Whether one is touring by bike, air, a classic beetle, bus, or anything else, there are different ways to take in the exquisiteness of San Francisco and come across its top-tier attractions.
In San Francisco, one can experience different guided tours, including night tours, walking tours, and bay cruises. Without forgetting a magical bus tour, fisherman’s Wharf tour, or even an SF movie tour. One can also take several day tours, either to Sonoma or Napa or even both, and adventure to Carmel or Monterey or a helicopter ride above the city.
Below are top guided tours worth every penny that suits adventurers, history buffs, foodies, and anyone who will find something that suits them.
10 San Francisco Whale Tours (Watch Whales At The Golden Gate)
One should head to San Francisco bay and watch whales that pass near those waters with San Francisco Whale Tours. It is a two and half hour cruise. One sees harbor seals, porpoises, sea birds, and humpback whales. One also experiences the Golden Gate Bridge view; note that food is not provided on this tour, but one can carry their food. Don't forget to bring heavy clothes, i.e., hats, gloves, and jackets. The tickets begin from $120 per person.
9 San Francisco Movie Tours ( San Francisco Movie Sights City Tour)
Many movies have been shot in San Francisco, so one will get to see all the top filming locations for productions such as "Ant-man", "Mrs. Doubt fire", and "Full house". It’s a 3-hour trip, and one gets to watch clips on big screens and a top-tier surround system sound. Tickets cost $ 35 for kids aged 5 to 7 years, $60 for adults, and $ 50 for seniors. The tour is offered daily from 10 am to 1 pm.
8 Vista Grande Helicopter Tour ( San Francisco Helicopters)
Get a chance to enjoy a 30-minute helicopter tour and have a birds-eye view of the city. One can fly over top scenes such as Angel Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Alcatraz. The flight is spectacular and one of the best helicopter tours that one can ever take. The trip happens three times a day, and tickets cost around $280 for an adult and $120 for kids between 2 to 12 years.
7 Ferry Building Food Tour And Alcatraz Excursion
In this tour, one combines two iconic landmarks in San Francisco. It all begins by touring top purveyors at the Ferry Building Marketplace alongside food tastings of artisan bread, chocolates, cheeses, and more! Secondly, cruising to Alcatraz and a fully guided tour in its pre-historic prison, one can even choose to stay in Alcatraz before taking a ferry back. The ticket costs $165 per person. Note that the tours are available twice a week.
6 SF City Sites Tour (SeaPlane Adventures)
After one has walked the city streets and sailed the bay waters, one should consider a 20-minute air tour from Seaplane Adventures. One departs from Sausalito, and flies over downtown, above Angel Island, and Alcatraz before going back to Sausalito. The tickets cost $155 per child and $179 per adult. It is one of the best tours that a person can take with their loved ones as there is a lot to experience.
5 Mission District Food Tour(Avital Food Tours)
Get to eat in one of San Francisco’s infamous neighborhoods with Avitals Food tours. It is a 3-4 hour tour where one gets to experience colorful murals and Mexican cuisine. At four area restaurants, one can enjoy four meal courses, two appetizers, a dessert, and an entrée. Tastings fluctuate with each tour, but they may consist of tacos, cheese, burritos, salted caramel ice cream, or churros. Tickets begin from $99 per person. This trip is not the best suited for older children and adults as kids don’t get discounts.
4 The Love tour
Get to drive across fifteen neighborhoods in a prototypical Volkswagen hippie bus for two hours. One gets to see sites like Haight Ashbury and Lombard Street and know San Francisco's history. There will be two stops at the city skyline and Golden Gate Bridge to take photos. The van can only carry six passengers, and tickets start from $69 per person. Note that children four years and below are accepted only on private tours.
3 Muir Woods And Sausalito Tour(Gray Line San Francisco)
It is a 4-6 hour tour from Grayline San Francisco to Muir Woods National Monument and gets to see the lovely redwood trees closely. After exploring the woods, one proceeds to Sausalito, a pretty town across the bay full of shopping, art galleries, and waterfront dining. Ticket prices begin from $59 for kids aged 5 to 11 years and $89 for adults.
2 Yosemite National Park And Giant Sequoias Tour
After having enough of the city, visit Yosemite National Park, a 15-hour tour. One stops at Tuolumne Meadows to see the 2000-year-old jumbo sequoia trees and later stops at Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, and El Capitan. There are tour guides to explain everything. The trip is offered daily, and it costs approximately $ 1645 for kids that are 11 years and below and $179 for adults. Note that the tickets do not cover meals.
1 Haunted San Francisco Ghost Tour(Wild SF Walking Tours)
Lastly, get to experience Wild SF's San Francisco Ghost tour, full of spooky and intriguing information the tour guides give. It is a nighttime walking tour that lasts for 90 minutes. One gets to hear the dark side of San Francisco's history, which consists of haunted hotel tales, serial killers, and many more. Tickets begin from $33 per person, and this tour is suitable for travelers that are ten years and above.