Half Day by the Bay: North Beach, Fisherman's Wharf & Scenic Bay Cruise

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4 hrs

Max 20

Why take this tour?

Only a short time to discover the best San Francisco has to offer? Spend the afternoon with a local guide exploring some of the city’s most vibrant areas. From North Beach to Fisherman’s Wharf, this three-hour walking tour uncovers the city’s history, its hidden gems and some of its most iconic attractions. Finally, finish the day with an hour-long bay cruise that takes you right under the Golden Gate Bridge and around the infamous Alcatraz Island.

Highlights

  • Created with Sketch.Explore North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf, and more with a local guide who’ll take you on a journey to the heart of San Francisco
  • Created with Sketch.Hear fascinating stories about Beat Generation artists at Jack Kerouac Alley, and discuss the activism and immigration that helped shape the city
  • Created with Sketch.Discover some of the city’s hidden gems - such as the spot where an iconic Hollywood franchise was born
  • Created with Sketch.Visit the San Francisco Art Institute, where you’ll learn about Mexican artist (and husband of Frida Kahlo) Diego Rivera and see his impressive 1931 mural ‘Making a Fresco’
  • Created with Sketch.Take a stroll down to Ghirardelli Square and try some mouth-watering chocolate at the legendary Ghirardelli Chocolate Company
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy a leisurely walk along the old waterfront side of Fisherman’s Wharf and see the sea lions at Pier 39
  • Created with Sketch.Finish your tour with a scenic, audio guided bay cruise, traveling under the Golden Gate Bridge, past the beautiful Marina District and around Alcatraz Island

Explore San Francisco with a local guide, before taking in the sights from the sea

For many, the beating heart of San Francisco lies within a generation of artists and activists known as the ‘Beat’ poets, and it’s at one of their regular watering holes that our tour begins. Shining a light on the counterculture movements of the 1960s, and the immigration and activism from which San Francisco sprang, your guide will delve into the nuances that make this offbeat city so unique, as we explore the birth of The City by the Bay.

Following a deep dive into the city’s artistic roots on Jack Kerouac Alley, our walking tour moves up Columbus Avenue - the main strip through San Francisco’s North Beach District. Here your guide will uncover more of the hidden gems the lie beneath t...

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For many, the beating heart of San Francisco lies within a generation of artists and activists known as the ‘Beat’ poets, and it’s at one of their regular watering holes that our tour begins. Shining a light on the counterculture movements of the 1960s, and the immigration and activism from which San Francisco sprang, your guide will delve into the nuances that make this offbeat city so unique, as we explore the birth of The City by the Bay.

Following a deep dive into the city’s artistic roots on Jack Kerouac Alley, our walking tour moves up Columbus Avenue - the main strip through San Francisco’s North Beach District. Here your guide will uncover more of the hidden gems the lie beneath the usual hotspots. Hollywood titans dreamed up some of their most iconic ideas in this area - understandable given the palpable artistic undercurrent that ebbs and flows through the city’s veins.

Further north, we’ll climb two blocks to "the crookedest street in the world", before heading into the San Francisco Art Institute. Inside, your guide will take you through some of the museum’s most important pieces, including Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s ‘Making of a Fresco’ - a fresco within a fresco that depicts the construction of San Francisco itself. Then it’s up to the roof for a view of the city and the bay beyond.

At Ghirardelli Square we’ll stop by the legendary Ghirardelli Chocolate Company to try a piece of chocolate (complimentary, of course), then wander on down Fisherman's Wharf. It may be one of the city’s busiest tourist areas, but your guide will show you how to navigate the popular area so that you can avoid the major tourist traps before heading to Pier 39 to meet the real stars of the city: San Francisco’s resident sea lions.

We leave you here but that’s not the end of your tour! You’ll round out the afternoon with a cruise across the bay, taking in some of the city’s best sights from the sea. Your boat sails along the waterfront past Marina District, on to the Presidio, and even travels under the Golden Gate Bridge. A loop of Alcatraz Island is a welcome addition to the hour-long jaunt - the closest you can get to it without Alcatraz tickets. Afterwards, you’ll return to Pier 39 where you can spend the evening exploring the area for yourself, and musing over everything you learned on your tour.

  • Sites Visited
  • North Beach
  • Lombard Street
  • Diego Rivera Mural
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Pier 39
  • Alcatraz Island (view from boat)
  • Coit Tower (view)
  • Golden Gate Bridge (view from boat)
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Tasting at Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • One-hour Bay Cruise with audio guide
  • Small group of up to 20 people

FAQ

Is there much walking on this tour?
This tour does involve walking. Guests should be able to walk at a moderate pace without difficulty and comfortable walking shoes are a must!
Is this tour accessible for wheelchairs, strollers or for those with mobility impairments?
Unfortunately due to the nature of this tour it is not suitable for guests with mobility impairments, or for wheelchairs or strollers.
Will we have a live guide for all of this tour?
The Bay Cruise portion of this tour is audio guided. You will not have a live guide during this section of the tour.
Could sites close on this tour?
Due to circumstances beyond our control, sites may occasionally close. We make every effort to stay as close to the advertised itinerary as possible but substitutions/omissions may be necessary.