By now you probably know that we love guided tours and recommend them (the good ones, that is) without hesitation. For a long time, though, we were doubters, thinking we could do it all on our own. But once we started trying out tours with expert guides we never looked back. And San Francisco sightseeing tours are no exception.
Here are our picks of some of the top sightseeing tours of The City By The Bay. These are particularly useful if you only have a short time in the city; or if you come to San Francisco infrequently; or if you just want see a lot, have more fun, and let someone else do all the work!
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Settle back for a full morning (or afternoon) city tour as your expert guide (and driver) shows you the iconic sights of San Francisco. Meet up at one of four convenient departure points and enjoy almost four hours of discovery. What will you discover? Here are some of the stops on the itinerary for a typical sightseeing tour —
As you can tell, this San Francisco sightseeing tour is action-packed, comprehensive, and surprisingly affordable. Choose from the morning tour or the afternoon tour, whichever suits your sleeping pattern. All aboard!
We had a personal tour with Fritz, our van driver and tour guide. Fritz was very informative and humorous. We saw the highlights of the city in four hours. I would recommend doing this your first day as a way of planning the rest of your vacation."
– 5-Star Review
This city sightseeing tour gets you to all of the classic neighborhoods we're talking about, but with a little bit of a difference. You start the day with a cruise to the famous prison island of Alcatraz, where you have plenty of time to explore the cells, the gardens, and the mysteries of this somewhat eerie place.
The afternoon is dedicated to a tour of our favorite city by our favorite bay. What we like about this tour package is that, in addition to Alcatraz and the city tour, you have the option to add a bay cruise or a ferry ride to Sausalito, both of which take place on the following day.
Well worth it. This tour takes you to the points of interest, advises of what to do, then leaves you to do your own thing. Small group made it a lot more personal. Would not have seen a fraction of SanFrancisco without this tour."
– 5-Star Review
Here's a great way to kick off the day and get you started in the morning. Greet your driver/guide at your hotel and climb on board for the 3½-hour tour. You'll see all the sights and sites we've listed above on this morning tour, leaving you time for lunch and the rest of the afternoon exploring on your own.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this tour! Tour guide Greg was very knowledgeable of the San Francisco area and history… We had a fantastic time. We saw tons of areas and learned a lot! Very pleased!!"
– 5-Star Review
Starting from your hotel, where you are picked up by your private driver, you and your group (up to 4 people) are guided on a VIP tour of San Francisco. You have plenty of time to see iconic sights like Lombard Street and Coit Tower and the Golde Gate Bridge and much more.
You also visit places that give you some of the best views of the city. And your driver makes sure you don't miss Haight-Ashbury. Because it's your own private tour, departure times are flexible.
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