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    San Francisco tours: the best guided tours to enjoy the city

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    It is indescribable the whirlwind of impressions that strike the eye and mind of those who wander the streets of San Francisco, a wonderful city that has a completely original charm different from other great American cities. It is certainly not easy to organize a tour of San Francisco: there are so many attractions that this city offers, and often, planning a visit means having to prepare thoroughly, study the culture and try to identify the most beautiful areas (by the way: have you already read our guide on what to see in San Francisco? ).



    In addition, in terms of activities, this city is no less than the other "big" Americans. If you find yourself in difficulty in organizing, this is an excellent solution: rely on offers and organized tours, which will help you explore the best of the city without wasting too much time researching. In this article, therefore, we want to offer you a selection of tour a San Francisco, so you can choose the one that suits you best.

    Index

    • San Francisco tours: a selection
      • Tours in Alcatraz
      • Combined Alcatraz and San Francisco tours
      • City tour by tourist bus
      • San Francisco helicopter tour
      • San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour
      • Bay cruise and Golden Gate + Alcatraz
      • Convertible Beetle Tour
      • 3-hour San Francisco Segway tour on the waterfront
      • Tour 49 Mile Drive GoCar
    • Other tours in San Francisco
      • Tutti i tour in bus hop-on  hop-off
      •  All bay cruises
      • Tour del Golden Gate Bridge
      • All GoCar tours
    • Useful sites where to find San Francisco tours

    San Francisco tours: a selection

    You will have understood that, if you have decided to rely on guided tours, San Francisco offers a great variety. In order not to make you feel disoriented, given the huge number, we have selected the most interesting and popular. The prices you find on this page are subject to change by operators, so always check the actual price by clicking on the links we have placed for each tour.



    Tours in Alcatraz

    Alcatraz it is probably one of the best known attractions in the whole city. The impenetrable island that for many years was the safest prison in the world has inspired numerous blockbuster films. Unfortunately, prisoners were often detained here in inhumane conditions. The one-hour guided tour of the abandoned prison retraces its history with anecdotes and reconstructions of life inside The Rock.

    To do this tour we have already explained the procedure to follow to buy tickets in our dedicated in-depth study:

    How to visit Alcatraz prison 

    Combined Alcatraz and San Francisco tours

    Many operators make available to visitors tour ad Alcatraz combined with a visit to other beauties around San Francisco: from a city tour, to a trip on the bay, to excursions to the surrounding areas. In addition to visiting the famous prison with an expert guide, you can then enjoy other "must sees" that you will most likely want to visit in San Francisco anyway, while saving on the price of individual attractions (you can find further information on this in our article on Alcatraz San Francisco) .

    At the links below you can check the many possibilities to choose from:

    • San Francisco and Alcatraz: city tour and penitentiary
    • San Francisco: Alcatraz and 1-day sightseeing bus
    • All packages combined with Alcatraz on GetYourGuide
    • All packages combined with Alcatraz on Viator

    City tour by tourist bus

    Those who like to entrust their visit to the comfort of a bus have found the tour suitable. It is a tour in autobus in hop-on hop-off mode, for 24 or 48 hours. What does hop-on hop-off mean? Your ticket will be valid for the entire scheduled journey and for the entire period (24 or 48 hours, depending on your choice): you can get on and off the bus whenever you want, at the available stops.



    • 24 hour ticket

      • From € 45,00 (per person)
    • 48 hour ticket

      • Also includes a panoramic night tour and bus tour to Sausalito
      • From € 55,00 (per person)

    More info on the 2 tickets

    San Francisco helicopter tour

    That's right: there is another way to see San Francisco, a point of view usually reserved for seagulls and other birds ... i helicopter tour in San Francisco they are the most popular, because the spectacle of the bay from above is very suggestive and unprecedented. We point out two possible solutions with different duration:

    • Helicopter flight 1:
      • duration 15-20 minutes (from about 189 euros per person)
    • Helicopter flight 2:
      • duration 25-30 minutes (from about 246 euros per person)

    More about flight 1

    More about flight 2

    San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

    Cross the legendary Golden Gate Bridge in bicicletta it is an experience absolutely to do, and not only because it allows you to achieve Sausalito: the view over the bay while pedaling is wonderful and literally unmissable. There is a guided bike tour departing from Fisherman's Wharf, but you can also have the cheaper option of renting a bike and organizing your itinerary in San Francisco on your own.


    • Guided bike tour
      • Duration: 180 minutes
      • From €48,00;
    • Bike rent
      • Duration: 24 h
      • Da € 31 (24 h)

    More info on the tour


    More info on bike rental

    Bay cruise and Golden Gate + Alcatraz

    If you don't want to give up sailing on the San Francisco bay you can choose an elegant cruise in catamaran or boat, to get as close as possible to the Golden Gate Bridge, greet the sea lions and admire San Francisco from their point of view. For a little more, you can enjoy a cruise with visit to Alcatraz. We recommend that you check the availability of prison visits on the tour website.

    • San Francisco: Sunset Catamaran Cruise with Bay and Golden Gate

      • Duration: 1,5 hours
      • Da € 79,00 (per person)

    More info on the tour

    • San Francisco: Bay Cruise with Golden Gate and Alcatraz Visit (Optional)

      • Duration: 6 hours
      • From € 43,00 (per person)

    More info on the tour

    More info on the tour (with Alcatraz visit)

    Convertible Beetle Tour

    Visit San Francisco in a convertible beetle from the 60s it's not a bad luxury! Imagine the amazed and envious glances of those who will see you pass the impervious Lombard Street or the Golden Gate Bridge, up to Sausalito or Muir Woods, under the giant sequoias. This nice tour will allow you to visit the city thanks to a GPS installed on board and to record your journey with an HD camera. The duration of the tour is 3 hours.

    • 3 hour tour

      • From € 47 euro (Groups up to 4)

    More info on the Tour

    3-hour San Francisco Segway tour on the waterfront

    Not everyone thinks it's comfortable, but the Segway is the latest trend in tourism! You can ride your Segway along the San Francisco waterfront with the help of a guide, who will also offer you a training session before leaving. The tour lasts 3 hours, but with your vehicle you will reach some of the most unforgettable destinations in the city.

    • Duration: about 3 hours
    • From € 70,00 (per person)

    More info on the tour

    Tour 49 Mile Drive GoCar

    Among the many tours to visit San Francisco you missed the one with the GoCar, the first speaking machine (Italian language included) with Integrated GPS, who will guide you through the streets of San Francisco, telling you its history and culture, just like a real guide. The tour lasts 5 hours and will also take you along the famous 49 Mile Drive. Before departure there is a training session to understand how to tame this enterprising car!

    More info on the Tour

    Other tours in San Francisco

    If you want to have an even wider choice, here is a series of useful links to find the tour that suits your tastes.

    Tutti i tour in bus hop-on  hop-off

    Here are all the tourist bus tours available: there are some that also include additional advantageous discounts!

    • Tutti i tour hop-on hop-off

     All bay cruises

    If you want to enjoy the spectacle of a cruise that takes you off the San Francisco Bay:

    • All cruises

    Tour del Golden Gate Bridge

    If you are fascinated by the engineering masterpiece that connects San Francisco to Sausalito:

    • All activities and tours

    All GoCar tours

    If you liked the idea of ​​driving a talking car:

    • All GoCar tours

    Useful sites where to find San Francisco tours

    Finally, we point out three sites where you will find all, but all the tours of San Francisco:

    • Tour su Expedia
    • Tour on Viator
    • Tour su GetYourGuide
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