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San Francisco Grand City Tour

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Take a San Francisco half-day tour to pack in the city’s top sights in a convenient way that leaves you with plenty of time to spare so you can enjoy the city however you wish. With a driver-guide, travel the city by bus, stopping at major attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and neighborhoods like North Beach and Chinatown. Plus, you can upgrade to include a San Francisco Bay cruise, a half-day bike rental, or admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
  • Tour all the city highlights, including Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Photo stops at Vista Point, Twin Peaks (weather permitting), and Golden Gate Park
  • Free walking tour covers downtown, Chinatown, and the Financial District
  • Optional upgrades for a cruise, bike rental, or aquarium admission
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Transport by air-conditioned luxury coach
Narrated bus tour of San Francisco + Plenty of photo stops
4h Bike Rental (if option selected)
Bay Cruise if option selected.
Aquarium of the Bay Entrance Fee if option selected.
Choose from two departure locations in San Francisco: Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square
Food and drinks.
Gratuities
Hotel Pick-up & drop-off Not included
  • 478 Post St , 478 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94102, USA

    Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone (478 Post St) Departure time: 8:40 AM Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • 2800 Leavenworth St , 2800 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA 94133, USA

    Gray Line Fisherman’s Wharf Departure Zone (Leavenworth St. & Jefferson St.) Departure Time: 9:00 Please be at the above address, 15 minutes prior to departure.

  • 8:40 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Your tour starts with pickup from Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf by air-conditioned bus. With your driver-guide, travel through Golden Gate Park, checking out the ample green space, windmills at Ocean Beach, and the bison paddock.

    Drive down city streets lined with the colorful Victorian and Queen Anne homes that San Francisco is known for, and hear from your guide about the area’s history, from the American Indians to Spanish settlers to the Gold Rush. Ride along the Barbary Coast, and cross the Golden Gate Bridge, where you’ll stop at Vista Point for a photo op.

    Other sights you see include the Palace of Fine Arts, the Presidio (a former Army post and now a national park site), Fisherman’s Wharf, and the neighborhoods of Chinatown and North Beach. Look out at Alcatraz Island, and stop at Twin Peaks (weather permitting) for a panoramic view that can’t be beat.

    Optional upgrades include a cruise on San Francisco Bay to take in the sights from a different vantage point; a half-day bike rental to cruise around at your own pace; or admission to the Aquarium of the Bay to learn about native marine creatures.

    Your tour also includes a free afternoon walking tour that explores downtown, Chinatown, and the Financial District where you can see even more landmarks.
    Itinerary
    Pass By:  
    Gray Line San Francisco
    Departing the heart of Union square, the coach makes its way to the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way to the Golden Gate Bridge, travelers will see: Union Square: Theatres, shopping, hotels
    Pass By:  
    Van Ness Avenue
    We make our way north on Van Ness Avenue. Famous for being used as a firebreak, by the US Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire.
    Pass By:  
    Cow Hollow
    Two affluent neighborhoods, attracting young professionals. Chic fashion boutiques, Pilates studios, juice shops, beauty salons. Many fine dining restaurants ranging from French Bistros to American Fusion Cuisine.
    Stop At:  
    Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
    Designed by Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Worlds Fair. This 162-foot high open rotunda appears as a Greek-Roman inspired fictional ruin. Disembark bus and explore the structure and lagoon.
    Duration: 10 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Golden Gate Bridge
    The tour crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. On a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge offers a panoramic view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Presidio of San Francisco
    Former U.S. Army military fort,1500-acre park. Home to; Baker Beach, hiking, historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes, and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.
    Stop At:  
    Lands End
    Beautiful coastal stop at Ocean Beach with rugged cliffs, cypress forest, and views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean, Sutro Bath ruins, and the Cliff House.
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    Golden Gate Park
    Entering Golden Gate Park from the west we pass by one of two Dutch Windmills. Journeying through the park the driver will point out all the points of interest; Bison Paddock, Japanese Tea Gardens, California Academy of Science, Conservatory of Flowers.
    Pass By:  
    Haight-Ashbury
    Travelers will see where the Hippie movement began during the Summer of Love. Unusual stores, unique dining and live entertainment.
    Stop At:  
    Twin Peaks
    Two identical peaks give this attraction its name. One of the highest peaks in the city, you will have breathtaking 360 degree views of the entire city
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Pass By:  
    The Castro
    Descending down towards Market Street, we enter the Castro District. All are welcome and safe in this LGBT community!
    Pass By:  
    Market Street
    This major thoroughfare in San Francisco. We drive east from the Castro towards the Ferry Building and the downtown Financial District.
    Pass By:  
    Financial District
    Among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech business and Fortune 500 companies.
    Pass By:  
    Chinatown
    Passing under the "Dragon Gates" of Chinatown, traveler's enter a bustling district of commerce bursting with color.
    Pass By:  
    North Beach
    Don't blink your eyes, the transition from Chinatown to North Beach is seamless. This quick transition brings us the sights and aromas of San Francisco's "Little Italy".
    Stop At:  
    Fisherman's Wharf
    First drop-off location On the northern waterfront, is the cities most visited and busiest tourist areas. Souvenir shops, stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls, appear at every turn.
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    Stop At:  
    Union Square
    Union Square: Final drop-off location
    Duration: 5 minutes
    Admission Ticket Free
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please contact us 48 hours prior to tour date to confirm your exact departure location (2 options)
    • Please bring your paper or electronic voucher with you on the day of your tour to be redeemed upon pickup or check in at one of our tour offices.
    • If you choose the option that includes the Aquarium of the Bay Admission, please visit their site for Aquarium of the Bay hours.
    • If you choose the option that includes the Bay Cruise Adventure, please visit the Blue & Gold site for the seasonal schedule.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • If you choose the option that includes the 4h Bike Rental: Bike reservation is not mandatory but we always recommend a reservation in order to hold you bikes and streamline the pick up process. Contact for booking confirmation at specific time.
    • Information if you choose tour with 4h Bike rental: For all riders’ safety, Unlimited Biking do not recomend any riders who are 300 pounds and over as this exceeds the weight limit the manufacturer has advised for the bike’s build. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we do prioritize your safety during the ride.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Gray Line San Francisco
    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during San Francisco Grand City Tour?
    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Grand City Tour.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during San Francisco Grand City Tour?
    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Grand City Tour.
    Q:
    What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Grand City Tour?
    A:The policies on social distancing are:

    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Grand City Tour.
    Q:
    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Francisco Grand City Tour?
    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
    See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Grand City Tour.

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    • "You can leave your coat and water on the bus, so bring them." See review

    Reviews

    4.0
    star-4
    492 Reviews

    Reviews by Viator travelers

    Showing 1-10 of 492 reviews
    star-5
    Well Worth It
    John_A
    , Nov 2021
    Joseph was very thorough and knows añ great deal about San Francisco. Was able to get a great overview of the city with nice stops.
    icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
    Hello John, Thanks for your great review about our San Francisco City Tour and about Joseph in particular. He is an incredible asset to our company and he has proven to be one of the best tour guides in San Francisco. Please come back soon to any of our other tours. Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Excellent!!!!
    Alethea_B
    , Oct 2021
    Took my 16 year old daughter on this tour. We were both impressed with our tour guide Joseph and his knowledge. We saw SO much that we would have missed traveling alone. Lots of interesting stops along the way. Our favorite was Twin Peaks. This tour also opened our eyes to other parts of the city we want to come back and explore (Japanese Tea Gardens!!)
    icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
    Hello Alethea, thanks for your great review! Joseph is a tremendous encyclopedia about San Francisco and he loves the city like no other guide I have ever met. We’re very grateful for customers like you and hope you stick with us for the visits to come! Xavier General Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-4
    The cruise itself was...
    Alice_J
    , Sep 2021
    The cruise itself was nice but I would have enjoyed more information about the area we was traveling in. We had to ask questions instead of them sharing with us what we were passing.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent tour SFO
    Shannon_M
    , Sep 2021
    We had the best guide . He was very knowledgeable and could really tell he loved his city . He was very enthusiastic and helpful with information after the tour was completed
    star-5
    The tour guide was...
    IOAN_S
    , Aug 2021
    The tour guide was extraordinary,Joseph is a very talented and documented person. Enjoyed every moment of the tour,his stories made me remembering something from my childhood (referring to the sourdough from Boudin).
    star-5
    Joseph was very a walking encyclopedia!
    Donna_W
    , Aug 2021
    Fabulous! Very informative. Great for teens & above. Kids 10 or under would be bored. Note: since S.F. is so foggy in the mornings, I'd recommend doing this tour in the afternoons for better views!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great experience for a half-day tour!
    Jonathan_A
    , Aug 2021
    The tour was wonderful. It’s a big bus tour, but the bus was comfortable and the driver and guide were very helpful and knowledgeable. It was very easy to find, check in, and get going. We stopped at some great sites for views of SF with some really interesting tidbits. If you have 3-4 hours and want to see the Golden Gate Bridge and some other great spots it’s definitely worth the money. Our guide Joseph and driver Jason were really amazing. It’s crazy how much Joseph knows about this city. He has an interesting fact for every block we drove.
    star-5
    AMAZING
    Jay
    , Jul 2021
    Excellent trip! Highly recommend. Our tour guide was AMAZING! He was a native of the area, had loads of information, talked to us on each stop and even recommended a great spot for lunch (we asked) at the end of the tour! Would highly recommend this tour to a first timer to the Bay!
    icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
    Dear Jay, We appreciate the time you took to write such a great review. If you ever want to remember the tour, we have a great Youtube video that goes over the highlights in San Francisco too. Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Susana Customer Relations Manager Gray Line San Francisco
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-2
    Disappointing
    Barbara_D
    , Jun 2021
    No one could hear the tour guide. People actually went to sleep on the tour. We seem to skip sites that we expected to go to.
    icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
    Dear Barbara, We apologize that our tour did not satisfy your expectations. We set a high standard for ourselves and are truly sorry to hear that standard was not met in your interaction with our business. As the company manager, I would like to learn from our mistakes, so I would really appreciate it if you could contact me directly at tours@graylineofsanfrancisco.com and detail any other aspects of the tour that we should improve. We hope we can do much better next time! Xavier Gray Line San Francisco
    star-5
    Awesome
    Debbie_V
    , May 2021
    Our driver was amazing! He was an excellent driver and he knows a lot of history of the area. It was awesome that he was born and raised in this area. Thank you for the awesome tour. So glad we booked the 4 hour tour. Thank you.

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