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Ferry Building Tours

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Ferry Building
One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks, the Ferry Building is a port of entry and transit hub, marketplace, and farmers market. Food merchants, specialty shops, wine bars, and restaurants line the historic building’s hallways, making it a one-stop shop for experiencing the diverse culinary flavors and master retailers of San Francisco.
 
The Basics
With its imposing 245-foot (75-meter) clock tower, the Ferry Building is the San Francisco waterfront’s crown jewel. And it’s not just a waiting room for Bay Area ferry commuters—it’s a thriving marketplace with dozens of artisan producers in its vaulted food hall serving everything from hand-churned ice cream and local honey to Blue Bottle coffee and Acme Bread Company’s famous sourdough. Always-packed restaurants—including Gott's Roadside, Hog Island Oyster Company, and the Slanted Door—call the Ferry Building home, and the farmers market offers wildly fresh produce, meat, seafood, and prepared eats three days a week. Walk along the esplanade for great views of the Bay Bridge. 

Many city tours—such as combo tours including Alcatraz—start or end at this iconic spot on the Embarcadero, while food tours of the Ferry Building and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market explore the property in-depth. Hop-on hop-off tours stop here as well. If you have more time, catch a ferry boat from the Ferry Building to Sausalito or arrive via private yacht charter from Napa.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Ferry Building is a must for foodies.
  • The marketplace is exceptionally busy during rush hour, and an hour before and after games and events at AT&T Park.
  • Situated on San Francisco’s waterfront, weather can shift quickly from bright and sunny to foggy and cold. Dress in layers.
  • Restrooms are located on either end of the main hall.
  • Ferry Building restaurants and restrooms are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
Public transit to the Ferry Building is plentiful and convenient. MUNI’s E, F, J, K, L, M, N, and T street cars and 10, 12, and 41 bus lines all stop within two blocks of the Ferry Building, as does BART (Embarcadero station). Ferries to Alameda, Sausalito, Larkspur, and Vallejo dock at the Ferry Building.
 
When to Get There
Hours for individual businesses vary but the Ferry Building is generally open 10am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday; it is closed on Christmas. The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market operates 10am to 2pm Tuesday and Thursdays, and 8am to 2pm Saturday. Everything is quieter between the morning and afternoon rushes, and in the winter months.
 
Committed to the Local Food Shed
First opened in 1898, the Ferry Building remains an important cog in San Francisco’s transportation wheel, with regular ferry, bus, and streetcar service. In recent years, the space became an important focal point for the internationally renowned local food scene. Small, regional farmers and independently owned and operated businesses are the norm here. It is both haven and incubator for artisan food and wine producers from Northern California, and the triweekly farmers market attracts chefs and locals in search of the best produce around.
Address: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco 94105, USA
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Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

Half-Day Sonoma Wine Tour plus 1 Day Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Pass

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Mix two great experiences together for an ultimate California adventure. This tour package includes a Sonoma wine tour and a hop-on hop-off San Francisco bus pass. Your Sonoma wine tour takes you from the city with round-trip transport to the Carneros Sonoma Wine Region. It includes one free tasting at one of the two to three wineries you visit, and you’ll pass by the Golden Gate Bridge on your way. You can also use your hop-on hop-off bus to explore San Francisco at your own pace. See attractions such as Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, Lombard Street, and Golden Gate Park.
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  • 5 hours to 1 day
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$133.99
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Museum Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + SF MOMA + DeYoung Museum)

Museum Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + SF MOMA + DeYoung Museum)

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Enjoy sightseeing at your own pace and visit two of San Francisco's best art museums with this combo tour that can be used over two days. With a 24 or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass, visit attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park at your leisure. Plus, receive admission to the de Young Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.99
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Napa Valley Wine Train From San Francisco: Castle Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train From San Francisco: Castle Tour

Begin the day with a ferry ride across the San Francisco bay while watching the sun rise and seagulls float across the water. Once in Vallejo, find the Napa Valley Wine Train bus which will take you to the rail station in Downtown, Napa. Pick up your tickets and get ready to board the 100 year old vintage train. Once on board, you will choose a choice of soup or salad, choice of entree, and choice of dessert. Your journey on the train will last 1.5 hours before you disembark on our Napa Valley Wine Train bus to the Castello Di Amorosa Winery. There are so many stories between the rows and rows of vines of the Napa Valley, but perhaps none as fascinating as the passion project of Dario Sattui, 4th generation winemaker and owner of V. Sattui Winery. After a gourmet lunch aboard the Wine Train, indulge in a private tour and tasting at the meticulously constructed Castello di Amorosa, a 13th-century medieval Tuscan castle and winery.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$302.13
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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day, 2-tour combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco all electric bike tour. The date you book is the date you'll visit Alcatraz Island, and get access to the former federal prison. Go on a self-guided audio tour of the grounds, and stay as long as you like during opening hours. The date prior to your Alcatraz tour, you'll enjoy a guided electric bike tour. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 4 to 7 hours
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Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

Science Hop (incl. 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour + California Academy of Sciences)

See San Francisco's top sights and visit the California Academy of Sciences on this one-day combo tour. Cruise through the city on a hop-on hop-off bus, which allows you to disembark at any of the stops to check out attractions at your own pace. Then head to Golden Gate Park for an independent visit of the science museum, one of the city's favorite family-friendly venues with a wealth of entertaining and educational exhibits.
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  • 1 day
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$89.99
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Private 90 Minutes North Beach & Chinatown Kickstart Tour with a Local

Private 90 Minutes North Beach & Chinatown Kickstart Tour with a Local

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Kickstart your time in San Francisco with a 90-minute introduction of two of its liveliest neighbourhoods with the help of your favorite local. See the main highlights of San Francisco’s North Beach and China Town and discover the best the city has to offer. On this private tour, you’ll visit the must-see historical spots, but also see hidden places that will give an authentic feeling of the contrasts in these parts of the city. Go to the foodies’ favorite Ferry Building, see where the community gathers at the bustling Washington Square and get set to tackle San Francisco’s steepest street. Hear all about the beat generation’s lifestyle of the 1960s and how San Francisco came to be home to the country’s oldest China Town. Get insights on the local lifestyle and find out true stories about the city’s history as you take in these two vibrant, full-of-life neighborhoods in San Francisco. Join now and find out more from our local hosts regarding your future stay in San Francisco.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

Full Day Bike Rental from Fisherman's Wharf

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Discover San Francisco on your own schedule with a 1-day bike rental. Visit the crooked path of Lombard Street, North Beach, Haight-Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge and other culturally rich and unique San Francisco neighborhoods. This self-guided trip gives you the opportunity to create your own itinerary as you explore the beloved City by the Bay. The entire fleet of equipment is sanitized regularly and curbside pick-up is available to ensure that your rental experience is safe and enjoyable.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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$32.00
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Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of San Francisco Private Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems: Best of San Francisco Private Tour

World-famous sights, vibrant neighborhoods, and a laidback bohemian atmosphere; San Francisco is a magical place! On this private tour, get ready to discover the best highlights the city has to offer, as well as its unique hidden gems with your favorite local. Get ready to experience San Francisco the local way. Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origin, history, and culture of San Francisco. Follow in the footsteps of the Beat Generation poets at the City Lights bookstore and take a walk through streets packed with brightly colored murals. See and touch the city’s past and present as you visit the beautiful Painted Ladies and ride a classic cable car. Follow your local host through several of San Francisco’s neighborhoods, each with its unique character. Explore the country’s first Chinatown. Stroll through the lively streets of the Castro and the vibrant murals of the Mission, home to a thriving Latino community. More to come, join this tour now to find out!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$116.14
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Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Grgich Hills Winery Half-Day Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Grgich Hills Winery Half-Day Tour

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Journey north to Napa via Ferry or bus from San Francisco to enjoy a blissful day in Wine Country. Taste the wine that put Napa Valley on the map and get the inside track to a true Napa Valley legend. The winery itself is simple, quaint, and charming. But it’s one of the Napa Valley’s most famous stories. If you haven’t heard of the 1976 Paris Tasting, you soon will. After a gourmet lunch aboard our elegant Wine Train, indulge in a private tour and tasting at Grgich Hills Estate, home of one of the greatest winemakers in the world.
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  • 10 hours
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$328.65
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Run through the city

Run through the city

I love running and love having friends of friends discover San Francisco. It is small enough to be able to see a lot while running. Over the course of a 1 hour workout, we will make 3 stops to discover a breathtaking view of the city, a typical market where locals shop and ending the run in an amazing open air where to get local healthy foods.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

24-Hour Bike Rental in San Francisco

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Despite its many hills, San Francisco is a fun city to explore by bike, and this 24-hour bicycle rental allows you to see it at your own pace on a self-guided tour. Pick up your bike at a convenient Fishermans Wharf location, then go where you like, perhaps riding through the city and across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito and Tiburon. Your rental includes maps and use of equipment such as helmet and lock.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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$23.80
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Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

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Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
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  • 1 day
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$34.62
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San Francisco Private City Tour

San Francisco Private City Tour

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See San Francisco with your own personal guide and customize the itinerary to suit your preferences. Spend 4 hours exploring one of California’s most exciting cities, known for its gorgeous location, Victorian architecture and diverse neighborhoods. Take a drive through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach and the cliffs at Lands End; stroll around Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39; check out the shops at Union Square or Embarcadero; and myriad other possibilities.
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  • 4 hours
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Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Raymond Vineyards Winery Tour

Napa Valley Wine Train from San Francisco: Raymond Vineyards Winery Tour

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Journey to the California wine country from San Francisco and spend a blissful day in the Napa Valley. This day trip is a feast for the senses, starting with an exclusive tour and wine tasting at Raymond Vineyards. Savor a gourmet lunch in an elegant, vintage dining car aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train. Round-trip transport is provided between the city, Vallejo, and Napa—simply come along for the ride.
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  • 10 hours
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$328.65
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The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)

The Ultimate Wine Country Experience (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our Ultimate Wine Country Experience through Sonoma and Napa Valley will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Wine Country all in one day. If you are looking for some delicious world famous wines, nature, great food and a ton of beautiful photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous vineyards, amazing scenery, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 9:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 10:30 AM - Arrive at a Secret Winery 12:00 PM - Enjoy a Private Wine Tasting at Miner Family Winery 1:40 PM - Take a picture in front of the Welcome to Napa Valley Sign 2:10 PM - Lunch 3:00 PM - Taste the wines at Jacuzzi Family Winery 4:00 PM - Return to hotel 5:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$499.00
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$499.00
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Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Magical Muir Woods Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)

Our San Francisco Muir Woods Tour will take you to the most incredible spots from San Francisco to Muir Woods National Park all in one day. If you are looking for some culture, nature, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup directly from your hotel by one of our friendly, English speaking guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable, spacious and air-conditioned vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 7:00 AM – Pick up at hotel 7:15 AM - Leave SF over the Golden Gate Bridge 8:00 AM - Hike thru Muir Woods 10:00 AM - Visit the cute town of Sausalito 11:00 AM - Lunch 12:00 PM - Stop at Bakers Beach 1:00 PM - Explore Fisherman's Wharf 1:20 PM - Return to hotel 2:00 PM - Arrive at Hotel
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$436.00
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San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

San Francisco Instagram Private Tour: Most Famous Spots with All-Inclusive

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If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of great photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with a private pickup from your hotel by one of our friendly, local guides. From there your tour will begin as you start your drive in one of our comfortable and spacious vehicles. This full-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, vintage architecture, secretly located spots and much much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM – Pick up from Hotel 10:30 AM – Check out the legendary Painted Ladies 11:00 AM – Explore Union Square 11:45 AM – Catch of view of Alcatraz from Pier 39 12:00 PM – Walk around Fisherman’s Wharf 12:30 PM – Lunch time 1:00 PM – Explore Ghirardelli Square 2:00 PM – Awe at the view from the Golden Gate Bridge 2:40 PM – Stop by Golden Gate Park 3:10 PM – Get a picture at one of SF’s Hidden Gems (16th Avenue Tiled Steps) 3:30 PM – Overlook the whole city at Twin Peaks Viewpoint 3:45 PM – Return to hotel 4:00 PM – Arrive at hotel
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$369.00
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$369.00
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San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

San Francisco Instagram Walking Private Tour: Most Iconic Spots

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Our San Francisco Walking Instagram Tour will take you to some of the most famous spots in San Francisco in one day by foot! If you are looking for some culture, delicious food and a ton of photos, then this is the tour for you! The morning will start with meeting your friendly guide at the Embarcadero BART Station. From there your tour will begin as you start your walk through San Francisco’s beautiful streets. This half-day tour will be packed with famous landmarks, architecture, secretly located spots and much more! ==== Full schedule 10:00 AM - Meet your guide at the Embarcadaro BART Station 10:20 AM - Get a view of Alcatraz Island from Pier 39 10:50 AM - Explore Fishermans Wharf 11:35 AM - Catch a view of the Golden Gate Bridge 12:20 PM - Explore a secret street in Mission District (Balmy Alley and Clarion Alley) 1:20 PM - Walk around Dolores Park 2:00 PM - Say bye to your guide & get dropped off at the 16th St Mission BART Station
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$189.00
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$189.00
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Small Group San Francisco Sunset Experience

Small Group San Francisco Sunset Experience

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Start your tour from the bustle of Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 and continue along the Embarcadero waterfront as you pass by the iconic Ferry Building. Then, travel across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island for a 45-minute stop to enjoy views of the San Francisco skyline. As the sun goes down, relax with a drink at Mersea restaurant, a highly popular restaurant among visitors and locals. You will have the opportunity to order food in advance, if you wish. After enjoying the San Francisco sunset at Mersea, your tour proceeds with an intimate night tour, which takes you to see the best spots in San Francisco. Cross the Bay Bridge to catch an unforgettable view of the city lights, then drive through the Financial District up to Nob Hill, where you will stop at the ornate Gothic style Grace Cathedral. Cruise through the back alleys of Chinatown, and savor the aromas of Italian dinners in North Beach as you drive along Colombus Avenue. Your tour ends back at Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 hours to 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco

Small-Group Full-Day Tour of San Francisco

We take you places that no one else does, traversing the city by cable car, rail and bus as we visit downtown, Nob Hill, City Hall, the Hayes Valley, Castro, Haight-Ashbury, the Painted Ladies, Lombard Street, Little Italy and Chinatown. If you really want to get to know SF, this is the best way to do it.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$125.00
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$125.00
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Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Nob Hill to the Haight-Ashbury

Small-Group Half-Day Tour from Nob Hill to the Haight-Ashbury

Spend a morning getting to know the real S.F. We meet you in downtown Market Street, before taking the cable car to Nob Hill, with its Gold Rush era mansions. From there we head to San Francisco City Hall and Hayes Village (for a quick coffee), before visiting the twin historic neighborhoods of Castro and Haight-Ashbury, where your Nob Hill to the Haight tour ends at the perfect time for lunch.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island Visit 3 great bus tours on one value ticket! Official City Tour + Sausalito Tour + Night Tour. FREE Madame Tussauds entrance ticket included. FREE Walking Tour included. Unlimited Hop-on Hop-off usage for 48 hours. 24 Stops along the way. See all major sites of San Francisco. Explore the city at your own leisure. Major Highlights: Downtown San Francisco, Fisherman's Wharf, the world famous Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Treasure Island, and much more.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$149.99
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$149.99
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A Virtual Tour of San Francisco

A Virtual Tour of San Francisco

I will appear in person and live to guide you through early San Francisco, using maps and pictures. This is an interactive tour and I am happy to answer questions about this part of San Francisco or other areas of the city.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.00
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$50.00
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Private 4-hour city tour of San Francisco with driver/guide with Hotel Pick Up

Private 4-hour city tour of San Francisco with driver/guide with Hotel Pick Up

Enjoy a private 4 hour tour with a professional and licensed driver-guide to get to know the best of San Francisco. From views of Alcatraz, to Golden Gate Bridge, to a stroll down Chinatown, a view of the famous Pier 39 and never missing out Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies. Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy the beautiful city of San Francisco. - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$389.13
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$389.13
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