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San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

1. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

See the best of San Francisco on an English speaking walking tour and learn the history behind each turn from your guide. Take in the views of the skyline on your ferry to Alcatraz before exploring this notorious prison. Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about its colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution from a traditional maritime port to a modern urban waterfront filled with trendy restaurants and amusement piers. The walking tour concludes at Pier 33, where you will present your photo ID to receive your Alcatraz tickets. Board your ferry and enjoy a self-guided tour of Alcatraz upon the island.  Learn about the history of the cell house and its former residents with an award-winning audio tour available in multiple languages. You can expect to be done with the whole experience in the late afternoon.

San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

2. San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

Marvel the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Start at Pier 39 and glide towards the Golden Gate Bridge, up close to the infamous Alcatraz, down the San Francisco city front, and past many other famous landmarks and attractions. Experience San Francisco from unique perspectives and take iconic photos of the world-famous skyline and wildlife from a 360-degree walkway around the boat. Enjoy personalized treatment and a large selection of local wines. Beverages are available for purchase during your tour.

San Francisco City & Wine tour

3. San Francisco City & Wine tour

The Half-Day Wine Country Tour is a pleasure for anyone who enjoys a good glass of wine or for those just wanting to experience the beautiful scenery of California's wine region, but have limited time. It gives you the opportunity to explore Downtown San Francisco, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, and Golden Gate Park with unlimited hop-on hop-off use for 24 hours The tour departs from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco at midday and heads north, across the Golden Gate Bridge, through Marin County into the world famous Carneros Wine Region and to the charming town of Sonoma. Included on the tour are visits to 2-3 wineries in beautiful Sonoma County, spanning from mass production vineyards to smaller boutique wineries. This fun and informative Wine Country tour not only offers a taste of superb wineries in the region, but it also offers a chance to enjoy the splendor of the beautiful vineyards and picturesque Sonoma County as your guide escorts you from winery to winery. You travel in a minibus and group sizes are rather small. Wine tasting fees are included at 2 wineries, and there will be some free time to enjoy historic Sonoma Plaza. In addition, you receive a 1 Day Hop-on Hop-off Pass for the Official City tour. It gives you the opportunity to explore Downtown San Francisco, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park with unlimited hop-on hop-off use for 24 hours. You can explore San Francisco in the morning before the start of your wine tour, or simply use your 1-Day Pass the next day for hoping on and off the bus at any of the designated Sightseeing stops to explore the all major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. Children are permitted on wine tasting tours, but you must be 21 or older to sample wines.

San Francisco: Madame Tussauds & Meal at the Hard Rock Cafe

4. San Francisco: Madame Tussauds & Meal at the Hard Rock Cafe

See two of San Francisco's most popular attractions with this combination ticket. Bump into celebrities at Madame Tussauds world-famous wax museum, and work up an appetite for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. Your adventure starts with a visit to Madame Tussauds, featuring wax figures of stars and historic icons. Snap a selfie with Jimi Hendrix, or moonwalk next to Michael Jackson. Get your picture taken behind the bars at Alcatraz, and take on Bruce Lee in a Kung Fu battle. Next, walk across the street to Pier 39 and grab a delicious meal at the Hard Rock Cafe. Soak up the atmosphere as you savor a set-menu lunch or dinner. Acoustic Rock Menu: Legendary Steak Burger, or any Sandwich, or any Salad Chef’s Choice dessert Unlimited coffee, tea, or soft drinks

San Francisco: City Highlights Walking Tour

5. San Francisco: City Highlights Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of San Francisco’s most vibrant downtown neighborhoods on a small-group walking tour of Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide at the northern end of Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in views of the bay, the stunning Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz.  Find yourself at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square and then stroll along the waterfront as you drool over numerous stalls selling Dungeness crab and the famous clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Make your way to Pier 39 to meet the colony of sea lions and head towards San Francisco’s Little Italy neighborhood. Soak in all the aromas from the numerous bakeries and restaurants that line the streets of North Beach.  Turn the corner and take a few steps down to a very different neighborhood, Chinatown. Marvel at the colorful facades, temples, and dragon gate and find yourself at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company where you can make your own fortune cookie. Next, enjoy a short walk through the financial district and to the Ferry Building Marketplace for a nice, leisurely lunch break. Give your feet a break as your guide takes you on the subway for a brief ride to Civic Center Plaza.  Gaze at the stunning City Hall and opulent performing arts complex. Then head to Union Square, the city’s main shopping district, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling neighborhood.

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What people are saying about Pier 39

My family and I had a very enjoyable experience on The Wine Therapy. We sat inside the boat, and loved the ambiance. Plenty of seating inside and outside. Great selection of wine, and beautiful views of San Francisco, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, and the Bay Bridge on our 90 minute cruise. The crew were friendly and professional. We will definitely cruise again.

The guide is super informative, full spectrum of local and amerikana history. Ask questions, feel the space your in, admire the history ypur walking through.

Loved all the history and knowledge about the city. Loved getting quizzed. Great culture! Would def go back!

Rob was so much fun! He was very knowledgeable and gave a great tour. We had a great time.

Easy to book. The guide was called Robert and he was very good.