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San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

1. San Francisco: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with Alcatraz Ticket

Get a huge amount of choice for sightseeing in San Fransisco in one go—access to the hop-on hop-off city tour route, a special night tour, and tickets to the Alcatraz Island for a self-guided audio tour of the notorious prison.  Audio guides are available in a variety of languages but the hop-on hop-off tour is only available in English. With open double-decker buses and a guide on each one, you can see just about everything and learn just as much. You can get to all the most famous spots in the city, and 48 hours is enough time to go back and visit your favorites again. Official City Loop highlights include:• The Palace of Fine Arts• North Vista Point where you can take photos of Golden Gate Bridge• Golden Gate Park where you can enjoy the Japanese Tea Gardens• Haight-Ashbury district• San Francisco Downtown, Chinatown• The Civic Center• The Embarcadero• Fisherman’s Wharf• Barbary Coast• The Financial District and the Ferry Building The 90-Minute Night Tour covers many of the attractions on the other routes, but with a whole new perspective. It is not hop-on hop-off and departs from Fisherman’s Wharf at 18:30 all year round with additional departures during the summer months.

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San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 48-Hour Bus Pass

2. San Francisco Hop-On Hop-Off 48-Hour Bus Pass

Go where you want, and see what you want to see, with a 48-hour ticket for 2 bus tours of San Francisco. Board the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, and enjoy panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, and more. A special night tour adds a magical touch to your adventures. For one affordable price, get a bewildering choice of city sights from the open top double-decker buses. A live, English-speaking guide and multilingual audio guides on board each one provide a wealth of information. On the Official City Tour you get the best views of San Francisco main sites. Highlights include the Ghirardelli Square, Palace of Fine Arts, North Vista Point with the best view of Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park, Haight-Ashbury district, City Hall, Barbary Coast, Financial District, Lombard Street, North Beach, Pier 39, Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf. Be sure to bring your camera as there will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way, and simply enjoy the live commentary from our entertaining tour guides! Admire San Francisco’s illuminations on a non-stop 1.5-hour Night Tour, which covers many of the attractions of the other routes but adds a whole new perspective.

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San Francisco: Tech Company Walking Tour

3. San Francisco: Tech Company Walking Tour

Start the tour in front of the Mozilla San Francisco office. Stroll through the Financial District and discover why so many tech companies choose to have their headquarters in the city. Visit the exterior of some of their offices and hear about the humble beginnings of many of these companies. Learn about their rise to becoming some of the most recognizable brands in the world. Hear about the fierce competitiveness and the power of "pivoting."  Stop outside the offices of the likes of Google, Facebook, LinkedIn and many more as you discover why Silicon Valley become the global hub of the tech world. Enjoy multiple photo opportunities at each stop, before ending the tour close to Montgomery BART station.

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San Francisco: City Highlights Walking Tour

4. San Francisco: City Highlights Walking Tour

Get an insider’s view of San Francisco’s most vibrant downtown neighborhoods on a small-group walking tour of Fisherman’s Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown, and Union Square. Begin your urban walking adventure by meeting your guide at the northern end of Fisherman’s Wharf. Take in views of the bay, the stunning Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz.  Find yourself at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square and then stroll along the waterfront as you drool over numerous stalls selling Dungeness crab and the famous clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Make your way to Pier 39 to meet the colony of sea lions and head towards San Francisco’s Little Italy neighborhood. Soak in all the aromas from the numerous bakeries and restaurants that line the streets of North Beach.  Turn the corner and take a few steps down to a very different neighborhood, Chinatown. Marvel at the colorful facades, temples, and dragon gate and find yourself at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company where you can make your own fortune cookie. Next, enjoy a short walk through the financial district and to the Ferry Building Marketplace for a nice, leisurely lunch break. Give your feet a break as your guide takes you on the subway for a brief ride to Civic Center Plaza.  Gaze at the stunning City Hall and opulent performing arts complex. Then head to Union Square, the city’s main shopping district, and enjoy the sights and sounds of this bustling neighborhood.

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San Francisco: Open-Top Tour Sunset Experience

5. San Francisco: Open-Top Tour Sunset Experience

Head to Fisherman’s Wharf and hop onboard an open-top bus for your panoramic tour of San Francisco. Begin with a cruise along the Embarcadero Waterfront and soak up epic views of the Bay Bridge and the iconic Ferry Building. Travel across the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island, where you have a 30 minute stop to admire the view, accompanied by a complimentary drink. From this unique vantage point, marvel at the vista of the entire city skyline at the exact time the sun goes down. Admire the city’s landscape transform with color, taking on a new personality as night draws in. After the sunset, head back over the bridge into the bright lights of the glowing city. Drive through the bustling Financial District up to Nob Hill, where the tour stops at the ornate, Gothic-style Grace Cathedral. The location is famous for its impressive view down to California Street, the Ferry Building, and Bay Bridge. Later, pass through the back alleys of Chinatown, then into North Beach and along Colombus Avenue. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, the tour ends back at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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What people are saying about Financial District

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 157 reviews

Highly recommend to start right at 8:00am. Not enough time to see and do everything at each stop. So plan ahead which stop you want to get off at for activities, etc. vs. which stops you just want to drive through and see. Very convenient stops. Timely pick ups. Didn’t have to wait longer than 10 minutes. Highly recommended if you are traveling with people with walking impairment.

My experience was great! Employees were all kind and courteous and drivers were safe and sometimes humorous. However, I did buy this as part of a package so I did not know that it came with extra perks. For example, it included passes to Madame Toussad’s but we paid to get in earlier in the week. Maybe you could share that in someway well ahead of the activity.

Learned a lot of Alcatraz, Night tour was okay, HOHO bus was great, would have liked a stop at both sides of Golden Gate bridge to give an option to walk the GGB.

it was not clear what the ticket included. supposedly the madame tussauds museum was included but it was not true. people were not well trained

The bus tour was very helpful in getting around the city and exploring the most well known tourist attractions