admission, please visit their site for Aquarium of the Bay hours.
  • If you choose the option that includes the Bay Cruise Adventure, please visit the Blue & Gold site for the seasonal schedule.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • If you choose the option that includes the 4h Bike Rental: Bike reservation is not mandatory but we always recommend a reservation in order to hold you bikes and streamline the pick up process. Contact for booking confirmation at specific time.
  • Information if you choose tour with 4h Bike rental: For all riders’ safety, Unlimited Biking do not recomend any riders who are 300 pounds and over as this exceeds the weight limit the manufacturer has advised for the bike’s build. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do prioritize your safety during the ride.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Grand City Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Grand City Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Grand City Tour?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Grand City Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips


You can leave your coat and water on the bus, so bring them.
Reviews
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Melanie_T, Nov 2022
our driver Archie was very informative and very friendly taking us to all the best sights in san francisco
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Melanie, We’re so happy to hear that you enjoyed San Francisco City Tour and look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Best city tour, enjoyed every minute.
PRADIPKUMAR_M, Aug 2022
Tour guide Michelle gave in depth history of San Francisco City. Bus was comfortable. Pick up was good. Enough waiting time to see all places. The oldest building 1788, was memorable.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Dear Pradi, I shared your comments with our entire team at Gray Line San Francisco. When we hear from happy customers like you, we spread the positivity around! Hope to serve you again soon.
San Francisco: I Don't Know How To Quit You!
Roman_C, Jul 2022
This was my tenth trip to SF. I had always wanted to visit the Palace of Fine Arts. To my surprise, that was one of the stops. It is very beautiful. The weather was quite cool...in total contrast to the sweltering temperatures in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I'd like to recommend the Snow Garden restaurant in Chinatown. It's a small place that serves a delicious sweet and sour chicken with steamed rice.
Best way to see the city
Mark_P, Apr 2022
Was only in the city for a few days and this tour in my opinion was the best way to see a large part of the city and get the biggest bang for your buck
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Mark Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. I am incredibly delighted to see you had such a great experience with us. I agree that this city tour is the best way to see the city. We offer many photo stops, like The Palace of Fine Art, Golden Gate Bridge, Lands End, Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks, and Mission San Francisco de Asis, joined by a professional tour guide. Hope to see you soon for another great experience, Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
1 traveler found this review helpful
Stunning landscapes and great information
JOAQUN_G, Mar 2022
We had a great experience thanks to Joseph and Archie, two amazing hosts with deep knowledge on the city and useful tips that will help you enjoying your stay in San Francisco. Highly recommended!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Hi JOAQUN_G Thank you for posting your opinion on our tour. We are happy to see that you liked our driver Archie and guide Joseph. Both are locals and have a unique passion for this city. We hope you'll come and see us again soon! Ignacio Gray Line San Francisco
Good Photo Opportunities!...
Alexis_B, Jan 2022
Good Photo Opportunities! Comfortable bus and a great way to spend a morning in San Francisco as a first timer.
Response from Host, Jan 2022
Thanks for your feedback, Alexis. We are glad you liked the San Francisco panoramic tour. Please visit us again soon. Andrea Customer Sales Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Forget the small group city tours; book this one first
Ada_G, Dec 2021
I booked this tour after two different small group city tours in a van were cancelled on me due to lack of minimum number of passengers. This tour got me to parts of San Francisco that would have been difficult and time consuming to get to on my own by public transportation including the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, Lands End, and Twin Peaks. And there were only 17 people on the bus so it turned out to be a small group tour after all. Forget the van tours — cut right to the chase and book this one first because with the well-established and old, familiar Gray Line name behind it, it has a better chance of getting enough people to operate..
1 traveler found this review helpful
Well Worth It
John_A, Nov 2021
Joseph was very thorough and knows añ great deal about San Francisco. Was able to get a great overview of the city with nice stops.
Response from Host, Nov 2021
Hello John, Thanks for your great review about our San Francisco City Tour and about Joseph in particular. He is an incredible asset to our company and he has proven to be one of the best tour guides in San Francisco. Please come back soon to any of our other tours. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
Great experience for a half-day tour!
Jonathan_A, Aug 2021
The tour was wonderful. It’s a big bus tour, but the bus was comfortable and the driver and guide were very helpful and knowledgeable. It was very easy to find, check in, and get going. We stopped at some great sites for views of SF with some really interesting tidbits. If you have 3-4 hours and want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and some other great spots it’s definitely worth the money. Our guide Joseph and driver Jason were really amazing. It’s crazy how much Joseph knows about this city. He has an interesting fact for every block we drove.
San Francisco City Tour
Venkateswar_V, Nov 2019
Our tour guide Rich was quite knowledgeable and a very good story teller. He spoke fluently demonstrating his expertise while taking us through various San Francisco attractions which included Downtown, China Town, Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden bridge etc. Tour started and finished on time.
A great tour to get your bearings and...
becminett, Nov 2016
A great tour to get your bearings and see what there is to see in San Francisco.
A good way to get to see the city and...
Glenas T, Nov 2009
A good way to get to see the city and get lots of information about San Francisco.
The half day tour is more than...
JuanCarlos_R, Sep 2017
The half day tour is more than enough to see San Francisco. We got to see some sights we would have otherwise missed, namely Lands End. Then went back to explore locations we saw but wanted a little more. Driver was great and informative. Only negative was the size of the bus which was a coach.
Very good tour. I had very less time...
Vandana M, Jan 2018
Very good tour. I had very less time and wanted to see San Francisco. It covered most of the places in short period of time.
Josh, the driver/guide was...
David B, Jul 2018
Josh, the driver/guide was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable and he added appropriate music regarding San Francisco to the tour. I highly recommend him. If he is your driver/guide, you will learn so much about San Francisco history and things to see in the city. Great job, Josh! David Bennett
Good general tour which shows you...
MrMC_P, Jul 2016
Good general tour which shows you the main sightseeing sites in San Francisco. The guide was very polite and informative and he made the half day very interesting. Well worth doing if you have a limited time in the city and want to see the main things.
This was a brilliant tour! Got to...
Laura M, Jan 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.
This was a great tour, kicked off by...
Brett_S, Feb 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.
Awesome way to see the main sites of...
Anthony_A, Apr 2016
Awesome way to see the main sites of San Francisco in a short amount of time. Highly recommend.
A great tour and a very good way to...
Phyllis L, Apr 2015
A great tour and a very good way to see your first day of San Francisco. The guide was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor. I recommend that this tour be taken when you first arrive so you can get a feeling of the city.
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