Tours in San Francisco

$19.99 for a 90-Minute Holiday-Lights Trolley Tour from Gray Line of San Francisco ($27.99 Value)

Gray Line of San Francisco

Fisherman's Wharf

Groups take in the sights and sounds of the holidays with a 90-minute trolley tour that passes some of the city’s most notable landmarks

$27.99 $19.99

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Holiday-Lights Tour for One Child or Adult from City Sightseeing (Up to 53% Off)

City Sightseeing

Fisherman's Wharf

After a 90-minute holiday-lights sightseeing tour featuring Union Square and Pier 39, sightseers sip hot cocoa

$30 $15

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$38 for a Golden Gate Park Segway Tour from Segway Tours Electric Tour Company ($70 Value)

Segway Tours Electric Tour Company

Golden Gate Park Location

A guide leads and narrates a 7-mile tour through the Eastern section of Golden Gate Park past photo-worthy views and historic landmarks

$70 $38

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Membership for 1 or 2, or Private Tour for Up to 10 from San Francisco City Guides (Up to 54% Off)

San Francisco City Guides

Civic Center

70+ monthly tours offered year-round, each focused on the architecture, history, and legends of San Francisco

$75 $35

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There's More to the Mission Than Burritos Tour for 2, 4, 6, or 15 from San Francisco Food Safari (Up to 57% Off)

San Francisco Food Safari

Mission District

Tour takes guests through the Mission District to learn about multicultural cuisine

$40 $20

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“USS Pampanito” Historic Submarine Tour for Two Adults, Family of Six, or Up to 15 (Up to 67% Off)

USS Pampanito

Fisherman's Wharf

Restored WWII submarine shares its history via audio tours, oral histories, letters, and educational programs for adults and kids

$24 $12

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$69 for Three-Hour Sailing Tour for Two from Golden Gate Sailing Tours (Up to $150 Off)

Golden Gate Sailing Tours

Treasure Island

A yacht sails through the San Francisco Bay as passengers enjoy the sights and sounds

$150 $69

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City Tour for One or Two from Left Coast Tours (Up to 39% Off)

Left Coast Tours

Noah's Bagels

Three-hour tour winds past photogenic views of Treasure Island, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, Nob Hill, and Haight Ashbury

$45 $29

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Hybrid Bike Rental for One, Two, Three, Four, or Five from Bay City Bike (Up to 47% Off)

Bay City Bike

Fisherman's Wharf

Self-guided tours let guests choose whatever route they like through San Francisco’s famed 1,017-acre vernal paradise

$32 $19

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$55 for a 90-Minute Walking Photography Class in Golden Gate Park from Saano Adventures ($85 Value)

Saano Adventures

Golden Gate Park

Professional photographer teaches pupils to capture stunning images with their DSLRs or point-and-shoots in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park

$85 $55

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Two-Hour Cupcake Tour with Tastings for One, Two, or Four from Great Food Tours (Up to 60% Off)

Great Food Tours

San Francisco

Explore the many types of cupcakes by tasting the trendy treat at a variety of bakeries

$50 $25

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Walking Tour for Two or Four or Private Walking Tour for Six from Haight is Luv Tour Company (Up to 64% Off)

Haight is Luv Tour Company

Chinatown

Tours focus on the people who made the magic happen, and use 100+ photographs in order to complete the picture of the corner in 1967

$40 $18

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$37 for a Holiday Lights Tour from San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures ($75 Value)

San Francisco Fire Engine Tours & Adventures

Holiday Lights Tour

Gaze at the lights of downtown San Francisco from an open-topped 1955 Mack firetruck during a music-filled 90-minute tour

$75 $37

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Street-Art Tour for One or Two from Verlocal (Up to 59% Off)

Verlocal

Clarion Alley

San Francisco artists lead tours of street art starting at Clarion Alley for a walking tour that also passes by local cafés and diners

$35 $19

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Select Local Merchants

"If you want to aggressively snack your way through a neighborhood as you walk it," says Fodor's, "consider hanging with cookbook author Tom Medin or one of his local guides." Medin is one of the founders of Local Tastes of the City Tour/SF Food Tours, and he personally leads many of the company's walking tours, which seek out the soul of the city in its bakeries, restaurants, and cafes. The hunt for hidden gems might lead to Chinatown's oldest bakery and a fortune cookie-making demonstration, or through an authentic Western saloon. The North Beach tour, which has been recommended by Lonely Planet, presents a behind-the-scenes look at coffee-roasting by way of the favored hangouts of the Beat Generation. Even when a tour skirts the city's iconic landmarks via painted bus, each stop is replete with tastings and demos, which is why the guides recommend that visitors avoid eating before a tour or swallowing their backpacks for safekeeping.

2179 12th Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US

For Pioneer Limousines, the lap of luxury comes with a seat belt. The transportation outfit whisks away passengers within the comfortable confines of a fleet of vehicles, that includes a Cadillac Escalade, Mercedes Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Lincoln Town Car L-Series, and a stretch limo that can seat up to nine passengers. Piloting the regal rides and participating in an Earth-sized game of connect the dots, chauffeurs get customers from point A to point B via transport services that cater to airport travelers, wedding parties, and group outings.

2261 Market St.
San Francisco,
California
US

Bay Quackers gives its customers a multifaceted tour experience from the dually equipped confines of a DUKW (or Duck), a refurbished World War II–era military craft capable of navigating land and sea. Half tour bus, half tank, and half marlin, each vintage vehicle is equipped with six-wheel drive and tires that inflate and deflate to match the terrain. Quack suggestively at passersby as you wheel through neighborhoods such as North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square, then gape in slack-jawed astonishment as your driver plunges directly into the sea without incurring a fine or consulting an insurance agent. The seafaring leg of the journey includes aquatic highlights such as McCovey Cove and San Francisco Bay, as well as city and bridge views unattainable from the woefully conventional perspectives of the shore. Each tour lasts approximately 80 minutes.

2627 Taylor Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

On A Crooks Tour of San Francisco, a pair of guides leads guests through the dark and stormy chapters of the city's history, revealing 15 tales of murder, deceit, and lawlessness. Developed by crime historian Paul Drexler and retired deputy police chief Kevin Mullen, this 90-minute walking tour begins inside the Ferry Building Marketplace, before tourists are led outdoors to hear accounts of Barbary Coast, where victims were reportedly drugged, kidnapped, and forced to work at sea. They'll also learn about Confederate piracy in the San Francisco Bay during the Civil War and the mysterious disappearance of one of the city's police chiefs. Then, after one mile of touring, hearts will be thumping and goose flesh will be pimpling without the use of copyrighted Law & Order doink doinks.

1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Building
San Francisco,
CA
US

According to Sidewalk Food Tours of San Francisco, it's not the Golden Gate Bridge that ties the city together. It's the gooey cheese of its family pizzerias, the chocolate truffles of its dessert shops, and all of the region's other cuisines that help define the various neighborhoods—and their walking tours aim to introduce participants to those local flavors. In the Mission District, for instance, Sidewalk Food Tours' knowledgeable guides lead groups through tastings of tacos, falafel, and French-style bakery treats. In North Beach, they show how a large Italian American population resulted in restaurants that have endured more than 100 years. Along each route, the guides also impart facts about the neighborhood's history and culture, and reveal which buildings are built on a foundation of provolone cheese.

3310 Market Street
San Francisco,
CA
US

During his years as a taxi driver, Stephen Kadis loved to share his passion for San Francisco with passengers, drawing on stories and fun facts as he navigated them past the city's hills and picturesque boulevards. The only problem was he could only fit so many people into his cab at a time. He fixed that problem by founding his own tour company, Left Coast Tours.

Today, Kadis and his crew of hand-picked guides ferry guests to the city's most iconic sites, from the restaurants and culture of the country's oldest Chinatown to the panoramic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge. Daytime city tours let tourists snap pictures of or carve their initials into skyline views from 14 different scenic stops. Nightlife tours treat visitors to fine Chinese and Italian restaurants, celebrated San Francisco bars, and upper-crust hotels and cafes.

50 Drumm St.
San Francisco,
CA
US