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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

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Departure Point

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.

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • 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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Grand City Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Francisco Grand City Tour.

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Traveler Tips


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

Reviews

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Reviews by Viator travelers

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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.
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...
Elizabeth_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
Debbe_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.
star-5
Golden Gate Bridge
Michael_B
, Mar 2020
Excellent tour showing most of San Francisco...Lucky with blue skies ...we had a surprise visit to Sausalito village .The only thing missing was the Painted Ladies from Full House....
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Appreciate your review and five star rating. Due to the Alamo Square Historical Districts restrictions, we are disallowed from entering the area. Thanks again for your time in commenting on your experience!
star-5
Perfect 4-hour tour
Jane
, Feb 2020
We greatly enjoyed this 4 hour morning tour. We saw more sites and learned more information about San Francisco than we could possibly done on our own. The tour guide was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable. There were nice opportunities to get off the bus at several stops to walk around and photograph the Painted Ladies, the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean at the location of the former Sutro Baths.
1 traveler found this review helpful

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