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San Francisco may be only seven miles (11 kilometers) long and seven miles (11 kilometers) wide, but its rich history makes the City by the Bay feel much larger than that. So many cultures have met, mingled, and thrived here—take one of these history walking tours to learn about them. 

  • Take a step away from Fisherman’s Wharf and Alcatraz to explore the luxe 1920s and ‘30s history of the city’s Financial District on an Art Deco walking tour.
  • Learn about neighborhood ghosts and spirits and hear chilling tales and mysteries on a tour of haunted Chinatown after dark.
  • Walk the historic Barbary Coast Trail, discovering historic buildings and saloons on the old waterfront and learning about the city's notorious reputation during and after the California Gold Rush.
  • Be inspired by the rich, diverse history of the iconic Castro district and its continuing role as an epicenter of LGBTQ activism and events. 
  • Learn about the Beat generation, the Barbary Coast, and San Francisco’s Little Italy on a North Beach historical walking tour that includes admission to the Beat Museum. 
  • Wander up Nob Hill, watch a cable car go by, and learn some posh San Francisco history as you see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay from above.
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San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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On this San Francisco bike tour, you’ll cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge from the city to the waterfront town of Sausalito. With a guide, ride from Fisherman’s Wharf to Marina Green and Crissy Field, and stop at Fort Point and Vista Point for photo ops of the bridge and San Francisco Bay. The 3-hour guided tour ends in Sausalito, where you are free to bike more on your own and return to the city at your leisure (either bike back or purchase a ferry ticket). This tour includes use of the bike for the full day.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed LunchAudio Guides

Alcatraz Tour with Relaxed Lunch

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Guarantee your visit to Alcatraz when you book in advance. In addition to an organized departure time, your package also includes admission to the prison, along with an award-winning audio guide. Relax aboard your ferry transportation and return at a time of your choosing. Afterward, use your food voucher at a preselected restaurant in Fisherman’s Wharf.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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  • 3 to 5 hours

Alcatraz and One Day Bike RentalMountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and One Day Bike Rental

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Get two classic San Francisco experiences—a bike ride starting at Fisherman’s Wharf and a visit to the notorious prison island of Alcatraz—in one combined tour package. Take a scenic ferry ride to Alcatraz Island, where you can explore at your own pace on a self-guided audio tour. Use the flexible 1-day bike rental on the day of your choosing and enjoy a safe ride with a helmet included.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day TripDay Trips

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco Love TourHistorical Tours

San Francisco Love Tour

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Hop on a ‘70s-era VW bus and get to know the hippie past and hipster vibe that make up San Francisco today. Starting and ending at Fisherman’s Wharf, this 2-hour sightseeing tour takes you around the city, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Mission, downtown and more. See the homes of The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, while listening to ‘60s classics. So settle into a neon-blue seat and dig your shoes into groovy shag carpet. Each bus accommodates up to just six people.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame TussaudsAttraction Tickets

3-for-1 Pass: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Dungeon and Madame Tussauds

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Visit three of San Francisco’s best attractions on the same day; this combo pass includes ferry transport to Alcatraz Island and access to the island itself, admission to the world-famous Madame Tussauds wax museum plus The San Francisco Dungeon. The San Francisco Dungeon is a unique and immersive theatrical attraction that brings to life the dark history of San Francisco. Marvel at stunningly lifelike figures of athletes, celebrities and politicians at the wax museum including famous San Franciscans. Finally, catch a ferry from Alcatraz Landing across San Francisco Bay to ‘The Rock’ where you can explore the prison cells that once held America’s most-wanted criminals during a self-guided audio tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz with Lunch Credit and One Day Bike RentalMountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz with Lunch Credit and One Day Bike Rental

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Alcatraz Island is one of San Francisco’s most visited landmarks, known for its notorious federal prison. This combo tour package is ideal for travelers who want to visit Alcatraz and enjoy sightseeing in San Francisco at their own pace. Use your round-trip ferry tickets to visit Alcatraz, then make the most of a full-day bike rental in San Francisco to be used on the same or following day. Also included is a lunch voucher for a Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.
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  • 1 day
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  • 1 day

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with AlcatrazDay Trips

The One Day in San Francisco Tour with Alcatraz

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See the best of San Francisco in one day on this guided tour that includes all transportation and admission to Alcatraz. Visit multiple locations in the city, including Castro, Presidio, Fisherman's Wharf, and Twin Peaks, with plenty of stops for photo ops. Then take the ferry to Alcatraz Island where you can explore with an award-winning audio-guided tour of the former federal prison.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures

The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine TourDay Trips

The Ultimate Day Trip: Alcatraz & Sonoma Valley Wine Tour

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Combine two Bay Area attractions on a full-day tour of the Sonoma wine country and Alcatraz Island. Travel by comfortable coach across the Golden Gate Bridge, stopping at a vista point before wine tastings at two vineyards, including Cline Cellars. Returning to San Francisco, ride a ferry past the city skyline to Alcatraz for an award-winning audio tour of the infamous former prison. The Sonoma portion of the tour is limited to 13 people, ensuring a small-group experience with your informative guide.
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike TourAttraction Tickets

Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito Guided Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco with this 2-day combo: a guided bike tour plus admission to Alcatraz Island. Venture to the infamous prison in the afternoon to hear audio commentary about former inmates like Al Capone. On the prior day, cycle along the waterfront from Fisherman’s Wharf and ride over the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito via the car-free national park bike path. Your tour includes a full-day bonus bike rental.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory Cultural Tours

Alcatraz Island Ticket with Chinatown Tour & Fortune Cookie Factory

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This tour of Alcatraz and Chinatown lets you explore two quintessential San Francisco attractions without worrying about complicated travel logistics. Ideal for busy travelers who want to fit in the top sites without spending time booking tickets and arranging details, this tour includes pre-booked ferry and cable car tickets, plus a walking tour of Chinatown.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Taking safety measures

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir WoodsDay Trips

Bike the Golden Gate Bridge and Shuttle Tour to Muir Woods

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Enjoy two of San Francisco’s top activities in one day on this 6-hour combo experience that includes biking across the Golden Gate Bridge and transportation to Muir Woods National Monument (entrance fee not included). When you reach Sausalito at the end of your bike ride, just hop on a shuttle for the ride to the redwood trees of Muir Woods.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz TourAttraction Tickets

San Francisco City Tour with Alcatraz - Includes Official Alcatraz Tour

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Enjoy San Francisco’s main highlights without worrying about the logistics on this 2-for-1 tour. Start your day at one of the most notorious prisons, Alcatraz, and take a self-guided audio tour. Then enjoy a sightseeing tour of city neighborhoods including Chinatown, North Beach to see landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and the Painted Ladies.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Golden Gate Park All Day Bike RentalMountain Bike Tours

Golden Gate Park All Day Bike Rental

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Explore Golden Gate Park on your own with a self-guided bike tour from a convenient location in the nearby Haight-Ashbury district. With suggestions from the provided map, you can make your way to highlights such as the California Academy of Sciences, DeYoung Museum, Japanese Tea Garden and Legion of Honor. Stop at Stow Lake where paddleboats can be rented, or ride all the way through the park to the Great Highway and Pacific Ocean. Your bike rental includes lock, helmet and map.
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Alcatraz and California Sunset Guided Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Alcatraz and California Sunset Guided Bike Tour

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Get the most out of your day in the City by the Bay with this 2-day combo package, which combines a trip to Alcatraz with a San Francisco 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 day before your Alcatraz tour, explore the city on wheels. Stop by lesser-known spots only locals know of and famous landmarks you’ll want to snap pictures of.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir WoodsDay Trips

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Streets of San Francisco Guided Electric Bike Tour

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Explore the streets of San Francisco on two wheels. This easy guided bike tour takes you to many of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and attractions. Pedal past the Transamerica Pyramid and through bustling North Beach; peruse the Mission and Castro districts and the Haight-Asbury, home of 1960s hippie counterculture; and visit popular sites such as Fisherman’s Wharf and AT&T Park. Your guide will provide information and history on local landmarks en route, and there’s also a stop for lunch (added cost). At the end of the tour there’s even time to do your own exploring.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle TourMountain Bike Tours

The Original City Loop Electric Bicycle Tour

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See San Francisco on two wheels during this guided e-bike tour starting in North Beach, a buzzing neighborhood known for its sidewalk restaurants and nightlife. Access locations in the city that tour buses can't, enjoying a variety of photo ops across multiple locations. Take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay, explore Golden Gate Park, and gain insight into the city's history and places to visit later on foot.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt AdventureHalf-day Tours

San Francisco Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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So many adventures to have in San Francisco with so few funds. If the pocketbook is feeling a touch light then consider these invigorating smartphone-guided scavenger hunts. The three-hour events force adventurers to solve clues and navigate the city streets; plus all the SF scenery you can absorb during the journey. Pricing is per individual but teams must book together to be in same adventure.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Ultimate Bay Area Package: Alcatraz with Muir Woods and San Francisco City TourAttraction Tickets

Ultimate Bay Area Package: Alcatraz with Muir Woods and San Francisco City Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area’s top attractions on a two-day tour that combines three sightseeing highlights. Depart Fisherman’s Wharf on day one to drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy the towering redwood trees before continuing to the bayside town of Sausalito. Then return to San Francisco for a coach sightseeing tour that includes photo stops at Golden Gate Park and Twin Peaks. On day two, take the ferry over to Alcatraz Island and take an audio tour of the historic prison. Due to popular demand, this package is likely to sell out. Advance reservations are required.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

San Francisco Fire Engine TourHistorical Tours

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

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