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San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

1. San Francisco: Alcatraz Island and Guided City Tour

Following pickup, enjoy a 30-minute tour of San Francisco's waterfront where you will see notable landmarks such as Embarcadero, Levi’s Plaza, and Fisherman's Wharf. Enjoy a brief coffee break at the Ferry Building. Next, make your way to Pier 33 where you’ll board the ferry to start your Alcatraz Island tour. Listen to an audio presentation featuring recordings of inmates and guards that worked and inhabited the island.  Enjoy 2-3 hours on "The Rock" where you will have time for a guided tour and some free time to explore.  Take one of the late-morning ferries to San Francisco so you can join for the afternoon portion of your day tour. Cruise along San Francisco’s waterfront and the Marina District, and then visit the Palace of Fine Arts. Explore the culturally rich neighborhoods of San Francisco. Learn about what made the Haight-Ashbury, Mission, and Castro districts what they are today and why they’re important to so many. After a slow drive through Nob Hill and Chinatown, visit the charming Italian neighborhood of North Beach. Finally, enjoy a trip across the Golden Gate Bridge and pause along the cliffs to admire the beautiful views of the “city by the bay”. Take in the spectacular beauty of Golden Gate Park before finishing your tour.

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San Francisco City Tour

2. San Francisco City Tour

San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful, historic and notorious sights in the world. Led by an expert guide, encounter the picturesque Golden Gate Bridge, Postcard Row, with its (quite literally) postcard-perfect views. Your guide will collect you from your San Francisco Downtown hotel for this 3.5-hour tour. Visit the Beaux Arts style Civic Center and the famous Opera House. See Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit Alamo square, a residential district best known for its Postcard Row. This is a stunning view of seven Painted Ladies and the city skyline.

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Secret Food Tours San Francisco

3. Secret Food Tours San Francisco

This tour takes you into the heart of the Mission District, where you will discover an incredibly lively and vibrant neighborhood with a rich cultural and architectural heritage. You and your friends will embark on a three-hour San Francisco gastronomy tour in the heart of the Mission District. You will have the opportunity to discover both the local latino inspired dishes as well as the myriad of cultures that have made their imprint on the Mission today. You will enter a community that fosters stunning political street art, both on the main roads and weaving through the city neighborhoods. All food, desserts, drinks and a professional tour of the city are included in the price.  Once your experienced guide shares that you will leave with a stomach full of traditional food, plus local knowledge and sightseeing tips, to enhance the pleasure of your trip that will last with you a lifetime. In the Mission District immigrants made this section of San Francisco uniquely their own. Once home to Irish, German, and Italian Immigrants and now more recently named the epicenter of San Francisco's latino culture. The tour isn't just about eating. Connect the dots so you can truly begin to understand the Mission's thriving culinary scene. Connect with San Francisco's Mission District on a personal level - tasting and learning about the food that the local residents line up at and are happy to share.

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LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

4. LGBTQ Castro Tour: 2-Hour San Francisco Walking Tour

This guided and intimate 2 hour tour lets you explore the diversity of the Castro community with a local resident and LGBTQ activist. You’ll relive the life and times of Harvey Milk, the slain Civil Rights leader and member of the San Francisco City Council. We’ll visit the part of the Castro where he lived and worked and served his community. In addition, visit the Harvey Milk Plaza, Milk's former camera shop, and the Civil Rights Academy. Stroll along the "Rainbow Honor Walk," a project honoring famous LGBTQs from history, and visit the Pink Triangle Memorial Park which honors homosexuals persecuted during WWII. You’ll also see the plaque dedicated to Vietnam veteran Leonard Matlovich. We’ll pass by the famous Castro Theater, the Hope for World Cure (AIDS) Mural and the LGBTQ Historical society.

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49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

5. 49 Mile GoCar Special - All Day For The Price Of 5 Hours

Let a GPS-guided, talking GoCar be your guide during this exciting full-day tour of San Francisco. GoCar lets you experience the beauty of San Francisco and visit places tour buses cannot go – all at your own pace. Zip around in a cute, yellow, storytelling GoCar as it takes you on your own GPS-guided tour. The GoCar is easy and fun to drive and, since it's GPS-guided, it knows where you are – even if you don't. With you in the driver's seat, GoCar not only tells you where to turn, it tells stories that bring San Francisco to life. Follow the directions, or for those more adventurous, blaze your own trail. GoCar will show you the best of San Francisco from the urban parks to the golden beaches, Downtown and Chinatown. You take control of the pace and routes to create a memorable day on the streets of San Francisco. You'll see many of San Francisco's famous tourist destinations such as Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Palace of Fine Arts. You'll be guided through some of San Francisco's most beloved neighborhoods, such as the Haight-Ashbury, the Mission, North Beach, and the Castro District. Explore at your own pace, stop for lunch along the way, and see almost all of the famous 49-mile drive past all the beaches, parks, and districts San Francisco has to offer. Let GoCar take you on the road less traveled today.

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San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

6. San Fran: Carmel, Monterey & Big Sur Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the Big Sur and Monterey areas of California at your own pace, and avoid the hassle of organized bus tours. Traveling by private car, enjoy the comfort of seeing the places you want to see without worrying about your departure or arrival time. Learn more about the famous landmarks with a reliable service, offering maximum security and, most of all, the best level of hospitality in the industry. Following a pick-up from your accommodation in San Francisco (pick-ups in other cities in the Bay Area are available on arrangement), get recommendations on the best places to stop to take pictures or explore further; you decide where you want to go. Take a scenic drive from San Francisco to Carmel and Big Sur via State Route 1, the north-south highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of California. Travel the forested road of 17-Mile Drive. Discover the Mission District and Monterey Bay Aquarium. See all the sights of Fisherman's Wharf. Drive down to the Big Sur Bixby Creek Bridge, and marvel at the flora and fauna of Poit Lobos State Reserve south of Carmel before your return to San Francisco.

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Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike Tour

7. Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike Tour

Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour will take place the previous day at 11:00. On this 4-hour bike tour you’ll explore the back alleys of North Beach’s Little Italy and have up-close views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Building. See Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling.  You’ll ride around the Giants’ Oracle ball park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. See ever-changing street art and the locals that rule each area and make each community unique.  Cruise Nopa and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square before visiting the Civic Center. Ride through Polk Gulch, which is San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood, and finish your ride at Aquatic Park. The tour ends at festive Fisherman’s Wharf. Important note: All bike tours take place one day prior to your selected Alcatraz departure. The date and time selected on your confirmation is for your Alcatraz tour on the second day.

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Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

8. Streets of San Francisco Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a half-day electric bike tour around the back alleys of San Francisco, exploring North Beach’s Little Italy district up-close. Get panoramic views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid building, and much more. The flat route takes in the Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling. Cycle around the Giants’ Oracle Ball Park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Look at the ever-changing street art scene, and see the locals who rule each area to make their communities unique. Go to Nopa, and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square, before visiting the Civic Center. Pedal to Polk Gulch, San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood. Finish your tour with at look at Aquatic Park, before cycling to Fisherman’s Wharf.

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San Francisco: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

9. San Francisco: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of San Francisco. Start the day with a coffee on Union Square, named for a series of pro-union mass demonstrations for the Civil War. This is the epicenter of the city’s shopping district and a great place to start your orientation in the city.  Walk through Chinatown, which remains its own authentic world despite the number of international visitors. Join the locals and check out the vegetable and herb markets, restaurants and the colorful markets along Stockton Street. Your local host will also recommend some peculiar knickknack shops which are a great source of souvenirs. On a nice day, let your local host take you on a diversion to the waterfront and grab some lunch in the Ferry Building Marketplace, where there are several excellent options, from street food and gourmet meals. Refueled, walk leisurely past the Embarcadero, the views on the bay are breathtaking and more and more attractions are popping up along the Fisherman’s Wharf, including the Exploratorium and Pier 39.  Your local host will suggest activities for the afternoon. According to your preferences, you may consider exploring the huge Golden Gate Park and its peculiar gardens, walk around the elegant Nob Hill or have a taste of the great mix of modern and old-world charm of the Mission.  A great place to end the experience is the Marin county end of the Golden Gate Bridge as the late afternoon fog rolls in, and you’ll witness the ultimate magic show - now you see the Golden Gate Bridge, now you don’t. This experience is great for all ages. Book this experience and you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there as the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it through a local lens. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible.  During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you.  Enjoy discovering amazing spots in San Francisco that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the internet as they are lesser-known to the crowd but loved by locals. Let your private local host show you the San Francisco you will love.

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San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

10. San Francisco: Mission District Walking Food Tour

The Mission District is one of San Francisco's most interesting and eclectic neighborhoods, combining a range of influences into one unique culture. This food tour not only lets you skip the lines and taste delectable delights at a number of notable establishments, but it also offers some insight into how the Mission has grown into such a beloved locale. This tour will show you San Francisco's hidden gems, history and best eats. You can stroll the sidewalks in front of colorful Latino markets, smelling the delicious aromas wafting from first-class cafes along this diverse neighborhood's main streets. The Mission District is a neighborhood that manages to always delight visitors, yet remains beloved by San Franciscans. Whatever your taste buds seek, the Mission delivers! This 3-hour walking tour includes 5 tastings at different establishments. They are subject to change, but usually include 5 of the following places: • Taqueria Cancun (est. 1985): The most perfectly marinated meat tacos in SF • Mission Chinese (est. 2010): Where founder Danny Bowien has been nominated for a James Beard Rising Chef Award • Delfina Pizza (est. 2005): Delicious Neapolitan inspired thin crust pizzas • Tartine Bakery (est. 2002): The best French-style bakery in San Francisco, where you'll get to skip the lines • Ali Baba's Cave (est. 2003): The most delicious and moist falafel in San Francisco • Craftsman and Wolves (est. 2010): Where the paths of food and design intersect As you stroll from tasting to tasting, your guide will point out and explain the culture, history and landmarks of the area. You'll see colorful Latino markets, Diego Rivera-inspired murals and much more! Whether you're a visitor in town for only a few days, or a local born and raised, you're sure to learn something on this informative tour.

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What people are saying about Mission District

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 252 reviews

We did this tour on the first full day we were in San Francisco and we felt it was a great introduction to the city! Joseph was our tour guide and Archie was our driver and they made a great team with their combined knowledge from growing up in the area. Alcatraz was awesome and we were lucky enough to experience it during fleet week with the Blue Angels flying above us. Highly recommended activity!

Omg!!! Mark, our tour guide, was the best!!! Informative, knowledgeable, and just awesome overall! The food that we ate were all delicious (was a lot too ) having a foodie as a tour guide is always a plus! The walk, scene, and experience we all enjoyed! Thanks so much Mark!!! is on me lol

Mark was our guide and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the restaurant industry. This was a fascinating tour due in part to our guide, Mark, who is extremely knowledgeable about the Mission area, the owners and and operators of the local businesses and the food.

Kathy, our tour guide and LGBTQ+ activist, was extremely knowledgeable and inspirational regarding the diverse community, past and present, in the Castro district. This is a very worthwhile tour for anyone interested in the LGBTQ+ community.

Maria was amazing and was so bubbly and enjoyed talking with her. There was never awkward silences it was a very nice experience we got to see a lot and loved every minute of it!