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San Francisco Cable Car City Trolley Tour From Fishermans Wharf

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San Francisco, United States

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Overview

Explore San Francisco on this city tour that provides the chance to ride on a classic-style cable car without having to stick to the limited route of the city's tracks. As you travel aboard the cable car retrofitted with wheels, hop off at three locations to take guided walking tours of the Civic Center, Alamo Square, and Golden Gate Bridge areas. Blankets (it gets cold in the City by the Bay) are included. Select a morning or afternoon departure time when booking. 
  • Ride on a restored or replica cable car outfitted with wheels so it can travel all over the city
  • See San Francisco sights such as Alamo Square and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop at three locations for guided walking tours
  • Pass through Union Square, Chinatown, the Presidio, and many more neighborhoods
Your sightseeing tour starts at Fisherman's Wharf, where you board your motorized cable car and set off toward North Beach, the neighborhood also known as Little Italy. Listen to commentary from your guide about the city and its attractions as you travel through Chinatown, and Union Square.

Make your first stop at the Civic Center area where you follow your guide on a walking tour to admire the Beaux-Arts architecture of City Hall, a symbol of the American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1910s.

Back onboard the cable car, continue to Alamo Square, your second stop, for a walking tour around this local park known for the Painted Ladies, also known as the 'Full House' houses. Cruise through Golden Gate Park, the high-end Sea Cliff neighborhood, and along the city's Pacific coastline, finally arriving at the Golden Gate Bridge, where you hop off to walk onto the iconic red bridge and hear from your guide about its history and design.

Then return once more to the cable car for the drive through the Presidio and the wealthy neighborhood of Pacific Heights, passing by the house from 'Mrs. Doubtfire.' See Ghirardelli Square before returning to your departure point, where your tour ends.
Itinerary
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North Beach
North Beach, a buzzy neighborhood steeped in Italian heritage, draws locals and tourists to its checked-tablecloth trattorias, coffee shops and retro-flavored bars.
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Little Italy
This North Beach San Francisco neighborhood is a vibrant and colorful district where you will find Coit Tower, Washington Square Park, and dozens of Italian restaurants.
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Chinatown
Experience San Francisco's Chinatown and some of its beautiful temples. This is one of the oldest and most established Chinatowns in the U.S.. Chinatown reveals a bustling maze of streets and alleys brimming with world renowned dim sum joints, markets, and so much more.
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Union Square
Make your way through Union Square. Union Square is a public plaza bordered by shopper's paradise and so much more. Ever bustling, the area has contains everything from upscale department stores and boutiques to discount houses.
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Civic Center
Make your way through San Francisco's Civic Center. The Civic Center is distinguished by its many beaux arts-style government buildings and performing arts venues. The area contains City Hall, War Memorial Opera House, the Asian Art Museum and a large central plaza.
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San Francisco City Hall
Step off the vehicle and explore the beauty that is San Francisco City Hall. City Hall is the seat of government for the City and County of San Francisco, California. Re-opened in 1915 in its open space area in the city's Civic Center, it is a Beaux-Arts monument to the City Beautiful movement that epitomized the high-minded American Renaissance of the 1880s to 1917.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Alamo Square
Step off of the Cable Car, and follow your tour guide to Alamo Square. Home of San Francisco's famed Painted Ladies and some of the best views in the city, Alamo Square is a beautiful residential neighborhood and relaxing park in San Francisco, California, in the Western Addition.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Painted Ladies
In American architecture, painted ladies are Victorian and Edwardian houses and buildings repainted, starting in the 1960s, in three or more colors that embellish or enhance their architectural details.
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Haight-Ashbury
Meander through the birthplace of the 1960s counterculture movement. Haight-Ashbury draws a lively, diverse crowd looking to soak up the historic hippie vibe. Upper Haight Street is a hodgepodge of vintage clothing boutiques, record shops, bookstores, dive bars and casual, eclectic restaurants. Bordering Golden Gate Park, the neighborhood features many colorful, well-preserved Victorian homes, including the storied Grateful Dead House.
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Golden Gate Park
Relax as you drive through Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park is a large urban park consisting of 1,017 acres of public grounds. With 13 million visitors annually, Golden Gate is the fifth most-visited city park in the United States.
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Presidio of San Francisco
Meander through The Presidio of San Francisco. The Presidio, a 1,500-acre park on a former military post, is a major outdoor recreation hub. It has forested areas, miles of trails, a golf course and scenic overlooks.
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Golden Gate Bridge
Drive over the bridge in our open-aired vehicle. The Golden Gate Bridge is a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate, the one-mile-wide strait connecting San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
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Pacific Heights
Take in some spectacular views of the Bay overlooking the Marina District while driving through Pacific Heights. Pacific Heights is a posh residential enclave known for its architecturally significant homes and grassy hilltop parks.
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Ghirardelli Square
Pass by the old headquarters of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. Ghirardelli Square is a landmark public square with shops and restaurants and a 5-star hotel in the Fisherman's Wharf area of San Francisco, California.
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Fisherman's Wharf
End your tour where you started in Fisherman's Wharf. A neighborhood and popular tourist attraction in San Francisco, California. San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf gets its name and neighborhood characteristics from the city's early days of the mid to later 1800s when Italian immigrant fishermen came to the city by the bay to take advantage of the influx of population due to the gold rush.
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Hyde street pier
Hyde Street Pier
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SS Jeremiah O'Brien
SS Jeremiah O'Brien
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Boudin at the Wharf
Famed for sourdough since 1849, this California bakery/cafe chain also offers light American bites.
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Pier 39
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Ghirardelli Square
Shops and restaurants fill this 3-level landmark former chocolate factory near Fisherman's Wharf.
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Bay Bridge
The San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, known locally as the Bay Bridge, is a complex of bridges spanning San Francisco Bay in California. As part of Interstate 80 and the direct road between San Francisco and Oakland, it carries about 260,000 vehicles a day on its two decks.
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Coit Tower
Coit Tower is a 210-foot tower in the Telegraph Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California, offering panoramic views over the city and the bay. The tower, in the city's Pioneer Park, was built between 1932 and 1933 using Lillie Hitchcock Coit's bequest to beautify the city of San Francisco.
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Telegraph Hill
Telegraph Hill is a hill and surrounding neighborhood in San Francisco, California. It is one of San Francisco's 44 hills, and one of its original "Seven Hills".
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Saints Peter and Paul Church
Saints Peter and Paul Church is a Roman Catholic Church in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood. Located at 666 Filbert Street, it is directly across from Washington Square and is administered by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
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Washington Square
Washington Square is a park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, California. It was established in 1847 and is one of the city’s first parks. The park is bordered by sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Mama's, Park Tavern restaurant and the Liguria Bakery as well as the Sts. Peter and Paul Church.
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Transamerica Pyramid
The Transamerica Pyramid at 600 Montgomery Street between Clay and Washington Streets in the Financial District of San Francisco, California, United States, is a 48-story futurist building and the second-tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline.
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Salesforce Tower
Salesforce Tower, formerly known as the Transbay Tower, is a 1,070-foot office skyscraper in the South of Market district of downtown San Francisco.

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Traveler Tips


  • "This tour is a must for your first day as it allows you the opportunity to see each main area of the city so you can plan some of your other events for your stay." See review
  • "Be careful with cold weather in August by Bay Bridge." See review
  • "Pick up and drop off is at Fisherman's Wharf, so you can check out all the things to do there's before or afte" See review

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bad experience
Eric_C
, Jul 2020
We waited and tour was a no show with no explanation. Really? Does not show a good business ethic or professionanism.
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Fun experience
Christine_Z
, Mar 2020
Both the driver, John, and the San Francisco tour guide, Curt, were amazing! They were both extremely friendly and knowledgeable and made the tour one of the highlights of our trip. Ian and I both had a great time and enjoyed our afternoon immensely-thank you!
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It's Ok......
Edward_L
, Mar 2020
The driver Mia was spectacular; however; Frank the tour guy didn't announce the sites ahead of time to allow taking pictures....
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City Tour
Shirley_P
, Mar 2020
The tour was entertaining a seemed to hit all of the high points on the city. The tour guide was knowledgeable and really seemed to love his job.
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So glad I went!
Ashley_B
, Mar 2020
This was such an amazing tour!! Our tour guides were so friendly and had such great fun facts! Everyone on our tour was incredible too. Such a great experience!
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Dave and Andy,s SFTour
Dave_C
, Feb 2020
Joeseph and Mia were great History knowledge was excellent Great tour and great guide with very interesting history narration including personal touch about growing up here
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Paul_B
, Feb 2020
Decent trip guide was great top tip If you go out side of summer rap up well it was freezing saw all main sites on ver sll worth while
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Awesome tour!
Nancy_V
, Feb 2020
Joseph and Igor were wonderful! So much knowledge, friendly helpful. Highly recommend the tour. We were so glad we took this tour as new to SF. It gave us history and visual overview of neighborhoods, landmarks, beauty of SF.
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Yay for Horn blowers tours!
Laurie_H
, Feb 2020
Touring San Francisco Bay with Joan & Curt was the best! In 3+ hours we saw so many interesting parts of San Francisco. Curt and Joan are a great team. We came away feeling that San Francisco was such a complex and beautiful place to see. Highly recommend this tour!
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Amazing!
AnaLuiza_S
, Feb 2020
We saw places we would never have seen if wasn’t with this tour! Joan and Curtis were amazing!!! We loved the tour!

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