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Embarcadero Tours

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Embarcadero
Acting as both the waterfront and major road along the eastern edge of San Francisco, the Embarcadero stretches from Fisherman’s Wharf to South Beach, passing through some of the city’s most popular destinations. It attracts visitors and locals with its restaurants, bars, hotels, tourist attractions, event spaces, bay cruises and ferries, and a wide pathway for walkers and joggers.
 
The Basics
You’ll likely find yourself on the Embarcadero at some point during your stay in San Francisco, whether you’re watching the sea lions at Pier 39, hopping on an Alcatraz ferry at Pier 33, visiting the Exploratorium at Pier 15, catching a ferry to Sausalito at the Ferry Building, or taking in a Giants baseball game at AT&T Park. See it from above on a helicopter flight, or explore on two wheels with a bike or Segway tour.
 
The Central Embarcadero Piers Historic District, which consists of piers 1, 1 1/2, 3, and 5, is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Embarcadero is 3 miles (4.6 kilometers) long, so wear comfortable shoes if you’re planning to walk it.
  • It’s a busy road, with both vehicle traffic and streetcars, so only cross at designated crosswalks.
  • Starting at the Ferry Building, odd-numbered piers run north to Fisherman’s Wharf and even-numbered piers run south to South Beach.
 
How to Get There
The MUNI light rail system runs along Market Street to the Embarcadero, as well as along the southern portion of the Embarcadero itself. If you’re taking the BART, get off at the Embarcadero station. Paid parking lots and metered street parking are available all along the Embarcadero.
 
When to Get There
Enthusiastic photographers will want to go at sunrise for shots of the sun rising over the bay, while those who want to eat and shop should wait until late morning. Waterfront bars and restaurants near downtown get lively during happy hour—a fun time to mingle with locals. Fourth of July fireworks take place near Fisherman’s Wharf, and an ice skating rink operates at the Embarcadero Center during the holidays.
 
Ferry Building
In the center of the Embarcadero, across from where Market Street ends at the Embarcadero Plaza, the Ferry Building Marketplace is a haven of gourmet goodies and views of San Francisco Bay. Taste your way through the historical building, from cheese and bread to oysters, wine, coffee, and ice cream, or try your luck at getting a table at the Slanted Door, a popular Vietnamese restaurant.
Address: The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
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San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway TourCity Packages

San Francisco Wharf and Waterfront Segway Tour

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Take a San Francisco Segway tour along the waterfront to see popular city attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, and Alcatraz Island. With an experienced guide, cruise along San Francisco Bay on a personal 2-wheeled Segway, and learn how to operate during a training session. Limited to 10 people per tour, this tour provides a small-group experience. Choose from several tour times throughout the day.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter TourCity Packages

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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  • 30 minutes
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Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

Big Bus San Francisco Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Ride a double-decker sightseeing bus to San Francisco's most famous landmarks with a choice of 3 different passes. Explore the city's 49 square miles, including stops at big-name attractions like Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts and Union Square. Go at your own pace, hopping off at any of 24 stops, exploring at your leisure, and then hopping back on when you're done. Your ticket includes a walking tour of Chinatown. Choose the Premium or Deluxe pass for additional upgrades including a night bus tour or a trolley tour in nearby Sausalito.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus TourBus Tours

San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in San Francisco and its surroundings by hop-on hop-off bus with a City Sightseeing San Francisco pass. Select a 1-day pass that includes access to the City and Sausalito tours. Or choose a 2-day pass that includes the City and Sausalito tours but adds two walking tour options, so you cover all the main attractions with one ticket. This flexible and family-friendly pass lets you hop on and off the double-decker bus at any of the designated stops and explore San Francisco at your own pace.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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San Francisco Champagne Brunch CruiseDay Cruises

San Francisco Champagne Brunch Cruise

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Glide across San Francisco Bay with unlimited mimosas and sparkling wine on this weekend brunch cruise. Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Alcatraz, and see the city skyline from the deck. A hearty buffet and onboard music keep the mood festive while you enjoy brunch and sightsee.
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San Francisco Vista Helicopter TourFull-day Tours

San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour

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Take to the sky and soar over San Francisco on an exhilarating helicopter tour. During the flight, get an unbeatable perspective of iconic attractions like Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, the Embarcadero, the city’s famous hills, and the San Francisco Bay. During suitable weather conditions, experience the thrill of flying under the Golden Gate Bridge.
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  • 20 minutes
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San Francisco Love Night TourCity Packages

San Francisco Love Night Tour

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Get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today aboard a colorful 1970s-era Volkswagen bus. Enjoy the illuminated city during this night tour that takes you to Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. Check out the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet and shake some beaded curtains. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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San Francisco Night Tour by BusBus Tours

San Francisco Night Tour by Bus

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See the Golden Gate Bridge, the Embarcadero, Union Square, and other San Francisco sights on this evening tour by double-decker bus. Starting at Fisherman’s Wharf, cruise through the city to see top attractions in a convenient way with live commentary from an onboard guide.
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San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Helicopter and Alcatraz Tour

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Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views of the area, then take the ferry to explore Alcatraz. Book this flexible combination tour over consecutive days or on the same day, and choose from three different flight times and two pickup locations. The 20-minute helicopter flight allows spectacular aerial views of the city's major landmarks. After your flight, board a ferry to Alcatraz and take an award-winning audio tour of 'the Rock'.
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  • 5 hours
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San Francisco Craft Beer Tasting - 3 Breweries on board Lucky Tuk TukHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Craft Beer Tasting - 3 Breweries on board Lucky Tuk Tuk

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Not up for wine country? Join the Lucky Tuk Tuk brewery crawl in San Francisco, where the first craft beer was introduced! Your experienced, entertaining driver navigates your 3-hour adventure to some of the city’s best craft breweries. Crawl includes a tasting flight, pint, or pour at each stop. Learn about the exploding craft brewery scene in SF and leave the driving to us. Your craft brewery guide picks you up from Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square. Crawls are limited to six riders per Tuk Tuk. Larger groups can charter multiple Tuk Tuks to cruise around together. You will visit three of the following craft breweries: Speakeasy Brewing Co. Anchor Steam Public Taps Magnolia Brewing Southern Pacific Laughing Monk Brewing Standard Deviant Harmonic Brewing Some of the breweries launch new craft beers each week. Find a brew you like and purchase a crowler to take it home.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay CruiseBus Tours

City and Sea Adventure: 1 Day Hop-On Hop Off Pass and San Francisco Bay Cruise

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In just one day, experience the best of San Francisco by land and sea with this combo package that includes two hop-on hop-off bus tours and a cruise. Check out the top attractions of San Francisco, wind through the downtown streets, and cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Each hop-on hop-off bus tour lasts 60 minutes to 2 hours and offers live commentary. The 1-hour boat cruise takes you through San Francisco Bay, giving you prime views of Crissy Fields, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island.
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Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San FranciscoAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz Admission and Small-Group Craft Brews and Bike Tour in San Francisco

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Visit Alcatraz and go on a beer-themed cycling tour through some of the city's hippest neighborhoods. This full-day excursion combines San Francisco's history; a ferry ride to Alcatraz and an audio tour of 'The Rock', with its modern craft brewing scene; a bike tour of the city's breweries and bars. With a local guide and a small group limited to 12 people or less, you'll enjoy personalized attention. Use of a bike and helmet is included, as well as one pint of craft beer.
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  • 8 hours
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Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in SausalitoDay Trips

Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in Sausalito

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Get a bird’s-eye view of San Francisco on this helicopter tour to Sausalito, including a gourmet lunch and return ferry ride to the city. Admire the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island as you soar across the bay on your 20-minute flight. After arriving in Sausalito, enjoy lunch at a delicious Italian spot. Then take your time exploring the galleries and boutiques in town before hopping aboard a ferry back to San Francisco.
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  • 5 hours
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Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

Full-Day Guided Tour of San Francisco with Alcatraz

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Explore San Francisco on a small-group full-day tour that covers top attractions including Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. Get great views of the San Francisco Bay Area during the short ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you then take a self-guided audio tour of the infamous prison. Return to shore for your bus tour of destinations such as Nob Hill, the Haight-Ashbury, the Castro, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. Includes hotel pickup and drop-off in San Francisco.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
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San Francisco Guided City TourBus Tours

San Francisco Guided City Tour

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Explore San Francisco with a local insider and experience an extraordinary afternoon. This half-day tour takes you sightseeing around the city with a guide to offer commentary. Neighborhoods include Fisherman's Wharf, Presidio, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Castro, and North Beach plus the Golden Gate Bridge. Free Wi-Fi is available aboard the vehicle so you can post your snaps to social media en route.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San FranciscoBus Tours

2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour in San Francisco

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Make your own travel itinerary for the day while in San Francisco with this 2-day hop-on hop-off bus pass. Ride a double-decker bus throughout the city, and hop off and back on at any of the stops along the route. This bus offers multiple routes with audio commentary filled with historical and fun facts about the areas you pass. See some of SF’s most popular places, such as Pier 39, the Palace of Fine Arts, the de Young Museum, and War Memorial Opera House.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Sunset Chinatown, Little Italy and SF Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 Hours City Packages

Sunset Chinatown, Little Italy and SF Waterfront Segway Tour - 2.5 Hours

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For a twist on the average Segway experience, take a San Francisco night Segway tour to admire the city all lit up. Explore the neighborhoods of North Beach, Chinatown and the Embarcadero while an informative guide entertains you with trivia and interesting information about city sights like Washington Square Park and Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s a great way to start a night out in San Francisco.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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San Francisco Fire Engine Holiday Lights TourChristmas

San Francisco Fire Engine Holiday Lights Tour

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Join a festive 1.5-hour tour of San Francisco’s holiday lights aboard a vintage open-air Mack fire engine. Hear commentary from your enthusiastic guide and holiday music as you travel to Fisherman's Wharf, the Embarcadero, Market Street, and Union Square to see festive holiday light displays at top sightseeing attractions. Ride with a small group limited to 12 people for a more intimate family-friendly experience of San Francisco. Have the option to wear the provided firefighter gear to stay warm and look great in photo ops!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Walking Tour of San FranciscoCity Packages

Private Walking Tour of San Francisco

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This private tour takes 2½ hours. You'd barely notice the time as it's less walking and more fun facts and conversation so you never get tired or bored. The tour goes through all of the Downtown San Francisco: Chinatown, Financial District (there be buried ships!), Embarcadero. We talk City's history, the Gold Rush, influential women, buried ships under the buildings, current affairs, tips and tricks to the city and many many more! Minimum 6 people per tour.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Shopping in San Francisco with a personal stylistShopping Tours

Shopping in San Francisco with a personal stylist

San Francisco is a predestined emerging fashion market where creative ideas are born and developed vying for the world’s attention. However, this becomes secondary after Silicon Valley's boom as the world’s technology core. A non-stop city like San Francisco can make it difficult to find the fashion secrets littered around the streets: Countless shops, eateries, and destinations promise fashion lovers the chance to rub elbows with San Francisco's stylish world. During this tour, we can guide you through the city’s best shopping districts, pick the one that fits your needs better and let's enjoy shopping together. Union Square: Union Square is the heart of luxury shopping in San Francisco, with frequent discounts at retail stores. Westfield San Francisco Center: Westfield San Francisco Center is a high-class shopping center. Complex with luxury and affordable shops for all purchases in one place. Fillmore Street: It’s the main shopping and dining district.
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Wharf and San Francisco Waterfront Quick and Fun Segway Tour - 1.5 Hours City Packages

Wharf and San Francisco Waterfront Quick and Fun Segway Tour - 1.5 Hours

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Explore San Francisco by mini-Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that takes in the picturesque waterfront. Your informative guide shows you highlights including Fisherman’s Wharf, Hyde Street Pier, Ghirardelli Square, and North Beach, and travels a route with superb views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge.
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San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and AlcatrazAttraction Tickets

San Francisco Combo: Ferry Building Food Tour and Alcatraz

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Tour San Francisco's Ferry Building Marketplace with a culinary expert guide and sample many products from artisan and local food purveyors. Then visit the former maximum-security prison, Alcatraz, to shed light on the history-packed location during this full-day excursion in San Francisco.
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San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner CruiseHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Helicopter Tour and Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Fly over San Francisco in a helicopter for stunning aerial views, then board a boat on San Francisco Bay for a sunset dinner cruise. This combo tour allows you to see the best of the city from the air and the water, including multiple views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge and Alcatraz. Pickup from select hotels is included.
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  • 5 hours
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Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and SausalitoDay Trips

Small-Group Tour: San Francisco City Tour Including Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Spend your day exploring the ‘City by the Bay’ before a scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument and the nearby waterfront of charming Sausalito. This narrated small-group tour takes in all of the San Francisco highlights, from Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury to the Palace of Fine Arts and Presidio. Then wander on foot under California’s giant coastal redwoods before exploring the gift shops and galleries of Sausalito.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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