San Francisco in a Day: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Skyline Bay Cruise

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  • 8 hr

Combine some of San Francisco's top sites - Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, and North Beach all in a single-day expertly guided walking tour. Cap your experience at the end of the day with a one-hour bay cruise to the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island. This combination of stops is totally unique from traditional San Francisco tours, but it lets travelers get a better look at the true culture and history of the city. Hop aboard a cable car through the Financial District and down into Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. Hit Lombard Street, walk paths unknown and snap photos of the Golden Gate Bridge from a totally different perspective - the water directly under this iconic wonder.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Ferry Building Marketplace

This spectacularly designed day in San Francisco starts near the architecturally pristine Ferry Building, once the busiest port in the world. Wander through and see San Francisco's original port with views of Treasure Island and the Bay Bridge (Yep, that bridge that fell in the 1989 earthquake!).

Duration: 30 minutes

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It's from our favorite "in-the-know" stop we'll skip the massive lines and board the iconic San Francisco Cable Car without any of the crowds. As this moving piece of history climbs one of the many hills of San Francisco, the storefronts in the Financial District fade and the opulent homes of Nob Hill begin to appear.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Nob Hill

At the top of Nob Hill learn about the industrial tycoons who helped fund the early city.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Grace Cathedral

Wander into Grace Cathedral with its striking Gothic interior and gem of artistic artifacts including a bevy of stained glass windows.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Chinatown

Heading back down the hill, it's on to bustling, culturally-soaked Chinatown. As the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest in North America, your personal local will weave you through the most vibrant spaces and lesser-known sites. Take in the small Tin How Temple and peek into a traditional Eastern pharmacy to see the various herbs and medicinal powders.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Golden Gate Fortune Cookies Co

Stop by the legendary Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory for insight into the art of fortune cookie making! Not only will you be able to try warm cookies just off the machine, but you will also take home a personalized treat just for you!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: North Beach

After the lunch break, journey through the years of the counterculture movement - the 1960s, when Beat poets like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac mingled with the little Italian grandmothers on the streets of North Beach. Following a deep dive into the city’s artistic roots on Jack Kerouac Alley, move up Columbus Avenue - the main strip through the thriving neighborhood.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Coit Tower

Your guide will uncover more of the hidden gems the lie beneath the usual hotspots including the interesting story as to why this famed San Francisco landmark was built - at the request of a very eccentric character in our city's history.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Lombard Street

Further north, climb two blocks to "The Crookedest Street in the World", San Francisco's famed Lombard Street to see the 8 turns in one city block framed by blooming hydrangeas. Let your guide snap a photo we hope makes it to your holiday card!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Ghirardelli Square

Head into the chocolate empire of Ghirardelli Square. Pause to savor a piece of chocolate (complimentary, of course), then wander on down to Fisherman's Wharf.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Fisherman's Wharf

It may be one of the city’s busiest tourist areas, but your guide will show you how to navigate the popular area before heading to Pier 39 to meet the real stars of the city: San Francisco’s resident sea lions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Pier 39

Navigate down the Pier to a special spot to view the famed San Francisco sea lions, some of our most prized visitors-turned-locals.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Golden Gate Bridge

You’ll round out the afternoon with a cruise across the bay, taking in some of the city’s best sights from the sea. Your boat sails along the waterfront past the Marina District, on to the Presidio, and travels under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Alcatraz Island

A loop of Alcatraz Island is a welcome addition to the hour-long jaunt - the closest you can get to it without Alcatraz tickets.

Duration: 30 minutes
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