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Our most recommended Embarcadero Tours

  • San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    1. San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

    Get a huge amount of choice for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go—access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route, a special night tour, and tickets to the Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison. 

    Audio guides are available in a variety of languages but the hop-on hop-off tour is only available in English. With open double-decker buses and a guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much.

    You can get to all the most famous spots in the city, and 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. Official City Loop highlights include:

    The Palace of Fine Arts

    North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge

    Golden Gate Park where you c...

    The tour was very organized. The tour guides were very good in explaining the property. The Self-guided tour was thorough as well.

  • 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.

  • 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

    4. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

    Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as ...

    We rented the electric GoCar. It was quieter, went faster and had reverse. My husband and I had a blast and saw things in San Francisco that we had never seen before. Can't wait to do this again sometime!

  • San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

    5. 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

    6. 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 4-Hour Sightseeing Private Tour by Car

    7. San Francisco 4-Hour Sightseeing Private Tour by Car

    Travel in style and safety and experience a courteous, prompt, and safe transportation service on this 4-hour San Francisco tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. This is an easy and cost-effective way to get to know the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Avoid the crowded bus tours, parking hassles, and map searches, and start your San Francisco visit without delay. Some examples of places you might visit include Fisherman’s Wharf, Washington Square, the Embarcadero, Union Square, the Civic Center, Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and Pier 39. Your driver will take you wherever you’d like to go in the city. Most customers choose to take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, and to see the Legion of Honor, Treasure Island, Sutro Baths, and other sites that are away from San Francisco’s central area. ...

    Our guide and driver was excellent, courteous and quite knowledgeable. We had a good time

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

    8. 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

    9. 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: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

    10. San Francisco: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

    This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of San Francisco. Start the day with a coffee on Union Square, named for a series of pro-union mass demonstrations for the Civil War. This is the epicenter of the city’s shopping district and a great place to start your orientation in the city.  Walk through Chinatown, which remains its own authentic world despite the number of international visitors. Join the locals and check out the vegetable and herb markets, restaurants and the colorful markets along Stockton Street. Your local host will also recommend some peculiar knickknack shops which are a great source of souvenirs. On a nice day, let your local host take you on a diversion to the waterfront and grab some lunch in the Ferry Building Marketplace, where there are several excellent options, from street food and gourmet meals. Refueled, walk leisurely ...

    Kathy is passionate about San Francisco and it’s obvious from minute one. She was so attentive to some special requests we had and flexible with sites that we wanted to see. She takes pride in her job as host and wants her guests to have the best experience.

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What people are saying about Embarcadero

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 688 reviews

Highly recommend to start right at 8:00am. Not enough time to see and do everything at each stop. So plan ahead which stop you want to get off at for activities, etc. vs. which stops you just want to drive through and see. Very convenient stops. Timely pick ups. Didn’t have to wait longer than 10 minutes. Highly recommended if you are traveling with people with walking impairment.

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.

We rented the electric GoCar. It was quieter, went faster and had reverse. My husband and I had a blast and saw things in San Francisco that we had never seen before. Can't wait to do this again sometime!

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.

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