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San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

Start your tour near the Ferry Building with a view of what was once one of the busiest ports in the world. Then catch an iconic San Francisco cable car from a favorite stop and learn what makes this very unique public transport so special. Disembark atop Nob Hill and learn about the industrial tycoons who built the city as you wander through Huntington Park. Visit the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral. Enter the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Taste fresh fortune cookies and see hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as you learn how the neighborhood went from being a seedy red-light district to one of the most vibrant enclaves in the city. For a little treat, pop into the legendary Golden Gate Factory for an insight into the art (and logistics) of fortune cookie making. Receive a special custom-made cookie to take home. Also get advice on where to eat if you want to come back to try the world-famous dim sum. Then, visit Lombard Street, called the "most crooked street in the world", Fisherman's Wharf, and Ghirardelli Square. See Fisherman’s Wharf, explore the old docks, and smell the fresh bread in the famous Boudin Bakery.  Take a pause at Ghirardelli Square for a sample of famous chocolate. After this, continue on to your final highlight of the day — a gorgeous bay cruise of the historic waterfront. Relax and tune into the included audio device to hear some fascinating tales. Admire beautiful views of the San Francisco skyline in every direction and sail past the famous Pier 39 sea lions, right under the Golden Gate Bridge and around Alcatraz Island (the closest you can get without booking a ticket), a perfect end to a San Francisco day.

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4.5 / 5

based on 100 reviews

Had the loveliest day. Maggie is a kind, knowledgeable and easy going guide who manages to ensure you get a lot out from the 8 hours spent together. She’s got plenty of insider tips to take you off the tourist path which is great. The tour itself is a perfect balance of walking, using public transport and having rest breaks for anyone wondering how the day breaks down. The highlight was the boat cruise but I generally enjoyed it all. Thoroughly recommended. Ps. We did have a small group of solo travellers but I’m sure the tour would have been fine with a bigger group.

For me, and i am a big girl, there was more walking than I would have liked, but the guide said many times that if it became too much, let him know: and I did, and he got me an uber to the last stop. (I did make it through 70% of the tour so I only missed one stop) He was awesome about it. As a guide, he was terrific, very knowledgeable. He was able to take facts about the city and make them enjoyable as well as personal. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Fantastic trip! We saw all the main parts of San Francisco with such ease. I do wish we spent more time in Ghirardelli Square, but the whole trip from start to finish was superb. Thank you Maggie for a fabulous day!

Our guide was Maggie and she was wonderful. She clearly enjoyed showing us her beautiful city! The walk was great and I didn't feel any part was too strenuous. She did a great job!

Maggie you are awesome! Will really recommend this tour.