Tours By Plane – View The City By The Bay From The Air

Many of the differing aspects of the Bay Area can only be appreciated from the air — the special blue of the Pacific Ocean, the urban landscape of the city, the piers along the waterfront, and the village charm of Sausalito. Even the green hills of the nearby Wine Country.

Seaplanes have limited seating, large windows, and high wings that don't obstruct the view. So, they're perfect for aerial sightseeing. The seaport is in nearby Sausalito. We also like the Sky-High tour that takes off from the historic airport in Oakland, just across the bay.

Seaplane Tour of the Bay Area

Seaplane Tour of the Bay Area

This is a very popular aerial tour — 88% of travelers give it five stars.

On your pilot's itinerary are Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the lush forest of Muir Woods, Angel Island, and the pretty towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausalito.

After returning to the seaplane dock you have time to explore Sausalito before catching the ferry back to San Francisco. Includes shuttle bus directly from Pier 39.

Seaplane Views + Alcatraz Tour

Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

This package combines an exhilarating seaplane flight with a trip to Alcatraz. And it's your choice — either begin or end your adventure with a seaplane ride that gives you eagle-eye views of Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Fisherman’s Wharf and beyond.

Top that with a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island for a tour of the prison. Tickets to this famous attraction sell out quickly, but this tour guarantees you won't miss out. Choose from two flight times, and depart for Alcatraz in the morning or afternoon. The tour includes ferry passage to and from the island, a 45-minute audio tour, and access to both the island and the prison itself.

Your seaplane flight departs from Sausalito, the charming village across the bay. A shuttle bus meets you at Pier 39 and whisks you across Golden Gate Bridge to the sea dock for take-off. Best part, the seaplane tour is flexible and can be taken on the same day of your Alcatraz tour or on the following day. The small-group flight is limited to 6 people.

Sky-High City Aerial Tour

Sky-High City Aerial Tour

Go sky high! We think this tour-de-air will take your breath away.

It's simply breathtaking to see the Bay Area from above, in a small aircraft. Get up close-up views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the glistening waters below, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Coit Tower, even Sausalito.

The flight departs from the historic Oaklands International Airport and includes a ferry ride or BART ticket from San Francisco to Oakland. The multilingual pilots will narrate your journey as you soar over the best of the bay. Includes hotel pick-up. Groups are limited to 6 people to guarantee every seat is a window seat.

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