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    San Francisco and Surroundings: Recommended Out-of-Town Excursions

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    Around San Francisco there are some very fascinating areas to visit, from Yosemite to the sequoias of Muir woods and the Mediterranean charm of Sausalito, from the wineries of the flourishing regions of Napa e Sonoma up to the wonderful coastal areas of Monterey e Carmel-by-the-Sea.

    We have already talked about the main guided tours of the city (in our article dedicated to San Francisco Tours), in this post we want to present you a selection of the best offers of organized excursions departing from San Francisco to the beauties of the surroundings. There are something for all tastes, it's up to you to choose the most suitable one!



    Index

    • Excursions to Muir Woods and Sausalito
      • Half day trip to Muir Woods, giant sequoias and Sausalito
      • Muir Woods and Sausalito tour + Bay cruise
      • Hippie Tour a Muir Woods e Sausalito
      • Marin County Seaplane Tour
    • Food and wine tours in Napa and Sonoma
      • Tour with tasting of Napa and Sonoma
      • Muir Woods and Wine Countries (Napa and Sonoma): day tour
      • Napa helicopter tour with lunch and tasting
      • Napa Valley Wine Train with lunch on board
    • Escursioni a Monterey e Carmel-by-the-Sea
      • Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco
      • 1 day by coach to Monterey and Carmel
      • 2 days by coach to Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach
    • Excursions from San Francisco to Yosemite

    Excursions to Muir Woods and Sausalito

    Here are the main excursions in these two popular areas on the outskirts of San Francisco.

    Half day trip to Muir Woods, giant sequoias and Sausalito

    This 4-hour tour will take you to the heart of the protected forest of the Muir Woods National Monument (the price of the admission ticket is included in the rate), among the impressive redwoods that tower over the paths of this jewel of Marin County.



    After the walks in the forest, you will be taken through the streets of the small town of Sausalito, the so-called "Portofino of America", one of the best known tourist centers in the San Francisco area. The tour includes one guide in English. You will be picked up and dropped off at your hotel, but service is limited to Fisherman's Wharf, City Center, Nob Hill and Marina District areas.

    Info on the excursion

    Muir Woods and Sausalito tour + Bay cruise

    For a deeper total immersion in nature, you could choose this combo tour, which includes entry to Muir Woods, a visit to Sausalito and a cruise on the Golden Gate Bay, to see the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the San Francisco waterfront and the sea lions of Pier 39 from a special perspective.

    Info on the excursion

    Hippie Tour a Muir Woods e Sausalito

    If you worship the spirit hippie of San Francisco, this tour is for you. You will be picked up from your hotel and accompanied by a hippie guide to the Golden Gate Bridge and then through the redwoods of Muir woods and finally a Sausalito. In this case, the entrance fee to the park is not included in the rate.

    Info on the excursion

    Marin County Seaplane Tour

    Finally, we would like to point out a very rich and exciting tour: this offer - very complete - includes the pick-up service from your hotel, the breakfast, a 30-minute flight on theseaplane, from which you will have an overview of the beauties of Marin County. After that you will be offered the lunch, and you will be guided for a walk in the redwoods of the Muir woods. After you will move to Muir Beach and, before returning to ferry in San Francisco, you will take a guided tour of the town of Sausalito.



    Info on the excursion

    Food and wine tours in Napa and Sonoma

    Tour with tasting of Napa and Sonoma

    After hotel pickup, you will cross the Golden Gate Bridge in a comfortable luxury van to Napa and Sonoma. You will discover all the stages of wine production and the secrets of production, and you will visit the cellars, tasting excellent wines. Then you will have a lunch break (food is not included in the price), and not before having done others tastings, you will return home.

    Info on the excursion

    Muir Woods and Wine Countries (Napa and Sonoma): day tour

    This tour combines the discovery of the world of viticulture with a visit to the Miur Woods, where you can admire the types of sequoias called California Redwood (or Sequoia sempervirens). The day begins with a guided hike through the redwoods of the Miur forest and continues in the heart of the Sonoma and Napa valleys, where the art of winemaking in California began.

    You will visit some farms with the guide and you will have the opportunity to do tastings of wine with gastronomic tastings included in the price (meals are excluded); A stop in Sonoma is also planned. The round trip transport service from the hotel is included in the price (by checking the coverage of the service).

    Info on the excursion

    Napa helicopter tour with lunch and tasting

    This tour is for those who want to spend a day full of good wine and food, with the thrill of flying in helicopter. In fact, the price includes, in addition to the round-trip transport service from three San Francisco hotels, a short guided tour of Sausalito, a helicopter trip to the valley of Napa, a tasting with packed lunch included at Rutherford Ranch Winery.



    Info on the excursion

    Napa Valley Wine Train with lunch on board

    It is a journey in one restored vintage train in the hills of Napa Valley, including a three-course lunch served on board. You will be able to choose between 3 different wineries to visit (Raymond Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate or Charles Krug Winery), with the possibility of doing tastings and learn about the methods and history of local wine. The day starts at the Ferry Building with a boat trip (Monday to Friday) or by bus (Saturday and Sunday). There is no transport service to the hotel.

    Info on the excursion

    Escursioni a Monterey e Carmel-by-the-Sea

    Monterey, Carmel and 17-Mile Drive Day Trip from San Francisco

    Excellent solution for those who want to visit Monterey, Carmel and take the famous one 17-Mile Drive day trip from San Francisco. Hotel pickup and drop-off (check if coverage extends to your hotel) and, optionally, entry to the Monterey Bay Aquarium are also included in the price.

    Info on the excursion

    1 day by coach to Monterey and Carmel

    This offer is very simple and suitable for the whole family. You will be picked up at the hotel by a coach and you will begin your adventures on the beautiful coast south of San Francisco. The tour lasts all day and will take you up to Monterey and the pretty town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, with its fascinating views. Also not to be missed is the view from the street.

    Info on the excursion

    2 days by coach to Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach

    If, on the other hand, your desire is to visit the coast up to Monterey more calmly, this could be the right offer. In addition to the round-trip transport service from the San Francisco hotel, the price includes the pernottamento at the Hilton Garden Inn in Monterey. In addition to the in-depth tour of the city that you will do on the first day, you will be accompanied by the bus on the famous 17-Mile Drive, up to Carmel-by-the Sea e Pebble Beach, famous for its golf courses close to the sea. The second day is free, ending at 20pm at your San Francisco hotel.

    Info on the excursion

    Excursions from San Francisco to Yosemite

    Yosemite park certainly can't be missing from the list of excursions in San Francisco and its surroundings. If you do not want to make the trip from San Francisco to Yosemite by car, we reassure you: the proposals organized are many and we have already covered the subject thoroughly. To discover all the offers, please refer to these 2 links:

    1 day tour to Yosemite Park

    Multi day tour to Yosemite Park

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