San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf & Scenic Bay Cruise

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8 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

A day in San Francisco is often met with unbelievable wonder - the city is as inspiring as they come. It's where rows of brightly hued Victorian houses dot the landscape, and seagulls sway in the breeze over steaming pots of Dungeness Crab by the wharf. On this full-day tour of San Francisco, explore the very best from the markets at the Ferry Building, to the heights of Nob Hill, wander the bazaars of Chinatown, peek behind the scenes at a famed fortune cookie factory, get groovy with a bunch of Italians and Beat Poets in North Beach, indulge in the crookedness of Lombard Street, win a golden ticket with some Ghirardelli Chocolate on your tongue, and head through the fish stalls in Fisherman's Wharf. Cap your day with the most perfect ending - traversing the San Francisco Bay on a cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge where pristine sunset shots await. As you tour San Francisco, your guide - an expert in setting the stage, creating the scene, and invoking your imagination will share the stories that support just how incredible this city truly is.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.See the very best of San Francisco with a local expert in a single, perfectly planned day
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy an hour-long Bay Cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island
  • Created with Sketch.Ride an iconic San Francisco Cable Car without all the crowds
  • Created with Sketch.Hit all the top neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach, and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Created with Sketch.Spend time with a guide who will divulge the spaces and places only known to the most passionate, curious locals

Health & Safety Standards

At Walks we take your health and the health of our community seriously. To accomplish this, we have set a series of standards that will be implemented across every tour;

  • Walks has been certified by SanseeShield.com
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • We ask our guides and guests to wash their hands regularly and carry hand sanitzier
  • Our guides and guests are required to wear masks in accordance with the local government regulations
  • If headsets are needed, they are disinfected at the beginning and end of your experience
  • All Walks tours are always small groups to give you the maximum comfort and safety

The perfectly planned day in San Francisco

COVID UPDATE. Effective August 20, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone (over the age of 2) is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors. For full requirements, please check here.

This spectacularly designed day in San Francisco starts near the architecturally pristine Ferry Building, once the busiest port in the world. After wandering through and seeing San Francisco's original port with views of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge (Yep, that bridge that fell in the 1989 earthquake!), catch an i...

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COVID UPDATE. Effective August 20, 2021, proof of Covid-19 vaccination (over the age of 12) is required to enter sites on this tour. Everyone (over the age of 2) is required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors. For full requirements, please check here.

This spectacularly designed day in San Francisco starts near the architecturally pristine Ferry Building, once the busiest port in the world. After wandering through and seeing San Francisco's original port with views of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge (Yep, that bridge that fell in the 1989 earthquake!), catch an iconic San Francisco Cable Car. It's from our favorite "in-the-know" stop we'll skip the massive lines and board without any of the crowds. As this moving piece of history climbs one of the many hills of San Francisco, the storefronts in the Financial District fade, and the opulent homes of Nob Hill begin to appear.

Ding! Ding! At the top of Nob Hill learn about the industrial tycoons who helped fund the early city as you wander into Grace Cathedral with its striking Gothic interior and gem of artistic artifacts including a bevy of stained glass windows. Heading back down the hill, it's on to bustling, culturally-soaked Chinatown. As the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, your personal local will weave you through the most vibrant spaces and lesser-known sites. Take in the small Tin How Temple, peek into a traditional Eastern pharmacy to see the various herbs and medicinal powders and stop by the legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for insight into the art of fortune cookie making! Not only will you be able to try warm cookies just off the machine, but you will also take home a personalized treat just for you!

Whoa! This is great but that fortune cookie made me hungry. It's time to eat! Luckily, you have reached the crossroads of two very different but complementary world cuisines. Take time on your own to get lunch in Chinatown or the thriving Italian district of North Beach. Reconvene with your guide at the doormat of a watering hole beloved by the revolutionary Beat Poets - it's time to get weird and talk about poetry and a bunch of Italians! Explore North Beach with all its delicacies, history, and a little bit of Marilyn Monroe.

It's time to work off a little of your lunch and climb a hill to see Lombard Street, the "crookedest street in the world". Then head down to Fisherman's Wharf for a full ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour. In the Wharf, explore the old docks by taking a local-led route through lesser-visited areas, smell the sourdough at Boudin bakery, and see the sea lions at Pier 39 from a special vantage point. Plus don’t forget your visit to Ghirardelli Square where you’ll sample some world-famous chocolate.

You've made it! But that's not it - your reward is a gorgeous bay cruise on the waters of San Francisco Bay. As your boat works its way to the Golden Gate Bridge with the sun shining on its way west, take in the beautiful views that surround. Sail past the famed sea lions of Pier 39, under the Golden Gate Bridge (Instagrammers get ready!), and return with a circle around Alcatraz Island, the closest you can get without having a proper ticket. A perfect end to a perfect San Francisco day.

  • Sites Visited
  • Ferry Building
  • Cable Car Ride
  • Nob Hill
  • Grace Cathedral
  • Chinatown
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
  • North Beach
  • Coit Tower (view)
  • Lombard Street
  • Diego Rivera Mural
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Pier 39
  • Cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Cruise around Alcatraz Island
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Pre-reserved ticket for Cable Car
  • Food tasting - Fortune Cookie
  • Personalized Walks Fortune Cookies
  • Food tasting - Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • 1-hour Bay Cruise
The views on this tour are spectacular
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There were 12 of us and we all enjoyed our walking tour. We learned so much information about San Francisco.

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