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San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

1. San Francisco: Airplane Sunset Flight Tour

Take a 35-45 minute flight that starts off with a fly-over downtown Oakland, along the Bay Bridge, and over the Embarcadero, into San Francisco. From there your pilot navigates all the landmarks San Francisco has to offer including Coit Tower, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This flight takes place as the sun sets and the skies highlight the Bay in beautiful orange and red hues. Witness nightlife waking up as the city lights light up all the main roads and buildings, and the first stars of the night greet you from above.

San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

2. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Wine Country Tour

Your day starts with a scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees. Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument and immerse yourself in the forest's peaceful tranquility. Stroll through the cool, moist air, as you admire 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. As you wander in and out of Mother Nature's redwood alleyways, experience the awe and mystery of the forest surrounded by Northern California’s signature fog. Next, enjoy a 1-hour lunch break in Sausalito, the seaside Mediterranean-style village across the San Francisco Bay. Sausalito is famous for its sweeping views, timeless sophistication, local boutiques, and cafes, and your tour guide will offer a list of popular local eateries for you to grab a bite to eat. Don’t forget to snap a few panoramic shots of the picturesque San Francisco skyline in the distance before the tour continues. After lunch, head north into the vine-covered hillsides of the world-famous Wine Country. During your venture, visit 2 local wineries for wine tasting sessions and an exclusive estate tour. Experience the inner workings of the wineries and their family history in Napa and Sonoma Valley, as an expert wine host walks you through the fermentation process, barrel aging, bottling, and of course tastings of some award-winning varietals. At each winery, enjoy up to 3-5 tastings of their signature blends. At the end of an exciting and unforgettable day, sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenic drive back over the Golden Gate Bridge and into San Francisco as the sun slowly starts to set into the Pacific Ocean. You’ll be back in San Francisco before dinner time so be ready to head out for a night on the town.

San Francisco: See the Best w/ a Local Private Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: See the Best w/ a Local Private Walking Tour

This experience is essential to anyone who is serious about exploring the best of San Francisco. Start the day with a coffee on Union Square, named for a series of pro-union mass demonstrations for the Civil War. This is the epicenter of the city’s shopping district and a great place to start your orientation in the city.  Walk through Chinatown, which remains its own authentic world despite the number of international visitors. Join the locals and check out the vegetable and herb markets, restaurants and the colorful markets along Stockton Street. Your local host will also recommend some peculiar knickknack shops which are a great source of souvenirs. On a nice day, let your local host take you on a diversion to the waterfront and grab some lunch in the Ferry Building Marketplace, where there are several excellent options, from street food and gourmet meals. Refueled, walk leisurely past the Embarcadero, the views on the bay are breathtaking and more and more attractions are popping up along the Fisherman’s Wharf, including the Exploratorium and Pier 39.  Your local host will suggest activities for the afternoon. According to your preferences, you may consider exploring the huge Golden Gate Park and its peculiar gardens, walk around the elegant Nob Hill or have a taste of the great mix of modern and old-world charm of the Mission.  A great place to end the experience is the Marin county end of the Golden Gate Bridge as the late afternoon fog rolls in, and you’ll witness the ultimate magic show - now you see the Golden Gate Bridge, now you don’t. This experience is great for all ages. Book this experience and you will be contacted within 24-hours with questions about your preferences and interests. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Replicate the experience of spending time in a city with a friend who lives there as the best travel moments come from going beneath the surface of a destination and discovering it through a local lens. Based on the things that you would like to see and do a personalized and bespoke itinerary will be built just for you. Please note that this will be outlined but flexible.  During the exploration, if you feel like changing direction, or if your local host believes that you'd enjoy a sight or different experience, they will suggest and discuss with you changes to the itinerary. You will be able to arrange a meeting point and time with your host in the most convenient place for you.  Enjoy discovering amazing spots in San Francisco that you don't know about and are difficult to find in any guidebook or on the internet as they are lesser-known to the crowd but loved by locals. Let your private local host show you the San Francisco you will love.

San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Experience

4. San Francisco: Muir Woods and Sausalito Experience

The tour departs from Fisherman’s Wharf, aboard a luxury minibus. Relax in comfortable seats and enjoy the scenic views while your tour guide shares fun and informative facts about San Francisco with you. Along the way you will see the Palace of Fine Arts and the Presidio before crossing the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. At the North Vista Point, you will stop for some photo opportunities and breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay in the morning lights (weather permitting). The tour continues along the Pacific Coast Highway providing stunning views of the coastal mountains near Mt. Tamalpais, the highest point in the Northern California Coast Ranges and then heads further to Muir Woods National Monument. Muir Woods is home to Coast Redwoods, some of the world's tallest trees. With maps in hand, take a walk through these spectacular woods and take in the immense natural beauty. Set aside in 1908 as a federally protected area, Muir Woods National Monument is the only surviving stand of Old Growth forest in the Bay Area today. There are a number of paved walking trails where visitors can get a close look at the magnificent giants. Other unpaved walking trails lead up the hills to explore the area further. Please note the admission fee to Muir woods is included ($15 value+ parking fees) After 1.5 hours in Muir Woods, your tour takes you to charming Sausalito - a small Mediterranean-like village in Marin County, home to some of the country's wealthiest citizens. Sausalito is a gorgeous destination that offers unique boutique shopping, art galleries, fabulous mansions, amazing food and breathtaking views of the bay.  Opt for a drop-off in Sausalito should you like to explore this town. If you wish to spend time in Sausalito, you can choose to hop off the tour and enjoy a ferry ride back to San Francisco with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco skyline, and Alcatraz Island (ferry tickets not included), or you can stay on board the tour and return back to San Francisco.

San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

5. San Francisco: Private 2-Hour Tuk Tuk City Tour

See the San Francisco sights you want to see and see them at a pace that suits your group with a private tuk-tuk tour. Your friends and family can cover more ground in an eco-friendly Tuk Tuk than they ever could on foot. Climb San Francisco’s tallest hills in this small but mighty vehicle. Marvel at the sparkling San Francisco Bay and city skyline, and enjoy the sights and smells of Fisherman’s Wharf. Your experienced, entertaining tour guide narrates your 2-hour excursion, stopping often for Instagram-worthy photos! Meet your tour guide in Fisherman’s Wharf. Private tours are perfect for 5 riders per Tuk Tuk (6 guests are ok with a group that includes children and adults). Larger groups can rent multiple Tuk Tuks to cruise around together. Tour highlights may include: Fisherman's Wharf, Dungeness crab stands, and picturesque fishing harbors, The Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point located underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (De Young, Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers), Haight Ashbury, The Castro and the Castro Theatre (optional stop), Mission Dolores Park and street murals (optional stop), Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies, City Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, War Memorial Opera House, Asian Art Museum, Union Square, Dragon’s Gate in Chinatown, and Lombard Street - the most crooked street (traffic permitting)

San Francisco North Beach Food Tour

6. San Francisco North Beach Food Tour

Get off of the main drag and into the beautiful side streets of North Beach and the Barbary Coast, offering the opportunity to discover unexpected shops, sites, and bites. Stroll from block to block, stop for tastings at five of the following places including Molinari Delicatessen, Peña Pachamama, Golden Boy Pizza, XOX Truffles, A. Cavalli & Co. In between tastings, your guide will indicate interesting architecture, beautiful parks, and notable landmarks, all while providing a glimpse into the neighborhood culture and how the locals have shaped the area's cuisine.

From Los Gatos: South Bay Wineries Tour

7. From Los Gatos: South Bay Wineries Tour

Journey to the undiscovered South Bay winery region on this unique wine tour. Start in Los Gatos, a city in the San Francisco Bay Area and in the foothills of the San Cruz Mountains. Visit 4 wineries in the South Bay area including Cupertino and Saratoga, and learn about the wine making process from the professionals. Sample the best wines from the region on this custom-tailored tour. Enjoy refreshments in the vehicle to keep you hydrated and a nice picnic boxed lunch. After lunch, continue to visit family run wineries in the area and hear the amazing stories they have to share. Get the VIP experience at each of the winery tasting rooms and some of the wineries will provide exclusive access to their member’s only area. Discover the best wines and a behind the scenes look of the wineries.

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What people are saying about San Francisco

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 20 reviews

Top! Punctual when we were picked up from the hotel Tour guide Fred was very entertaining and informative - all his tips were very helpful muirwood was very impressive - 90 minutes are very tight if you do the big round + bus change in Sausolito worked perfectly Tip: The Spinnaker - expensive but great View of SF Wine tasting - small bus - party music ;) 1st stop informative - Richard explained the wines very well 2nd stop - nice view - good wines In summary: highly recommended

Muir Woods is a great place to visit and hike! Absolutely beautiful! Grady our first driver was really informative! 1/2 day wine tour was excellent! Marco kept us entertained with great music there and back. Only had 30 min in Sausalito. Really quick bite luckily could get seated and snack before next bus!

Rick was the absolute best. He made us feel welcomed and comfortable. The flight was breathtaking! So beautiful! Thanks for making it the smoothest flight I have ever experienced. I would highly recommend this sunset flight :)

Andy was our tour guide and he was awesome. Very knowledgeable about San Francisco. We had a great time.

Grady was an amazing hist and driver. Loved all of the history along the way. Highly recommend