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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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Private Walking Tour of San FranciscoPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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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Alcatraz and Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike TourAttraction Tickets

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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San Francisco Walking Tour: Gold Rush Era EXPLORATION GAMEPrivate and Luxury

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San Francisco Walking Tour: Gold Rush Era EXPLORATION GAME

Embark on a quest around San Francisco by solving clues playing the role of a person wanting to become rich in 1900, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own the Embarcadero, Union Square, the Mechanics Monument, and more. You won't need a guide. - Discover popular and hidden places in San Francisco - Follow clues and unlock local stories that will amaze you - Visit Chinatown and the French Quarter in San Francisco You play the role of a person who has just arrived in San Francisco in the early 1900s seeking fortune like many others have done. It’s not long after the gold rush boom and there is plenty of money to be had. How will you strike it rich? Each clue on this quest will lead you from one place to another, giving you precise directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS, or a guide. The quest will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but you can finish it at your own pace. Start and stop the quest whenever you want.
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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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Ultimate Self-Guided Driving Tour of San FranciscoBus Tours

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Ultimate Self-Guided Driving Tour of San Francisco

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Explore all that San Francisco has to offer, from the twists and turns of Lombard Street, through the bustling streets of Chinatown, and to the top of Telegraph Hill! This comprehensive self-guided driving tour of San Francisco covers everything from the Painted Ladies to the Embarcadero. Explore all that SF has to offer with this ultimate self-guided experience! This self-guided tour allows you to explore San Francisco’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. ----- Recommended: Purchase one tour per vehicle. Everyone can listen at the same time! ----- We’ll email or text you your unique password within 30 minutes after you book the tour. All audios play automatically based on location.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge CruiseDay Cruises

Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On select dates during the month of December, enjoy a holiday themed cruise from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Come out on San Francisco Bay, enjoy some holiday flair and spend time with Santa.
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San Francisco Tech Walking Tour - Small GroupFull-day Tours

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San Francisco Tech Walking Tour - Small Group

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Find out how San Francisco became the tech capital of the world! Why did everything start here? What is the secret recipe for success that everyone comes to learn? This tour will take you on a 2-hour journey through the Financial District of San Francisco. All of these questions and many more will be answered and you’ll be able to feel the startup spirit as we walk through the city. We will talk about the people that came here as college dropouts, made it big and are changing the world today.
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All-Day Union Square Bike RentalDay Trips

All-Day Union Square Bike Rental

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Driving around San Francisco can be hard with the city’s busy traffic and hard-to-find parking spaces. Opt to explore the city by bike instead with this Union Square bike rental package. Along with your bike, you’ll get a helmet, lock, water-bottle holder, and map to make your experience one of the best. Plus, your trip will be catered around what you want to do and your own time.
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  • 1 to 10 hours
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Private San Francisco Urban Adventure TourHalf-day Tours

Private San Francisco Urban Adventure Tour

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There’s plenty to see on the streets of San Francisco, and this half-day ‘safari’ through the wilds of SF makes sure you experience it all. The San Francisco Urban Adventure is a four-hour expedition that takes place in your own custom, open-air game-viewing vehicle. Wind through the city streets on a hunt for the best hidden gems and well-known attractions. You’ll track colorful murals and film locations, meander down alleyways and keep an eye out for historic architectural sites on this fun, good-humored tour.
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2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Tour & AlcatrazBus Tours

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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Private 4-hour city tour of San Francisco with driver/guide with Hotel Pick UpHalf-day Tours

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
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Private 4-hour Walking Tour of San Francisco with official tour guideHalf-day Tours

Private 4-hour Walking Tour of San Francisco with official tour guide

Take 4 hours out of your busy schedule to enjoy a private walking tour of the most important highlights of San Francisco. We will arrange the meeting point at a centrally located meeting point and we will take you on this private tour. San Francisco is a unique and very famous city. Let us indulge you in this unique 2 hour experience to get to best of San Francisco that can be done walking. Amongst others, during your private walking tour you will enjoy: Queen Anne Hotel St Mary’s Cathedral Lafayette Park Painted Ladies Calvary Presbyterian Church Pacific Heights Golden Gate Bridge Mrs Doubtfire House Congregation Sherith Israel Cow Hollow Union Street - SAVE COVID-19 SAFE - As this is a private tour we take care of maintaining social distance
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