Get to know San Francisco with this combo tour that includes a 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour and a 1 hr night tour. It's a brilliant way to orient yourself, visit the key city sites and attractions, and enjoy everything this brilliant city has to offer.
Jump on board the double-decker bus for your hop-on hop-off tour. Your ticket is valid for 48 hours, and the entire route takes 2 hours, with fun and informative audio commentary along the way. It provides the best views of San Francisco's iconic sites, so make sure to bring your camera, as there will be plenty of photo opportunities to commemorate your visit to the city by the bay.
Plus, you can get off and explore at any of the 20 stops along the route. Highlights include the GoldenGate Bridge, where you can cross or visit the Presidio and its former Military establishments. There's also a stop at Golden Gate Park, an exciting place to see several museums and attractions such as The Conservatory of Flowers,The California Academy of Sciences and the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
Other destinations include GhirardelliSquare, which has over 40 shops and restaurants, including the Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop, which is world-famous for its ice cream sundaes. The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the World Fair and has been a favourite wedding location for couples throughout the San Francisco Bay area. It's also a popular location for many festival celebrations, orchestras and events. Then head to Haight/Ashbury, more commonly known as the “Hippie District”, thanks to maintaining its Summer of Love feel with its numerous shops and murals dedicated to the 1960s.
Stop at City Hall/Civic Centre for great photo opportunities and the nearby Opera House, Symphony Hall and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Then, spend time in Union Square, the central shopping district in San Francisco, featuring Macy’s, Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, Victoria’s Secret, Saks Fifth Avenue, and hundreds of other major retailers. Shop up a storm for yourself, or grab some souvenirs for your friends and family. Finally, make sure to visit Fisherman’s Wharf. This iconic landmark is located on the northern waterfront. It is best known for Pier 39 (shopping, restaurants, sea lions and much more), San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, the Cannery Shopping Center, Alcatraz Landing, and many other attractions.
This is a fantastic day out for the whole family and an easy and convenient way to explore a new city.
Then, as the sun dips behind the horizon, it's time to see the city in whole new, sparkling light, on a 1.5 hr San Francisco Night Tour.
Visit Nob Hill, known for its historic mansions and luxury hotels. It's also home to the imposing Grace Cathedral, a Gothic-style church built over 37 years and completed in 1964, as a replacement for the original church destroyed in the 1906 earthquake.
You also get to see the Bay Bridge lights, the world's largest light art installation, which was designed and orchestrated by Leo Villareal. It's a dazzling and dynamic display of 25,000 LED lights that runs the full 1.8-mile length of the bridge and is best seen from the waterfront.
Enjoy a 10-minute photo stop on Treasure Island, an artificial island in the bay that offers incredible views over the entire northern waterfront. Pass by the historic Ferry Building, which is also now an artisan marketplace with permanent stalls and farmer's markets several times a week, before heading back to the iconic Fisherman’s Wharf.