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

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4 hours

Max 20

Why take this tour?

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.Immerse yourself in San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods - the Italian district of North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Created with Sketch.Mix together history and culture in the company of an expert local guide getting straight into the heart of San Francisco
  • Created with Sketch.Enjoy an hour-long Bay Cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island
  • Created with Sketch.Climb Lombard Street, take in incredible views over the Bay Area, and treat yourself to a chocolate tasting at Ghirardelli Square

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
  • We use and offer hand sanitizer before, during, and after all tours
  • Walks Guides have received health & safety training, are self-monitoring temperatures daily, and trained in group social distancing practices
  • Masks will be worn and are available if you do not have one
  • 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

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

For many, the beating heart of San Francisco and its legacy lies within a generation of artists and activists. From its revolutionary, push-the- envelope residents to the immigrant communities who found themselves on these shores, San Francisco is a million stories at every step.

On this three-hour walking tour (paired with an hour-long cruise) journey through the years of the counterculture movement - the 1960s, when Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac mingled with the little Italian grandmothers on the streets of North Beach. Following a deep dive into the city’s artistic roots on Jack Kerouac Alley, move up Columbus Avenue - the main strip through the thriving neighborhood....

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For many, the beating heart of San Francisco and its legacy lies within a generation of artists and activists. From its revolutionary, push-the- envelope residents to the immigrant communities who found themselves on these shores, San Francisco is a million stories at every step.

On this three-hour walking tour (paired with an hour-long cruise) journey through the years of the counterculture movement - the 1960s, when Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac mingled with the little Italian grandmothers on the streets of North Beach. Following a deep dive into the city’s artistic roots on Jack Kerouac Alley, move up Columbus Avenue - the main strip through the thriving neighborhood. 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, climb two blocks to "The Crookedest Street in the World", before heading into the chocolate empire of Ghirardelli Square, Here pause to savor a piece of chocolate (complimentary, of course), then wander on down to 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 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 the Marina District, on to the Presidio, and 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. Afterward, 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
  • Coit Tower (view)
  • Lombard Street
  • Ghirardelli Square
  • Fisherman's Wharf
  • Pier 39
  • Cruise around Alcatraz Island
  • Cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Tour Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Expertly guided walking tour
  • Food tasting - Ghirardelli Chocolate
  • 1-hour Bay Cruise
  • 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.
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.
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.