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

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8 hrs

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Every corner of San Francisco hides a world of customs, cultures and communities. On this San Francisco tour, we show you the most interesting ones so you can experience the top attractions. Don't worry about the logistics - your guide will take care of that, while providing you with a lifetime of stories, history and local knowledge. If you want to make the most of a short time in the city, this San Francisco walking tour is a great way to take in all of the main sights, from land and sea.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Take in all the major attractions in San Francisco in a single day
  • Created with Sketch.Visit Lombard Street, Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, Nob Hill, North Beach and Ghirardelli Square
  • Created with Sketch.Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island on an hour-long scenic boat cruise
  • Created with Sketch.Get the real stories behind the city from a local expert Walks guide
  • Created with Sketch.Ride in a San Francisco cable car
  • Created with Sketch.See a mural by Diego Rivera and visit cafes frequented by the Beat Generation writers
  • Created with Sketch.The only tour of its type on the market, this is the best experience for those with only a short amount of time in the city

Take a day to experience San Francisco

Your San Francisco in a Day tour begins near the Ferry Building where you’ll first meet your local expert guide and small group of no more than 20 people to enjoy a spectacular view of one of the most important ports in America. We'll catch an authentic San Francisco cable car from our favorite stop (which has none of the usual crowds) and, zipping up the hill, you'll learn what makes this very unique public transport so special (and get a few great photos while you're at it!)

Disembarking atop Nob Hill, your guide will show you the mansions and clubs built by the industrial tycoons who once ran the city, before taking you inside to enjoy the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral.<...

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Your San Francisco in a Day tour begins near the Ferry Building where you’ll first meet your local expert guide and small group of no more than 20 people to enjoy a spectacular view of one of the most important ports in America. We'll catch an authentic San Francisco cable car from our favorite stop (which has none of the usual crowds) and, zipping up the hill, you'll learn what makes this very unique public transport so special (and get a few great photos while you're at it!)

Disembarking atop Nob Hill, your guide will show you the mansions and clubs built by the industrial tycoons who once ran the city, before taking you inside to enjoy the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral.

Heading down the hill, your tour takes you into Chinatown - the oldest and largest Chinese enclave in North America. You'll visit to hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as your guide describes how the area went from being a seedy den of vice to one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city (they’ll also tell you where to eat if you want to return to try world-famous dim sum). A highlight of your Chinatown visit; you'll head inside the legendary Golden Gate Factory to discover how they've been making fortune cookies by hand for over 50 years, and leave with a very special custom gift to remember your visit by!

After breaking for lunch, the next neighborhood on your San Francisco Day Tour is North Beach, where your guide will show you the old haunts of the Beat poets such as City Lights bookstore.

You'll climb the hill to see Lombard Street, the "crookedest street in the world", then peek into the San Francisco Art Institute to feast your eyes on a Diego Rivera mural and stunning views from the roof terrace. It’s down the hill again for a Fisherman’s Wharf Tour where you’ll explore the old docks, smell the fresh bread in the famous Boudin bakery, and see the sea lions at Pier 39 from a special vantage point with no crowds.

Your San Francisco Day Tour pauses in Ghirardelli Square for a sample of the famous chocolate then heads closer to the coast to finish off your day with style.

Your final highlight of the day? A bay cruise of the historic waterfront, where beautiful views of the San Francisco skyline in every direction are on offer. You’ll sail past the famous Pier 39 sea lions, right under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island (the closest you can get without booking a ticket!). A perfect end to a San Francisco day.

  • Sites Visited
  • Nob Hill
  • Grace Cathedral (inside)
  • Chinatown
  • Tin How Buddhist Temple
  • San Francisco Ferry Building
  • Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory
  • North Beach
  • City Lights bookstore (outside)
  • Lombard Street
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • Diego Rivera Mural
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Includes
  • Local expert Walks guide
  • Streetcar tickets
  • Ghirardelli chocolate tasting
  • Fortune cookie tasting
  • Hour-long bay cruise
The views on this tour are spectacular
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The guide was very informative and funny. As we only had one ful day in San Francisco, this was the best way to see a lot the city has to offer.

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