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  • San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    1. San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Loop:

    Stop 1: Pier 41 (End of Powell St), Fisherman's Wharf 

    Stop 2: Washington Square – Corner of Columbus and Union Streets

    Stop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery Streets

    Stop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear Streets

    Stop 5: Union Square South – Geary Street across from Macy’s Entrance 

    Stop 6: Hilton Hotel – Corner of Mason and Ellis Streets 

    Stop 7: Civic Center - Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde

    Stop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce Streets

    Stop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets 

    Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park

    Stop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking Area

    Stop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Rich...

    2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

  • San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

    2. San Francisco: Panoramic Night Tour

    This panoramic night tour of San Francisco will take you from Fisherman's Wharf and along Union Street to the Presidio where you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Marina Green and Crissy Fields. Returning to the city, your open-top bus climbs to the top of California Street on this 1-hour tour to see Grace Cathedral and historical, stately Nob Hill. From here, the tour heads downtown to capture the city skyline, the imposing Bay Bridge, and the hidden side of AT&T Park, which is home to the San Francisco Giants. The bus will cross the Bay Bridge for a breathtaking view of the city from Treasure Island. Once the bus returns to the city we continue along the Embarcadero and admire the lights of the Port of San Francisco. The tour departs from the San Francisco Visitor Center at FIsherman's Wharf. A courtesy shuttle will take you back to Union Square at the end of ...

    Great time and absolutely love the educational guidance through out the whole tour

  • San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    3. San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    Travel along the San Francisco Bay in a small group on a boat tour. Travel faster and go farther out into the bay than most other boat tours. You will be as close as possible to the sights and wildlife, in a personal setting.  Depart from the world famous Pier 39. You will be outfitted with weather appropriate gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splash. Take in the historic waterfront from a new angle. Make a quick visit to the world famous Pier 39 sea lions, where you can see them eye to eye. There is no need for binoculars on this trip because you will see everything up close. Listen to the narration from your expert captain and learn something new about this historic area. See the waterfront in a way that is unlike any other experience on the bay. Take photos, make memories, and enjoy one of the finest ways to see it all up close. This small group boat tour is limited...

    This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

    4. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

    Following pickup, enjoy a 30-minute tour of San Francisco's waterfront where you will see notable landmarks such as Embarcadero, Levi’s Plaza, and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy a brief coffee break at the Ferry Building. Next, make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island. Enjoy 2-3 hours on "The Rock" where you will have time for a guided tour and some free time to explore.  Take one of the late-morning ferries to San Francisco so you can join for the afternoon portion of your day tour. Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and the Marina District, and then visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Explore the culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco. Learn about what made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission, and Castro districts what they are tod...

    The tour was good. Our driver made it fun and interesting. We were able to see quite a few places and heard some stories about the different sites. The only part that we didn't like was that we had to get our on ride back to where we were picked up. I feel that if you take the alcatraz cruise you should then be returned to your original pick up place.

  • San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

    5. San Francisco Double Decker Bus Night Tour

    This live narrated 1.5-hour tour of San Francisco includes the most vibrant neighborhoods of the city, such as the Financial District, Chinatown, Nob Hill, and Embarcadero. Departing from Fisherman's Wharf, the tour covers all the major attractions of San Francisco during the evening hours, with spectacular views from the top of an original open top double decker Bus. Exact highlights may vary according to the season, weather conditions, and San Francisco's famous traffic, Chinatown, and Union Square, San Francisco’s shopping Mecca. You will also go to Treasure island, across the Bay Bridge, to get spectacular views of the skyline of San Francisco. On your return, you will see the ferry building, Alcatraz Pier, Pier 39, and more on your way up Embarcadero. Depending on the time of the year, it may not be entirely dark on this tour, but you will either see the city glittering at night...

    Labor Day weekend wasn't too bad. The bus leaves on time. very friendly funny bus driver. I love the tour It told us about the history and see things you didn't think you would see. I love the experience would definitely do it again.

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz and Big Bus City Tour Ticket

    6. San Francisco: Alcatraz and Big Bus City Tour Ticket

    Tour the famous prison that has played a role in jailhouse folklore and the historic evolution of the West Coast. Explore the island of Alcatraz and learn about its history as a U.S. Army asset as well as a federal prison. You'll learn more about the 14 unsuccessful escape attempts by over 30 prisoners and their fates. Your combination ticket also includes your choice of a single-loop panorama tour or a Big Bus hop-on, hop-off pass to see the sights of San Francisco.

    With the single-loop panorama ticket, you'll enjoy a once-round pass on the San Francisco Big Bus tour. Simply board the bus, sit back and relax on the top deck while you take in all the famous sights, including a spectacular return journey over the Golden Gate Bridge. This option does not include hop-on, hop-off access.

    Or, choose the premium hop-on, hop-off ticket option...

    Our bus commentator (not on every bus) was hilarious and informative. When we were on a bus without the live person, the recorded info was great to listen to as well. Doing the combo tour let us see alcatraz when tickets were sold out everywhere! Alcatraz was also a welcome surprise. So much cooler than anticipated. We listened to the audio and hopped back on the boat. Took about 1 hour. We were cramming our days so didn't have much more time to spend than that, but definitely worthwhile!

  • San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Group Tuk Tuk Night Tour

    7. San Francisco: 2-Hour Private Group Tuk Tuk Night Tour

    Experience San Francisco by night in a tuk-tuk, a modern-day rickshaw that puts nothing between you and the sparkling City by the Bay. Have a blast on a 2-hour private group tour, enjoy panoramic views, and listen to live commentary from your guides. During your tour, marvel at the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and ominous Alcatraz Island from bustling Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise through the back alleys of Chinatown, breathe in the delicious aromas of dinners in North Beach, and feed your Instagram with glittering shots of the most gorgeous city in the world. Tours start at Fisherman’s Wharf at Umbrella Alley. Private tours are limited to 5 adult riders per tuk-tuk (or 6 riders if the group includes children and adults). Tour highlights include: • Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors • Maritime Park and historic ships at Hyde Street Pier • Marina Gree...

  • Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

    8. Alcatraz and Ferry Building Food Tour

    Enjoy a 90-minute tasting tour of the best of the Ferry Building Marketplace, where a knowledgeable guide/food industry professional will lead you on a historic, food-filled journey of the building's local, artisan cuisine and food purveyors. After a brief break, you'll then voyage by ferry to one of the city’s most popular attractions, Alcatraz Island, for a self-guided tour of the beautiful island and its history-packed maximum-security prison that has drawn San Francisco Bay Area tourists for decades. Beginning your tour at the Ferry Building Marketplace, you'll sample award-winning tastes from the Bay Area’s best food artisans, learning how this historic transportation building became the ultimate destination for food lovers: locals and visitors alike. Expect artisan cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, fresh loaves from Acme Bread, chocolate confections from Recchuiti, and French macarons...

    Sweet and savory samplings from six different food vendors in the Ferry Building. Our guide Carol was very knowledgeable and provided interesting back stories on the restaurants and chefs. Would definitely recommend as a tour, and smart to eat before traveling to Alcatraz.

  • San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    9. San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    See 3 of San Francisco’s most enchanting neighborhoods during sunset and at night on a 2.5-hour Segway tour with guide. Meet your guide at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you will get a 45-50 minute training session to familiarize yourself with the self-balancing Segways. Then, glide through North Beach, best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy. Stop at Washington Square Park and learn about the Beat Generation that used to frequent the area. Then, continue to Chinatown, a veritable city within a city. See the hidden alleys of the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy romantic night views of the Transamerica Pyramid and Ferry Building. The tour will then loop back from the edge of the Financial District towards the Wharf. Cruise past historic piers along the Embarcadero, while San Francisco Bay glitters against the night. Your next stop is Fisherman’s Wharf, gliding past picture...

    Great way to see the different neighborhoods of SF! I’m a native and I still explores areas I really hadn’t seen before! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • San Francisco: Embarcadero Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

    10. San Francisco: Embarcadero Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of beautiful and interesting parts of the Embarcadero waterfront of San Francisco while following clues on your smartphone and solving interesting puzzles along the way. Play with your group as the game guides you through the city. Score points for correct answers and try to get a high score on the leaderboard. See major attractions as well as less-known gems of the San Francisco Bay waterfront on this unique interactive tour. Work together with your group to solve the 27 challenges on the scavenger hunt as you walk approximately 2 miles. Play any time that fits your schedule. Explore the Embarcadero at your own pace. See the bustling famous Ferry Building, the beautiful Bay Bridge, marvel at massive public art in Rincon Park, and learn about the history of Oracle Park, as well as many interesting and lesser-known sights. Enjoy fun challenges with family and...

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What people are saying about Embarcadero

2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

The only way to see San Francisco, no worries about the traffic. Excellent narration and history of the city.

The staff were so nice , I really love it , thank you

It was easy and great . Showed all the great places