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Portsmouth Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

SF: Alcatraz Ticket w/ 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Night Tour

1. SF: Alcatraz Ticket w/ 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Night Tour

See the best of San Francisco with this combined hop-on-hop-off ticket and Alcatraz Island visit. Explore the island of Alcatraz and enjoy 2 days of sightseeing with insightful commentary from a live guide. Tour the famous prison that has played a role in jailhouse folklore and the historic evolution of the West Coast. Learn more about the 14 unsuccessful escape attempts by over 30 prisoners and their fates. Your Premium Big Bus hop-on-hop-off pass is a great way to see the sights of San Francisco. Listen to commentary by live English-speaking guides, or enjoy pre-recorded audio commentary in 10 languages. Your 2-day ticket includes a full day of unlimited hop-on-hop-off and a 1-hour panoramic night tour. Explore one of San Francisco's most fascinating neighborhoods on a fun and informative walking tour of Chinatown. The tours are offered daily, and you can ask an agent for locations and time schedules. Also included are a bonus 1-hour bike rental (with the purchase of a 1-hour rental) and Players Arcade Drink and Game Tokens. Hop-on, hop-off tour stops include: Stop 1: Corner of Jefferson & Mason StreetStop 2: Holiday Inn Northpoint b/w Jones & ColumbusStop 3: Washington Square - Columbus & Union StreetsStop 4: Embarcadero Center - Corner Clay & Battery StreetsStop 5: Ferry Building - Market St b/w Stuart & Spear StreetsStop 6: Union Square South - Geary St across from Macy’sStop 7: Hilton Hotel - Corner Mason & Ellis StreetsStop 8: Civic Center - Fulton St b/w Larkin & Hyde StreetsStop 9: Alamo Square - Corner Fell & Pierce StreetsStop 10: Haight Ashbury - Haight & Shrader StreetsStop 11: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate ParkStop 12: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista PointStop 13: Palace of Fine Arts - Richardson & Francisco StreetStop 14: Marina Neighborhood - Lombard & Fillmore StreetsStop 15: Lombard Street Corridor - Lombard & Gough StreetsStop 16: Union Square North - Post & Powell StreetsStop 17: Chinatown Gate - Grant and Bush StreetsStop 18: Portsmouth Square - Kearny & Clay StreetsStop 19: Pier 35 Cruise Terminal - The EmbarcaderoStop 20: Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf (then return to Stop 1)

San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

2. San Francisco: Big Bus Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

Hop aboard a sightseeing bus for a tour of the City by the Bay and delve into the fascinating history of San Francisco and its legendary landmarks, such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf. The hop-on-hop-off route stops at the main points of interest all around San Francisco.  Experience the diverse culture, beautiful parks, stunning architecture, and picturesque views from the top of an open-air sightseeing bus. Hop off anytime and create your customized itinerary at your leisure. Explore 3 routes depending on your ticket purchase and enjoy photo stops at the Golden Gate Bridge on each route. With the Classic (24-hour) ticket, enjoy the Hop-on Hop-off service at your leisure for a full day and try the bike rental offer and ride along San Francisco's stunning waterfront. The Premium (24-Hour) and Deluxe (48-hour) tickets allow you to venture out to see the daytime and evening views of San Francisco with the panoramic Night Tour. Additionally, the Deluxe (48-hour) ticket includes the option to choose from either a bike rental, or admission to the USS Pampanito. Take a deep dive into the history of a World War WWII submarine or cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito. San Francisco City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Sit back and enjoy the ride as you cruise through the city on an open-top bus. Learn about the unique history of San Fransisco while passing through Chinatown, Union Square, Civic Center, and the Alamo Square.  Panoramic Night Tour Board the night bus to explore the dazzling city of San Francisco at nighttime. Climb the historic Nob Hill for a stunning close-up view of the magnificent Grace Cathedral. The Night Tour is included in the Premium (24-Hour) and Deluxe (48-Hour) Tickets. Then, make your way across the grand Bay Bridge for picturesque views of the city skyline from Treasure Island, the World Fair site in 1939. After heading back to the city, continue along the Embarcadero to view the glittering lights of the Port of San Francisco.

San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Golden Gate Bay Cruise

3. San Francisco: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus & Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Make your way around San Francisco with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Hop off to explore the city's best highlights or stay on the double decker to enjoy a 360-degree panoramic view of the city for two hours. Combine your ticket with a 1-hour Golden Gate Bay Cruise to sail around the famous San Francisco Bay. Golden Gate Bay Cruise Arrive at Fisherman's Wharf and look for the red and white colors of the "Red & White Fleet" to find your boat. Sail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach and take advantage of the bar onboard with drinks, snacks, and merchandise. Admire the famous swimming clubs of the Aquatic Park and the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier. Enjoy idyllic views of Crissy Field and The Presidio of San Francisco before the stunning image of the Golden Gate Bridge comes into view. Cruise straight under the bridge as the sun shines and waves lap against the boat. Travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands to reach the shores of Sausalito, once home to the Flower Children. With Angel Island State Park to your left, finish your cruise outside the infamous Alcatraz prison. Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Exchange your voucher at any of the bus stops and get ready to discover the city of San Francisco. Discover local parks and architecture as you listen to the digital commentary, available in 10 languages. The route of the hop-on hop-off bus includes stops at iconic landmarks from Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, and Little Italy. This flexible approach to sightseeing allows you to enjoy your day at your own pace.

San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: Chinatown Food and History Walking Tour

Meet your tour guide at Dragon's Gate, the main entrance to San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood, to begin your walking tour of Chinatown's most famous sights and hidden spots. As you wander this colorful and lively neighborhood, listen to commentary from your guide about Chinatown's history, culture, and present-day authenticity. Stroll down Stockton Street past busy markets selling some of the freshest and most exotic foods in the city. Pass by buildings designed like pagodas and have your camera out as you admire eye-catching Chinese decorations adorning the streets. Gain an understanding of Chinatown's religious culture and history as you visit the Old Saint Mary's Cathedral. Get a chance to taste traditional Chinese cookies and tea of your choice at Eastern Bakery where you can expect to get some inside cooking tips from the bakery owners. Go to Portsmouth Square and learn about the historical significance of this area for the Gold Rush, California's beginnings, and Chinatown's origin. Taste homemade dim sum at Delicious Dim Sum where you'll enjoy some of the best dim sum in the city.  Finish your tour with a memorable visit to a Fortune Cookie factory. Taste the fortune cookie, learn about the cooking techniques, and learn about the historical significance of fortune.

San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

5. San Francisco: The Warrior Cat Chinatown City Game

Here's a sneak peek to the storyline: “You're a cat with a black belt in karate, and you've been tasked with clearing out a dark cult in San Francisco Chinatown.” As you solve challenges, the story unfolds and exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location. Ready for an adventure? The city game starts at Bush Street & Grant Avenue. It will take you around 2 to 3 hours to complete and you can also explore at your own pace: pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. You will finish at The Golden Gate fortune factory. After your booking you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone. You can play on your own, in a large group or in several smaller groups that compete against each other and meet at the final stop of the game. It is recommended that each user purchases a ticket for an optimal experience, although several people can share a phone.

San Francisco: North Beach & Chinatown Food & History Tour

6. San Francisco: North Beach & Chinatown Food & History Tour

Discover San Francisco through the lens of food and history on this walking tour through the Financial District, Barbary Coast, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Visit San Francisco's smallest redwood park and learn about the Gold Rush while sampling pizza, chocolates, fortune cookies, and savory snacks. Begin your tour by meeting your guide in the heart of the Financial District, underneath the Transamerica Pyramid. Learn about the architectural history of this striking building, which happens to be the second-tallest in San Francisco, and the nearby Transamerica Redwood Park. Walk to the Barbary Coast, previously the red-light district during the 19th and early 20th centuries that featured dance halls, concert saloons, and brothels. Pause to savor Ghiradelli chocolate, saltwater taffy, homemade fudge, and caramel popcorn while learning about the jazz age. Continue to North Beach, also known as Little Italy, as your guide details facts and anecdotes about the Wild West during the Gold Rush. Then it's time to sample more food, including Italian pastries, pizza, sandwiches, cakes, antipasto, and aged cheese, while chatting with local business owners. Then it's time to visit bustling Chinatown, known for its eclectic collection of shops and street food vendors. Sample dim sum and wander through the souvenir shops before visiting The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory to learn about the factory's history and try a fresh cookie.

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What people are saying about Portsmouth Square

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,294 reviews

The package is very worth with the hop up and off bus plus the night view of San Frans.. Easy to redeem.. The night view trip is fatastic...

Great route that covers all the major sights. A special highlight is the trip over the Golden Gate Bridge and the night tour.

Great way to see everything. Was a bit cold on top but cozy downstairs. Definitely recommend. Staff friendly & helpful

Everyone was so helpful when we left something on the bus, and returned it to us. Thanks!

If you only have a day to spend, this is the best way to see a little bit of everything.