San Francisco City Tour in San Francisco, CA

Fogcutter Tours*HOTEL PICK-UP ONLY*San Francisco, CA 94108
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This San Francisco sightseeing tour gets travelers to see everything that the City offers, with various places included in the itinerary and a local guide that teaches them the local tips and tricks. Guests can hop on and off the bus to see the art and culture up close and understand what makes the City by the Bay so special!

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Good To Know

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  • Dates vary per season.
  • Tour includes landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Embarcadero.
  • Hotel pickup is available.
  • Food is not included in the tour.
  • Drop off is not included in the package. Plan accordingly for transportation from Pier 39 to your next adventure.
  • Dress in layers and bring relevant items such as sunblocks and ponchos, as San Francisco weather is unpredictable.
  • Blankets and heavy jackets are available on the bus for use.


from San Francisco City Tour
Discover San Francisco - a city known for a vintage feel, innovative cuisine, gorgeous scenery, public art, diverse cultures, and something unique happening every day.

Each day is built just for the small group and unique goings-on in the City that day. The itinerary is open - we will always stop at San Francisco's classic landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge and Twin Peaks and typically roll through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, and the Embarcadero.

The tour will also leave the big buses behind, explore street-art alleys in the Mission, mosaic stairways in the Sunset, the laid-back vibe of the Presidio, our Beaux-Arts City Hall, famous "Painted Ladies" at Alamo Square. And go down the real crookedest street in San Francisco (not Lombard). It all depends on what's best just that day.

It's a long morning, so midway through the tour will stop at a local market where the group can get a quick lunch and do some local people watching. The tour will finish in the Fisherman's Wharf area in the early afternoon. The San Francisco City Tour can find a mutually convenient endpoint if your afternoon plans take you elsewhere.

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Francisco City Tour

How long is the San Francisco City Tour?

This San Francisco sightseeing tour is approximately 4 hours long.

Is parking provided? If so, what is the fee?

If you will be driving in or using a taxi or rideshare plan to meet at the Hotel Zephyr at 250 Beach Street in Fisherman's Wharf. There are several flat-rate lots in the area where you can leave your car while you are on tour and be close by when you finish up at Alcatraz.

What should I wear?

The weather in San Francisco is variable and the sides of the van are open, so dress accordingly. Sunglasses and sunblock are recommended. Dress in layers that you can add or subtract over the course of the day. We have blankets and heavy jackets on the bus for your use as well.

Is the tour appropriate for children?

Children of all ages are welcome. Children under five will need a car seat. Please bring your own or contact us to arrange something. When there are kids on board we try to take special care to spark their interest with stops at neighborhood parks or other places of interest.

Is transportation included? If so, where is the pick-up spot, or how do I arrange it?

Generally, pickup will be in the morning between 9 am and 9:45 am, but the time changes depending on the number of pickup stops and where your location is on the route. Please note that the tour will contact you at your hotel the day before to advise an exact time. You will be dropped off at the pier to take the boat out to Alcatraz where you can visit at your leisure returning on any of the boats running every 30-minutes. When you return to the pier there are many transportation options to make your way back to your hotel or out to dinner. Fogcutter Tours will not be waiting at the pier for transportation.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, lots of amazing photo opportunities.

What’s included in my ticket/experience?

Each day the tour is different and tailored to what is going on in the city and what guests are interested in. The tour will always visit the Golden Gate Bridge and a great viewpoint like Twin Peaks and typically roll through neighborhoods like North Beach, Pacific Heights, Haight-Ashbury, Castro, Mission, and the Embarcadero. The tour includes a professional guide and hotel pick-up in San Francisco.

Can I bring my own food/beverages?

You are welcome to bring snacks on tour. The tour will make a stop at a well-stocked market where you can buy lunch, snacks, coffee, and more before heading out to Alcatraz on tour. Alcohol is not allowed on Alcatraz Island.