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5 Hour Premium City Tour

San Francisco's most comprehensive tour
with Ferry Cruise

5 HOUR PREMIUM CITY TOUR

San Francisco’s most comprehensive bus tour

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San Francisco Bus Tour. Uses separate Tour Guide from Bus Driver. We don’t just drive you around like other tours. We get out of the bus, make guided walks and take a ferry.


5 Hour Tour Itinerary

— But less than 1 hour in the shuttle! We Stop at all of these locations below:

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excelence

  • STARTS AT: The Ferry Building

    The Ferry Building is the start of our San Francisco 5 Hour Premium City Bus Tour. Here you will meet up with your tour guide and the rest of the group. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to tour departure time. View map

  • Golden Gate Bridge (Drive-over and Stop!)

    We will drive over the Golden Gate Bridge on this San Francisco tour, stopping for pictures and allowing you to walk around the vista points of the city’s most treasured landmark. We will also provide you amazing detailed historical narrative about the construction process of the bridge.

  • Chinatown (Guided Walk)

    You will walk down the famous Grant Avenue exploring many authentic grocery shops and historic sites. Your Tour Guide will stop at various places to point out interesting facts along the way.

  • Palace of Fine Arts (Go Inside)

    By far the most tranquil and serene part of our tour. You will be taken to the center of the dome where our Tour Guides will give you a specific historical narrative about the images and statues that make up the design of the palace.

  • Grace Cathedral (Go Inside)

    Modeled after the great Gothic cathedrals in Europe and is a site rarely seen in America. We will go inside to view the inside of the church.

  • Alamo Square Park (Famous Victorian Homes)

    The park is an incredibly popular place because it is home of those famous Victorian Homes known as Postcard Row. Your Tour Guide will tell you about the history of Alamo Square Park.

  • Lombard Street (Guided Downhill Walk)

    We are the only city tour that lets you walk down Lombard Street – ‘the most crooked street in the world’. You will be able to take pictures from the bottom of the street while the cars come driving down .

  • Cable Car Barn Museum

    We are the only Tour Company that visits this amazing stop. The Cable Car Barn Museum is an actual working/functional facility that currently controls all of the functionality of today’s cable cars.

  • Ferry/Bay Cruise (25 Minutes)

    This 25-minute relaxing Ferry Cruise sets sail in the afternoon so you can relax and enjoy the views of San Francisco Bay as the suns begins to go down. See the Golden Gate Bridge and avoid the traffic coming home.

  • Sausalito – via Ferry Cruise (One Hour for Exploring)

    On the Ferry Cruise you will see Alcatraz, Angel Island, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge from inside the bay. The Ferry Cruise we take is provided by Golden Gate Ferry and offers both indoor seating or an outdoor coastal experience.

  • ENDS AT: The Ferry Building

    Now is a perfect time to consider checking out the shops inside the ferry building after your tour. Consider booking a dinner reservation at the famous Slanted Door restaurant far in advance.

More Tour Details


  • Ferry Building (Tour Start/End Location)

    Ferry Cruise - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Golden Gate Bridge (Driver Over and Stop for Pictures!)

    Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Chinatown (Guided Walk)

    Chinatown - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Fortune Cookie Factory (Going inside)

    Cookie Factory - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Palace of Fine Arts (Guided Walk)

    Palace of fine Arts - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Grace Cathedral (Going inside)

    Grace Cathedral - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Alamo Square Park (Guided Walk)

    Alamo Park - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Lombard Street (Guided Walk Down)

    Lombard Street - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Cable Car Barn Museum (Guided tour inside)

    Cable Car Museum - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Ferry/Bay Cruise (25 Minutes)

    Ferry Cruise - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Sausalito (One hour for lunch, exploring, and shopping)

    Sausalito - San Francisco Bus Tours

Other Sights you’ll see


  • Alcatraz (From Ferry)
  • Bay Bridge (From Ferry)
  • North Beach
  • Angel Island (From Ferry)
  • Fishermans Wharf / Pier 39
  • Coit Tower
  • Washington Square Park
  • St. Peter & Paul Church
  • Crissy Field
  • Market Street
  • City Hall / Civic Center
  • Sutro Tower
  • Financial District
  • The Embarcadero
  • The Marina District
  • Top of the Mark
  • Victorian Homes
  • Edwardian Homes
  • The Fairmont Hotel
  • Presidio National Park

San Francisco Bus Tour Benefits


  • Separate Tour Guide from Driver gets off the shuttle/bus with you
  • Knowledgeable Tour Narrative provides for great insight about each stop.
  • Guided walks down Lombard Street and Chinatown
  • Includes a photo-driven Ferry/Bay Cruise to or from Sausalito
  • Not a Hop/on Hop/Off bus company that usually gets bad TripAdvisor Scores. Get more catered city tour service with us!

YouTube Video Tour Explanation.
Quick, Easy Watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EudE5k9kl8E

Great stops left off the video include: Palace of Fine Arts, Victorian Painted Ladies, Fortune Cookie Factory and Cable Car Barn Museum.


Timing


  • Everyday: 9:00 am
  • Monday-Friday: 11:15 am
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11:45 am

Pricing


  • $79 Adults
  • $74 Seniors (+65 years)
  • $65 Children (< 12 years)


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Luxury Open Top City Tour

Fully Guided SF Tour. America's Smallest Group Retractable Roof Bus.

Luxury Open Top City Tour

With Retractable Roof

The Open Top Tour with Top Customer Experience
There are a lot of open top tours now these days, but they tend to pack their customers in with up to 70 passengers and make the others wait in long lines. This is the first and only fully guided open top tour with a sleek and exciting retractable roof to adjust to San Francisco’s changing temperature. If we are too cold, we can just close the roof with a flip of a switch. Clearly, the best way to tour San Francisco.


Efficient TOUR ITINERARY
(With Guided Stops)


On this tour, you will have a Separate Tour Guide from Driver and your Guide will hop off the Sprinter to show you the city.

Other Sights You’ll See and Get Commentary On:


  • Fort Point
  • Crissy Field
  • Lucas Film Studios
  • Marina District Neighborhood
  • Cow Hollow Neighborhood
  • Chinatown
  • Hyde Street Cable Car Line / Cable Cars
  • Alcatraz view from Sprinter
  • Angel Island view from Sprinter
  • Ghiradelli Square
  • Coit Tower view from Sprinter

Tour Benefits


With our small group open top Sprinter Bus you get all the benefits of the open air features without the large groups. Also you get a fully guided experience so that when we make stops, our guide also gets off the bus with you and shows you the city. By contrast, the other open top tour formats leave you on your own constantly waiting to catch the bus while their Tour Guide takes off with the bus and leaves you with no guided commentary.

By contrast, the other open top tour formats constantly leave you on your own waiting to catch the next bus while their Tour Guide takes off and takes their useful commentary with them. Don’t be abandoned in San Francisco! Book the Best. Book our Luxury Open Top City Tour.


Special Bus Explanation
Quick, Easy Watch!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haugnVm3xRQ

  • Pier 39 (Tour Start/End Location)

    Pier 39- San Francisco Bus Alcatraz Tours
  • Golden Gate Bridge (Fully Guided Stop)

    Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Palace of Fine Arts

    Palace of fine Arts - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Lombard Street (Guided Walk Down)

    Lombard Street - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Marin Headlands (Top View of Golden Gate Bridge)

    Marin Headlands - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Book America’s First Open Top Sprinter Tour!

How This Tour Works


You will see lots of double Decker’s in San Francisco, but those buses hold up to 70 people. The benefit of those tours is the open-air views from their buses. The downside, of course, is the crowds and you will find yourself doing a lot of waiting and learning how to create patience.

Check out this Video to see 3 minutes of Loading/Unloading at one stop by a Much Larger Packed Competitive Bus:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lijWTp7gN7E

Timing


Summer & Fall Tour Departure Times & Length
(April — October)

  • Tour length: 3 Hours
  • Departure times: 9am, 12pm (noon), 3pm

3pm Tour Bonus: For those that book the 3pm tour, we will end our day by providing complimentary hotel-area drop-off in Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square and Financial District.


Winter Tour Departure Times & Length
(November — March)

  • Tour length: 3 Hours
  • Departure times: 9am, 1pm

Pricing


  • $70 Adults
  • $60 Seniors (+65 years)
  • $50 Infants & Children (< 12 years)

Sorry, the Sprinter cannot handle any strollers of any kind and will be prohibited.



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Morning Alcatraz / SF City Tour

This tour often sells out 3 weeks prior!

Morning Alcatraz / SF City Tour

The safest bet in Alcatraz Tours

Morning Alcatraz / SF City Tour with Hotel-Area Drop-off

On this tour we don’t just drive you around like other tours. We use a Separate Tour Guide from Driver and thus our unique tour format allows us to make 6 fully guided stops around the city with the shuttle bus just a stones throw away at all times


Combo Tour Itinerary


More Tour Details


We only sell Alcatraz ticket combos once our tickets have been confirmed by the Official Parks Service Concessioner. Official tickets guaranteed.

  • Alcatraz Island

    Alcatraz Island - Alcatraz Tours
  • Alcatraz Island

    Alcatraz Island - Alcatraz Tours
  • Visit the Prison

    Alcatraz Island Prison - Alcatraz Tours
  • Go Inside the Prison

    Alcatraz Prison Island - Alcatraz Tours
  • Go inside the cells

    Alcatraz Prison - Alcatraz Tours
  • Golden Gate Bridge (Driver Over and Stop for Pictures!)

    Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Marin Headlands Even Better views of GGB

    Marin Headlands - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Lombard Street (Guided Walk Down)

    Lombard Street - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Alamo Square Park (Guided Walk)

    Alamo Park - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Golden Gate Park (45 minutes)

    Golden Gate Park- San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Japanese Tea Garden Optional

    Japanese Garden - San Francisco Bus Tours
  • Alcatraz Island

    Alcatraz Island - Alcatraz Tours

Tour Benefits / Inclusions


  • We make sure we have Alcatraz Tickets IN-HAND before we sell this tour combo to you! We’re the safest bet in Alcatraz Tours.
  • Includes: Award winning audio tour of the Alcatraz cell house, featuring interviews with former guards and former prisoners.
  • City Shutle Tour: We don’t just drive around the city all day like the hopper tours – we only use the shuttle to get to places. Technically, it’s not even a bus tour — it’s a shuttle-you-around-to-6-tour-stops-tour.
  • Learn about the 1962 escape that was featured in the movie Escape from Alcatraz. Decide for yourself if they really made it or not!
  • Man-eating sharks? Dungeons? Executions? Learn for yourself what was real and what is only legend.
  • Step inside an actual Alcatraz prison cell to have your photograph taken, including their famous “Hole”, which was reserved only for the very worst criminals.
  • Incredible views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from Alcatraz Island.
  • Beautiful gardens that were planted by prisoners and are now being restored by volunteers.
  • Large colonies of nesting seabirds such as gulls, cormorants, and night herons.

Tour Timing & Date Offerings


  • Everyday at 9am or 9:30am from Alcatraz Landing (Pier 33)
  • Operates year round except for January/February
  • Unlike other operations, we only sell Alcatraz Tour Combos when we actually have tickets confirmed.

Pricing


  • $159 per person
    (Official $35.50 Alcatraz ticket included in the price)


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