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Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise

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Experience the best of San Francisco with the Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise. Travel across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay. Explore the majestic Muir Woods National Monument, home to towering Giant Redwoods. Discover the charming Mediterranean-style village of Sausalito, with its quaint shops, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. But the excitement doesn't end there. Hop on board the Escape from the Rock Cruise, a thrilling adventure that takes you close to the infamous Alcatraz Island. Circle the island twice and witness the stunning city skyline from all angles. Please note that this tour does not include landing on Alcatraz Island or exploring the prison interior. Don't miss out on this unforgettable journey through the heart of San Francisco.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Narrated bus tour of san francisco with 5 photo stops opportunities
  • Escape from the rock bay cruise around alcatraz island and the bay of san francisco
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick up and drop-off
  • This tour does not land on alcatraz island

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Introduction

Experience the best of San Francisco with the Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise. This tour takes you on a captivating journey through iconic sites, breathtaking landscapes, and fascinating history. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge, marvel at the ancient groves of Giant Redwoods in Muir Woods National Monument, and explore the charming village of Sausalito. The adventure continues with the Escape from the Rock Cruise, offering panoramic views of the infamous Alcatraz Island and the stunning city skyline.

What to expect?

With the Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise, you can expect a total duration of 330 minutes filled with excitement, awe, and discovery. From the moment you step on board, you'll be immersed in the beauty and grandeur of San Francisco. Marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge, a true engineering marvel that offers breathtaking panoramic views of the bay and the city's skyline. Explore Muir Woods National Monument and be humbled by the towering Giant Redwoods. Discover Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style village filled with quaint shops, art galleries, and waterfront restaurants. The Escape from the Rock Cruise will take you on a thrilling journey around Alcatraz Island, giving you a unique perspective on its history and mystery.

Who is this for?

The Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise is perfect for travelers of all ages and interests. Whether you're a history buff, nature lover, or simply looking to experience the best of San Francisco, this tour has something for everyone. Families, couples, solo travelers, and friends can all enjoy the beauty and adventure that this tour offers.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the wonders of San Francisco with the Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise. This tour offers a unique opportunity to experience the city's iconic landmarks, natural beauty, and fascinating history. Marvel at the engineering feat of the Golden Gate Bridge, walk among ancient Giant Redwoods in Muir Woods, and soak in the charm of Sausalito. The Escape from the Rock Cruise provides a thrilling perspective on Alcatraz Island and the city skyline. With a total duration of 330 minutes, this tour ensures that you'll make the most of your time in San Francisco and create unforgettable memories.

Good to know

The Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise departs from Gray Line Union Square Departure Zone. Make sure to arrive by 8:25 AM for check-in, as the bus departs promptly at 8:40 AM. Please note that this tour does not land on Alcatraz Island or include the prison interior. After the Escape from the Rock Cruise, participants will need to make their own way back to their lodging accommodations or vehicles. Departure times may vary depending on the season, so make sure to contact us for the specific departure times on your chosen tour date. Prepare yourself for unpredictable weather in San Francisco, including the possibility of fog affecting the visibility from Twin Peaks.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced the Mix & Save: San Francisco Grand City Tour + Escape from the Rock Cruise have been captivated by the beauty, history, and excitement of the tour. They rave about the stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the peaceful serenity of Muir Woods, and the immersive experience of the Escape from the Rock Cruise. Visitors appreciate the extensive knowledge and insights shared by the tour guides, who bring the city's

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Your Itinerary

Union Square

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Departing the heart of Union square, the coach makes its way to the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way to the Golden Gate Bridge, travelers will see: Union Square: Theatres, shopping, hotels

Van Ness Avenue

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Van Ness Avenue: Famous for being used as a firebreak, by the US Army during the 1906 earthquake and fire.

Cow Hollow

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Cow Hollow District & Marina District: Two affluent neighborhoods, attracting young professionals. Chic fashion boutiques, Pilates studios, juice shops, beauty salons. Many fine dining restaurants ranging from French Bistros to American Fusion Cuisine.

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

Designed by Bernard Maybeck Built as one of the 11 great exhibits in the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, this fictional Greek-Roman inspired ruin was a crowd favorite. Built to be a temporary structure, when it came time to deconstruct the fair and demolish the exhibits, Phoebe Apperson Hearst stepped in and saved the colonnade and rotunda. The Palace stands as one of the fairs few surviving structures, and one of only two buildings remaining in the original location. The most prominent structure of the complex is the 162-foot high open rotunda, with a lagoon curving around one side. Many forms of wildlife have made their home near the lagoon, swans, ducks, geese, turtles, frogs and the ever present, racoon.

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge: On a clear day, the Golden gate Bridge offers a panoramic view of the bay and the San Francisco skyline. “What Nature rent asunder long ago, man has joined today,” said chief engineer Joseph Strauss at the opening ceremonies in May 1937. Construction started: January 5, 1933 and was completed April 19, 1937. Total cost of construction rounded out to be 35 million dollars, equivalent to 798 million today. The Golden Gate Bridge runs 1.7 miles in length, its highest point stands 746-feet above the bay. Designated a Californian historical landmark June 18, 1987. At the time of its opening the Golden Gate Bridge was both the longest and tallest suspension bridge in the world.

Presidio of San Francisco

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The Presidio: A 1500-acre park on a former military post. Baker Beach, hiking, historic buildings house the Walt Disney Family Museum, eateries, homes, and businesses like Lucasfilm, with its Yoda Fountain.

Lands End

Land's End Ocean Beach: Atop Sutro Heights at the Land’s End lookout, we can view the vast Pacific Ocean. On the Left, in the distance we see the famous Cliff House restaurant. Looking right we see the Lands’ end park and trails. The stairs lead down to where Sutro Baths once stood. Now only the ruins remain. Lower- Here, among the ruins of the Sutro Bath House. Adolph Sutro, San Franciscan mayor from 1895 to 1897, built his palatial Mansion and the Sutro Bath House. Sutro Bath House opened 1896 and survived the 1906 catastrophe but succumbed to a fire in 1907. Descending Point Lobos Ave we pass the Historic Restaurant, Cliff House. This restaurant has been rebuilt 4 times do to fires. The last reconstruction was in 2004, now equipped with fire alarms. Making our way towards the Golden Gate Park we get a great elevated view of Ocean Beach.

Golden Gate Park

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Golden Gate Park: Entering the west side of Golden Gate Park, we pass one of two windmills, designed by San Franciscan Alpheus Bull Junior, built in 1902 for $25,000, utilized as a h20 pump. Bison Paddock: Further in the park, we drive by the Bison Paddock. Home to authentic bison. Over the last 120 years more than 500 bison have been born in Golden Gate Park, helping to keep the species from extinction. Golden Gate Park opened in 1870, it is 1017 acres and 3miles long, averaging ½ mile in width. This park is 20% larger than NY’s Central Park. Architects: William Hammond Hall, John Mclaren, Calvert Vaux all played roles in creating the third most visited park in the United states.

Haight Street

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Haight Street: The birth of the hippie movement or counterculture began in the 1960's, this district of San Francisco is where cultures and eras meld together. Haight Street was once home to revolutionaries, famous singers (Jimi Hendricks, Janis Joplin, Jerry Garcia, Jefferson Airplane).

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks: Named for a pair of 922-foot-high summits, is a remote residential neighborhood with modern homes along winding streets. At the summit is “Sutro Tower”, a 977-foot tall TV and radio tower. Once you disembark bus, you will have ample opportunity to take photos of San Francisco, from one of the highest vantages the city has to offer. * San Francisco has unpredictable weather and at times fog will impede the viewing of San Francisco from atop Twin Peaks.

Admission Included

The Castro

(Pass by)

The Castro District: Located in Eureka Valley, The Castro, is synonymous with the gay community (LGBT). The U.S. military had discharged thousands of gay servicemen from the Pacific theatre in San Francisco during World War II (early 1940's). Because of their sexuality many stayed in San Francisco The first gay bar in the Castro was called "Missouri Mule", opened in 1963. Castro St. was name after Jose Castro, a Californian leader of Mexican opposition to U.S. rule in California in the 19th century.

Embarcadero Farmer's Market

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Market Street: This is a major thoroughfare in San Francisco. We drive east from the Castro towards the Ferry Building. 3 miles in length this main artery of city transit has seen horse-drawn streetcars, cable cars, electric streetcars, electric trolleybuses etc. Antique Heritage Streetcars from all over the world transport passengers from The Castro to Fisherman's Wharf, connecting to the electrical line above and riding the tracks. Market Street runs through many districts: Castro, Noe Valley, Civic Center, Union Square, Financial District.

Financial District

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Financial District: Among the skyscrapers that dominate the skyline (Transamerica Pyramid, Salesforce Tower), there is a wealth of tech business that coincides with, happy-hour hot spots and elegant late-night, date-night destinations. The Jackson Square Historic District features remnants of the Barbary Coast.

Chinatown

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Chinatown: North on Grant Avenue, on the right, Old St. Mary’s Cathedral built in 1854 oldest Catholic cathedral west of the Rockies. Chinatown’s roots began in the 1849, during California’s “Gold Rush”. Word spread to China of the mythical “Gold Mountain” Gum Sahn. Chinese immigrants came to San Francisco seeking a new start. Many left the city proper to prospect for gold, while others remained in the city, creating a tight-knit community. Racial and cultural tensions separated Chinatown from the rest of the city. Chinatown became known as the City-Within-a-City. The 1906 catastrophe saw immigration records destroyed, many of the Chinese community aptly claimed citizenship and were able to bring their families from China. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest and one of the largest in the U.S.

North Beach

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North Beach: Steeped in history, The Beat Movement in the 50’s saw popular poet Jack Kerouac frequent the streets of North Beach. Adler Place was renamed Jack Kerouac Alley, Kerouac frequented a pub and café that was adjacent to the alley. North Beach has scores of Italian Restaurants and cafes to enjoy. At Broadway and Columbus, we see two beautiful buildings: The Sentinel Building, This, distinctive copper green Flatiron style building, was completed in 1907. Home to American Zoetrope film studio since 1972, cofounded by Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas. The distinct shape of the Transamerica Pyramid can be seen throughout the city, it is prominently displayed here in North Beach. Construction began in 1969, completed 1972. 853-feet tall or 48-stories. Tallest building in San Francisco until the completion of the Salesforce tower in 2018.

Pier 39

The bus transportation portion of the tour will end at Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf and your Escape from the Rock adventure will begin. Once you disembark the bus the driver will direct you to The Escape from the Rock Cruise landing where you can board the boat (Departure times are seasonal). “The Escape from the Rock Cruise”, will bring you close to the infamous prison island (Please note this tour does NOT land on Alcatraz Island or include the prison interior), that many have tried to escape from. You will circle the island twice, seeing it from all angles as well as the beautiful city skyline.

Admission Included

Reviews

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4.2 (5)

574ligayam

From the driver and the tour guide was excellent. The time all spending well. Hit all the places we wanted to see in this beautiful place. Learned much on this tour about San Francisco .

GK309435

City tour was amazing. BUT the 1.5 hour cruise got CANCELLED as we arrived that morning. VERY disappointing. Never got to see Alcatraz !!!! We received a partial invite, however, that is the minimum expected. It sounded like this happens all the time. The Alcatraz portion of the tour is "sub-contracted" out ... so no one is accountable. BEWARE !!!

Timothy_K

The guide was very knowledgeable,personable, funny. The description online wasn't clear that Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf are just drivebys, not actually a stop. Also that the boat tour is a different company. As we were among last to load due to bus arrival at the Pier, it was standing room only for the whole boat tour. Also, its first come first served on the boat and its possible even with a ticket, you'd have to wait for a later boat. online it said transport back to hotels isn't included, but there is no transport back to tour starting point after the boat tour. Viator said public transportation is available but no help in how and where to access, and if cash pay is accepted. Only parking available at starting point is parking garages for $35 if you show you're going on the tour.

AmyTrev37

Can't go to San Francisco without visiting Alcatraz! Did the night tour which included extras at the end. Great views, interesting audio tour and so much fun!! Highly recommend!!

Rudy G

J’ai fait la demi journée avec visite guidée et ensuite une heure en bateau dans la baie: le guide (Josh de mémoire) était sympathique, avec plein d’anecdotes, à réorganiser la journée en fonction de la météo. Le tour en bateau est fantastique pour voir le pont sous toutes les coutures, bien voir l’île et apprendre plein de choses et l’audio guide est bien fait
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2024-07-13 21:54