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  • San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

    1. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge Seaplane Tour

    San Francisco is a city of excitement, and what better way to experience it than from the air on a traditional seaplane. The San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour is a very popular flight, and you'll soon discover why. You can choose to meet your tour at the Seaplane Base in Mill Valley, or book a roundtrip shuttle service from Fisherman's Wharf. Either way, you'll take off from the waters of the San Francisco Bay. You'll soon be high above this gorgeous city of tall buildings, steep hills and trolly cars. Cruise around and directly over the Golden Gate Bride, making sure you can snap some stunning pictures to amaze your friends. During the flight, you will also fly over Fisherman's Wharf, where you can look down on the chic and cool restaurants and shops below. You'll also fly over Angel Island and Alcatraz, before heading over the picturesque towns of Tiburon, Belvedere and Sausal...

    Pilot was fabulous, and a great narrator. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for 28 years but never experienced it like this. This is a fun and exciting way to spend a birthday. Kate

  • San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    2. San Francisco Bay: Adventure Boat Tour

    Travel along the San Francisco Bay in a small group on a boat tour. Travel faster and go farther out into the bay than most other boat tours. You will be as close as possible to the sights and wildlife, in a personal setting.  Depart from the world famous Pier 39. You will be outfitted with weather appropriate gear to keep you warm and dry from the occasional splash. Take in the historic waterfront from a new angle. Make a quick visit to the world famous Pier 39 sea lions, where you can see them eye to eye. There is no need for binoculars on this trip because you will see everything up close. Listen to the narration from your expert captain and learn something new about this historic area. See the waterfront in a way that is unlike any other experience on the bay. Take photos, make memories, and enjoy one of the finest ways to see it all up close. This small group boat tour is limited...

    This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

  • San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    3. San Francisco: Wine Tasting on the Bay

    Marvel the best views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Start at Pier 39 and glide towards the Golden Gate Bridge, up close to the infamous Alcatraz, down the San Francisco city front, and past many other famous landmarks and attractions. Experience San Francisco from unique perspectives and take iconic photos of the world-famous skyline and wildlife from a 360-degree walkway around the boat. Enjoy personalized treatment and a large selection of local wines. Beverages are available for purchase during your tour.

    Such a great way to experience San Francisco bay! Beautiful views of the city and golden gate bridge. We were surprised at how close we got to Alcatraz! We even got to see a bunch of porpoises in the water. Enjoyed the casual setting and wine selection!

  • From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    4. From San Francisco: Alcatraz And Yosemite 2-Day Combo Tour

    Discover the notorious former federal prison of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay and enjoy the award winning audio tour. Then, spend the next day in the glorious surroundings of Yosemite Park. First, enjoy a narrated boat tour around Alcatraz Island before docking. Then, take the guided “Doing Time: The Alcatraz Cellhouse Tour” from the dock to the main prison building.  The next day, escape the crowds of the city center, and drive to Yosemite National Park. Head east across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and enjoy great views of the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Drive through Central Valley, stopping at a fruit stand to try some local produce. Pass fruit orchards and nut farms, before entering the rolling foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. Continue into the mountains to California’s gold rush town of Groveland. Once inside Yo...

    Stirling was an excellent guide, he knows so much about Yosemite, we had a great day, very informative. Night tour at Alcatraz was great!

  • Las Vegas: Death Valley and Yosemite 4-Day Self-Drive Tour

    5. Las Vegas: Death Valley and Yosemite 4-Day Self-Drive Tour

    Day 1: Las Vegas to Death Valley National Park Head to California in the morning and embark on a tour of Death Valley National Park. Enjoy photo stops and shorts walks at Zabriskie Point, Artist’s Palette, Badwater Basin Salt flats, Furnace Creek Visitor Center, Devil’s Golf Course, and the Mesquite Sand Dunes. After a picnic lunch, drive through spectacular scenery to the old Gold Rush Historic town of Bishop for your overnight stop. Day 2: Tioga Pass to Yosemite National Park Start the morning with crossing the Tioga pass. Enjoy this scenic route and pass by highlights such as Olmsted Point, Lake Tenaya, Tuolumne Meadows, and Mono Lake en route to Yosemite Valley.  In the event that the Tioga Pass is closed, you will reroute through Lake Isabella instead of Bishop. Visit the Valley Visitor Center and exhibits, take a quick tour, and get ready for a...

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What people are saying about Pier 39

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 281 reviews

We loved the tour! We went from the pier to the Golden Gate Bridge. We got very close to the Golden Gate Bridge and we were able to get some great photos of the city as the book turned around and headed back. We also got first row seats to Alcatraz Islands and were able to take up and close photos. We'd highly recommend this intimate boat tour if you're looking for a smaller setting to tour the bay and would enjoy some wine while you're at it. Note, it did get a bit windy and the waters got a bit choppy at the start but after that it was smooth sailing the rest of the way back.

It was wonderful to see the Bay up close, and the crew is knowledgeable about wine and friendly. We saw porpoises, Alcatraz up close, and both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. I would recommend to anyone looking to have a relaxing experience on the water.

Such a great way to experience San Francisco bay! Beautiful views of the city and golden gate bridge. We were surprised at how close we got to Alcatraz! We even got to see a bunch of porpoises in the water. Enjoyed the casual setting and wine selection!

This was a great trip! We got to see the bay and all the sites. Captain Charles was great telling us all the history of the area. I highly recommend this trip.

Even with chilly weather, the trip was still a delight, and the crew made it fun (especially the bartender!)