Tours of San Francisco allow you to see the city’s main sights, including the Golden Gate bridge, its many steep, winding roads and its lively shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. Stop off here as part of a road trip, or simply spend a few days taking in the attractions of this thriving city. Browse our selection of San Francisco tours below or speak to our Destination Specialists who will book a bespoke holiday for you.
For the ultimate luxury tour of San Francisco, book our Wings Over The West Tour. This 15 day suggested itinerary takes you from Las Vegas to the coast, national parks and Los Angeles in a luxury private aircraft. Speeding between destinations gives you plenty of time to explore each at your own pace. In San Francisco you can explore the beautiful waters of the bay and enjoy a morning guided tour which takes in all of the top sights. See the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the sea lions that bask in the sun on Pier 39.
If you prefer the freedom of a San Francisco road trip, try our Golden California tour. Drive along California’s Pacific Coast Highway 1, beginning in the city by the bay, San Francisco. See crab markets and basking sea lions, take in the unique architecture of pretty houses that cling to the steep streets of the city and take a tour of Alcatraz. Alternatively, our Postcards of California road trip begins in San Francisco, allowing you to take a guided tour of Chinatown, the Italian district of North Beach and more before heading along the golden coastline.
California Road Trip San Francisco To Los Angeles
San Francisco To Los Angeles Road Trip
“I love the old cable cars trundling up and down San Francisco's steep hills. Take the Powell/Hyde line, which has classic city views over Alcatraz Island, Union Square and Nob Hill, and it takes you to Fisherman's Wharf. A helicopter tour is another great way to see the sights.”
“If you like a scare, take a creepy night tour of Alcatraz – and hope the fog descends. Your guide will point out attempted escape spots as well as the solitary confinement cells. You'll also enjoy fantastic views, back over at an illuminated San Francisco.”
“Spring and autumn are pleasant and warm during the day, but take a jacket as San Francisco can get a bit chilly – especially if the famous mist descends.”
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the best time of year to visit San Francisco?
San Francisco has a warm and fairly predictable Mediterranean climate, typical of California's coast. Winters are mild but can be rainy and often misty, while summers are dry and hot.
Spring is a great season to visit, as the temperatures are usually warm and the city can get hot and busier in the height of summer. In addition, September through to November is also good, since rain and fog are quite rare and days are sunny and warm.
What is San Francisco known for?
San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, with an eclectic combination of culture and architecture from pretty candy-coloured Victorian houses to modern glass and steel constructions. Landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square Park, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf, Chinatown district, the Palace of the Legion Honor, and Pier 39, which offers dining, shopping, entertainment and views over the ocean.
What food is San Francisco known for?
San Francisco is a foodie's dream, with numerous fantastic restaurants to choose from. The city is traditionally known for fresh seafood – take your pick from cioppino (seafood stew with tomato and wine broth), Dungeness crab and sand dabs to oysters, bay shrimp and creamy clam chowder in a crusty sourdough bread bowl. If you're still hungry, finish off with a Ghiradelli hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. Thirsty? Order up one of America's first craft beers, Anchor Steam Beer, which is brewed here.
San Francisco is one of the delights of a visit to California, and a tour here will expand your every horizon. There’s plenty to like: fascinating museums and galleries, fresh seafood, unique transportation, familiar film locations and, of course, the famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Why you'll love San Francisco...
- Cycling the length of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge
- Smelling the aromas and seeing the colours of the farmers’ markets in Ferry Building
- Walking along beaches in the sun, with views of the Golden Gate Bridge
- Taking in panoramic views of San Francisco and East Bay from unspoilt Quarry Beach on Angel Island
- Riding one of the cable cars and taking in amazing views of the city
- Driving the hilly San Francisco roads
- Tasting fresh fish in San Francisco’s many seafood restaurants
- Absorbing the easy-living lifestyle
- Observing the sunbathing sea lions from Pier 39
- Watching for whales breaching in the Pacific Ocean
Did you know?
- There’s been an annual Muni Cable Car Bell Ringing Contest in San Francisco since the 1960s.
- The Golden Gate Bridge is actually a red/orange colour.
- San Francisco's China Town is the largest in the world, outside of China, with 100,000 people living in its one-and-a-half square miles.
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