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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

San Francisco, United States

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge and by Alcatraz Island
  • North Beach, Sausalito, Marin Headlands, Angel Island State Park
  • Comfortable indoor and outdoor seating
  • Open ticket gives you the flexibility to choose any departure time

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour has flexible booking, meaning your ticket is valid for any cruise within a year of purchase.
Your Golden Gate Bay cruise departs from Pier 43 in the heart of San Francisco's popular Fisherman's Wharf, home to many of the city's seafood restaurants. As the boat makes its way out into San Francisco Bay, you'll have great views (as long as the notorious Karl the Fog stays away) of the San Francisco skyline, as well as the bustling North Beach neighborhood and the waterfront Maritime National Park.

Over the next hour you will cruise the waters of San Francisco Bay on a guided tour, meandering west along Fort Mason and past the Marina District — which took a hard hit in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake — en route to the Golden Gate Bridge. Make sure and look up when sailing beneath the bridge's massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span: it's a photo-worthy view that few people get to see.

Turning around in the waters where the Pacific Ocean meets the bay, you'll return east past the Marin Headlines and the harbor town of Sausalito, a favorite day getaway spot for San Francisco visitors. Continue alongside Angel Island State Park, often called 'The Ellis Island of the West,' and then cruise past the Alcatraz Island, home to the legendary former federal prison.

Heading back toward Fisherman's Wharf, soak up great views of the impressive San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower, a tall and slim concrete monument named for the eccentric Lillie Hitchcock Coit, an early 20th century-patron for the city's firefighters. Fisherman Wharf's famous sea lions will undoubtedly be barking their welcomes as your cruise returns to port.

Tickets are flexible, so the departure time and date of this round-trip day cruise are up to you (meaning if you've planned ahead but your flight into SFO is late, you can simply catch the next cruise, or even one on the next day. Tickets are valid up to one year from the original booking date). All cruise vessels include indoor and outdoor seating, public restrooms, and a seasonal snack bar. Audio narration is available in multiple languages.
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San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Departing from Pier 43 1/2 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, you'll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.
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Fort Mason, the Great Meadow
As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge, cruise along Fort Mason
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Marina District
Cruise along the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4,200-foot (1,260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Marin Headlands
Steaming back into the bay, you'll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito, home to the 1960s flower generation.
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Angel Island State Park
Pass by Angel Island State Park to your left.
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Alcatraz Island
Slowly cruise around the infamous island of Alcatraz.
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San Francisco Bay Bridge
On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf, look out for the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.
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Pier 39
After a full hour of exciting sights, the barking sea lions at Pier 39 will welcome you back to Pier 43.


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Reviews by Viator travelers
Pleasant and informative, with great views
, Mar 2020
Loved the audio tour. The views were great and the staff friendly. Plenty of room to move around the boat and take in all the sights. Don’t have to fight for the best spot to stand.
, Feb 2020
Very nice, all the staff is courteous and phenomenal. Provide headsets with all info of various landmarks during the tour, very informative and fun. Must recommend!
Short cruise
, Feb 2020
Easy to book. Departed on time. Smooth sailing. Perfect weather added to the experience. Would do it again.
Great little tour!
, Feb 2020
Beautiful day, wonderful views and the perfect amount of time to see some local sites! Would definitely recommend as an easy and fun way to see some San Fran staples!
Best San Fran experience ever!!
, Feb 2020
We had a wonderful tour of the city thanks to Jessica and John. The weather was gorgeous which made the experience even better. So glad we booked this tour!!
Short time
, Nov 2019
I enjoyed the time I spend with my family in a short period of time but it was fun and memorable . ☺️
Great time
Robin C
, Oct 2019
We did this 1hr tour while on a layover between flights. It was about 30mins (45 with traffic) drive from airport. The company had friendly staff and refreshments on board which hot chocolate for kids from Hawaii was needed. We were able to see to take amazing pictures of the bridge and the boat had plenty of seats. My family enjoyed so much
Winner, Winner
, Oct 2019
A great way to spend an hour on the bay. Do this first guys. Full of facts and insight into the usual landmarks you will see. A great overview of what SF has to offer. Helps get your bearings and an understanding of where you need to go. A definite winner.
Great cruise for the price
Joe S
, Sep 2019
We had a blast. Great cruise . Beautiful scenery Easy on and off Would definitely go on this cruise again.
cool thing to do for an appetiser
, Sep 2019
i solo travel. was very nice experience, and also spontaneous. the earphones had Hebrew commentary :)

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