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  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

    1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

    Launched in 1939 as part of the Golden Gate International Exposition, this 1-hour cruise has been a highlight of any visit to San Francisco for over 75 years. With 8-14 departures daily from 10:00, you will sail along San Francisco's breathtaking waterfront, under the majestic Golden Gate Bridge, and close to the notorious Alcatraz Island. Discover San Francisco's fascinating history, brought to life through audio commentary broadcast in 16 languages via personal headphones. Look out for wildlife along the way, including pelicans, sea lions, and even dolphins and whales. Sail past the lively neighborhood of North Beach, the famous swimming clubs of Aquatic Park, the historic vessels at Hyde Street Pier, and San Francisco Maritime National Park, before heading west towards Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy views of Crissy Field and the lush hillsides of the Presidio, before cruising under Golde...

    Great experience. There are restrooms and a bar with snacks on board. It was a nice relaxing and educational tour to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz island. Everyone was friendly. I would recommend 100%!!

  • San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    2. San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off: Classic, Premium or Deluxe

    San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Loop:

    Stop 1: Pier 41 (End of Powell St), Fisherman's Wharf 

    Stop 2: Washington Square – Corner of Columbus and Union Streets

    Stop 3: Embarcadero Center – Corner of Clay and Battery Streets

    Stop 4: Ferry Building - 1 Market Street, between Stuart and Spear Streets

    Stop 5: Union Square South – Geary Street across from Macy’s Entrance 

    Stop 6: Hilton Hotel – Corner of Mason and Ellis Streets 

    Stop 7: Civic Center - Fulton Street between Larkin and Hyde

    Stop 8: Alamo Square/Painted Ladies - Corner of Fell and Pierce Streets

    Stop 9: Haight Ashbury - Corner of Haight and Shrader Streets 

    Stop 10: Golden Gate Park - Music Concourse Drive Golden Gate Park

    Stop 11: Golden Gate Bridge- North Vista Point Main Parking Area

    Stop 12: Palace of Fine Arts – Corner of Rich...

    2 things to improve: they should give you a map when you first get on so you know which stops are closest to the sites you want to see. And both headphone jacks were on the same side, so my husband's cord was stretched across me the entire time.

  • San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

    3. San Francisco: 1-Hour Bay Cruise by Boat

    Enjoy a 1-hour journey along San Francisco's historic waterfront and experience the thrilling history of the San Francisco Bay, with all the sound and glory it deserves. The 1-hour Bay Cruise takes you past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront, revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. Relax in comfort, with both indoor and outdoor seating, and enjoy a full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by. Whether it’s your first time to San Francisco, or your 10th visit, the Bay Cruise is something you simply must experience at least once in your life. You will get a complimentary souvenir map, which is available in nine languages, and if you get hungry, there’s a full-service snack bar on board.

    Exactly what I expected. We were late getting to our schedule time and was graciously accommodated at a new time slot.

  • San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

    4. San Francisco: Bridge to Bridge Cruise

    See both the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in 1 cruise with personal headphone audio included. Explore San Francisco's famous landmarks, history, natural history, architecture, and Native American culture on board this unique bay cruise. During the 90-minute cruise you'll depart from Fisherman's Wharf, one of the city's busiest tourist attractions. From there, sail under the Golden Gate Bridge. Completed in 1937, the Golden Gate is one of the world's most famous and beautiful bridges, and was at one point the largest suspension bridge in the world. Cruise past Alcatraz Island, once home of one of the world's most infamous prisons, and take the chance to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. The boat will pass along the harbor before heading under the colossal San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Then it's time to head back to the charming city of San F...

    The crew was very helpful getting my husband on and off the boat. He is in a wheelchair. I wish he could have give up too, more to set up there. We enjoyed the audio tour which was broadcast over the ship. I learned a lot about the bridges and the surrounding areas.

  • San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

    5. San Francisco: Escape from The Rock Bay Cruise

    Cruise San Francisco Bay and sail under the Golden Gate Bridge on a 90-minute narrated tour around Alcatraz Island. Skip the box office line and go straight to the gate with your ticket.

    See Alcatraz island from the water while listening to accounts of the chilling escape attempts and the notorious criminals that called Alcatraz prison home. Cruise full circle around Alcatraz Island, allowing you to view every angle of this mysterious island, which housed famous inmates such as Al Capone, Billy Cook the Killer, and Clyde Johnson, whose escape attempt is legendary. Gain a clear picture of what life in this maximum-security prison was like when it was the most feared institution in the American penal system.

    This was a fun trip! I do wish someone would of warned us about how windy and cold it is if you sit on the outside deck. A winter coat and hat, at least, would of created a more comfortable experience. It did seem like the cruise was generous with the time. The only thing I would change is that when circling around Alkatraz that circling around at oppsite directions so that BOTH sides of the boat can get the good, unobstructed view. If you want an unobstructed view sit on the right hand side of the boat. Otherwise we enjoyed this cruise very much. Thank you!

  • San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Cruise

    6. San Francisco: California Sunset/Twilight Cruise

    On this relaxed 90-minute cruise, enjoy spectacular sunset views, as you sail on beautiful San Francisco Bay. Take in the amazing waterfront views of modern skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and natural beauty. Along the way, view numerous National Historic landmarks and San Francisco sights, including Coit Tower, the Transamerica Pyramid, St. Peter and Paul's Church, and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands, cruise past Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the shorelines of Tiburon, Belvedere, and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean, as you sail west towards the Golden Gate. On your way back to Fisherman’s Wharf, see many more famous sights, including the Presidio, the Marina District, and Fort Mason. Kindly note that seating for this cruise is 'open style'. At times, please expect to sit next to unfamiliar faces.

    The boat was clean and the ride was smooth with plenty of seating both indoors and outdoors. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

  • San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    7. San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise by Luxury Catamaran

    Enjoy this relaxing 90-minute cruise on board a luxury catamaran and see sunset views of San Francisco as the sun dips below the San Francisco Bay. Sail by Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge, and search for sea lions playing in the ocean. Then, cruise along the shore, gazing on the city skyline as you watch the magnificent sunset.

    Relax onboard either a 55- or 65-foot catamaran. Both come complete with a protected viewing area, providing panoramic 360-degree viewing, in addition to canvas trampoline nets for the more adventurous who want to experience the ocean and sights in the bracing open air.

    the crew was very informative and prepared for our trip, even providing extra jackets if needed

  • San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    8. San Francisco: Small-Group Napa Valley Tour for Wine Lovers

    Take a small group tour from San Francisco to some of the Napa Valley's finest wineries. See superb scenery, and taste some truly great wines, on this enjoyable day trip.

    Cross the Bay Bridge with its skyline views and head for Castello di Amorosa, a medieval-style Tuscan castle winery constructed using European materials and furnishings. Make a photo op at the Napa Valley Welcome sign, and enjoy a lunch break in charming Calistoga. Next, get ready for a visit to the unique Tamber Bey Winery and equestrian ranch. From the tasting courtyard, take in stunning views of Mount St. Helena and spot Arabian horses while enjoying the winemaker’s selection of estate-grown Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay wines. Conclude your Napa experience overlooking a sun-soaked Carneros vineyard that has been cultivated for over 100 years. Cooled each evening by breezes from San Pablo ...

    Just WOW! Napa was lovely and we enjoyed the day, but we were blown away by our tour guide, Randall. He was incredibly personable and informative. By the end of the day, he felt like a true friend. This day wouldn’t have been the same without him. He was the very best, such a special person with a passion for wine which contributed to our tour immensely. I would recommend this tour and look forward to coming back!

  • Go San Francisco All Inclusive Pass 60% Attraction Discount

    9. Go San Francisco All Inclusive Pass 60% Attraction Discount

    The Go San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass is an all-access attraction pass that offers the ultimate in convenience, cost savings, and flexibility for visitors to the Bay Area. Customers choose 1, 2, 3, 5, or 7-day passes at a low, pre-paid price. Use the pass to gain access to any and all of the 28 included attractions, saving up to 60% compared to full retail admissions. The California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, Bay cruises, Six Flags, bike rental and tours, and much more are all included! See below for the complete list. There’s no need to decide in advance what you want to see. The free digital guidebook helps you decide what to do, where to go, and how to get there. With the Go San Francisco All-Inclusive Pass, you’ll spend your time in the Bay Area collecting memories instead of credit card receipts. Included Attractions and Activities: • Big Bus Hop...

    I’m handicapped and the big bus was wonderful to hop off take pictures hop back on. We missed the last bus , but was willing to take us close enough to our car in China town. Wonderful memories

  • San Francisco: Luxury Dinner Dance Cruise

    10. San Francisco: Luxury Dinner Dance Cruise

    Think of this as date night with a delicious, dynamic twist: When the sun sets and city lights twinkle from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate, your Dinner Dance Cruise kicks into high gear. A three-course sit-down meal includes appetizers, salad, a choice of entrée, and dessert, while live music and dancing round out this ideal sightseeing trip or special evening out. Highlights of this tour include Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Tiburon and Sausalito, the Bay Bridge and San Francisco's piers and city skyline.

    This is a time / money / fun best choice . The team is profesional and ambiance pleasant . Chose best price and extras also . You can realy dance . Good for a event . Also a small gift from them to remeber the trip. In recommand . Look for coupons discount .

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What people are saying about San Francisco Bay Bridge

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 5,521 reviews

We had a beautiful time in Napa Valley! Enjoyed wines from the Castilla del Amorosa, Madrigal and Kieu Hoang winery. Randall was a great tour guide with great knowledge on the area and wines. Jackson was our host at Madrigal whose enthusiasm and knowledge added to the wonderful experience- and the breathtaking view from the patio was the cherry on top! Such a great day!

The guide which was an automated voice recording was glitchy, so there was a lot that was missed. But overall the boat was big there was bathrooms there was a bar where you could buy drinks, got to see both bridges and Alcatraz with lots of pictures

Fun tour provides great information about Napa wines and wineries. Tasting at the castle was especially worth the trip

Very nice relaxing fun cruise around the bay. Just kick back and have a couple of beverages. We really enjoyed it.

What an amazing experience with an incredible team !