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  • San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    1. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf at 9:30 AM and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution fr...

    Dara Mihaly, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a great experience with historical information that was fascinating. I would highly recommend her for any tourists.

  • San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

    2. San Francisco Vista Helicopter Tour (15-20 minute tour)

    Take in an amazing bird’s-eye view of San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area with a popular helicopter flight. Choose from three different departure times and pick-ups at either Union Square, Nob Hill, or Fisherman’s Wharf, and relax on the ride to the launch pad. After a safety briefing, climb aboard the Bell Jet helicopter and launch into the air for an unforgettable vista of the world-famous city.   Admire the unique landscape of the city, which spans the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Hover over landmarks like Alcatraz Island, the Transamerica pyramid, the Ferry Building, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, and AT&T Park. With informative narration from your expert pilot, view both the Bay Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge. For the ultimate thrill, and when weather conditions permit, fly over and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Throughout the 15 to 20...

    First helicopter ride and was one I will repeat! It was very enjoyable and and pilot was remarkable!!

  • San Francisco: 2.5 Hour City Segway Tour

    3. San Francisco: 2.5 Hour City Segway Tour

    Enjoy a 2.5-hour guided Segway tour of San Francisco and see many of the city’s major attractions from the back of a unique, self-balancing vehicle. Following a brief orientation of how to use the transport mode of the future, glide serenely down to the colorful waterfront of Fisherman's Wharf. Get great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and stop at the boutique stores of Ghirardelli Square for a spot of window shopping. Look over the bay to Alcatraz, the infamous prison that was home to some of the most notorious criminals, including Al Capone and the "Birdman of Alcatraz." Visit Hyde Street Pier, home of the world's largest collection of historic ships, and get a bird’s eye view of more restored boats at Aquatic Park. See the USS Pampanito Submarine, commissioned in 1943 for multiple war patrols from 1944-1945. Then admire the iconic Transamerica Pyramid as you swoop into the heart ...

    My two sons (13 and 16) and I had a blast on the Segway tour. It was so fun riding, seeing the sights, and learning some interesting history of the city. Jack was a fantastic guide.

  • San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    4. San Francisco: 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City and Night Tour

    Explore San Francisco with a 1-day ticket, that includes two most popular hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tours. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the designated stops to explore all the major sights of San Francisco at your own pace. The Official City Tour - Hop On, Hop Off This 2 hour tour provides the best views of San Francisco's Downtown, Union Square, The Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park from a Double Decker Bus. Be sure to bring your camera, there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.  Official City Tour Highlights: Ghirardelli Square – Over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, world famous for its ice cream sundaes. Palace of Fine Arts – Built for the World Fair has been a favorite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. Also a popular loc...

    The tour started out really well and we enjoyed the information provided through out the trip. We liked the ideal of being able to get on and off at will, but only used that privilage one time. The problem came when one of their drivers did not understand regulations concerning hand caped passengers and their service dog. I was through off the bus because I could not climb the stairs to the upper deck of the bus, when the entire handcape area was wide open. The next bus came by 40 minutes later and we were able to board and return to the start of the ride.

  • Half-Day by the Bay: Neighborhoods Tour & Golden Gate Cruise

    5. Half-Day by the Bay: Neighborhoods Tour & Golden Gate Cruise

    Smell the salty Pacific Ocean and feel the wind in your hair with a cruise to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and tour of San Francisco’s most distinct neighborhoods. See where Hollywood titans penned their most iconic scripts and a legendary baseball player (supposedly) married a Hollywood legend. Hear the story of an American secretly winning Italy's most prized pizza-making competition and climb two blocks to Lombard, known as the most crooked street in the world. Get a taste of local history at Ghirardelli Square, where chocolate staked its claim in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Visit the bustling Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 to meet the real stars of the show, the local sea lions. Get spectacular views of the city and Alcatraz Island from the Bay with a cruise to the Marina District, where you can travel under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    6. San Francisco: 2.5-Hour Wharf & Waterfront Segway Tour

    Explore San Francisco’s historic waterfront from the back of a self-balancing, eco-friendly Segway on this 2.5-hour tour, including a 45-50 minute training session on how to safely operate your vehicle. Your fully narrated route features spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, including Fish Alley, Fisherman's Chapel, the World War II Liberty Ship, and Submarine Pampanito. Go behind the scenes to see where the fishing industry, fleet and seafood processing are located, and catch the scent of the Dungeness crab stands in Fisherman's Wharf. Time permitting, you can take a loop through North Beach and San Francisco's Little Italy. On alternate days, a different route is taken, traveling from the Wharf area towards the Golden Gate Bridge. This loop glides through the Marina District, past the yacht harbors, and along Marina Green to the Palace of Fine Arts. Note: Please bring an extra lay...

    They were great. Tour lasted longer than expected. Michael was amazing. He seemed to know everything about San Francisco. He kept us entertained.

  • San Francisco: City Sights, Muir Woods & Alcatraz Day Tour

    7. San Francisco: City Sights, Muir Woods & Alcatraz Day Tour

    Meet outside Fisherman’s Wharf at your chosen tour time. After a brief roll call, you’ll board the bus and travel to your first stop. Over the next 3 hours, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity and geography of the area. You will exit the bus at several stops for photo opportunities and exploration. At the end of the adventure, you will be dropped off at Fisherman’s Wharf or North Beach, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore Lombard Street. You can also take in stunning views over the city from the Coit Tower or watch Pier 39 infamous sea lions. Your guide will recommend restaurants and must-see locations during your break. After lunch, walk over to Pier 33 to depart for Alcatraz. Upon arriving to Alcatraz Island you will take the official tour and have the opportunity to explore additional exhibits at your convenience. Lastly, return by ferry fr...

    Very knowledgeable guide and a great way of seeing places not usually on the schedule.

  • San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

    8. San Francisco: Sightseeing Day Pass for 30+ Attractions

    This day pass has over 30 destinations, museums, and tours to choose from, including some of the most popular attractions all over San Francisco. With the option to select 1, 2, 3, or 5 days, you can enjoy the attractions that interest you most with no fixed start date. With the sightseeing pass, take advantage of included admission to attractions, saving you up to 50% of total visitation costs all over the Golden Gate City. Get to know the unique neighborhoods of San Francisco on the hop-on hop-off bus. Wind your way down the iconic Lombard Street in historic Russian Hill, home of the landmark Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory, then head south through picturesque Nob Hill for a look at lux mansions and gothic cathedrals. Cruise through Chinatown, the oldest and largest Asian center in North America. Nearby, check out the boutique shops and contemporary art galleries surrounding Union Squa...

  • San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    9. San Francisco Segway Sunset Tour

    See 3 of San Francisco’s most enchanting neighborhoods during sunset and at night on a 2.5-hour Segway tour with guide. Meet your guide at Fisherman’s Wharf, where you will get a 45-50 minute training session to familiarize yourself with the self-balancing Segways. Then, glide through North Beach, best known as San Francisco’s Little Italy. Stop at Washington Square Park and learn about the Beat Generation that used to frequent the area. Then, continue to Chinatown, a veritable city within a city. See the hidden alleys of the largest Chinese community outside of Asia. Enjoy romantic night views of the Transamerica Pyramid and Ferry Building. The tour will then loop back from the edge of the Financial District towards the Wharf. Cruise past historic piers along the Embarcadero, while San Francisco Bay glitters against the night. Your next stop is Fisherman’s Wharf, gliding past picture...

    Great way to see the different neighborhoods of SF! I’m a native and I still explores areas I really hadn’t seen before! Would do it again in a heartbeat!

  • San Francisco: Sightseeing Flexi Pass and Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

    10. San Francisco: Sightseeing Flexi Pass and Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus

    Customize your vacation itinerary and enjoy the freedom to visit over 30 of San Francisco’s best attractions at up to 60% off. This flexi-pass allows you to see the sights that interest you most, and save money at the same time. Choose between 2-6 of the city’s landmarks, depending on the option booked, as well as enjoying discount at a selection of restaurants. There’s plenty to see and do in San Francisco, with attractions and tours to suit everyone. Soak up the brilliant view of the bay from the Golden Gate Bridge, escape from Alcatraz, check out the Aquarium of the Bay, and explore the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum. Celebrate the opulence of the west at the Palace of Fine Arts, then journey into the east at the Asian Art Museum. Wind your way down the twisting Lombard Street before ending with a tour of Oracle Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Choose which attractions a...

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What people are saying about Ghirardelli Square

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 474 reviews

I love Segway tours and this was one of the best. I loved riding up and down the hills, especially getting a chance to go down Lombard Street. Susan was an awesome guide. If you have never done it, it is very easy tol learn and safe to do.

My two sons (13 and 16) and I had a blast on the Segway tour. It was so fun riding, seeing the sights, and learning some interesting history of the city. Jack was a fantastic guide.

It was a fantastic experience. The guides were phenomenal. They trained us well and then gave an informative tour. They kept it fun and exciting.

They were great. Tour lasted longer than expected. Michael was amazing. He seemed to know everything about San Francisco. He kept us entertained.

First helicopter ride and was one I will repeat! It was very enjoyable and and pilot was remarkable!!