• Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • FREE wireless on board tour vehicle

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour

San Francisco Deluxe Half-Day City Tour
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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 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. 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

CATHERIMARTY B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2018

This is the perfect tour when you want to learn about San Francisco without having to do an entire day touring. The perfect appetizer to the beginning of your vacation!

Susana J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Great! Excellent. Highly recommend it. Got so much history from the bus driver. All of San Francisco is beautifuy

David B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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

Julie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

We left in time, great tour guide and saw some of the highlights in San Francisco!! We were in town for a quick weekend and this really hit the highlights

Ankit K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Great way to see SF. Tour guide was great.

Nina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

A really thorough half-day tour, we enjoyed this tour IMMENSELY, the driver, the route, the time at each spot - it was all perfect - thank you!

Janice E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

We did this tour on a beautiful sunny day in April. Our driver and guide was Rich from Grey Line and he was excellent. Besides being a masterful driver in the busy and crowded downtown streets of San Francisco he shared anecdotes and information on many aspects of the city. Not just the highlights but the neighbourhoods and hidden gems that visitors might not know about. I highly recommend this tour and Rich in particular.
Jan Erion

Linda G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Josh was an amazing tour guide. Prior to the tour, I wasn't too high on San Francisco. By the end of the tour, I loved the city. His love and enthusiasm for the city and his job certainly added to the tour.

Damien S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This tour was amazing!

Elizabeth T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Antonio was our guide and he did a fantastic job! It was a rainy day but, he made it amazing. I highly recommend this tour!

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