SAN FRANCISCO SIGHTSEEING TOURS

The Ultimate City Tour

A four-hour guided tour of San Francisco. At each stop, you’ll have the chance to get off the bus and see the sights. Along the way, your fully narrated tour will show you San Francisco like you’ve never seen it before!

Tour the City from the Bay to the Ocean, with photo stops at key locations. Enjoy great views and visit famous attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge. Stopping at Twin Peaks will give you a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city from 1000 feet above sea level. Opt to upgrade your tour to include a bay cruise or a visit to the Aquarium of the Bay to complete your panorama of San Francisco from land and sea!

Traveling through the Golden Gate Park we’ll point out seasonal flower displays, look for bison grazing and ride past windmills overlooking the Pacific. Learn about San Francisco’s early settlements, from Native Americans, to Spanish missionaries and the frenzied days of the Gold Rush as you drive through the once infamous Barbary Coast. Then, see San Francisco’s iconic Victorian Homes as we take you through the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

End the tour back at San Francisco's beautiful waterfront and take in the superb vistas of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco Bay on this comprehensive half-day guided tour.


City Tour Combinations

The Ultimate City Tour plus Muir Woods

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After exploring San Francisco, extend your adventure with one of our most popular combinations. Travel Across the Golden Gate Bridge and through the rugged coastal mountains of Marin County. Experience the magnificent views of the San Francisco Bay and valleys where the Coastal Miwok once lived. Our first stop is Muir Woods National Monument, where ancient groves of Giant Redwoods (Sequoia Sempervirens) tower over Redwood Creek. Our 1¼-hour stop is the most time offered of any other tour company. Muir Woods entrance fee included. 

Next, visit the beautiful coastal town of Sausalito, a gorgeous Mediterranean-style village, with quaint shop, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. If a 1¼-hour stop in Sausalito isn’t enough for you, extend your stay in Sausalito and return by ferry to San Francisco at your leisure. Ferry cost not included.

Cruise the Rock and see the City Super Sights

 Escape from the Rock

Combine a tour around the city with a bay cruise that allows you to get close to the “Rock”. Hear great stories about the history of Alcatraz Island and learn about the infamous inmates that have tried to escape. You will circle the island twice seeing it from all angles as well as the beautiful scenery of the city skyline.

Please note: The bay cruise does not let you on the Island.

The Ultimate City Tour plus Alcatraz Island

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Please call for Alcatraz tour availability.

Alcatraz Island remains one of San Francisco's greatest landmarks — and now you can experience its chilling allure for yourself. Packaged with our City Tour or  the Giant Redwoods Tour, Gray Line of San Francisco Alcatraz combos feature an award-winning cellular audio tour and round-trip boat ride to ‘The Rock.’

The Alcatraz Island Combo Tours are simply a must-do for anyone visiting San Francisco for the first time. Availability varies widely, so reservations are limited to our call center. Call today 415-353-5310 to reserve your Alcatraz combination from Gray Line of San Francisco.

San Francisco Helicopter Combo Tours

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See San Francisco from the air! Awe-inspiring views of the most beautiful city in the world are made possible by helicopter. We've combined these helicopter tours with our other great San Francisco Bay Area tours, so you can see Northern California from above and on the ground.

Board a Bell Jet Helicopter for your exciting adventure above San Francisco. Musical background, choreographed to your flight, accompanies spontaneous narration by your professionally trained pilot. Take in the renowned hills of San Francisco and the striking cityscape like few ever can.

In the distance… you’ll see the surrounding Bay Area communities stretching as far as the eye can see; famous landmarks, including Alcatraz Island & the spectacular bridges spanning the Bay from a whole new perspective.

The Ultimate City Tour City Tour with Aquarium of the Bay

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The Aquarium of the Bay facility boasts 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water that sustains approximately 20,000 animals, from octopuses to eight-foot, native, seven-gill sharks. Check out the river otters that are the perfect animals to demonstrate the interconnectedness. Visitors are treated to mesmerizing walls of jellyfish and a chance to touch bat rays, skates and “splash zone" animals. In its’ fifteen year history, over seven million guests, including more than 100,000 school children, have visited San Francisco’s spectacular Aquarium of the Bay.

Your Aquarium of the Bay exploration begins in Discover the Bay, featuring the distinctive ecosystems that support an incredibly wide variety of marine life.  In eight exhibits featuring over a thousand aquatic animals, you will learn about the creatures that make their homes in the Bay.

Exhibit highlights include:

  • “Beauties of the Bay”: visit San Francisco Bay’s most colorful animals, including the bright orange Garibaldi (the California State Marine Fish), green Moray Eels and rockfish of varying colors, in the first exhibit on the right.
  • Swirling school of anchovies – did you know that lateral lines on anchovies’ bodies serve as sensory organs?  This enables the animals to sense where the school is moving, to help stick together and avoid predators.
  • “Bay Babies” from newly hatched Skates to juvenile perch and other fishes, explore underwater newborns.  San Francisco Bay is a nursery ground to many species of fishes.

The Ultimate City Tour with Bay Cruise

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This 60 minute Bay Cruise takes you past the famous PIER 39 sea lions and along San Francisco’s historic waterfront revealing the city’s fascinating skyline. After you sail under the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll circle Alcatraz Island and see every angle of this mysterious island. Other attractions include Angel Island, the Ellis Island of the west, and the magnificent skyline of San Francisco. This comfortable Bay tour has both indoor and outdoor seating with full narration describing major landmarks as you sail by them.

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