Pier 39
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Our most recommended Pier 39 Walking Tours

  • San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    1. San Francisco: Waterfront Guided Tour and Alcatraz Ticket

    Meet your guide at the north end of Fisherman's Wharf at 9:30 AM and start your experience by taking in the amazing views of the bay, the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Hear how San Francisco transformed from a sleepy village to a booming port city when gold fever swept the nation in 1849. Learn about the life of the Italian chocolatier Domenico Ghirardelli at the famous former chocolate factory in Ghirardelli Square. Stroll along the fog-lined waterfront and drool over the numerous stalls selling crab and clam chowder in sourdough bread bowls. Walk a portion of the historic Barbary Coast trail while your guide tells you about it's colorful past. You and your group will then make your way to Pier 39 and admire historic ships in the harbor. Witness the colony of sea lions that have taken over many of its docks. Continue along the Embarcadero Promenade and learn about its evolution fr...

    Dara Mihaly, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a great experience with historical information that was fascinating. I would highly recommend her for any tourists.

  • 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: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    3. San Francisco: Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown & Bay Cruise

    Start your tour near the Ferry Building with a view of what was once one of the busiest ports in the world. Then catch an iconic San Francisco cable car from a favorite stop and learn what makes this very unique public transport so special. Disembark atop Nob Hill and learn about the industrial tycoons who built the city as you wander through Huntington Park. Visit the beautiful gothic interior of Grace Cathedral. Enter the bustling neighborhood of Chinatown, the largest Chinese enclave outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America. Taste fresh fortune cookies and see hidden landmarks like the Tin How Buddhist Temple as you learn how the neighborhood went from being a seedy red-light district to one of the most vibrant enclaves in the city. For a little treat, pop into the legendary Golden Gate Factory for an insight into the art (and logistics) of fortune cookie makin...

    We hit all the high points. The cable car, the trolley and walked the streets from Nob's Hill to Chinatown and a boat ride that went by the golden gate bridge and Alcatraz. Our guide was knowledgeable and personable.

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

    4. 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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  • California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

    5. California Highlights Express: 3-Day Tour from Los Angeles

    This 3-day tour includes highlights of the Golden State, such as Santa Barbara, Solvang, the famous Pacific Coast Highway, Carmel, San Francisco, and Yosemite National Park. Day 1: Monday Departing north, travel along the spectacular and scenic California Coast to Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish Mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community, and browse the local shops. Your trip continues along Highway 1 through Big Sur to charming Carmel, home to actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through town before heading on to Silicon Valley for overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites Day 2: Tuesday See for yourself why San Francisco is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Start your day at the Fisherman’s Wh...

    Overall it was a good experience would like to stay a bit longer at Pebble Beach & Carmel. The San Francisco day was excellent. I would skip the City Hall and would prefer more a stop at Golden Gate Park or at Muir Woods. The Yosemite day was great the only problem we had was an Austrian couple was late by 25 minutes from our first El Capitan stop. This made coming back to Los Angeles very late.

  • From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    6. From Los Angeles: 7-Day Golden Experience Tour

    Day 1: Los Angeles - Santa Barbara - 17 Mile Drive - Carmel Depart north from Los Angeles up the spectacular California coast to the first stop in Santa Barbara. Visit a Spanish mission and learn how these religious outposts were key in the development of the entire region. Continue to Solvang, a quaint Danish community to browse in the local shops. Head north to the world-famous 17 mile drive (part of route #1), where you will get to see the spectacular California coast line up-close. After your visit, head to the town of Carmel, home to the actor Clint Eastwood. Enjoy some free time to stroll through the town before heading onto Silicon Valley for an overnight. Overnight: Santa Clara – La Quinta Inn & Suites.    Day 2: San Francisco - Bay Cruise - Golden Gate Bridge - Chinatown Today, understand why San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities i...

    It was well organised and great experience. Would have preferred longer time in Vegas since we stayed there for about half day. Also the last day we just had one hour in Zion which is not ideal, would have appreciated if it’s Antelope instead of Zion.

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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

4.4 / 5

based on 445 reviews

Captain Charles was very knowledgeable of the bay. The boat was fun and exciting. We love to go fast and the photo opportunities were great. My son sat in the front and thought that was the best ever. We had read it went past Alcatraz and my son was slightly bummed about that, but over all we had an amazing time! Make sure you are there 30 minutes early! :)

This tour is for folks who want to take the time and learn about the cities landmarks, history & are fine with walking all over the city. Ted.B was our guide and he did an excellent job.

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.

The best tour! Specially for Maggie! Was a very good time, show me spots that i never thought was there!! Thanks for the most pleasant time.

The tour guide Christo was amazing and very knowledgeable and patient