Pier 39
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Our most recommended Pier 39 Neighborhood Tours

  • Half-Day by the Bay: Neighborhoods Tour & Golden Gate Cruise

    1. Half-Day by the Bay: Neighborhoods Tour & Golden Gate Cruise

    Smell the salty Pacific Ocean and feel the wind in your hair with a cruise to the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and tour of San Francisco’s most distinct neighborhoods. See where Hollywood titans penned their most iconic scripts and a legendary baseball player (supposedly) married a Hollywood legend. Hear the story of an American secretly winning Italy's most prized pizza-making competition and climb two blocks to Lombard, known as the most crooked street in the world. Get a taste of local history at Ghirardelli Square, where chocolate staked its claim in San Francisco during the Gold Rush. Visit the bustling Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39 to meet the real stars of the show, the local sea lions. Get spectacular views of the city and Alcatraz Island from the Bay with a cruise to the Marina District, where you can travel under the Golden Gate Bridge.

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  • San Francisco 4-Hour Sightseeing Private Tour by Car

    2. San Francisco 4-Hour Sightseeing Private Tour by Car

    Travel in style and safety and experience a courteous, prompt, and safe transportation service on this 4-hour San Francisco tour that’s priced for a group of up to 6 persons. This is an easy and cost-effective way to get to know the city of San Francisco and the Bay Area. Avoid the crowded bus tours, parking hassles, and map searches, and start your San Francisco visit without delay. Some examples of places you might visit include Fisherman’s Wharf, Washington Square, the Embarcadero, Union Square, the Civic Center, Alamo Square, Haight-Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, the Palace of Fine Arts, Lombard Street, Chinatown, and Pier 39. Your driver will take you wherever you’d like to go in the city. Most customers choose to take a drive across the Golden Gate Bridge, and to see the Legion of Honor, Treasure Island, Sutro Baths, and other sites that are away from San Francisco’s central area. ...

    Our guide and driver was excellent, courteous and quite knowledgeable. We had a good time

  • San Francisco: City Sights, Muir Woods & Alcatraz Day Tour

    3. San Francisco: City Sights, Muir Woods & Alcatraz Day Tour

    Meet outside Fisherman’s Wharf at your chosen tour time. After a brief roll call, you’ll board the bus and travel to your first stop. Over the next 3 hours, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity and geography of the area. You will exit the bus at several stops for photo opportunities and exploration. At the end of the adventure, you will be dropped off at Fisherman’s Wharf or North Beach, where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch and explore Lombard Street. You can also take in stunning views over the city from the Coit Tower or watch Pier 39 infamous sea lions. Your guide will recommend restaurants and must-see locations during your break. After lunch, walk over to Pier 33 to depart for Alcatraz. Upon arriving to Alcatraz Island you will take the official tour and have the opportunity to explore additional exhibits at your convenience. Lastly, return by ferry fr...

    Very knowledgeable guide and a great way of seeing places not usually on the schedule.

  • San Francisco: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

    4. San Francisco: Private Experience See the Best w/ a Local

    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 ...

    Kathy is passionate about San Francisco and it’s obvious from minute one. She was so attentive to some special requests we had and flexible with sites that we wanted to see. She takes pride in her job as host and wants her guests to have the best experience.

  • San Francisco: City Highlights Walking Tour

    5. 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 colorf...

  • San Francisco: The Real Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Tour

    6. San Francisco: The Real Fisherman’s Wharf Walking Tour

    Delve deep into the history of Pier 39 and venture into the maze of docks and wharves at Fisherman’s Wharf. Now one of San Francisco's most popular tourist attractions, Fisherman's Wharf is still home to a number of fishing fleets, retaining its ties to the industry behind its name. Greet the resident colony of sea lions from a vantage point without the usual crowds and see traditional fishing boats much like the ones that were originally used by Italian immigrants to scour the bay in search of renowned Dungeness crabs. Peek into the restaurants where one of San Francisco's iconic seafood dishes was invented. Heading down the quay, smell the bread at Boudin Bakery where sourdough bread made its American debut in 1849. End with a free chocolate tasting at the site of the original Ghirardelli factory. Along the way, learn the story of the immigrants who came to the area over a century ag...

    Guide was knowledgeable and personable. One correction: the boat at pier 45 is the restored Pampanito not the Hornet.

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What people are saying about Pier 39

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 76 reviews

Kathy met us at our hotel and designed a great tour for us that familiarized us with parts of San Francisco that we were interested in seeing. She was engaging, upbeat, educated and really knows the city. She made us feel welcome and she offered us excellent information and tips for the rest of our stay. We highly recommend a tour like this early in one's trip to a new city to get a basic lay of the area.

Kathy is passionate about San Francisco and it’s obvious from minute one. She was so attentive to some special requests we had and flexible with sites that we wanted to see. She takes pride in her job as host and wants her guests to have the best experience.

We had been to SF several times before and done all the. Main attractions. We wanted to see how locals live, by exploring neighborhoods, shops and restaurants. We had a beautiful day to walk and enjoy the charm of this unique city,

Our guide and driver was excellent, courteous and quite knowledgeable. We had a good time

Very knowledgeable guide and a great way of seeing places not usually on the schedule.