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San Francisco Tours Overview

San Francisco

San Francisco tours emphasize the fun, history, wildlife and rarely-seen aspects of the region. Enjoy a city tour with hop-on, hop-off service aboard San Francisco bus tours. Take one of several boating adventures from dinner cruises to a speedboat thrill ride. See one of the largest groupings of grand Victorian homes on a Pacific Heights walking tour. Walk the cell blocks a notorious prison on an Alcatraz tour. Explore the bizarre at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. A guided tour can be your best bet for getting the most out of your trip.

Wine Country

Calistoga Balloons is located in Calistoga at the intersection of Highways 29 and 128. Help your crew in getting your hot air balloon to rise with the sun to heights from 500 to 10,000 feet. Float with the wind above vineyards and chateaus. Hot air balloon rides are celebrated afterwards with a complimentary champagne brunch. Meet at the Calistoga Railroad Depot or arrange pick up from a local hotel. Passengers are shuttled back to origination points after the flight.

Calistoga Balloons
Calistoga Railroad Depot
1458 Lincoln Avenue
Calistoga, CA 94515
(888) 995-7700

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Napa Valley Aloft is located north of Napa in the upscale town of Yountville. Passengers meet at the V Marketplace off Market Street to inflate and board a hot air balloon. Soar between 1,000 and 3,000 feet above Napa Valley in a 3½ to 4-hour hot air balloon rides. See corduroy vineyards, Mt. St. Helena, the Mayacamas Mountain Range and the Vaca Range. Enjoy a post-flight champagne breakfast. Free shuttle is available to those staying in Yountville and other Napa Valley towns for a small fee.

Napa Valley Aloft
6525 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-4400

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Napa Valley Bike Tours is located off Highway 29 in downtown Yountville. Napa Valley Bike Tours offers bike rentals and several bike tour options for exploring the Napa wine country. Choose to ride along the country roads, through Napa vineyards, or combine your ride with hot air balloon rides or spa treatment. Self-guided bike tours are also available where points of interest, delis and Napa wineries are all planned for you already.

Napa Valley Bike Tours
6500 Washington Street
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 251-8687

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Balloons Above the Valley is located in Napa near the intersection of Highways 12 and 29. Soar above the Napa Valley in a seven person wicker basket. Help your crew in getting your hot air balloon to rise with the sun to heights from 500 to 10,000 feet. Float with the wind above vineyards and chateaus. A "balloonist toast" commemorates the end of all hot air balloon rides. Vehicles carry passengers back from the landing zone.

Balloons Above the Valley
603 California Boulevard
Napa, California 94559
(800) 464-6824

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Wine tours are plentiful for visiting various Napa wineries without having to drive. Choose from a luxury automobile or limousine with your own private driver to group tour buses or a tour on a converted Cable Car. Visit everything from micro-boutique wineries to chateaus and huge castles. Get behind-the-scenes access to wineries that the general public doesn't normally experience. Some wine tasting tours include picnic lunches and pick-up & drop-off service from local hotels.

  • Napa Winery Shuttle
    Napa, California 94581
    (707) 257-1950
    Map  |   Website

  • Platypus Wine Tours
    101 S Coombs Street
    Napa, CA 94559
    (707) 253-2723
    Map  |   Website

  • Napa Valley Wine Trolley
    1436 Second Street
    Suite #305
    Napa, CA 94559
    (707) 252-6100
    Map  |   Website

  • Napa Adventures Luxury Wine Tours
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    (707) 531-7133
    Map  |   Website

  • Beau Wine Tours
    21707 8th Street E
    Sonoma, CA 95476
    (707) 938-8001
    Map  |   Website

  • California Wine Tours and Transportation
    4075 Solano Avenue
    Napa, CA 94558
    (800) 294-6386
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Wine cave tours are available at several local wineries. Tour the fermentation wine caves and taste the wines of local wineries. See Venetian-inspired caves, underground waterfalls, historic caves and more. These are the top cave tours in Wine Country.

NAPA VALLEY

Beringer Vineyards
2000 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 95474
(707) 963-8989
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Rutherford Hill Winery
200 Rutherford Hill Road
Rutherford, CA 94573
(707) 963-1871
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Del Dotto Historic Winery & Caves
1055 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 963-2134
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Del Dotto Historic Winery & Caves
1055 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 963-2134
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Jarvis Estate
2970 Monticello Road
Napa, CA 94558
(707) 255-5280
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SONOMA VALLEY

Bella Vineyards & Wine Caves
9711 W. Dry Creek Road
Healdsburg, CA 95448
(707) 473-9171
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Buena Vista Winery
18000 Old Winery Road
Sonoma, CA 95476
(800) 926-1266
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Napa Walking Tours are 90-minute tours up the Napa Riverwalk and back through the Mansion District. Learn about the local history including Native Americans, the Gold Rush, Victorian era, Prohibition and the transformation of Wine Country. Walking tours end at a local microbrewery where guests then sample Napa's finest craft beers.

Napa Walking Tours
Napa, California 94559
(707) 815-1277

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Napa Valley Paddle offer stand-up paddleboard tours (SUP) of the Napa River. Rent a SUP and explore the Napa River on your own. Pass by wineries through the popular oxbow portion of the river. Stop off and grab lunch at the historic Napa Mill. Top off your experience with wine tasting at local Napa wineries. Pick up and drop off service from local hotels.

Napa Valley Paddle
Napa, California 94559
(707) 666-1628

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Sonoma Bike Tours is located off Highway 12 in downtown Sonoma. Sonoma Bike Tours offers bike rentals and several bike tours for exploring the Sonoma wine country. Choose to ride along the country roads or through Sonoma vineyards. Self-guided bike tours are also available where points of interest, delis and Sonoma wineries are all planned for you already.

Sonoma Bike Tours
520 Broadway
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-2453

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Nike Missile Sites are decommissioned anti-aircraft missile command centers from the Cold War Era that are located throughout the Bay Area. For two decades following WWII, the Nike missiles protected our nation's borders from enemy aircraft until finally taken out of service in 1979. Site SF-88L at Fort Barry has been restored and offers tours to the public of a museum, launch pads and command center. Some disabled Nike missiles remain and can be viewed on the tour.

SF-88 Nike Missile Site
Fort Barry
Sausalito, California 94965
(415) 331-1453

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Seaplane tours depart from Sausalito with a complimentary pick-up service from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. View major attractions like Fisherman's Wharf, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Prison and Muir Woods National Park from the air. Flights last from 30 to 40 minutes and provide rare photo opportunities. Consider chartering your own flight to the Ceago Winery in Lake County. They have a seaplane accessible dock and feature Tuscan architecture with fields of lavender.

San Francisco Seaplane Tours
Sausalito Harbor
Sausalito, California 94133
(415) 332-4843

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San Francisco

Segway Tours

Segway tours are offered by two separate tour companies. Join a guide and hit the streets with other Segway tourists as you visit some of the city's most interesting sites including Golden Gate Park and Sausalito on this city tour. Segway lessons are provided.

  • Electric Tour Company
    757 Beach Street - Rear Parking Lot
    San Francisco CA 94109
    (415) 474-3130
    Map  |   Website

  • City Segway Tours
    505 Beach Street
    Suite 50
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    (877) 734-8687
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San Francisco Movie Tours features custom Theaters-on-Wheels for touring the city. They come complete with big screens and surround sound. Visit film locations and view the actual scenes from the movies the site was featured. A professional actor/comedian turned guide provides additional details about the location. Local movie locations include those from Vertigo, Bullitt, The Maltese Falcon, Dirty Harry and many more. The 3-hour movie tour includes more than 100 films and visits all the popular regions and sights including Fisherman's Wharf, Union Square, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Bridge and more. Pick up points include Union Square and Nob Hill.

San Francisco Movie Tours
268 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 624-4949

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Classic Cable Car Sightseeing is located at the corner of Taylor and Jefferson across from Fisherman's Wharf. Take a city tour in an historic Cable Car that's been modified with wheels rather than run on track. These trolley tours visit all the popular local attractions like Ghirardelli Square, Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point, Chinatown, Pacific Heights and much more. This is the only Cable Car that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge. Choose to join others on a tour or charter a Cable Car just for your group.

Classic Cable Car Sightseeing
Fisherman's Wharf
Taylor and Jefferson
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 596-9929

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Fire Engine Tours is an unique tour aboard a classic city fire engine to many of the city's most popular sights. Engine Company 33 operated out of the historic fire station from 1896 to 1974 until the modern trucks could no longer fit through the bay doors. Since then, a husband and wife team has run city tours aboard the decommissioned trucks to sites like the Presidio, Fort Point, Sausalito, the Cannery and more.

TIP: We saw the Fire Engine Tour go by as we were biking the Golden Gate Bridge. The driver was ringing the bell and everyone on the bridge and fire engine were waving back and forth. It seemed like people were having more fun on that tour than any other we saw during our visit.

Fire Engine Tours
2801 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 333-7077

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GoCar offers self-guided city tours in little yellow cars with GPS navigation and narration. Drive at your own pace as the car uses GPS navigation to point you to and tell you about the interesting facts along the way. Stop for pictures or lunch at your leisure, or zip through town and as many sites as you can fit in a day. Choose from 3 different rental locations.

  • GoCar Tours
    Fisherman's Wharf West
    2715 Hyde Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
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  • GoCar Tours
    Fisherman's Wharf East
    431 Beach Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
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  • GoCar Tours
    Union Square
    321 Mason Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (800) 914-6227
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The Flower Power Walking Tour meets in Haight-Ashbury across the street from the Stanyan Park Hotel. Join this far-out tour that delves 60% into hippy history and 40% into neighborhood and architectural history. Walk in the footsteps of rock-n-roll legends like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joni Mitchell and The Grateful Dead. Don't forget to put a flower in your hair.

Flower Power Haight Ashbury Walking Tour
Waller and Stanyan Streets
San Francisco, California 94117
(800) 979-3370

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Pacific Heights Walking Tours meet at the Haas-Lilienthal House every Sunday. These city walking tours visit the most stunning neighborhoods with a knowledgeable guides from the San Francisco Architectural Heritage. Enjoy two-hours worth of Queen Anne Victorians elaborately decorated with turrets, gables, gingerbread and gold leaf. Hear the tales of the fame, fortune and great 1906 earthquake that raised and leveled the city.

Pacific Heights Walking Tours
2007 Franklin Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 441-3011

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Blue and Gold Fleet

Blue and Gold Fleet cruises depart from Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise in comfort on these popular boat tours to Alcatraz Prison, Sausalito, Tiburon or Angel Island to name just a few of the offered destinations. Take a short sightseeing tour under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island and back. Dinner cruises and themed events are also offered.

Blue & Gold Fleet
Pier 39 Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 773-1188

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Red and White Fleet cruises depart from Pier 43½ in Fisherman's Wharf. Cruise in comfort on these popular boat tours to Alcatraz Island, Sausalito, Tiburon, or under the Golden Gate Bridge to name just a few of the offered destinations. Take a short sightseeing tour under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Prison and back. Dinner cruises and themed events are also offered.

Red and White Fleet
Pier 43½ Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 673-2900

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Victorian Walking Tours meet at the corner of Powell and Post Streets in Union Square. These 2½-hour city walking tours visit the beautiful neighborhoods of Pacific Heights and Cow Hollow. Hop on a bus and head out for a look at some of the city's most exquisite Queen Anne Victorian homes. Walk at a leisurely pace as your tour guide explains the history and interesting facts of many historic Victorian homes, mansions and gardens.

Victorian Walking Tours
Powell and Post Streets
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 252-9485

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The Urban Safari offers city tours to the most popular local attractions aboard zebra-striped safari vehicles and buses. Many destinations include the hidden, more cultural places like the Mission District, movie locations, murals & artistry, lookout points and architectural wonders. Other tours include a behind the scenes zoo tour, bar hopping, Summer of Love tour, Ghost hunting and many more unique and off-beat tours. Pickup and drop off at your hotel or prearranged location.

The Urban Safari
San Francisco, California 94133
(866) 697-2327

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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Path

Bike tours are available from multiple operators and locations throughout the city. Tour the Golden Gate Park, Fisherman's Wharf, Sausalito, or ride the Golden Gate Bridge so you can say you did it. Many bike types are available including road, comfort, mountain, tandem and even electric bikes for tackling the infamously steep hills with ease.

  • Bay City Bike
    1325 Columbus Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    (415) 346-2453
    Map  |   Website

  • San Francisco Bicycle Rentals
    425 Jefferson Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    (415) 922-4537
    Map  |   Website

  • Bike and Roll
    353 Jefferson Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    (415) 229-2000
    Map  |   Website

  • Blazing Saddles
    465 Jefferson Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    (415) 202-8888
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Extranomical offers tours to many distant destinations such as Yosemite, Monterey, Muir Woods and Napa Valley as well as city tours and bay tours. All tour options are offered in comfortable carpool vans. Even the more distant locations like Yosemite National Park are only a one-day excursion.

Extranomical
690 Fifth Street
Suite #205
San Francisco, California 94107
(415) 357-0700

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Wok Wiz Chinatown Walking Tours offers culinary walking tours of Chinatown. They have been voted #1 walking tour by several travel magazines and newspapers. Follow your Chinese host to some of Chinatown's best restaurants while learning about the history of the Chinese during the Gold Rush.

Wok Wiz
250 King Street
Suite 268
San Francisco, California 94107
(650) 355-9657

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Double-Decker Sightseeing Tours

Double-Decker Bus Tours are offered by City Sightseeing San Francisco. Board English-style, open top double-decker buses and tour many popular local attractions including Union Square, Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Ghirardelli Square and many more. They offer hop-on, hop-off bus tours for your convenience. Spend as much time as you like exploring a region and hop on the next bus tour when you're ready. Stop and start your city tour at any location.

City Sightseeing San Francisco
165 Jefferson Street #C
San Francisco, California 94133
(866) 641-8687

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Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz Prison is located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. Alcatraz Prison was once the home of notorious criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly. Alcatraz Prison is now closed except to tourists on Alcatraz tours. Boat trips to Alcatraz Prison can be caught from Fisherman's Wharf several times per day. The Alcatraz Prison tour is self-guided with headsets. Also known as 'The Rock', there were no successful escape attempts from Alcatraz Prison during its 30 years of service between 1934 to 1963. Advance reservation is recommended through Blue & Gold Fleet.

Alcatraz Prison via Fisherman's Wharf
Pier 41
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 705-5555

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San Francisco City Hall

San Francisco City Hall is an exquisite example of American Renaissance architecture with its columns and dome lavishly adorned with gold leaf, intricate carvings and grand staircase on the interior. It's worth visiting and very picturesque. Weddings and receptions are commonly held at City Hall. The current City Hall was completed in 1915 and replaced the old structure after it was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake that leveled much of the city. It has been featured in many blockbuster films including The Enforcer starring Clint Eastwood and Milk starring Sean Penn. Tour on your own or make a reservation for a docent-led tour.

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-6139

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Haas-Lilienthal House is located off Highway 101 (Van Ness Avenue) between Jackson and Washington. Haas-Lilienthal is an exquisite example of a Queen Anne Victorian home that is open to the public for viewing. The home is furnished with period furniture and artifacts. Open daily with tours every 30 minutes. Admission is minimal.

Haas-Lilienthal House
2007 Franklin Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 441-3000

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Edible Excursions offers food tours in both San Francisco and the East Bay regions of Oakland and Berkeley. Join a behind-the-scenes epicurean tour to some of the Bay Area's most unique, eclectic, ethnic and tasty small-business restaurants. Visit bars, bakeries, creameries, delis and more at the Ferry Building & Farmers Market, Japantown, Mission District and Alcatraz Island. Award-winning food tours range from 2 to 3 hours and begin at various locations.

Edible Excursions
71 Cuvier Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 806-5970

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East Bay

The Jelly Belly Factory is located off Interstate 80 in Fairfield. Take a 40-minute tour through the factory where over 150 different treats are created from jelly beans to chocolates. Finish your visit in the Jelly Belly Candy Store where you can purchase logoed items, toys, apparel and take advantage of reduced prices on overstock items and Belly Flops.

Jelly Belly Candy Company
1 Jelly Belly Lane
Fairfield, CA 94534
(707) 428-2800

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Edible Excursions offers food tours in both San Francisco and the East Bay regions of Oakland and Berkeley. Join a behind-the-scenes epicurean tour to some of the Bay Area's most unique, eclectic, ethnic and tasty small-business restaurants. Visit delis, bakeries, bars and wine bars in Uptown Oakland and a coffee, pizza and butcher shops in the Gourmet Ghetto of Berkeley. Award-winning food tours range from 2 to 3 hours and begin at various locations.

Edible Excursions
71 Cuvier Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 806-5970

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South Bay

Winchester Mystery House

Winchester Mystery House is a large Victorian mansion constructed by the heiress of the notorious Winchester Rifle founder. Sarah Winchester believed she was haunted by the people that Winchester rifles had killed over the years and she needed to continue building on the home in order to avoid being harmed by these ghosts. Thirty-eight years later, the result is a 160 room Victorian mansion displaying Tiffany windows, gold and silver chandeliers and exquisite carpentry. The carpentry also borders on bizarre with doors in the floor, staircases that lead to dead ends, and unfinished room additions throughout the property. Guided tours are held daily and events include Friday the 13th flashlight tours.

Winchester Mystery House
525 South Winchester Boulevard
San Jose, California 95128
(408) 247-2101

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Bay Area

Whale watching tours are quickly growing as whale populations have significantly increased in recent years. Whale watching tours are offered from every harbor along the California coast. Catch a close-up glimpse of these majestic giants as they migrate between Alaska and Baja Mexico. MORE DETAILS


Horseback riding tours are available from Bodega Bay to Half Moon Bay. Whether looking for a sightseeing trip on the bluffs of Point Reyes or leisurely jaunt through Golden Gate Park, there are many stables in the Bay Area that can accommodate your interest.  MORE DETAILS


Kayak tours operate from wine country to Half Moon Bay. Paddle the calm waters of Lake Berryessa or Sausalito Harbor or catch a wave at Stinson Beach. Most places included all the necessary equipment, lessons and tours.  MORE DETAILS


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