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San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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San Francisco, United States
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icon20 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup from select hotels
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
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Overview

Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Scenic helicopter flight over San Francisco
  • Spectacular views of San Francisco's famous landmarks and bay
  • See Alcatraz Island, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge
  • Choreographed musical accompaniment and narration
  • Choice of morning and afternoon flights
  • Pick-up and drop-off from selected San Francisco locations

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

With this tour, fly under the Golden Gate Bridge when conditions are right.
Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area on an affordable helicopter flight. Choose from different departure times and pickup at either Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf, and relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard the Bell Jet helicopter and launch into the air for an unforgettable vista of the world-famous city.  

Admire the unique landscape of the city, which spans the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Hover over landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica Pyramid, and the new span of the Bay Bridge. Admire the stately hotels atop Nob Hill and the historic buildings surrounding Union Square. For the ultimate thrill, and when weather conditions permit, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Throughout the flight, enjoy inspiring background music and live narration from your pilot. After touching down back at the launch pad, you are transported back to your original departure point.
Itinerary
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San Francisco Bay
See the city skyline and San Francisco Bay from above.
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Golden Gate Bridge
See the Golden Gate Bridge from above.
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Fisherman's Wharf
See Fisherman's Wharf from above.
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Alcatraz Island
See Alcatraz from above.
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Coit Tower
See Coit Tower from above.
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Salesforce Tower
See the Salesforce Tower from above.
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Transamerica Pyramid
See the Transamerica Pyramid from above.
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The Embarcadero
See the Embarcadero from above.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
See the Bay Bridge from above.

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Superb
binodkumal
, Jan 2020
It was an amazing experience, no words to explain it. I look forward to go again. Maybe it would be amazing if the flight was little longer.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Thank you for flying with us and we hope to fly you again in the near future. We also offer our Vista Grande Tour (25-30 minutes) as well as private custom charters if you are looking for tours longer than 30-minutes. Thanks again for sharing your experience!
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Amazing Experience!!
chilgenberg
, Nov 2019
It was the best money we spent during our visit. The flight was on time and very smooth. Great way to see a lot of San Francisco in a short amount of time. Would definitely recommend to friends and family!
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Wonderful experience !
skishasta1
, Nov 2019
My husband booked this flight without my knowledge and I was terrified once I knew what was in store for me! However, from the pickup time to the actual flight was absolutely amazing! Every person related to this experience was so wonderful and I (we) had a great time! I have been to SF many times but never from above...I would so recommend this to everyone..
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INCREDIBLE!!!
Mobile03528500589
, Jun 2019
Definitely recommend this helicopter tour to all! Was an amazing experience you do not get from biking or walking the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco city or bay cruise. Absolutely loved this!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thank you so much for flying with us and sharing your experience!
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Amazing experience
Stay35448226710
, May 2019
This is my second time flying with this company. Last year I went in January, this year in May. I prefer the autumn/winter months because the sun goes down earlier and as a photographer, I prefer golden hour. I will always use them because they are affordable and the experience is always amazing.
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Amazing experience
Relax49720479815
, May 2019
This experience was amazing I’d highly recommend doing it, I’d never done a helicopter tour before and truly was an once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Exciting, professional tour
Michael C
, Aug 2018
We were so happy with our helicopter tour of San Francisco. Our driver and pilot were kind, courteous and professional. Well worth it!
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Although, the flight left the day...
Nelson V
, Jan 2018
Although, the flight left the day after due to bad weather, it was very well worth it. The day was beautiful and our pilot was great he took us over and under both the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge. I highly recommend it to anyone.
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The helicopter ride portion was...
Delane V
, Jan 2018
The helicopter ride portion was great. Our pilot was entertaining, pleasant and checked on us throughout. The views were sublime and we took great photos. There are significant issues however on the administrative side of this tour and a failure to manage expectations with respect to timeframes, process and duration. The email and voucher in particular spelled out the timing of the pick up and well as the time the helicopter ride would begin. For starters, the van was 10 minutes late for the 12:30 pickup. The helicopter ride was supposed to start at 1pm. After a longer-than-expected ride with a number of strangers, we arrived at site the site at 1:14. Again, the ride was to begin at 1pm. When we pulled up, the driver said, we have to split you into two groups. Sit here while the other group goes and theyll be back in about 20 minutes. At that point we realized that we wouldnt be on the helicopter until more than 30 minutes later than promised and stated on the voucher. We waited the 20 minutes while the other group went up, then we had our turn. While understandable, its less than ideal experientially sitting on a bench in a field in the interim. The prior group had to wait the 20 minutes for us also for us to return, then we all rode back to the city together. We had plans in place late afternoon and evening, based on the communicated timeframes. We had to move 3 things around as a result of the companys failure to align with what was stated on the voucher. It is worth noting that we initially paid for a 3pm booking. A few days later we asked if we could add one additional person via an online inquiry form and were told no problem. We paid, received an email confirmation and updated voucher for 3 people at 3pm straight away. Then we received an email about a day later stating that we had to move to the 12:30pm slot. We had our SF day finalized and planned around the 3pm ride for which we received confirmation. We then had to rework the entire day to make the 12:30 work. We also then realized via the back and forth communication for the party size change that we would be riding along with other touristswe thought this was a possibility but nothing we saw confirmed that they always book the helicopter to capacity 6. Once the actual day came and the tour company was not only nearly 15 minutes late for pickup, more than 30 minutes late for the ride time and the duration of the experience overall was beyond expected, we were less than pleased as we lost out on some other activities we planned TWICE because they confirmed our booking then made us move time slots. Not cool. If booking this, dont believe the times in the voucher and leave about 3 hours of your day open for this event. Also, be prepared to sit around.
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The tour is worth the money. Of...
D A D
, Sep 2017
The tour is worth the money. Of course, for a 15 minute tour you might think USD 195 is too much! But, this is a totally different experience with flying over and under the golden gate bridge. It's a great opportunity for photographers to record a different perspective of the city.

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